oh look, you’ve probably seen one of these before!
i’m lazy && i love these types of games, so here’s a cmd-v’d summary of the rules:
i’ll give a full name and age for a fictional person as well as an image of them. a paragraph of description as well (although this isn’t mandatory). the next person will create a person that is related to the previous person in some way (it doesn’t necessarily need to be by blood: it could be a friend, coworker, etc), then it continues.
hopefully that makes sense. here’s some people who i know like these types of games:
@kitkatcookie , @CherryBomb50 , @I_meme_it , @wandering_willow
Ryuna " [name_f]Luna[/name_f] " Hashimoto (17) is a rising senior in high school. She is the youngest of four siblings— all of them older brothers— and the only one to be born and raised in the U.S. What brought the Hashimoto family to the U.S was her dad’s job just a year before she was born, and she’s lived in [name_u]Boston[/name_u] her whole life. Being the only girl in the house made [name_f]Luna[/name_f], as stereotypical as it is, into a tomboy. Could you blame her, though? Her sibling closest in age with her is just a year older (and thus a grade above), and [name_f]Luna[/name_f] shares the best kind of sibling rivalry with him.
[name_f]Luna[/name_f] doesn’t have a lot of friends at school, and she likes it that way. She and her introverted friends exist outside of the student body hierarchy— friendly with the popular kids and friendly to the unpopular ones. [name_f]Luna[/name_f] probably would have ended up in the popular crowd if she wanted to, though, she went to the same school as her older brothers and they were the lives of multiple parties, apparently. She’s even seen some teachers wince when they realised she was related to them. Nonetheless, Luna’s very different from her siblings but gets along with them just fine.
Recently, though, she’s ended up in a group project with the captain of the girl’s varsity soccer team, and [name_f]Luna[/name_f] can’t get the girl out of her head. Her friends say it’s a crush, but [name_f]Luna[/name_f] refuses to believe that it is. Crushes are supposed to be pleasant! [name_f]Luna[/name_f] feels lightheaded and can’t seem to keep any trains of thought steady when she’s around her. Her brother closest in age with her has caught on, and for once has been actually talking to [name_f]Luna[/name_f] about it— for now they have a peaceful(?) truce.
[name_f]Divya[/name_f] Jayashri Tamboli (17) is the captain of the varsity soccer team, a rising senior, and Luna’s crush. She’s quite popular throughout the school, in part because of her status - her father is a cardiac surgeon, and her mother recently bought the local mall. There’s lots of speculation around her love life, but she likes to keep things to herself. In fact, she’s always been rather private. Though she has a ton of friends and is well-known at school, she only has two people she’s really close too. [name_f]Divya[/name_f] loves astrology (she’s a Scorpio). She’s not sure why, but Luna’s caught her eye lately. Maybe it’s her awkward, clumsy speech or her boyish charm. Regardless, she’s been on her mind. Divya’s really excited that her favorite band, Japanese Breakfast, is coming to town for a concert. Maybe she’ll ask [name_f]Luna[/name_f] along…
[name_f]Yulia[/name_f] [name_f]Angeline[/name_f] Vasnetsova (18) is another member of the group project and co-captain of the cheer squad, who’s general attitude towards things is getting them done to a high standard, but without an excess of friendliness. While she’s never rude or unpleasant, Yulia’s someone who prefers sticking with those she knows well and her introversion can be mistaken for snobbery by those who merely know her on reputation basis; especially when combined with her inclination to perfectionism, and how she’s no stranger to aspiring for success. Yulia’s the eldest child born to her parents, and emigrated to [name_u]Boston[/name_u] when she was 12, still speaking with a noticeable accent - although she started speaking [name_f]English[/name_f] when she was younger, due to her mother working as a translator in the legal system - and has a good relationship with her brother, attributing it to the fact he’s significantly younger than her. As someone who prefers her space, to practise routines or just relax listening to her mp3, the fact he’s ten and interested in completly different things works well for both siblings - never mind their parents, who worried a bit about the wait to have their youngest child.
When it comes to cheerleading matters, Yulia’s much more forthcoming. She’s organised, dedicated and very supportive of her teammates, being confident in any kinds of contortion or acrobatics as she’s been doing gymnastics since she was four - and is factoring it into her uni applications, alongside her chosen subject of Literature. [name_m]Reading[/name_m] is something Yulia’s capable of doing for hours on end, surprising given she also enjoys creating mini-spa routines for herself and her mum or going thrifting with friends; seemingly fulfilling a lot of assumptions about cheerleaders in what she enjoys overtly - but she’s very clear its her business and no-one else’s to judge, as she isn’t hurting anyone by making her own face masks. Her closest friends are fellow immigrants - be they first generation like [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] herself or otherwise - and her co-captain is the first friend she ever made once she’d settled down in [name_u]America[/name_u], weathering a lot of questions until they became close.
