Comic 709 - Big Bro & Baby Sis

2nd Aug 2015, 3:31 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
Big Bro & Baby Sis
Average Rating: 4.93 (15 votes)
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Jocelyn 2nd Aug 2015, 3:31 PM edit delete
Hmm... still oddly quiet on the Kellen front...

Also, the fourth panel makes me laugh. Unlike some dream episodes/chapters in many other stories, I don't want it to have "not mattered". So Rain may still dwell on it from time to time. ^_^

Anyway, getting to the most important point, considering what happened with her hair and her sister, it's easy to first think Rain made a poor decision in visiting this weekend. But on the other hand, she did get to talk with her brother, and we see a monumental improvement in their relationship between the Christmas arc and now. This might not have happened - at least, not any time soon - if she hadn't made this trip. And as awkward as this might still be for them, one can plainly see Rain is happy to have her big brother back, and Aiken is happy to have his little sister at all. Does that make the trip worth it? Well, I'd be interested to know what you think.

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Anon 2nd Aug 2015, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Hella worth it
Chris the Blue 2nd Aug 2015, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
I'm really glad Rain's relationship with Aiken didn't get soured or anything.
And he called her 'sis'. That's just so sweet.
Vanessa 2nd Aug 2015, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
So proud of them both!
Lemonado Girl 2nd Aug 2015, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Aiken is actually really considerate, trying to find a way that Rain could deal with the situation, even going into territories he has no interest in, all for Rain's sake. And I think that shows us that even though Aiken might not necessarily understand/support Rain's identity, he can respect it, and support her as a sibling. Admittedly, it's only a little in the grand scheme of things, but I'm sure Christmas is fresh in Aiken's mind after this, so I can safely say...

That'll do, Aik. That'll do.
kyuubi no kitsune-hime 2nd Aug 2015, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
That is so not fair, Jocelyn, how dare you make me cry like that. Bringing tears of happiness to my eyes. Hehe, Thanks.

A very sweet reconciliation between the siblings, it's good to see Rain has at least her brother in her corner.
Mina 2nd Aug 2015, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Aaaaaw that's touching. ;w;

Overall, Rain has been called Baby Sis by her Big Bro, so I think this little trip was worth it. This bond will last longer than this cut and is more important, isn't it?
BillycannotFly 2nd Aug 2015, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Now hug him! He deserves it! Everything is just so AAAAHHHHH! I need to start sleeping again...
Yuki-chan 2nd Aug 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Totally worth it!
j-eagle12212012 2nd Aug 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Oh our little Aiken is growing up ^_^
inurashii 2nd Aug 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
All Unka 2nd Aug 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
It's so great seeing the journey Aiken is taking, from hostility and confusion, through *trying* to get it, struggling, making mistakes, having trouble, but *wanting* to do better, to finally saying the right things. I really appreciate that; it's much more realistic than either characters who never change or characters who are instantly cool with things and get everything right. There are going to be adjustments. Mistakes will be made. But people can learn.
Cant settle on a username 3rd Aug 2015, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Until I have definitive conformation I will assume that Kellen is slightly off panel skewered on dozens of stakes
Boo 3rd Aug 2015, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
I've also been enjoying watching Aiken come around, it's something I could use more insight into since I've been genderqueer for as long as I can remember. The comic shows a diversity of reactions to all of the GRSM characters, which I appreciate the illustration of. Reactions to my own comings out as trans have been varied and sometimes bewildering for me, and I'm not even trying to assert my non-binary status, just that my identity is feminine and not masculine. If not for my being frustrated by actual behaviour toward me in my own life, I would have a hard time finding Kellen's reaction believable.

Speaking of that, I was rather surprised to see more than one or two expressions of wrathful impulses toward Kellen, and it hurts me to see more people reacting that way than I expected. One person who wronged me rather grievously ended up later reaching out and opening up to me about it, and I'm very glad I was able to accept that gesture because it's brought both of us much-needed closure and healing.
Lemonado Girl 3rd Aug 2015, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
About the whole wrathful reactions thing-I think those were highly due to initial shock. Notice how now that Emily has fixed things and Aiken is really coming around, you see less of it (but not none, obviously). It's kind of how I reacted to Todd's banter before Maria went apeshit on him at the party-I was made pretty upset, and suddenly adrenaline rush and suddenly my body wanted to fight that jerk. I think that's starting to wear off now for most, or if it isn't, they're doing a good job of hiding it.
Boo 8th Aug 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
I guess I didn't show where I'm coming from very well. My bad. I can get plenty angry myself; I've said things that I'm told are "brutal," I've hurt my hands putting dents and holes in walls, and I've made a dog run and hide just with my smoldering vibes, but I also have a visceral aversion to the idea of physically touching some one in an unwlecome way, even if it's urgently necessary to prevent an even greater violation. (Hopefully it won't block me if ever I have to stop some one that way...) When I get frustrated, even when I start hitting _things,_ what I most want to do to a _person_ is share a good solid hug.*

I can internalise the fact that not every one feels the same way about laying hands on others, else of course violence wouldn't be a thing, it just kinda hurts to be reminded that a lot of us don't feel that way. In this case by the time the reader sees what Kellen did, she's no longer in the same room with Rain, no longer imminently threatening to harm her further.

*Now that I think about it, it feels like a craving for reassurance. (that I'm not alone? that touch usually feels good like it ought? that I'm still safe to be around? something else? This is new food for thought for me, so THANK YOU!)
Melody 3rd Aug 2015, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
That was absolutely worth it. Rain now not only has the love and acceptance of her friends and her aunt, she now has her brother back. I hope Kellen comes around soon, but at this point, Rain probably needs her space from her.
MarianLH 3rd Aug 2015, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Tracy Talbott 4th Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
MAYBE it's the preggo hormones, but I started crying when he called her "Baby Sis"... I am SO happy for her right now.
BASHparallel 15th Feb 2018, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Aiken was a top-grade dickhead and I still don't forgive him, but this is sweet and it's getting kinda difficult to hate him.
MeWHo 28th Oct 2018, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
... I keep wanting to 'like' various comments, and being frustrated when I can't ...
no 12th Nov 2020, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
same, i really wish that feature was on this platform
Kesi 1st Sep 2020, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
I really like Aiken now. He’s matured and is trying to support his baby sis to the best of his ability. I’m proud of him!
Dark Niwa 12th Jan 2021, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
and here Aiken went from "redeeming himself" to fully a good guy, redemption complete!
WindandRain 5th Mar 2023, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Even after 8 years the Aiken redemption is touching
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