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[name_m]Ronald[/name_m] “ [name_u]Ronny[/name_u] “ [name_m]Stefan[/name_m] [name_m]Farris[/name_m] (25) is the backing vocalist of Sephirah and a mutual friend of [name_f]Eve[/name_f] and her girlfriend. He is the middle child between [name_u]Liam[/name_u] and [name_f]Mitzi[/name_f] but has younger half-siblings and a stepbrother he rarely sees. He knows most of his family won’t support his views as he is also in a band but [name_u]Liam[/name_u] and especially [name_f]Mitzi[/name_f] support him. Like [name_u]Liam[/name_u], [name_u]Ronny[/name_u] is a father too and has a 2-year-old daughter with a female friend of his in the band and they are platonically raising her. He has a secret — he’s in love with this friend, but he doesn’t tell in fear this will ruin their co-parenting and band life. He is glad the band is accepting of the little girl living with them in the mansion and love hanging out with her but her parents don’t force them to do parenting as well and lets them be. While [name_u]Ronny[/name_u] and the other co-parent aren’t planning to marry and she only sees him platonically, they both see each other as family and want a strong lasting bond with them and the other members. He’s a fan of henna tattoos, as taught by Eve’s girlfriend.

tw: parental death

[name_f]Electra[/name_f] [name_f]Constanza[/name_f] Tellez (25) is the mother of Ronny’s daughter and the keyboard/pianist of Sephirah, who also plays rhythm guitar on certain tracks. Having lost her mom - a single parent - to sudden illness when she was young, [name_f]Electra[/name_f] was raised by her abuela, someone she absolutely adored and credits her success to, being especially glad she lived to see the success the band enjoyed as she would always disagree with Electra’s teachers: those who considered her dream of becoming a musician frivolous and unrealistic. She passed away two years after the band found success and it was an incredibly rough time for [name_f]Electra[/name_f], as when she felt overwhelmed or intimidated by expectations, her abuela was the person who could always talk her out of a negative headspace.

This has led to her becoming even closer with her bandmates - whom her abuela adored almost as much as [name_f]Electra[/name_f] herself - and this is what led to a particular bond forming between her and [name_u]Ronny[/name_u], who she began opening up to first. [name_f]Electra[/name_f] eventually told him how she had been the one to discover her mothers’ body when she passed and that it plagued her in nightmares constantly growing up, with her having an emphasis on not being asked to write about anything graphic relating to death because of this incident she still remembers vividly.

Her and Ronny’s daughter is absolutely beloved by [name_f]Electra[/name_f] - who asked she was named for her abuela, which he agreed to - and she’s careful to make sure having famous parents doesn’t lead to the toddler’s privacy being compromised. Photos of her are kept within the bands inner circle and she doesn’t talk about her in any interviews, because she doesn’t want her daughter being exploited in any capacity or used by others when she starts making friends. Sometimes, [name_f]Electra[/name_f] wonders what it would be like to have a relationship with [name_u]Ronny[/name_u], but she’s so busy with music and raising their daughter it doesn’t linger long enough for her to introspect on hidden feelings…


[name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] [name_u]Willow[/name_u] Tellez-Farris (2) is [name_f]Electra[/name_f] and Ronny’s daughter. She’s learning to read and always puts a smile on everyone’s face. She loves her parents a lot and is always up for cuddling with them. [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] enjoys playing with her Aunt [name_f]Mitzi[/name_f] and her cousins [name_u]Leo[/name_u] and [name_f]Bee[/name_f]. Her parents’ bandmates are like family to her and she’s always spoiled by her grandma. She already has an early interest in cooking and enjoys helping one of the other bandmates in the kitchen.

Uncensored Warning for shotgun wedding and faked death.

[name_f]Bethany[/name_f] “ [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] ” [name_f]Denise[/name_f] [name_m]Farris[/name_m] (47) is Alejandra’s paternal grandmother and the mother of [name_u]Liam[/name_u], [name_u]Ronny[/name_u], and [name_f]Mitzi[/name_f]. She spoils [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] and loves her dearly. She is a proud CARNIVAIL and Sephirah supporter and has no problem with letting [name_f]Mitzi[/name_f] live with her, after all she wasn’t as fortunate. She had her first child, [name_u]Liam[/name_u], at 19 and her parents weren’t supportive, forcing [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] to marry Liam’s father. While [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] and her husband would have two more children, they never got along and never wanted to be married. [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] had only stayed with her nuisance husband because her mother, who [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] thought had died in the wilderness after hiking, had wanted [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] and her husband together. Eventually they would end up divorcing anyway, with her husband remarrying and having new children, but [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] was always supportive and honouring of who she thought was her “late” mother.

