Synopsis Edit

Author Notes Edit

Crazy page. So many points I want to make! I’ll focus on the big things.

Brother Arthur’s explanation of how he figured it out actually has a second purpose, moreso from a technical standpoint for me as the writer than anything plot-related. For the longest time, I got really hung up on how Rain could be enrolled in a school like this when her legal name doesn’t match the name she goes by. After all, I’m relatively certain such documents must be presented upon enrollment; the fact is, I don’t know if in real life anyone COULD go through high school without ANYONE knowing who they are. Members of the faculty would probably have to know. It’s a minor, forgettable hole that one could easily overlook because it IS fiction, but I guess it bothers me. Hence, this sort of explains it. Sort of… ish…

Also, I changed the dialogue SO MANY TIMES on this one. This page may have won the award for most dialogue rewrites of any in the story thus far. From Rain’s reaction, to Brother Arthur’s speech, I probably spent a literal day pacing around my apartment working out this dialogue. It’s still a little campy towards the end, but I think I generally like it for the most part.

Anyway, big important page. But I hope you all like it. 

Transcript Edit

Rain headshot
I... um... What makes you say that...?
Brother Arthur headshot
I have had my suspicions since day one - for example, all of the legal documents needed to enroll you here claim your name is "Ryan" whereas Ms. Bryer insists this is a persistent typo.
Brother Arthur headshot
Since I didn't push the matter, she probably assumes I don't know.
Brother Arthur headshot
But having been close to someone whose done things exactly like this, it's easy for me to recognize what's going on.
Brother Arthur headshot
Transsexuality. Crossdressing. Homosexuality. These are all viewed as sins and expulsion-worthy offenses in this school.
Brother Arthur headshot
If Father Quenton knew this and had his way, neither of you would be allowed in this school again.
Rudy headshot
Wait a second! Are you blackmailing us?
Brother Arthur headshot
Quite the contrary. I'm going to protect you. By helping to ensure your secet remains safe and uncontested.
Brother Arthur headshot
Of course, I can only act behind the scenes, as I will lose my job among other things if I'm found to be helping with something like this.
Brother Arthur headshot
But I genuinely want you two to be happy, and to grow and become who you wish to be.
Brother Arthur headshot
Whether you believe me or not is entirely up to you. I do hope you'll allow me to help you though.
Brother Arthur headshot
I think it will help me to atone for the things I've said and done to my brother.
Brother Arthur headshot
And maybe I'll gain the courage to contact him once more.

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