Comic 620 - Nightmare

1st Jan 2015, 7:21 PM in Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
Average Rating: 4.9 (20 votes)
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Jocelyn 1st Jan 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete
So... yeah... sorry. Trigger warning?

This is incidentally the first (and hopefully last) three-pager. Originally, I just wanted to have the nightmare in a two-pager and save the last part with Emily for the following update. It flowed weird though, and it felt a little too cruel to leave people hanging on that note. I feel like no one would argue that this is probably one of the heavier scenes in the story to date. Mr. Flaherty is terrifying, and Rain's fear is outright tangible (at least to me). That said, I actually think it's one of my favorites in terms or art and writing. I'm just proud of how it all came out, even if it is hard to look at (which admittedly, is kind of the point).

Something a bit lighter next time. I promise.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Hewwy 1st Jan 2015, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
defo18 1st Jan 2015, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
You hit me hard
defo18 1st Jan 2015, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if you intended it but
Is this some kind of implication of rape
He did say "I'll take it off for you"
This page really disturbed me and I have been reading this story since 2012
Jocelyn 1st Jan 2015, 7:55 PM edit delete reply

Not so much rape, but definitely abuse.

I am sorry for disturbing you so much. I admit I was a little afraid of posting this for exactly that reason.
defo18 1st Jan 2015, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
No no no
From a writing stand point disturbing the audience is good
Keep it up
Torne 1st Jan 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Reality must be dealt with.
Nightsky 1st Jan 2015, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Our first glimpse of Mr. Flaherty...

Even though he's just a silhouette, it makes me think of Alfred Drevis from Mad Father for some reason...
Hewwy 1st Jan 2015, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Really? I was thinking that too.
Kitty 2nd Jan 2015, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Me as well, for some reason
Cassie the Transbian 13th Jan 2022, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Might just be the way the silhouette is drawn, but he makes Me think of Gendo Ikari
Canadian Guy 1st Jan 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Ok side note anyone notices how many peop responded so quickly to this new page?

Dam girl I think your about to become big.

And I'm 31 and I can't come out to my Dad because he was the same way with me growing up.
j-eagle12212012 1st Jan 2015, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
This is some heavy stuff. The last two panels are needed to rebalance emotions for sure
tmes2000 1st Jan 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
The normal part of me is creeped out by that "ill take it off for you" statement but then the fanboy part of me is screaming over the fact that they went to sleep with Emily embracing rain (just wanna point out that smile on her face on the last panel) IF THIS SHIP DOESNT BECOME CANON I WILL EXPLODE
Guest 1st Jan 2015, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Flaherty reminds me of one of the evil characters from the movie Sin City. That particular character eats people, and I'm sure Mr. Flaherty isn't that evil, but still shows the evilness. Really good concept Jocelyn :)
Kyla 2nd Jan 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
This hits hard. ='(

Sadly I had the same thing happen to me but with my mother.
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Ooch. Sorry. Hugs.
kristalcosmic 2nd Jan 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Wow. This perfectly explained my night terrors that I have nearly nightly. Why do parents have to be so awefull to their own children. :/
GabbyTheGreat 2nd Jan 2015, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Flaherty reminds me of my dad partially. I love the last two panels where they fall asleep together is SO cute!!
Rain Beau Dash 2nd Jan 2015, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
I want to give Rain a big hug so much right now! :(
Vampirewthbraces 4th Jan 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Might I be able to make a suggestion, I love what you've done in these scenes but I would suggest to thin out the outline of tears on Rains face in the last panel on the second page, it seemed as though she had smeared mascara, but if that's what you were going for it's all good, I just thought Rain had no makeup on before bed
Syrup 13th Jan 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Gay couples are hot
AmbiguousMouse 26th Feb 2016, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
Of all the things to take away from this page...
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Thank God for these two comments. Gave me a little giggle in the middle of my memory attack.
no 10th Nov 2020, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
i mean, yeah. very relevant.
BiDeviant 22nd Feb 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Poor kid :(

Anyone here ever read Spider Robinson's novel "Mindkiller", or his short story "God is an Iron", which is basically the novel's second chapter? I don't see Rain's father as being THAT bad, but this scene does put me in mind of it. And Spider says he DIDN'T MAKE THAT STORY UP. Someone TOLD it to him. It really happened to her. Life doesn't get much more sickening than that ...
jackrich 1st Aug 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Excellent pace change Jocie. It should never be easy... well done!
Akane 4th Jul 2016, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Wow...this just brought up so much of my own bitter past memories...I literally cried heavily hit me real hard ='(
I so, so, so much wish to hug Rain with sisterly love right about now.
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
*Hugs* This hit me hard as well.

It relates to one of my first, oldest memories. But it was my mom who caught me (as I don't have a father) and demanded I take it off before she got back home.

She stormed out of the house, and I went deeper into my closet, forgetting things and not understanding why I was so messed up.

She's supportive of me now, and doing her best to be understanding. And she doesn't remember the incident, at all. She totally blanked it out.
Sky Beams 31st Jul 2016, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
D'awwwwww!! uguu
This is one of the cutest pages. Rain should adopt Emily as her sister! X3
Some Ed 15th Jun 2017, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Well, not having that nightmare is one advantage of not having had a sister, I guess. I could easily see my father having acted like that, though.
Queen Wolfen 23rd Dec 2017, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing the resemblance to Gendo Ikari is deliberate...
The Doctor 21st Apr 2018, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
Whenever I see the bottom two panels, it makes me cry from envy. When I cry I wish I had an Emily to cuddle with me and calm me down.
Guest 20th May 2019, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Damn. I never cry (as much as I wish I could), but this did it for me.
Violet 9th Apr 2020, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Flaherty be that Gendo Ikari lookin ass
Keiya 17th May 2021, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
... I can't help but read Rain's gene donor's lines in the voice of Father from Kids Next Door, and I'm not sure if that's wrecking the drama or making it terrifying because that guy is scary when he's angry.
Absentia 21st May 2021, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
To anyone named Marcus in the world

Please be better than this turdnugget.
Jo 17th Apr 2022, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
That was one of my fears as a kid, my mum or dad finding me in my sisters give away clothes. I can really relate.
P.S. I’ve only just started reading and have gotten this far in about a day.
Mila 16th Nov 2022, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Those last 2 panels in the second page hit me entirely too hard.
But OMG that entire third page! I dare say that ending is my favorite of any I've seen in the series to this point.
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