Comic 1242 - Chill

2nd Mar 2020, 8:59 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 2nd Mar 2020, 8:59 AM edit delete
If I may direct your attention to the first panel, most of the chapter up until now has more or less been happening at the same time. Before classes even started we saw Rain, Emily, Chanel, Rudy, and Drew being spoken to by Brother Arthur. After being dismissed, they all went their separate ways, leading to the ensuing weeks focusing on Rudy and Drew, Chanel approaching Gavin and Ana, and then Rain and Emily, but all of it at same time in different spots. If we're after third period now, the day is finally starting to advance.

Much as I probably didn't need to make such a distinction for the story, if I want even a modicum of an attempt at realism, presumably these kids at school have to attend classes from time to time. XD

Anyway! Today, we have Rudy and Colette meet up! The page is pretty straight forward on its own, but in case you forgot what was going on with Colette, here's a quick rundown.

Colette attended prom with Aidyn. Aidyn definitely likes Colette, and he seems to like Aidyn back well enough. But Colette hasn't told anyone other than Rudy that he's trans. (That said, Gavin also put the pieces together.) Anyway, Colette turned down offers to trade outfits with Rudy because he didn't want to have to come out yet. But after Rudy ended up trading with Ky instead, Colette got hit with dysphoria. Gavin noticed and offered his blazer, framing it as "you looked cold", and it helped Colette deal much better. Aidyn didn't take it well.

That brings us to now with a lot more links than I expected to have to pull up. I hope that helps, at least. XD

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Sanquiso 2nd Mar 2020, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I hope that Colette eventually finds/gets a more fitting name. Maybe an inofficial name just for friends to, well, test it out? Maybe Cole?
Anastasia 2nd Mar 2020, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
IIRC Jocelyn specifically said no to that name?
Drake Zephyr 2nd Mar 2020, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
They already said they'd prefer nothing close to there original name.
Rusty 6th May 2020, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Just gonna say; it's not like he can't be a boy named Colette if he finds that in fact his name is fine.

It's not like I felt a need to change my name (technically a nickname I picked up) just cuz I came out as a trans nonbinary woman. Still have a deadname; it's just not cuz I came out as trans.

I stopped using That name bcuz it connected me to my birth father and his family; and I didn't want that connection.
Jocelyn 6th May 2020, 5:28 PM edit delete reply

Honestly, I had strongly considered a scenario where Colette would decide to keep his name despite everything. And then everyone - characters and readers alike - would just have to accept he's a man named Colette. XD

But I admit that idea was more because I was a little salty about readers imposing other names he didn't pick, or refusing to address him by name by Colette as he'd asked for the time being. It wasn't really what I actually thought he'd pick, though, so I didn't go that route. I think it'd potentially be a good lesson about how different people view their name and transition differently. That said, I still think the route I did decide on also has important and valuable connotations. Maybe I'll save the "trans character keeps their decidedly gendered name through transition" arc for another time. ^_^
bgb16999 11th May 2020, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Sister Claire actually did that pretty well IMO. Oscar keeps her usually-masculine name through transition.
Jocelyn 12th May 2020, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

That reminds me. I started reading Sister Claire ages ago, and always meant to go back to it. I really should. Thanks for the reminder. :)
Racat 20th Sep 2022, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
My deadname was completely androgynous. I've actually known a few women that had the same name. I briefly considered keeping it, but I felt like I needed to know that people saw me differently. So I decided to go with Rachel instead. I can totally understand why he wouldn't want to use Cole as a name.
Sine 2nd Mar 2020, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, how dare you wear a blazer!

Damn. Come out or not? Betting starts now!
CJ 4th Mar 2020, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it's the fact that Colette wore a blazer, but the fact that he wore *Gavin's* blazer. A man giving somebody (usually, a girl, or somebody who is seen as a girl) a jacket is a pretty common romantic trope. Aidyn was probably just upset because he thought his date was into a different guy. If Colette was wearing Aidyn's blazer I bet Aidyn would not have been upset at all.
Magical Girl Esme 2nd Mar 2020, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Colette coming out to Aiden is a good idea. He was definitely jealous about Colette wearing Gavin's jacket so he's interested in "her" but finding out his prom date was a guy might not go over so well. He might be fine with it but he might get really upset, out her publicly and that could go really badly for Colette.
Some Ed 2nd Mar 2020, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Aiden seemed upset by the suggestion that things were what they were. Telling him they really were like that wouldn't make stuff any better.
Drake Zephyr 2nd Mar 2020, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Only thing Aidyn only appeared anxious that his date was gonna leave him. I don't think he suspected Colette was a guy at all.
Long-Time Lurker 2nd Mar 2020, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
I hope that no, Colette doesn't come out. (Or if he does, then it's only to the main gang who are proven trans-friendly). As sucky as it is being in the closet, I don't feel like he's in a safe environment. I don't think Aiden would react in a *physically* dangerous way, but I also don't think he'd react positively either. And, well, even with a tentatively-supportive reaction, being outed to others (see: Drew...) is still a potential concern.
Drake Zephyr 2nd Mar 2020, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Personally I think Aidyn actually just may not know exactly what it means. It appears he doesn't pick up on things easily.
Anastasia 2nd Mar 2020, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
These two are just too damn cute! I love them together :3
Troywhoisyaboi 2nd Mar 2020, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
As just coming out to my teacher for being bi-gender I can understand the hardships, also poor college, hope everything turns out ok.
Ari 3rd Mar 2020, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Kalciphoz 3rd Mar 2020, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Honestly I still think Aidyn seemed more concerned about Colette wearing _another_ guys blazer instead of Aidyn's blazer than the wearing a blazer part.
Pseudonym 3rd Mar 2020, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Nail, head, bang.
Kithindra 25th Jun 2020, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
I mean, if anime has taught me anything it's that kids only go to school to socialize and fight monsters from another dimension. None of this silly "class" business
mersharr 5th Jul 2020, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
Colette completely missed, that he wasn't bothered by Colette wearing a blazer but because it was another guy's blazer
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