Comic 419 - Special Relationship

5th Sep 2013, 6:43 PM in Ch. 16: The Exception
Special Relationship
Average Rating: 4.91 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 5th Sep 2013, 6:43 PM edit delete
As with the last page, that’s probably not the nicest term Rudy could’ve used, but this IS still Rudy we’re talking about here. I would argue that it should be pretty obvious he meant no offense, and that it’s really pretty typical of him by this point.

And with that, I will just say this to make sure we’re all on the same page here: RuIn is done. Fortunately, it seems they will remain friends. They are not dating anymore though. This pairing has been met with MANY conflicting opinions from readers for the past year and a half since I put them together, but now that it's over, where do you stand? How do you feel? Could this have been saved? Should it have?

Thoughts, feelings, celebratory cheers, new ships, predictions, objections, and/or retroactive predictions that you saw this coming all along are ALL welcome.

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Nightsky 5th Sep 2013, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm just glad that they're still friends. To be honest, I never really specifically shipped Rain with anyone. By the time I got into Rain, it was already pretty close to the part where they started dating. Besides, I fully agree with Rudy: every girl needs a sassy gay friend, and that can't be the same person as your boyfriend! Wish I had one...

On that note, I hope Rudy's parents don't go berserk on him for dumping her and think he's gone back to gay. I doubt he'd care since he's been through it before, and he was gay the whole time anyway, but still.
Bandkanon 5th Sep 2013, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Spent some time reading this today.
It's really well-written. Though now it's gotten to a subject that's always worried me, and caused me pain in the past.

I've known quite a few transsexuals in my life, and I'm a huge fan of at least two. (Maddie Blaustein, Rabbit from Steam Powered Giraffe...)

Three of the transsexuals I came to know and love went ahead and did their transition.

Two of them passed away soon after.
Maddie Blaustein was found in her bed at age 48 in 2008. My friend, aged 29, was found in the shower in March of 2005 (I guess I should say this was a month or so after her orchiectomy). Both were similar cases; they had been complaining briefly about a 'stomach virus' or 'stomach flu', accompanied by chest pains assumed to be GERD at the time.

My other friend, who is alive and VERY well now (even more confident than ever!) did suffer from long bouts of illness on and off following his transition. You cannot imagine how freaked out I was every time he came down with something. I thought I was going to lose another of my best friends.

I believe transitioning is a great danger because of my experiences. If Rain is to actually do this, I really fear where the story is going to go from there.
I seriously don't want Rain to go the way my friend did.
Jocelyn 5th Sep 2013, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Firstly, my deepest condolences in regard to your friends.

Transition is certainly not without risks. And as someone who is looking to move on to the final step of transition soon myself, I can't deny that I'm really nervous. It's scary stuff!

I happen to know a few dozen post-op transfolk myself (one of whom who finished her transition over thirty years ago when she was my age), and they're all doing well. I just have to hope that's the future what I'm looking at. Speaking purely on my part thus far, I don't think I've ever felt happier or healthier than this first year on hormones.

For Rain's part, I have no intention of going that route either. I have a fondness for dark writing, but this story is something I want to keep largely positive and encouraging. Put bluntly, I want this to have a happy ending. Because although terrible things can happen, as Fara once said, "it doesn't always have to end badly."

Once again, you have my sincerest sympathy for your losses. And I hope you don't have to go through it again. Take care and be well.
DahKohTah42 3rd Aug 2021, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
its worth knowing that Maddie Blaustein (known for voicing Meowth in the original Pokemon series) was hormonally intersex, so how exactly a physical transition could've effected her may differ from how it would effect a hormonally male trans woman
Nightsong 5th Sep 2013, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
I said it on the last page, and I'll say it again here. The poses are gorgeous. That last panel...
JasperWB 6th Sep 2013, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
It's obvious it wouldn't work out, though I believe it's possible it could have...maybe. But at least they are close friends.
AliJ5533 6th Sep 2013, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
I never really shipped RuIn, so this break-up doesn't really bother me in itself (Although it was beautifully executed).

