Comic 975 - Play Alone

19th Jul 2017, 4:29 PM in Ch. 33 - The Calm
Play Alone
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 19th Jul 2017, 4:29 PM edit delete
Very weird, random page that kinda jumps around a bit, but I rather like it.

In addition to the reveal of one of Chanel's sisters last time, today we get to see her mother too. Like the rest of Chanel's family, I don't see her mom being terribly important to the overall story, but with all the crappy parental figures in Rain, I think it's important to show that there are actually some parents out there that DON'T suck too. It's more elusive than it should be (both in the story and real life), unfortunately, but it happens. And it's always a breath of fresh air to hear about it. ^_^

I considered featuring an additional panel with her mom calling to Chanel that "her girlfriend is here" to really drive home that she's accepting. But upon further thought, I was worried about it reading as sarcastic or trying a little too hard. Maybe I'm just overthinking things, but I rather like her laid back, "not-a-big-deal" as is, so I'll leave it at that.

Small side note about Sofia dinosaur plushie (the Derpasaurus Rex) in panel four. It is only now that I see that panel in color that I'm noticing a resemblence to Yoshi. Much as I love Yoshi, I swear it's unintentional. It's really just supposed to be a derpy dinosaur. XD

We also get a small exchange regarding Rudy to explain his absence here. I guess he didn't tell anyone what he was doing today? Or at least not Maria? Hmm...

All the while, once Maria gets into Chanel's room, she begins tucking her hair behind her ears to show off her many earrings. I've actually been wanting to do this with her in an out-of-school scenario for a while, since she first revealed her earrings. Except I didn't do it in Chapter 28 for reasons I don't honestly remember. And then things have been very school-focused lately. So, it's been a long time coming for this fairly minor character touch, but I'm glad to finally do it.

Lots for me to talk about here, I guess. But what are you taking from it all?

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Reimi 19th Jul 2017, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Typo on the 5th panel. "He was just a smaller then"
Jocelyn 19th Jul 2017, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Fixed. Thank you for catching it! ^_^
Reimi 19th Jul 2017, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
This is such a cute page!
DramaDork 19th Jul 2017, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
I love her smirk, dear lord it's hilarious
Araiel 19th Jul 2017, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
What I'm taking from it is Maria and Chanel are about to have epic sapphic alone time :D
AmbiguousMouse 19th Jul 2017, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Are you using "sapphic" by the literal dictionary definition, or with the more common modern connotations? Because Chanel is 14. And asexual.
AraieL 19th Jul 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Which dictionary XD but in this instance I'm using it in the form "of or relating to lesbians or lesbianism". Yeah I was legitimately about to post "sexy time" instead of alone time, then I clicked why that wouldn't happen
Guest 30th Apr 2019, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Relating to Sappho or her poems? They're gonna read poetry together...
Anja 19th Jul 2017, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Dat smirk on panel 4.

Love panel 7's subtle reminder that Chanel is ace <3
Charlotte Butcher 19th Jul 2017, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
I'm getting vibes that this is going to be a serious discussion about expectations in a relationship between an asexual and a sexual stay tuned for more drama i suppose
SilentNight 19th Jul 2017, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
While it would fit the tone of the chapter and be real interesting, they've been together for at least 5 months if I'm remembering dates correctly. I'd be really really surprised if they haven't had that talk yet.
Guest 19th Jul 2017, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Chanel is FOURTEEN. Even ignoring that that's definitely under the age of consent whatever State they're in, she's still neurologically a lot closer to being a child than an adult. At her age, sexual attraction towards her from adults would count as hebephilia, & Maria as somebody in her late teens (she's 17) is already rather borderline when it comes to non-creepy people to be dating a 14 year old (a 3 year age gap between adults? Fine— I have one myself. Somebody who is nearly an adult having sex with someone who is nearly a child? That's preditory). It would be pretty messed up if the older Maria was expecting sexual times with her, no matter what Nellie's orientation was. The very fact that we HAVEN'T had any indications that Maria is trying to have a sexual relationship with Nellie is one of the main reasons the relationship is a healthy one.

Maybe at some point we'll meet other characters on the Asexual spectrum, & can have a look at things like how some ace people are sex-adverse, some are fine with (or even enjoy) having sex with a romantic partner, and some are even hyper-sexual. After all, "asexual" refers to a person not feeling sexual attraction towards others, it doesn't specify anything regarding a person's libido.

Not to mention that in addition to asexual alloromantic people (like Chanel), there are Asexual Aromantic people, Demisexual people, & many others within the Ace Community. Having more ace characters would be cool :-)
Guest 20th Jul 2017, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
Chanel is 14. If Maria, at 17, was expecting their relationship to be sexual, it would be sexually preditory rape.

