CAF With A Twist (Add-On Picture CAF)

Waaaaaaaaait, so I checked my mentions for tags and I’ve been tagged for this game 11 days ago but didn’t notice until now. So sorry, I didn’t realise this was a new game, I’m getting these games mixed up, aren’t I? :crazy_face:

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[name_m]Tobias[/name_m] [name_m]Tyson[/name_m] Hoffman (23) is the fraternal twin brother of [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]. He lives in West Virginia, making him about halfway between Alabama and New York, bonding closely with both [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and the family back home. Growing up, he liked being a fraternal twin because he liked not feeling like a “carbon copy” of his twin brother but didn’t like having to share his birthday and used to not get along with [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] during childhood. However around teenage years, he liked him more and by adulthood, they were always in contact. [name_m]Tobias[/name_m] calls [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] the “Mad Scientist” as a joke and [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] likes it and think it’s funny. However when his fiancee started calling him that as a joke as well, he texted his twin brother “Oh no troll what did you do!? :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:” and both laughed. He loves writing and tells his brother he could be really big at writing, much like his fiancee has tried to, but both know [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is mostly pursuing rocket science and root him on in that as well. [name_m]Tobias[/name_m] is also a writer. He supports [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and his fiancee and he helped [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] propose to his fiancee by being Daniel’s driver for that day. He drove them from school to the place where they had their most recent date, then to the place where they first said “I love you” to each other, then [name_m]Tobias[/name_m] got out of the car and left for the day, while letting [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] take the wheel, driving to the place they had their first date, and [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] proposed to his now-fiancee.

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tw: mentions of war related death

[name_u]Liberty[/name_u] ’ [name_f]Libby[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Alexandria[/name_f] Kettlestring (24) is Daniel’s fiance and Tobias’s future sister-in-law. Unlike [name_u]Daniel[/name_u], Libby’s never been interested in the sciences: literature and writing are the absolute centre of her mind, having an unstoppable creative streak and tenacity when it comes to completing her stories. [name_f]Libby[/name_f] and her brother - her junior by 3 years - lost their dad when she was only 6 and he was 3, while [name_u]Carter[/name_u] Kettlestring was deployed in Afghanistan.

It would be their maternal granddad who took on the main paternal role in their lives subsequently, as Libby’s mom continued working as a hospice pharmacist to ensure they were financially stable, and he was the person who always encouraged her in pursuing her passions instead of feeling she had to conform to a conventional education system and subsequent job.

Having now graduated, obtaining a degree in Linguistics, [name_f]Libby[/name_f] splits her time between working at a second-hand clothing store and continuing her horror anthology short story collection. A lot of her stories are influenced by Libby’s experiences as a WOC and her staunchly anti-war beliefs, although there’s going to be a sci-fi edition to her debut collection in tribute to her fiance. [name_f]Libby[/name_f] isn’t the most openly romantic people and finds her feelings easier to convey when it’s just her and [name_u]Daniel[/name_u], although [name_m]Tobias[/name_m] might just be the one person who’s seen her mushy side, as she considers him one of her dearest friends.

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@CherryBomb50 No need to apologise, it’s not your fault tags are playing up!

@ElisabethJulie - forgot to tag you as well sorry!

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[name_f]Kimora[/name_f] [name_f]Chyna[/name_f] Huang-Pollard (23) is the best friend of [name_u]Liberty[/name_u] and the number one fan of her stories. She admires [name_f]Libby[/name_f] 's perseverance when it comes to regularly finishing her works and is really anticipating her anthology. His father is a first-generation Chinese immigrant while her mom is Nigerian-American. Although her maternal family has lived in the state of [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u] since the 1970s, they still stay close to their Nigerian heritage and culture. [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] appreciated the fact that she had another WOC friend to relate to, as the private school her parents paid for had a majority of white students She was a shoulder to cry on when [name_f]Libby[/name_f] lost her father and also grew kind of close to her brother because of the fact that she helped him regularly with math homework after school - something which [name_f]Libby[/name_f] didn’t feel competent enough to do when she was young, humanities being a more strong suit of hers…

She always had good grades and her priorities straight, never being much into arts or science but really good at maths. She is currently a [name_m]Junior[/name_m] Accountant in a large international corporation’s office in [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u]. She hopes to climb up the corporate ladder but doesn’t want to fall into the “girlboss” mentality of preaching feminism while ignoring or even harming other women’s career accomplishments to get ahead. She noticed that the janitor in her office building is being treated very badly by some co-workers who look down on her and treat the poor , middle-aged woman like a servant just because she isn’t of a comparable social class. She is determined to stand up for her but doesn’t know how to adress the problem , still being new to the hierarchy in her new work place. [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] tries to keep her desk and place of work clean so the janitor doesn’t have a lot to do and gives her a smile every time she sees her. Last [name_m]Thursday[/name_m] she even shared one of the two muffins she brought to the office as a part of her lunch. The janitor was very pleasantly surprised with it and thanked her, but [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] noticed that she didn’t eat it and instaed hid it in her handbag. Turns out she wanted to give the muffin to her 8-year-old son when she picks him up from school , being a stay-at-home parent.

[name_f]Kimora[/name_f] shared the situation with the janitor to [name_f]Libby[/name_f] , who became inspired and decided to change up the details and add sci-fi elements to write another story based on those events. [name_f]Libby[/name_f] believes that [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] should complain to HR about the situation but her other friend - who also majored in Accounting and now works at a start-up - advises against it and thinks she might lose her job if she reacts in an emotional way. However, [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] doresn’t agree with her friend from university.

