[name_u]Justice[/name_u] [name_u]Logan[/name_u] [name_m]Kale[/name_m] (16) was once one of the “boys“ who liked [name_f]Hana[/name_f] — before realising they weren’t a boy and was actually non-binary. They are not a [name_m]Scorpio[/name_m] but a fan of astrology even if their family says it’s pseudoscience. They are still very close with their family and they live on the same street as [name_f]Hana[/name_f]. The one thing that makes this awkward — their brother is the boy involved in the drama. [name_u]Justice[/name_u] and [name_f]Hana[/name_f] are trying to keep a good friendship although [name_f]Lana[/name_f] and [name_f]Candice[/name_f] don’t really speak with [name_u]Justice[/name_u]. [name_u]Justice[/name_u] is learning Thai from [name_f]Hana[/name_f] and is close with her family but fears their brother will ruin their good bond given his immense role in the conflict.
[name_m]Gunner[/name_m] [name_u]Mason[/name_u] [name_m]Kale[/name_m] (18) is Justice’s older brother and the lynch pin in regards to all the drama overtaking Cooper’s End. In comparison to his younger brother, Gunner’s a much more gregarious, strong-willed and ultimately, self-centered. On account of being a gregarious person who’s exceptionally talented at chemistry - which he plans on studying at university, in the same route his parents (both chemists who run their own shop) took - [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] became very popular at school, and subsequently developed an egotistical streak only his younger sibling really understood.
He began dating a fellow member of the science department’s [name_f]Honour[/name_f] [name_m]Roll[/name_m] when he was 15 and they’re still together…for now. [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] enjoys the security of his long-term relationship but he and his girlfriend are quite different in many ways, which is what led to his gradual interest in [name_f]Lana[/name_f] [name_u]Mendoza[/name_u] developing. His guilt in regards to making out with her is hard to tell: he does feel bad for betraying his girlfriend’s trust, however accepting responsibility for lying and ruining his reputation is something [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] is completely unwilling to do, as the fall from grace [name_f]Lana[/name_f] is undergoing terrifies him and he refuses to compromise his reputation.
The one thing [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] isn’t aware of is Jewel’s investigation, which is likely going to blow the lid on everything, including the fact he lied to [name_f]Lana[/name_f] to instigate things. Although he jokes about his selfish tendencies with [name_u]Justice[/name_u] from time-to-time, Gunner’s worse tendencies are those he prefers to remain in denial about, no matter who they come at the expense of. What’s worse is he knows his girlfriend wants them to get engaged upon accepting their university offers and his conscience won’t let him fully go ahead with this knowing what he’s done…
I have been a nerd about elements for over a decade, there was no way I wasn’t going to do that in the second paragraph. At least I didn’t do that with every word that could be spelled in chemical symbols haha.
[name_u]Drew[/name_u] [name_u]Rory[/name_u] St. [name_u]James[/name_u] (18) is Jewel’s cousin and Gunner’s other friend. He is unaware of his cousin’s investigation on the matter and doesn’t know [name_f]Jewel[/name_f] doesn’t support their friendship. [name_f]Jewel[/name_f] doesn’t get involved and when she sees [name_m]Gunner[/name_m], she acts like she doesn’t have a problem but really this is to get more information and feels trying to break up her cousin’s friendship with [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] will ruin her investigating, so she lets them stay friends.
Like [name_m]Gunner[/name_m], he is interested in chemistry and finds it LuCKY (lutetium, carbon, potassium, yttrium) that [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] has chemist PaReNTs (protactinium, rhenium, nitrogen, tennessine) and WISHeS (tungsten, iodine, sulphur, helium, sulphur) he had the ReSPoNSiBiLiTiEs (rhenium, sulphur, polonium, nitrogen, silicon, bismuth, lithium, titanium, einsteinium) to handle the elements and doesn’t realise how DySFUNCTiONAl (dysprosium, sulphur, fluorine, uranium, nitrogen, carbon, titanium, oxygen, nitrogen, aluminium) [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] can be sometimes. He doesn’t yet know [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] may or may not get engaged to his girlfriend and has tried to tell him to do it when he’s ready and not worry so much about doing it after university offers, but doesn’t know much about the [name_f]Lana[/name_f] drama. [name_f]Candice[/name_f] has called [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] “stupid” behind Gunner’s back and [name_u]Drew[/name_u] and [name_f]Candice[/name_f] don’t get along so he wouldn’t understand why [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] would make out with [name_f]Lana[/name_f].
