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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. ^_^

Transcript Edit

Rudy headshot
Orginally, the idea was that we'd come out together to make it easier, but she got nervous and backed out.
Rudy headshot
So, I chose to go ahead and do it anyway, to show her it wouldn't be so bad.
Norman headshot
Operator! I need an old priest and a young priest!
Donna headshot
My baby's going to hell! How could I let this happen!?
Rudy headshot
Well, they may have overreacted a little.
Rudy headshot
Because of their reaction to me though, Maria never ended up coming out at all.
Rudy headshot
In fact, she tries so hard to hide it that I don't think our parents suspect a thing.
Rudy headshot
Either way, they ended up taking us both out of public school and sent us here instead.
Rudy headshot
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."
Rain headshot
Sounds like they're pretty closed-minded. It must be rough.
Rudy headshot
Maria and I like the term "old-fashioned" for them.

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