Gavin asks Rain if she knows a 'Ryan Flaherty', since Ryan was Gavin's childhood best friend. What Gavin doesn't know is that 'Ryan' is, in fact, Rain. Rain was born male, and 'Ryan' was her birth name. Rain is freaked out abut this, since she fears Gavin could find out about her past and out her to the school. So, she asks to be excused and runs away. Gavin and Maria are confused as to what just happened. Maria finishes by reminding Gavin of the bet that they made, and saying he owes her five dollars.
Author Notes Edit
Gavin and Maria, once again so close to the truth, and yet so far. Rain’s compelling response to Gavin’s question (ie. - running the hell away) has helped to keep her secret safe for the time being, but was that really the best move?
I have to be honest. I’m not crazy about this page. Looking back, I think I could’ve probably condensed this page and the last page into one to make things move along a little quicker. But then I’d have had less time to establish foreshadowing for Maria in the last page, and Rain’s fear of discovery on this page. Okay, so maybe condensing isn’t quite what I’m looking for, but I still feel like I could have done better with these two pages.
I actually wanted to ask you something if that's okay.
Your said your last name is Flaherty, right? Do you by chance know a Ryan Flaherty?
See, when we were little, he was my best friend.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but I wanted to know if you knew him.
Rain? You okay? You look a little pale...
May I be excused?
Was it something I said...?
I don't know about that. All I know is I talked to her first so you owe me five bucks.