Man in blouse and skirtNow this is a page I seriously redrew. (Earlier, for the trade-paperback edition, not just now.)

Jany’s first sight of Timothy really deserved a wide, face-to-face, sparkle-laden moment. Why did I skimp on that, the first time through? No idea.

Timothy’s thought process also includes “butch queer girl? recently-out trans boy? fellow resident of the Weird Gender Place? not enough info to tell for sure, but I know how to be generally supportive in a way that works all around.”

Timothy: . . .

[cute gay haircut / bb’s first menswear, not great tailoring / no binder]

[Verdict: gender-non-conforming kid looking for community; be nice]

Timothy: I’m a “mister” when I want to be, no matter how I’m dressed. You know how it goes. My Being is Reseda. And you’re Jany, right?

But that can’t be Ann Walker in the glasses.

Jany: No, this is my Kara Lynn. The MI5 getup is to scare off anyone who’d give us trouble.

. . . although if she tells us to fight you, we can throw the match.

Timothy: I do appreciate the thought! But before we get into any fighting, I’m going to try . . . talking this out.