Kyung-ok ’ [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] ’ Yun (18) is a friend of Gunner’s girlfriend who belongs to the cheersquad alongside [name_f]Jewel[/name_f] St. [name_u]James[/name_u], meaning she’s on good terms with [name_u]Drew[/name_u] - well, for now, as she’s very aware of the drama surrounding [name_m]Gunner[/name_m] and [name_f]Lana[/name_f]. In spite of [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] being stereotyped as quite and meek given her status as a Korean-American, she is by no means a wallflower and rather notably put [name_f]Candice[/name_f] [name_u]Mendoza[/name_u] in her place when she spoke poorly of Gunner’s girlfriend. [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] understands [name_f]Candice[/name_f] is trying to defend her sister - a commendable task given how unpopular [name_f]Lana[/name_f] is right now - but feels dragging the most innocent party into the whole mess was seriously uncalled for and, ultimately, didn’t do [name_f]Lana[/name_f] any favours. In spite of this, Alyssa’s not blindly supporting [name_m]Gunner[/name_m], and truthfully always felt he wasn’t that serious about his relationship.
[name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] and [name_f]Jewel[/name_f] are good friends too, on account of belonging to the team, of which she is the Co-Captain, sharing her duties with the most talented dancer among the squad members. [name_f]Lana[/name_f] has taken a considerable backseat currently and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] prefers avoiding her given the verbal clash she had with [name_f]Candice[/name_f]: as while she’s not someone who let’s anyone talk poorly about her friends, drama is something she’d rather avoid ultimately. She spends a lot of her summers in Jeju-si, where her extended family live, and is actually planning on attending university in [name_u]South[/name_u] Korea: not just to spend more time with her maternal grandparents, but also to further embrace her cultural heritage, something she’s long been interested in pursuing.
[name_f]Trinity[/name_f] [name_u]Tatum[/name_u] [name_m]Kale[/name_m] (17) is friends with [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f]. She is the older sister of [name_u]Justice[/name_u] and younger sister of [name_m]Gunner[/name_m]. She has always been the overachiever, having perfect attendance every year of school and having a high GPA. She’s promised a car at the end of the school year if she keeps it up. She is not on the cheer squad and isn’t in any sports. People often assume her ways of being impressive in school would make her too busy and unaware of the drama, but she’s very aware and just goes along with those beliefs to not risk hurting her own reputation. She and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] get along well due to people also mistaking [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] for being a wallflower but [name_f]Trinity[/name_f] knows [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] is being stereotyped and wants it to stop and was blissfully satisfied when [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] told [name_f]Candice[/name_f] off.
tw: foster care, negligence, drunkenness (wow, a lot of drama!)
Eliana “Ella” May Kale nee Rianson-Pine (23) is the wife of one of Trinity’s older cousins. She and Trinity bonded when Ella and her then-boyfriend were dating, so Ella made Trinity one of her bridesmaids. Ella and her husband were married when they both were 20, and already have one child, an 11-month-old baby girl. They are all excited about the expected baby, another daughter.
Ella grew up in the foster care system. She has eight biological siblings, and the nine of them have the same mother but four different fathers, and all of them were a result of their parents being drunk. Until the foster system took them when she was seven, Ella was primarily raised by her older half siblings, especially her oldest brother, James, who was eight years older than her. Their mother was never home – not that they could really call the tiny trailer home.
James worked hard to keep all nine of them together, even when they were in foster care. He would even try to pick fights with the social workers and anyone who tried to explain that very few families were willing to foster nine children. Eventually, though, Ella and her ten-month-older brother were separated from the rest of their siblings and went to eleven different homes together until they were finally adopted by the James family when Ella was fifteen. She nearly cried when she learned their last name – and she hoped with all her heart that this would be the family. And they were! After eight years in the system, they were so relieved to finally have a forever family who loved them and treated them as if they were the most special thing in the world. Their new father was like the perfect dad that Ella’s friends all had – gentle but still teasing. Their mom was sassy and sweet and always makes sure they were cared for. Even now that they’re out of the house, they are so close with their parents
Ella and her brother have no idea what happened to six of their other siblings. They are constantly on the search for them, but thus far, they have only found their younger sister, who is now eighteen and lives with her boyfriend 600 miles away.
Ella’s dream was always to have a wonderful, loving family of her own, and to be married and love her children and husband with all her heart. Thus far, it is coming true.
