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LittleLynn84
My name is Jocelyn Samara DiDomenick. I feel like it's a little pointless for me to mention this since I'm on a webcomic site, but I'm an artist and a writer. My comic, "Rain", a dramedy is about a teenage trans girl. I should probably mention that I myself am a trans girl too. As such, the comic is a bit of a personal story to me.

When I'm not drawing/writing, I enjoy gaming (especially RPGs and retro games), anime (my tastes are pretty eclectic) and heavy metal (or more particularly, epic/symphonic metal).
  • Real Name
    Jocelyn Samara D.
  • Age
    35
  • Gender
    Female
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This is pretty much as simple as a page gets, but I like this one. It's just sweet seeing these two interact like this. Well, maybe bittersweet considering the subject matter. But I think sharing your woes with someone else who's been through the same things (or at least similar things) can be very valuable and surprisingly positive. :)


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In case you've forgotten: not long ago, Ana stepped away after giving advice to Drew. She basically told her own tragic story to do so, but covertly framed it as "a friend of hers". Though her intent was just to tell Drew as a means of helping him understand Ky's situation, Ana did open up more about herself than usual in front him. As well as in front of Rain, Gavin, Emily, and Chanel. While Rain knows the truth about Ana and was able to piece together who the story was really about, it's unclear how much anyone else may have picked up on. All this happened here:
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2795706/very-real-and-very-important/

Following all that, the last thing we heard from Ana is that she needed a minute. And where better to get that space away from all the hullabaloo of prom than the bathroom, of course (I dunno. It's always bathrooms). Rain meanwhile, didn't necessarily go in to check on her, but she is probably going to the bathroom more frequently, because that's simply a side effect of her hormones. Again, if you've forgotten, this was explained here:
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2718004/nuisance/

This finally brings us to today's actual page where Ana and Rain start to talk about all this. If Ana wants to talk, Rain's pretty much the only one she can discuss this with right now. I admit, not a whole lot happens here, but there's been a lot going on, so I felt like I had to bring up a few links to clarify everything. Maybe none of this wall of text was necessary, but I wanted to at least make sure we're all up to speed. ^_^


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And for those of you worried about Colette being outed by this whole blazer business, well, the good news is probably not. In fact, the blazer offering isn't even an uncommon gesture in this kind of setting. For Colette, this is masculine attire that helps him feel better and look more in line with what feels right to him. But for everyone else, it just looks like a simple, common act of chivalry.

Now, I guess the catch is that Colette didn't attend prom with Gavin. He attended with Aidyn, who is clearly feeling a bit outclassed right now. Thankfully not in a combative way, at leas, but still.

The page is presented in a silly way, but it does present what a complicated situation this is for almost everyone involved...


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I hope it's not too cheesy to say this page "warms" my heart. ;P

To echo Gavin and Colette's words, I'll add here that this is definitely not a perfect solution. Under the jacket, he's still in a dress, and his classmates are almost certainly still going to continue to unwittingly misgender him.

However, there's a lot to be said about how he himself sees it. It might be just a blazer to most people, but bear in mind this is all still very new to Colette. He's only come to terms with his being trans within the last couple months. And since then, he's made no steps towards transition (up to and including not getting new clothes), because he wants to wait until he goes away to college. So, this might a first for him. It may seem like just a little thing to some, but this means the world to him right now.

Really, it's the little things that can be the biggest deal. ^_^


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Sooooo... what the heck is Gavin up to?

Is this the smoothest thing he's ever done, or the dumbest? XD


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@Belgarel:

To clarify, the connection of Devon's panel 5 question to the rest of the conversation, is Emily saying she's not dating Rudy. So his line of thought is "if you're not dating him, who are you dating?"

It's still not really his business, but that's how he got there. :)
I hope this page's title isn't too much of a troll move (it really is just because I couldn't think of what else to call this one). However, it does me of way back in the beginning of Rain (circa year 1 and maybe year 2), when I had a lot of readers asking when the magical transformation sequences would happen. While gender bender stories can be sort of a guilty pleasure of mine, that was just never what this story was. It makes me wonder how many people started reading this specifically looking for that kind of magic poofing, and are still reading today despite the lack of aforementioned poofing. If so, thank you for sticking with me. ^_^

Er-hem. Anyway, that was a random tangent. Let's get back on topic!

