Comic 797 - Do Better

18th Feb 2016, 10:18 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Do Better
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 18th Feb 2016, 10:18 PM edit delete
I have no idea what to write here. So feel free to share your thoughts instead. ;P

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Emi 18th Feb 2016, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
This is really cute :>
thatguyinthecorner 18th Feb 2016, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
N'aaawww. That went better than expected.
Reimi 18th Feb 2016, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Well now, this went better than expected, now for it to all blow up when Rain and Allison meet. :P
Erica-Jane 19th Feb 2016, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
I dunno, I think that Allison will freak, and then realize that Ryan probably pushed her away because the internal stress of Rain wanting to share who she really was with someone she really cares about vs. the fear of that same person rejecting her was making everything crazy. I think Allison and Rain will become bffs. I'm still hoping for Emily & Rain to be a couple. They are so cute!

On the other hand, I could be like so way off the mark that I'm being silly.
One With Adequate Ideas 19th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
This is not the most constructive of comments but, I must decree:

Awwwwwwwwww! That's really uplifting. ^.^
Sobi 19th Feb 2016, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
pages like this make me miss the phrase "Kodak Moment" XD
Zii 19th Feb 2016, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
It was worth it! I hope Alison and Rudy can be friends and not invoke drama... This is a really heartfelt moment. Rudy probably really needed to hear that. Maybe this will help him move on.
Sad In Snow 19th Feb 2016, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if Rain and Allison will ever meet (back) up, but I'm kind of wondering what will happen if they do and Allison is still holding on for feelings for Ryan/Rain. I don't know Allison's full orientation (I obviously get the feeling that she likes men, but whether or not she like women as well is unknown), or even if Allison is accepting of transgender people.

I know from personal experience that it can be extremely hard to get past unrequited love; it can also be difficult to get past old relationships. Both of those ideas seem to pop up a bit in this chapter. It can seem idealistic when you think that there is definitely a person specifically out there for you; you don't know that there is one for a fact, but often you have to hope and convince yourself that there is. And that is what Allison is doing; convincing herself that there is somebody out there for her.
AmbiguousMouse 19th Feb 2016, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
This is a page late to be pointing out, but does anybody else feel the strange mix of tragedy and anger towards the fact that Gavin has expressed trouble referring to Rain as "Ryan" and "he" while Rudy seemed to have it down as if it didn't demand a change in thought process at all? It's like Rudy doesn't even think of Rain as a girl... A view which, mind, wouldn't necessarily contradict anything we know or have seen about Rudy if we bear in mind that he's not always been verbally honest about how he feels. (Though I always found his "you're the exception" speech to be one of the best speeches I'd ever seen in a webcomic, so the realization that it may well have been a total load is pretty sad.)

Oh, Rudy. I can't decide whether you're a wonderful example of a conflicted character, or if I just don't like you. I'll go with the first one because you're funny and you were cute on this page, but you're on thin ice.
Janie 20th Feb 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Dunno... I think this is more an example of their differing personalities than anything else. Rudy has always been quick on the uptake, he might sometimes act uninformed or foolish (i.e., "Dude, she's a lesbian"), but he also has been shown to be very good at watching his words (among other things, keeping his affection for Rain completely secret for two months).
Janie 20th Feb 2016, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Whoops, I hit enter by mistake before I was done >.<

At any rate, if there is anything Rudy loves, it is pranks and drama- I mean, he is showing up as Ruby specifically to annoy Gavin! Now that he suddenly needs to refer to Rain as a "he" Rudy has adapted very quickly, to continue with the charade for as long as possible.
j-eagle12212012 19th Feb 2016, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
This is going very well... too well. Cue drama
CaiteNeko 19th Feb 2016, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Out of curiosity, do any of you have advice for a trans girl that is going into highschool and has yet to come out to both parents.
j-eagle12212012 20th Feb 2016, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Test the waters by bringing up Trans topics and gauge there reactions, if they are positive than come out to them and proceed from there. If they react negetivly to trans topics find a support group in school that you can trust and look into getting help from your extended family.

You do whatever results in you being happy hun
CaiteNeko 20th Feb 2016, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
I wish that would work, but my mom and stepdad, are more along to the lines of, "transgendered people are the devil's children and have something f*uvkes up in the head"
AmbiguousMouse 21st Feb 2016, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
Then just remember that safety is absolutely paramount. If you can find a couple of really trustworthy and discreet friends in high school (and you need to make sure of this; don't just open up to somebody the instant you guys are friendly) then open up to them, but keep it on the DL with the parents and the school faculty people who may have some confusing and arbitrary legal or "moral" obligation to report anything regarding your trans status to your parents. If your parents let you out to hang out with friends and stuff, then you can dress as you feel inside when you're with them if you have the opportunity, but *do not* decide that you'd rather take the risk with your parents, no matter how awful and freedom-seeking you feel in the moment. You could have a whole lifetime of living as your identified gender if you just wait a few years to become independent from your parents; you don't want to risk throwing that long-term opportunity away by coming out to your parents now and having them try to mentally or physically harm you, whether through personal abuse or by trying to send you to a "curing camp." Just always be cautious.
Ashley_s117 20th Feb 2016, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
What I'm worried about is if Allison comes to the wrong conclusion when she realises the difference between Rudy/Ruby and Rain.
Fox 20th Feb 2016, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
What conclusion are you worried she'll come to?
j-eagle12212012 21st Feb 2016, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
That "Ryan" is a crossdresser like "Ruby"
Fox 21st Feb 2016, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
But they said figured out the difference between rudy/ruby and rain.
Ashley_s117 22nd Feb 2016, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Yes im worried that allison will think rain is simply crossdressing after she realizes the situation with their whole group.

What im curious about is when anna is coming back
Fox 22nd Feb 2016, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for clearing that up.
purplespacecats 21st Feb 2016, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
my fave thing about this is that alison thinks she's talking to a girl about a boy when she's actually talking to a boy about a girl
AmbiguousMouse 21st Feb 2016, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
... That's actually pretty funny... Slightly terrible and ironic, but funny.
Reimi 21st Feb 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
So pretty much the whole reason Ruby showed up was to have this conversation, now to see where it goes from here.
Akane 17th Jul 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
That last panel...unexpected twist for the better? And I was here thinking Ruby was going way too far, but it all went surprisingly awesome.
Zoe 29th Mar 2019, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Rudy and Allison

I ship it
no 12th Nov 2020, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
screw incompatible orientations, this is a ship now
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