[name_m]Petro[/name_m] [name_m]Craig[/name_m] Rianson-Pine (24) is Ella’s older brother by ten months. He is also the closest to [name_f]Ella[/name_f] and the two still talk to one another a lot. He has a girlfriend and is secretly planning to propose to her with [name_f]Ella[/name_f] being the only other person to know. He and [name_f]Ella[/name_f] both made a pact before [name_f]Ella[/name_f] had children to be the best parents to their future children and to make sure they always felt safe. [name_m]Petro[/name_m] is very happy [name_f]Ella[/name_f] is keeping her word on the pact but isn’t surprised she did so. He is excited for Ella’s daughter-to-be and hopes he and his soon-to-be-fiancée have children too someday. He is trying to get closer with their younger 18-year-old sister and her boyfriend as well but knows they are too far away to visit all the time but doesn’t want to lose contact.
[name_f]Xiomara[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Zizi[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] Rianson-Croft(18) is [name_m]Petro[/name_m] and Ella’s younger sister who’s based in [name_u]Arizona[/name_u] and attending community college. [name_f]Zizi[/name_f] lives with her boyfriend and a couple of their other friends in a spacious apartment, that’s rented from her best friend’s grandfather - who’s very empathetic to the financial strains and stresses students face, as he was unable to attend university thanks to his family finances while young. When her older siblings first reached out, [name_f]Zizi[/name_f] was surprised, having grown used to accepting the fact she likely wouldn’t be reunited with any of them - a painful experience only her social worker, [name_f]Emma[/name_f], was able to help her handle. For a while she actually wondered if it was a cruel prank, until her boyfriend encouraged her to have more faith and she realised it really was [name_m]Petro[/name_m] and [name_f]Ella[/name_f].
Studying music, Zizi’s an accomplished singer and bass guitarist who performs in her friends riot grrrl revival band [name_f]Boudicca[/name_f]: sending her siblings videos of her live shows, with hopes one day they’ll be able to attend, or that the band will be able to travel to a closer place to them. She wants to plan a surprise trip to visit her siblings but unfortunately her studies are getting in the way right now, so it seems like a far off dream as far as she’s concerned currently, and takes comfort in communicating with them primarily through messenger or vidchats. [name_f]Zizi[/name_f] wants to meet her nieces more than anything especially as she’s so proud of how Ella’s parenting them in comparison to their own upbringing (which she’s grateful for having limited memories of on account of being younger).
tw: anxiety & trauma
James August Rianson-Coal (31) is the eldest estranged half-brother of Zizi, as well as that of Ella and Petro. He doesn’t know what happened to most of his siblings, except for his sister, Daisy, who is turning 30 this week. He and his wife have two children together, a nine-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter. He is currently dealing with anxiety, likely from childhood trauma. His wife is trying to convince him to go to therapy, but since he just opened his own business – a motorcycle repair shop – he doesn’t want to have any “unnecessary” expenses.
tw: trauma responses
[name_f]Marguerite[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Layla[/name_f] Rianson-Coal (30) is James’s sister who he recently reestablished contact with. Named for her mom’s grandmother, Daisy’s nickname comes from the [name_u]French[/name_u] translation, something she learned thanks to one of her teachers mentioning this - a relief given she hated how ‘clunky’ she always found her full-name growing up. Being just a year younger than [name_u]James[/name_u], [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] often struggled with her position in the family while young: he protected her but she didn’t want to leave him to care for their younger siblings - something that was tough as the affect of being raised around so much chaos lead to [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] developing selective muteness, and it was only after she was taken into care that she began receiving speech therapy sessions in order to address her coping mechanism.
This led to her struggling to make friends for several years, as other kids labelled her ‘creepy’ on account of her quietness, and she still prefers keeping to herself if it can be helped. In spite of this, Daisy’s past never held her back from achieving, as she was always very bright and is currently training to become a psychotherapist - based on how much counseling helped her after coming from such a chaotic home environment. It was actually her sister-in-law that led to [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] and [name_u]James[/name_u] reuniting, as they actually have a mutual friend, who [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] met while working as a librarian while obtaining her degree. Recently she moved closer to [name_u]James[/name_u] and his family in order to spend more time with them, buying a cosy apartment with her partner, who’s gender fluid and primarily uses she/her pronouns; as well as their lovely house rabbits - [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] and [name_f]Luella[/name_f].