That changed when [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] was in her 30s and found out her mother never really died. Her mother was tired of paying rent and had enough with paying child support for [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] and feared the thought of having to help pay child support for [name_u]Liam[/name_u], so she withdrew all the money from her bank account and faked her death. She started a new life with a new identity and is believed to have a new family. [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] was only able to find her mother though social media pictures and videos, although it was on a fake profile with the fake identity. Out of anguish and betrayal that her mother would pull such an elaborate ruse, [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] reported her mother without question and the woman was sent to jail for fraud. Her sentence has since ended, but [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] won’t speak to her.

Despite her own controversy with her mother, she supports [name_f]Electra[/name_f] greatly, knowing Electra’s mother truly is dead and [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] feels terrible knowing the pain [name_f]Electra[/name_f] went through. She makes sure [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] still has memories of her late maternal grandmother. She loves seeing [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] play with her cousins and loves that Liam’s daughter Bee’s nickname is a tribute to her own nickname [name_f]Bebe[/name_f]. She’s happy Alejandra’s bandmates support her even if they don’t directly raise her, and loves Alejandra’s kitchen skills with another bandmate. It makes [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] happy to know [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] has a support system and people who care about her.


[name_f]Danielle[/name_f] Hyeri " [name_u]Dani[/name_u] " Choi (23) is the bassist of Sephirah and the baby of the group. [name_f]Bebe[/name_f] initially thought [name_u]Dani[/name_u] was 16 when she first met her, but the group members laughed, and [name_u]Dani[/name_u] was jokingly mortified. Dani’s youthful appearance is a running joke amongst the band, and even though she’s only two years younger than all of them, [name_u]Dani[/name_u] is treated as the group’s collective younger sister. She isn’t complaining, though— [name_f]Electra[/name_f], [name_u]Ronny[/name_u], [name_f]Eve[/name_f], and the lead guitarist are all very loving, and she wouldn’t trade them for anything else.

[name_u]Dani[/name_u] dropped out of college to pursue music, something her doctor father and lawyer mother could not fathom happening. Her siblings weren’t of any help as well: her eldest brother (whom she still has no contact with) continuously badgered her through calls and texts until she threatened to report him for harassment. Though the relationship between herself and her parents has since improved, it was extremely rocky when “D-Day” occurred. When they found out [name_u]Dani[/name_u] was auditioning for bands a day before she was going to tell them, they cut her off financially for a month: for some reason, they thought that was the best way to get [name_u]Dani[/name_u] back to her senses. This scorched earth method her parents used traumatised [name_u]Dani[/name_u], and she’s grateful that she found Sephirah when she did 'cause she doesn’t know what would have happened if she didn’t.

When the band blew up, though, her father reached out with a message stating that he was incredibly sorry for what he and her mother did to her, and he knew apologies meant nothing now, but he was so proud of her success. Initially, [name_u]Dani[/name_u] met him with severe distrust— as did the rest of the members— but they soon learned that the parents immediately regretted their decision but decided to give their daughter space. Since then, [name_u]Dani[/name_u] has repaired the once-burnt bridge between her parents, but she knows she’ll never be as close to them as she once was.

Outside of Sephirah’s activities, [name_u]Dani[/name_u] is currently seeing a fellow bassist of a “rival” band [name_u]October[/name_u] 32nd. The rivalry isn’t real— it’s just a bit that started on Twitter, and they’ve used it ever since— and the bands collaborate often. The relationship isn’t official, though: [name_u]Dani[/name_u] and the bassist are just seeing if they’re compatible. [name_u]Dani[/name_u] hopes they are, though— she thinks they’re lovely.