Something [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] is comfortable being openly sentimental about is her pet cat, [name_f]Vasilisa[/name_f], who’s now pretty much a granny in animal years, and absolutely adores by her. Her parents are discussing getting another cat and Yulia’s friends joke a lot about her struggling to handle school life when doting on both cats, but the prospect of a kitten has the whole squad excited (and Yulia’s jokingly warned her parents about the influx of guests they’ll have - not that they ever mind having people over).
[name_u]Morgan[/name_u] [name_f]Astoria[/name_f] [name_m]Burns[/name_m] (18) is co-captain of the cheerleading squad and Yulia’s best friend. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] is a Canadian national who immigrated to the U.S because of her father’s job. If you took one look at [name_u]Morgan[/name_u], you would have never guessed she was part of the cheerleading squad: she’s a punk through and through and is usually dress-coded at least once a week because her spikes on her leather jackets are considered “weapons”. [name_m]Even[/name_m] though [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] gets in trouble with school administration a lot, she gets a soft pass because she’s an excellent student— most teachers like her due to her work ethic and general disposition.
Her mother and father are part of the punk subculture as well: her mother is a metal scream voice coach and her father makes custom guitars. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] vaguely remembers the story of how they were both in a band together, and she thinks it’s the greatest love story out there. Truthfully, [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] doesn’t know what she wants to do at university. She likes literature and thought about being a literature major, but she also wants to do music on the side. Not to mention how biochemistry has been calling her name since day one. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] knows that her parents would support her no matter what she chooses, but it’s the fact that she can’t choose. [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] has been very patient with her, and often listens to Morgan’s debate to herself whether or not she should double major in something. Like [name_f]Yulia[/name_f], she is the eldest of her siblings as well— she has two younger brothers. The brother closest in age to her is also punk, but the youngest one calls them “weird” and dresses like a frat boy. Morgan’s not very close with him, but she does put him in his place when she needs to.
Outside of cheerleading, Morgan’s in a indie rock/pop punk/folk punk (they like those genres a lot) band called Point of No Return and is their face and lead singer.They have a small, niche , but dedicated fanbase and have played small gigs around [name_u]Boston[/name_u] before. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] operates under the stage name Morgue, which she feels is quite fitting. All their names are related to death somehow, which is odd considering her bandmates/friend group (which includes Yulia) are very happy people. One day, [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] did a livestream on the band’s Instagram page of her before cheer practise, and everyone freaked out over [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] without her signature makeup and cheerleading outfit. She still finds that day very amusing.
Her squad, while most don’t listen to her genre of music, do promote Point of No Return on their socials a lot. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] finds that very sweet, and does love the squad. She can tell some of the younger squad members find some of her friends scary looking, which she jokes about with her friends.
[name_u]Morgan[/name_u] and [name_f]Vasilisa[/name_f] get along very well, and [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] has some videos of [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] using baby talk with her cat. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] is (jokingly) afraid that they’re going to be leaked.
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m] " [name_m]Xander[/name_m] " [name_u]Wyatt[/name_u] [name_m]Devereaux[/name_m] (18) is the drummer in Point of No Return
and uses the stage name Tomb. He’s good friends with both [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] and [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] and has been since he immigrated from [name_u]France[/name_u] when he was 15. [name_m]Xander[/name_m] is quite different from [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] in terms of what to do at college. He already knows he wants to be an architect and has sent out applications to a few colleges already.
[name_m]Xander[/name_m] has a sister who is a year younger and he often worries about her. The two are very close even if she often jokingly says he smothers her. He knows it’s probably somewhat irrational but after losing their mom he is paranoid that something will happen to his sister too. [name_m]Xander[/name_m] and his dad have a more complicated relationship though and don’t get along very well. Whether it be the band, his hopes of becoming an architect, or his girlfriend, his dad has something negative to say. At this point, he can’t wait until he finishes high school and goes to college.
Though [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] is close with [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] and [name_f]Yulia[/name_f], his best friend is on the debate club. They live next door to each other and he’s always been glad that he was able to make a good friend here. [name_m]Xander[/name_m] and his girlfriend started dating last year and he plans to do a big and absolutely cheesy promposal. Something that most of the school body would be surprised about as he does not give off a romantic and cheesy vibe outwardly. He’s forcibly enlisted [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] and [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] to help him and hopes everything will go smoothly.
tw: censored mentions of domestic violence
[name_u]Aster[/name_u] [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_u]Montgomery[/name_u] (18) is the bassist of Point of No Return and uses the stage name Bones. [name_u]Aster[/name_u] is trying to convince [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] to pursue music with them at [name_u]Berklee[/name_u] College of Music; they’ve known for a while that they want to continue music for a long time. They’ve sent their application already, but they want [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] to do it, too.
[name_u]Aster[/name_u] is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. They came out to their parents, and they were nothing but supportive, immediately adapting to their new pronouns. [name_u]Aster[/name_u] knows that [name_m]Xander[/name_m] doesn’t have a good relationship with his parents and has offered their place as a secondary home if needed. [name_u]Aster[/name_u] always offered to let their friends stay if their home life wasn’t safe— they learned this when their aunt had to stay with them for two years because she was escaping her abusive ex-husband. [name_m]Even[/name_m] though Xander’s situation was wildly different, [name_u]Aster[/name_u] figured that the idea of having a sanctuary away from the chaos would be a comforting thought.
