Comic 1202 - Perfect Year

21st Aug 2019, 9:15 AM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Perfect Year
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Jocelyn 21st Aug 2019, 9:15 AM edit delete
We return our focus to Rain and Emily, who seem to have agreed to dance after all. This ends up being a really important moment for Emily in particular. She's clearly come a long way from who she was and how she felt at the beginning of the story. There's no doubt that this isn't easy for her, but she's confident this is the right path for herself.

But what about Rain?


Friday will finally be the last update of this chapter. This has been the longest chapter in the story thus far (and probably, will be for the rest of it too). This chapter started seven months ago, if you can believe it! And along the way, there's been so many big moments for so many characters. So yeah, there will be a hiatus after this week. I don't have a return date set in stone yet, but there's some stuff I want to get done. And before even that, I just wanna rest for a bit. It's been my longest non-hiatus stretch to date, during one of the busiest sections of the story, while my personal life has thrown me a few rough curveballs at me lately. I think an actual break before jumping into more work is due. I will absolutely keep you posted though as soon as I know when you can expect me to return to posting.

But even before that, don't forget to check for a new page (or two) on Friday. ;P

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bgb16999 21st Aug 2019, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
Emily is learning that she gets to decide what perfect is for her.
j-eagle12212012 21st Aug 2019, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
There is no absolutely perfect but maybe there is a happily ever after for Emily and Rain
Guest 21st Aug 2019, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Reimi 21st Aug 2019, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Another chapter coming to a close... Makes me stop and think about how much I've changed alongside this story, how when I started reading it I was a confused egg just starting to crack, now I'm over 3 years hrt, post op and ready to truly move forward with life, it's a funny feeling. Time to make some new life goals!

I think my first goal after getting my medical debt under control will be to visit Japan.
Erin 21st Aug 2019, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn! I've been following Rain for a long time now, and just managed to get caught up on this chapter today. I wanted to say that finally reading the prom chapter has made me super emotional, because I realized that Rain has had such a huge impact on my life. Even before I was fully out to myself, I knew I wanted to experience high school as authentically as possible, and that led to me being openly out during my senior year. I didn't have the overwhelming support from my family that Rain does, but I still managed to show up to prom in a dress and kick ass! It's been a few months since then, and now that I'm in college and soon to be on HRT, seeing the prom chapter that I've waited years for finally visualized, and reading your comment a few pages back that Rain is closer to the end... Well, I've cried more times than I'd care to admit. I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done so far. You've touched so many lives - cis and trans, gay and straight, closeted and out - and I'm honored to be one of them. Rain means so much to me. Keep being awesome! <3
Mookie 21st Aug 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
NO! Don't do it!

Rain has had some close ones tonight and so far the reactions of the other students have been favorable to her. But this could have questions resurfacing. This last bit of strain on the issue could be that last bit too much. Straw that broke the camel's back. She's had a nice night out with friends and her amore. This isn't necessary and isn't worth the risk.

And there's the risk Emily could collapse. What if Emily has over estimated her strength?
Queen Wolfen 22nd Aug 2019, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
AmbiguousMouse 22nd Aug 2019, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Today I learned nobody in this comments section danced with a friend at prom in high school :P Granted it usually involves more laughing and less blushing, but there's still plausible deniability here.
Drake Zephyr 23rd Aug 2019, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I actually danced with a random stranger at prom number 2 I think. I've been to like 3.
Mookie 23rd Aug 2019, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
Well, of course there's plausible deniability. I think everybody here knows that. ... In and of itself, sure. That's the thing; this is not an isolated incident. But there's also a threshold. Questions have already been asked. So far her peers have been deciding on such favorably. So far her peers have decided there's not enough to say she's more than who she's presented to be. But exceed that threshold, those questions get asked anew and suddenly the questions weigh much more than before. She's already had a very nice evening. It's not worth the risk.
Guest 23rd Aug 2019, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
And the less giggling more blushing will get scrutinized as well.
Mookie 23rd Aug 2019, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Also, what if Rain springs wood and it's noticed? That'll be past the threshold.
Queen Wolfen 23rd Aug 2019, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
Oh gods, no. I avoided my high school prom like the plague, and I don't regret it. :P
MeWHo 31st Aug 2019, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
So, in high school, lo these 40ish years ago, I was going male, and the girl I went with came out a few months later as gay. Since I ended up dating a number of lesbians, I eventually took this as an odd sort of validation of my gender issues. If I didn't have such a strong feminine side, why else did so many lesbians find me attractive ? Though during that time being trans was something even gay people found sort of hard to wrap their heads around. When I had a real heart-to-heart with the SECOND girlfriend who came out to me as gay, her conclusion was that I was just confused and was really just gay. Well, since I was still figuring things out, I felt that this wasn't totally unreasonable, but I just never was strongly attracted to any gay men. But I was often attracted to gay women. Not really an answer then, just her inability to wrap her head around how much I felt I should be female. What has worked for me wouldn't work for everybody, but I have learned that jumping on what some others insist are the "right" answers are far from an assurance, either. I am still here and struggling, and some others who made the 'leap' I felt constrained from ended up not making it in life. So for all of you others out there still struggling and not feeling certain; keep hanging in there. The answers really AREN'T simple, and there are no given "right" answers for "everyone". Be the best you that you can figure out how to be, keep an eye out for possibilities and opportunities, but never get hung up on a particular path being the "ONLY" right one.
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