It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
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Greetings, all. I just wanted to say a word about the current plotline.

I know everything is absolutely miserable right now, and it may be getting to be just a bit much. This is, in fact, It Never Rains' heart of darkness. It's always been heading here, ever since I made the possibly quite foolish decision to have Maggie seething with vicious hatred for Iz. Fun fact: in my original conception of the story, there was no Universe B. This was going to be the only timeline. I changed my mind on that because of how relentlessly bleak the story would have had to be to accommodate it.

I can promise that the bleakness is not going to last forever. We're heading back towards a focus on Universe B, in which Rose and Iz will have a very different dynamic. There will be lots of white hair and the repercussions of a lengthy coma to deal with, but there will also be hugging. I can promise that. I can also promise, in no particular order, weird science, Jack declaring he hates everybody while grudgingly doing something selfless, Denise's research, probably some time-travelling mice, the man whose name is not Casey wandering chaotically through everything, Rose imagining herself as a noir detective, Basil being calm about weird stuff, and elves.

Hang in there. There's still some misery to come, but it's always darkest before Jennifer invents something improbable.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Panel 1: In Universe A, back in March of 2023, Iz A and Rose have both been dosed with a paralytic, which is beginning to wear off. Iz struggles to sit upright. Rose lies slumped on the couch, staring at nothing.

Panel 2: Maggie appears and drags Rose upright. Rose's expression doesn't change. Iz A is trembling and crying.

Maggie: Okay. Up you get. You'll be able to jump now. Hang onto me.

Iz A: Rose--

Panel 3: Maggie gets Rose onto her feet. Rose is still not reacting.

Maggie: You don't get to talk to her, you bastard. All right, Rose. On three. Aim for 2021. One...two...

Panel 4: Maggie and Rose are gone. Iz continues to cry.

Iz A: Rose...

Alt-Text: And so it goes.

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