Though [name_u]Aster[/name_u] is quiet, sweet, and a little dorky offstage, their personality does a 180 on stage. They don’t know why, but something about standing in front of a crowd and hearing them cheer for the band gives them a confidence they never have. It’s gotten to the point where they’ve been flirting with [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] on stage— and she’s reciprocating. [name_u]Aster[/name_u] has had a massive crush on [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] since they met in freshman year, and they hope this newfound confidence can help them confess to [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] down the line.
mw: toxic relationships (possessive behaviour)
[name_f]Adelia[/name_f] " [name_f]Elle[/name_f] " [name_u]Wren[/name_u] [name_m]Burroughs[/name_m] (18) is the lead guitarist of Point Of No Return, who also tends to play a lot of the alternate instruments heard on recordings, including violin and flute. Known by her stage name Sever, Elle’s always easygoing and someone you can talk to, although don’t try and set her up on a date with anyone as right now she’s really not in the mood or right state of mind to try anything right now. Elle’s not only the newest member of the group - being the last recruited - but also to the school itself, moving from [name_u]Phoenix[/name_u] to [name_u]Boston[/name_u] two years ago. This is where her problem started: her then-boyfriend in [name_u]Arizona[/name_u] took the newfound long distance hard and began trying to pressure [name_f]Elle[/name_f] into moving back to live with his family, in spite of her not wanting to leave her parents and younger siblings behind. It got to a point where she knew she had to end things before they became completely unbearable, and while it hurt - as she opened up a lot to him - Elle’s glad she stood her ground, as she has a feeling he would’ve only gotten more possessive if she’d caved; already showing signs of jealousy whenever she mentioned new friends of either gender - as she’s bi.
While healing means a lot to her and she mostly talks with [name_f]Yulia[/name_f] about this, as she doesn’t want to dampen Xander’s plans or dissuade [name_u]Aster[/name_u] from expressing their feelings for [name_u]Morgan[/name_u]. Unbeknownst to most people, Elle’s adopted and she was born in Mozambique, having been fostered by her parents initially at eight months old. She’s quite a bit older than her siblings - one’s thirteen, one’s eight and the other’s three - with only her second youngest actually being the biological child of their parents, but there’s no favouritism, and [name_f]Elle[/name_f] credits her love of music to her mom, who also has played folk since she was in her late teens (but more as a hobby). Through talking to [name_f]Yulia[/name_f], she’s decided to learn more about her birth culture and is considering incorporating traditional Southeast African instruments or sounds into some of the music she’s working on writing. Elle’s also going out to Mozambique for part of gap year, instead of immediately pursuing university, and will be away for three months; but she’s given her bandmates plenty of notice about this, as it’s a very important part of her future.
She owns two pet guinea pigs - [name_u]Dandelion[/name_u] and [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] - who live in her room to give them peace from excited children constantly in the family home, and her’s is probably the worst place for band practise as one of Elle’s siblings always pops up to ask questions or just loiter to annoy her. This is with the exception of the youngest, who she jokingly calls her favourite, and absolutely dotes upon.
[name_f]Naiara[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Nan[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Alisa[/name_f] Pimienta (18) is a friend of Elle’s, and also the girlfriend of [name_m]Xander[/name_m]. The third of four siblings, [name_f]Nan[/name_f] was born when her family were visiting her maternal grandparents in Chile, which is where her mom grew up and her dad’s parents emigrated from; so she became the first to be granted duel citizenship - something she fully plans on taking advantage of in the future, as [name_f]Nan[/name_f] wants to continue exploring this part of her culture. She’s a standout in textiles classes and plans on studying Fashion Branding with Communication: desiring to become a designer herself, with a style focusing on blending traditional Chilean patterns and fabrics into editorial looks.
In contrast to Xander’s father, Nan’s parents not only encourage her future plans but have no issues with the two’s relationship, and are very welcoming to any of their children’s partners (with one exception, her older sister’s ex, but the whole Pimienta family would rather not give too much thought to him). She’s the first to admit music isn’t an especial talent or source of knowledge for her, but fully supports Point of No Return and wants nothing more than to see them succeed: both as a group and individually - and thanks to being with [name_m]Xander[/name_m], she’s come to educate herself more in the world he inhabits.
Something [name_f]Nan[/name_f] is absolutely clueless about Xander’s plans for a proposal. This is mostly because the major conversation they had about marriage focused on her desire to have a long engagement (to go through motions such as living together and handling finances), as she doesn’t like rushing anything. There’s no underlying reason behind this, she’s always been a planner who likes to know what she’s getting into - but this reliability is what makes her friends and siblings love her dearly, as Nan’s always there when you need her. One of Nan’s best friends belongs to the debate team and they have some suspicions about what Xander’s planning but don’t want to spoil the surprise.
