Comic 626 - A Better Fit

13th Jan 2015, 9:03 PM in Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
A Better Fit
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Jocelyn 13th Jan 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete
I toiled quite a bit with whether I wanted this update to be one or two pages. The first page alone would have been perhaps more impacting. But I feared it'd also be a huge downer on it's own (when I just got done saying a few blurbs ago this would be a lighter chapter). In the end, I went the lighter route. But anyway...

On the one hand, you could perhaps argue that if Colin wasn't feeling like he could adapt to this, it was probably a responsible move for everyone's sake that he not pursue any kind of relationship with Fara. On the other hand, I personally don't believe it's ever impossible to adapt. Aiken has known about Rain for almost as long as Colin has (give or take a few hours), and look how far he's come. The thing about adapting though, is that you've got to want it. Aiken wants to have a positive relationship with his little sister, even if it's hard for him. Colin wants straight-forward and simple. There's nothing inherently wrong with wanting things to be simple, but it doesn't leave much - if any - room for change if need be. What's left is the possibility of change... but that's on him.

This first page is a huge departure from the kinds of interactions we're probably used to in this story, and I expect some readers will probably be frustrated by it. Not only is Colin not trying to change, but he doesn't even leave Fara a chance to make any kind of counterpoint. He just says his piece (while keeping it surpisingly civil), and walks out. It's super frustrating.

Can it really end like that though? Have we seen the last of Colin?

As for the second page, let's get to the point: I know the name is never dropped (that's on purpose), but I am hoping it's completely obvious who Jessica is suggesting to Fara.

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Shipper on Deck 13th Jan 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Rain Beau Dash 13th Jan 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Got to love Jessica's usual subtleness.
tmes2000 13th Jan 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Colin has officially received the douche-castle stamp in my book. Anyways i was kinda hoping that Jessica might go out with Fara but it seems that Vincent has won Canon-wise.
j-eagle12212012 13th Jan 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Jessica is bi so that ship probably won't happen in cannon. I kinda hope jessica gets back together with Aiken. As for Fara I know everyone wants Fara/Vincent but I ship "Feather" hard ^_^
tmes2000 13th Jan 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Oh yea. I forgot about that XD. Although Feather wouldn't be a bad couple either... Why not the Jess Fara ship wasn't intense anyways ill jump on board this one.
Ahoy mateys!:
Kitsune Chan 14th Jan 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Nope I ship Fara and Heather. :P
j-eagle12212012 15th Jan 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
"Feather" is Fara and Heather shipped.
Syrup 15th Jan 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
no one ever said she was straight to begin with after all my ex boyfriend felt no attraction to men up until very recently but at the time he was straight
Some Ed 15th Jun 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Jessica's prior statements basically tell me her orientation doesn't matter. The only way FaraXJessica is happening is if FaraXVincent can't happen but FaraXJessicaXVincent can. (No evidence to suggest she'd actually be willing to *go* that far. Just that she's not going to do something that would preclude FaraXVincent.)
Shelby 13th Jan 2015, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Good riddance, Colin. And I'm psyched that Jessica ships Fara and Vincent as much as I do XD (though I do also ship Feather, shameless multishipper that I am)
Yuki-chan 13th Jan 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Does Fara know Heather knows about Rain being trans?
Empress 13th Jan 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Fara knows Ky knows, so I'd think she would at least assume so.

Though, along the same line, my first takeaway was wondering if Heather knows about Jessica. We keep seeing them both happy enough to leave it alone...
Mecaterpillar 14th Jan 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
I kept wondering about this on the third panel. Fara, Jessica, and Heather are all there and none of them react. I was thinking "does Fara know that Heather knows Rain is trans?" "Does Jessica know that Heather knows?" "Does Heather know that Jessica knows?" It seems like the answer is yes to all three as nobody bats an eye.
Canadian Guy 14th Jan 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
I dont understand his blow up
She said less than 3 words
Noelle 14th Jan 2015, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Honestly? I'm fine with this ending. Colin might be an asshole, but at least he's a responsible, honest asshole. He's not leading anyone on, or lying, or acting like a petulant child. There are always going to be transphobic people, but at least he's open about it. That's kind of the least that can be asked.
Guest 14th Jan 2015, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
"Aiken has known about Rain for almost as long as Colin has (give or take a few hours), and look how far he's come."

Um, no. Aiken has known Rain for his entire life. Sure, he known her as Ryan, but as we've seen, there's no difference.
Furthermore, they're family.
Colin has entered this story as a nobody and has left it as a nobody. Good riddance, prick.
Jocelyn 14th Jan 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

You know what I mean. I'm referring to the fact that Aiken's only known about Rain being transgender for two months. Of course he's known Rain her whole life, but it's only recently that he's really "getting to know" her.