tw: panic attack - not graphic but mentioned

[name_u]Brooklyn[/name_u] ’ [name_m]Rook[/name_m] ’ [name_u]Asher[/name_u] Ferryman (24) is the lead guitarist of Sephirah and the member who’s very much seen as the most mysterious by the public. This is deliberate on Rook’s behalf, as he’s someone who values privacy greatly, and clearly was the most overwhelmed by the bands ascension in the public eye, which he ties back to his childhood. [name_m]Rook[/name_m] and his older sister were frequently put in child beauty pageants by their mother, something he absolutely hated (and was vocal about), but it didn’t stop their mom from pushing her kids into the spotlight: in fact Rook’s opposition only seemed to inspire her more. She genuinely couldn’t understand why her son felt so uncomfortable and frightened by being paraded in front of strangers, and the monetary incentive unfortunately worsened her love of the pageant world. It was only when [name_m]Rook[/name_m] had a panic attack on stage, and attempted to flee the venue until his sister caught and consoled him, that he was allowed to stop - but the trust between [name_m]Rook[/name_m] and his mother has never been repaired, as she frequently dismissed his feelings, and still underplays the build up to this traumatic moment: especially how much she contributed to it.

Rook’s older sister is the one family member he’s remained close to and who visits the band on a regular basis. She’s now a successful model herself who’s constantly travelling and attending shoots, runways and premiere parties; but to their mother’s disapproval, it’s entirely alternative and avant-garde fashion, opposed to the glitz and fake tans of the pageant scene the siblings were raised in. A few times they’ve even been working in the same city and always attend each other’s events when this is the case. When around those he’s comfortable with, [name_m]Rook[/name_m] is a very sarcastic and humorous person, who loves making his bandmates laugh - especially [name_u]Dani[/name_u], who’s jokingly called his ‘partner in crime’ by the others; viewing her as the little sister he jokes was needed to terrorise pageant judges. While he can be quite shy still, the members of [name_u]October[/name_u] 32nd are people he opens up around a lot, and Rook’s also best friends with the frontman of another group: Happenstance - who was another member of the pageant scene disowned by his parents when he came out as trans. He’s highly against this world now because of how much misery it caused him, and what angers [name_m]Rook[/name_m] most is the denial so many people like his mother go into about forcing their children into things they want no part of. Still, it never stops him from playing dress up with [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f], who he absolutely adores and is teaching the ways of sardonic humour already.


Warning for abandonment and mentioned (not graphic) deaths by bus crash.

[name_m]Casper[/name_m] [name_m]Colton[/name_m] [name_m]Benedict[/name_m] (24) is Rook’s best friend. He was a former child pageant contestant but always despised it as well and that’s where he met [name_m]Rook[/name_m] for the first time and couldn’t feel any better about having someone he could relate to. He feels horrible about Rook’s panic attack and often worried he could have one as well. [name_u]An[/name_u] openly trans man, [name_m]Casper[/name_m] faced discrimination from his parents when he came out at 18. They not only kicked him out, but they permanently disowned him. [name_m]Casper[/name_m] didn’t attend university, not because he didn’t want to, but because his parents refused to pay for any of his tuition following [name_m]Casper[/name_m] coming out. [name_m]Rook[/name_m] has been nothing but kind to [name_m]Casper[/name_m] and makes sure he doesn’t blame himself for choosing to come out when he did and believes only bigots should be blamed.

[name_m]Casper[/name_m] has had band experience before being the frontman of Happenstance. He credits being backing vocalist to his first band he was in, Maelstrom, with getting his life back together after deciding not to take out a student loan for university. Unfortunately Maelstrom took a devastating and fatal end when their tour bus veered off some black ice and flipped over, in which [name_m]Casper[/name_m] was the sole survivor. It’s been referred to as the Maelstrom Disaster and led to the band’s end since [name_m]Casper[/name_m] chose not to continue in the band as he felt he could not do it without the other bandmates. He wanted to continue in music and started writing more music to cope until finding fellow musicians and forming Happenstance.

