Comic 1286 - No Words

16th Sep 2020, 10:17 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
No Words
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Jocelyn 16th Sep 2020, 10:17 AM edit delete
Welcome back, Rain Beaus.

Let me start right away by apologizing about coming back on such a heavy note. I said at the end of the last story page that there was initially one more page at the end of the previous chapter. But I held it back because I didn't want it to be the note the comic left off on for an unknown length of time. I thought it might be better to leave off on a more positive note, given everything going on in the world.

I technically stand by this decision, but I don't necessarily like the flow of coming back on this page either. In truth, I didn't want that hiatus to happen. And in a non-Covid timeline, I wouldn't have had one there. It would've gone through at least to the end of this chapter we're starting now.

I think this'll be moot for future readers who can just reach this point and keep going; for them, this will flow a lot better. But as is, leaving off on this page felt wrong, but picking up on it after a long break, unfortunately, also doesn't feel quite right. But this was still the next part of the story that I couldn't really move anywhere else, so here we are.

So I do apologize if it feels clunky, or like a bit much first day back. I know the state of the world isn't my fault, but maybe I could've been a little more prepared given how many unplanned hiatuses I've had to go on over the years.


Anyway, as for the page itself - and in case you don't feel like reading my recap from the other day - the shorter version is that Emily's mom has a long history of emotionally abusing, neglecting, and abandoning her child. On prom night, she called Emily out of the blue and told her to come home after finally returning from a business trip for the first time in months.

Days later, Emily decided she wanted closure, and to give a piece of her mind to the mother who was never there for her. Now, after calling Emily back home, her mother has gone on yet another business trip. Her mom never contacted her; she simply left behind a short, cold letter (insulting her, asking favors of her, and kicking her out all in just one paragraph). This brings us to now.

After Emily had finally gained that resolve to speak her mind, her mom disappeared yet again before she could say any of it. Emily had mentally prepared herself for an argument, but she couldn't predict being left unable to say anything.

While I promise this won't be an entirely angsty and depressing chapter, it will still be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I personally think this is probably one of the heavier pages, but of course, your mileage may vary. That said, if you're not up for this - because it's too familiar, or you're just having a hard time with the world situation - I absolutely understand if you need to sit this one out.

As I mentioned the other day, this chapter will run until about November 6th. If you need to skip it entirely for your mental health, or want to just catch up when you're feeling you're in a better headspace, it's entirely fine. Please do what you need to do for you. The comic's not going anywhere, and Chapter 41 will be much more lighthearted.

If you're sticking around, please enjoy the read.

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Guest 16th Sep 2020, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Hooboy this is heavy

I can relate so hard on having an absentee parent
(My father)

This is going to be a rough chapter but I'm a grown woman and can handle it
j-eagle12212012 16th Sep 2020, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Didn't realize I wasn't logged in, opps
Alex 16th Sep 2020, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
What almost hurts me the most is that Emily's mom signed the letter, "Love, Mom" while it's so clear that she doesn't love her daughter. Or maybe Emily's mom has some extremely skewed way of what love looks like. I just feel so bad for Emily. Although it's sad, this is a great page
Drake Zephyr 16th Sep 2020, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Okay, time to dive in to this chapter I guess. *Throws on goggles* This is gonna be an emotional challenge like none other!
Lexi 16th Sep 2020, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Oh dear. That's next level abuse. >:(
Guest 16th Sep 2020, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Just because I've never actually said this before, fuck Emily's mom. And fuck manipulative piece-of-shit parents everywhere. On a lighter note, I'm glad to see updates again. I appreciate you tackling heavy subjects like this. I mean, you've been doing it for years prior but I just want you to know how wonderful it is seeing these problems being shown and dealt with in Rain.
SometimesIReadComics 16th Sep 2020, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Well that was anticlimactic.
Aeon 16th Sep 2020, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Seems like a typical abuser. Nice touch on the "love mom" bit.
Ellie 16th Sep 2020, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Soooo happy Rain is back! I expected either this outcome from confronting FB Emily’s mom or something much worse! I’m somewhat glad this is how it happened, but there still isn’t a sense of closure, for her or us! I look forward to future comics!
J 16th Sep 2020, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Oof. This hits really close to home for me.

I definitely remember the feeling of coming home from school and finding a letter from my parents, with a wad of cash to pay for groceries until they got back. It's a kick in the gut.
Neelix 16th Sep 2020, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Poor Emily... :-(
not much else to say here, the page title sums it up nicely I think.

