[name_m]Ernest[/name_m] [name_u]Jude[/name_u] [name_u]Kingston[/name_u] (56) is the [name_u]Kingston[/name_u] father and a friend of Linda’s. He’s currently the drummer in a band that he and his friends made in the late 80s called Slam that went on hiatus in the mid 2000s but is now reuniting. He and [name_f]Linda[/name_f] are close and he’s also close with his wife, who helped him be closer to the Silvas. He and his wife just learned of Jax’s fatherhood and have promised not to tell him but are mutually supportive of the idea of a new grandchild to be and bond with the [name_f]Silva[/name_f] parents since they also know but won’t tell. They do hope [name_f]Violeta[/name_f] tells him soon and feels she has a great way to surprise [name_m]Jax[/name_m].
[name_f]Suzanne[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Annie[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Cynthia[/name_f] [Taylor] Taylor-Tremaine (58) is the bassist of Slam and a long-term friend of [name_m]Ernest[/name_m] and his family. Unlike some of the others, Annie’s aesthetic calmed down considerably from when the band formed and were much more flamboyant in their presentation; mostly as she doesn’t want to see her children or granddaughter being mocked in any capacity, and also as she’s moved away from this in her years pursuing folk music once Slam went on hiatus. One of Annie’s children - her second eldest child who uses he/they pronouns - is also in a band now, albeit’s folk metal, and she’s very supportive of him but is careful to not get too involved as she doesn’t want nepotism to be thrown at their name.
[name_f]Annie[/name_f] was arguably always the most private member of Slam and even now a lot of people are only just finding out she’s bisexual, having been with her wife since 1990. Part of this was influenced by her difficult experience coming out, due to her strictly conservative father refusing to talk to her, and also because of how she didn’t want her girlfriend to be harassed by anyone; but being publically acknowledge as a member of the queer community has been very uplifting for [name_f]Annie[/name_f] and she’s happy she made this choice. She and her wife frequently babysit their 4-year-old granddaughter for their firstborn and also own a charming rescue [name_u]Golden[/name_u] Retriever named [name_u]Frankie[/name_u] who loves her bandmates.
[name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] " [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] " [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] Wishaw (4) is Annie’s beloved granddaughter and ball of energy, who’s also the self-proclaimed number one supporter of Slam. When she isn’t looking for insects in the back garden with her trusty magnifying glass, [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] likes practising piano on the one owned by her dad, as music has likewise caught her attention and she’s been asking her uncle repeatedly to teach her guitar (he’s promised to when she’s a little older). She’s already quite popular within her neighbourhood and has made a lot of friends, but doesn’t have a best friend yet, as [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] can be a little indecisive at times. Having been born to Annie’s daughter and her husband, [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] is currently torn between loving being the only grandchild and also wanting a sibling due to what she observes with her friends from school, and how much they enjoy being from large families. Right now she treats the family pet - Twig the dachshund - like the companion she wants, insisting he accompanies her everywhere, and always wanting to go on walks with him.
[name_f]Marcella[/name_f] " [name_f]Cella[/name_f] " [name_u]June[/name_u] Compton (4) is one of Minnie’s friends from school. She also lives in the same neighborhood and the two often look for bugs together. [name_f]Cella[/name_f] likes to scare her older siblings with the bugs she finds before her mom makes her put them outside.
[name_f]Cella[/name_f] has an older sister and two older brothers, making her the youngest of four. She likes being the baby of the family and loves her siblings a lot. [name_f]Marcella[/name_f] absolutely loves school and her teachers. They often say she’s a little ray of sunshine. She doesn’t have a pet like [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] but has been asking for one. Her request for a rattlesnake was not accepted but her parents are thinking about getting a cat which [name_f]Cella[/name_f] considers the next best thing.
[name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] [name_f]Aine[/name_f] O’Brien (4) is a mutual friend of [name_f]Cella[/name_f] and [name_f]Minnie[/name_f]. [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] is unintentionally the source of Minnie’s sibling-envy— she’s the youngest of five siblings with another on the way. Though [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] complains that the house is always loud and she has to share a room with the sibling closest to her age, she loves her siblings and would sacrifice her fruit gummies for them.
[name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] is a sporty girl, taking after her father and the second oldest sibling. She’s recently shown an interest in both soccer and baseball, which has led to a mild rivalry between their dad and their sibling: their father played baseball in college and nearly went professional whilst their sibling is playing soccer and plans to pursue it further when they’re older. Their sibling seems to be winning, though— it’s a lot easier to find 4-year old sized soccer balls.
She’s a little wary of the baby that’s due soon— [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] loves being the baby of the family and isn’t willing to give it up. However, she’s also excited to be an older sister. She discusses this predicament with [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] often— though her friend can’t relate, she can sympathise.