What worries me is Maria. Now I'm torn between shipping MaIn and MaNelly
dagrthan 6th Sep 2013, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
When is rain's birthday?
Jocelyn 6th Sep 2013, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

Rain's birthday is August 24th, 1995. ^_^
j-eagle12212012 6th Sep 2013, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Bring on Ranastacia!
Jocelyn 6th Sep 2013, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

I will say this: I really like the Rain x Ana ship names. I'm also thought "January Rain" was very clever. XD
BAKAnnabubs 6th Sep 2013, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
I love Rudy so much aaahh I'm so glad that they're still friends! :'D
Arii :3 6th Sep 2013, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Omg <3, loved it
Impish 10th Sep 2013, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Soooo, are the shirts going to have to be adjusted to make rain with her trans umbrella also under the Strongwells' gay/les umbrella, now that she's finding out more about her orientation? ;3

(rain *under* umbrellas? what's the world coming to!)

Okay but seriously, I'm a new reader and I love your comic, it's adorable and wonderful and so relatable!

(Also I was always skeeved out by someone who's not into girls being with Rain even if he wasn't misgendering her, and also I'm a tryke myself so aaaaaa~~~!)

(I was shipping Marain hard earlier today while I was getting caught up but even though it looks like that ship is sunk I can't be mad, I'm too excited about all the girls and their relationships/potential relationships :D (please tell me I'm not the only one rooting for Jessica/Fara >/////>)

(I'm sorry for all the parentheticals)
Jennifer K 19th Feb 2014, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Awwww. I am super glad they managed to work that out so peacefully and get everything out in the open! Rain and Rudy both deserve relationships that they can get the most out of. And hopefully now I'll be able to start liking Rudy a bit more? I really want to like him, but ever since the Halloween party my opinion of him has kind of been dropping.
slowfire 9th Mar 2014, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
That was one of the best breakups ever!
jackrich 31st Jul 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Pretty satisfying end to their ship, coukd generally see it coming. It's kind of interesting, I could see how you're mind is working at shifting the deck when you brought in new characters. Not that I have any clue what you'll do next, but it is fun try to guess.
Wolfsblood 25th Aug 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
Ack. my initial response was that their romance couldn't be saved, nor should it be saved. Saving their friendship was paramount though. Then i realize I’m in the same position in my life. I'm married to a woman who isn't a lesbian, and I am working toward transitioning to living as a woman. I'm desperately trying to save a 24 year marriage in the process, so I'm no longer as sure that their romance couldn't have been saved. Brilliant writing though. :)
Maya-McLean Mullen 21st Apr 2016, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, as the person in my peer group who tries to get everyone's spirits up, most people don't really consider the possibility of ME being down or depressed. People just see me as the funny guy who's always cheerful. Since Rudy is kind of similar in that regard, forgive me if I'm looking to far into it but I think this was much harder for him then he's letting on. I sincerely hope I'm wrong though.
HinataTlaltelpa 28th Apr 2016, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
I'm almost sad they broke up
The T.C. 14th Aug 2016, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
I wish I had someone like Rudy in my life.

Well, actually I guess I AM the Rudy... when I'm not depressed anyways.
BlackSocks 6th Nov 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Rudy: "You're kind of a selfish, spoiled brat. And you're really oversensitive sometimes..."
Preach it, brother.
Zoe 17th May 2020, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Yay! As nice as Rudy is, I never was into their relationship. It never felt right.
AnnikeIsTrans 16th Aug 2020, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Found your comic in a reddit comment and WOW. Wow, this has been a rollercoaster. I was deeply hoping she'd be a transbian and end up with Rudy's sister, and then she was with Rudy and I was both happy and disappointed at the same time!

Now she's broken up with Rudy because she's a transbian, and I'm both relieved and sad.
Hooman Bean 12th Jan 2021, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
That was me too honestly.
Elius 29th Jun 2022, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
I’m honestly am so glad Rudy and Rain are no longer together. I hated the pairing. If just felt like neither of them were really being true to themselves
Guest 31st Jul 2022, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
One tear for them breaking up (or some more tears ^^) and one (or some more) for staying really good friends!
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