[name_f]Lilya[/name_f] [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] Rianson-Coal nee [name_m]Turner[/name_m] (29) is the wife of [name_u]James[/name_u] and the father of their two children. [name_f]Lilya[/name_f] and [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] met through a mutual friend, a librarian, who [name_f]Lilya[/name_f] went to high school with and even dated for a short period – though she discovered he wasn’t her type.
[name_f]Lilya[/name_f] and James’ kiddos love their Auntie [name_f]Daisy[/name_f]. Anytime [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] comes over to their house for dinner – which is quite often – their 7-year-old daughter insists on sitting beside Auntie [name_f]Daisy[/name_f].
[name_f]Lilya[/name_f] is currently trying to convince [name_u]James[/name_u] to go to therapy to help ease his anxiety, but she also is afraid to push him too hard. Her own parents divorced when [name_f]Lilya[/name_f] was eight, and it took her on an emotional rollercoaster. She also understands his nervousness to spend extra money seeing that the new business is starting out slow.
[name_f]Audrina[/name_f] [name_f]Rochelle[/name_f] [name_m]Turner[/name_m] (28) is Lilya’s sister. Despite being the younger one, [name_f]Audrina[/name_f] was Lilya’s rock during the time of their parents’ divorce and still remains that way. Part of the reason why [name_f]Audrina[/name_f] was so good may have actually been the fact that she was a sweet little 7-year-old at the time and it was her nature to look up to her sister and make sure she was happy. [name_f]Audrina[/name_f] loves Lilya’s 7-year-old daughter a lot for this reason because it makes her think of her childhood. However she doesn’t want Lilya’s children to go through troubles of the adults and is hoping [name_u]James[/name_u] gets therapy as well.
[name_u]Nerio[/name_u] ’ [name_f]Nell[/name_f] ’ [name_f]Elissa[/name_f] Rianson-Turner (7) is Audrina’s niece and the daughter of [name_f]Lilya[/name_f] and [name_u]James[/name_u]. A fun-loving, spirited bookworm, Nell’s at her happiest when she’s been the library and got new material to immerse herself in. Mysteries and detective stories are currently her absolute favourites, with [name_f]Nell[/name_f] have made the decision she wants to become an investigator of some sorts, although what path exactly still remains undecided by her. She’s always eager to inform her aunts of whatever she’s reading, as her brother really isn’t as interested as she is, and her parents are already very aware of what’s going on.
After school, [name_f]Nell[/name_f] usually wants to visit her dad at the shop and bring him a snack, as she thinks it’s important to keep his moral up. She’s very proud of her parents and won’t let anyone pass judgment on them due to their backgrounds, even being roused from one of her books if one of her classmates mentions her dad’s upbringing (which [name_f]Nell[/name_f] has been mostly protected from due to her age). In spite of not having many common interests, she loves her brother dearly, even if he annoys her with his emerging sarcasm.
tw: false accusation for rape
[name_u]Ellis[/name_u] [name_u]Walter[/name_u] Kinsing (19) is currently James’ only employee and Nell’s so-called best friend, which [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] finds very charming. He wants to eventually go to school, but right now he can’t afford it. [name_m]Just[/name_m] last year, his parents kicked him out and disowned him after they discovered charges against [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] for rape – what they didn’t know was that [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] was falsely accused. Still, [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] was very emotionally hurt by his parents and has vowed to never go back.
Since then, [name_u]James[/name_u] and [name_f]Lilya[/name_f] have taken him under their wing, and they’re like parents to him despite them being only ten years older than him. Nell’s nine-year-old brother, [name_u]Kalan[/name_u], looks up to [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] greatly and wants nothing more than to be just like him.
[name_u]Kalan[/name_u] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] Rianson-Turner (9) is [name_u]James[/name_u] and Lilya’s other son and perceives [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] as a role model. Despite Ellis’s unfairly negative reputation, [name_u]Kalan[/name_u] always calls [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] a sweet and caring man, not knowing how great this means for [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] to be called that. He attends the same school as Ella’s half-niece from her oldest half-brother [name_u]James[/name_u] and is very social to her but doesn’t know the story behind her father and his family.
