[name_m]Joshua[/name_m] [name_u]Dane[/name_u] [name_u]Briar[/name_u] (22) is Marley’s classmate, Alyssa’s boyfriend, and father to their daughter. He’s also good friends with [name_f]Cecily[/name_f] since she’s the godmother. He too is studying education and is considering teaching as well. Joshua’s parents are happily married, however his mother had been previously married but this hasn’t diminished the current marriage and both find this a very stable relationship. [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] have been together since high school but were actually not prom dates: they both took someone else to prom but later than year, they found each other and started dating. Joshua’s prom date was someone he perceived more as a friend and the two never seriously were a couple but they are still friends today. [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] knows this woman is awesome but she’s not very romantic and can’t see herself as a mother, which he understands and respects. Besides, he couldn’t find a better person to raise his daughter with than [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f]. [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] is an ambivert but completely understands Marley’s introverted nature since he knows a few introverts himself.
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] Brantford (22) is Joshua’s one-time prom date and good friend, who’s currently very happy in her own company and focusing on obtaining her degree in linguistics. Children are something Clementine’s often internally debated herself about - deep down (unbeknownst to [name_m]Joshua[/name_m], as she feels a little awkward telling him this right now), she thinks she’d like to have a family of her own, but it very much is a distant future goal, as the idea of parenting absolutely overwhelms her just in thought. It’s why she respects him and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] so much, as not only are they amazing with their daughter, but have worked at being a brilliant couple too.
Nothing has made [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] a cautious person who prefers to take things slowly - her parents have a wonderful marriage and she’s delighted that her older brother (a trans man who has the support of their extended family too, including their granddad, who’s always been jokingly called ‘Lib-Gramps’ for how progressive he proves) has just gotten engaged to his boyfriend - but this doesn’t stop her from being supportive of those she cares about. [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] plans on specialising in linguistic sciences, with hopes to enter the forensic circle, inspired by how much she adored true crime media growing up. One of her housemates - she currently lives with 3 other students - is training in pathology, and they joke frequently about getting their own show someday.
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(tw: mention of tragic death of a family member)
[name_f]Hope[/name_f] [name_f]Nautica[/name_f] Briar-Roy (newborn) is [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] and Joshua’s daughter as well as [name_f]Cecily[/name_f] 's goddaughter. She is a quiet and perpetually sleepy baby who can snuggle up and have a nap in the arms of just about anyone once held. [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] experienced this first hand recently when she visited [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] to catch up and grab a cofee at the family’s home.
[name_f]Hope[/name_f] was named by her father , as [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] felt that despite being a little scared of the massive life changes of parenting , looking in the little girl’s eyes give him just that - [name_f]Hope[/name_f] that they’ll handle everything maturely despite their young age.
Her middle name is also significant - [name_f]Nautica[/name_f] means “pertaining to ships or sailors” - ships, sailors, water , mermaids and diving were the absolute biggest passion of [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] 's late sister , [name_f]Amy[/name_f] , who died at 17 as a result of a scuba-diving accident where the bottle with oxygen wasn’t adjusted properly to the depth at which [name_f]Amy[/name_f] was diving, eventually making her unable to breathe and causing her to drown. She was going to write her SATs the next year and sign up for the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] after finishing school because she wanted to know how to operate and maintain battleships. [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] came to the conclusion that [name_f]Amy[/name_f] would rather be honored through her passion than her actual name being given to his daughter , so [name_f]Hope[/name_f] recieved the middle name that she did. He hopes that his sister’s memory will live on and have an impact on her daughter , her late aunt’s story reminding her that it’s doing what you love which makes life worth living.
[name_f]Irma[/name_f] [name_f]Mayrose[/name_f] [name_u]Roy[/name_u] (24) is Hope’s maternal aunt and Alyssa’s older sister. She loves being Hope’s aunt but knows she wants nothing to do with replacing [name_f]Amy[/name_f] — and she promises [name_f]Hope[/name_f] will grow up with memories of both her aunts. [name_f]Irma[/name_f] didn’t know [name_f]Amy[/name_f] outside of Alyssa’s relationship with [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] but she’s been inspired by [name_f]Amy[/name_f]. She remembers going to the beach with [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f], [name_m]Joshua[/name_m], [name_f]Amy[/name_f], and some other friends. [name_f]Amy[/name_f] asked [name_f]Irma[/name_f] if she wants to swim with the others but [name_f]Irma[/name_f] said no and said she’s just at the beach to “work on her tan”. Looking back, [name_f]Irma[/name_f] regrets saying that and felt she sounded like a “high-maintenance priss” and besides that’s not even the true reason — [name_f]Irma[/name_f] didn’t want to swim because she’s afraid of water but didn’t want to admit it.
You’d think [name_f]Irma[/name_f] would be more afraid of water since Amy’s tragic demise…and she is. But she’s also more determined. She’s admitted that she’s afraid now but she’s wanted to do something about it. [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] has never been afraid of water but [name_f]Irma[/name_f] always has been. She refuses to wear water wings as she believes she needs to act like an adult but truthfully, she still wears a life jacket swimming. Since she’s admitted her fears more, people don’t judge her for her fear or make fun of her for wearing a life jacket. She’d never scuba dive but she will always support Amy’s passion for it and doesn’t judge others much like they don’t judge her. [name_f]Irma[/name_f] knows [name_f]Amy[/name_f] died doing what she loved and [name_f]Irma[/name_f] regrets not admitting to [name_f]Amy[/name_f] about her fear of water — she feels [name_f]Amy[/name_f] would have helped her. [name_f]Irma[/name_f] may not go in the water nearly as much as others but she feels working on facing her fear has helped her in more than just water. It’s made her realise it’s okay to be afraid, it’s okay to tell people how you feel, and it’s made her less judgemental and closer with other people who aren’t judgemental. [name_f]Irma[/name_f] will love and respect [name_f]Hope[/name_f] regardless of what she fears growing up but all she wants is that [name_f]Hope[/name_f] knows she is welcome and doesn’t have to hide it out of embarrassment. [name_f]Irma[/name_f] currently works at a coffee shop where one of Clementine’s housemates works at while one of Clementine’s other housemates works at a coffee shop from the same brand but in a different location in the city. The two shops often help with fundraisers and have special deals exclusive to the two locations only. They’ve made a special deal called “Amy’s Deal” which offers a free doughnut or pastry with your coffee if you donate a dollar or two to help the [name_u]Navy[/name_u].