[name_m]Camilo[/name_m] [name_u]Gabriel[/name_u] “ [name_u]Cam[/name_u] “ Pimienta (18) is the brother of [name_f]Nan[/name_f]. They’re not twins, but were born 9 months apart- [name_u]Cam[/name_u] being born in [name_u]November[/name_u], and [name_f]Nan[/name_f] in [name_u]July[/name_u]. As a result of the close age gap, [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and [name_u]Cam[/name_u] have always been very close and [name_u]Cam[/name_u] has always been a little too protective of [name_f]Nan[/name_f]- for instance, when one little boy put gum in Nan’s hair in kindergarten, [name_u]Cam[/name_u] slapped the kid and started a fight. [name_u]Cam[/name_u] was sent straight to the principal’s office, and [name_f]Nan[/name_f] had to cut her hair short as a result of the incident- she cried for hours proclaiming that she looked like a boy, but [name_u]Cam[/name_u] comforted her and stood by her telling her how beautiful she was. [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and [name_u]Cam[/name_u] were inseparable in school, and if anyone tried to pick on [name_f]Nan[/name_f] they got [name_u]Cam[/name_u]- and nobody wanted to mess with him. Their other two siblings were also overly protective of [name_f]Nan[/name_f], her being the baby and all. When [name_f]Nan[/name_f] got a boyfriend, [name_m]Camilo[/name_m] was instantly shocked and infuriated and would make an effort to follow them around just so [name_f]Nan[/name_f] didn’t get hurt. [name_f]Nan[/name_f] yelled at him and he stopped but he’s still a bit protective of his “kid sister.” But when [name_u]Cam[/name_u] really met [name_m]Xander[/name_m] he left his guard down and realized quickly that he wasn’t a threat.
Like [name_f]Nan[/name_f], [name_u]Cam[/name_u] has dual citizenship and often visits his grandparents’ home- he loves the warm temperatures of Chile and getting to visit his extended family- aunts, uncles, cousins, etcetera. However, [name_u]Cam[/name_u] also loves [name_u]Boston[/name_u] despite the chaos of city life. He’s planning on going to college wherever [name_f]Nan[/name_f] does, whether that be Chile or [name_u]Boston[/name_u]. He’s happy to be wherever as long as he knows she’s safe- but [name_f]Nan[/name_f] doesn’t appreciate this as much as she used to. When [name_u]Cam[/name_u] got a girlfriend (who he’s still dating), [name_f]Nan[/name_f] screamed at him and called him a hypocrite, and asked him to just let her date in peace- which he’s agreed to. Despite how strict and overprotective he is, [name_u]Cam[/name_u] definitely has a life outside of [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and is probably going to receive a full ride scholarship- he’s a great football player and can tackle anyone, and he says it’s a way to get his anger out. He’s working in retail now and trying to save up money for college…
rhodes dimitri rho stewart (17) is cam’s best friend. rho met cam (and nan) in kindergarten after rho stuck some gum in nan’s hair as a prank and cam punched him. rho ended up in the principal’s office with cam as a result and after rho throughly apologized, the two boys became fast friends. while he and cam were not inseparable in school like cam and nan were, rho has always been there for cam. when nan first told cam of her boyfriend, cam went to rho to vent about feeling betrayed by his little sister. thankfully rho was able to knock some sense into cam before his anger issues got the better of him.
like cam, rho is on the football team. while cam is the team’s star quarterback, rho is a linebacker. rho initially only joined so he would have something to do after school ended, but he quickly realized he was really good at being a defensive player. he’s not expecting a scholarship for his skills, so he decided to dual major in sports management & physical therapy and work as a professional team’s athletic trainer. he knows it’s going to cost a lot of money, so he got a job in retail with cam to start saving up.
rho’s biggest secret is that he’s in love with cam. cam has known for years that rho likes men; he was actually the first person rho told. rho knows he could never tell cam because no. 1, it would ruin his and cam’s friendship and no. 2, it would ruin cam’s relationship with his girlfriend. rho’s known cam’s girlfriend since they were babies and if she found out she would certain break up with cam to give rho a chance.
tw- abandonment of a child
[name_f]Audrie[/name_f] Junfei Wu-Perry (18) is the girlfriend of [name_m]Camilo[/name_m] Pimienta, and she’s really good friends with Rho. She knows [name_f]Nan[/name_f] but only through her boyfriend, and Nan’s very stingy and closed-off towards her, considering [name_u]Cam[/name_u] encourages [name_f]Nan[/name_f] to not date while he’s dating someone. [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] tells [name_u]Cam[/name_u] that he’s being unfair, but she sees where he’s coming from- after all, Audrie’s a very understanding person, and she’s open to all situations. When [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] was born, she was left in a box and found on a street in Beijing. She was adopted by her parents when she was only a week old- they already had another child but they instantly clicked, and Audrie’s older brother doted on her. Audrie’s parents decided to hyphenate her last name with theirs, as her biological parents left a note claiming her name was Junfei Wu. [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] tries not to focus on the fact that she was abandoned, and she’s trying to move on from it.