[name_f]Kimora[/name_f] wishes she could find a partner but is very shy and [name_f]Libby[/name_f] struggled to even get her to go on a dating app. She is bisexual so she thinks her orientation might make it harder for her to find a stable partner because of the harmful stereotypes that surround people who identify with that sexuality. However, she began talking to a 27-year-old dental hygenist from [name_u]Nevada[/name_u] and loves joking via chat messages about them marrying in Las [name_u]Vegas[/name_u]. [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] discovered her flirty side online and is grateful to [name_f]Libby[/name_f] for setting up her dating profile. For now she wants to only focus on talking to one person at a time and really getting to know the people she matches with rather than talking to multiple folks simultaneously. While she is kind of jealous of [name_f]Libby[/name_f] for having a fiance and is happy that they click, she honestly isn’t the biggest fan of [name_u]Daniel[/name_u] and thinks he doesn’t take life seriously enough to match her goal-driven friend, especially given how he moved to [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u] on a whim. However she keeps that opinion to herself because she thinks if they really love each other, they will overcome their differences.

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[name_f]Lillian[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Cherie[/name_f] Eckheart (27) is Kimora’s romantic interest who resides in [name_u]Nevada[/name_u], although she was actually born in Seattle and first moved to pursue her degree. Unlike [name_f]Kimora[/name_f], Lilly’s never been that close with her family, not because of any kind of abuse or mistreatment but due to the fact her parents have always been emotionally distant people and this bled into both of her brothers. [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] was regularly staying with friends or finding other means of forming true emotional bonds throughout high school and - while she sometimes wishes she’d reached out to one of her siblings a little more - feels the found family network of friends she’s made in [name_u]Nevada[/name_u] provide the connections she longed for whilst growing up.

Not many people know about Lilly’s family background as she’s used to people being confused and even dismayed by what she went through, and explaining things has become somewhat tiring. Dating someone 4 years younger than her’s also been a surprise for her, as she never imagined developing such a connection with a 23-year-old, as she tends to look back on herself at that age harshly. It was Kimora’s kindness towards the janitor at the firm she works at, and how she’s gone against everyone else’s assumptions that really won [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] over, as she was undeniably impressed by how well the younger woman handled the situation, as well as the values she displayed when faced by judgment.

Joking about marriage is absolutely the best thing in Lilly’s opinion, as planning weddings is something she tells [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] she has to handle, as anything flowery goes completely over her head, and the only details she’s invested in relate to her work. For relaxing she likes going for long drives - listening to folk-indie music she finds very soothing - and volunteering at a local shelter for former farm animals, being especially close with the goats who she has to prevent escaping their pens (never ask her about horse-riding, it’s something [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] is never going to try). Her sense of humour is dry and a little difficult to pick up on at first, as she isn’t the most confident person about trying to make others laugh, mostly due to her natural seriousness.

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[name_m]Just[/name_m] wanted to tag some frequent posters

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[name_f]Sativa[/name_f] [name_u]Dillon[/name_u] Hardle [MN: Rice] (26) is a friend of [name_f]Lily[/name_f] who lives in Elko, NV and was one of the first friends [name_f]Lily[/name_f] made in a new state. The reason they became friends in the first place is becasue [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] had a good understanding of [name_f]Lily[/name_f] 's boundaries and never once preassured her to open up about her family life. It is because she herself had a complicatd relationship with her own family. Her mother and father became parents when they were both 19 and had a very toxic relationship for the first 6 years of her life because while her father worked hard as an apprentice to become an electrician, her mother never really took parenting seriously and refused to become an adult, often being neglectful towards [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] and preffering parties over taking care of her own daughter. Eventually [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] 's father gave up on trying to convince his highschool sweetheart to take life more seriously and won primary custody over [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] due to having a stable income and documenting evidence of the neglectful behaviour that Sativa’s mom displayed. Now that she’s an adult, [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] knows the value of enterprenurship and work ethic due to her dad’s influence and is doing everything in her power to be a helpful person in her community - that’s why she started volounteering at the shelter for farm animals and that’s how she and [name_f]Lily[/name_f] met.

She owns her own Etsy shop with custom-made jewellry and jokes that she can design special pieces for [name_f]Lily[/name_f] and [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] 's [name_u]Vegas[/name_u] wedding for double the price. She supports their relationship strongly, Her own husband is 2 years younger than herself and they got married 4 years prior , 10 days before her husbands 20th birthday. He began dating her after working up the courage to ask her out once she became a regular at the cafè shop where he worked at a barista. [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] was very surprised that he was actually the son of the shop’s owner when he introduced her to his parents and she’s excited about the prospect of becoming the co-owner one day with her husband, especially because she’s a coffee lover and is extremely serious about the quality of her favourite caramel mocha.

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@chamwue
@CherryBomb50
@I_meme_it
@kitkatcookie

Heroes, assemble to ressurect this one!

