Comic 1434 - The Last Letter, Part 1

8th Nov 2021, 9:41 AM in Ch. 43 - Liriel's Daughter
The Last Letter, Part 1
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)
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Jocelyn 8th Nov 2021, 9:41 AM edit delete
Wait. She knew?

Wait! "Over and over again!?"

Wait!? There's more pages to this letter!?!?

Psst! The next page is going to be kind of a heavy, bittersweet one (maybe needless to say given the context), so be mindful of your personal limits, especially if you're planning to read from work or school. It's okay to cry, but I don't want to put anyone in a difficult situation. :)

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Tanny 8th Nov 2021, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

Good mom.
jgrace 8th Nov 2021, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Skydream 8th Nov 2021, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Okay, the letter is adorable and all sorts of heartwarming...

But that last little bit in brackets made me giggle :D I love it!
Philine 8th Nov 2021, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
I instantly had tears in my eyes!
River 8th Nov 2021, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
This is gonna hit hard isn’t it :,c
Lexi 8th Nov 2021, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
My hearttttttttttttt
Stacy 8th Nov 2021, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm not crying, you're crying!
Tokuben 8th Nov 2021, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Awwww that's so sweet.
erebuslost 8th Nov 2021, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
That scans, the memory that stuck was the one with a big negative emotion attached, maybe the other times didn't hit as hard for Rain? Like no sibling laughter or a softer no from her mom or just less impactful after the first rejection? Also, thinking about Liriel writing this letter thinking about a future for her daughter that she wouldn't get to see is doubling down on these eye rivers.
Absentia 9th Nov 2021, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
considering Rain's first memory is that event, it's also possible that that was the last one that happened in sequence. it's the one Rain remembered because her memory had finally started fully working at the time, but Liriel still had memories of all the rest, hence what she said to Rain after. she played face for the twins, who's laughter made her worried about if they'd pick on Rain unless she shut it down there, and then she expressed her true feelings in private later. and then that was the last she heard of it for a while until her husband told her about his discovery, at which point she fully knew that Rain still felt that way.

also, 100% agree with the eye rivers. Jocelyn is a genius for making a comic that's able to make me both smile and cry at the exact same time.
Dave The Squirrel 8th Nov 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
I have a feeling that we're going to see a more self-confident Rain in the future. Knowing that her Mom accepted her identity will validate Rain in her own mind.

Of course, we don't know yet what's on the other pages of the letter, but this is a good start.
bgb16999 8th Nov 2021, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
This is the single sweetest page of a comic I have read in years.
LadyAnastasia 8th Nov 2021, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Fuck. This hurts. It's so sweet.
j-eagle12212012 8th Nov 2021, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
All aboard the Feels train
Phrown 9th Nov 2021, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
All aboard the feels, Rain
Tan 8th Nov 2021, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
A bit of a quibble, but the ribbon should probably be showing on her left wrist in the big holding-the-letter panel

Beyond that. Well. I am reserving most of my thoughts until more of this plays out, but do we know how old Rain was when her mom died?
Jocelyn 8th Nov 2021, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

"do we know how old Rain was when her mom died?"

Yep! She was 12. We've had that confirmed very recently, in fact. ^_^
SerenitySilvermoon 9th Nov 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
No wonder this hit me so hard. I was 13 when I lost mine. Thanks for the wonderful comic, Lyn
Phrown 9th Nov 2021, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
You could say the ribbon was just below where they showed her wrist.
Casey K 8th Nov 2021, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Casey K
Me, reading: πŸ˜€πŸ˜…πŸ™‚πŸ˜―
Also me, thinking: "dont cry at work, dont cry at work."

Absolutely beautiful and this is only page one.
doombird 8th Nov 2021, 2:10 PM edit delete reply

(I somehow feel sure that if my mom were dying she would absolutely also end her dying letter to me with a :P emoji. What a sassy molassy.)
Some Ed 8th Nov 2021, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
There are two more pages depicted. I don't think this is the end of the letter.

Also, I suspect that she wrote this at least weeks before she died, possibly even years.

Actually, that could be why there are more pages. I've known people to write the letters they leave to their loved ones in installments, and then leave all the pages in order. As such, the first page feels like it's complete like this, but then there's more pages.

In that case, your point could somewhat stand, but it's still not the final page.

Unless, of course, Jocelyn decided that it just felt like there should be multiple pages to the letter, but didn't have the words to say.
TirzahHayes 8th Nov 2021, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if this could set up Kellen being more accepting now? Like she seemed like she was really concerned about losing the family she used to have and I wonder if it would help for her to see that her mother accepted Rain. Obviously, there are some giant hoops she will have to step through to get back in her sister's good graces but I hope that maybe she can come to a realization that Rain isn't stealing her brother from her because the brother didn't even exist when her mom was alive.
Selix 8th Nov 2021, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Kellen also expressed a desire to not be β€œthe bad guy” anymore, so that’s involved as well
Guest 8th Nov 2021, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
The last time we saw her sorta made me think that she already more or less accepts Rain. She acknowledged that what she did was wrong, and of course there was that smile when she found out that Rain was the prom queen. (Also, correct me if I'm wrong, I feel like I remember Kellen saying Rain instead of Ryan..)

My theory is that she's come to terms with and accepted Rain's identity, and hasn't made any effort to reach out because she knows what Rain thinks of her and doesn't want to be reminded of the things she did and said.
Majora 8th Nov 2021, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
The fact that this not only looks typed, but is in a typewriter font, but then ends with a :P face is so incredibly hilarious to me
Ever-Present 9th Nov 2021, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Yes I wondered if it was meant to be typed or if it was meant to be handwritten and this is just a limit of the medium
masterbladero 8th Nov 2021, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
I'm not crying, you're all the ones that are let me turn my face around and clean my eyes for a reason totally unrelated to this.
Starlow 8th Nov 2021, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
And there is still more to this emotional letter
Absentia 9th Nov 2021, 1:48 AM edit delete reply

Vikki McD 9th Nov 2021, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Oz 10th Nov 2021, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
I was so moved by that letter, It is all I wanted for Rain ! Now to go rub this in her sister's face
Anon 11th Nov 2021, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Wow she was using emoticons way before their time what a trailblazer :p
Jocelyn 11th Nov 2021, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

Not for nothing, but Liriel would've passed around 2007-2008. People were definitely using emoticons by then. In fact, I feel pretty sure I remember people using them in the 90s. ;P
JustRaining 12th Aug 2022, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
:D :'( ^.^ <3
Chrissy 12th Nov 2021, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Emotions have definitely been around for a while at that point. I can't find history on specifically when they became popular, but Despair, Inc has used one as their logo from the beginning, and that company was founded in 1998....
Keiya 17th Nov 2021, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
I'm crying right now but... Thank you so much.

One of my greatest regrets in life is I never told my grandpa who I really was before I lost him. And despite knowing logically it can't be... This part of the letter feels like it's kind of from him for me, too, somehow.

Thank you so, so much for that.
OffKeyArts 23rd Apr 2022, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
As someone with dead parents, this sent me into quite the crying spell! I definitely know what I need to talk about in therapy next.

Also, this comic has brought a lot of perspective to my life. Thank you.
Suzuran 24th Sep 2022, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
This caused me to create an account just to subscribe to you so I don't forget to come back for more. Thank you for the feels.
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