[name_m]Casper[/name_m] also thanks [name_m]Rook[/name_m] and has collaborated with Sephirah and with [name_u]October[/name_u] 32nd on special pieces. He also supports Rook’s sister as a model and is glad she found what she truly loved and won’t let the pageant toxicity ruin her model life. [name_m]Casper[/name_m] also likes that [name_m]Rook[/name_m] is sweet to [name_f]Alejandra[/name_f] but only does dress up for fun and knows neither he nor [name_f]Electra[/name_f] & [name_u]Ronny[/name_u] are ever putting her into child pageantry. [name_m]Casper[/name_m] can be spiteful of the fact his parents forced him to accept pageantry but can’t accept his trans identity and has done his best to not let it ruin who he is. He has however had a few songs that channel the raging emotions but has also had some more inspiring and lighthearted songs. Casper’s main mantra is to get better and inspire people that it gets better.


[name_f]Marielle[/name_f] " [name_u]Marin[/name_u] " [name_f]Nataliya[/name_f] Kostyukevic (23) is the bassist of Happenstance, who was referred to the band by their drummer, who met her through university. A Belarusian-American who grew up going between the two countries for several years, on account of her mother’s job for an international adoption agency, Marin’s retained her accent which makes her backing vocals easily identifiable on any track she accompanies [name_m]Casper[/name_m] on: something she admittedly takes pride in - as bassists can be overlooked by some people and she wants recognition for the instrument in the industry, as well as for those who play it. Marin’s mother instilled a strong empathy and patience in her thanks to her job being such a complex one emotionally; being a person who always tries to understand others and provide some form of comfort if she lacks immediate insight. Some people consider her a bit abrasive in how she offers this help - Marin’s very straight to the point in conversation - but it comes from a sincere place, and this has been especially apparent whenever she’s spoken to [name_m]Casper[/name_m] about his difficult experiences.

Speaking both Belarusian and Russian, [name_u]Marin[/name_u] can sometimes treat this as a code of sorts for herself, and you can usually find her notes in one of the languages scribbled somewhere as she needs personal reminders. She and her siblings treated it as a secret message source throughout school - especially Marin’s older brother, who’s only 16 months her senior - and she still uses it for private matters; as [name_u]Marin[/name_u] doesn’t like her personal business being a central attention point at any time. This is why she gets on well with [name_m]Rook[/name_m] - who not only understands but supports her in this - and while she’s never going to be deliberately rude, [name_u]Marin[/name_u] will quickly establish her boundaries and preferences if giving an interview or speaking on the bands behalf.

She lives with Happenstance’s keyboardist and the bassist of [name_u]October[/name_u] 32nd in an apartment, usually being aware of ongoing band crossovers quickly because of this proximity; but is considerate when it comes to smoking and only does it on the balcony to not get anyone into trouble. Aside from music - which [name_u]Marin[/name_u] credits to helping guide her through life - she’s an avid knitter and collector of kitsch memorabilia, having a particular fondness for frogs: so much so, her guitar is covered in stickers displaying them. [name_u]Marin[/name_u] tires easily, so she’s never going to be partying all the time, but if you need to chill, eat spicy food and watch international cartoon tapes, she’s your woman. Felt and jelly jewellery are also things [name_u]Marin[/name_u] crafts when she’s got the time, having learned from her mom who she still looks up to and greatly admires. She’s also the prowd owner of a ragdoll cat - [name_u]Yuri[/name_u] - who appeared in Marin’s life after being abandoned and she’s now happy to call him her own, even if he opened the pet floodgates.


[name_m]Lev[/name_m] [name_m]Nikolai[/name_m] Kostyukevic (24) is the older brother of [name_u]Marin[/name_u]. He’s working as a tattoo artist at a body art shop, though he will occasionally help out with piercings. He’s been working there for about a year now and he’s made so many friends there who don’t make fun of him, and [name_m]Lev[/name_m] really appreciates that. Like [name_u]Marin[/name_u], [name_m]Lev[/name_m] has a noticeable accent but he’s tried to hide it and mask it as he’s been bullied for it ever since he was a little kid. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] took refuge in the pages of his sketchbook- he’d draw all sorts of things, from toys to other objects but especially people- including his first crush, who lasted for three months in third grade. He’d draw her constantly, referring to her as his muse. His sketchbook was soon covered in pictures of her until she found them, terrified. Some other kid picked up the sketchbook and threw it into a trash bin- the girl rummaged through the pictures, found them to be beautiful and apologized to [name_m]Lev[/name_m] but he was already hurt. He then decided he’d never let anyone else ever see his artwork, and that it was pointless because he’d just get bullied anyway. The only person he’d ever show his work was [name_u]Marin[/name_u], who he really trusted (and still does).