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[name_m]Regis[/name_m] “ [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] ” [name_u]Thaddeus[/name_u] Hardle (24) is Sativa’s husband and son Despite his young marriage to [name_f]Sativa[/name_f], they won’t have kids right now given that they don’t want to get into anything they aren’t ready for, especially given Sativa’s upbringing. Growing up, he loved having parents who ran a business but enjoyed their small and local ways rather than going corporate. While he was a barista, he ironically didn’t care about coffee and mainly worked the job to gain experience of what it would be like once his parents retire and he’s the inherited owner. That’s changed - a lot - and [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] is the reason why, truly getting him into loving coffee. [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] thought he’d never love it and was tired of seeing it all the time until [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] opened his eyes. [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] knew [name_f]Sativa[/name_f] was the perfect girlfriend at the moment and now knows she’s an even better wife!

[name_u]Reggie[/name_u] has become supportive of [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] and [name_f]Kimora[/name_f] and their romantic relationship. [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] himself doesn’t have any hard feelings about himself when he was 23 as it was only 1 year ago but does have “some hard feelings on himself before he liked coffee” as he jokes. [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] has learned some business outside of his barista career since he’s a finance major and he met a good friend there. [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] and his friend used to read this dystopian book series from an author they both enjoyed and the two said the most interesting part was the “big secret” behind the books. Not in the books, but behind the writing of the books. The author himself has briefly discussed mentions of what people the secret is - he mentions a lot about how the book pertains to real-life greed. This isn’t really too surprising, considering the books are titled, “The Cents of Evil” but then again the author knows deep down that it isn’t the secret behind them. The real secret - the book ideas and some writing passages were stolen from a younger, very lesser-known author!

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[name_f]Melody[/name_f] [name_f]Charissa[/name_f] Galliss (22) is one of Reggie’s coworkers, and a self-professed cliché where the idea of broke college students is concerned. While usually frugal, [name_f]Melody[/name_f] isn’t without her vices - typically when a party is happening or she’s hoping to shake up her wardrobe - and so she tends to always be the first to offer to work overtime to ensure she’s got her savings topped up. These mostly are because she has her own car which is key to getting to campus, as [name_f]Melody[/name_f] lives a half hour drive away - over an hour if you attempted to walk, which she did once as an experiment - because she wanted to avoid crazy rent costs closer to the university. Melody’s the first person in her family to attend college, coming from a neighbourhood known for its destitution and high crime rates, which most people think must be a point of pride for her parents, but this unfortunately isn’t the case. They’re very self-absorbed people who are usually focused on their lives away from one another and their children, which mostly consists of petty gossip and rumour spreading [her mother] or complaining about everything under the sun at the local bar [her father]; with [name_f]Melody[/name_f] feeling the only reason they aren’t divorced is because they can’t be bothered to get the proceedings going. She occasionally talks on the phone to her mom but is careful in what she says, as she knows anything vaguely scandalous will soon be making its way around the block, and she doesn’t want to deal with all her mothers’ friends bothering her with questions.

Due to the distant nature of her parents, reading became Melody’s escape at a young age, and she’s an [name_f]English[/name_f] Literature student. Her studies were entirely self-motivated, and she was always considered very different from her older brother, who’s 5 years her senior. He got his girlfriend pregnant in their last year of high school and subsequently moved out the second he graduated, leaving to first live with her parents and then their own small condo once he’d found work as a mechanic, unsurprisingly having little contact with their parents - who’s interest in seeing their granddaughters is lackluster to put it gently, as Melody’s brother is now father to 3 girls. The two were very distant until the time he was planning on leaving home, as it hit him his sister would now be by herself with no grounding support - they did confide in one another, in spite of not having lots in common - and he made sure to ring her at least once a week. This gesture has allowed the two to become much closer and able to rely on each other for emotional support, with [name_f]Melody[/name_f] spending her holiday periods with him, his partner and nieces whenever those times roll around.

For how gregarious and fun-loving she is behind the counter - being very popular with regular customers for her sunny, jokey disposition - Melody’s always very private about her background, and she admits to herself it comes from fear. She’s used to people dismissing what she went through because her parents weren’t abusive, nor did they physically abandon her, and it’s a disappointment she can’t go through time and time again. Apart from her brother, only her inner circle of friends know about how little emotionally she received from her mom and dad; with one of her colleagues being aware too, as they’re both similar in personality, and have become exceptionally close since [name_f]Melody[/name_f] was put on the same shift as them. This friend suspects one of their other co-workers has a crush oh [name_f]Melody[/name_f], but letting her know this is going to be tricky, as while she’s at ease giving fashion advice, reading a novel in a day or scaling the highest climbing walls, dating is something she’s very inexperienced in and subsequently terrified of.

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[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] [name_f]Marguerite[/name_f] Galliss (9) is Melody’s niece. She’s the oldest of 3 and considered “the family’s people-pleaser”. She’s very responsible and tough but behind the scenes she is very soft and kind. She has taken on a preppy style after seeing some preppy girls hanging out at Starbucks and got inspired by them. Her parents argue a lot, so her escape, like her Auntie, is reading. She seems fearless until you place a spider in front of her.

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[name_f]Clara[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f] Galliss (6) is the middle daughter and Melody’s second niece. If Audrey’s a people pleaser, Clara’s more prone to sticking to herself, partially out of shyness but also because she’s someone who can keep themselves entertained solo. She has a prodigal imagination and loves to dress up when she isn’t painting or drawing one of her favourite fantasy scapes. These images are as precious as gold to [name_f]Clara[/name_f], with her Aunt [name_f]Melody[/name_f] helping her create a special scrapbook for them, which the little girl absolutely cherishes. She understands the privacy her auntie likes to uphold, and has gotten better at being cryptic - with some help playing spies with her three close friends.

