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The Flashbacks all refer to actual scenes. Panel 3 - p.348 Panel 4 - p.189/191 Panel 5 - p.303 Panel 6 - p.222 Panel 7 - p.401 Panel 8 - p.9

On their own, none of these points would probably out Rain, especially if you weren't looking for or expecting it.  Even altogether, nothing is actually confirmed.  But as Emily says, if you know enough about the subject, it would be plausible for her to suspect it at this point.  Thankfully, she also knows enough about the subject to not bring it up herself.

On the last panel of the second page, we see both girls lower their phones and the background starts blending.  They are not physically next to each other now; rather, I started getting experimental.  I didn't want this and the following several pages to consist entirely of two people with their phones glued to their heads.  Besides being tedious to draw, I figure it'd get tedious to look at.  With that in mind, I saw a perfect opportunity for some symbolism.  So what the hey?  I don't like having to explain this kinda stuff, but sometimes it's easier for me to just say it straight out.

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Rain headshot
Who told you?
Emily headshot
No one. Not directly anyway. I've had my hunches, but I knew there wasn't really an appropriate way to ask. I felt like if I was right, you'd eventually make the call to tell me or not yourself.
Rain headshot
But how?
Emily headshot
I overheard you talking about "starting transition" in the halls at one point. I was just walking up and only vaguely caught that. And heck, it could mean a lot of things.
Emily headshot
But then little pieces here and there really came together.
Emily headshot
Your relationship and breakup with Rudy
Emily headshot
Something my ex once said to me.
Emily headshot
Your skipping gym so often, and never changing in the locker room anyway.
Emily headshot
That I was asked to pitch in for a congratulatory gift for your going to therapy.
Emily headshot
Up to and including even your vocal slip up on the very first day of school.
Emily headshot
Don't get me wrong. If I hadn't studied practically all there is to know about gender identity when I was trying to figure out my orientation years ago, I'd probably never have picked up on any of that. And even then, if you'd told me you weren't transgender, I'd probably never have questioned it again.
Rain headshot
Th-thank you
Emily headshot
And I don't think anyone else knows. This sort of thing would never stay quiet at school, so I'm sure you're safe for now.
Rain headshot
That's actually pretty comforting to hear
Rain headshot
But you're not mad? Or weirded out?
Emily headshot
It's different, for sure. I haven't knowingly met any trans people, but I don't have a problem with it as long as you're safe.
Emily headshot
I mean, you're still my little sis.
Emily headshot
But I won't lie. I am a little hurt that you kept it from what seems like only me. I realize I should be grateful you're sharing this with me at all, but...
Emily headshot
I thought we were close. To be the only one left in the dark does sting a little...
Rain headshot
I'm... sorry...

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