Comic 777 - Crush

5th Jan 2016, 8:21 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 5th Jan 2016, 8:21 PM edit delete
Friendly reminder that Rain and Chanel are out earshot and probably wouldn't hear Maria and Emily over the sound of their own fangirling anyway. Also, it's not terribly relevant overall, but Maria's face in panel 5 is like my favorite thing ever. XD

On topic, Emily finally expresses her feelings about Rain. Actually, I should stop there. How are you interpretting this page? What does her answer mean? What is she not saying here? Where do you think this will go from here?

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Er-hem. I hope this doesn't detract from story-related comments, but as you may or may not have heard, I've got an appointment for SRS consultation scheduled for the end of the month. Maybe - just maybe - something good will be in my future. This also means your help was never more welcome if you're willing and/or able. Buying books, or shirts, or scarves/wristbands, or just plain donations are all very helpful right now. Obviously, if you are unable to or don't want to offer anything, that's totally fine. There are other ways you can help. Like voting for Rain on TopWebComics or joining/sharing the Facebook page can help spread the word about my work. Thanks for anything you can do; no hard feelings if you can't. ^_^
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thatguyinthecorner 5th Jan 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Love Maria's face in the "address that" panel, that looks so meme-able it isn't even funny. *shot for being literally the worst*
Guest 5th Jan 2016, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
*Proptly leaves the Ramily Ship for indefinite Shore Leave*

Emily never said that she had a crush on Rain. Her response to Rain's obvious crush on her was "I hate being single". Getting together with somebody—even if it's somebody you care about—because you hate being single is a recipe for disaster, & is completely unfair on the other person. If you get together with somebody because you hate being single, rather than because you genuinely return their feelings & want to be with them, then you are using them.

And since Emily has admitted first that she hates being single, rather than that she has romantic feelings for Rain, that's going to call into question any romantic confession she might make to Rain later on for me, unless she follows it up by saying that she doesn't want to get together anyway (due, I imagine, to the pregnancy).
thatguyinthecorner 5th Jan 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
This is probably just the yuri goggles talking, but I get the impression that was less a show of importance and more just Emily dancing around the subject. She didn't particularly want to admit it so she just tossed out an at least partially self-deprecatory remark to a similar end.

I whole-heartedly agree with you though, acting based on that is bad news bears.
Long-Time Lurker 6th Jan 2016, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, Emily does say "I care about Rain a lot. And she is cute." That could be interpreted as her admitting a crush on Rain without outright saying "I love her." Her actions seem to be, as Maria pointed out, a bit stronger than "just friends"... I see your point (and yes, not being single is a terribe reason to date someone) but I could go either way right now.
Mina 5th Jan 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
It's complicated, right? So, what could this thing be? Is it because she's pregnant? Is it because Rain's Maria's friend?

Or is it because she fears to do something wrong? With great love come high hopes, and it's easy to crush them. I think Emily could fear that...
Using your friend in order to avoid being single is horrible for this friend. It's a tough time for Rain, if she was harmed, Emily won't forgive herself.

Or maybe it's unrelated. Maybe she isn't sure of her feelings.
She noticed Rain's feelings, and we know that it's rarely possible to notice the love of the person we love, right?

By the way, Maria seems VERY concerned about her ex-girlfriend's romantic life... That's kind of strange, isn't it? Is it her way to forget about it?

Good luck with your consultation, Jocelyn! ^^
Sobi 6th Jan 2016, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Maybe she is worried about what Chase will do if he is as bad as Aiken said he is, it's possible she thinks that he may go after rain if they were together maybe even go as far as attack her, or worse if he finds out she is trans.
Xiane 6th Jan 2016, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
It's probably the pregnancy thing. I mean Rain freaked out cause her hair got cut (be different if K had shaved Rain bald, but a short haircut is not automatically manish), suddenly the Rain/Emily couple happens and its revealed Emily is pregnant.

Skip to Rain freaking out at being thought of as the 'Father'. Yeah can already see Emily forseeing Rains enevitable freak out of the possible rumors.
Lemonado Girl 5th Jan 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
OH. OH. I think I get it. Emily still hasn't yet told Maria she's pregnant. Imagine if the two were openly in a relationship and that bit of news came up. There's a couple ways that could go. None are good.
j-eagle12212012 6th Jan 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
I think that you are on to something here, that would be the most logical thing
sesquipedalia 6th Jan 2016, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
I think you hit the nail on the head. It's exactly what I was thinking.
Niceguy Eddie 6th Jan 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
I want to spread the word about your ur work! When are you going to finally come on my show? ;)
TheAmazingAnita 6th Jan 2016, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Aww, I love Maria's face!