There is a sneaky side to her character though - Clara’s got very quiet footsteps which she utilises to her advantage - so she knows more about adult ongoings than even [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] realises. [name_f]Clara[/name_f] knows her parents recent arguments are because of something her uncle [her mom’s brother, who the girls’ have barely seen] has gotten himself involved in, but she doesn’t quite know whether or not she should tell [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], as she knows her big sister might try to help fix things and the situation exploding would be too much for [name_f]Clara[/name_f] to bare. All she wants is the storm to be weathered and for her parents happiness to return once more.

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[name_f]Wendy[/name_f] [name_f]Justine[/name_f] Galliss (8 months) is the youngest sister of [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] & [name_f]Clara[/name_f]. Although her favourite person is her mommy , she also loves when [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] & [name_f]Clara[/name_f] talk to her or try to make her laugh. She is in the process of teething and so cries often and would bite anything & everything if she was allowed to. She likes to explore the world and her parents have to always make sure she doesn’t hurt herself while doing so and crawling around the toy-filled armagedon that is their living room. She’s blissfully unaware of whatever her parents are arguing about. They try to keep quiet around their girls despite the tense atmosphere and if it wasn’t for [name_f]Clara[/name_f] being curious, the girls wouldn’t probably ever find out that something’s wrong.
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cw: criminal activity, relative in prison

[name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] " [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] " [name_f]Estelle[/name_f] Helmland (27) is [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and Wendy’s mother, as well as the sister-in-law of [name_f]Melody[/name_f] [technically, she and the father of her children aren’t legally married]. A photographer who specialises in weddings and birthday parties, getting pregnant at 18 wasn’t something [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] anticipated, however she’s always been pragmatic. This stems from her having a lot to contend with in the form of her older brother. Only 15 months her senior, Jazzs’ brother broke rules, tested boundaries and fought against authority from the age of 12 onwards. When his sister proved disinterested in joining him - [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] is like their father, preferring to keep a low profile and looking ahead - the siblings became fairly estranged. They moved in different social circles, pursued contrasting hobbies, and even at home, their paths seldom crossed. Her brother was usually out late at night, avoiding family dinners, and when he was around, rows between him and their mom dominated the household. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] knew her mother was desperate for him to stop being reckless and immature, but her pleas, and later shouts, fell on deaf ears.

The pregnancy was a turning point for the family. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] became the centre of attention, thanks to all the preparations and decisions that needed making, never mind communication between her parents and her boyfriend [the Galliss’ were unsurprisingly absent, given their self-interests always coming first]. This made Jazzs’ brother even more prone to behaving badly, as he thrived on the fact his parents were constantly fretting and debating what was going on with him, a string of petty crimes followed [Jazzs’ brother having begun breaking into cars when he was 17 alongside some friends], and - while he was waiting on bond following another attempted car theft - it culminated in him attempting to rob a local convenience store with a hunting knife.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt, however her brother was immediately arrested and this time, their parents refused to bail him out. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison total: 6 years for the robbery and an additional 4 for breaking the conditions of his release as well as the earlier string of crimes. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] managed to put this behind her with Audrey’s birth, and dedicated her time to raising her, then [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and now Wendy; while getting back into photography as a hobby. She’d stopped for a while when her brother attempted to steal and sell her camera, but the assurance increased her confidence, and people noticed the laidback, easy natured [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] was returning; whereas during the trial she’d been consumed by anxiety, struggling to sleep and exhausted with the changes pregnancy bought on top of emotional stress.

With her brother’s release date having now been given though, this has spelled conflict between [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] and her partner, resulting in the arguments [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and [name_f]Clara[/name_f] are aware of. Her parents have been insisting she makes some sort of contact with him, however Jazz’s partner is absolutely against this: he doesn’t trust his brother-in-law at all, and worries what the girls’ could be exposed to. While [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] ultimately agrees with him, she knows the conversations with her parents will be difficult, and the fact they’re so forgiving and hopeful leads to rows between the couple; as their children are the one’s whose wellbeing has to be prioritised. It’s frustrating but [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] also knows why they’re so desperate for her brother to have changed, and doesn’t want to completely give into despair, even if she can’t let her brother back into her life yet.

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[name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_u]Auden[/name_u] Galliss ( 27 ) is the partner of [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] , father of [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] , [name_f]Clara[/name_f] & [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] as well as brother of [name_f]Melody[/name_f].

[name_m]Peter[/name_m] is a fun-loving guy who would do anything for his daughters - when [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] wanted him to grow his hair long two years prior , he did it no questions asked. Now both [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] regularly tie their father’s hair in space buns, braids or whatever craziness they wish. He also sometimes lets them choose his outfit on weekends as a way to push them to dress up in the morning and quit laying in bed - which results in bizarre outfits like the one shown in the picture with a pizza-themed shirt. [name_m]Peter[/name_m] loves his daughters more than anyone - it meant a lot to him when [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] was named after his middle name as a spontanous decision on [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] 's part after the delivery. This really stuck with him as a sign that [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] values him as a person and wants the co-parenting and living together to work out. While there was no time for love and romance when he was struggling to get an apprenticeship as a mechanic working long hours to make something of himself while [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] was sitting at home with [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and her parents… As soon as he got enough money to buy a small condo for them and move out , the relationship quickly blossomed into something far more romantic than just co-parenting and that’s how they ended up having [name_f]Clara[/name_f] - who was named after [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] 's mother.