While Colette is watching Ruby and Ky from a distance, we see Devon talking to Emily near him about the clothing swap. For the record, Colette doesn't really know these people. He probably shares some classes with them, but he's never spoken to them. And while it's unclear how much he may be actually hearing (over the murmur of his classmates and probably some terrible pop music playing on the prom floor), his attention is clearly drawn to them. It's safe to say he may have at least caught key phrases/words like "turned into a girl" or "Rudy".

So, while Colette tries to listen, Gavin - who is also present and just killing time until Ana gets back from wherever she is - feels that stare. He turns and looks, but Colette has already turned away. Hmm... ;P


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Debbie and Holly finally notice Ruby and Ky, and they have questions. The responses given are short and truthful, if perhaps amusingly uncooperative and unlikely for the two girls to understand.

Meanwhile, there seems to be another onlooker, as someone else sees Ruby and Ky for the first time post-swap...


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Some of Maria's former classmates notice that she's arrived on the scene and approach her... seemingly without noticing Ruby and Ky yet. XD

Not much else I can think of to say here, but I hope you enjoy the page, and I hope to hear your thoughts. ^_^


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Fara hasn't been doing a whole lot in the story recently, so it kinda makes sense that she's the last to know about the clothing swap or Maria still actually coming to prom. But man, poor lady's in the dark a lot today. XD

I generally like this page, but there's just something extra special to me about panel 4. Ruby's genuine excitement at seeing Maria just really warms my heart.


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Y'all probably know I hate plugging by now, but it is part of my job from time to time. So, one more for my Patreon this week.
https://www.patreon.com/RainComic

As I said the other day, if folks are interested in some new art and/or info (I put up one Rain-related post and one Moonlight Wanderers-related post this week), and/or you just wanna help me out, feel free to become a patron today. And if you can't do it, certainly no hard feelings and you don't need to explain yourself. You do what you have to do for you; I'm just trying to do what I have to for me. ^_^
@Guest:

To Ky? Basically nothing. I think typically, a teacher might threaten to call their parents, but Ky lives with their sister. And Heather, I imagine, would probably just say, "Yeah, Ky does that. Don't worry about it." XD

The worst thing the teachers here could really do to Ky, Broom is pretty much already doing. Standing them aside and speaking sternly to them. Rudy may or may not have a little more to worry about, but Ky should be fine.
We finally get out of the lobby and back to the dance floor, and likewise finally catch back up with Ruby and Ky. We also see Mr. Broom giving the two a hard time (and it sounds like he's been at it for a while), and Fara coming to their rescue. As for Broom reporting it on Monday, who can say how much will come of that? Brother Arthur - the interim principal for the rest of the school year, if you recall - probably won't care that much. But again, who can say?

Anyway, this is purely the teacher perspective on the outfit switch. We haven't seen fellow students respond yet. In a way, it's funny 'cause a lot of folks probably wouldn't even notice if they only see these two from behind. XD


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Also, I posted on my Patreon yesterday for the first time in... longer than I care to admit. I wanna be better about using it going forward too.

If folks are interested in a little behind the scenes with Rain (and other future stories) alongside some new art, and/or you want to help out your favorite webcomic author (or at least one who's up there for you, I hope), feel free to become a patron today and check it out. I'd like to try and be more on top of things there going forward, and I do have more planned for there later this week. ^_^
https://www.patreon.com/RainComic

If you can't do it, certainly no hard feelings and you don't need to explain why. I'm just trying to be better at doing my job here.
Page 1,100! It feels like after I hit a thousand, I should probably stop patting myself on the back after every hundred pages. But every time, it's still like "wow, I actually committed to something for once." I don't know how many of you realize quite how big a deal this is for me after spending most of my life never following through with almost anything. So, thanks everyone, for sticking with me all this time. You are the reason I can commit to this. <3

***

Anyway, now that Maria is here and checking in at last, maybe we can finally get out of the lobby and back onto the dance floor for a little while. :P

As for her getting in... it actually wasn't that hard after all. Interestingly, it seems that not only is Maria still on the list (although, I mean, she's still nominated for prom queen, so she really ought to be on that list), but she basically came out to the reception hall attendant with no hiccups there either. Sure, it could've been a risky move on Maria's part, but realistically, so is coming to prom in the first place.