When he was around 15 or 16, tattoos and body art caught Lev’s eye. His mother would definitely give him a no, but [name_m]Lev[/name_m] didn’t care. He stole his older cousin (who lives in Belarus)’s ID as his mother was residing there temporarily for her job, which his cousin thought was funny, and got his first tattoo in Belarus- a small snake on his stomach. A cobra. It was all fun and games until summer came around and he had to take off his shirt- wearing a swim shirt would make him look “like a dork” in his opinion. His mother was enraged when she found out and she took him to get it removed- he never regretted it though, not for one second. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] sees the body as another canvas to work on, just like a blank sheet of paper- but he’s always sure to check the kids’ IDs to make sure they don’t have to come back and get it removed.

Though it was Marin’s idea to write in Belarusian and Russian, [name_m]Lev[/name_m] really likes her idea and thinks it was a cool was to keep their private thoughts private and still is. Though [name_m]Lev[/name_m] now has another reason to use his linguistic expertisse- he’s penpalling with a girl in Belarus who’s his age, and he thinks he might be falling in love with her but he’s too scared to tell her. He’s planning to fly to Minsk to visit her, because that’s where she lives. The two met on an Internet forum and both were excited to meet another Belarusian, who they had so much in common with. [name_u]Marin[/name_u] and Lev’s other siblings are telling him to take it slow but [name_m]Lev[/name_m] already knows he wants to marry her…


[name_m]Yegor[/name_m] [name_m]Artur[/name_m] Domeyko (24) is an online friend of [name_m]Lev[/name_m] who resides in Grodno, Belarus. He and [name_m]Lev[/name_m] see each other like brothers due to how well they bond inside and outside their culture and for their same hair and eye colour. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] considers [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] his main confidant in helping him pursue the woman he’s falling for. [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] has told [name_m]Lev[/name_m] that he’s had felt minor negative connotations with the city of Minsk but reassures him that [name_m]Lev[/name_m] dating a woman from Minsk isn’t going to affect him. The reason why [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] doesn’t care for Minsk is because he used to date a girl his age for two years starting when he was 15 to when he was 17, when her family moved from Grodno to Minsk. They tried to keep a relationship despite the long distance but it was unsuccessful and [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] was rather torn up about it. Yegor’s ex-girlfriend has dated another guy after [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] who appeared so much nicer and more attractive, making [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] jealous. Turns out the new beau was nice to her, but really rude to everyone else and she decided she couldn’t date someone who was needlessly mean and broke up with him a year later. [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] hasn’t made any moves on her but has become a friend of hers.

[name_m]Yegor[/name_m] currently works as a hotel bellhop so he’s used to seeing people travel. He’s often talked to different people and enjoyed their cultures. His boss is a nice person but deep down, [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] and his co-workers know they’re not getting paid enough. But [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] knows it’s not his permanent job and takes in the goodness when he sees it. [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] knows a bit about [name_u]Marin[/name_u] from [name_m]Lev[/name_m] speaking about her and [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] likes listening to their music, often commenting on their music videos “Big fan! [name_u]Love[/name_u] from Belarus! :belarus:

Although [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] is single, he’s still been falling for that woman in Minsk who left him long ago. He’s been a good pal to her and truthfully he wants to rekindle the relationship and go back to being more than friends. [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] has since taken up jewellery design and can make some beautifully custom designs and wants to do so for the woman he’s falling for. He knows the distance is what cost them their relationship last time and this time, [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] secretly vows to win her back and has even asked [name_m]Lev[/name_m] online if he should. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] told [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] that his predicament with the girl he wants back is easier for [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] since his crush lives in the same country while the girl [name_m]Lev[/name_m] wants does not. [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] reassured [name_m]Lev[/name_m] that life is short and is he wants to pursue the woman of his dreams, he should go for it and not let love slip by. Also [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] suggested they should go on a double date in Minsk just to truly bond and help each other. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] agreed and the two are mutually glad to be each other’s friends: it’s helped with a lot of the potential problems the men were worried about with dating. There is just one new problem they don’t know — [name_m]Lev[/name_m] and [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] are actually falling for the same woman!