[name_f]Laoise[/name_f] [name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] O’Brien (13) is the eldest of the siblings and somewhat of a second mother to all of them because of this. It’s usually [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] who helps break up petty squabbles and fallouts because of how the others look up to her, and she does feel a little intimidated by the expectations unintentionally placed on her. [name_u]An[/name_u] aspiring STEM student, she wants to become an engineer of some sort - really anything will suit [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] - so she spends a lot of time at the library to study, as home can be a very loud place that destroys a chance at concentrating. She’s often accompanied by her dear friend, who lives two doors down and also comes from a large family, with the different space giving them a chance to enjoy some peace and also trade gossip (as [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] finds her little siblings can be very sneaky when they want to eavesdrop).
Having been born when her parents were only just out of high school, [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] has a lot of respect for them and this influences how she’ll go out of her way to help whenever they need her. Their longstanding romance is something she hopes to emulate one day, but this dreamy quality of hers is hidden by how put together she presents herself as, and right now dating absolutely is not for [name_f]Laoise[/name_f]- she has grades to think of! She’s also an avid and accomplished gymnast, attending classes with her sibling second closest in age, and this is where her drive stems from, as [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] loves doing well in competitions. Soccer isn’t her natural calling but she’ll play it with [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] when her aspiring professional siblings busy, and she has taught her little sister a bit more about flexibility on account of her own passion. Still, it’s university [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] has her sights set on, and she’s determined to win a scholarship.
[name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] [name_u]Aoibheann[/name_u] O’Brien (31) is the mother of [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] and [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] O’Brien, who gave birth to [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] when she was just around out of high school- therefore she’s a lot younger that other mothers in Laoise’s grade, and is sometimes ostracized by the community. However, [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] ignores any comments on her age in comparison to her daughter’s and knows that as long as she loves her it doesn’t matter when she had her. [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] is a little anxious regarding the rivalry between her husband, who was the star of his high school basketball team, and her second-oldest who’s more interested in soccer in influencing Saoirse’s sport preferences- [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] believes that [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] should be able to do what she wants, and nobody else- but apparently her family doesn’t agree with that, even though she’s a 4 year old girl who can definitely do both. As a result [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] has become a conflict resolver in her house, and she hates all arguments related to sports.
When [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] was in high school, all the girls were fawning over her husband- he was a basketball player, and he was “that” boy who every girl was obsessed with. [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] liked him from afar as he had a girlfriend and she decided it wasn’t a shot, until the two broke up- [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] decided to shoot her shot, and the two began dating within a week. They attended the hugh school graduation ceremony in their gowns, but that was before [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] realized she was pregnant with [name_f]Laoise[/name_f]. Her husband immediately got a job at the local auto repair shop as a mechanic, and she worked as a telemarketer to reel in some extra cash. The two lived with Mairéad’s family until the two could pick up their feet and get their own home. Soon enough, her husband decided to quit his mechanic job and go to college when [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] was about two- their second oldest had been born by then. He studied mathematics at a university and joined the basketball team. To keep income flowing [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] also picked up a job as a seamstress, which she ended up really loving- she quit her telemarketer job after her husband finished college. He got his next job as an accountant when their third child was born.
[name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] and her fellow seamstresses have formed a tight-knit group of friends and they all often have gatherings, all their families have age matched kids. [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] is beginning to suspect that her third child has a crush on one of her seamstress coworkers’ kids, and she’s tried approaching them about it but they always push her away- [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] feels a bit guilty for not paying as much attention to some kids as she does others, but she’s hoping she can change that- she also wishes [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] didn’t have to fill in the role of a second mother. She’s hoping her sixth child who’s on the way won’t ever feel a bit neglected. She’s really excited to meet her sixth kid, and is brainstorming some names, though she hasn’t quite picked one out yet…
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] [name_f]Elspeth[/name_f] Carnegie (32) is Mairéad’s best friend since high school and her (somewhat) closest confidant. Though [name_f]Athena[/name_f] and [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] met in sophomore year, the two women have been inseparable. To all of Mairéad’s kids, she’s known as “Aunt Athena” and loves to be called that— though she doesn’t have children at the moment, [name_f]Athena[/name_f] would like to have a child of her own someday.
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] remembers the rumours [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] had to deal with regarding [name_f]Laoise[/name_f]— she fiercely protected her best friend from unwanted whispers and even got detention for threatening to punch a girl for making fun of [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f]. Athena’s protectiveness over [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] mainly was out of love for her friend but also because Athena’s mother had her older sister when she was 16 and had [name_f]Athena[/name_f] when she was 18. Teen motherhood is absolutely difficult to do— because of her mother’s immaturity, [name_f]Athena[/name_f] didn’t have the greatest childhood— but [name_f]Mairéad[/name_f] managed to raise [name_f]Laoise[/name_f] beautifully, and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] could not be prouder of her friend. Though [name_f]Athena[/name_f] isn’t a part of Mairéad’s seamstress friend group, she still keeps in touch with her at least twice a week, either by seeing her or via phone calls.
