Create a Family with a Twist: December 2020

[name_u]Willow[/name_u] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] Market (13) is the daughter of [name_u]Elison[/name_u] Market, and [name_f]Julianna[/name_f] and Athena’s aforementioned niece. She’s bullied often at school, for her ASD, and her youthful appearance- she’s 13 but is often mistaken for being 10, which she hates. [name_u]Willow[/name_u] hates herself, and often makes statements like ”I wish I were never born,” which breaks Elison’s heart- all he ever wanted was to see her happy and making friends. But that’s hard for [name_u]Willow[/name_u]- her only friends are three girls in her grade, and even then she’s jealous of their more mature bodies and that they’re “perfect,” being neurotypical and all. [name_u]Elison[/name_u] reminds her that nobody is perfect but [name_u]Willow[/name_u] never listens to him. She’s often anxious and has anxiety attacks, and the only thing that’s I’ll calm her down is cuddling with her cat, [name_f]Belle[/name_f], and her unicorn onesie- she doesn’t care how immature it is, she will always love her unicorn onesie and keep it forever, saying she’ll save it for her daughter.

[name_u]Willow[/name_u] thinks she likes someone- she’s penpalling with a boy who is turning 14 soon and lives overseas. He’s kind, smart, funny and doesn’t bully her, but [name_u]Willow[/name_u] is scared to tell him how she feels, especially because she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. He’s also interested in writing and art, two of Willow’s favorite things. But she is terrified to tell him, because this is her first crush, and she doesn’t want to ruin it!

She’s really close with her brother, and has told him about this- at first he teased [name_u]Willow[/name_u] but now he’s really supportive and encourages her to tell him before it’s too late. But [name_u]Willow[/name_u] has other things on her mind- school. It’s starting up soon and [name_u]Willow[/name_u] has had a full on panic attack related to school because she doesn’t want to see any bullies again…

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tw: panic attack mentions - uncensored but not graphic

Dr. [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] [Davison] Market (37) is Willow’s mother and Elison’s wife. A zoologist who specialises in reptiles - specifically alligators and crocodiles - [name_f]Alice[/name_f] knows what it’s like to be shunned in social environments, due to being outside the norm. She was often asked why she wasn’t interested in ‘cuter/softer’ animals throughout high school, the impression typically being her gender should dictate this, and subsequently it breaks her heart to see how much shame [name_u]Willow[/name_u] experiences.

Due to her own experiences, she has been able to talk to her daughter about what she’s going through but doesn’t want to repeat the same mantra about not comparing yourself to others, and instead focuses on everything Willow’s friends clearly find impressive about her: such as her knowledge of art and bravery in starting the penpal friendship. She appreciates how the other girls genuinely care for her daughter and doesn’t want to see [name_u]Willow[/name_u] isolated, but at the same time doesn’t want to cross any boundaries in her eldest child’s life. Because of the panic attacks though - something [name_f]Alice[/name_f] herself has had on a few occasions, although her’s usually were exam related as she’ll admit to having a lot of academic insecurity and stress - she has been talking to [name_u]Willow[/name_u] about accessing counselling, and if her daughter wanted to move schools, [name_f]Alice[/name_f] would faciliate this entirely. She’s thankful Elison’s always willing to talk to her about these things, as when she was younger, [name_f]Alice[/name_f] often feared about being with someone who left all childcare decisions solely in her hands.

Her son has inherited her passion and is always asking her questions about the animals she works with - having clearly assigned them personalities based on his mom’s descriptions. If he wants to follow in her footsteps exactly, [name_f]Alice[/name_f] has made it clear she’ll support him, but also appreciates he might become more interested in another field once he’s older and whatever he chooses, she’ll be there for him - the same reasoning applying to [name_u]Willow[/name_u]. Having worked a lot of customer service jobs in her youth is why [name_f]Alice[/name_f] has become adept at handling pressure and people’s frustrations so well, albeit a bit unwillingly on her end. It’s also how she met [name_u]Elison[/name_u], as while working at an aquarium gift shop he was the only person to strike up a genuine conversation with her about the animals after a particularly boring shift, and it culminated in her giving him her number. The rest, as they say, is history.