On a lighter note. I like your new avatar. :-)
Calcifina 16th Sep 2020, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
I'm so excited to see the comic back! I've been checking every 5 minutes it feels like!
~J 16th Sep 2020, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
Deeefinitely agree with the call to split the break with the tonal shift rather than the explicit chapter end. Because oooof.
Noonerboi21 16th Sep 2020, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
And so it begins... Can't wait to see what happens
Ness 16th Sep 2020, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Does her mom even know that she's pregnant? If so, telling her to do all the clean up so that she can sell the house is a really shitty thing to do. Good thing Emily already has somewhere else to live or she would end up in the street with her baby. People like that make me want to punch them.
I'm happy that Rain is back though. Looking frward to see how the girls handle all this.
Jocelyn 16th Sep 2020, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Her mom does indeed know about the pregnancy. She's just that horrible.
bgb16999 16th Sep 2020, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
All right, let's get this chapter going!

Anyhow, here is part 3 of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament (you can vote for as many characters as you want.)
William Melton 17th Sep 2020, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
It seems no one likes Ellen.
Kaiden-kun 17th Sep 2020, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Except that one person xD
Fourth Nate 18th Sep 2020, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Tbf as far as I can remember, all the teachers besides Fara and Brother Arthur have only ever said hurtful or ignorant things.
Willow13 18th Sep 2020, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Yep Ellen is not the biggest problem one though.
Nick 16th Sep 2020, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
I’m lucky enough to have good parents, but one of my friend’s parents is manipulative, and constantly controlling her, despite being a legal adult. I honestly can’t imagine what it’s like, and I’m not gonna try to understand, but I still want to be someone who’ll listen to my friends when they just need to rant.
kittysoup 17th Sep 2020, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Technically just now reading this after watching and giving an analyst of the stepmother in Ever After (being the hero of her own story), so I was at least ready for this one. Remains to be seen the rest, but I made it through your GoT-like twist in the past that upset me for months on end, I think I'm gonna handle it. I know you never meant to leave us hanging, so I don't blame you, but it's nice to be distracted by other (fictional, specifically) people's problems when our own seem insurmountable.
William Melton 17th Sep 2020, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, if I were Emily, I'd just leave the house dusty. This is pretty obvious abuse, with her mother being pretty clear Emily only matters to her as a maid at this point.
Hazel 17th Sep 2020, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
"Love, Mom"
To ignore your child's pain, because it was caused by you.
To believe you still deserve the title of parent.
To know your child only as an image that you created, than who they really are.
It's not a thank you, to know that your relationship with your child is more professional than anything.
It's love, the magnet that keeps you by their side for as long as they can keep it up.
It's those parents, who still blindly think that their style is good and correct, despite everything that says otherwise. Who don't even seem to realize their manipulative ways, but you know that even if they did know, they'd continue, unwilling to believe their child could ever hate them.
It's powerful writing to be able to do that.
Dr opal 17th Sep 2020, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Dr opal
The girl NEEDS to let it out
Illy 17th Sep 2020, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
So, the mature response is to write "no" on the bottom of the letter, leave it on her mother's pillow, remove all the stuff she cares about from the house, and then leave a dead rat in every room.

Willow13 17th Sep 2020, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Tbh yes
RubyRuthNeal 17th Sep 2020, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
I dunno about the dead rat but I know of someone who filled the hollow curtain rods in every room with raw shrimp then shut off the central air conditioner system when they left the house for the last time, from an abusive spouse. The spouse was away and wouldn't be returning for a few days, and keep in mind the summertime temperatures in this part of Texas routinely exceed 100F degrees for days, weeks even, at a time.... and a closed up house gets mighty warm inside. Let your imagination guess what the place must've smelled like when the abusive ex-spouse returned home and searched everywhere in futility trying to find the source of the "fragrance". That scene must've been epic.
RubyRuthNeal 17th Sep 2020, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
And yes I know the curtain rod thing is an urban myth, but in real life the person copy-cat'ed the myth after reading about it on the internet.... and yeah it really worked.
William Melton 17th Sep 2020, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Not sure you can buy a dead rat easily, but a smidge of tuna in multiple well-hidden spots, then max out the in-house heating...
John 18th Sep 2020, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
I’d suggest not leaving the house worse than how her bio mom left it. But signing no and taking only her belongings is a great way to deal with it. If her mom doesn’t care about being a mom then she doesn’t get to ask anything of Emily
Gilly 17th Sep 2020, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Sell the house, but said nothing about throwing Emily out or that there would not be another house. I suppose different people read it differently. I will say that chores are not abusive, and emotional neglect is still neglect but it is a passive not active abuse. The mom might have been honest about loving her daughter and wanting the best, but thinks that independence, food, and shelter are enough support. Not to say that is enough, but Emily seems to be a decent person despite it so maybe the mother did not do too much wrong, you know? Emily is alive, healthy, and has good grades.
Willow13 17th Sep 2020, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Yeah No
It is abuse she is clearly suffering and her decent grades and health have nothing to due with her Mom

