Comic 896 - Finally

23rd Dec 2016, 2:46 PM in Ch. 30: Little Victories
Average Rating: 4.94 (16 votes)
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Jocelyn 23rd Dec 2016, 2:46 PM edit delete
Over six years and eight-hundred pages later, it finally happens! Is it worth it? You betcha! But it's a very anticlimactic moment. XD

I mean, apart from getting that thing you may have wanted your whole life, hormones DO take a while to do anything substantial. It's exciting because it's a huge personal milestone. But it's also boring because the rest of your day is probably otherwise like any other. Personally, I waited until the next morning to start. My wife had already gone to work, so I ate a bowl of cereal and watched YouTube when I took it (Game Grumps playing Monopoly, if I recall), and went on to draw for the rest of the day. It was a memorable moment, but not really anything special just yet.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing though. ^_^

Fun Raindom Fact: I strongly considered naming this page "The End". Why? I'm sure I've mentioned this a hundred times by now, but when I started the comic, I wasn't on hormones yet. So I almost wasn't going to have Rain begin her medical transition in the story, for fear that my inexperience would lead to bad writing and misinformation. And originally, the final page of the story was going to have Rain take her first dose with more or less this exact dialogue (though the chapter otherwise would've been quite different). Obviously, there's a lot unresolved right now, so it's not actually the end.

Anyway, I started hormones over four years ago, and I've since gained the firsthand experience to be able to talk about it, and I decided back then I wanted to cover it. So obviously, the story couldn't end there. For what it's worth, this did NOT necessarily make the story longer. This page just would've come later on rather than on this date. Surely, there would still be unresolved character arcs and prom coming up at this time either way. I was just able to bump this scene up so as to make it no longer the ending. Now the ending is completely different, and the final page has changed many times since then. But I like where I'm currently going now; it's just a matter of getting there. ^_^

Coming full circle, I did not name this page "The End". It's not the end of story. It's not even the end of the chapter. I thought it might be funny to make the reference to this being the old ending, but I know not everyone reads my blurbs, and I feared some might actually believe I was just going to awkwardly and unexpectedly drop off the story here. Considering how many unfinished webcomics are out there, it wouldn't be without precedent either. So as much as I wanted to do it, I think it might've caused more problems than laughs.

Maybe if I were posting this on April Fools Day, but this is basically the Christmas post, so I should try to be good. So come join us again next Wednesday for the natural progression of the story as I would've done anyway. XD

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Gabi 23rd Dec 2016, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
I love Rain's face on the last panel!
Guest 23rd Dec 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas everybody! Also, so happy for Rain! Emily's line is so funny! :)
BlackSocks 23rd Dec 2016, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
I wasn't exactly expecting fireworks. More like a spontaneous musical number or maybe the Pokémon 'evolution' music.
"What? Rain is evolving!"

And Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
SayaHeart 23rd Dec 2016, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
The fireworks come later when you drop a spoon and start bawling ;)
Merry Christmas ♥ Hope everyone has a nice holiday, whatever yours happens to be ♥
Asame 28th Dec 2016, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
You joke but I cried because my cat meowed twice and not three times..... Hormones are weird.
Inky 23rd Dec 2016, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Roll credits.
Jessica Bright 23rd Dec 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Grats Rain!
Reimi 23rd Dec 2016, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
About sums up my first dose. This page makes me so happy to read, thanks for making this the Christmas post.
Samantha 27th Dec 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Which of these is which?
Alice 23rd Dec 2016, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
This is going to be me in (hopefully) two months :D
RubyRuthNeal 23rd Dec 2016, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
When I took my first dose it was anticlimactic too. But I also know that transitioning is a marathon, not a sprint. I fully expected it to take as much as 4 or 5 years since I am quite old, but here only 4 months of HRT down, and I'm seeing changes I would've never dreamed would come so quickly.Time to tighten up the seat belts cuz this is gonna be one interesting and scary ride for me. At least Rain has half a year of real life experience behind her.... I got zero yet, and that's what frightens me the most... How I'm gonna handle the inevitable RLE yet.
Tessia 23rd Dec 2016, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of when I started hehe. Though going though money issues and such it's aggrivating trying to get Texas clinics to help you. I'll get back to them when. I can but go Rain! :D
RubyRuthNeal 24th Dec 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I love Texas because it's my home... But it's got a lot of progress it still needs to catch up to. That's why I'm DIY.
Guest 25th Dec 2016, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
I need pointers hehe that dosent rely on Dallas trips and hopefully making it from work. What should I do? :x
Nobody Special 23rd Dec 2016, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
dangit XC Rain beat me!....

