Faye Short – Story By: Savannah Houston-McIntyre – Linework by: Amanda Coronado – Colours by: Cari Corene
Why do I get this feeling that when Ame gets punished for her series of misdeeds, she’ll consider it Faye’s fault for getting her into trouble, rather than her own fault for misbehaving?
Sounds about right.
She’s so cruel…
She’s a little girl. It’s kind of their thing.
No, even growing up with sisters, this is less sisterly bitchiness and hell raiser rivalry. This is the kind of crap you see from someone with a need to harm others, and emotionally is easier than physically because it doesn’t leave obvious marks.
I’m not a psychologist, I recognize traits from the “Heathers” breed of awful person growing up.
Two in one week? Awesome! Also, ***k you Amelia. Whether in fiction or in reality, a sibling should never torment their younger sibling
It doesn’t mean she’s bad or doesn’t love her sister. Usually older siblings don’t understand what the difference in age means, so they are disappointed and sometimes irritated when little ones can’t do anything right. So, she’s a pretty normal older sister. Mean, but normal.
Sibling rivalry, I can handle. My brothers and I tormented, harassed, teased, and taunted each other from the start. Amelia, however just ditched her mute kid sister–as in left her completely alone in a part of town she doesn’t know, not knowing who might come along. I’m with Ian: ***k you, Amelia.
She’s a little child, you can’t expect her to understand what adults do.
I’m sure that either Faye’s mom or dad told any of her older siblings that she is not to be left alone, ANYWEHRE. If they are so protective that they don’t allow her to leave their own property, I have no doubt that they instructed their other children to keep their eyes on Faye at all times. Regardless of how young she is, Amelia should know better than to leave her kid sister, who might not even be five years old, alone in a city. My brothers may have been real dicks growing up, but at least they came to my defense when the situation called for it. They would not let me out of their sights even if they were given a winning lotto ticket. Amelia seems to have no regard for consequences, as she regards a punishment from her mother as an average occurrence. This means that she can’t recognize the problem with leaving Faye alone. It’s not that Amelia is a child, it’s that she sees her actions as having no real consequences, thus she truly believes Faye will be fine alone. I have a feeling that this is a story of how Amelia comes to realize the full weight of her actions which is why she turned over a new leaf (if memory serves right she’s on a pilgrimage). I may have been too rash by saying “***k you” to Amelia, but that’s just how I react when I see someone have no regard for the consequences of their actions
If I may offer one quick correction: it’s actually Gwen, the oldest sister who is preparing for a pilgrimage. The only thing we learn about Amelia prior to this story is Ashley’s comment that “Amelia is… being Amelia, I suppose.” Last panel here: http://www.amyachronicles.com/archives/comic/4-43
Interpret that how you will.
I just realized something that makes this situation worse: Faye can’t cry. Sure she can shed tears, but when children are upset, they make it very clear when they cry. Because she’s mute, she can’t ask for help, she can’t voice her sad ess, she can’t ask for directions or anything. This makes me more angry than before. I take back what I said, I can’t find it in my heart to forgive Amelia. Shame on her and shame on her friends for not arguing against her. Since this is in the past, we know that Faye ends up being alright and eager to visit the city, but I am truly afraid of what will happen.
Also, shame on Gwen for trusting Amelia to watch over Faye. She may not be a bad sister, but she should have recognized Amelia’s blatant disregard for the rules.
In my neighborhood there were only older boys (including my brother), and they often tried to leave me alone because I was slower. But I never actually was alone, because as soon as I saw my brother and his friends going away, I would run after them and attach myself to brother’s arm or clothes while crying. That’s why I think that Faye won’t let Amelia leave her alone.
Poor tiny-Faye. Trope patterns would indicate something is going to happen to her while big sis is gone…but you guys have surprised me before…so I’m not going to try to assume either way.
Aww, poor tiny Faye…
(Little does she know being left in the middle of a city with no protection is going to become a running theme in her life…)
“Wait here, I’ll fetch you when we’re done”
So who else gets the feeling the Heather in training is plotting a way to get rid of Mommy and Daddy’s precious little darling?
Wow. So you’re suggesting a full-blown intent to harm, rather than the combination of a mean spirit and childish negligence. I *hope* Amelia isn’t that Machiavellian.
Yes I am. Don’t so shocked. I’m pretty aware that in some ways I had a darker childhood than most, so my point of view is less optimistic of people, especially children who don’t get the ramifications of their actions, or the precocious ones that know enough but still do it.. It’s amazing how a few moments of spite can lead to years of damage.
I guess my hope is more that Savvy isn’t that Machiavellian. I suspect not, given Faye’s lack of obvious damage to her spirit and demeanor as an adult.
Awful things happen all the time, and some cope better, or have structures that help them heal. Key thing, lack of ‘obvious damage’. One of my cousins took his little brother and dumped him in a field, then ran off leaving him there for a few hours. Thankfully his mom figured out quick where he was and went out to find him lost and scared at the edge of the field.
Amazing thing about kids, they bounce back fairly well depending on things. But sadly they also lack a true understanding of ramifications and what will happen when they do things on whims like that.
Other thing, I want to give a huge heap of praise to Savannah for how she did Amelia. This can swing either way and I love the tension. One of those things I’ve really enjoyed is how she gives the characters a voice, but lets the writing and personality dictate their actions. You don’t write good characters, you just give them their voice whether it’s word or pictures.
Things will get fiery indeed when Faye realizes she doesn’t have to take this.
oh my gosh, I can’t believe I finally caught up… woosh… started this comic a few months ago from the archives.
(I should’ve gone to bed HOURS ago, but felt like I was just so close to being 100% caught up.. and now that I’m here.. well.. dang it… I’m caught up. Catch 22.)
I’ve enjoyed all of your comments left over the last day! I’m happy you’ve enjoyed the story so far. :)
PLEASE tell me this isn’t the lead-in to the first episode of AMYA: FIRESTARTER. :/
aw yeah. <3 24 rage comments about Amelia. <3 This page is a success.
I realize I’m a little late in seeing this comment, but there was zero chance that no one would be angry and rage a little. I’m still angry at Amelia for ignoring her responsibility to her sister. Ignoring a responsibility such as cleaning after yourself or taking out the trash is one thing but it’s completely another when you leave a child alone in an unfamiliar environment. It can cause some serious pschological damage, had Vincent not arrived when he did.
I know the main thing here is how bad she’s treating Faye but the fact that she’s stealing despite being so well off is really annoying to me.
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