There IS a difference too, because the shell Ryan put up convinced everyone that she was a boy. She's the same person, sure, but it's not uncommon for even accepting and open-minded people to need time to adjust (Rain may have known how she felt her whole life, but it's still new to everyone else). And while I can't speak for everyone, in my personal experience coming out to people I already know often feels like introducing myself to a new person (especially if their response to it ends up being questions). This includes family and longtime friends.
Kitsune Chan 14th Jan 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Jessica stop trying to sink my Feather shippyness. >w<

We must all become pirates and commandeer the ships guiding them to the right direction!
Niceguy Eddie 14th Jan 2015, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
I take back what I posted last time. What an asshat.
Torne 14th Jan 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Lol, yea, I defended him. But, what can you do?
Some people just cannot accept some things. Just as I cannot accept Christianity/Catholicism.
Ashura Atsu 14th Jan 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
"Do you honestly think something can work out between us if you won't even forgive me after all this time?" He has a point, there. Acceptance takes time, even less if you don't really want to. But notice he called rain "her." He accepts what she is and what's going on, but it's too awkward for him and it would make it awkward for everyone. I think he represents the majority of people out there: okay with it existing, but doesn't want anything to do with it. And that's fair. Don't bother me, I won't bother you. Doesn't make it any easier for Fara, but I don't think he's a jerk for it.
In other news I just ordered the print from the previous page, yay! Hoping to see more merchandise from Rain. :D
JJ 14th Jan 2015, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Well although it is frustrating that Colin just told his point of view and then leave for not listing to Faras point, at least he is honest. We can not expect everyone to feel comfortable with the LGBQT topics. We can expect respect and tolerance, but if someone says he doesn't want to have any of this in his life, he wants to live the "everyone is straight"-illusion are we the ones to judge him for that? We cannot force people to be open, they have to open up by themselfes, we can help if they want our help, we can explain, but only to those who choose to listen.

Colin could see how important Rain is to Fara, and he doesn't want this in his life, but he never attaced Rain or Fara for that, he doesn't want Fara to choose between him and Rain. He just retreated. I think we should also tolerate this. It's kind of a pity, but more a pity for him, skipping the chance to grow.
Erin 14th Jan 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
The problem with that is, we're not asking non-LGBTAQ folks to accept us as if we were a religion or an idea. We're asking them to accept us as people and treat accordingly. This is less "I am wiccan, please accept me" and more "I am african-american, please accept me" kind of situation. And yet literally everybody who's not one of the legbutts treats our situation like it's a choice, when it isn't.
D Moness 14th Jan 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
The thing about the short conversation that somehow irks me is the the question Colin asked if Fara forgave him. I know it came because of what Fara said but still. I mean even if Fara forgave him for his reaction he would have still walked out but if she had said yes it might have been even more sad towards Fara when he did walk away. He should have just come to the point since he wasn't planning on starting anything with Fara anyway.
Guest 14th Jan 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
I don't like how everyone labels Colin an asshole. Sure, he has different opinions than others but that's because he doesn't understand. Not everyone is going to understand. Him being honest with how he feels doesn't make him an asshole because he realizes being with her would cause serious problems. He would be an asshole if he stayed, but he was honest. I wish everyone would calm down and stop acting like everyone is horrible if they don't have the same opinion.
D Moness 15th Jan 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
To me he is not an ass about his own opinion (and the fact he doesn't want to grow out of his small minded surroundings(but that is a whole different thing altogether)). My trouble with Colin is him starting his little "rant" with "Do you honestly think something can work out between us if you won't even forgive me after all this time?" while he was never planning on getting together because he can not get over the fact that Rain is transgender. To me it feels like he is trying to shift blame.
Guest 15th Jan 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
But the thing is, previously he admitted that he went overboard. People make mistakes. He's not turning the blame, he's being honest. Their relationship won't work if she won't forgive him for past mistakes. I know what he said was cruel on his part, but he realizes that and he realizes that him being the way he is won't be the best thing for Rain if they got together because of his views. That to me doesn't make him an asshole, it makes him genuine.
D Moness 15th Jan 2015, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Their relationship will not work because Colin can not handle the fact that Rain is a transgirl. You imply that it might work if Fara did forgive him but he isn't planning on being in a relationship with Fara (even if she forgives him or not. So to me he is not completely honest. He is honest in the end but not when he implies that if she forgave him their might be some spark of hope for a relationshiop.
Syrup 15th Jan 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Collin has gained my respect most people may disagree but change is something that does exist after all ive converted a few homophobes lol :P
jackrich 1st Aug 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Collin stated what he felt, just as Rain stated what she felt and Fara stated what she felt. These are things that do not change unless we allow them. Collin is not a douche imo because he stated his intention and his purpose and walked out the door. We are not all friends, neither are we family, unless we choose to be. And that is a lot of faith to put into someone, even worse when it's multiple people, and that is just something Collin can't do.
Guest 22nd Apr 2019, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
I want to ship Jessica and Vincent but the patient/therapist relationship is way too problematic. :/
no 10th Nov 2020, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
good job, colin. he´s almost redeemed himself in my eyes, and leaving on a high note. i disagree with his viewpoint, obviously, but i appreciate that he was respectful, civil, and honest.
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