I get some of your points but noeones saying chores are abuse. We saying mocking your daughter, encouraging her into sexual relationships with older guys she doesn't like, manipulating her and making your own daughter scared of you is Abuse. You were quite dismissive here and I would be careful because Emily and Rains parental struggle is very real for many people.
Guest 17th Sep 2020, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
As a person who lived in an abusive household I can vouch that it is possible to "turn out fine" without the parent being a good parent. It's very obvious that Emily is suffering emotional abuse which generally means the parent will still feed her and stuff because they don't want anyone to notice the mistreatment. I've met several emotionally abused kids that talk about how they tried to tell people about being abused but were ignored because they weren't being starved or beat. The worst thing my dad ever did to me was tell me that he wished they had aborted me, sure he beat, starved, and neglected me but those words hurt me more.
Some Ed 18th Sep 2020, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, what Guest said. The abuse my parents gave was relatively minor, and I think 1 of 3 kids turned out fine. On the other end of the spectrum, another of those kids left his fifth wife with no notice because he decided he couldn't handle her chronic health issue any longer, about a month after she finally got a treatment that helps her. He complained he was wasting his life with this crap. And then proceeded to try to emulate Linus from Stardew Valley.

Just to be clear, I don't really know enough about Linus to really judge him. His choices may be all well and good for him. But I don't feel like abandoning ones wife with chronic health issues to go living a life of dumpster diving is really a good life choice. Also, it's my impression that Linus doesn't ever break into people's houses to get the really fresh trash.
Guest 21st Sep 2020, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
Linus is a character who lives that life to be connected with nature and to experience things that those of us accustomed to modern living probably never will. He's very introspective and non-judgmental, despite how he's treated. He's actually good at finding his own food foraging and fishing, and he dumpster dives because he believes it is a waste for people to throw away perfectly good food and it isn't harming anyone.

It sounds like that other adult child is nothing like Linus. Sorry, Stardew Valley is one of my favorite games, so I felt the need to defend him.
Some Ed 23rd Sep 2020, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
I apologize for how my response came across. I wasn't meaning to say anything bad about Linus. There's clearly something in his past he doesn't want to talk about, so that leaves some room for him having done something stupid. But we all do stupid stuff from time to time, and on the whole, he's one of the nicer characters in the game.

My brother, on the other hand, might say he wants to be connected with nature, but he lives in a city, the last I heard. He claimed to be good at foraging, but going into somebody's home to do it is really, really not OK. I can't fault my brother for trying to be more introspective and less judgmental, but knowing how he lived the first 50 some odd years of his life, I don't really have much hope there.

In short, the fact that I summarized my brother as attempting to emulate Linus and then clarified how I don't feel like he made a good life choice is not meant to say that Linus made poor life choices.

It's also probably relevant to mention the one child my parents had who seems to have maybe turned out OK has spent a lot of time in therapy.
RubyRuthNeal 17th Sep 2020, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Wait...What? Emily's mom is a no show just after speaking on the phone earlier that same day and pressuring Emily into coming home that same evening? And not even having the courtesy to call her back later to tell her nevermind... but instead has the freakin' GALL to instead leave a note at the house saying she's gonna be gone a whole month.... AND expects Emily to clean the house for her return?????


What I really want to say about Emily's mother can't be done without using really foul language so I'll keep my mouth shut.