[name_f]Inna[/name_f] [name_f]Zinaida[/name_f] Vyarheychyk (24) - pictured with her beloved dog, [name_u]Mischa[/name_u] - is the unknowing central figure in the love triangle. A new figure in the fashion industry, Inna’s working as an assistant to a successful stylist who noticed her while attending a university show she participated in, leading to the offering of an internship once she graduated, and a subsequent hiring. Inna’s always been quite an independent person, on account of her upbringing. Her parents were constantly wrapped up in their working lives, and being an only child meant she came to rely on herself, becoming especially charismatic because of how much her friends bought to her life: the more the merrier as far as Inna’s always been concerned.

Thanks to her childhood, she can be a little needy, and admits it’s why her relationship with [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] broke down. She fears anything resembling the abandonment of her childhood and while online friendships never try her too much, the intimacy of being with someone romantically causes [name_f]Inna[/name_f] to desire physical closeness as well as emotional. There’s still guilt for her about how things broke down with [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] - he’s someone she never stopped caring deeply for, blaming herself more for why things ended (not that she’s said this to him) - so hearing from him again has her tentatively hopeful they can form a strong bond of any sort.

Her friendship with [name_m]Lev[/name_m] started because [name_f]Inna[/name_f] has an upcoming show taking place in the US, and was looking for advise from fellow visual artists about the best way to introduce them to other cultural preferences, leading to them hitting it off when he revealed he was Belarusian-American. Body art is something Inna’s a huge fan of, being friends with several artists herself, ad she insists she’s got to introduce [name_m]Lev[/name_m] to them once he arrives for the visit. For how engaging and caring she is though, Inna’s absolutely oblivious to his feelings for her, as she’s a very affectionate person with everyone she’s close with.


[name_f]Theodosia[/name_f] " [name_f]Thea[/name_f] " [name_f]Karina[/name_f] [name_f]Mamie[/name_f] Novik-Angelis (25) is the daughter of the stylist [name_f]Inna[/name_f] works for and has become friends with [name_f]Inna[/name_f]. [name_f]Thea[/name_f] isn’t interested in fashion as a career and never was, to her mom’s disappointment. She’s taken after her dad and recently started working at his architecture firm. [name_f]Thea[/name_f] is an only child as her parents divorced shortly after she was born and neither remarried. She suspects her dad is interested in his new neighbor though which she’s happy about if it’s true.

[name_f]Thea[/name_f] has always taken pride in her heritage and immerses herself in the four different cultures. Her mom is Belarusian-Russian and her dad is Greek-American. She often visits her dad’s family in the US and her mom’s family in [name_f]Russia[/name_f] which she enjoys to the full. [name_f]Thea[/name_f] used to dislike her long name but is perfectly happy with it now, and she likes that her middle name [name_f]Mamie[/name_f] was her late grandmother’s name as she was very close to her.

[name_f]Thea[/name_f] has talked about both [name_m]Lev[/name_m] and [name_m]Yegor[/name_m] with [name_f]Inna[/name_f] and kind of gets the feeling that both boys like her. She’s not said anything though as she could be wrong and doesn’t want to mess anything up. [name_f]Thea[/name_f] is very close to both of her parents and always has been. She tries to attend all her mom’s fashion shows and most of the clothes she owns are her mom’s brand. Besides [name_f]Inna[/name_f], [name_f]Thea[/name_f] has a few other close friends. She and one of her friends are currently trying to set up two of the others.


[name_f]Cyane[/name_f] [name_u]Zoe[/name_u] Angelakis (23) is Thea’s paternal cousin, who resides in [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u], where the majority of the paternal family still live. The particular branch she’s from - the younger brother of Thea’s father - is distinguished by them reverting to the original spelling of their surname: a decision taken to distinguish his electronics business from another local store with the name [name_u]Angeles[/name_u], and [name_f]Cyane[/name_f] is absolutely fine with being teasingly called the ‘hipster one’ of the cousins. She has two younger siblings - fraternal twins - but was raised closer to [name_f]Thea[/name_f] (in spite of the physical distance) thanks to there being a seven year gap between her, her brother and her sister.