[name_f]Audrie[/name_f] and Rho met through their parents- they’re family friends and have known each other forever. Rho came out to [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] a few weeks after he did to [name_u]Cam[/name_u], and [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] has her suspicions that something might be happening between the two, but she brushes it off instantly. She’s at every one of [name_u]Cam[/name_u] and Rho’s games, cheering the loudest. Her friends jokingly tell her that she’ll break the bleachers, and she shrugs it off. She’s always texting [name_u]Cam[/name_u] cute little notes and leaving him drawings in his locker. [name_u]Cam[/name_u] appreciates it greatly- despite [name_f]Nan[/name_f] trying to avoid her brother’s gf, [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and Cam’s other sister is very close with [name_f]Audrie[/name_f]- [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] looks up to her and sees her as the big sister she never had. [name_f]Audrie[/name_f] isn’t sure whether Rho likes [name_u]Cam[/name_u], but she’s going to support them either way.
[name_f]Catriona[/name_f] Soojin " [name_f]Cat[/name_f] " [name_u]Lee[/name_u] (18) is an acquaintance of [name_f]Audrie[/name_f], Rho, [name_u]Cam[/name_u], and [name_f]Nan[/name_f] through [name_f]Elle[/name_f] and the rest of the band. [name_f]Cat[/name_f] is the band’s social media manager and PR person, making posters for events the band plays for. Initially, [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] asked [name_f]Cat[/name_f] if she wanted to be in the band, but [name_f]Cat[/name_f] declined. It wasn’t because [name_f]Cat[/name_f] doesn’t like alternative music, nor is it because she can’t play any instruments— she sometimes subs for the guitarists if either of them can’t make it to practise— it’s because she has horrible stage fright. [name_f]Cat[/name_f] has Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and while it’s gotten a lot better through therapy and self-soothing techniques, the idea of being on stage freaks her out so bad that she can’t bear to think about it.
Her GAD is also why a lot of people think [name_f]Cat[/name_f] is unapproachable— her anxiety manifests in irritability and her insistence that she’ll do most things herself. Which is why she told [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] that maybe one day she could join them on stage— though [name_f]Cat[/name_f] did mention that since the spots were all filled there wasn’t a point anymore. [name_f]Cat[/name_f] made a little joke about if they wrote a song with a piano instrumental, she could play something for them, but now she’s worried that Morgan’s going to actually write a song just so [name_f]Cat[/name_f] can come on stage (spoilers: [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] is currently doing that).
[name_m]Even[/name_m] though [name_f]Cat[/name_f] is close to Point of No Return’s members, her best friend is vice president of the National Honours Society. [name_f]Cat[/name_f] is the president, and they’re revered (and reviled) for their excellent grades by underclassmen. Though [name_f]Cat[/name_f] wants to pursue graphic design at university, pressure from her parents to go into medical school has caused her to take many science courses throughout her high school career— which cemented her path into the field. [name_f]Elle[/name_f] had vaguely mentioned that she could switch majors immediately as she goes into university, but Cat’s afraid of what her parents are going to say. Her parents also pressured her artistic older brother into becoming a lawyer, and while he’s very successful, she knows he isn’t happy. Cat’s older brother rarely calls due to his schedule, and when he does, he only calls [name_f]Cat[/name_f].
[name_f]Cat[/name_f] can thank her pet cat, Moonie, for keeping her sane in her household. He’s old but very affectionate, and all of her friends love him.
mw: parental abandonment
[name_u]Demeter[/name_u] " [name_f]Demi[/name_f] " [name_f]Colette[/name_f] [name_m]Radbourne[/name_m] (18) is Cat’s best friend and right-hand woman when it comes to the National Honours Society. She’s also the main confident when it comes to Cat’s uncertainties about her future, and tries her best to help counsel her about the major decision she’s facing at university. [name_f]Demi[/name_f] wants to see [name_f]Cat[/name_f] happy, more than anything else, but understands the complexities of family; partially because of her own circumstances. Following the sudden passing of her mother when she was seven - who lost her life to cancer - Demi’s father abandoned her with her grandma, promising it would just be a weekend visit and promptly disappearing from her life for the next 4 years, and even when he came back from his bender in Vegas; it was clear parenting didn’t interest him, and Demi’s told [name_f]Cat[/name_f] in private that she’s happy being an only sibling because it’s spared her from seeing anyone else subjected to the same painful rejection.
While she knows she’s going to major in biochemistry, what’s important to [name_f]Demi[/name_f] is staying close to her grandma, the person she cares for more than anyone else for her kindness and lack of resentment about taking in a child suddenly. Her grandma’s passed on her cookery skills to [name_f]Demi[/name_f] too, something a little funny given she’s known for her academic prowess, and she’s made snacks for the Point of No Return members when she’s attended practise before - as although Demi’s seen as quite aloof and evasive in the general school network, she’s got a very thoughtful and patient side to her. If [name_f]Cat[/name_f] ever wants to get away from the pressures of her parents, Demi’s grandma is more than happy for her to stay round and insists on doting upon her the same way she does with Demi; something her granddaughter finds ridiculously sweet.
