The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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July 16th, 2018, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, July 9th, 2018, 10:53 pm

At long last, the alcohol has run its course. Alexis soon finds the world spinning before she passes out. But what could have driven Alexis to get so drunk?

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Kyle (Guest), July 16th, 2018, 11:31 am

@EmilyAnnCoons: Is she really drunk? I'm confused. :/

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Hippocampus (Guest), July 16th, 2018, 12:33 pm

@Kyle: Yeah she definitely is. I didn't even pick up on those hints until now, but there are quite a lot of them.

She has a mug in her hand on page 9-04, so she must have poured the alcohol into it and have drunken it by this point, further supported by her consequently stepping on the cat's tail, meaning she had already lost her sense of balance. And on page 9-05 she says "God damn it! Why won't you work? You're supposed to make it go away!", implying she took the drink to suppress her bad thoughts (from the nightmare, presumably). Add to that her dizzy state at school (which I incorrectly attributed to insomnia), and her increased violent and profane tendencies, and it all adds up.

Of course, it also makes me think she's never drank before, because 1) she has absolutely zero tolerance right now, and 2) alcohol doesn't magically make you forget your troubles as soon as you drink it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if anything, alcohol lowers your inhibitions, so such thoughts will actually come to the foreground, and she could even be more open about them to others than she would while sober (thankfully she wasn't, so far). I really hope she doesn't get in trouble because of this...

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EmilyAnnCoons, July 16th, 2018, 4:43 pm

@Kyle: As Hippocampus said, all of the clues are there. Alexis has reached a point where she attempted to drink to get rid of the nightmares, but as she has discovered today, it really hasn't helped. There will be more to this in the coming pages when Alexis explains it all. But, yes, the idea of having Alexis trying to hide/escape her pain by drinking was a subject I wanted to hit on, considering the pain she's gone through in her life.

I was actually quite concerned that people might think the way Alexis is acting to be out of character for her, and thus I tried to throw in as many clues to the idea that she could be drunk as I possibly could without outright saying it (I wanted to save the reveal for this point in the chapter). Still, I apparently didn't hint at it enough as I did get a comment about it being unrealistic in the end. But yes, the way she's been acting all chapter is 100% entirely due to her being drunk. Hence why she's been cursing a LOT more then normal in this chapter, clearly was put off by Elisa trying to touch her, and even got violent when her friends refused to leave her alone.

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Hippocampus (Guest), July 17th, 2018, 11:29 am

@EmilyAnnCoons: To be fair, it's kinda hard to insinuate drunkenness in a character without it being immediately discovered, so I think you did a good job with it. And you did warn us a bunch in the comments that something was up ;)