Having recently graduated with a degree in photography, Cyane’s working on an exhibition in collaboration with some friends, while also serving as a website editor for several small businesses in the area where she lives. She shares a studio apartment with one of her closest friends - who she’s known since high school - and they opted to move in together after finishing uni (as the other girl attended school in [name_m]Washington[/name_m] and only recently returned to NY). When they’re not gaming or cooking together, they’re doting on their black lab puppy [name_f]Kiki[/name_f], who was adopted because both of them work from home and always have time to take care of their pet.

Unlike her roommate, who’s very sporty and always athletically preoccupied, [name_f]Cyane[/name_f] spends her down-time making jewelry, thrifting or scrapbooking. Currently she’s working on an anniversary gift for her parents with some conjuncture with the twins, although Cyane’s very much taken charge of the project as she’s absolutely the most organised one, in spite of being the joker of the trio.


Warning for mail-order brides.

[name_f]Aleksandra[/name_f] “ [name_f]Aly[/name_f] “ [name_f]Mirena[/name_f] [name_m]Zinov[/name_m] (23) is Cyane’s sporty roommate. [name_f]Aly[/name_f] knows a bit about [name_f]Thea[/name_f] and [name_f]Inna[/name_f] but is just as unaware as [name_f]Inna[/name_f] that [name_f]Inna[/name_f] is liked by two men. She somewhat understands Belarus due to her mother also being from another former Soviet country, although her mother emigrated from Uzbekistan. Her mother and father married untraditionally; she was a mail-order bride from Uzbekistan and married Aly’s father in [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u]. While [name_f]Aly[/name_f] hasn’t bothered to get involved in her parents’ marriage, she couldn’t help but lose respect for them when she learned of this at age 12. It gave off the vibe that neither of them saw each other as people: it was like he saw her as a prize and she saw him as a ticket to citizenship. While Aly’s mother became a naturalised citizen, she and her husband are separating with the intent to divorce. They didn’t see each other as “meant to be” and [name_f]Aly[/name_f] agrees, saying she feels more comfortable spending one-on-one time with a parent rather than them both together. Since the separation, her father has been more sociable and careful with spending money and her mother is staying in [name_u]America[/name_u], but is keeping her ties closer with her Uzbek culture.

Deep down, [name_f]Aly[/name_f] has always envied that [name_f]Cyane[/name_f] had a more stable family but she wasn’t mad at them and [name_f]Aly[/name_f] really liked talking to them. [name_f]Aly[/name_f] does want to repair her relationship with her parents even though she’s repeatedly said she does not support mail-order marriages and would never be a mail-order bride or marry a mail-order spouse. When they were still together, they always argued and had nothing in common. It was a shallow marriage. [name_f]Aly[/name_f] didn’t want to deal with the family drama and was an only child, so she didn’t have anyone to relate to in the matter, so she attended university in Tacoma, [name_m]Washington[/name_m] and it felt like a good break for her. However she still felt her heart was in [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u] and was delighted to move back and live with [name_f]Cyane[/name_f]. [name_f]Aly[/name_f] has also used sports to get herself active and relieve stress and she’s also part of a local sports podcast. Her favourite sport is basketball and she’s been a fan of basketball the longest. She’s also a fan of snowboarding and winter is her favourite season. She adores her and Cyane’s shared dog [name_f]Kiki[/name_f] who was adopted from a dog shelter her friend works at and sometimes Cyane’s siblings take [name_f]Kiki[/name_f] on walks.


[name_f]Aysel[/name_f] Islamovna [name_m]Zinov[/name_m] (52) is the mother of [name_f]Aly[/name_f] [name_m]Zinov[/name_m], who was an Uzbek mail order bride. She was never in love with her ex husband and did see him as a ticket to citizenship, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love her daughter to the ends of the earth. When she divorced her husband, [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] was poor and moved into a small, crappy apartment with her daughter called [name_u]Royal[/name_u] [name_m]Crown[/name_m] Apartments, though it was anything but. [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] called her older sister who lives in Uzbekistan, but she completely shunned her and shut her out of her life. They’d never gotten along when they were little kids but [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] didn’t think her sister would cut her out of her life like that. All their neighbors were ex convicts- except one woman who came from another Slavic country though not as a mail order bride- she had a son Aly’s age who made fast friends with [name_f]Aly[/name_f]. The two would run around in Central [name_u]Park[/name_u] in their free time and their mothers absolutely doted on them. This boy and [name_f]Aly[/name_f] are still friends but he’s yet to tell her about his massive crush on her which has been there since forever- for now, he’s waiting patiently for the right moment to tell her.