[name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] [name_u]Carmen[/name_u] Nicoletti (22) is one of Clementine’s housemates and works with [name_f]Irma[/name_f] at the coffee shop. She knew [name_f]Amy[/name_f] as well and thought she was a great girl. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] immediately agreed with “Amy’s Deal” and thought it was a great idea. She’s become good friends with [name_f]Irma[/name_f] since they started working together. Their boss always gets the two of them confused because of their somewhat similar first names which she finds funny since they look nothing alike. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] is working toward her degree in architecture and when she finishes she’s going to dearly miss working at the cafe. She’s promised to stop by frequently since in the five years she’s worked there everyone has grown to like her. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] has really lived up to the meaning of her name and tries to be kind toward everyone. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] seems to have connections and know just about everyone in town. How, no one really knows, but it sometimes gets them free treats or cool gifts so they don’t mind. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] has a younger sister who is in college as well. She’s in an on again off again relationship with a boy in one of her classes and [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] feels that the relationship is somewhat toxic. She’s mentioned this to their mom who has more sway and a better approach when it comes to things like this and hopes everything will turn out fine.
[name_f]Odette[/name_f] [name_u]Shiloh[/name_u] [name_u]Roy[/name_u] (23) is a visitor to the coffee shop, being the sister of [name_f]Irma[/name_f] and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f]. In spite of their closeness in age, the three were very different people growing up, and it unintentionally created a distance between them for several years until they’d matured to a point of understanding. Odette’s currently in the process of working on her bachelor’s degree in Medieval Literature, having always been someone academically inclined and invested. She actually received a scholarship offer to an all girl’s academy when she was preparing to leave middle school and subsequently ended up accepting after it became clear this environment was ideal for Odette’s interests and hopes. Contrasting what some people assume upon hearing this story, the Roy’s were careful to ensure they never made their daughter’s feel they had to compete with each other - heightened by their very different interests and preferences career wise - instead making sure both of their paths were validated by the way they responded to the girl’s successes; meaning even when they were more distant, [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] and [name_f]Irma[/name_f] respected [name_f]Odette[/name_f], who always returned these feelings.
In comparison to her bubbly and sociable sisters’, [name_f]Odette[/name_f] can come across as more aloof and definitely reserved, being happy in her own company which she quite happily exists with. She lives with her girlfriend, who’s likewise a happy homebody and they frequently have movie nights or make jewelry together to relax on an evening, very much being people drawn to a quieter life. They have two pets - a bearded dragon named [name_m]Beauford[/name_m] and an incredibly fluffy tortoiseshell called [name_f]Maude[/name_f] - who [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] already insists will be adored by [name_f]Hope[/name_f] when she’s older, a sentiment very much agreed on by [name_f]Odette[/name_f]. Her girlfriend knew [name_f]Amy[/name_f] quite well, as her sibling is in the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] currently and was involved in the same enrolment scheme, bringing more closeness between [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and her sister’s unintentionally, as she and her girlfriend helped [name_m]Josh[/name_m] reach out to speak more about this part of his late sister’s life. The couple met attending a pottery class - [name_f]Odette[/name_f] got vouchers from [name_f]Irma[/name_f] for her birthday, as she loves working with uncommon materials - and so she credits her older sister to helping her find this happiness; but has admitted she absolutely is not equipped to be a matchmaker in turn, in spite of how much she’d love to do this.
Thanks to their mutual academic focus, [name_f]Odette[/name_f] has become friendlier with [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] recently, inviting her over to meet the animals and take advantage of the very laidback environment. She’s also become more aware of her concerns about the relationship between Ilaria’s sister and her boyfriend, which [name_f]Odette[/name_f] admits has a lot of worrying elements to it, namely how often he dismisses his girlfriend’s worries about things. While she doesn’t enjoy getting involved in delicate situations, [name_f]Odette[/name_f] can’t just stand back and hear about this, so she feels the least she can do is be a listening ear. What she’s hoping to avoid is discord, as she’s worried the boyfriend will use this to paint [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] as interfering and jealous, which will likely only lead things into a worse place. Still she respects the privacy of the situation and has refrained from asking one of her friend’s - who’s doing a counselling degree right now - for insight as [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] hasn’t given explicit permission for this input, and boundaries are very important for [name_f]Odette[/name_f].
