This strip was thrown out onto the various social media pages for Discerning Deviant way back in June when I was going through some shit and put everything related to this site on what I thought would probably be a permanent hiatus. I’d already been sitting on it for quite a while and nearly didn’t release it at all except that it nagged at me, so I released it in the laziest way I could and didn’t bother actually updating this site.
I’d forgotten this little detail when I went to upload the first new strip since the hiatus and realized that if I didn’t make a post for this one there’d be a gap. So here’s that post.
If you’ve got insecurity issues about the fact that your girlfriend has sex with other people, including both of the guys she lives with, maaaaaybe don’t drop in unannounced.
Just as a bit of warning, I’m going to be moving back to Atlanta at the beginning of 2020 and that’s going to put my income and living situation into upheaval which may or may not affect my ability to consistently deliver the Deviant Life comic. I’d almost certainly have to shelve it if not for my fantastic Patreon supporters funding my comic related expenses but I’m not sure how updating is going to work if I’m homeless. Hopefully it won’t come to that, as I do have a pretty decent social support network in my home city, but with me already being so inconsistent this year due to health issues I already feel bad for not doing more for my followers and it eases my conscience a little to prepare for the worst in advance rather than asking for forgiveness after the fact.
The last time Dace appeared, he was being an ass to Audrey and a lot of people suggested she should dump him. I definitely understand why people would feel that way and they’re not necessarily wrong. Of Audrey’s five partners, her relationship with him is the most strained by far. They do love each other though, and one of the lovely things about polyamory is being able to maintain a loving connection even when you’re not a great fit for each other. Their relationship thrives off their respect for each others boundaries and the parameters those boundaries create for their relationship. They are outsiders to each other’s core lives, but they have a small but (usually) happy place in the middle that they create together.
Meet Dace, a more casual partner of Audrey’s, and Sam, Bernard’s big brother.
As someone who respects monogamy when it’s a reasoned choice and not something people are railroaded into by assumptions and societal pressure, I generally don’t like to take jabs at monogamy. However, I’m kind of feeling fed up at the moment with how common it is for polyamorous people to be coerced into monogamy by possessive partners.