Couldn't another concern (other than the pregnancy, that IS a pretty big one) be her ex? I get the feeling he's be kind of a huge arse about it.
SpacepirateResa 6th Jan 2016, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
For all that Emily is mature for her age she is still a teenager about to have a baby. Her emotions are probably all over the place right now, with the strongest ones being fear and confusion. She probably doesn't know what her real feelings for Rain are because the chemicals running through her brain make it hard to tell what is legitimate affection and what is hormones. Then there is the factor that Rain is the first and only real emotional support she has gotten so far, she may not want to chance losing that. Romance is beautiful, but also complicated and sometimes it is better to take care of your own mental health before trying to enter in a romantic relationship.
Pinecone1532 6th Jan 2016, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
I feel like its a combination of everything that has been said so far. Emily is mature for her age, and is handling the fact that she has a child on the way very well as far as we can tell right now. But that's also precisely the problem here - she has a child on the way. Its easy enough for Maria to suggest she starts dating Rain, but its really not that simple for Emily. Rain has her own things going on given as she's starting the medical side of her transition, and from my point of view she's also just not really ready for taking on any kind of responsibility with regards to looking after Emily's baby (assuming Emily is going to try and raise her baby herself - I don't remember it being indicated anywhere to the contrary). That's the most important thing for Emily right now.

If she were to go into a relationship with Rain, she would probably simply end up feeling incredibly guilty about it, because she would always view her motivation as being more the fact she hates being single than the fact she genuinely likes Rain in that way. It would also seem to have more benefits for her than for Rainn. Emily needs more emotional support right now than Rain does, and I feel like Emily would always have that in the back of her mind, and would feel like she was imposing on Rain. Also, I'm sure she would realise that it wouldn't work out between the two of them, and she just wouldn't want to end up hurting Rain. Ultimately it seems to be better for both of them if they don't end up together, at least for now anyway.
ReimiS 6th Jan 2016, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Read through this 3 times now, and the books arrived today (loved all three bonus chapters), now to settle in for the slow trickle of updates and agonizing cliffhangers. :P

Bring on book 4. ^_^
cjc333 6th Jan 2016, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
I mean, I see where Maria is coming from, but I feel like she needs to back off of Emily. If Emily doesn't want to be out in a homophobic private school, then I can respect that. Although I do realize its also with the whole pregnancy thing. I'm just wondering what Emily will do when she has the baby, just because as a highschool tudent, I can't even imagine trying to raise a child.
JustAPigeon 7th Jan 2016, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Is it a bad thing for me to believe that Rain became a different person mentally when she had her hair forcefully chopped off? I feel like one of the defining aspects of Rain was her hair, being that it was one of the things that made her feel more like who she wanted to be, and that this significant change in her look has me questioning if she will ever be the same person again. I didn't mean this to come across as though I think she isn't Rain anymore because of this, I meant it more so as it seems like her personality has changed and she doesn't seem nearly as confident or happy anymore. I know that you may not be able to answer this yourself, if you can answer it at all without giving away any spoilers (or if you dont even know yourself), but is there any chance that Rain will learn to come to terms with what has happened and move on from it and just go back to being the same old Rain? Or do you think that she will never fully recover from this traumatic experience and will never be the same because of it? Please let me know you're thoughts.
Also, anyone is free to reply despite the title of this comment, so any and all feedback is welcome.
Jocelyn 7th Jan 2016, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

In fairness, I don't think people can go through some kind of extreme trauma without changing a little. My own bout with cancer a little over a year ago is a testament to that. It destroyed me to know I had it, and treatment/recovery found new ways to wreck me on top of that. I was not in a good place emotionally. But when the issue was finally all over, I think I did change... for the better. I've never felt more confident or driven to do what's important to me. When bad things come up in my life and I start to feel weak, I remember "I beat cancer. This is nothing." and I'm able to fight on. I hate that I had to suffer through what I did to gain this, but I do believe I'm a better person than before.

I'm not saying that a haircut is like cancer, but the process of trauma is the same. It's hard on her now, but there's room for growth. Not only can she recover, but she can come out of this stronger than she was before. I can't go into specifics, but I can promise I'm not just going to leave the main character an unhappy mess for the rest of the story. Not when I - as not only the writer, but as a person - believe she can overcome this. I don't even think it's a spoiler to outright say she WILL get past this. But it IS a process. I'm trying to get her through the grief quickly, but it just won't be an overnight thing (and canonically, it's only been like 36 hours since it even happened).

So please bear with me. She can get through this, and she will. There might still be some ups and downs, but we will see her confident and happy again. I promise. Though I believe with the support of her gal pals here, she already is doing a lot better than she was. ^_^

I hope this helps.
JustAPigeon 7th Jan 2016, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
It helps quite a bit. I have always been an avid fan of Rain since just a bit after you started the comic, and I am always happy to see you creating these new developments in the story with each page you post. I also think its great that you always write the story the way you think it should be written and not the way everyone else thinks it should be written, while still taking the time to respond to people with well thought answers to their questions whether they be silly or plausible. Thank you for this wonderful comic. I will continue following the story happily as it unfolds, no matter how fast or slow you make it unfold.
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