[name_f][/name_f][name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] [name_m]Cosmo[/name_m] [name_u]Garland[/name_u] (23) is a mutual friend of [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and her girlfriend and getting a degree in counselling. He actually used to have a brief former relationship with Odette’s girlfriend but it never progressed due to her finding out that she wasn’t truly attracted to men. [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] respects that and supports [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and her girlfriend and he feels one day he will find someone who’s right for him. He feels his mother’s relationship with his stepfather is a lot of drama and he wants to avoid it as much as possible. He doesn’t want his parents to think he’s taking sides with either of them because he’s not. He spent the weekend with his maternal side of the family and his stepfather and his mother posted it to Facebook. Not too long after, Fletcher’s father messaged him constantly asking why [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] doesn’t have more pictures of him and his father. The next time [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] was with his father, he took photos and posted them but his mother asked why he doesn’t post the pictures of him and his mother together and why she is always the one doing that. [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] is glad he’s learned how to counsel because he would have ghosted them both had he not properly studied this.[name_f][/name_f]
After [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] evened everything out with them, he used his counselling he studied to resolve the issue and while his parents still have grudges, they’re not using that against him. The main person he relates with is his stepsister [name_f]Cecily[/name_f] Vanton, although both relate in the fact that they’re both on family drama they never wanted and would both rather talk about anything else. From [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and her girlfriend, he’s been to the coffee cafe and met [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] and [name_f]Irma[/name_f]. He doesn’t know Ilaria’s sister and per Odette‘s agreement with [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f], [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] isn’t involved. He’s still open to give input to [name_f]Odette[/name_f] but he’s respected boundaries and finds this an important thing for everyone to do. He also bonds with [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] and helps comfort him over his tragic loss of his sister. [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] loves Hope’s middle name [name_f]Nautica[/name_f] and he too recently received his boating licence. Although [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] is unfamiliar with battleships, he proudly respects Amy’s dream of being in the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] since his paternal grandfather was also a [name_u]Navy[/name_u] sailor.
[name_f][/name_f][name_u]Jack[/name_u] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_u]Garland[/name_u] (71) is Fletcher’s paternal grandfather. He started in the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] at 18 and met his wife two years later while in Greece. They got married and welcomed their eldest child, Fletcher’s dad, when they were 22 and 21 respectively. Their two daughters came along seven and ten years after. [name_u]Jack[/name_u] and his wife were worried about [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] and how bad things were going with his mom and dad. They’re glad [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] has resolved things though. [name_u]Jack[/name_u] had tried to talk to his son about how his actions were affecting [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] but he didn’t want to listen and [name_u]Jack[/name_u] respectfully didn’t speak anymore on the subject. [name_u]Jack[/name_u] suffers from PTSD, though with counseling and the love of his family, it’s gotten more manageable. Some days are worse than others but he’s just happy to have a good life. One of Jack’s granddaughters is in the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] and the two are close because of that, though he definitely loves all his grandchildren. [name_u]Jack[/name_u] enjoys talking about the good times he had in the [name_u]Navy[/name_u] and is still in contact with a close friend of his from that time who lives in a nearby town.
[name_f]Alizka[/name_f] [name_f]Diamanta[/name_f] “ [name_f]Alice[/name_f] “ [name_u]Garland[/name_u] [left] and [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] [name_f]Pandora[/name_f] Mitsotakis [right] (70) are twins, one of which being the wife of [name_u]Jack[/name_u] [name_u]Garland[/name_u]. Both grew up in Greece, particularly Thessaloniki. They actually grew up a few miles out of Thessaloniki, on a small farm to two loving parents who adored both girls equally. [name_f]Alice[/name_f] and [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] have always been best friends, but they’ve had some moments in their relationship where they’ve fought, and even thought they hated one another. However, their childhood was generally harmonious- both were popular in school and got good grades. However, [name_f]Alice[/name_f] was a bit smarter than [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] academically while [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] was the more social of the twins, who had a bit more of a developed social life and sense of empathy while [name_f]Alice[/name_f] was sometimes cold and closed-off- nevertheless, [name_f]Alice[/name_f] was still good at making friends, but oftentimes she piggybacked off the popularity of [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f]. This environment created a lot of envy, but [name_f]Alice[/name_f] coped with it well.
However, when [name_f]Alice[/name_f] got accepted to a prestigious university in [name_u]Athens[/name_u], [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] was furious and didn’t manage her emotions very well. She didn’t talk to [name_f]Alice[/name_f] for a month out of jealousy and anger, but when she decided to stop the childish behaviors [name_f]Alice[/name_f] readily accepted her back into her life and glad her sister wasn’t mad at her anymore. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] took a gap year and eventually got accepted to another university near [name_f]Alice[/name_f], and it was good, but not as good as Alice’s. [name_f]Alice[/name_f] was finally happier than [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f], and [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] was trying to accept it, but it was very hard for her- even more so when [name_f]Alice[/name_f] met [name_u]Jack[/name_u]. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] fell in love with [name_u]Jack[/name_u], but didn’t tell [name_f]Alice[/name_f] after she was dating [name_u]Jack[/name_u]- and both were furious. Eventually [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] got over her childish crush on [name_u]Jack[/name_u] and moved onto someone else, who she’s married to today. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] is well meaning but sometimes her emotions can get the best of her. Which was exactly the case when [name_f]Alice[/name_f] moved to [name_u]America[/name_u] with [name_u]Jack[/name_u]- [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] was furious and begged her sister to stay. [name_f]Alice[/name_f] laughed at [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f], insulted her for being childish and didn’t apologize before she left. Luckily, a few months later [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] booked a trip to [name_u]America[/name_u] and formally apologized to [name_f]Alice[/name_f], who once again gladly accepted the apology.