Other than being a mechanic , [name_m]Peter[/name_m] ’ s a fairly succesful Youtuber who visists tourists spots , does urban exploration and publishes podcasts with fun fucts about Las [name_u]Vegas[/name_u] , NV. The channel he operates with a friend recently hit 100k subscribers and so provides the Galliss family with extra income - although there have been subscribers here and there who were able to recognise [name_m]Peter[/name_m] , including at the coffee shops where [name_f]Melody[/name_f] works , which made [name_m]Peter[/name_m] extremely uncomfortable but he still awkardly posed for the selfie and went about his day.

Despite living in Elko , NV with his family he gets a lot of help from his friend who’s also an Elko resident but born and raised in the City of Sin - unlike [name_m]Peter[/name_m] , who grew up on the outsikrts of Scottsdale , [name_u]Arizona[/name_u] before moving out of state to live with [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] 's parents.

He tries to protect the girls from his budding fame by making them wear masks every time they enter the room while he’s recording - some instances where they make a sudden " cameo " cannot really be cut out of the video without making the whole thing all over again.

[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] 's classmates at primary school used to tease her about it and ask her whether her father is [name_u]Michael[/name_u] [name_u]Jackson[/name_u]. She would anwser " No, my father is [name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_m]Pan[/name_m] " referring to the nickname [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] gave her father herself due to how willing he was to play with his daughters and be silly - she even would shout at him " You should have your [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] " and boom , that’s how [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] and [name_m]Peter[/name_m] came up with the name of their youngest daughter. This made the teasing even worse , as the singer the kids were comparing [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] 's father to would also refer to himself as [name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_m]Pan[/name_m] .
[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] would be sad about the teasing but refuse to tell her parents what the matter was - [name_f]Clara[/name_f] finally confessed to them about what the truth was and then [name_m]Peter[/name_m] said that there was nothing insluting to him personally about being compared to [name_u]Michael[/name_u] [name_u]Jackson[/name_u] and that he was actually going to make an episode of the podcast about [name_u]Michael[/name_u] 's plan to return to musical prominence by setting up a huge statue in the [name_u]Nevada[/name_u] desert and setting up a disco and MJ-themed casino in the City Of Sin to do a return performance in. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] was surprised by her father’s extensive reaserch and the grandiosity of the plan that ultimately never came to fruition due to lack of funds. Since then she became an MJ fan and even started going to a modern dance class that her aunt [name_f]Melody[/name_f] often picks her up from. Her ambition is to one day be able to do the Smooth Criminal lean dance move.

[name_m]Peter[/name_m] remembers extactly how slight teasing deeply affected [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] emotionally and knows how much of a people pleaser she is. Therefore, he can’t even imagine what a destructive force like [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] 's brother could do to [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] , [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] 's wellbeing. He also knows that she agrees with him deep down - actually , he didn’t really know until she confessed it the previous night with tears in her eyes. He is ready to emotionally support [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] in any battle with her parents that might occcur as a result of [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] not letting her brother back into her life. [name_m]Peter[/name_m] also knows about the crush that one of his clients - an owner of a 3-year-old Hyundai Elantra and frequent visitor at the coffee shop where [name_f]Melody[/name_f] 's a barista - has on his sister. [name_m]Peter[/name_m] plans together with his sister’s friend to do something about it although he knows he must think of the plan when he’s not in the house or else [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and [name_f]Clara[/name_f] will babble everything out to [name_f]Melody[/name_f].

the source of the michael jackson Las Vegas Comeback mention - 4:19-5:09

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[name_u]Dutton[/name_u] [name_u]Rhett[/name_u] Hoffman (27) is Peter’s friend he shares his YouTube channel with. People would be surprised he’s born in [name_f]Alabama[/name_f] given he doesn’t have the stereotypical personality of someone who does but he’s got some good old [name_u]Southern[/name_u] charm on the inside and has a slight accent. It’s not nearly as thick as it was before, as his family jokes, but they’re always close and nice to one another. [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] doesn’t really have the God-fearing vibe but he respects his younger brother Daniel’s views and is happy for his engaged life with [name_f]Libby[/name_f], whom he finds absolutely perfect for him.

[name_u]Dutton[/name_u] really enjoys [name_m]Peter[/name_m] as a friend, with [name_m]Peter[/name_m] being his first true friend when he moved to Las [name_u]Vegas[/name_u], [name_u]Nevada[/name_u]. He loved [name_u]Vegas[/name_u] but wasn’t sure if Las [name_u]Vegas[/name_u] was for him and [name_m]Peter[/name_m] has helped him find new ways to truly enjoy it as his city. While [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] was the type to question authority if he believed someone was misusing or abusing power, he wouldn’t completely defy in the way Jazz’s brother did. He’s happy [name_m]Peter[/name_m] has been such a great inspiration for [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] and they make a great couple with their three daughters. He hopes the best for [name_f]Melody[/name_f] and the person crushing on her and if it’s meant to be then he really hopes it works out. [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] himself got into the dating game and has recently gone on a date with a woman and it’s hit off well, definitely getting a second date. He knows one date doesn’t really make them a couple since there’s so much the two haven’t yet learned about each other. Both of them are interested in knowing more about one another but the woman [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] went on a date with has something that could seriously turn dates away if it all turned out wrong - she’s actually pregnant. Not with Dutton’s baby. The conception obviously happened before the first date with [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] but she’s worried she could miss out on getting to know him if he knew she was carrying someone else’s child. [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] loves children, supporting all of Peter’s daughters but he is completely oblivious to his new date’s pregnancy. She worries if she should just come clean now before things get too serious between her and [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] but she’s also questioning if heavy topics are even appropriate for a second date. She wants to be just as fair to him as she will with her unborn child.

