Comic 1382 - Groceries

24th May 2021, 11:44 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Groceries
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Jocelyn 24th May 2021, 11:44 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
Throughout the chapter so far, lots of folks have been asking about Trevor's boyfriend, Frank. Well, here he is. If you were wondering where he's been, it turns out Gavin has more friends than they expected and the dads were not ready to host a barbecue for like a dozen teenagers. XD

(Wait. Is that everyone, then?)

Anyway, don't worry if you don't remember Frank. I think besides this bit of the story, his last and only other appearance was back in Chapter 13. He probably won't do all that much either, but hey, he's here!


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Willow13 24th May 2021, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Gavin): 'Can I have friends over.' His Dad: 'You have friends?'
ever-present guest 24th May 2021, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
If Ky hadn't been a friend of Gavin then I feel like Frank talking to people from his car could be construed as harassment
Syter6 24th May 2021, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
Syter6
I disagree with that one, ky stands before gavin's house while gavin expects people over and is gavin's age. I think frank is in the clear of assuming she is there for the party.
Coffee Milk 24th May 2021, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
And if she hadn't been, he probably just would have apologized and let it be. That's definitely not harassment lol
ever-present guest 24th May 2021, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
fair enough. Context is important
girlygirl 24th May 2021, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
THERES frank! so looks like the fan theory is not true but he does kinda look like a older soft aiken XD. hmm so beside gavin there is
1. rain
2. ryan
3. maria
4. chanel
5. rudy
6. emily
7. ana
8. blair
9. isaac
10. fara
11. vincent
am i forgeting someone of is there just one more?
Kate 24th May 2021, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
So far the count for Gavin and his friends is
1. Gavin
2. Ana
3. Maria
4. Chanel
5. Blair
6. Isaac
7. Rain
8. Emily
9. Rudy
10. Ryan
11. Ky
12. ?

I can't think of a 12th person, besides maybe Allison? But I don't know if Gavin has even seen her recently enough to invite her.
bgb16999 24th May 2021, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
I could see Allison showing up.
Absentia 24th May 2021, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
either Gavin invited her or Rain did. she's almost definitely gonna show up though. there's no reason for her not to.
arkathenia 24th May 2021, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
Hey, I thought the exact same thing! I thought that was Aiken, until the dialogue told me ^^ I was kinda disappointed, but this makes it a lot easier for Rain to just have fun and enjoy the day, as a normal kid, because she is just a normal kid in an extraordinary situation :)
Chrissy 24th May 2021, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
So, Gavin waited until that late to say how many were invited? Though I admit, I did think Fara and Vincent were just extras to the list....
Some Ed 26th May 2021, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
If my experience is anything to go on, it could be he said how many people were invited, and that report was discounted. As the step-dad of one of my high school associates said, "I've never seen that boy with more than three friends over. Where did all of these kids come from?"

The step-dad's spouse had during the week custody, and this encounter was in the summer. Literally every friend at the event had been over to visit previously, on multiple occasions, but with school and other things going on through the school year, there weren't that many of the guy's step-son's new friends able to show up at a time.

Not everyone invited was able to attend, as even in summer, there's still possible conflicts. I think I was the only friend of a friend, though the event had been officially open for people to bring friends to.

To be fair, the situation's a bit different, as the boy with the unexpectedly successful party in my past had been a new student in our school the prior school year. He'd been a misfit at his prior school, and technically he was still one at the new school - it's just that we had enough students to have a successful misfits social circle.

Taking advantage of Kate's list, we have

1. Party boy himself
2. New kid in school
3. Old friend.
4. Kid 3 years younger, so probably no prior chance for them to be in the same social circle during prior summers.
5. Old friend's new friend.
6. Old friend's new friend.
7. New kid in school, at least relative to prior summers.
8. Old friend's ex.
9. Old friend's brother.
10. Old friend's brother's new friend.
11. New kid in school's friend who doesn't go to the same school.

It feels likely that Gavin had someone over previously who hasn't been significant enough in the comic for me to remember their association with Gavin. But most of this friends list is expansion that happened this year and because of Rain. Blair and Isaac are here because of what happened to Maria, but I somehow don't feel like she and Chanel would've been dating if not for Rain, so that could be attributed that way, too.

I'm not saying that these are all really Rain's friends. Everyone clearly gets along, and I'm sure Rain would've been less successful getting friends if Gavin hadn't contributed to the atmosphere in Rain's friend circle. But I felt like Gavin was content to go with status quo, while Rain was deliberately seeking new friends as a new kid in school who was especially disconnected from her prior life.
Chrissy 24th May 2021, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Oh, and this still doesn't discredit the fan theory... If reactions were getting too weird for him, it's possible he went home early.... Flights aren't that dificult to change...
Guest 24th May 2021, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
What is the fan theory you’re referring to? I’m not really involved in the community and I can’t think for the life of me who you’re talking about.
ghalfsharp0 24th May 2021, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
The theory is that Frank and Holly's uncle are one and the same.
Chrissy 24th May 2021, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Frank is Holly's uncle
Kyle 24th May 2021, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
OMG! Frank is so cute, especially in pink!
arkathenia 24th May 2021, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
So much <3 This is such a wonderful chapter <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Guest 24th May 2021, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
New profile? O_O
Absentia 25th May 2021, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
i like how Ky said "for now" for her pronouns. jsut shows how much more accepting of herself she is now than when we first met her.
Tanny 25th May 2021, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
OH NO HE'S HOT. I WASN'T READY.
RubyRuthNeal 25th May 2021, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
RubyRuthNeal
Getting much better at drawing cars...... Frank's car looks a lot like a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, given the extra little side windows behind the rear door windows.
1602 25th May 2021, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Hey, It's missing a bit of Rudy's hummor.
cjc333 26th May 2021, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
I love Kylie’s pool outfit, so cute ^-^
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