Nowadays [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] knows how toxic her behaviors were and cringes at herself now, and wishes she could fix it. Thankfully, she visits her twin very often (as often as she can). [name_f]Alice[/name_f] got a job in [name_u]America[/name_u] as a brain surgeon. Her family was very proud of her- it was exhausting fighting the stigmas of being a female doctor in a time when it wasn’t very readily accepted, but [name_f]Alice[/name_f] has no regrets- she’s proud of herself for following her passions and encouraged all her kids to do the same thing- especially her daughters. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] is terrified of blood and could never be a surgeon but is very proud of her sister. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] also got a good job as a realtor- she too had to deal with some gender stereotypes but her charismatic personality outshined her gender when it came to getting a job. She’s also got three kids with her husband, and both twins have many grandchildren- they’re planning a family trip soon as they all reunite every five years. [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] and [name_f]Alice[/name_f] love watching their grandkids and kids reunite, and think it’s very nice. Both love their grandkids, but [name_f]Alice[/name_f] has a sweet spot for [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m]- [name_f]Alice[/name_f] is retired, and has been for a while now, but she knows her and [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] both worked/will work with the brain at some point and [name_f]Alice[/name_f] thinks that’s very sweet (brain surgeon, counselor). As for [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f], she’s also retired and living her best life in Greece with her husband, kids and grandkinds.
Joel Martin Schuppert (49) is a volunteer at the community centre where Alice and Jack go to exercise yoga at with other seniors. He provides water , sandwiches and even fruity milkshakes for the seniors. He was actually a Navy Ship line cook before retiring - he was able to retire early due to his wife 's income being greater than his and him staying at home with his three children - boys who are now grown men. Many people laughed at him and called his parenting “babysitting” due to sexism and people at large seeing childcare made by men as “emasculating”. However, when Joel tells them he was in the Navy as a line cook, they suddenly thank him for the service, which he finds just simply confusing.
Joel got into volounteering thanks to one of his sons who wanted to get extra credits for college. He stayed there after his son left due to moving out of state and really likes Alice and Jack - Alice or her charismatic personality and bright smile , and Jack because they can talk about the Navy. Joel finds it reassuring that even though he didn’t technically fight , Jack still calls him “a brother in arms” , as he says “unfed soliders are useless soliders”. Jack also sees nothing degrading in the fact that Joel was a stay at home dad and his wife made more, even though he admits that in the old days it would have been unthinkable. It gave Joel a new perspective on his situtation and even though he finds it tough managing his remaining two son’s antics, he is grateful that in this day and age people seem more accepting of others stepping out of traditional gender roles compared to , say, 50 years ago. One of his sons still lives with parents despite being adult and going to community college and the other is still a teen, so he naturally can’t move out yet. The third and oldest son is currently in another state at university and admittedly Joel is the proudest of him , seeing him thrive and live on his own , even though both his parents and brothers wish he would call more often and the family didn’t have to find out about what he’s up to solely from Facebook.
Joel has heard some rumours about his middle child - the son who goes to community college - mistreating his girlfriend , however he chooses to ignore it because the young man introduced a certain Latina girl by the surname of Nicoletti to the family - if he was truly mistreating her , he wouldn’t tell his parents about her or claim that he takes her seriously, would he?
[name_m]Alec[/name_m] & [name_f]Hilaria[/name_f] [name_u]Baldwin[/name_u] named their newborn daughter [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] and I immediately thought of [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] Nicoletti…I’m too obsessed with these games. But to be fair, Nicoletti was created before [name_u]Baldwin[/name_u] was born so, maybe A.B.Galaxy is ahead of the pop culture?
[name_f]Kellie[/name_f] [name_f]Melissa[/name_f] [name_m]Norwood[/name_m] (49) is Joel’s wife. She is a news reporter for the local TV station. Although [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] chose to keep her surname, she was perfectly fine with her children taking their father’s surname and only kept hers for her public career. [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] truly finds the way [name_m]Joel[/name_m] was treated to be very sexist and supports him being such a great stay-at-home dad despite the misandry. [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] supports [name_u]Jack[/name_u] and [name_m]Joel[/name_m] for their service and was more than grateful dancing with [name_m]Joel[/name_m] at the annual military ball. She also supports the Briars and Amy’s Naval dream and can’t imagine what Amy’s parents went through losing a daughter and [name_m]Joshua[/name_m] going through losing a sister.
Although [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] is still working and has no plans to stop, that doesn’t mean she’s not there for her sons. She’s been nothing more than happy to see them grow into young adults and watch what they do with their lives. [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] supports the Nicoletti family and learned of them through the coffee café but they’re not exactly friends. She is hoping for the best with her middle child dating Ilaria’s younger sister but she’s never talked to this with [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f]. What [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] doesn’t realise is that it’s for the best, seeing that [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] doesn’t support her sister dating him and wants her to get out. [name_f]Kellie[/name_f] wonders what her other two sons feel about this relationship as well.
[name_u]Aiden[/name_u] [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] Schuppert (17) is the youngest son of [name_m]Joel[/name_m] and [name_f]Kellie[/name_f]. He’s in his senior year of high school and can’t wait to finish. Unlike his older brothers, [name_u]Aiden[/name_u] won’t be going to college. He plans to travel the world a bit with his best friend and girlfriend after high school. The two of them have been friends since she moved in next door ten years ago. Their friendship hasn’t ever wavered, though they have argued before, and it even survived the reveal of their deeper feelings for one another. [name_u]Aiden[/name_u], being the shyer of the two, definitely did not ask her out.
[name_u]Aiden[/name_u] met Ilaria’s younger sister when his brother brought her for them to meet and thought she was a nice girl. He hadn’t meant to, but afterwards he’d heard them arguing outside and his brother was angry with her for not saying much. [name_u]Aiden[/name_u] felt bad for her as he deals with social anxiety and wondered if she does too. He’s seen them around a few other times and always feels like something’s off. He thinks he’s paranoid though and hasn’t said anything to anyone. [name_u]Aiden[/name_u] is a photographer and plans to continue that after high school. He already has a few clients now. He also is on the school newspaper as a photographer.