Because they’ve got more classes together, Demi’s knows [name_f]Nan[/name_f] better than some of her other friends, partially because they’ve also attended band practise as “plus one’s”, and quietly disapproves of how [name_m]Camilo[/name_m] got involved in her relationship with [name_m]Xander[/name_m]. Conflict is something Demi’s generally got little time for - she saw enough erupt between her dad and grandma when he was pretending he wanted custody of her again, solely to impress his new girlfriend - but she’ll fight for those she’s close to, even if it’s in subtler ways: such as how she talks to [name_f]Cat[/name_f]. [name_f]Demi[/name_f] does talk with quite a flat affect though, which means she and her friends joke she permanently sounds unenthusiastic or over things; a veritable superpower in the high school world.
[name_m]Trigger[/name_m] Warning: Mental Health Issues
[name_m]Emeric[/name_m] [name_u]Daniel[/name_u] VanHausen (18) is another member of the National Honours Society and friendly acquaintance of [name_f]Demi[/name_f] and [name_f]Cat[/name_f], although he wouldn’t call them friends just yet - something he attributes to his own shyness around those he considers impressive. A little ironically, [name_m]Emeric[/name_m] is best friends with [name_m]Xander[/name_m], belonging to the debate team, and these skills came in handy when [name_u]Cam[/name_u] decided it was his right to police Nan’s love life. While he avoids any heated discussions outside of debating like the plague, Emeric’s loyalty to his best friend gave him more confidence during that crisis, but he still feels unhappy, as [name_f]Nan[/name_f] went through a lot of pain and clearly doesn’t trust her brother the same way anymore; causing her to withdraw in the family dynamic, a concern to her parents and [name_m]Xander[/name_m], who comes to [name_m]Emeric[/name_m] for advise on how to help his girlfriend.
Although he’s not an expert with dating, Emeric’s empathy and kindness allow him to help people easily, which is why he wants to become a psychotherapist when he graduates. There’s a history of mental illness in his family, which appeared most recently in his older sister, who suffered a total mental breakdown at college 6 months ago, which no-one saw coming, not even his sister herself. He’s confided in [name_m]Xander[/name_m] about this and they’re practically inseparable, even with how devoted to [name_f]Nan[/name_f] the drummer is. Emeric’s kept his sister’s breakdown secret from gossip though as he can’t stand the idea of people using her as a source of entertainment and only 2 friends aside from [name_m]Xander[/name_m] are aware of the family situation. She’s now home again, a considerable relief to [name_m]Emeric[/name_m], and the two have resumed their childhood tendency of going on bike rides together as a means of finding some freedom from stresses and worries; which means a lot to him.
[name_f]Hope[/name_f] I’m alright to crash into this forum!
@cara_murvolio , welcome !!! <3
tw: censored description of stalking
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u] [name_u]Sage[/name_u] Michaelson (18) is another member of the National Honours Society, an acquaintance of [name_f]Demi[/name_f], [name_f]Cat[/name_f], and [name_m]Emeric[/name_m], and secretary of the student council. She’s a bit closer to [name_f]Cat[/name_f] than the others— though [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] hasn’t hung out with her yet, they’re in multiple classes together and are more in-class friends. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] recently sent a text to [name_f]Cat[/name_f] asking if she wanted to get lunch with her someday, but she hasn’t gotten a response yet. Rowan’s best friend tells her to be patient, but she’s nervous about it. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] has moderate ADHD and can occasionally be bad at social cues, and she would hate it to have made [name_f]Cat[/name_f] feel uncomfortable.
Rowan’s also in the debate team with [name_m]Emeric[/name_m], and her skills came in handy as well when she caught [name_u]Cam[/name_u] stalking his sister around in school. She’s told him to knock it off several times until he finally stops, but [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] still keeps an eye on him. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] is especially sensitive to stalkers— her older sister had a crazy ex-boyfriend who’s tried to climb into her window multiple times after the breakup and has threatened Rowan’s life if her sister didn’t talk to him again. Thankfully, her older sister got a protective order against him, and he’s no longer a concern. Due to the previous situation, [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] feels that Cam’s behaviour could have easily turned dangerous if she didn’t intervene. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] has reached out to [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and told her that she’d be there if the girl ever needed to talk, and [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] hopes [name_f]Nan[/name_f] will take her advice.
As a prospective humanities major, [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] is the odd one in her circle of friends. The group of six is filled with two science majors, one pre-med student, one mathematics major (which [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] will never understand), and two physics majors. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] wants to become a journalist or lawyer, and her field was only secured even further when she saw all the shit her friends needed to go through. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] loves her friends, though, and she knows they’ll go on and do amazing things.
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u] is the second eldest of five siblings and lives with four of them at the moment. The eldest child, Rowan’s sister, has an apartment near Rowan’s dream school, and [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] plans on moving there if she ever gets accepted there.