[name_u]Dutton[/name_u] finds Peter’s intrigue in [name_u]Michael[/name_u] [name_u]Jackson[/name_u] and [name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_m]Pan[/name_m] to be very breathtaking and finds his life inspirational. [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] always wished he had that energy but never felt any vengeful jealousy as it wasn’t in his nature. He knows all the ins and outs about Peter’s fandom given they make videos together and both men are skilled at the dance moves. [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] is also on a local pickleball professional, loving the game and the spirit. He currently lives near Peter’s house with his pet iguana, [name_m]Ike[/name_m].

Daniel was created by @Lindseylloyd052399.

Libby was created by @I_meme_it.

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[name_f]Alana[/name_f] [name_f]Kaitlin[/name_f] Ballis (28) is the woman [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] went on a date with, who’s recently learned of her pregnancy. A music producer who specialises in promotion and handling artists networking, Alana’s used to dealing with stress - especially given her clients reputations and public perceptions of them - this is something else all together. The man who got [name_f]Alana[/name_f] pregnant was a very brief relationship that she was eager to get out of: the guy in question was overly intense and pressured [name_f]Alana[/name_f] frequently to make huge decisions she wasn’t ready for, which is why she’s been careful with news of her pregnancy.

He has been informed, as [name_f]Alana[/name_f] knew things could explode if she hid it, however it took a lot of difficult phone calls and texts to get him to back off from the idea of forcing her into a nuclear family setup with him. This has come in the aftermath of her date with [name_u]Dutton[/name_u], and it’s been playing on her mind a lot. Their time together was absolutely wonderful - [name_f]Alana[/name_f] owns a pet gecko, [name_u]Claude[/name_u], and a tortoise named [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] - however she’s felt a lot of guilt at the idea of [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] feeling pressured to be there for her, or that he was lied to when they first saw each other.

The main person she’s confided in while navigating this situation has been her older sister, who’s already a mother to two children: Alana’s niece and nephew. She’s always been someone blunt and capable of giving sound advice, which is what [name_f]Alana[/name_f] knows she needs during this time. Above everything else, her unborn child is going to come first, but at the same time she doesn’t want to hurt [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] or reject him based on the fear she’s experienced. At least she’s been able to take time off work to figure everything out, as dealing with someone sparring with their ex on Twitter would probably push her into asking to go into witness protection!

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tw: drug addiction, abandonment, teen-pregnancy, depression

[name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] Ballis-Tyler (32) is Alana’s older sister. She’s both a social worker and the mom of two; a 4 year old boy; [name_u]August[/name_u] (Gussy), and a 1 year old girl; [name_f]Lorelei[/name_f]. She grew up the perfect, pretty eldest sister, and hid a lot of her feelings. After their mom left, [name_f]Jane[/name_f] and Alana’s father became addicted to drugs and [name_f]Jane[/name_f] ended up taking care of [name_f]Alana[/name_f] and their brother [name_u]Sam[/name_u] most of the time. She felt her life going down the drain, and had to figure things out when her brother got a girl pregnant at 15. On top of that, she was scared to go to college and leave her siblings, but when she met her future husband [name_u]Brennan[/name_u], he helped them get out of their situation and [name_f]Alana[/name_f] and [name_u]Sam[/name_u] were sent to live with their aunt while [name_f]Jane[/name_f] went to college.

Almost 10 years later, [name_f]Jane[/name_f] is struggling with her work, taking care of her children, and taking care of the siblings that she raised. When [name_f]Alana[/name_f] springs the news that she’s pregnant, [name_f]Jane[/name_f] is terrified, but promises to take care of her sister, and moves across town so she can be closer to her. [name_f]Jane[/name_f] is concerned that [name_f]Alana[/name_f] is going to get into a relationship with her baby daddy, and be thrown into a family situation similar to the one they grew up in. As a social worker, she is thinking of telling [name_f]Alana[/name_f] to give up her child to adoption, or at least stay away from [name_u]Dutton[/name_u].

Jane’s family has a dog named [name_u]Gio[/name_u], and he, her husband, and her children are the only things that seem to keep her going. She feels terrible, and she doesn’t know what to do. She’s burnt out from her terrible teenage years, but she knows she must be there for her family, unlike her mother.

She starts up a program for teenagers in her community to come and talk to people with the same situation, and to get a break from the chaos, and realizes it’s exactly what she needed as a child.

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[name_m]Sampson[/name_m] " [name_u]Sam[/name_u] " [name_u]Wyatt[/name_u] Ballis (25) is the youngest of the siblings, who did the most growing up in the shortest amount of time to put it lightly. Compared to his sister’s, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] seemed mostly off in his own world. [name_u]An[/name_u] imaginative child, he went off into his head to escape a turbulent environment, meaning having a conversation with [name_u]Sam[/name_u] in his childhood wasn’t an easy or straightforward situation. As he grew older, Sam’s escapism became his friends, and he usually spent time with them overnight, to escape witnessing more upsetting situations. Given his home environment, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] tended to be drawn to people raised in other dysfunctional places though, and they encouraged a sort of rebellion from convention to deal with upset. [name_u]Sam[/name_u] skipped school, smoked and went wandering at night often, embracing counter culture to try and find himself. He was very loyal to those he trusted, and out of his sister’s, [name_f]Alana[/name_f] was his first port of call when he wanted to talk, as their draw towards the arts meant [name_u]Sam[/name_u] felt she respected his interests more than the academically talented [name_f]Jane[/name_f].

