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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
    33
  • Gender
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I'm very sorry for the weekend cliffhanger. If it's any consolation, I think this page offers much to discuss in the meantime. I mean, Rudy says a lot here. So I wanna hear what you're taking away from this.


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@Guest: @Second_Chances:

When the comic began in 2010, I wanted to set the story a couple years in advance. Partly so, if some important/notable thing occurred in the real world "in the future", I might be able to apply it to the story somehow (which I only really did with the Funtendo Yuu Us, coinciding with the Holiday 2012 release of the Nintendo Wii U). Of all the things to use! XD

The other equally ironic reason I set the comic a couple years ahead of the start date was so it wouldn't feel like a period piece. I think back then (having never done such a long-term webcomic project like this before), I assumed the story was going to advance a lot further a lot faster. So I started, and put this a little in the future. But here we are with this story that now took place five years ago (and that gap is only going to widen). Most of the story is still relevant today, but readers and myself have noted some things to be more moot or no longer relatable (such as the Wii U, for example, a commercial flop whose successor exists since then).

And that's all fine, I think. But going forward, in future comics and stories, I think I'm just never going to state a year (dates are fine to keep continuity clear, but not by years). This way I can just adapt with the times for however long the story runs. I'll keep the year canon for Rain because I already published the specific date many times, but I won't do it anymore after this.
The good news is that Rudy is in school. Well, it's hard to call it "good" news in the sense of what this school is. But if he's here, that means he's not in a conversion camp. So that's good at least, even if it's not all around great news.

The bad news, as Rain mentioned a few pages ago, is that Todd is in school too. And seemingly unpunished. If you recall from very early on in the comic, Rudy was a frequent victim of bullying from Todd. But after Maria "nicely asked him to back off", Todd basically disappeared for half the story. Immediately aware that Maria is no longer in school, Todd wastes little time finding him again.

Rudy's not really a fighter, but the boy is kinda pro when it comes to sass and telling it like it is to people. But will that be enough here?


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And we take a flashback to the day before again, this time with Emily elaborating on her escape plan to Maria. Specifically, where she thinks Maria can go and be safe.

How about it though? This guy's been getting name-dropped a fair bit ever since Chapter 28, but how well do we know him? What kind of person is he really (and what is his reputation)? What do you make of this?


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Not sure what to add here, actually. Though there's some important information dropped here, one of the bigger points of this page is to offer a little optimism. I know this arc is stressful for some readers, but it's important to remember that Rain is still Rain. ^_^


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@NikuComics:

Wait, really? Do you recall what page you're thinking of, because I don't honestly remember ever mentioning Todd's family.

Maybe you're thinking of someone else? Rain's father was described as being abusive.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2540922/abuse/

And I mentioned Ana and Chanel being on the receiving end from peers before.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1902373/good-call/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1964308/joy-vs-pain/

But I don't feel like I would've talked about Todd's family thus far.
One long stormy night eventually brings the next day. We don't know all of what transpired, of course, but we're slowly learning the aftermath. And boy, what a mess! Maria's not in school. Chanel's not in school (and actually injured). Todd IS in school.

On the plus side, Rain takes a moment to check up on Chanel between classes like the good friend she is. Much is discussed, but what is your main takeaway here?


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So, let me introduce you all to the structure of this chapter (it's gonna be another experimental one). Throughout this section, we're going to get a series of scenes depicting what's going on during the story's present day (as per any other section, really). However, interspersed between every scene, we'll get these flashbacks to the day of Maria's expulsion, specifically during that hour between the first and second pages here. From these, we'll fill in the blanks on what happened with Maria.

And then we'll just hop back to the present to catch back up with everyone in the aftermath since then. I just hope it won't make things too confusing, jumping around like this. ^^;


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A lot of you called it that Donna would not be happy with her husband on the last page. A lot of people also threw the word "redemption" around. I would hesitate to go that far yet though. Maybe admitting that she shares the blame on this is a good step in the right direction (as is protecting Rudy from conversion camp), but it's not as though everything is resolved and Maria has returned. In fact, if she'd done this at any time in the last few years instead of right now - after the fact - Maria might even still be at home. I'm not saying she's irredeemable, but let's not pretend that this singular act makes everything before it okay. This is the start of a long process she needs to follow through on for it to matter.

That's why I think the silence in the last two panels is potentially more significant than most of the dialogue.


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Let's just jump right in, I guess. ^^;

So, it's only a quick five panels, but there's a lot to take in. I won't go over everything, but I should probably make sure it's all clear, at least. To start, March 18th is the same day as the previous chapter. It's been maybe a couple hours since the last page happened. Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell have returned home. And although they still have Rudy, they don't know where Maria could be.

And technically, we don't know for sure either. We just know where she's not (home or school). What I can promise - just because I've had to address this a couple times in individual comments, and I want to put it out there for everyone - is that she is not dead, nor will she die. Nobody dies. That's just not the kind of story I'm trying to tell here. So if that's what you're worried about, you don't have to. (Other stories I write, you can worry about that. For Rain, it's not necessary.)

