Comic 635 - Struggling

1st Feb 2015, 7:57 PM in Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
Average Rating: 4.95 (20 votes)
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Jocelyn 1st Feb 2015, 7:57 PM edit delete
Okay, this one's kind of a doozy, but let's get straight to the point.

Firstly, are you satisfied with Aiken's explanation for everything? Is there hope for him after all despite what's happened in the past? How do you think Jessica would feel if she were hearing this?

And why exactly do you think Rain thanks Aiken?

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Nightsky 1st Feb 2015, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
Aiken, you're doing it right. That's all I have to say.
mecaterpillar 1st Feb 2015, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Aiken just called Rain "Baby Sis"! I imagine that that must feel very good to Rain.
Vanessa 1st Feb 2015, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
I'm so proud of Aiken! I feel like a lot what he's feeling is to be expected, and he'll eventually get used to it completely. I can't really blame him for still being a bit confused anyway, I know that if I wasn't trans myself I would never understand it completely.
j-eagle12212012 1st Feb 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
If Aiken hadn't sent Jessica Rain's way she would not have been able to meet vincent and begin the process of transition. So that's why Rain is thanking Aiken
Guest 1st Feb 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
After seeing how accepting Aiken has been, I actually forgot that he used to be a transphobic douche. But the past doesn't matter, the present does. I think he's done very well accepting Rain, and he deserves a "thank you". I believe Rain is thanking him for opening his eyes and accepting her, even though he still doesn't understand it completely. Also, if Aiken had never sent Jessica to Rain, they never would have met (Rain might not have met Vincent either, or at least not for a while).
ForLoveorLust 1st Feb 2015, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
I literally squealed for like 30 seconds after finishing this strip. Love how everything is progressing.
NoodleBees 1st Feb 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
I really like the care you've shown for your cast- Throughout the last few chapters, the growth of Aiken as a character has been incredibly realistic- can't wait to see how things pan out~! ouob
Cant settle on a username 1st Feb 2015, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Okay I know it's not a big thing but I absolutely love that Aiken refers to Rain and Jessica as two of the most important WOMEN in his life
mecaterpillar 2nd Feb 2015, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Actually, he sort of awkwardly refers to them as "some" of the most important women in his life. Who uses "some" to refer to a number known to be two and always is two (since Jessica plus Rain are always two)? Just weird.
Noelle 2nd Feb 2015, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
It's standard speech-grammar; what he means is "some" in the context of "not the majority", rather than in the context of "an undefined but small number".

As in, there are other important people, and the total number is 5 or greater, but they're a part of that total.
Guest 2nd Feb 2015, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
Of course they're "some of" the most important women in his life--I would imagine that Kellen, and quite possibly Fara, would also be in that group (of most important women)!
Vidd187 1st Feb 2015, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
He is at least trying you got to at least give him that.
Alice Another 2nd Feb 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Aiken is a closeted trans woman - Jessica coming out to Aiken shakes 'him' at a deep level as she passed so well, Aiken never expected it. The double whammy of Rain coming out forces 'him' to reevaluate 'his' initial reaction of letting out internalized shame. Aiken feels sees rain is happier and wonders if things could have been different - and slowly comes to terms that things *can* be different.
Guest 3rd Feb 2015, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Why do you write it like " 'him' "? If Aiken was a transman, you would refer to him with male pronouns. I don't doubt that you're an ally of trans people, just wondering why you put quotes around the pronouns. Btw that would be a huge plot twist. Imagine if Kellen was trans also and they just kinda switched identities!?
Alice Another 4th Feb 2015, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
no, I mean to suggest that Aiken is a closeted trans woman. Aiken identifies as male in the comic (for now!), so I'd go with 'him', suggesting that Aiken will come out.

Also, in your excitement, you're way off, I'm not a cis person.
mecaterpillar 2nd Feb 2015, 4:25 AM edit delete reply
One another note, if Aiken thinks of Jessica as one of the most important women in his life, does that mean he will want to get back together? I wonder if that would work out now. In a way, Jessica and Aiken both betrayed and hurt each other. They clearly did not know each other well enough to get married, in any case. If they do realize this, wouldn't it be prudent to avoid making the same mistake, and not get back together? Admittedly that's a bit defeatist, but what are the chances that they would end up with a better relationship dynamic if they got back together now?
burnsbabe 2nd Feb 2015, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
I think there's definite potential here. They both did things they should have but I think they genuinely like each other and would get along well otherwise.