Ella was created by @autumn.leaves.
tw: domestic violence
[name_f]Mindy[/name_f] [name_f]Victoria[/name_f] [Luckett] Tennerman (38) is Kalan’s teacher, who’s been very encouraging of him regarding his friendship with [name_u]Ellis[/name_u] and has spoken to his parents on numerous occasions about how their son’s empathy is brilliant. From a very young age, [name_f]Mindy[/name_f] knew she wanted to become a teacher, as school was where she found herself happiest. Her home life was not just chaotic and disorganised but incredibly unhappy, as she regularly witnessed fights between her parents which often led to her father becoming violent towards his wife, and if [name_f]Mindy[/name_f] or her older brother attempted to come to her defense, he’d scream at them or make verbal threats.
Subsequently, [name_f]Mindy[/name_f] would be placed in the care of her grandma until her mom was able to escape, and they’d all live together once more - albeit wasn’t easy, as her father would sometimes reappear in an attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife. [name_f]Mindy[/name_f] fully believes in advocating for what children want based on her upbringing, and is very intuitive and emotionally adept, noticing when someone’s bothered or needs a one-on-one chat with ease. She’s considered a favourite teacher at the school she works at, and strives to create the best kind of environment for all her students, which leads her husband to tell her she needs to calm down as she can burn herself out.
[name_f]Mindy[/name_f] became a mother herself just over 2 years ago when she gave birth to her son: [name_u]Reid[/name_u] [name_m]Phineas[/name_m] Tennerman. She met her husband purely by accident when he was responding to a distress call in the apartment building she worked on after someone got stuck in the life, and as a firefighter he was called out to help with the situation. At the time they were both 29 and immediately hit it off after [name_f]Mindy[/name_f] offered him and his colleague a drink once the situation was dealt with - even if her older brother’s protective streak reared its head when they became more official.
Jonathan “ Jonny “ Rupert Tennerman (38) is Mindy’s firefighter husband and father to their son. Jonny is a maternal cousin of Lilya and Audrina. He is dedicated to his job but loves making time for his family and believes it’s indescribable how amazing his son and wife are. He grew up in his teens and twenties being the cute popular guy that girls wanted to date but he decided he didn’t want to have that reputation forever. He wanted to settle down and he didn’t flirt with women as much as people perceived him to. He wasn’t the type to “mess around”, he just wanted to have fun. Firefighting was his true calling and he wasn’t doing it as a “hot hunky firefighter” but rather as someone serving and protecting the city although his friend and colleague loved being “the hunk”. He is still good friends with his colleague who was there when he met Mindy at 29. He and his colleague were friends since high school and were both popular and attractive but have since settled down, married, and become fathers.
Jonny likes marriage and fatherhood a lot and wouldn’t trade it for anything. He and Ellis get along well too and while Jonny didn’t like it when people thought he was a “playboy” during his days of being single, he’s exceptionally grateful never to be falsely accused of such awful crimes. He knew Mindy’s older brother didn’t care for him at first because he perceived Jonny as a player but warms up to him when he was around. However he knows about the past of abuse between Mindy‘s parents and realises this for the main reasoning of Mindy’s brother’s stern protection. He wants to be in a world where people do better, and he is grateful for Reid and considers it a reward to be able to lead him in a great position later in life.
[name_u]Joseph[/name_u] ’ JC ’ [name_m]Crispin[/name_m] Tennerman (34) is Jonny’s younger brother and Reid’s uncle, who lived in the shadow of his older brother, often being unfairly compared to him throughout high school, which was actually alleviated when JC came to the realisation he was gay. With a greater understanding of his own identity, JC was finally able to break out of the box he’d found himself in - trying to echo [name_m]Jonny[/name_m] - and became the main editor of his school’s paper, the place where he fully found himself able to flourish. Now working as the co-creator and manager of an LGTBQIA+ magazine - that features a broad range of topics, such as events, inspiring stories and upcoming protests - he’s happily married to a man he met at university through the D&D society they both belonged to.
To the surprise of everyone - including their parents - JC became a parent before [name_m]Jonny[/name_m] after he and his husband decided to adopt their first child 5 years ago. This decision was influenced by JC’s research into disowning and abandonment faced by queer youth, causing him and his husband to think more about all the children without parents in the system, leading to them adopting their eldest. She’s now 16, as JC and his husband didn’t want to just take in a baby who had limited memories of their past, and the adjustment process was a difficult one for them all initially, as their daughter was certain she’d be moved onwards, causing her to isolate herself for the first year at home. Subsequently, she and her dads’ have bonded profoundly, and she’s a wonderful big sister to their younger daughter, who’s just turned 7.
@autumn.leaves @CherryBomb50 Sorry about the wait!