Comic 1148 - Hi, Mom...

17th Apr 2019, 11:00 AM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Hi, Mom...
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 17th Apr 2019, 11:00 AM edit delete
So, last we saw Emily, she stepped out into the lobby and take a call. It turns out it's her mother, who's been away for months at this point. Though we never hear the mother's side of the conversation, we get an idea of what she's saying to Emily by her reactions (assuming I did well enough writing Emily's side, I guess).

I actually did write her mom's lines. I ended up removing them partly to make it flow better (and less cluttered). But also, there's something more ominous that we've never seen this woman and don't even get to hear her. I don't think I'll ever change that either. We never see her in person, but we definitely feel the effects of what she does. The dialogue itself is also layed out in a labyrinthine way to make the page look overwhelming/stressful. We're watching only Emily's side of the conversation, and I wanted to really highlight her struggle to keep up with her mother by being "all over the place".

There's a couple very particular lines I want to address too. First of all, Chase getting arrested after he attacked someone, and Blair being there to see it. When did that happen? It was actually from one of the bonus chapters in Volume 5. I didn't think it was so important that it had to be part of the main story, but it's probably worth knowing about. But this also explains Blair's long, crazy story of how he learned Emily's pregnant, if you remember. I can flesh that out a bit later for non book buyers too.

There's also a moment when Emily almost comes out. She wants to brave and stand up to her mom, but whether it's something specific her mom says, or just the general attitude, Emily backs off, never getting further than mentioning "her gir-". Emily also reluctantly agrees to move back home, so maybe her mom is sticking around for a while this time. But it feels less than ideal...

I realize there's a lot to take in here, but I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts.

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Catlife333 17th Apr 2019, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
I don’t like how all of this went down. Emily’s mom leaves her for months and then shows up and expects Emily to cone home? Why? For what? She clearly didn’t care enough the last few months. After all that, it doesn’t seem to me that she has any right to be telling Emily to do anything.
Kytkat 17th Apr 2019, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Emily, you don't have to give her more chances than you're comfortable with. I know it's hard to leave her behind - to leave your childhood behind. But you've got people who love you for who you are, no matter what. You've got a family - a real family, one who chooses you from the masses to call their own, and who accepts you unconditionally. Don't be afraid to rely on them.
And when you do return to face your birth mother, don't go alone. You have so many people who would be happy to be there and support you. Rain, especially, would drop everything to be there for you. Because you are not alone.
Honeywheeler 17th Apr 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
So, funny story, I was in the locker room at school and my friend was nervous about being shirtless. So I was like “I’m the gayest person in the room, and I’m not staring,” Then this other girl came up to us and was like “Idk, I think I’m gayer.” She freaking challenged my gayness! So I was like “Well, actually, I’m pansexual but I use gay as a blanket term.” And she was “Hey, me too!” So now we are friends. (Pan buddies!)
Vulcan 17th Apr 2019, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
Emily handled this pretty well. If she'd just hung up, mom would have blown her phone up all through prom. If she'd given in too easy, mom would have been suspicious.

Now tonight she just shuts off her phone, goes back with her friends and mom can stay up all wigging out if she wishes. Tomorrow at school, well, I don't think the school will look fondly at a mother who disappears for months on end...
Anastasia 17th Apr 2019, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
Gah. This is hard to read.

It's really well done! I just recently had to cut both my parents out of my life for being transphobic, so parent/child stuff gets to me pretty easily atm.

I'm really sad Emily is going back though :(
Wopple 17th Apr 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
To quote Han Solo from every Star Wars movie: "I've got a bad feeling about this."
Mavis the Rain Beau 17th Apr 2019, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

'cept Solo
Drake Zephyr 17th Apr 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Everyone has to face their demons eventually. Emily needs to look her mother in the face and just yell out everything wrong with her. Then leave. 1 last confrontation must happen for her to be free.
bgb16999 17th Apr 2019, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm not particularly surprised that the call came from Emily's mom, since there aren't that many people who could get her attention at prom that easily. On the other hand, I am a bit more surprised that Emily would agree to go back, especially without consulting with Rain first. That seems like a bad if not out-right dangerous idea.

My suspicion is that this chapter will involve Emily's reckoning with Debbie, while next chapter (or possibly the one after that) will have the conflict with Emily's mom front and center. Each big antagonist will be dealt with before the end of the story. And, given that the Deviant Art folders indicate Rain will run at least until chapter 44, I suspect that there will still be plenty of time for the climax of the entire series to involve Marcus.
Timmi The Enchanrix 17th Apr 2019, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Of all the speculations I had about Prom Night, I definitely did not see this coming. I hope Emily won't be going home alone.
Disgruntled Catgirl 17th Apr 2019, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
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LelaBella2003 18th Apr 2019, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Omg! I hate the bad feeling this gives me, but I LOVE the layout!!
Faith 6th Mar 2021, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Ugh, Emily's mom sounds like a narcissist.
Very nasty people.
skrbunny 27th Sep 2022, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
prom night? mom makes contact out of nowhere? gah. i'd rather Emily stay with Rain and Fara at least one more night... at least...
Waffle 27th Sep 2022, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
My thoughts are "nooooooo"
ReneePrower 3rd Jan 2023, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
Okay I don't usually comment much on unresolved, mid-chapter plot points like this but I HAVE to get this out because it's stressing me out immediately.

Please do not make Emily go home to her emotionally abusive mother tonight. At LEAST not alone. This is the last thing she needs. I don't even know what could be so important that she wants her home that badly -- I can only assume to further discuss the pregnancy? But it doesn't matter. She needs to stand up to this, just like Maria did.

Yes, I understand family is important to some people, and it's hard to just say "ignore your mother because she did the same to you." But I really do think it's warranted in this case. I just don't want to see Emily hurt after everything... dear GODS I'm just so invested in these characters and I want things to turn out okay 😭

I really hope Emily talks to someone. Even if they don't convince her not to go or something, maybe someone can accompany her so she doesn't have to face her mother's abuse on her own. The one thing that's giving me hope right now is the way you said "we never see her in person." And I'd like to believe that whatever may happen with Emily tonight - the loving partner of our titular character - would be important enough to show on screen. So I'm holding out hope that everything works out.

Ugh. I shouldn't be rambling about this right now. I need to keep reading!!! It's just a lot to handle emotionally T.T
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