Warning: Unlikable character and gambler-in-the-making.
[name_m]Myles[/name_m] [name_m]Kason[/name_m] Schuppert (20) is the middle son of the family and Aiden’s brother. He’s the boyfriend of Ilaria’s sister but is notably terrible at problem solving, leading to lots of arguments. He does like her but deep down, although he’s in denial, he shouldn’t be dating. [name_m]Myles[/name_m] really wanted to be in a relationship but ever since he got one, he missed being single and often argued with his girlfriend and ignored her calls and texts because he doesn’t have the nerve to just break up with her. He would much rather slowly break contact and just ghost her until the relationship fizzles out. Aiden’s best friend had a relationship end by letting it fizzle out but to be fair, Aiden’s best friend wasn’t the toxic one and the relationship had no progression anyway.
He is in community college but doesn’t want a job and he’d rather be making money playing poker. While gambling is a terrible way to attempt to make profit, [name_m]Myles[/name_m] is actually pretty good at poker. He’s not actually making money in real life, he plays it all online. But from the games he’s played with friends, he has always beat them and has a very good poker face. When he turns 21, he’s going straight to the casino to win some real money. The family wishes he wouldn’t devote himself to poker; they don’t think him playing in real life will be the same as playing online or with friends. [name_m]Even[/name_m] if he wins in real life, gambling is a huge addiction and he won’t be the same. His girlfriend has told him that she doesn’t like his poker obsession and he’s always nagged at her whenever she tells him. The idea you should “never trust a poker player” reigns true, [name_m]Myles[/name_m] can be a liar and finds lying…convenient. [name_m]Myles[/name_m] is truly a difficult person to talk to because of this and he has a bad attitude, which people dislike. He isn’t actually as good at concealing himself in real life as he is at poker however; his family, the Nicolettis, [name_f]Odette[/name_f], and [name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] have all had varying degrees of suspicion — from having doubts about the relationship’s steadiness to downright knowing [name_m]Myles[/name_m] is a fraud. The question is: [name_u]Will[/name_u] his girlfriend know?
(warning: mutually toxic relationship mention)
[name_f]Amadea[/name_f] [name_f]Dafne[/name_f] Nicoletti (21) is [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] Nicoletti 's younger sister. She is also [name_m]Myles[/name_m] ’ girlfriend. She knows that [name_m]Myles[/name_m] is close to becoming a gambling addict but she doesn’t care because at this point she just wants to get away from him. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] also knows that [name_m]Myles[/name_m] suspects infidelity from her and instaed of communicating directly he would rather act accusatory and start arguments. She doesn’t know how to have a civil conversation with him either so she often edns up throwing things around the room, particularly those made of glass , when she gets really angry - or go out for a cigarette and remove herself from the situation the moment [name_m]Myles[/name_m] accuses her of something she didin’t do. In return, [name_m]Myles[/name_m] gets her the silent treatment by not responding to calls or texts which perpetuates a toxic cycle. [name_f]Ilaria[/name_f] also noticed that her sister started smoking more and fell into the wrong crowd at university which stifles her previously amazing ability to get good grades - after community college [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] wants to transfer to a university and start working towards a degree in International Business. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] wishes her future skills can someday establish more cooperation between Italian and American companies. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] even brainstormed with her friends to start her own bike-renting start-up but that idea has been scrapped ever since she went into a relationship with [name_m]Myles[/name_m] because he degraded her for that idea, telling her “unless you live in Sillicon [name_f]Valley[/name_f] your startup will never take off”. One of [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] 's friends also worries about her but she knows that [name_m]Myles[/name_m] and [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] have been together since high school and [name_m]Myles[/name_m] helped her get through her body image issues then, being a rather laid-back and easygoing guy, but the obsession with money when he started playing poker as well as the convinience of lying and deception got the better of [name_m]Myles[/name_m]. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] 's best friend really wishes she would just cut off all contact with [name_m]Myles[/name_m] already , however she still holds onto the good memories and her very emotional nature makes her unable to leave even if being with [name_m]Myles[/name_m] brings the worst in her. After he lied to her about something minor recently , [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] pushed [name_m]Myles[/name_m] against the wall, slapped him accross the face and got into a screaming match where at one point she tried to also kick him in a certain sensitive area. The incident got to both [name_m]Myles[/name_m] ’ older brother and [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] 's sister as well as her best friend. Now she is in hot water over this from both sides of the couple’s loved ones. It was the first time she has ever physically hit someone but her friend and sister try to make her realise that she has anger managment issues that she has to work on or else she’ll come into a downward spiral of anger. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] realises that she wasn’t provoked to act with violence and it wasn’t self-defence, so it slowly comes to her attention that [name_m]Myles[/name_m] isn’t the only toxic person in the relationship and they have to stop seeing each other ASAP, however she cries herself to sleep at night because deep down she’s still the insecure highschool girl with body image issues for whom [name_m]Myles[/name_m] was a supportive and funny boyfriend in her teen years - not to mention her first love.