I have feelings about Jessica's "betrayal". I understand completely that outing yourself eventually is what has to be done so the Aiken/Jessie situation doesn't ever happen. That said, It's been made clear that they haven't had sex yet (I think? correct me plz.) and if that's the case coming out before any possible wedding is about all anyone should have a right to ask for IMHO.
Sapphire Shield 2nd Feb 2015, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Sapphire Shield
That is just what I wanted to be greeted by when I woke up, Aiken doing the right thing for a change. Not so sure that Jessica will be so quick to apologize though.
Vanya 2nd Feb 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Aiken actually deserves a hug. A big huuuug especially after "baby sis" part.
It's enough that he cares so much.
DocMesa 2nd Feb 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Being honest with yourself about your own feelings is one of the hardest things you can do. Doing so for the sake of another - it's a sign of genuine change. Rain knows this - after all, I imagine that self honesty is a core part of transitioning.

(disclaimer: poster is cisgender, male and could be completely wrong).

I that's why she says thank you.
no 11th Nov 2020, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
am trans, can confirm
Noelle 2nd Feb 2015, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
This has nothing at all to do with the post, but I just had to say: I have started using the word "darling" to describe clothing, listening to podcasts and wearing shirt-type blouses over my bras. I have, overnight, become my mother. Dammit.
burnsbabe 2nd Feb 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh wow. I'e got some major feels about this one. This is how I wish family reacted for all of us. You're not required to understand it, especially not at first, but it's pretty clear we're happier.

Geez Aiken is crawling back out of my doghouse. *squee*
Niceguy Eddie 2nd Feb 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
There is nothing that isn't perfect about these two pages.
Vanya 2nd Feb 2015, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Rain's thanking him because if it weren't for him and his genuine care she would've never met Jessie or started therapy. He is deep down a very good and honest person.
Rain Beau Dash 2nd Feb 2015, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Well, my mind is Aiken.

I have no reason to say this, but that pun was inevitable.
Tilyene 3rd Feb 2015, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
Oh, my heart could just explode with happiness. That makes me feel so wonderful!!! Now if only her sister could come around...
Yuki-chan 3rd Feb 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Awesome brother is awesome!
Btw, you look gorgeous in that pic, Jocelyn n_n
Rain Beau Dash 3rd Feb 2015, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, i thought she couldn't get cuter than your previous pic, but well, she did it!
I'm officially jealous now :(
tmes2000 3rd Feb 2015, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
The first thing i though was well shes hotter than anybody else ive dated in that picture.
Syrup 5th Mar 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Batch Status:
Aiken= not a batch
Kellen= Toatal batch
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Aww. He needs work, but ... aww. He's gonna be okay. Eventually.
Akane 7th Jul 2016, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
Aiken has just grown a lot a lot in my eyes just now. He is now being truly honest, respecting Rain for being her sister she really is, even though not yet in the all clear of why things are the way they are. He cares more for the person inside than to get hung up on however they present themselves, if they are happy and are clearly doing it for their own good, with no intent of hurting anyone. After meeting two trans woman in short notice, one being one of his very siblings, he's come very far.
Aiken officially earned my utmost respect.
Akane 7th Jul 2016, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
4AM commenting oversight correction: 'his sister she really is'
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
Yay! Aiken's made it off my villain list. Good for you Aiken.
Swoft 31st Jul 2017, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Ahh every time I see sweet moments between them I smile so hard
Samantha Jane 29th May 2018, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
I forgave Aiken the second he stood up for Rain to Keller the first time.
Maybe I’m too easily forgiving and too trusting, but I like to believe in the better nature in everyone.
Isn’t making coming out to my parents feel any easier though...
MarinaDeer 13th May 2019, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
This really is rather adorable, and it's great to see that someone can actually come around and realise they were wrong. Aiken's growth as a character has been done really well.
arkathenia 6th Feb 2020, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
This one made me tear up. It's so cute that Aiken has finally accepted his Baby Sis <3 I'm looking forward to more
Kesi 1st Sep 2020, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
You know, I kinda like him now. He’s trying to be supportive, even if he doesn’t get it. That’s more than I can say about many other people. He’s even willing to put in time to research and reflect on himself and his learnings!
SirCorgus 22nd Sep 2020, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Ma heart
Gabibutcher 25th Nov 2021, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
He really called her baby sis! It's just so beautiful, there really is hope for him yet
JustRaining 2nd Aug 2022, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
I have some feeling in my eye ^^!
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