Warning for paralysis by hit and run (not graphic or fatal) and injustice.
[name_u]Sander[/name_u] [name_m]Uziah[/name_m] [left] and [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] [name_m]Edmund[/name_m] [right] [name_u]Gardner[/name_u] (24) are Ephraim’s paternal cousins and good friends with [name_f]Venus[/name_f], always willing to learn more about Basque culture from them. Both twins love Venus’s crochet talent and learn this as well. When Venus’s sister met the twins after the emigration, she secretly had a crush on then-17-year-old [name_u]Sander[/name_u] but didn’t pursue him since he was too old for her. [name_u]Sander[/name_u] is straight and [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] is gay and both, especially the latter, were unnerved by Devrim’s outing threats against their cousin-in-law. They’ve helped protect [name_u]Holden[/name_u] and their cousin for this reason. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] is very protective of his cousins and always feels it’s worth it just to know they’re okay. He and [name_u]Sander[/name_u] are fun and adore parties but they’re not reckless or stupid by any means. In high school, [name_u]Sander[/name_u] was known as the “rebel nerd”, an odd combo, but it worked for him. He was a genius at school and had a high GPA and IQ but also happened to do things his own way and loved brashly going against the norm. [name_u]Sander[/name_u] was also known for freely wearing socks with sandals, something he’s no longer doing, but says he doesn’t regret it. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] was more street smart than book smart and was the cool kid, but he wasn’t a rebel or a trend-follower, he was a trendsetter. He coined the term “UROL”, pronounced “you-roll”, which meant Unspoken Rules Of Life. Some examples of UROL were: “If someone’s doing you a favour, don’t be rude to them”, “Never borrow underwear”, “Never watch a movie for a book report unless you’re in a hurry; in that case do it but Google search ‘book/movie differences’ so you can edit where necessary”, and “Don’t make eye contact with people you don’t want to talk to”.
[name_m]Jeth[/name_m] currently works for a car insurance company, which has a strange jingle and odd mascot, but he’s all for it. The twins are obsessed with cars, especially vintage foreign cars, and if they could afford it, they’d collect cars but both know it’s realistically not going to happen. Especially for [name_u]Sander[/name_u] and here’s why: [name_u]Sander[/name_u] is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a hit-and-run at that. On the day of the hit-and-run, [name_u]Sander[/name_u] lent his car to a friend. Unbeknownst to him, his friend let someone else drive the car for a bit. Sander’s friend knew the person he lent the car to, but [name_u]Sander[/name_u] himself did not. The person Sander’s friend lent the car to ended up running over someone and driving away from the scene, causing a hit and run. The victim survived but was paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. The criminal gave the car back to Sander’s friend as if nothing happened, and then Sander’s friend gave [name_u]Sander[/name_u] his car back, having no idea about the crime. [name_u]Sander[/name_u] was pulled over by police the next time he drove the car and the police said he was suspicious of causing a hit-and-run. They examined his car and found traces of the victim’s DNA and arrested [name_u]Sander[/name_u]. Although [name_u]Sander[/name_u] pleaded not guilty, he was found guilty and sent to jail. The entire time [name_u]Sander[/name_u] had no idea what was going on, making him look bad at trial. Although he knew he wasn’t the perpetrator, the hardest part for [name_u]Sander[/name_u] was hearing the victim and family cry and yell at him for what he “did” and how badly he “ruined” the victim’s life. [name_u]Sander[/name_u] was an engineer but was fired after his arrest.
[name_m]Jeth[/name_m] knew [name_u]Sander[/name_u] is innocent and is wrongly convicted in a prison cell. He feels terrible knowing the tough prison conditions, especially on someone who is innocent. He still doesn’t understand what caused the hit and run or the person actually behind it but he’s devastated that whoever caused it is still walking free. The perpetrator paralysed an innocent pedestrian and passively allowed an innocent person to be punished. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] relates to [name_u]Holden[/name_u] more about being glad to have a different last name than some members of his family but for a different reason. He’s glad [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] and his brother don’t share the last name of him and [name_u]Sander[/name_u] because [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] has been painted into a negative light over his brother’s conviction, which just leads to more innocent people being looked down on. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] is grateful [name_m]Ephraim[/name_m] and his brother don’t deal with that and would never wish it on anyone nor would he wish anyone would be wrongly convicted. He feels it’s against UROL to passively sit back and do nothing when bad things happen as it’s morally wrong. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] does want the family of the victim to know that he isn’t ignoring them and he truly feels horrible about what happened and that he doesn’t sympathise with them any less just because the crime got his brother imprisoned. He can’t imagine being paralysed and feels awful that the victim is forced this way forever. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] still finds the Guittard and Baroja families to be very supportive towards these hard times, alongside [name_u]Holden[/name_u] and his other cousins from his aunt. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] is trying to get his enthusiastic personality back and he still has great and happy times thanks to them. [name_m]Jeth[/name_m] has a not-so-secret, he really wants a boyfriend.