Nellie being ace doesn't really factor into why Maria making serious suggestions to about having sex would be messed up right now (especially since asexuality refers to a person not feeling sexual attraction; it says nothing about a person's libido or desire for sex. While some ace people are sex-adverse, others enjoy having sex for a variety of other reasons. There's a broad spectrum of sexual behaviours within the ace community).

If they were closer in age, & both over the age of consent, then whether Nellie was sex-adverse (be it connected to her asexuality, or because she just personally has a low libido, or (for other RL reasons) if sex is linked to trauma, or medical conditions making it painful, etc), then that would need to involve a conversation regarding the lack of sex in their relationship (because trying to push somebody who doesn't want sex into having it is abusive). But right now? No conversation needed. You don't have sex with kids.
Pip 20th Jul 2017, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
That being said, as somebody pointed out earlier Chanel is only 14, so it's highly likely that they haven't discussed it. Even where I'm from (legal age 16) I'd only just started thinking about that kind of thing...
Guest 20th Jul 2017, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
It's slightly concerning that some of the commenters care less about whether Chanel would actually want to have sex, and more about how many laps she's done around a giant fireball in the centre of the solar system.
Sesquipedalia 20th Jul 2017, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
I find it more concerning that you're reducing mental and sexual maturity to something trivial sounding like "laps around a giant fireball". Age isn't so trivial at a time when your brain is still developing. That's the whole point of an age of consent and at 14 a _child_ is considered not mature enough to make such a choice.
Guest 30th Jul 2017, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Yes, the key word being "Considered". The problem is that in many places, the age of consent is arbitrary and often has little to do with the protection of children (in the UK at least, the age of consent is 16 because it allowed the government to use it to lock people up more easily, not because of any actual concern for child safety.)

This is also why no-one can actually agree on what the AoC is, which isn't surprising as people mature at different rates.

Besides, we have the idea of "Informed consent." If someone genuinely isn't mature enough to make that decision, having sex with them is illegal ANYWAY. We don't have to have another law which also makes it fine to have sex with someone who's lived for 8,432,640 minutes and illegal to have sex with someone who's lived for 8,432,640, because that's exceptionally stupid.

In any case, people above seem to find her length-of-existence a bigger concern than whether she actually wants to have sex. I don't know about you, but I'd find it more immoral to have sex with someone who didn't want it but was over the magic number than the converse.
Guest 30th Jul 2017, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
I meant to type 843639 in the second instance. Oops.
Guest 30th Jul 2017, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
8432639. I cannot type today.
Jocelyn 20th Jul 2017, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
I was kinda hoping it'd be clear that Maria is NOT being serious here. She very much knows and understands Chanel's orientation, as well as their age difference. She's also never been depicted as predatory. Hot-headed and quarrelsome, perhaps, but she also tends to be very respectful of other people's boundaries.

No, here she's just joking. Nothing sexual is going to happen. I don't even mind saying that because I don't think it's spoiler. It's just not in her character to force Chanel to do anything. >_>
Neelix 20th Jul 2017, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
If it helps any, it was clear to me. :-)

I was picturing what Maria had in mind as a snogging session, not really anything these two wouldn't have done before.

I was a bit surprised at the expectations of some of the other readers.

One thing did in the comments did confuse me though, I thought Chanel was 15, not 14.

Jocelyn 20th Jul 2017, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

Well, she's 15 now. She was 14 in the beginning of the story, but off-camera birthdays have happened since then.
SilentNight 20th Jul 2017, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Clear to me as well, Maria's snark and sense of humor are well established at this point. hehehe
Pardona 31st Jul 2017, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
I finally finished my binge that I started three days ago. Thanks for creating Rain - it was an incredible read, and I'm already eagerly awaiting any future pages. Seriously, you've got some serious skills. There really isn't much more to say. I shed many a tear through my binge, and the comments were great to read as well. *hugs*
David 7th Sep 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I think we've canonically heard that they live in the US, but not which state? A lot of states have clauses that say it's not statutory rape if the age difference is three years or less, so it's possible it wouldn't be considered statutory rape.

As for the age at which people start having sex, I knew a girl who had sex at the age of 7 with one of her class mates, presumably the same age. So 14, or 15, is definitely not too young for a person to want to have sex if they're going to.

All that said, there's plenty of playing that can happen that isn't sex, but might still be frowned on, depending on the parents. I know if I'd been caught kissing someone in my room at 14 or 15 my parents would have been pissed.
Guest 12th Jan 2018, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Having 'sex' at 7 suggests that one or both of the kids were probably being sexually abused. Curiosity about each other's bodies is normal (even healthy), but actual sex is not. If you bother to read anything about child sexual development, you'd know what a massive warning sign that is.
Waffle 14th Sep 2022, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Honestly I'm glad you clarified in the author note. What with the semi-reveal about Ky's situation a few pages back, I was actively wondering whether this was more "she knows but doesn't say it out loud" or "she doesn't know, one way or another".
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