Comic 859 - Spooked

14th Jul 2016, 9:54 PM in Ch. 29: Transitions
Average Rating: 4.91 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 14th Jul 2016, 9:54 PM edit delete
Yes, this is the real last page of the chapter. And knowing that Chapter 30 won't be for a while (I'm having SRS on July 26th, in case you missed the memo), this page is purely meant to tease, and give you things to think about while we break from pages.

Like, did Ana just say (well, think) that in panel 5? And what does she mean in panel 6? I know a lot of people are going to claim to have "called it", but what exactly did you call? Where am I going with this, and what is Ana's deal? ^_^

But for now, this is it, folks. Long hiatus begins now... sorta.

From now until V-Day (what I've been calling my surgery date), I'll be drawing as much as I can. You won't get any new pages while I'm out of commission, but original art from other stories, or fanart from things I'm hype for will go up after my recovery starts. Just a little something to make the wait a little more bearable.

Other than that, wish me luck, everyone. :)

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I'll probably check in a few more times between and V-Day, but don't forget that your support is still (and will always be) welcome. ^_^

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Jocelyn 15th Jul 2016, 3:16 PM edit delete
The hospital just called. I gave them my info, paid the copay after insurance, and I'm officially scheduled for surgery at 7:30 in the morning on the 26th. Oh my god, this finally feels real and I am crying right now. :D
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thatguyinthecorner 14th Jul 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Evalyn-Averis 14th Jul 2016, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
MarianLH 14th Jul 2016, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with the surgery!
Reimi 14th Jul 2016, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
What a tease to leave off on after that chapter title. :P
gjbivin 14th Jul 2016, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Here's hoping all goes well!
Bizkit 14th Jul 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
So... When Ana says that she hopes she's wrong, does that mean that she hopes Rain isn't transgender? I'm a little confused there.
Ranth 15th Jul 2016, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
There are parts of my identity that make me me. But I wouldn't be me without them. These days I like myself well enough that I mostly like my identities.

However, I would not wish some things on my worst enemy. Because they can be deeply painful and make life difficult. I would feel bad if someone I liked went through the same.
Anon 14th Jul 2016, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
I suspected that Ana might be transgender in the same capacity as Rain for a while now but what if its something different... erm how to put this gently. Suppose that Ana is to be DFAB but somehow was physically born with less than ideal genitalia or the like.
Dandelions42 14th Jul 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
That's what I gathered? I'm assuming that Ana's just thinking of problems she's encountered because of her identity, and doesn't want Rain to go through the same struggles, but maybe she's alluding to an upcoming twist o' plotiness or something else? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dandelions42 14th Jul 2016, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
@Anon -- A good theory! I believe a number of the RainBeaus have come to the conclusion that Ana was actually born intersex (what I think you're trying to allude?) and was assigned *male* at birth, before she and her family realized (when she was still quite young) that she identifies as a girl. . . . I don't think that's been officially confirmed in the comic, though. I seem to remember one comic where her father says something about "making the wrong choice" while holding a photo of young Ana, then saying that said choice was soon to be corrected. . . .
Dandelions42 14th Jul 2016, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Ana's change in . . . *everything* between the last two panels is utterly adorable. . . . :D

So of course, I'm internally yelling at Gavin to catch it and immediately bring about an end to it! :P Forced cheerfulness, while cute, generally isn't a healthy way to deal with tricky situations. I'm really hoping that Ana will grow to let her guard of fake happiness down when she needs to, and that others (like Gavin!) will handle the change well and give her the support she needs. Ana reminds me of myself so much, I love every comic she's in ^u^ (and Gavin, you rock too! :D)

