Author Notes Edit
Flashbacks are in black and white. I established that back on page 1, remember? Rudy’s wristband however transcends monochrome. ^_^
I realize this a tricky sort of scene and something that may hit home pretty hard for some of my readers. My goal going into this page was to come up with both an absurdly over-the-top reaction (the father) and a painfully real reaction (the mother) and use both in the same context. I hoped I could portray this without detracting from the tongue-in-cheek humor of the one comment and the shudder-inducing gravity of the other. Did I succeed?
And for those of you wondering where the explanation for Gavin and Maria is: keep your pants on, I’m getting to it. The actual reason is fairly simple, but it does require a little setup. You’ll know the answer next week. I promise. ^_^
Orginally, the idea was that we'd come out together to make it easier, but she got nervous and backed out.
So, I chose to go ahead and do it anyway, to show her it wouldn't be so bad.
Operator! I need an old priest and a young priest!
My baby's going to hell! How could I let this happen!?
Well, they may have overreacted a little.
Because of their reaction to me though, Maria never ended up coming out at all.
In fact, she tries so hard to hide it that I don't think our parents suspect a thing.
Either way, they ended up taking us both out of public school and sent us here instead.
I guess they figured that the Catholic school environment would show us how "wrong" it is. Basically, they expect it to cure me and dissuade Maria from "making the wrong choice."
Sounds like they're pretty closed-minded. It must be rough.
Maria and I like the term "old-fashioned" for them.