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] is an [name_f]English[/name_f] professor at [name_m]Brown[/name_m] University and specialises in the literary arts. She published her first poetry chapbook at eighteen, pursued creative writing professionally, and eventually gained an MFA. She is beloved by her students and scorns what the literary canon is right now; in her words, they’re all written by “dead old white men”, and there isn’t enough diversity within what the western world considers “art”. Outside of education, though, Athena’s been flirting back and forth with the school’s history professor, and she thinks the students have noticed— one of her favourite students has asked her if she was going to ask him out on a date anytime soon.
[name_u]William[/name_u] " [name_u]Liam[/name_u] " [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] [name_m]Jr[/name_m]. (36) is the history professor that [name_f]Athena[/name_f] has been flirting with. His maternal grandfather is one of those “dead old white men” who’s writing she scorns but he thinks it’s quite hilarious and never did like his grandfather’s books anyway. [name_u]Liam[/name_u] comes from old money and his family is very well off. He’s mentioned [name_f]Athena[/name_f] in passing a few times to his parents but they don’t “approve” of her so he’s stopped talking about her. [name_u]Liam[/name_u] has no plans to stop talking to her though and is going to ask her out soon.
[name_u]Liam[/name_u] has always enjoyed history and knew he wanted to teach it ever since he was young. He started out as a high school history teacher right after finishing college and was his youngest sibling’s teacher during their senior year which was definitely interesting. Three years ago he began teaching at the college and enjoys working there. [name_u]Liam[/name_u] has a large group of friends which include the three he made in college, one of the teachers from the high school he worked at, and the newest professor at the college.
[name_m]Giuliano[/name_m] [name_m]Marcus[/name_m] Compton (36) is one of Liam’s friends from college. He is Cella’s father, as well as the father of her older sister and older brothers. He personally thinks [name_u]Liam[/name_u] and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] deserve to be together regardless of what anyone says. His grandparents, who were also quite petty, told him that he and his wife were “incompatible” but he proved them wrong and loves fathering their children and knows [name_u]Liam[/name_u] has a shot at something truly beautiful with [name_f]Athena[/name_f]. [name_m]Giuliano[/name_m] works as an accountant with a fellow friend in their group, Mairéad’s husband, and helped her husband get the job. [name_m]Giuliano[/name_m] also enjoys getting cakes from a cake baker also in their friend group.
[name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] [name_f]Carolyn[/name_f] [Perry] Compton (35) is Giuliano’s wife and Cella’s mother. A makeup artist who mostly works on music videos thanks to her bold, unique style, Sabrina’s aspirations caused the disapproval when she began dating her future husband; as his grandparents considered it an unstable industry that wouldn’t sustain the couple or any children they’d have together. They also didn’t appreciate how outspoken [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] was when she defended herself, as she’s always had a headstrong approach to things, formed by how self-sufficient she grew up being, as her single mother was constantly having to work long hours, meaning [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] looked after her younger sister frequently. She doesn’t resent her mom for the sacrifices this involved, as she always tries understand how difficult it was.
The children are the most precious things in the world to [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] and she tries her best to make time for all of them - especially her and Guiliano’s eldest, who’s just turned 11, and Sabrina’s particularly attuned to knowing how you can feel left out when you’ve got three younger siblings with their own demands facing your parents. It’s also [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] who’s become dead set on getting a cat, as she longed for a pet herself growing up and understands Cella’s excitement (even if the rattlesnake was turned down). Sabrina’s part of a friend group consisting of other mothers’ who’s kids attend the same schools as hers’ and enjoys sharing stories of what goes on at her house, where she’s very much the one keeping things organised.
[name_f]Annalise[/name_f] [name_f]Isolde[/name_f] [name_m]Moore[/name_m] (30) is Sabrina’s younger sister and one of Mairéad’s seamstress friends. She’s been married to her husband whom she met through a mutual friend for ten years and the two have three children together. [name_f]Annalise[/name_f] is very close to her sister and appreciates all that [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f] did to take care of her while they were younger.
She is glad that her husband’s family were supportive of their marriage as she knows Giuliano’s family disapproved of his getting married to [name_f]Sabrina[/name_f]. [name_f]Annalise[/name_f] tries her best to spend as much time with her kids as she can since she’d always wished her mom had been able to. She loves to make crafts and paint and her friends often call her ‘the artsy one’.
[name_u]Shaun[/name_u] [name_u]Henry[/name_u] [name_m]Moore[/name_m] (30) is the husband of [name_f]Annalise[/name_f] and also part of Liam’s friend group as a high school biology teacher at the school [name_u]Liam[/name_u] once taught at. Shaun’s family is a very kind and supportive family and his sister is a seamstress as well. His sister is also friends with the mutual friend who got them together. [name_u]Shaun[/name_u] hopes his children will be close with the children of his friends but knows it’s ultimately their decision.