Jenna Shanti Polk (23) is Amadea’s friend who tried to convince her to start up the bike-rental shop she dreamed of, only to have Myles’s negativity ruin that for Amadea. Jenna has a different view on “first love” considering that her first love isn’t the first person she dated, just the first person she fell in love with. First person she dated was Fletcher Garland but the relationship was very short-lived when Isa realised she wasn’t attracted to men and she and Fletcher would remain friends. She also went on a date with another mutual friend of her and Amadea but both realised on the date that they were better off as friends and made the rest of the date friendly and non-romantic to ensure it wouldn’t ruin their friendship. She wanted someone more peaceful and didn’t meet her true first love and current girlfriend Odette until they found each other at a pottery class. They’re inseparable as a couple and Jenna feels she’s found true love and is nothing but grateful for everything falling into place so well. While Jenna’s sib didn’t introduce the two, Jenna credits her sib for everything she’s been brought with Odette and finds her sib a true Navy hero. She supports Josh and Amy and wishes Amy was still alive to see her amazing impact.
Jenna has been friends with Amadea for some time but her relationship with Myles is making her friends uncomfortable and not willing to be around her as much. They don’t necessarily want to unfriend Amadea and believe her to be good at heart, but hate how negatively she’s changed because of Myles. Jenna supports the other two Schuppert brothers and doesn’t understand why Myles is so toxic but they are so nice. She worries that Amadea is mutually toxic towards him but doesn’t know any specific details, unlike another friend in the group who is Amadea’s best friend who knows a little too much information. She begs Amadea to end the relationship and get therapy, and Amadea knows Jenna is right, but she’s still in love with Myles and Amadea has asked why Jenna and their mutual friend didn’t become a couple, despite knowing they’re not a romantic match and Jenna is happily with Odette. Jenna is grateful for Odette to make jewellery and watch movies with, and finds her a liberating person to date and a truly perfect girlfriend. She credits their pets for helping her maintain a calm and pleasant personality. Jenna isn’t the type to be super chaotic and feels best relaxing, which she feels is near-impossible to do when she’s wrapped up in the drama of Amadea and Myles. What’s waning on their friendship is their futures: some are in college, some graduated, some opted out, but Amadea and Jenna’s friends want to do the bike-rental start-up they’ve all dreamed of doing. Jenna has decided she’s going to be part of the start-up but is worried about whether Amadea is going to do it with the rest of the friends or decline because of Myles’s pessimistic ways rubbing off on her. There’s one question the friends ask of Amadea, “Are you in or are you out?”
tw: spousal abuse & child being exposed to it
Nazik " [name_u]Naz[/name_u] " Seyyal Perinçek (21) is Amadea’s best friend and confident, who’s also close with [name_f]Jenna[/name_f]. The [name_m]Myles[/name_m] situation is one [name_u]Naz[/name_u] has the greatest understanding of, but wishes it would come to an end, as she fears that [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] could completely spiral given the recent turning of events, and doesn’t think her boyfriend will return to his old self. Her pessimism stems mostly from childhood: the home [name_u]Naz[/name_u] grew up in was very unpleasant, dominated by the extremely controlling and emotionally abusive nature of her father, which her mother endured on a daily basis. While [name_u]Naz[/name_u] and her brothers’ were spared - mostly being ignored in her case, while her older brother was clearly the ‘golden child’ [something that bred resentment between him and their younger brother especially, that [name_u]Naz[/name_u] ended up trying to resolve mostly by herself] - it was painful seeing their mother, who was always the supportive, reassuring and loving parent, broken down by constant criticism and accusations of being unfaithful. Until recently, she was unaware her older brother was almost roped into this, as their father tried to pressure him into spying on their mom; spurred on by his intense paranoia and need to belittle his wife at every moment. [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] was the only person who had real insight into the terrible environment [name_u]Naz[/name_u] and her siblings were raised in, as the only person she really felt comfortable confiding in, which is why she’s determined to help her friend, even if she was upset by the physical violence that transpired recently.
As the person who’s known both parties longest, [name_u]Naz[/name_u] admits she does have some bias in Amadea’s favour ultimately, but at the same time recognises [name_m]Myles[/name_m] has his own unaddressed issues that obviously are deserving of empathy - especially given what transpired. The cheating accusations are something she can’t handle though, thanks to what she saw her mom go through, and the pair have argued before about this; as [name_u]Naz[/name_u] was actually accused of helping [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] ‘hide’ her infidelity, thanks to the girls’ bond. She and [name_m]Myles[/name_m] never had a great relationship - he openly considers [name_u]Naz[/name_u] a dour, moody person who doesn’t bother with much charisma or warmth - and this is why she’s stayed away from him [granted they weren’t speaking much following their blowout row about her ‘conspiring with Amadea’], as she doesn’t believe he’ll have any faith in what help she offers.
Never one to mince her words, Naz’s brutal honesty is something her friends’ appreciate, and this has pushed [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] into accessing therapy quicker, as once [name_u]Naz[/name_u] recognised her friend needs it, she didn’t leave the topic alone. She hasn’t said anything about smoking because she’s more than aware of the absolute hypocrisy of this, and her own use of nicotine is to combat the frequent stress [name_u]Naz[/name_u] encounters thanks to memories of childhood, as well as when her brother’s have a spat: as she’s deathly afraid of it becoming the cold war that used to exist between them. Currently she’s studying sociology - with plans on specialising in domestic abuse, thanks to her own upbringing - and also works at an independent coffee shop, owned by the parents of her older brothers’ partner [who are very flexible with Naz’s’ hours, which she’s infinitely grateful for]. Her mom finally managed to get away from their dad when [name_u]Naz[/name_u] was 17 - helped by her maternal aunt, who often had the children stay with her once she learned of the situatuon - and she lives with her right now, as she wants to make sure she’s handling things on her own.