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[name_u]Connor[/name_u] [name_m]Drake[/name_m] Market (7) is the son of [name_f]Alice[/name_f] and [name_u]Elison[/name_u] and younger brother of [name_u]Willow[/name_u]. He’s a huge reptile fan and wants to be “just like his mother” when he grows up. He is a fan of [name_m]Steve[/name_m] [name_m]Irwin[/name_m] and the [name_m]Irwin[/name_m] family, despite [name_m]Steve[/name_m] dying before he was born. He also feels the same about [name_m]Bob[/name_m] [name_m]Ross[/name_m] and Mr. [name_m]Rogers[/name_m] and loves idolising wholesome people and likes to be a wholesome person himself. He doesn’t have a cat but lives vicariously through his friend’s cats and loves them. He doesn’t have an alligator or crocodile either and neither do his friends, but he loves them anyway even though he’s completely aware that alligators and crocodiles cannot be pets as told by his parents. He has lots of animal-loving friends but his closest pal is actually one of his paternal cousins, the son of [name_f]Julianna[/name_f] and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] and both he and his cousin know of Willow’s growing crush. He’s close with [name_u]Willow[/name_u] and definitely sees her as more mature than him and knows about the guy she likes, whereas [name_u]Connor[/name_u] isn’t falling for anyone, but he wants her to go after him and “live happily ever after”.
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[name_f]Delilah[/name_f] [name_u]Elison[/name_u] “ [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] “ and [name_f]Penelope[/name_f] [name_u]Rhett[/name_u] “ [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] “ [name_m]Stavros[/name_m] (5) are twin sisters and the daughters of [name_f]Julianna[/name_f] Market and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] [name_m]Stavros[/name_m], the aforementioned basketball player. The twins were middle names after their biological father and uncle, [name_u]Elison[/name_u] [name_u]Rhett[/name_u]- while he was the donor involved in the IVF situation, the twins see him as an uncle. [name_f]Athena[/name_f] thinks [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] might have inherited her ADHD- while [name_f]Athena[/name_f] wouldn’t wish her condition on anyone, she’s glad her daughter will have her to talk to if she does end up having ADHD. If she doesn’t, of course, that’s also okay, and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] will still love and support her.

[name_f]Lilah[/name_f] and [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] just recently started kindergarten- both [name_f]Athena[/name_f] and [name_f]Julianna[/name_f] cried when they watched the twins walk through the school doors in their backpacks and back-to-school outfits- [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] wore a [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] dress with cat prints on it- [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] loves cats and [name_f]Athena[/name_f] even bought [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] a grey tabby cat, named [name_u]Brooke[/name_u]. [name_f]Athena[/name_f] and [name_f]Julianna[/name_f] have no clue why [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] named her [name_u]Brooke[/name_u]- Poppy’s school librarian is named [name_u]Brooke[/name_u], though, and [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] is especially close with [name_u]Brooke[/name_u] and says she’s the “only teacher she actually likes,” which [name_f]Athena[/name_f] thinks might have something to do with it. [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] decided to wear a flouncy orange dress, as orange is her favourite color.

Both twins adore their big brother, who they think is the nicest, but [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] is a bit closer with him- the two will often go outside for hours and look for bugs, and keep them in a jar- but they’ll let them go later as both of them really care about animals and would hate it if the lightning bugs ‘got sick’ in the jar. They also love hanging out with [name_u]Willow[/name_u] and [name_u]Connor[/name_u]- especially [name_f]Poppy[/name_f], who looks up to [name_u]Willow[/name_u] and thinks she’s “the coolest.”

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[name_u]Oleander[/name_u] [name_u]Eliott[/name_u] [name_m]Stavros[/name_m] (8) is [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] and Poppy‘s older brother. He’s a grade up from his cousin [name_u]Connor[/name_u] and his friends like to hang out with Connor’s friends too. He and [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] love bugs and find them very fascinating. They have a pet caterpillar who just recently became a butterfly. His favourite bugs are lightning bugs and he cares about them so much. [name_u]Oleander[/name_u] loves summer the best and enjoys summer acitivities but he enjoys autumn a lot too. [name_u]Oleander[/name_u] is also on great terms with [name_f]Athena[/name_f] and is on a boys’ basketball team at the rec centre near his school. The teammate he gets along with most is the son of Athena’s sister but all of his teammates are super close to him.
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cw: parental death

