Friday, April 22, 2011
BANANA GAMES CHARACTER RETROSPECTIVE, VOLUME ONE, PART ONE: ALEX
Posted here is the first of a series featuring the stats and history of the characters of the Banana Games series. The first in the series: ALEX.
Real name: Alexia Cardinalle Lopez
Aliases: Alexia Philipa Lopez, Alecia Cortez-Ramone, Sweet Cheeks
Born: July 4th 1978 San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Height 5'4 Weight 120 lbs Eyes: Blue Hair: Black
Father: Marciano Cardinalle Mother: Mercedes Lopez
Occupation: prostitute, drifter, con artist, fugitive
Background Story: Alex was born from what was at first glance a stable upper middle class Mexican/Porte Rican family in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Her Porte Rican father Marciano was a self employed construction worker who worked mostly over seas and her Mexican mother was a decorated police Sergeant with the Mexican Police Department as well as winner of many pageants as Miss Mexico in her younger days.
Alex's father Marciano wasn't present at the birth as he was out of country working but came home little over 2 months later very eager to see his new born baby girl. As good a father as he could be he was away six to eight months at a time but had her mother doting over her continuously. It seemed to some close and around Mercedes, especially Marciano's mother, Alex's grandmother, she might have been too doting.
Mercedes had taken a extended leave from the Police force up until Alex was nearly 2 years old. After that, even though her mother-in-law was readily available, Mercedes hired a nanny. To most it was strange that she hired a stranger over letting close family care for Alex. Mercedes left the nanny explicit instructions not to let anyone other then herself to bath or change Alex's diaper. Marciano's mother was very suspicious but could do very little to figure what the strange behavior came from. Marciano took it as Mercedes, being a mom for the first time was just being a little over anxious. When Alex was at age to bath herself and put herself to bed she always locked the bathroom door at bath time and bedroom morning and night when changing as her mother insisted she did, becoming a routine for the child.
All came to a crushing truth when Alex was 12 years old and skipping school with two of her closest friends. In a secluded part of a near by park they contrived a daring scheme to show each other their privates as they were all curious to see what boy and girl parts looked in person. The boy being like most boys was the first to be brave enough to pull down his pants. At first Alex was confused but still oblivious to what was in store for her. As her female friend pulled her dress up and panties down, Alex got the shock of her young life as she had the wrong parts. When her turn came she freaked out and ran off in a crying panic. Once she arrived at home she had become hysterical and her grandmother reacted immediately. To her shock, she learned the truth. Alex was born a boy and Mercedes, her mother, deceived everyone into believing she was a girl. Alex being a child and reared by her mother and nanny was lead to believe it herself.
The grandmother in utter disbelief didn't know anything else but to contact her son, Alex's father, who at the time was working in the middle east. Marciano horrified, told his mother to take Alex out of the house and booked the next flight out to get home as fast as possible. But before she could get Alex away, Mercedes stormed through the door, already informed of what happened by the nanny who snuck a phone call to her. A vicious argument ensued between Mercedes and Marciano's mother which resulted in Mercedes getting physically violent with her mother-in-law, hitting her to the floor. Alex went into shock and fainted. Mercedes took Alex and ran. By the time Marciano had called authorities and made his way home, Mercedes had disappeared with Alex. He never saw them again.
Mercedes ran off and with the aid of her established illicit connections as a police officer, fled to South America going into hiding . Mercedes had convinced her daughter she was just different and nobody would understand and would perceive her as a freak and not love her like she does. The uncanny resemblance to a girl and female physical features and characteristics it wasn't difficult to convince Alex and fool anyone she came in contact with.
Changing their names, Alecia Cortez-Ramone for Alex and Temperance Cortez-Ramone for Mercedes and with forged documents the two started a new life. Mercedes joining the Departamento de Polícia Federal in Brazil, establishing a formidable reputation and using her status to keep an eye out for and deal with any search by other authorities that may be looking for them. Alex attended school there, keeping her secret from others no matter how close she got with anyone.
When Alex was 15 the rest of her life crumbled when she overheard her mother talking to the nanny on the phone, who had also fled to her native home in Spain, revealing the whole truth. That her mother was unstable and wanted a girl so much she wasn’t going to be denied that wish and took steps on making sure and paying the nanny off to keep the secret and care for Alex. Horrified and in devastating shock Alex confronted her mother in hysterics. It was a vicious exchange that lead to Mercedes saying some completely heart breaking things with such brutality that Alex in a rage returned with a blow to Mercedes' head with a lamp. Alex beside herself with terror and grief ran away, leaving her mother unconscious on the floor, to wake to her daughter gone and the start of her unrelenting hunt for Alex.
Details on how Alex fled from South America to the US and what she did thereafter are sketchy at best. That is until we find Alex years later in Chicago selling her body to come up with enough money to search for her father and regain whatever family she could get back. The rest is documented in the ongoing series, Banana Games, published here at NBM Publications.
Next Up: SIMONE
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