The pregnancy of his girlfriend was a rough time for both of them. Their relationship was very casual thanks to their youth, and they bickered a lot when [name_u]Sam[/name_u] initially went to live with his aunt, as it increased the physical distance between the couple, with Sam’s girlfriend being terrified he’d abandon her and their unborn child now he didn’t have to see her on a structured basis. Briefly [name_u]Sam[/name_u] spoke to his aunt about moving in with his girlfriend’s family, however she talked him out of it, knowing the over compensation could breed resentment and propel him into making a rash decision. Instead, she and Sam’s daughters’ maternal grandparents mediated between the teens, allowing them to be on good terms by the time their child was born.

Subsequently, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] was able to finish high school and he then worked a series of jobs - none of which he liked much - to provide for his daughter, while training as a tattooist. The one thing [name_u]Sam[/name_u] never lost was his love of creating artwork, and he knew tattooing was what would make him happiest. Through saving and budgeting carefully - being called the king of frugal by [name_f]Alana[/name_f] affectionately - he was able to get an apartment close by to his daughter, and they’ve formed a lovely relationship. She spends 3 nights with one parent and 4 with the other on alternating weeks, and really, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] hasn’t been too interested in pursuing any romances while organising his life: he knows people won’t adapt that quickly to his life, nor does he expect it [and sometimes, [name_f]Alana[/name_f] wonders if he and his ex may reunite, as they’ve formed a very close bond…in truth, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] wouldn’t be opposed to it].

He tends to seem a little removed from things with his sister’s still [illusive is his preferred term thank you very much], but when [name_f]Alana[/name_f] revealed her pregnancy, [name_u]Sam[/name_u] offered his perspective. While he’s relieved she’s explained things to [name_u]Dutton[/name_u] - who understood her situation and gave her no grief, respecting the circumstances she’s experiencing - [name_u]Sam[/name_u] has emphasised that [name_f]Alana[/name_f] has time to contemplate her future, and that if she wants to keep her child, she should do so. Part of him admits it links to his own experiences as a teenage father, when people around him insisted [name_u]Sam[/name_u] wouldn’t mature into someone able to look after his daughter thanks to his past, and he’s striven hard to prove this wrong - as well as the stereotypes and stigma often attached to teenage and/or single parents.

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Naomi Annaliese Ballis (10) is Sam’s daughter. She has a great relationship with both of her young parents, and going back and forth between homes since she was a tiny kid has just become a part of her.

Her dad lives in a small, two-bedroom apartment, and she has 3 friends who live in her building; Jack, Maya, and Keira. At her dad’s house, she enjoys hanging out with her neighbors, playing video games with her dad, and learning to play guitar with him. While he’s young, he is still responsible and fun to be around and they have many traditions together, like the last day they have together that week, they go out for dinner. He always makes time for her and gets her to school on time, and sometimes she even gets to go to his tattoo parlor and watch him do tattoos.

Her mom’s house is much bigger, a two story, 4 bedroom home. Naomi doesn’t see her mom as much, since she’s a ER doctor (in-training) and isn’t always home. She spends a lot of her time with her mom’s fiancee, Aaron, and her 2 half-siblings, Elise (3) and Gavin (1). Her mom’s neighborhood is full of rich kids and Naomi hangs out with them but isn’t quite sure she fits in. She spends her time practicing piano and studying Spanish, and while she loves being with her mom, she doesn’t always feel like she’s part of her mom’s new family.

At school, Naomi is lucky that her friend Maya from her dad’s apartment building goes to her school. She’s one of Naomi’s best friends. Naomi also has two other besties; Emma and Scarlett. She enjoys art and Spanish classes the most. She just doesn’t always feel like she fits, because her apartment friends and her mom’s house friends are not friends with each other, and she feels weird to be friends with both. She just feels she is always stuck in the middle, no matter what.

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[name_f]Emryn[/name_f] “ [name_f]Emma[/name_f] “ [name_f]Desiree[/name_f] Hardle (10) is one of Naomi’s friends, and while she isn’t the daughter of teen parents, she’s close with her Uncle [name_u]Reggie[/name_u], who is 24 with no children. She and [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] have been friends since age 6, when they were in the same class together, and they weren’t in the same class for the next 3 years, but made their friendship stay strong with the help of [name_f]Maya[/name_f] and [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f]. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] and [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] are finally in the same class again this year which always makes them happy. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is one that likes to dress “girly but comfortable” and she has a lot of dresses, but they’re relatively casual dresses. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] gets this from her mother, who loves maxi dresses and [name_f]Emma[/name_f] claims she is going to do the same when she’s a mother too. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] knows one of she and Naomi’s buddies has separated parents and is worried these parents might get a divorce. [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] has been really close to this girl and has tried to help her navigate although [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] herself is worried this girl could feel distanced away from a side of her family, much like [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] is with her maternal side. [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f], and [name_f]Maya[/name_f] often make [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] feel better when she’s had doubts in her family life, something the Ballis family sometimes wishes for their circle of friends at times.