As for what's going on, that's where you come in. Do we learn anything about Maria's possible whereabouts right off the bat? Why is Rudy still here, and does he know where his sister is? And what, if anything, are we learning about Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell (aka, Norm and Donna Strongwell)?


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@Allie:

She did, indeed. She first revealed them here:
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2215148/needle/

Most of the time we don't see them though, as her ears are usually concealed by her hair.
Welcome back, Rain Beaus. My working hiatus turned out to be a bit of a bust, thanks to me being very sick for like 90% of the last week. (And of course, I would feel just dandy today!) Grumbling aside, I promised to return on April 2nd, so I'm here on April 2nd. I'm not as far ahead as I'd like, but I'm also not going to push this hiatus out an extra week over it (maybe I'll see if I can just break up a few two-pagers so I don't fall behind too much). Just maybe don't be surprised when I inevitably need another hiatus after this chapter.

But let's not worry about that for the moment! "So what say we focus on the now stuff?"

To nobody's surprise, this is going to be a Maria chapter (I think there would be riots if it weren't). Yes, there will be subplots that still need to be worked on in the meantime, but expect most of it to basically revolve around her. And while I probably don't need to say this, expect some drama. What I might need to remind some of you though, is that this is still Rain, so there will still be some warm/light/funny moments too. But mostly, I hope it'll be a chapter you all enjoy. ^_^

So sit back, relax, and read on...

...or whip out the ol' conspiracy theory board, and let me know where you think this is all going. XD


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@Guest:

Nah. I don't delete anyone's theories. Even if somebody predicted the ending of the story right now with 100% accuracy, I wouldn't. Because deleting it kinda draws attention to it, and makes people suspicious about why THAT one was deleted over any others. No, understanding the meta of comments, I have to just quietly applaud correct guesses without saying anything. Right or wrong, I'll leave them all up. ^_^

Admittedly, I might debunk ones that are VERY inaccurate though. Especially if there's context I can link (like from a older page) to prove it. But even then, I'll let those go sometimes too.
@Guest:

I can confirm that won't happen. Very early in posting Rain, I made a statement that no one would die in the story. The only real exception is Rain's mother, who passed before the story started. No one else - protagonist or antagonist alike - will die in this comic.

For what it's worth, I'm not against killing off characters in my writing, but I just don't personally feel like it'd fit in with the kind of story Rain is. Either way, I made my statement early on, and I mean to keep to it. :)
@CatPerson:

Maria is 18 now. I suppose I may never have explicitly stated her age in canon (though, she is regarded as 17 at the beginning of the story by the character bio page and other supplementary art). However, Maria IS established to be a senior in high school, which generally speaking, can be safely assumed to be in the 17-18 age range.

Add to that, that she had a birthday happen in-canon back on Valentine's Day. http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1961272/date-night/

The number is technically never stated in the story (to my memory), but it's possible to put the pieces together. ^_^
@falconspirit13:

Unfortunately, yes.
So, quite a few of you predicted this much might happen. But how? What happened? Where could she have gone? Is she safe now? What about Chanel and Emily and Rudy and Todd and Quenton and anyone else deeply involved in this arc? Where is any of this going? The good news is that I promise you will know everything by the end of the next chapter. Maybe even get some closure on a few things.

However...

While I was originally against doing this, there's going to be a one week hiatus next week. Just one week. The comic will return on Monday, April 2nd. I really did want to go a little longer before the next hiatus, especially given there was a very long one last year. But I think I just want a little more time to fine-tune what's coming. The next chapter's a bit unique in structure, and I want to make sure everything unfolds just right. So this isn't some kind of vacation for me. This is a working hiatus; the break is to make the comic better. So thank you again for bearing with me here. I look forward to rewarding your patience. ^_^


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This page is mostly here so we can fill in some blanks regarding what happened with regards to Chanel and Todd after the incident. It also allowed for Maria to explain what happened to Emily off-screen without forcing you to sit through a recap of what you JUST read a week ago.

Friday is the last page of the chapter, so place your bets. As Emily said, "what happens now?"


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@CatPerson:

I wonder if J.K. Rowling had readers try to guilt trip her by threatening to stop reading over the dark stuff. I can't be the only that gets that, right? ^^;
To start off, I don't know if I've actually said this yet, but thank you so much for not ditching me even though the comic's gotten a bit heavy recently. As I've said in the past, my heroes/protagonists - in like everything I write - will struggle and suffer sometimes. And that means they have to persevere and overcome hardship and earn their happy endings (just like in real life, it doesn't come easy). And my ultimate goal is - and always has been - that reaching that happy end will hopefully feel like a major victory for the readers too.

Onward to the page. Immediately following the last page, Maria is left directly outside Father Quenton's office to wait for her parents. Normally, she might be a little more feisty and combative through all this, but very suddenly being expelled over basically nothing probably comes as kind of a shock (needless to say).

On the plus side, she gets a visitor and doesn't have to be alone now. But where is this all going...?

Also, Father Quenton's receptionist fellow is not really going to be that important, but you will see a bit more of him in the coming pages, so I decided to give him a little color as opposed to most background characters. I don't think he'll ever be named in the story, but I've been calling him Pete. (Just in case anyone wanted to know.)


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