Comic 846 - Positive Outlook

15th Jun 2016, 7:00 PM in Ch. 29: Transitions
Positive Outlook
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 15th Jun 2016, 7:00 PM edit delete
For what it's worth, we've never seen Rain's immediate reaction to Emily's pregnancy revelation. We saw Maria's reaction at the time (because that's the side of the door we could see), but Rain's face and response were never shown. This does start to bring things together a little bit more though...

Also, it's so weird drawing Rain's long hair again! :O

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Kitsune_chan 15th Jun 2016, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Awwww this page is so cute, the power of friendship and the love between friends wins + FTW on Rain for making Emily want to keep it without meaning to. ^.^
AmbiguousMouse 15th Jun 2016, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Oh, Jocelyn. You just can't go too long without those two-pagers you claim to hate, can you? Not that I'm complaining, I love more content.
Pip 15th Jun 2016, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking the same! I enjoy them too... every two-pager is like winning the lottery XD
Jacy Em 15th Jun 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
How about those THREE pagers? :D Only two, if I recall correctly.
Yossarian 15th Jun 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I'm loving this comic. I just started reading about a week ago and I've been in love ever since. ^_^ Just got caught up today. Thanks for the fantastic story, filled with twists, humour, and drama.
Skylin 15th Jun 2016, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
I am honestly pretty frustrated with Emily's choice to keep the baby. There is nothing good that could come of having a baby at this point in Emily's life.
Guest 16th Jun 2016, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Considering the only reasons she's given so far are she doesn't want to be like her mom, she wants to do something she feels is right, and Rain had a positive outlook on things, I have to agree. It's her decision of course, but I'd like to know what her own reasons for wanting to continue with this are because I don't completely understand her motives for this yet. Especially all things considered with her mom being pretty much absent and no support from Chase at all, and while I'm sure Rain and Fara would love to help out, there's only so much they can do. I do hope she has a really good reason for it that she hasn't mentioned yet.
AmbiguousMouse 16th Jun 2016, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Not to be overly morbid, but I think that's part of the point. Nothing good can come from this for Emily herself, but she doesn't want to take away this baby's chance at life for her own benefit. It's simply a choice, and I think Jocelyn has gone to great lengths to present it as a morally neutral one; we can see from the impartiality of it that Jocelyn would not consider (or at least not portray) Emily as any better or worse a person if she decided to abort the baby, but the thing here is that that would be a different character. Emily is making this choice not because it is more or less noble than the alternative, but because she's decided where her priorities lie. There doesn't have to be a good or a bad about it.
DocMesa 16th Jun 2016, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
I'm pro-choice personally. Emily's choice is to have the kid. I support her choice.
Samantha 16th Jun 2016, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
So you don't like babies. That's fine. But honestly, she has friends, she has a support system and honestly, she can call out the school on hypocrisy if they kick her out for a child that she's deciding to raise.
"Nothing good." You are bringing a child into the world. Good grief. Life will be harder, but it's overdramatic to act like a baby is some kind of curse. As a transgender women, I will never be able to have a child myself, I would have to be a father. To be able to conceive is something I deeply want. So to have people look at children as "nothing good" is deeply offensive.
AmbiguousMouse 16th Jun 2016, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm with you, but I think that might be too far in the opposite direction, Samantha. I don't think "we hate babies" was the point, I think the point was that Emily really isn't in any position to be having this baby, much less raising it. Because, well, financially at least, I have no idea what kind of support group you're talking about. She's going to have to take care of this baby largely alone... I mean, her most obviously supportive family, the one letting her live with them, is living in an apartment on a teacher's tuition themselves, mind you. Having a child is a beautiful thing, and I agree with you that her choice to have the child certainly has its rather large positive (BABY!) but it isn't really fair of you to be offended that somebody else thinks abortion and having babies at a later, more stable time would be better, even if you disagree. Again, it's just a choice, without a right or a wrong answer (morally speaking).
Bizkit 16th Jun 2016, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
I agree with AmbiguousMouse in that you're taking things a bit too far. When Skylin said "nothing good," they were talking about the situation, not the baby itself. As for me, I don't believe that older teenager's (16+) having sex is wrong, but I do believe that a teenager having sex (and getting pregnant) with an adult, who is significantly older, IS wrong. Also, I know she has support, but bad things can still happen to both her and the child, even later in life. IMO, I think this is a case where it's better to be safe than sorry.
Sammy 16th Jun 2016, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
Emily: obviously distressed, crying
Rain: oh wow what a good thing! Congratulations!

In addition to her not noticing when pretty much all of her friends had a crush on her, Rain is pretty oblivious. It's okay Rain, we love you anyways. (Although, rereading the page again, it's completely possible that Rain thought Emily was getting all emotional over the "sisters" comment... maybe that was it, and I'm the oblivious one :P)
AmbiguousMouse 16th Jun 2016, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
I think her obliviousness is part of her adorable charm.
j-eagle12212012 16th Jun 2016, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Oh Rain never stop being so blissfully optomistic ^_^
Nef 16th Jun 2016, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. It certainly involves physical, mental and emotional stress, and the weight of responsibility that follows is immense, but being a participant in the act of creation is a labor of love.

I wish more people honored and revered mothers, and more fathers stepped up to their role as responsible partners.
Lex-Kat 16th Feb 2017, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Yes, I know the future, but I somehow forgot to comment on this one.

If Rain is anything like me, she is congratulating Emily because she sees it as the greatest thing ever, and partly wishes that it could ever be her.
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