It's worth pointing out that the attendant (never officially named on pages, but I've been going with Taylor) saw no issue with the pairing and even remembered Chanel enough to make a callback to something she said earlier. Taylor made no objections to Rain entering with Chanel either (they expressed surprise, but no disdain or drama). It's possible that this attendant had even quietly witnessed Ky and Rudy's outfit swap from across the lobby. Doubtful they heard anything, but they might've seen it and didn't intervene.

Is Taylor an open-minded ally? An apathetic part-timer just trying to get their paycheck with as little hassle as possible? LGBT themself to some degree? There're probably a lot of ways to interpret why this attendant is seemingly open to everything our main cast does, but I don't plan on giving Taylor a backstory or anything. If you need a reason, feel free to headcanon your own. Otherwise, Taylor's just their own person, living their own life detached from the main story, having their own reasons for what they do that we may not ever know. ^_^


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We close out this week with Maria and Chanel continuing to talk. Things aren't perfect, but the two of them are basically on the same page. This is going to need more time for a full recovery than I can reasonably depict in a couple minutes in the lobby outside prom, but they clearly both want to get past this. They're happy together, and seemingly incomplete when apart.

So they're going to do what they can. For each other and themselves. :)


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I just wanted to shout out a general thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. I had a very simple, very quiet day, and that's just the way I like it. (And no worries to anyone else who might have forgotten, not known, or missed it. It's totally okay.) ^_^
I know. Y'all just wanted to see some cute MarNel stuff, and instead we get this (I swear, I never get the cute pages on my birthday). But you can't just disappear from your partner's life without a word for months and expect everything to go right back to the way it was without some kind of discussion. Especially when you're a teenager, a couple months can feel like an extra long time.

Does this mean they'll break up? Not necessarily. This is a bump in the road for them, but talking about things, I think, is important. It's better than letting it linger and stew. And this has already had months to do just that. It's not the fun, cute page we all wanted, but it might even be for the better in the long run.


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Not a whole lot technically happens here; it's mostly for transitioning to the rest of this week's pages. I should remind you that no one's seen Maria in a while (apart from Ky who's not currently in the room anyway). Her blue hair is new to everyone. Chanel's recent haircut is likewise new to Maria.

It's also worth mentioning that Maria has not been good about keeping up with anyone, in general: a point that Chanel has recently been very concerned about.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2696463/constant/

So, yeah. It's probably safe to say they may need a minute to talk in private.


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So, Ky and Ruby have already headed back to the dance floor. Ana's stepped away to collect herself. And Drew probably needs a little time to think about things. This leaves Rain, Gavin, Emily and Chanel still standing out in the lobby, emotionally exhausted from everything going on and probably still processing a fair bit of it.

Until of course, a familiar voice sasses to them! ^_^

Over forty pages into the chapter, Maria finally makes her appearance (decked in her church dress, many ear piercings, and blue hair)! I don't know if her excuse sounds like forty pages of lateness, so maybe there's more to it. Maybe not. But either way, it gave me an opportunity to cameo Isaac and Blair into a chapter where they wouldn't have otherwise appeared.

This should get interesting. ^_^


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@Belgarel: @Guest:

She didn't go into specific sexual characteristics, no, but she did vaguely mention it. "When I was born, my parts were considered... ambiguous." Ana might be pouring her heart out, but she doesn't strike me as the type to start talking in detail about her genitals to a new-ish friend.

In fact, intersex is exactly the word she used herself. "I'm intersex. But I guess I was trans too, seeing as I wasn't assigned the gender I should've been."

See the third panel here for both of these quotes. :)
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2401904/quack/

***

As for Heather and Ana both being intersex, though, I don't think that's strange at all. It's to my understanding that it's more common than people think, as there are a lot of different intersex conditions. It wouldn't be outside the realm of reason for someone else in the cast to be intersex and never even know it. (Mind you, I'm not hinting at anything. Like, if they don't know it, I'm not sure it could really be a development or anything; I'm really just saying that it's hypothetically possible.)
This one's a bit wordy, even for a Rain two-pager. So I don't want to add too much more down here. I will just clarify that in the last panel we don't see Emily, but she's still present through this. She hasn't walked off; she's just standing a little behind the others so she isn't visible (it was just getting cluttered there). I know that's not a big thing, but I felt it was worth mentioning in case her absence was confusing.

Beyond that, if you have thoughts or questions, feel free to shout them out as always.


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