And Jocelyn, I wish there the best with your surgery! I shall be sending you positive feels throughout time and space :3
Bane 15th Jul 2016, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
So happy for your SRS Jocelyn! Good luck on the surgery and recovery :D
Vgd 15th Jul 2016, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Good luck, and I hope it all goes as well and as smoothly as possible!
Callisto 15th Jul 2016, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
It's going to be great, Jocelyn. <3 You're on the next leg of a great journey! I'm very excited for you. ^_^
dee 15th Jul 2016, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
best of luck, Jocelyn!
j-eagle12212012 15th Jul 2016, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Best of luck Jocelyn. I'll pray that everything goes perfect for you
JohnR 15th Jul 2016, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
I had originally thought trans, but intersex makes more sense, especially with the last panel in mind.
Guest 15th Jul 2016, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Ana has probably been presenting as herself for a lot longer than Rain has, and has been subjected to quite a bit for it. Bullying at a young age, constant moving, never settling down in one place, etc. Rain's life hasn't been the easiest, what with her current familial issues and all, but she hasn't yet been physically assaulted (to our knowledge, that is; the memory with her father is kind of questionable?) Her friends are supportive (even though Gavin had some difficulty at first) and most of her family save for Kellen and her deadbeat father are pretty accepting. She even has a girlfriend who knows she's trans and is both accepting of it and understands that she's a girl! We don't know all that much about Ana's backstory, but we do know that she's been bullied at least from third grade and that her mom isn't around anymore (presumably to difficulties with Ana, although we don't know that for sure) and she's had at least one romantic experience where she was attacked. Her moving around constantly (probably due to her being outed) really wouldn't make her life easier, and she'd lose any friends she'd gain. Rain presenting as male for the first seventeen years of her life shielded her from most of the bigotry of her peers, and she was lucky enough that when her secret was discovered it was discovered by accepting people. Ana's been dealing with issues that come from being trans since she was three, and yeah, she wouldn't wish that on anyone. Rain doesn't pass flawlessly, more so with the haircut now (although she's doing a remarkably good job; I think the only reason she hasn't been clocked yet is that her peers can't really see her as anything other than a cis girl, because that's how she was introduced to them as) and Ana is probably worried that Rain would have to go through what she went through- or even if she'd already experienced it. Being trans isn't a bad thing, but the hatred of bigots combined with the dysphoria and all that fun stuff would definitely make it less than desirable, and Ana would definitely not want anyone to go through that.
That's just my two cents on the matter, though. :P
Jorge 15th Jul 2016, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Stumbled upon Rain earlier this week, binged the whole thing and just finished like 5 minutes ago. To discover that you just got the call from the hospital and are set for surgery! So exciting!! Congratulations! I'm actually a little teary eyed! I've been so involved in your writing and your art these past few days... The same way a few nights ago I was so happy for Rain, I'm now so happy for you : -D Huge hug from London!!
M 16th Jul 2016, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
It sure will go well. Once the operation is over and you realize it through the meds, there may be some tears of happines. Good luck!
Lily 16th Jul 2016, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Wonder if she thinks Rain may be FtM but not out yet. Personally I've had a decent amount of people think so about me. We know what the haircut was a result of, but to an outside eye with knowledge of trans things, she may have seen that as an intentional attempt to look "less feminine"
Reimi 17th Jul 2016, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
That would be a fun twist, Ana as intersex, her thinking Rain is a FtM, it could lead to a fun bonding moment.
Pip 17th Jul 2016, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Oh wow Jocelyn, so happy for you! Best of luck through V-day (hehe) and recovery... Kia Kaha! <3

I also quite like the idea of Ana thinking Rain is FtM. Misunderstandings all round! But I'm sure they'll figure each other out and bond in the end :)
DaniV 17th Jul 2016, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
I very much wish this was the case, but would Ana call Rain 'she' in her inner monologue if she thought she was FTM? For someone familiar with the idea of gender and cis- and trans- concepts, that is.
Sarah 17th Jul 2016, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Well, she doesn't have confirmation either way yet, so she's probably defaulting to the pronouns she knows Rain currently uses.
DaniV 17th Jul 2016, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with the surgery! Thanks for keeping us updated with everything.
Someone 18th Jul 2016, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Congrats, and good luck! :D
rennercm123 18th Jul 2016, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Congrats and good luck!
Gwen 19th Jul 2016, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
One of my friends just had SRS and she's been calling it V day too! lol
Good luck Jocelyn, and keep us updated! ^_^
AnotherAnimeNerd 19th Jul 2016, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
My friend got me in erected in this comic, and I can see why she loves it so much. I only started reading yesterday and I'm here now, and I don't usually read so fast unless I'm really into it, so I guess I'm complimenting the story. Love it a lot
Minazuki 19th Jul 2016, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
*hugs* good luck and let us know how it goes.
Dragonrider 20th Jul 2016, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
Best to you, your new life and new Birthday. You officially were born, July 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM.
Megadaman 22nd Jul 2016, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
It's 3:30 AM, and I'm finally finished catching up! It took 34 days, but I did read every blurb and most of the comments. (I also think I was slacking because I just didn't want it to end.) I also wanted to say thank you for helping me figure out that I'm genderfluid, Ky is actually one of my favorite characters. I'd like to buy the books and some merchandise (some shirts and maybe a genderfluid and/or pansexual crochet bracelet) when I make some money. Thank you for making such an awesome webcomic, I am proud to call myself a Rain Beau. And now for the hiatus...

Oh wait, good luck with SRS and I hope you have a fast recovery!

*sigh* Okay, now for the hiatus.
B. 25th Jul 2016, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with your surgery!! Hope it goes great :D
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