What Would Mom Say?
5th Oct 2014, 6:20 PM in Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
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Author Notes:
Remember on the last page, where Rain was all like, "give me a minute"? Well, originally, this was where we were going to give her a minute and cut away to another scene. That other scene though, has been a pain in the butt to write and still requires tweaking, so it will instead be delayed. I guess we'll keep on this path for now, but sometime before the next chapter, I'll add that scene and probably slide it in between this and the last page (I'll keep you posted so no one gets too confused).

Anyway, flashback to the very first page and an unsettling final panel mentioning Mr. Flaherty for the first time in a while.

Rain's backstory is actually very similar to my own here. Although not identical, I also said something like that when I was three or four and was shot down, resulting in years of fear of bringing it up again. I didn't grow out of it either. Maybe Rain will write a webcomic in ten years too. XD

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
User comments:
Yuki-chan (Guest)
I'd really love to see a trans character that didn't know it since the beginning :/

I haven't gone into Jessica's past all that much... >_>
Yuki-chan (Guest)
Oh, I see :)
Drunk Doctor (Guest)
Nora (Guest)
Yeah. I realized my own gender identity around the age of 12 or 13, and I seriously have trouble wrapping my head around the concept of knowing it your whole life. As so, it gets difficult for me to relate to other trans folk, real or fictional, who have known what they are supposed to be as long as they can remember. I could hope that Jessica's backstory might be a little closer to my own than all the others...
Things are looking up a bit for Kellen.
I don't know why, but I feel the mention of their dad might be helping her understand better, or at least be kinder about it. I don't know. Maybe I'm just getting my hopes up for nothing.
Holy... Her dad...?

What @Nightsky said
I think that it was pretty much established long time ago, that the Flaherty's dad is a terrible human being.

Also, Kellen has the most unreadable expression in the last panel.
Drca (Guest)
Pretty sure its one of sympathy/guilt >.>
That's how I read it as well. It might be projection though, as I want it to be sympathy.
Angie (Guest)
Judging by Kellen's look their father was not a great man. She seems mortified of what Rain may tell her happened and may be feeling some guilt hearing the stuggles rain went through all her life.
Not really sure where else to put this, so I guess I'll just say it here:

Okay, what I'm about to tell you might sound a little scary, but please read the whole thing before losing your cool and assuming the worst. You may or may not be aware that I had to see my endocrinologist last week on account of recent blood work stating that my testosterone levels were unusually high. They're actually higher now than before I started.

After a physical, the reason she suspected is that I might have a testicular tumor. I've gone in for an ultrasound today, proving her suspicion to be correct. It's all pretty scary, but I try to remind myself that this is one of the most treatable cancers, so it's not the end of the world. And I'll definitely have to have them removed, but I mean, it's not like it'd be a big loss; I didn't want them anyway. XD

In regards to the comic, when I have to go in for surgery (I'll absolutely keep you posted on dates when I know for sure), it will go on immediate indefinite hiatus until I'm back home and feeling up for getting back to work. I hate that that'll probably cut through the middle of a chapter, but that's probably going to be out of my hands. I know this is probably the last thing on anyone's mind, but I want to assure you that this isn't the end of Rain. It's a little hiccup, but I still plan to live a long, full life, so NOTHING stops here.

Anyway, I'm trying to keep a good attitude and a sense of humor, so I would appreciate it if you all did too. I don't want to hear horror stories or everything that can (but might not) go wrong. If I can be strong for me, you can too. Just keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and I think we'll be through this in no time. ^_^
Oh my gosh, that's scary. I'm glad you caught it early. I hope everything turns out alright! I'll be hoping for the best for you!
Miitu (Guest)
Now that was scary news but as you said, it's one of the most treatable cancers. Everything will go fine and you'll be all right in no time. As much as we love Rain, the upcoming hiatus is something you don't have to worry about. I'm sure we all share that opinion. When it's time to focus on recovery, that's the highs priority. All the best wishes for you.
Vanessa (Guest)
It's more important that you stay safe. We all wish you the best of luck and hope your surgery goes without dilema.
Alison (Guest)
Its only speculation, but perhaps Rain's dad will play some role in the future. For the better or for worse.

Also, I'm sorry about the recent news of late. That does sound pretty scary. But hey, it'll be one (or two) less things to remove when you go in for SRS. Im glad you are keeping a positive attitude on this and I hope for a reasonably swift recovery. ^.^
cassidy (Guest)
Best of wishes, Jocelyn. Best of wishes, and a speedy recovery.
all the best for your recovery! we'll be praying for you :)
Dre (Guest)
Relatively new reader new: started couple months ago on the first four chapters, but binge- read on everything else today and yesterday.... LOVE the strip, learned lots about trans and surprisingly about me (dang, thought I had that figured out :P)

Anyway.... not much of the praying sort, but I will definitely be thinking of you and sending good thoughts into the universe for you. Good luck with the surgery and recovery. I know you will do great!
Wow. Well, I see you're still doing the comic way later. I hope it came out okay (or will, if it's still ongoing). Guess I'll probably see something about it as I continue to read.
aww poor little kellen (skreb lord) feels bad well good for her, she should feel bad after how she treated her own sister
TOZ (Guest)
"Maybe Rain will write a webcomic in ten years too. XD"

Rainception? :)
Oh! Oh my! Do I actually see some sympathy on Kellen's face there in the last panel? Is there hope for her yet?
jackrich (Guest)
Your bout with cancer must have been scary, im glad your levels were being monitored so that it could be caught in time. Good to see you kept on!
I have to say the look on Kellen's face is just awful (for her, love, you captured her range of emotion well). That seems to be a snapshot of pure pain. Must continue reading.
Akane (Guest)
That adoorable little "Ryan" face ^-^
Kellen's face speaks a thousand words. Mr. Flaherty must have been a terrible person