The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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April 24th, 2017, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, April 17th, 2017, 9:46 pm

I feel I should talk a bit about this page, considering what is happening here. Before writing this chapter, I had determined that Elisa had simply demanded custody of Alexis, and that was about the worst thing that happened to Catherine and Byron. However, I decided to look into the actual penalties involved in the offense of child abuse.

As it turns out, child abuse is an EXTREMELY strong offense. Not only can you be sent to federal prison for YEARS for committing it, you can also be sent to prison for years for ALLOWING IT TO HAPPEN and not doing anything about it. Penalties for knowing about the abuse and not reporting it include several thousand dollar fines all the way up prison time equal to the time of the people who actually committed the crime.

Here, the judge is realizing that Elisa genuinely cares for "Alex" and wants to help with the situation. Her testimony had stated that Alexis was calling her time and time again about it and crying over the abuse she was put through. Upon actually witnessing the abuse, and realizing the severity of what was going on, she took action. The judge decided to be lenient at this time, however, as he says, if Alex did not show improvement, he would be placed in foster care and further penalties would be given to Elisa.

Essentially, if Elisa could not show that she truly did care about Alex and truly did want to help her out, Elisa would not only be given a heftier fine, but likely be facing prison time like Alex's parents were facing. Luckily for Elisa, Alexis has shown improvement, thus allowing her to stay with her aunt. Still, Elisa was given a very hefty fine of $20,000 she had to pay.

This is what Alexis mentioned in the Q&A about her parents putting Elisa heavily into debt. She was forced to pay that much money right away, forcing her to get a very costly loan that she couldn't simply negotiate a low rate on. Truthfully, by the time Elisa pays off this debt, she'll have paid around $25,000 over the course of about 10 years. Factor in the cost of her home, which she is paying a loan on as well, with the cost of having a second person to care for and feed, along with a cat. Then factor that her income is from being a video game artist in an indie dev company and... well... you can see that she hasn't a lot of money to throw around.

However, I feel this scene really sets up the point. She understands exactly what she's getting into, and that she is not only looking at having to pay a strong fine, but she's looking at the aspect that she absolutely must be a good guardian to Alexis. That she absolutely must be a better person then Alexis' parents were to her. That look in her eyes in the second-to-last panel tell that she is very serious about doing everything she can to make sure Alexis is happy, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness (a fact that's really shown in Volume 1's bonus chapter).

That said, what do you think of this? Was the judge too hard on Byron, Catherine, and Elisa? Was he too soft? Or did he pass the proper judgment to all three of them?

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On a personal note, these are the thoughts I've had the last two weeks about my own personal life.

What I wanna know is... How the fuck do you feel different for one person than any other person? Like... I look at any girl I know, and I’m like “Yeah, I like them”. But like... they’re all pleasing to me? I would totally love to be with any or all of them. And that’s just how I feel. I really just can’t understand this concept of “You have to pick one person to like and be only with them”? I’ve literally never been with anyone that I haven’t liked the same amount as I have with any friend I’ve been with.

And it’s not an “aromantic” sort of thing. At least I don’t think so? Like... what exactly is “romance”? Cuddling, kissing, holding hands, hugging, being with the person? That’s what I want with all of my friends... And how does a person not feel sexual desire for one person but does feel it for another person? Cause everyone I know, I feel the same for. I really just look at a person I know and am like “Yeah, I would love to do stuff with them”.

I just don’t understand this concept of feeling no sexual desire at all, or only feeling it for one person. I also don’t understand this concept of liking a person “as a friend”, but not “as a lover”? I just absolutely have no clue how that works? I like my friends. I want to hang out with them. I want to cuddle with them. I want to give them back rubs, and hold their hands, and kiss them, and everything.

I’m just so confused... How do you “be a friend” to someone? How do you feel a romantic or sexual desire for one person and no one else? How can a person just say “Yeah, this is the one I love” and then have no sexual desire or romantic interest in anyone else they ever meet? And how does a person just... not feel sexual desire?

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Guest, April 24th, 2017, 3:20 pm

To put light on your question, as a single heterosexual 18 year old male, part of it simply has to do with sexuality. Then there's also how close you are to someone of the opposite sex. I've few female friends who I'm particularly close to so I rarely if ever get similar feelings. There's that and I just hardly make time to hang with female friends or friends in general. All that and porn kinda just satisfies any immediate needs. But I've little experience on the subject seeing as I've never dated.

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Anon-ish, April 25th, 2017, 12:59 am

Yay personal stuff
I don't think I'll be able to help satisfy your curiosity as I'm asexual / emotionally apathetic...

I've literally never had a crush, and can't understand why people get so "thirsty"
Hmmm... last time I had intercourse was in 2013, I think August lol.

If you got any direct questions for the weird ace guy feel free to ask lol

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sunspark, June 17th, 2017, 2:41 am

You asked about the penalties. Here are my thoughts:

The child abuse penalty of five years in prison seems about right to me (though it could have been 10 so they'd have to serve at least 3 yrs or so each).

But the fine? That seems extreme. Even if, as you say, the law here stipulates a fine or penalty for looking the other way, the case her is dubious at best: Alexis called her aunt to complain about her mom's treatment but Elisa had never witnessed it. Upon witnessing it for herself she *immediately* took matters into her own hands. AND she turned her own sister in for abuse, a difficult thing to do. On top of that, the judge was awarding her--despite knowing her financial situation--custody of a minor child, demanding improvement of that child's welfare. I don't see any logical reason he would simultaneously strangle her ability to manage that welfare with an enormous and unjustifiable fine.

That's my opinion. :-)

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Hippocampus (Guest), September 17th, 2017, 10:00 pm

Hmm, I really want to answer your question about romance and sexual desire, but I don't even know the answer myself XD

I do agree with Guest's points though; many people are only attracted to a specific demographic, thus giving rise to the terms homosexual or heterosexual and the like. For instance I only like girls, so I tend to develop (sexual) crushes on most girls I meet, particularly more so if their facial features are pleasing to me (shallow, I know :P). Conversely, I don't develop these feelings for guys at all, and since most of my "friends" are guys, then these guys are people who I desire as companions but not people who I desire sexually. As for the romantic thing, I always assumed that it's something that develops over time. Like, the more you spend time with a person, and the more you get to know each other, the more you end up sharing with this person, and eventually you think that you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. But you can't feel this way for everyone because it would take too much time to invest in, so you end up having to make a choice. At least that's what I believe... not 100% sure since I've never reached that point with anyone before.

I know it's been a while since you asked this question, but hope this helps nonetheless! I tried my best :P