Comic 1467 - New Girlfriend

7th Feb 2022, 9:12 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
New Girlfriend
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Jocelyn 7th Feb 2022, 9:12 AM edit delete
Folks may be bummed to hear Aiken and Jess didn't get back together. But sometimes, that's just how things go. So far, a lot of the confirmed pairings as of this chapter have gone exactly the way many of you might have expected, so naturally, I need to throw in a monkey wrench or two.

That said, this shouldn't be too farfetched. Last time we saw Aiken and Jess interact, they managed to reconcile and start over as friends. That Aiken is announcing his new girlfriend introduced to him by Jess (not to mention her inviting both to visit while she's in recovery), I like to think this implies that the two have remained rather close friends. Their romance ended poorly, with some things said that were hard to take back, but they grew enough that they can continue to be there for each other, even if not romantically.

It's also just really important to me to be able see two romantically/sexually compatible people totally cool to just be friends with each other!

As for Jessica's "long-awaited surgery coming soon", good for her! The journey's been longer than anticipated, with more than a few hiccups along the way (god, do I know that feeling), but she's finally reached this point. She deserves this little victory of her own! ^_^

As for Mona, the new girl, we don't really know anything about her, other than that she and Aiken were introduced through Jess, and they're all close enough to be aware of Jess' personal status. There's probably more that can be inferred or assumed, but this is as far as I plan to take Mona's character. I leave the rest up to your interpretation. ^_^

Kellen's been real quiet, huh?

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ValeryGraciela 7th Feb 2022, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Yeah. Kind of a bummer they didn't get back together, but I'm still happy for both.

Actually, I kinda expected that to happen
Noraa 7th Feb 2022, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
SpiltMilk64 7th Feb 2022, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Mona looks strangely familiar. It's probably just a coincidence though.
Jenn 7th Feb 2022, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
I think she looks a little like Fara, but with glasses.
Fourth Nate 17th Feb 2022, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Now that you say it, Mona does remind me of the person at the check-in desk at prom (during the prom chapter.) It could just be the outfit colors tho. Iirc that character was drawn as androgynous and never given canonical pronouns (but I could be remembering that wrong)
Zzyzx 7th Feb 2022, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
Uh oh. Kellen's not looking too comfortable hearing what's being said...
ValeryGraciela 7th Feb 2022, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
My first guess it's that she wants to hear more about Rain rather than Aiken...
Jenn 7th Feb 2022, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
My guess is that she's still single and self-conscious about it. And also self-conscious about "losing her family," like she was when Aiken was with Jessie (but more self-aware and so less jerky about it).
GreenWorld :D 7th Feb 2022, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Kellen doesn't look too happy.. She looks uncomfy, probably hinting at something that i'm too lazy to figure out
Oz 7th Feb 2022, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I think she find Rain is ignoring her and doing everything she can so she doesn t interact with her yet and she must feel bad for what she s done in the past that makes her sister not want to talk to her at all
. 7th Feb 2022, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
It's probably a continuation of this
where Kellen feels "left out," or that she doesn't want to talk about "other people's business."
Damoinion 8th Feb 2022, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
She definitely does not look comfortable with Aiken offering to ask if Rain can come along to support Jess in this particular context. I would surmise it may be raising very uncomfortable thoughts and mental images for her.
Anastasia 7th Feb 2022, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
My guess is she's also a trans girl who named herself after the Mona Lisa ;3
Serana 7th Feb 2022, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
This is my headcanon now.
Absentia 7th Feb 2022, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
honestly, i'm thinking the same thing. pretty sure the only other characters we see who cover up their neck like that are Jess and Rain, aka the two other trans girls in the comic, and Ruby sometimes when she appears. (i could be wrong, it could jsut be cold when the picture was taken, but the thought is still there)
Serana 9th Feb 2022, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
New headcanon acquired: Jocelyn's comic depictions of trans girls are all united by the one shared feature of wearing some form of neck ornamentation
Absentia 11th Feb 2022, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Carmen has a collar like this in her magical girl outfit, and Raquel from Scars of Redemption also has one. so... yeah, seems like neck covers and trans girls are at the very least closely connected
Ever-Present 9th Feb 2022, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Also: Aiken thinks Rain would like Mona; she is friends with Jessica, and Jessica is out to her; and Jocelyn says "[t]here's probably more that can be inferred or assumed" about her.

None of these on their own would imply that Mona is trans, but taken together it seems highly possible. I don't know about her being named after the painting though. *shrug*
Lentrax 7th Feb 2022, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
They turned out to be better friends than they were as lovers.

That is totally okay, and completely understandable.
Tokuben 7th Feb 2022, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
It's nice that he found someone.
Emma 7th Feb 2022, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Kellen might be looking uncomfortable, but at least she's not glaring, or saying anything rude... (yet)
Also, glad to see that Jess and Aiken are finally really good friends, with how they met through the dating app the missed out on just being in a platonic relationship, it's nice that at long last they can have that.
TK 7th Feb 2022, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Yeah this makes sense. Still nice to see he found a happy relationship though.
Serana 7th Feb 2022, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Tension to see what Kellen has to say about all this is high...
Absentia 7th Feb 2022, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
as bummed as i am for Aiken and Jess not to be together, i'm super glad they're still close friends. more media needs male and female friendships taht don't transform into relationships.

i don't know much about Mona, but i love her already. if she's friends with Jess, she's a good person, and i'm happy for Aiken.
arkathenia 7th Feb 2022, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Oh, that is a turn - I did not imagine Aiken would not get back together with Jessica. I imagined they were quite fantastic for one another - that's kinda surprising, and a small twist for the story. This somehow feels.... better. It feels as Rain does, taking routes that are natural, but right, rather than going for the classical idealic story route. Wonderfully found, Jocelyn.
girly 7th Feb 2022, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
i was really hoping for jessica and aiken but yea this makes more sense and im happy for both of them and for mona to
iHateFridays 7th Feb 2022, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Just binged the whole comic :o Both nervous and excited for the ending 😅
bgb16999 8th Feb 2022, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Welcome to the Rain fandom!
iHateFridays 10th Feb 2022, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Let's goo
bgb16999 8th Feb 2022, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
I'm also glad to see people who could be a romantic couple being friends instead.
ElyIndigo 13th Feb 2022, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
IDK I'm pretty happy they're not together. Wouldn't have felt right.
Crocadino 7th May 2022, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
It's for the best. Honestly I'd be lil upset if all the characters were ALL in awesome relationships... I'm lonely and single man, no need to rub it in (༎ຶ ෴ ༎ຶ)
Crocadino 7th May 2022, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Okay but Mona is very beautiful and cute( ꈍᴗꈍ)
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