[name_f]Emma[/name_f] often comforts [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] when she feels “stuck in the middle”, especially having a parent like that, but more in the literal sense. This parent was the middle child between an older sibling who currently has a position on city council and is running for mayor alongside the youngest [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] who may be much younger at 24, but is already married and is the only one who wants to take up the role as heir to the Hardle parents’ coffee shop. [name_u]Truth[/name_u] is, that middle didn’t care for leadership, but felt pressure given the sibling dynamics. Neither of Emma’s parents really liked leadership and felt simply being parents to [name_f]Emma[/name_f] and her younger sister was enough. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] on the other hand likes it, although not as much as before. She used to always feel on top with her younger sister because she was the older one, but she’s come to her senses that her sister isn’t even 2 years younger than her, so she doesn’t need to be led by a 10-year-old. Still, [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is a kindhearted and comforting individual since the tragic passing of her sister’s goldfish [name_m]Bubba[/name_m]. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is more of a collaborator now than a leader especially given her friend group although [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is a smart kid aspiring into the engineering part of STEM. [name_f]Emma[/name_f] loves to invite [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] over for sleepovers and [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is also a big fan of pop music and chick flicks, something everyone in her family knows.

Reggie was created by me.

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[name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] [name_f]Bonnie[/name_f] Vessing (10) is the third member of the quartet, and generally presents herself as a fountain of knowledge, albeit a lot of this is second hand information. The daughter of a couple’s therapist, [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] often asks her mom for insight into things, and she’s usually met with kid appropriate feedback [although this doesn’t stop her from trying to eavesdrop on conversations between her mom and colleagues sometimes]. It’s always just between the two of them against the world, so Scarlett’s valuing of her mother is amplified by her increasing understanding of why her dad isn’t in the picture - and it’s undeniable who she considers her greatest hero to be, not that hiding it’s ever something she does.

There was a point where Scarlett’s mom was close friends with Naomi’s mother, however their relationship has been strained since Dr. Vessing cautioned against the relationship she was getting into with [name_m]Aaron[/name_m], feeling it was a substitution and quick fix for dealing with unaddressed attachment Naomi’s parents still had for one another. To say the conversation went poorly would be an understatement.

In spite of this, there was never any insistence the girls’ shouldn’t continue their friendship, and Scarlett’s does her best to offer [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] concrete answers for things. She’s got a tenacious side to her too, and has no problem arguing with the richer kids [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] hangs out with, many of whom can’t fathom or relate to the fact Scarlett’s from a single parent household: a deep source of frustration for her. Scarlett’s father left before she was born, citing the expectations of parenthood weren’t viable for him [which translated into him not wanting to give up his bachelor lifestyle and take responsibility for a child]. Too many questions about him push Scarlett’s buttons, and she isn’t the sort of person to hold back her comments when frustrated.

Thankfully, her mom’s found a positive outlet for this by encouraging her to join the debate team - something Scarlett’s already loving - and she journals her thoughts and feelings more. The future is something she’s more conflicted about. Part of [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] wants to follow her mom’s footsteps and focus on counselling other’s, however she also wants to fight for what she considers important, and knows activism would enable this. [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_f]Maya[/name_f] and [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] have convinced her she doesn’t have to decide right now though: a good thing, given Scarlett’s mastered the art of complaining when she feels like it.

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[name_f]Maya[/name_f] [name_f]Lois[/name_f] Gamden (10) is the last member of the group. [name_f]Maya[/name_f] is loud and funny, but she also keeps the peace. When [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] gets to be too much of a show-off or know-it-all, she always helps to dial it down. She’s been friends with [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] since they were 5 years old, when [name_f]Maya[/name_f] moved into the same apartment complex as Naomi’s father. When they found out they were in the same class the next year, they were both so excited, and they’ve been besties ever since.

[name_f]Maya[/name_f] lives with her mom, dad, and her older sister. Maya’s parents own a coffee shop and she spends many afternoons there. She likes to hang out in the break room. All the employees love [name_f]Maya[/name_f] and her sister [name_f]Elaina[/name_f], and [name_f]Maya[/name_f] loves them too. Her favorite is [name_u]Gabby[/name_u], the cool college student who works as a barista and always gives her the freshest scones and muffins. The apartment is right around the corner from the coffee shop, and on the way to school, so [name_f]Maya[/name_f] and [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] often stop there before or after school for a treat.

While [name_f]Maya[/name_f] hates the snobby rich kids at her school, she often finds herself wondering how [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] doesn’t like her mom’s house. She imagines herself living in that big home, with its huge backyard and the pool she doesn’t have to share with the loud and annoying neighbors. She also loves going to Emma’s house, since she has a trampoline and a dog, two things [name_f]Maya[/name_f] would die for. Still, she loves the apartment and the coffee shop, and all the friends she has there.

[name_f]Maya[/name_f] loves being in leadership. She likes to take charge but that job usually goes to [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f], so leadership allows her to be well, a leader, at least for a little bit. She also likes volunteering at the animal shelter, homeless shelter, and elderly home with her mom and sister. [name_f]Maya[/name_f] is also on her swim team and is very good. She’s made county in butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle! She likes to help out at the snack shack with her mom and her swim team friends, and she also likes to play with her friend Katie’s little siblings, [name_m]Anders[/name_m] and [name_u]Shiloh[/name_u], who are 5 and 3.

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