[name_f]Marissa[/name_f] Suranne Kenlloyd (23) is the teaching assistant for Oleander’s class, who the boy’s declared to be his favourite staff member, much to the amusement and endearment of the young woman. Teaching wasn’t always what [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] always envisioned herself doing - she was absolutely mad about dance growing up, especially the contemporary forms which suited how she saw it as a perfect means of self-expression - but it ultimately appealed to her once she was in middle school and started to worry about not making it as a professional dancer. Competitiveness has never been Marissa’s strongest suit, something she knows is needed for success in a very demanding environment, and she didn’t want to kill her love of dancing because she lacks the need to win some of her peers possess. As well as her work in schools, being mostly interested in continuing in primary education, [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] teaches dance at the studio she grew up attending [granted the management has changed since then], and is beloved there for how she’s encouraging but never demands anything of her students; instead wanting their drive to come from sincere love of dancing and not some expectancy she witnessed a lot of her friends being forced to endure.

Helicopter parenting is something Marissa’s grown talented at picking out, and her best friend was subjected to it terribly when they were growing up, worsened by how comparatively, [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] was given a lot of freedom’s by her dad. He was a single parent following the sudden passing of her mother - who had battled cancer since [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] was only 3, passing away six years later - and only remarried a couple years ago, having spent most of his life dedicated to raising his two children. While her brother was a little apprehensive, having always been more affected by the loss of their mom thanks to being younger and not having the clear memories [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] was comforted by; she accepted their dad’s decision to get back into dating readily, although she was careful to voice if she felt someone wasn’t right for him. Usually it would be a case of rushing and - given the weight of marrying a man with two children - [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] didn’t want to see him getting talked into committing for someone who didn’t treat him with the kindness and understanding he deserved.

Currently she lives with her best friend - who finally was able to get some independence when her uncle gave her a car for her 17th birthday - and their two dogs, one bought into the house by each roommate. Marissa’s had her three-legged sheepdog, [name_f]Betsy[/name_f], since she started her teaching degree, having got her as a graduation present from her dad and brother; which absolutely delighted her, and her calming presence helps ensure the dogs aren’t too crazy if the girls both have to pop out for work or to see others. It’s only a 20 minute walk for [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] to visit her dad and stepmom, which she takes frequently to make sure they’re doing alright, and typically is the person to keep an eye on her brother if he’s housesitting [organisation has always been her strong suite, while he prefers chaos that makes sense to him alone]. She’s 99% certain her students want to play matchmaker thanks to her single status, and frequently jokes with the other teachers that her bisexuality means setting her up should be much easier for them - not that she’s entirely sure she’d accept whatever date proposition the kids have cooked up, as she isn’t particularly fond of going the park.

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Warning for death of a spouse.

[name_u]Monroe[/name_u] [name_u]Bennett[/name_u] Kenlloyd (49) is the single father of [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] and widower to his late wife. Compared to his sister who was more open with dating, [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] used to never want to date unless it was “the one”. He had friends who often dated people in relationships that didn’t last and he didn’t want to be that person with several exes who were never meant to be. It wasn’t until his sister told him that although his view is understandable, he’d never find “the one” if he didn’t date. [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] was apprehensive but he agreed his sister had a point and his sister made it easier for him by introducing him to a woman she felt he would be great for. That woman would eventually become Monroe’s wife and mother to [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] and her brother.

When his wife passed away from a tough but courageous battle with cancer, [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] couldn’t help but regress into the person he was before. His sister let him be this time, knowing he didn’t deserve to be pushed into a relationship, let alone another marriage, when he was far from ready. [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] is a father and his late wife was a mother so to get back into dating so quickly would be a dishonour to him but also to them and especially to her. [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] found single parenting a huge hardship since this wasn’t by choice. He met a kind woman who worked as a grief counsellor and had lots of therapy from her. It wasn’t something he got past overnight and it’s still not something he’s gotten past, but little by little, he was feeling better and happier. He’s become someone who celebrates life more and from it, he’s decided to pursue his dream of writing and illustrating children‘s books.

As of now, [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] has since remarried to the grief counsellor who guided him through the loss of his first wife. [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] is successful now as an author and enjoys even more that [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] has a job with kids too. [name_f]Marissa[/name_f] has taken the books to Oleander’s classroom and the teacher loves the books and has all of them in her classroom. His best friend is the uncle of Marissa’s best friend and he gets along with that family as well. [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] is additionally very grateful for his sister and considers her a true inspirational sibling. He still misses his first wife and remembers the charm she brought him and he couldn’t be happier their paths crossed in life.

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