I know it's strange but I've been following this comic for 4 years and have been working towards my own transition kinda wished i could have been on HRT by now

well she beat me but I'm starting next month!
Sarah 23rd Dec 2016, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
If this was the end? I'd riot in the street. Your comic is too beautiful to end any time soon! I just discovered it only a month or so ago.
Alice Sara 23rd Dec 2016, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
When I took my first dose, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, quietly, so as to not disturb my neighbors, "HENSHIN!*"

Primula 23rd Dec 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
I started reading your comic earlier this year and binge read it up to date recently, this year has been rather awful for me and i just wanted to thank you for your beautiful comic
I was born male but i identify as female myself so i could empathise with Rain easily, Also Emily X Rain has made me gush harder than anything else I've read or watched this year, Seriously my OTP.

Thank you so much your series is beautiful and so are you.
Callisto 24th Dec 2016, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
So many feels - This was me just a few years ago.
Say Taylor 24th Dec 2016, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Say Taylor
Those tears are actually because the Spiro tastes so bad :/ Kinda like chemically chalk.
Lex-Kat 26th Dec 2016, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
~.- Never tasted it before. Except, the ones I'm taking now taste kinda... minty.

They are large, oblong, white pills with a 'MP 303' engraved on one side. They're kinda weird.
Sarah 27th Dec 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Mine remind me of mint as well. Though I don't know if that's the spiro or estrogen.
Callisto 28th Dec 2016, 4:08 AM edit delete reply
I will second the minty flavor
Mogkitti 24th Dec 2016, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Only just over a month to go and those same little pills will be in my hand. I'm reading this just before midnight on Christmas Eve.... This is my wish!
Guest 24th Dec 2016, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Sooooooo freaking cute. Rain stop it. You are making me to jelly. XD XP
SilentNight 24th Dec 2016, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Rain honey where's your water, dryswallowing is bad for you!
Reimi 24th Dec 2016, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas everyone!
RubyRuthNeal 25th Dec 2016, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas!
DramaDork 25th Dec 2016, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas!
Nobody Special 25th Dec 2016, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
merry christmas to all!
Jocelyn 25th Dec 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all around happy holidays to everyone. Whatever you celebrate (or don't), have a good one. :)
Reimi 25th Dec 2016, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012 25th Dec 2016, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanunkha
Joyous Kwanza
And to the Agnostics happy weekend

As for Rain starting Hormones
Yay I'm so happy for her
I will one day take my first dose
I can't wait
Guest 25th Dec 2016, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Grace 26th Dec 2016, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
This is unrealistic and silly. Dry swallowing spiro? Do you know how awful that shit tastes, Rain? She's pretty tough to not immediately gag.
BlackSocks 27th Dec 2016, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Or just so excited that her sense of taste shuts down.
Jocelyn 27th Dec 2016, 12:48 PM edit delete reply

In fairness, the Estrogen dissolves under the tongue, which was what I was thinking more about when I drew this. In hindsight, I probably should've included a glass of water for the Spiro though. XD

Still, awful taste? I never thought it tasted bad. In fact, as someone who isn't great with pills in general, I think Spiro goes down easier than almost anything I've ever taken. In a weird way, now that I don't need to take it anymore, I actually kinda miss it. Maybe it's just me? XD
Reimi 27th Dec 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

Different brands of Spiro taste different. The brown pill doesn't taste too bad, but the white pill is gawd awful vomit inducing. The white pills are also quite a bit larger than the brown counterpart, making them more difficult to swallow.
Sarah 27th Dec 2016, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure which it is between my spiro and estrogen, but one of them sorta kinda tastes like mint when it first touches my tongue.
BGB 27th Dec 2016, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
OMG, I just discovered this comic yesterday and have now finished binge-reading the whole thing. The story is incredible and what a perfect time to get caught up!
Catlife333 27th Dec 2016, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
Sooo just wondering but when exactly is Emily expecting?
Lemonado Girl 28th Dec 2016, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
*deep, dramatic sigh*

One day, Heather, one day....
ElliePanda 16th Jan 2017, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Yeah... My first dose was anticlimactic too in a way, and then I started crying because "finally"
give me Lasaga, John 19th Feb 2017, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Liver health: (-1) 99/100
MorganCeann 4th Aug 2018, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
nuuu rain don't swallow your estrogen
Katherine 10th May 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
my first dose was much the same as many of you, and Rain. anticlimactic, but at the same time... liberating i think would be acceptable. but now, the random emotions... very frustrating when they slam into like an 18 wheeler to the face at 90 mph...despite being oddly cathartic at the same time. but i wouldn't change it for anything.
Ron 31st May 2022, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
On the other hand, starting testosterone is (or at least was) super dramatic, because it only came via long needle into the muscle for a while until other methods were approved. It did still take like a month for results to begin to show, but big stabby needle is definitely dramatic. As is the knowledge that one has to stab oneself with a similar needle at least biweekly.
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