Part of [name_u]Naz[/name_u] also fears her father somehow managing to get back in their lives - as since the separation, he’s had no contact with either of his younger children, and her older brother refuses to take his calls. The divorce papers haven’t been filed yet, as they know it’ll kick off a significant war, and [name_u]Naz[/name_u] is dreading this day given what it will do to her mom. She attends therapy herself and is trying to rely less on cynicism to protect herself, but it’s even more alluring to her than cigarettes, and she acknowledges it will likely always influence her nature. What has lifted Naz’s’ spirits is adopting a tabby kitten from a local shelter, who she’s named [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] [based on a long-term in joke she and [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] started in middle school], who her friends are madly in love with, and she doesn’t even bother feeling jealous given how precious the cat is.
(tw: uncensored threats of outing someone , stalking behaviour - this character is not even the least bit likable)
[name_m]Devrim[/name_m] [name_m]Ozan[/name_m] Perinçek (24) is the older brother of [name_u]Naz[/name_u] and the “Golden Child” of the family whom his father tried to preassure into spying on their mom just because he happened to be a computer science student at the time. Because of the bond he shared with his father, he even briefly gave in and stalked his mom on social media to attempt monitoring her internet activity.
This is something he unfortunately got a little obsessed with and started finding out the secrets of people from his school - including the oldest Schuppert brother whose sexual orientation [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] got to know by linking his activity to an account on a forum for bisexual people asking for dating advice. [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] knows the Schuppert brother hasn’t yet told anyone and even now used this information to threaten the now university student with “accidentally” outing him if he doesnt’ scold [name_m]Myles[/name_m] for the behviour towards [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] and [name_u]Naz[/name_u].
[name_m]Even[/name_m] though [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] no longer stalks his mother ever since his father went a step too far and ordered him to install a secret tracking app on her phone , his younger brother - the middle child of Perinçek family - knows what he does to the oldest Schuppert and has a conflict with [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] because the two are actually friends and the younger Perinçek brother knows something which even [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] doesn’t… The oldest Schuppert not only remains in the closet to his family but also didn’t mention to them that he got married his second year of college out of state… To a man who he met through a sorority.
[name_u]Naz[/name_u] stays oblivious to this and isn’t even aware of the fact [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] ever gave in to his father’s demands to stalk their mother , as [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] proved to be deceitful and portrayed the whole situation as if he had refused from the beginning. She sees [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] as someone quite likable and especially appreciates him for being a supportive other half to his partner by being the social media manager of the independent cafe owned by said partner.
[name_m]Devrim[/name_m] doesn’t see the stalking of the eldest Schuppert as wrong because he sees it as the only means to get [name_m]Myles[/name_m] to get out of [name_u]Naz[/name_u] 's and [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] 's lives, knowing that [name_m]Myles[/name_m] ’ older brother is the only person in the world whom he listens to since becoming a gambler.
[name_u]Kadri[/name_u] [name_m]Emre[/name_m] Perinçek (23) is [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] and Naz’s brother, who majored biology and is in medical school, currently working as a writer for a health site. His stance on [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] is very conflicted especially since [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] is a very private person who never even had a diary as a child because he knew someone would read it or use it against him. Which would definitely happen given his brother’s toxic nature and thirst for information that isn’t his business. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] has very few social media accounts and just uses them to keep in touch with people. He’s often created some code words to use out of fear [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] could hack him or otherwise find out information from him. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] himself is pansexual and had kept this a secret for some time and debated when to come out but just recently posted a video coming out. Ultimately the decision to do so was to ensure coming out was in his own hands and was his decision, not anyone else’s decision to out him.
He’s friends with the eldest and youngest Schuppert brother but not with [name_m]Myles[/name_m] and he won’t listen to anything [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] says about [name_m]Myles[/name_m] and [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] regardless of if it’s true or false. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] understands the brothers of [name_m]Myles[/name_m] given his own conflict with [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] and he’s retaining their friendship as much as possible despite Devrim’s desire to “out” the eldest. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] knows it’s not anyone else’s job to “fix” [name_m]Myles[/name_m] and admits he’s uncomfortable with Myles’ bond with the eldest Schuppert but it’s not like Myles’ elder brother is directly taking a side. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] himself has chosen not to take a side with [name_f]Amadea[/name_f] or with [name_m]Myles[/name_m] and believes the idea of siding will just add more drama. He worries someone will go against him for being Devrim’s brother and has made it clear he’s not supportive of [name_m]Devrim[/name_m], to the point of even unfriending him. [name_u]Kadri[/name_u] is good friends with [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and [name_f]Jenna[/name_f] and is also a bonding friend with the husband of the eldest Schuppert brother so he has friends in the LGBTQUIAP+ community, which made it more comfortable when he came out as pansexual. He’s never wants [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] to know about the marriage between the two men and doesn’t want any pictures or videos with him and the couple together in fears [name_m]Devrim[/name_m] will see it.
Holden Travis [Schuppert] Guittard (22) is the eldest Schuppert brother and a good friend of Kadri . He is grateful to Kadri for not telling Devrim about his marriage to his husband and is quite sure that the only reason Devrim didn’t track him down yet is him changing his surname to his husband’s. Holden actually married his husband on a whim , and actually a bet - they were a couple for just four months at the point of the Las Vegas trip when their stereotypical " Elvis Wedding" occured. A good friend of his husband’s , a street artist known for rebelliousness, was making fun of the couple for being “too organised” and saying “I guess you wouldn’t have the balls to get married here like they do in movies”. The friend was a little drunk at that point , but Holden and his husband weren’t because they both abstain from drinking - so they took the bet, bought crazy-coloured suits the next day (literally, Holden had an unicorn suit) and booked a quick Elvis ceremony in a run-downpart of town… Only after the fact realizing that the "marriage contract " they signed there was actually legally binding in the state of Nevada and effectively made them legally married. The friend of his husband laughed at first and told them to destroy it but when they went back home they made the decision to contact the authorities in their state and legally recognise the marriage there, even signing a document stating that there wouldn’t be a devision of matrimonial property. The decision was spontanous but Holden and his husband felt that making a strong commitment in the atmosphere of total chaos was… just what theu needed. A year later they still stand by that decision and are happy to have joint finances now that Holden’s husband got his first job at a car dealership after earning his Bachelor’s in Sales. Holden is currently a law student and works a paid internship as a paralegal , so he is glad that with their joint account his finances actually go towards a future together.
