Comic 905 - Lost Cause

20th Jan 2017, 4:38 PM in Ch. 30: Little Victories
Lost Cause
Average Rating: 4.91 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 20th Jan 2017, 4:38 PM edit delete
Before you get on me about changing scenes, consider that even if the focus had remained on Kellen herself, Vincent's questions would still be unanswered. I don't know if that makes it easier to swallow or not, but it's the truth. There were no plans to have her answer just yet. It wouldn't make sense if she did. I promise we will learn more about this soon, and it won't be as drawn out as some other developments, but we're just not ready to talk about this in full yet. More setup is needed to make this work; trust me on this one.

So let's focus on the flashback we've never seen here. There was a time skip of a couple weeks in the last chapter, so we can probably safely assume it happens sometime in there. But more importantly, this is the first time we're seeing Rain talk about Kellen since the falling out. As I said, it's only been a couple weeks in canon since Rain visited her sister, and she - needless to say - hasn't forgiven her. But instead of getting angry and yelling "how dare you utter her name in my presence" or anything like that, Rain offers a more cold, passive-aggressive reply. While it's not at all surprising that she IS mad, the "way" she's mad is taking even Fara off guard.

What about you? Is this surprising? Did you expect something more volatile, or is seething about what you imagined? With what we see here, do you think Rain will keep her word and not speak to Kellen again? Do you think it will matter to her if Kellen reforms, or is it too late? And if it doesn't matter either way, is it worth Vincent's time to keep trying to reach Kellen?

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

On another note, a friend of mine is trying to escape from a very toxic living situation. If you can offer something to help, that would be great. If not, a share could go a long way. Either way, thank you very much.
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Reimi 20th Jan 2017, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
A bit upset that the scene skipped, but it's your story to tell and I trust your ability to deliver. Vincent's confidence has me even more interested now...
Riley_05 20th Jan 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
I think Rain is simply trying to completely distance herself from Kellen, it's not surprising that Rain doesn't try to argue as it would just draw more attention to the situation, but maybe she's allowing it because she has a very, very slight hope that Kellen may actually become a decent person. Either way I think rain won't be ready to confront this for quite a while yet and maybe we will see a point when Kellen realised how wrong what she did was and have to beg for forgiveness, but I guess we'll have to wait andl see.
Trans homura 20th Jan 2017, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Tbh no she committed a felony when she fit her hair no
Cassie the bisexu-whale 20th Jan 2017, 6:01 PM edit delete reply

Ok so I know this is a far stretch buuutttttt you know how Kellen, Rain, and Aiken never talk about their mom?? Well what if it's because they didn't know her for long. What if their parents divorced. Why would they divorce? Well maybe it was because they got in a fight over "Ryan". What if the mom came around to supporting Rain, or at the time, Ryan, but the father didn't? Remember the first page when the mom (or supposedly the mom) asked them what they wanted to be? Ryan answered "I wanna be a mommy like you!!" That's when the mom realized. Obviously, Kellen would be upset over her parent divorce. Maybe she blames Rain for the divorce?? Idk tell me your thoughts on this please
Jesse 23rd Jan 2017, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Counter-theory. I could be wrong, but I don't recall ever seeing or hearing mention of their father. What if, their father was also transgendered, and as a result left the family? I think this would explain why Kellen is so resentful and afraid of losing Rain. She already lost her father to this "problem", and she's afraid that Rain will just leave and disappear.
Trismegistus Shandy 15th Aug 2017, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
This doesn't fit what we've been told in the comic itself. We're told that their mom got sick, then their father left, then their mother died. We aren't told, I think, whether their parents were formally divorced or just separated by the time their mother died, but I don't think it matters in this case. We were even told when it happened, although I don't remember exactly just now -- around six or seven years ago, I think.

Also, if their father was transgender and that's why (s)he left, it seems unlikely that Kellen would know about it but Aiken wouldn't, since they were the same age (and both adults at the time it happened). Aiken would have mentioned his father during the blowup about Jessica and Rain, if that were the case.
RubyRuthNeal 20th Jan 2017, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
I always hold out hope that mean people can be turned around... Ebenezer Scrooge, The Grinch, Kellen, etc...

And BTW, I just contributed $30 to the GoFundMe. I may be old and weird, but I do have a heart.
pkrankow 20th Jan 2017, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
The entire conversation here is bordering on a HIPPA violation.

glasswings 20th Jan 2017, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Seriously. Most unrealistic part of the story so far.

Recall that Fara is Rain's guardian. That doesn't automatically mean "tell everything" but it's possible that Rain has agreed to keep her in the loop.

I don't think Rain's pissed and hurt comment is carte blanche. And a good therapist would see the potential for harm to the therapeutic relationship, even if it's legal. (And it's probably isn't.)

Telling Fara about Kellen's treatment is a big no no. But, what if she's not a patient? HIPPA doesn't apply. I almost see the subtext as "She wasn't before but she is now." And even that is unprofessional.

There are some complexities that aren't being addressed by most comments here - and I don't understand them in detail either - but the overall vibe is off.
mecaterpillar 21st Jan 2017, 12:01 AM edit delete reply

In any case, isn't that why Vincent says he can't say much? so as to not violate confidentiality?
Callisto 21st Jan 2017, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
Alternatively, Vincent may be seeing her informally, not as a therapist.
Reimi 21st Jan 2017, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Even the mention of having Kellen as a patient is a potential violation. This is a bit on shaky grounds if he is seeing her formally, but I have a feeling this was informal and free of charge, and most likely off the books.
Phrll 24th Jan 2017, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Panel 1 says Vincent has Rain's permission to discuss her treatment with Kellen but she's still a minor, so Fara would have to give her's (and obviously has). No HIPAA issues there.

Telling Fara that Kellen's appointment "went well" and he'll "be seeing her again" is iffy but unless Kellen has explicitly objected to it, the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows him to give "general condition" information (just like a hospital can list a patient's general condition in a patient directory or give it to someone who calls about it) so I don't think there's any HIPAA issues here either.

And this is Jocelyn's world so HIPAA may be a little different there. :)

Keiya 17th May 2021, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
It's also possible Kellen gave verbal permission to discuss generalities with Fara. That wouldn't be enough to go into detail, but I could see it being enough for "I saw her and I think we might be on a good path".
BlackSocks 20th Jan 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
I cannot donate to the GoFundMe, but I do have... powerful friends.
>realizes that makes me sound like a crime boss
>doesn't care
>leaves to spread the word
Lex-Kat 21st Jan 2017, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. "Making bets on the comic" and "Powerful Friends".

*Slowly floats back from the crime boss*
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