Emily needs more than just hugs here, she might even need some grief counseling. Maybe Vincent could help her out or connect her with one of his colleagues who specializes in this particular kind of emotional trauma.
bgb16999 17th Sep 2020, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
No, Emily's mom told her to come home the night of prom, which Emily didn't do. This is a couple days after prom, so her mom left in the mean time.
Willow13 17th Sep 2020, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
Rubies point still stands though.
RubyRuthNeal 17th Sep 2020, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Oops, yeah I glossed over the recap page too quickly and missed that... but still it sucks that Emily's mother is so detached that she thinks just leaving a note in the house instead of calling her again is the appropriate thing to do.
bgb16999 17th Sep 2020, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
Since I failed to include links in my last post:
Prom was May 24th (three days before this page). Emily gets a call at prom, which turns out to be from her mother demanding she come home.

Given that it was previously established that Emily's mom leaves town for weeks or months at a time (Jocelyn linked to one such page above), I think the implication of that call was that Emily's mom had been gone on "business" for the entire time that Emily was staying with Fara and Rain, and she just happened to come home the night of prom and noticed Emily wasn't home.

Remember Emily has been staying with Rain since the end of Chapter 28, which is set on February 25. So Emily's mom was gone for at least three months, then demanded Emily come home right away, then left less than three days later.
Fourth Nate 18th Sep 2020, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Maybe left as soon as she realized Emily wasn't coming home that day. Emily mentioned her mom freezing her out when Emily doesn't do what she wants. Dunno if selling the house implies kicking her out as strongly as Jocelyn thinks it does, but the uncertainty is there, and that's almost worse
Some Ed 18th Sep 2020, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
I want to think that Emily's mom wanted Emily to come home that night so she could discuss this next business trip and the selling of the house, and talking about where they'd live next and so forth. That the request for it to be that night was due to the urgency of her next trip.

But I think Fourth Nate has hit the nail on the head. Maybe their was business in Europe that she needed to attend to, but it probably wasn't a month worth of business.

As far as the selling the house thing goes, I'd say that bit doesn't imply kicking her out. The bit where she didn't say anything about where they'd be living later, however, absolutely does. I've known someone who left a note like that for their child without intending to kick them out, but I've known a rather incredible number of very varied people. In the case of the person I knew, they'd simply forgotten to include that detail. They hadn't considered what to do about the possibility their child might not be back early from their two week camping trip until about five minutes before they needed to rush to the airport for their flight, so left a first draft note written with little thought.

I'm pretty sure that's not Emily's mother, however. I'm not certain that Emily's mother intends to kick Emily out, but I do feel like she probably intends Emily to worry about that outcome. She may also be planning on deciding whether to actually kick Emily out or not based on how presentable the house is for sale. While making that decision on such a basis seems quite counter to the "Love, Mom" ending, not saying anything about it would make it passive aggressive, and thus feel to be in character for the sort of woman I've gotten to think Emily's mother is.

Even if Emily's mother was not intending that Emily spend time fretting about that concern, but simply forgot to mention the detail, I feel like she would still be pretty bad because it's important to keep people appraised of the major decisions you make that have major impacts on them, and moving your dependents with basically no notice is absolutely a major decision that has a major impact on them. My parents, for all their faults, at least managed to always keep their children living in their home appraised of all of the moves we made while I was growing up.
RubyRuthNeal 19th Sep 2020, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
I can't help but think Emily's mom is just too damn shallow and self-centered that Emily's feelings, welfare and well-being simply just doesn't really ever cross her mind much, if any at all.
Willow13 17th Sep 2020, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
Also Yay Rain chapter Updates!
John 18th Sep 2020, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
I’m glad to see Rain is back. And I love the entire second row. So much is conveyed in three panels with no dialogue. So now what is Emily going to do?

No need to be sorry about the comic paving being between a rock and a hard place. Covid put a lot of people in that spot.
Some Ed 18th Sep 2020, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
I think the safest course is to simply cut ties. Move all of ones stuff from the house, change her voicemail message to tell her mother that she's done dealing with her mother's crap and gotten rid of her phone, so she should cancel the phone plan, and then get her own cell phone and get on with her life with Rain. Depending on how long of an outgoing message she can record, she might even have some time to express how much she hates her mother.

But I don't think she's ready to do that. So we get to see what she will actually do. I feel like none of the possibilities that spring to my mind would be classy enough for her, but she clearly wants to have some interaction with her mother over this crap.

I doubt interaction with her mother would go as well as Emily hopes. I mean, I remember always wanting to be able to say things to my father, but he's always been too dismissive of my feelings for that to have ever been effective. I have this feeling Emily's mother would have the same sort of thing going on. Regardless of what Emily says, I expect she'd insist that she was right and justified in her actions and Emily has no place to judge her.
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