[name_f]Blossom[/name_f] [name_f]Susannah[/name_f] Ewell-Porter (18) is Rowan’s best friend and an aspiring ecology student. This confuses a lot of people aside from the natural sciences part of her plans, as Blossom’s the daughter of record shop owners who gave her and her brother - who’s just turned 14 which makes him the height of maturity as far as he’s concerned - very bohemian names, as well as raising them to be heavily invested in environmental concerns. Her friendship with [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] began when they were only seven, when they were placed in the same art class and [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] was the only person who liked Blossom’s very chaotic approach to expression: not really wanting to draw anything but instead wanting maximum colour in all her artwork. This mirrors her nature, as Blossom’s a vibrant personality who knows tonnes of trivia and factoids: things she attributes to her social skills becoming more rounded as she’s grown up. It also makes her extra supportive of Rowan’s desires to reach out to [name_f]Cat[/name_f], but Blossom’s never going to overstep or try and tell her friend what to do.
The two became closer when the Michaelson’s dealt with the stalking of Rowan’s older sister and Blossom’s mothers’ let her stay over whenever she wanted, as well as spending a lot of time talking to Rowan’s parents about how they could help. This is why [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] feels so strongly about standing against any kind of unfair control - including how people treat the environment and disregard warnings about improving energy sources and preventing pollution; leading to her attending a lot of protests, some of which her friends accompany on her on (and they always approve of her signs before she heads out to make a stand). Her mom actually signed her up to a mini-law course so [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] knows her rights if anyone tries arresting her, and she’s passed it onto her friends for when they come with.
There’s a rumour one of their other friends may have a crush on [name_f]Blossom[/name_f], but she’s quite unaware of this because she’s naturally affectionate and doesn’t see herself as dating material because of how strong her platonic bonds are. She and one of the other group members attend kickboxing classes with Rowan’s sister, and [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] will openly admit to having always idolised her: she basically was the older sibling [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] always wanted, as she’ll tell you she isn’t built to be the firstborn and insists her mom’s should’ve started their family before her as a long running joke. Blossom’s also become friendlier with [name_m]Emeric[/name_m] recently and has invited him to hang out with their group when he’s not with [name_m]Xander[/name_m] or his sister, as his debating skills seriously impressed her, as well as his loyalty to his best friend in a difficult time. Once you impress [name_f]Blossom[/name_f], she’ll go out of her way to let you know and has no shame writing her friends little notes expressing her pride in them.
[name_m]Cosmo[/name_m] ’ [name_u]Moe[/name_u] ’ [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] Ewell-Porter (14) is Blossom’s younger brother and, as mentioned, practically an adult in his own right now he’s on the cusp of leaving middle school for high school. In spite of how his desire to be seen as mature causes a lot of amusement for his mom’s and sister, they won’t deny [name_u]Moe[/name_u] isn’t a naturally kind-hearted boy who does his best to be there for his friends and won’t let anyone be mistreated. He’s gotten into trouble a few times for picking fights with bullies - even those who don’t bother the people he’s close with - and his moms’ have felt torn on how to handle this: they’re proud of [name_u]Moe[/name_u] hating to see anyone mistreated, but are trying to convince him to use words instead of actions.
While he’ll never admit it, he does think his sister and her friend’s are pretty cool, but no-one can know this; especially as he’s friends with the younger sibling of another member of [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] and Rowan’s group, and it’s an unspoken rule you can’t praise them because some day, their gang will be on that level, and it could kill the hype. Some people at Moe’s middle school find his record collection impressive (he’s very proud), as he asks his parents to save him specific copies, and has expressed interest in inherting the business Vinyl [name_f]Fantasy[/name_f] once he’s older. He’s starting to become invested in the environment too, and has accompanied [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] to some protests, where he and his sister have been able to talk on more of a similar level now they’re both much calmer people than their wild old selves.
[name_f]Daisy[/name_f] [name_f]Cora[/name_f] Ewell-Porter (née Ewell) (46) is [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] and Cosmo’s mom- or one of them anyway. [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] and [name_m]Cosmo[/name_m] were both adopted, and [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] welcomed them both with open arms. She’s the only child in her family and her parents supported her when she told them she had a girlfriend- who later became her wife and [name_m]Cosmo[/name_m] and Blossom’s other mama. Her parents weren’t as nice about it, and they don’t even know [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] or [name_u]Moe[/name_u] exists. [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] is a teacher at Moe’s school- she’s the social worker and talks to just about everyone. She hates when [name_u]Moe[/name_u] is falsely accused and blamed when he does the right thing- stand up for people in need. She tries to talk it through with the teachers but they all dismiss her and her inclinations as “favoritism,” which angers her.
