Comic 1480 - Lorcan

9th Mar 2022, 9:35 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 9th Mar 2022, 9:35 AM edit delete
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Allie 9th Mar 2022, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Oh my God Kellen is the sister I wish I had
Ever-Present 9th Mar 2022, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Current Kellen, not the Kellen of six years ago, I take it?
Rue_ 9th Mar 2022, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Tokuben 9th Mar 2022, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
For Lorcan!!!!!
Tanny 9th Mar 2022, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

I'm so proud of Kellen rn. She really grew up in 6 years.
Long-Time Lurker 9th Mar 2022, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Absolutely. Just doing better because she's learned and grown and it's the right thing to do. <3 Similarly, she's not asking or demanding anything from Rain either, just hoping it's enough to allow her sister to allow her back into her life. So proud of her.

I think it's the best way to go about a reconciliation without any (unintentional) author implication Rain "ought" to reconcile. Rain probably has heard at least some of this growth second-hand from Aiken and decided she wanted to give her sis a second chance. Kudos to Jocelyn for successfully walking that fine line.
WindandRain 9th Mar 2022, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad things turned out this way, because forgiveness is an important quality. Did Kellen do a HORRIBLE thing? Undoubtedly. But she is showing true remorse, and an effort to change. I think it's important to show that even someone as flawed as Kellen can improve on a second chance.
Vicky95 9th Mar 2022, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
I'm not crying you're crying....
ValeryGraciela 9th Mar 2022, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Well, yeah. Kellen might still have a lot to learn. But she has shown growth even before the time jump.

She has made so much progress, and I'm so proud of her. BUT! I'm still angry about how things happened a while ago.
Azrael 9th Mar 2022, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Stop that! Whenever someone links me back to one of those early pages I just end up reading a whole chapter or eight...
ValeryGraciela 9th Mar 2022, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Ah, sorry.

But in your defense, I read the following chapters, too. And I put the links xd
Lexi 9th Mar 2022, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
T_T Beautiful!
Seeing Kellen's growth makes me especially happy.
LadyAnastasia 9th Mar 2022, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Rain's smile in panel 2 is the cutest damn thing ever. OMG. I want merch of that cute face.
Three Fours 9th Mar 2022, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
I just realized why that name seems so familiar:
Lemonado Girl 9th Mar 2022, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
It would seem our mysterious group chat participant had the right of it. Now if you'll excuse me, *more loud sobbing*
Phrown 9th Mar 2022, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Aiken almost misgendered his dad but caught himself at the last second. I like that detail. It shows nobody is perfect and that even the best of us can make mistakes.
j-eagle12212012 9th Mar 2022, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Progress is good

This is giving me mixed feelings

On the one hand I'm glad that after such a betrayal from Kellen that she could mature and be a better person

On the other hand I think of my situation with the sperm donor and what he did (not getting into details but it was because of him that I didn't come out as trans when I was 14)
I do not think I can ever forgive him and quite frankly he doesn't deserve it

Absentia 10th Mar 2022, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
i mean, if he was that bad, he sounds more like a Marcus than a Kellen, at which point, yeah, he doesn't deserve forgiveness.

Kellen is actively trying. she realizes what she did was wrong. she's apologized for it. she is fixing herself. in my opinion, she's earned forgiveness.
j-eagle12212012 10th Mar 2022, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Oh yeah I absolutely agree that Kellen has earned some forgiveness for sure

I guess I was making the comparison to not being in contact for 6 years
He is definitely a Marcus not a Kellen
Sorry for the confusion

I am slowly healing and dealing with the damage he caused, I hope to be able to move on like Rain did last chapter
Absentia 11th Mar 2022, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
i hope so too. i know i'm jsut a stranger on the internet, but if you ever want someone to talk to, i'm willing to listen.
j-eagle12212012 11th Mar 2022, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Most of my friends started as strangers on the internet
Heck my girlfriend started as a cute stranger on the internet 🙂

I appreciate your kind words and kind offer
I will keep it in mind
bgb16999 9th Mar 2022, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Six years is a long time. This is really impressive development for Kellen. It turns out anyone(*) can be redeemed.
(*) Except Todd, Marcus, Norman, Quinten, Ana's mom, Ky's parents, Rob's parents, and probably other people I'm forgetting about. Additional terms and conditions may apply.
ShoShone 9th Mar 2022, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

So Lorcan is Liriel/Rain's actual Dad. Mark was only ever just a sperm donor.

Because the surname Flaherty came from the sperm donor I didn't expect the guy to go full Irish on us. I was expecting him to pick a name more like Lionel. And I had presumed Kellen and Aiken were named by the donor. But there's nothing that says he couldn't be Irish as well.

Come to think of it I can't recall any place in the comic where you specify that tidbit of family information one way or another.

Oh, wait. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I need to go with the obvious. Lorcan was Fara's brother. Fara's surname is Bryer. I didn't realize before how the family name sounded Irish. I was only thinking ice cream.

But I have no explanation whatsoever as to how the name Liriel didn't tip me off.

... ... ... ...

Okay, you read my comment referring to parenting style weeks ago. But I am very well aware that we all have differing experiences. And my way to address the parent question is not the prevalent way.

That being said, regardless how it may sound related, at least superficially, this is apart from that.

Lorcan's take on the parent question is exactly what I expect from a guy. Never mind how he carried three babies inside his uterus for a total twenty seven months, birthed, then fed and nurtured them. Oh, no, not as a Mom but he was an excellent Father. Repudiate any semblance of sounding even slightly femme.

We can all just forget the fact how NOBODY is absolutely one hundred percent male nor female. 🙄

It's a masculine attitude.

My take is that motherhood made him a far better man. But that's just me. I understand how others will differ.

But one takeaway from all this is that you're very good with character development and realistic. Even when done on the oblique.
Absentia 10th Mar 2022, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
i love this. this is the sibling relationship i wish i had in my life.
Sarah 10th Mar 2022, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
I just love the companionate look in Rain's eyes in these recent pages.
Peri 10th Mar 2022, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
technically only 18 months. kellen and aiken are twins
and he did live as a mother, yeah. but he didnt want to. he never got to live as a man, so his dying wish was that they would remember him as the man he never got to be. maybe he'd be fine calling himself a "mom" if he was still alive and able to transition, but he didnt get *any* transition, he never got to live as a man at *all.* this is the one thing he had and he doesnt even get to experience it. "repudiate any semblance of sounding even slightly femme" he never got to be masc in the first place. he lived "femme" his whole life, this is his final escape.
and whether you call yourself mom or dad when trans is highly individual. like sure in some cases you play a biological role, but what about adoptive kids? can a dad not be a dad if he didnt sire his children, or vice-versa, a mom cannot be a mom just because she didnt carry them? and considering how you call mark a sperm donor, his siring of the siblings does not make him a father by your standards, but lorcan was a good parent so his biology defines what title you think he aught to have? it seems kinda weird to me. i feel like the core of being trans is that your biology doesnt determine what social gender titles you aught to use, so its weird to me that you feel it should apply specifically in reference to child rearing-aka, the function of our biological sex in the first place.
i totally support trans women who like to be called "dad" and trans men who like to be called "mom" but that is more of an exception than the rule, imo
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