tw: descriptions of emotional neglect
Sae-byeok " [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] " [name_u]Kim[/name_u] (18) is the fourth member of the group and so-called captain of the “East Coasters”— the captain because she was the first one to go. [name_f]Dawn[/name_f], along with [name_u]Alex[/name_u], applied to colleges through early decision and got accepted to [name_u]Yale[/name_u] University. [name_u]Alex[/name_u] was there when [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] received the news— it was also probably one of the few times [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] honestly “freaked out” about something. Cool, calm, and collected, [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] is known as the group’s rationality and the one they go to if they need advice on anything.
Dawn’s perpetual indifference to most situations is a façade, something her friends know all too well. Her Korean immigrant parents weren’t the best at supporting their daughter when she needed it, often lashing out at the girl when she did ask for help. [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] soon learned she couldn’t rely on her parents for support, so instead, she fully immersed herself in her studies. She slowly but surely drifted away from her parents, and now they barely talk. Her mother wants to rekindle their relationship, but [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] doesn’t know how to feel about that at the moment.
Around sophomore year, she met the group, and Dawn’s ice queen mask slowly but surely melted away. Though she still stayed calm and collected in front of others, her closest friends know that Dawn’s just as chaotic as everybody else deep down. It was also understandable why [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] was so eager to leave: the idea of being away from her parents gave [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] a feeling of intense relief. Though she’s going to be gone for school, [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] has promised the others that she’ll come down to [name_u]California[/name_u] for vacations.
Although this information isn’t publicly available to the student body, almost everybody knows that [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] is the class valedictorian. As [name_u]Alex[/name_u], [name_u]Aster[/name_u], [name_u]Lee[/name_u], and the others can confirm, [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] excelled at most subjects at school and was part of the girl’s varsity volleyball team. She took music electives and plays the cello. Dawn’s heard all sorts of rumours during her time in high school— that she was inhuman or that “of course, she’s good at it, she’s Asian”. She’s learned to take these comments (even the racist ones) in stride, paying no mind to gossip.
[name_f]Dawn[/name_f] says she’s going to be an [name_f]English[/name_f] major, but that’s a lie. In truth, [name_f]Dawn[/name_f] doesn’t know what she’s going to do in the future, and hopes she finds out soon.