Holden hasn’t told anyone about being bisexual because he was afraid how it may affect his dad - he knew Joel himself wouldn’t have anything against it per se, but their small town is nutorious for being judgmental and he worried that Joel as a single dad and former Line Cook for the navy could face social ostracism for “raising his son to be gay”. Moreover , his mom Kellie is a famous journalist and a public figure, so he didn’t want his coming out to be done by the media for him and for Kellie to face pressure to do interviews about being a parent of an LGBTQ+ child. He doesn’t realise that both Kellie and Joel would support him no matter what. When it comes to his brothers, he only reprimaneded Myles for behaving in a bad way towards his girlfriend Amadea because he was forced by Devrim to do so , but truly believes that Myles has to see the error of his ways and figure out his own mistakes to meaningfully change , so the reprimand was half-hearted. Moreover, he’s aware that Amadea has her own anger issues and Myles is not the only one at fault here - he’s glad to live his own life in Nevada at university and have the ability to be one step removed from Myles , beliving both him and Amadea are ultimately adults and the toxicity in their relationship is their or a therapist’s problem to resolve. Holden has even recommended therapy to his brother due to the gambling problem and he promised he would go but only did one appointment. When he lived at home , Holden was a role model to Myles and he would always listen to his elder brother, however now Holden is convinced that their parents are the only ones who can meaningfully influence him and therefore told their mom everything that Myles does to his girlfriend and Naz as stated in Devrim 's email. Kellie was horrified but Holden doesn’t know what occured after.
Holden also is sad for Aiden and the fact that he worries very much about Myles - much more than Holden who always had a "live and let live " attitutude. He supports Aiden 's goal to do photography and actually even asked him to photograph the sports cars that his husband’s dealership has for sale, which Aiden is quite excited about , being somewhat of a car guy unlike Holden who prefers going to the gym or doing make-up as a hobby - something his husband jokes is a delightful contrast. His husband is also a gym-goer and that’s where they met, although they have a very different style and his husband’s biggest passion is birdwatching. Their ideal life together according to his husband is you, me , a parrot , and one very spoiled kid which doesn’t sound bad at all to Holden even though such a clear vision and joint finances create a sense of urgency to finally tell Holden’s family the truth.
[name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] Guittard (24) is Holden’s brother-in-law, who was understandably pretty shocked to learn his younger brother got married on impulse. The marriage happened around the time [name_u]Holden[/name_u] was moving in with his girlfriend - who uses they/she pronouns but is fine with the terms girlfriend and partner - so he actually was a little relieved for the news, as the extended Guittard family are known for being very enthusiastic, to the point of being overwhelming for [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m], who’s the absolute opposite and likes things lowkey. Having recently graduated with a degree in speech therapy, he’s currently applying for his bachelor’s degree - not wanting to rush into his career - while working for an ethical shop thaf focuses on fundraising and recycled produce. While he’s always been the quieter brother, [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] is very dedicated to the causes he invests in emotionally, and it’s this that drew him to his partner, as they’re an environmental studies major who’s planning on specialising in renewable energy once they’ve finished their degree [having taken a gap year before applying to uni, meaning they were technically in the year below Ephraim].
It’s no secret to him that the calmness of his immediate family - it’s just him, his mom and brother, after his dad passed from an extended battle with cancer when [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] was 18 and his brother 16 - is reassuring to [name_u]Holden[/name_u], given the drama ongoing with his brothers’ relationship. Although he feels a little guilty about it, [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] has intentionally remained distant from this particular chaos, as he doesn’t want to get pulled into any more stress [especially the sort revolving around interpersonal relationships]. In high school, [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] always ended up playing peacemaker between two of his friends who despised each other at random turns - always petty drama - and he ended up emotionally burnt out trying to keep everyone happy, with limited support [as most people just wanted to keep out of things, while [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] was so close to both parties he felt unable to step back]. Surprisingly, he’s managed to remain friends with both of them, albeit was after getting a much needed apology for being pulled into their feuding time and time again.
For the surprise it brought, [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] fully supports [name_u]Holden[/name_u] and his brother’s marriage, wanting to see them achieve long-term happiness. He’s done his best to give them advise about the next steps to take - based mostly on personal experience - while not neglecting his partner in the process. The couple have recently adopted an Italian greyhound, [name_u]Arthur[/name_u], who they’re doting upon and joke about him being their trial run for parenthood; not far-fetched given how it’s obvious they adore him. Often they go on little cinema dates or have impromptu picnics, helped by the fact [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] can make brilliant savoury food - just never ask him to bake as the sweet side of cooking is absolutely beyond him - when they’re not seeing friends or hanging out with his girlfriend’s sister, who’s just preparing for college and greatly admires them, something [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] finds a bit overwhelming sometimes. The mad part of his family - as he affectionately calls them - are his dad’s two sisters, their partners, and the cousons born to their relationships; known for their loud, gregarious personalities, which is a comfort for [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] ultimately [even with his introversion], as it reminds him of his dad.