Comic 857 - Behind Closed Doors

11th Jul 2016, 12:33 AM in Ch. 29: Transitions
Behind Closed Doors
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 11th Jul 2016, 12:33 AM edit delete
Sooo... kind of an odd one. Not much really seems to happen here. But remember how Rain and Emily got together at the end of the last chapter? The original plan was to cut it off after Rain confessed and Emily listed off all the reasons why they shouldn't get together. This chapter then would be largely the same as it is (although it would start when they get to school), with the two girls dodging questions and keeping up the ambiguity. It would finally be at this point, that Rain and Emily kiss and there'd be a lengthy flashback to what was the end of the last chapter and the beginning of this one, circling back to this point. It would be mother of all cruel cliffhangers, but that WAS the original plan.

And honestly, I still like the flow better of my first plan. >_>

But I changed it when my SRS date was still set a bit sooner. Had that been the case, this chapter still might not have even started yet by now while I recovered and THEN we'd still have to go through this chapter before finding out they had gotten together. I just thought it'd be nice to leave you on the up note while I would be gone for all that time. Then the surgery got postponed, and my change was moot. :P

But I felt keeping this page to show the two sides of their relationship was important. The public image they showed at dinner with Fara and Jess last week and most of the rest of the chapter at school versus how they are together behind closed doors. I then just added Emily mentioning how Maria found out so some kind of information would be brought up and this page might feel more substantial.

TL;DR - This is a weird page, but I promise it's not just gratuitous kissing for the sake of kissing. Not that I think anyone would complain about that, but I don't usually do things for no reason, so I thought I should clarify.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

As I've been saying for a while now, I'll be going for SRS on July 26th. If you've been with me long enough to remember my cancer surgeries, you know there's going to be a lengthy hiatus for my recovery. I probably won't feel up to drawing much. Fortunately, Chapter 29 wraps up later this week. So unlike my previous surgeries which cut things off awkwardly mid-chapter, this break will be a little more controlled (like any other planned hiatus). The comic will return with Chapter 30, but I don't know when. That depends on how long it takes for me to feel like I can sit upright and draw for extended periods again. I will keep you posted throughout my recovery though, so you know when that will be.

Anyway, you support is still (and will always be) welcome. ^_^

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Eliza 11th Jul 2016, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
KingNolad 11th Jul 2016, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
Reimi 11th Jul 2016, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes we need the lighthearted stuff after all the downers, so thank you for this. :P
Eliza 11th Jul 2016, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Yeah this was nice and refreshing.
Gwen 11th Jul 2016, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Who doesn't appreciate a Rainily kiss just for the sake of it? ^_^
Lemonado Girl 11th Jul 2016, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
*earth shattering squee* SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE~!
Jacy Em 11th Jul 2016, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Totally off-topic, but, @Lemonado Girl, I just recently got a New Nintendo 3DS XL, and would you recommend Xenoblade Chronicles 3D?
Jocelyn 11th Jul 2016, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
@Jacy Em

I know you weren't asking me, but I would recommend Xenoblade 3D. At least personally speaking, I had a hard time getting into the original Wii release. And even though the n3DS version is the exact same game but with slightly weaker graphics, I just felt the portability made it more accessible and easier to jump into for however much time you wanted to put in.

At least, that's my humble unasked-for opinion. XD
Jacy Em 11th Jul 2016, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for your input. I now have it slated for purchase next time I have some money laying around.
Jadelynn 11th Jul 2016, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Gosh these two are so cute together. <3
steveha 11th Jul 2016, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
I feel that the way you actually made the story go is better than your original plan, even if you kind of prefer your original plan. Yes, this way loses the amazing reveal, but I think the flow of the story is easier to follow the way you actually did it.

And for what it's worth, I think this page is not at all a waste of time, and even if you hadn't posted the explanation of why you felt the need to put it, I would have been happy with it.

Good luck with your SRS! I hope it all goes perfectly and you are always happy with the result.
Fay Onyx 11th Jul 2016, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
I second this! I really like the way it turned out with the change. I feel like doing it the way you did adds depth to all of the things in between that the readers wouldn't have gotten to experience with the original plan.
SayaHeart 11th Jul 2016, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
Infinite squees! ... that is all ♥
Say Taylor 11th Jul 2016, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
The Other Mike 11th Jul 2016, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
I swear Emily's looking through the fourth wall in the third panel.
j-eagle12212012 11th Jul 2016, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad you didn't torture all of us by leaving us with a cliffhanger of epic size . As for the kissing... moar plz ^_^
Samantha 11th Jul 2016, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
More of these. Less long text wall strips.
Jocelyn 11th Jul 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Oh? Didn't you know? Walls of text are what Rain is all about! XD
glasswings 11th Jul 2016, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
I tried to understand the Wall of Text (this really is the best comedic value) but stopped once I started realizing how horribly overpowered it is.

This one is much closer to being something playable
mecaterpillar 12th Jul 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
You could always potentially change the order of things back for whenever this part of the comic comes out in print form.
Jocelyn 13th Jul 2016, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

This is something I'm very strongly considering. :)
SilentNight 13th Jul 2016, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
I'm happy with how it's going, but the reveal as planned would have left my jaw on the floor.
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