She’s been talking to a lot of students recently, including Moe’s friend in Blossoms’s friend group, whose home life has spun out of control- [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] wants to help but she doesn’t want to call CPS, as she knows it might not be helpful. [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] is conflicted right now and she doesn’t want to spill other peoples business especially not to their friends but she’s scared if she doesn’t do something nobody’s going to…
Apart from doing counselor work she also runs a record shop with her wife and she enjoys it though her schedule is tight. She also attends protests and marches with her children. She is very passionate about the environment.
tw: censored description of a panic attack
[name_f]Adelyn[/name_f] " [name_f]Addie[/name_f] " [name_f]Faye[/name_f] [name_u]Kingston[/name_u] (17) is a part of [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] and Blossom’s group and is Blossom’s next door neighbour. The new kid at school, [name_f]Addie[/name_f] befriended [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] first before realising they were going to school together— she saw [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] at a shared science class on the first day of school. [name_f]Blossom[/name_f] soon introduced [name_f]Addie[/name_f] to the rest of her friends, and even though she’s a grade below them, [name_f]Addie[/name_f] fit in seamlessly. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] initially hoped that [name_f]Addie[/name_f] was an art major, but it’s the opposite— Addie’s the pre-med student who rounded our group. [name_f]Addie[/name_f] is interested in fashion and art, but her real passion lies in medicine, specifically surgery. [name_f]Addie[/name_f] grew up around medicine, the daughter of a family doctor and a general surgeon, and thinks it’s the closest thing to becoming a superhero (the occupation she initially wanted at seven years old).
[name_f]Addie[/name_f] wasn’t there when the drama with [name_f]Nan[/name_f] and [name_u]Cam[/name_u] happened, and she’s glad she’s narrowly missed it. The reason why [name_f]Addie[/name_f] switched schools was that her previous friend group at her old school fractured horribly: there was so much backstabbing and gossip, and [name_f]Addie[/name_f], not wanting to be involved in any of it, was stretched thin trying to play mediator for all her friends. It got to the point where [name_f]Addie[/name_f] had panic attacks when she saw specific people pop up on her notifications. When Addie’s mum found her daughter curled up into a ball and sobbing into her phone, the family decided [name_f]Addie[/name_f] had to switch schools for her mental well-being. [name_f]Addie[/name_f] goes to therapy and is processing her trauma, but she has told her current friends that she hopes they’re all mature enough to handle drama like ordinary people. This might be why she stays away from [name_u]Cam[/name_u]— his erratic behaviour (that she’s heard of) has made her wary of the boy.
[name_f]Addie[/name_f] is the second youngest of four siblings. Two of the elder siblings are doctors, one working as a psychiatrist and the other as a resident planning to specialise in neurosurgery. The youngest seems to go towards the arts, and Addie’s parents fully support that. They’ve never understood why doctors always forced their kids to follow their path, as [name_f]Addie[/name_f] and the rest of her siblings only followed in their footsteps if they wanted to.
mw: drugs and incarcerated parent
[name_f]Maridel[/name_f] " [name_f]Mara[/name_f] " [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] Henmeyer (17) is a newer friend of Addie’s who exists outside of the group involving [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] and [name_f]Blossom[/name_f], having met [name_f]Addie[/name_f] due to their mutual interest in fashion. For [name_f]Mara[/name_f], it’s what she wants to pursue academically and professionally; being a very talented sewer and knitter who customises a lot of her own stuff and hopes to create her prom outfit, but this might be waylaid by other aspects of life. Living with her mother, a single parent, in her grandma’s house has been stable for [name_f]Mara[/name_f] but the fact her older sister remained at home while attending college (to save money) means space isn’t as available as [name_f]Mara[/name_f] would like. She moved around a lot while growing up thanks to the circumstances regarding her father: a man arrested when [name_f]Mara[/name_f] was only two thanks to his involvement in drug smuggling after years of bouncing between legal jobs but somehow conjuring up money at odd intervals, which her mom only didn’t recognise more due to the stress of paying bills while working table waiting jobs herself.
There’s never been any real contact between him and his daughters, who use their mother’s surname, but [name_f]Mara[/name_f] doesn’t talk about this much as it tends to cause people to look at her differently for all the wrong reasons. She’s someone who comes out of her shell at random points and typically sticks to the group she knows and trust better than anything else; but a common interest or hobby - usually style - will grant her some more confidence, every once in a while. Growing up, [name_f]Mara[/name_f] and her sister have always had a loving but slightly combative relationship, as her sister’s always been a social butterfly with a lot of friends forever at their house - a nightmare for [name_f]Mara[/name_f] if she’s working on a project with a dozen people in her way.
Aside from fashion, she’s mad about romantic poetry and 70s psychedelic rock, preferring dreamy concepts that she jokes tie to her avoidant tendencies - especially when it comes to her dad. She’s very understanding of others though, which led to her befriending [name_f]Addie[/name_f], and takes no offense she’s already part of another group - as well as being careful to make sure she doesn’t feel pressured about hanging out or chatting about whatever. Mara’s knowledge of the general school gossip is limited anyways as she avoids it like the plague given the reputation following her across various schools because of her father, and it’s also why she doesn’t belong to any clubs as when she did belong to the Fashion Society, a question about her dad came up only a week into her membership…which caused her to instantly leave. Being asked does cause [name_f]Mara[/name_f] to turn quite frosty, as she’s not heard from the man in years, and doesn’t even know if she considers him family now for how he hurt so many people, while lying to her mom.