[name_f]Aysel[/name_f] picked up work as a baker downtown- ever since she was a little girl [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] has had a penchant for baking all kinds of unique things. She really enjoyed working with cakes and cupcakes, and she even bought the bakery from the owner when he retired. She renamed the bakery Aysel’s Kekler, which is Uzbekistani for Aysel’s Cakes. [name_f]Aly[/name_f] was very proud of her mother for setting up a business like that and raising her daughter all while being a single mom. When [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] told [name_f]Aly[/name_f] about being a mail order bride [name_f]Aly[/name_f] wasn’t pleased but loves her mother regardless and today the two have a generally harmonious relationship. She became best friends with her neighbor- they moved out of the crappy apartments and into a cute little bungalow in the [name_m]Bronx[/name_m] neighborhood together. [name_f]Aysel[/name_f] knows her friend’s son likes [name_f]Aly[/name_f] as he told her himself, and she’s encouraging him to go for it as she knows [name_f]Aly[/name_f] feels the same way.


tw: emotional abuse [nothing graphic]

Yaromir " [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u] " [name_m]Nikolas[/name_m] Hasanović (24) is the guy with a crush on [name_f]Aly[/name_f]. Like his semi-secret crush, Yarrow’s parents marriage was not a happy one, dominated by his father’s constant insistence his wife abandoned her Bosnian culture, was incredibly unhappy about his son’s name [in spite of not even being present for the first three months of Yarrow’s life as he was away on a business trip], and he even took issue with their son being raised as bilingual. Although he relented, by the time [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u] was 8, he’d come to recognise the cruelty his father subjected him to: it was entirely verbal, and subsequently hard to prove when she considered reporting him to the authorities. .

Thankfully, his father’s own self-absorbtion caused him to finally let the divorce proceedings happen, and he allowed divorce proceedings to go through after reconnecting with an old girlfriend from high school. He paid off his ex to avoid any kind of scandal, and [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u] was finally able to see his mom flourishing, becoming involved in gardening and flower arranging: her biggest passions, as she absolutely adores nature.

He and [name_f]Aly[/name_f] bonded thanks to a mutual love of sports: [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u] recently finished his degree in physiotherapy and right now is starting his first internship, which is going very well. Baseball, running and diving are what he plays in a team capacity, but he also goes climbing and enjoys volleyball with friends when he’s wanting something more relaxing. Externally he always seems completely relaxed about everything, with a talent for making other people laugh, although some would argue it’s [name_f]Aly[/name_f] he tries hardest around. While he won’t admit it, [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u] was a bit disappointed when she moved in with [name_f]Cyane[/name_f], as we all know the old saying: and they were roommates…



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[name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] " [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] " [name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_u]West[/name_u] (24) is one of Yarrow’s friends. She knows about his crush and wishes he’d tell [name_f]Aly[/name_f] as she’s sure the two of them are perfect for each other. [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] loves climbing and playing volleyball with [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u], though the climbing isn’t just for fun. She’s competed in the Olympics twice in rock climbing and her second time she won bronze. Unlike [name_u]Yarrow[/name_u], [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] has a great relationship with her dad. She and her half-sister were raised by him and she’s beyond grateful for all the hard work he put in to get her through college. Her younger sister is still in high school but the two are very close.

[name_u]Charlie[/name_u] was only two when her mother and dad split up and doesn’t remember much about her. She’s often wondered why her mother didn’t stay in contact but tries not to dwell on that. Her stepmom’s quick and surprising exit from their lives when she was thirteen left a bigger impact on her and she was depressed for months after. [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] still lives with her dad and sister. She now coaches a youth volleyball team and gives rock climbing lessons at a nearby gym. [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] and her sister are super close even though she isn’t as sporty. They enjoy doing a lot of things together and [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] frequently drives her sister and her friends around since none of them have a car yet.

[name_u]Charlie[/name_u] started dating her high school sweetheart, and the older brother of one of her sister’s friends, in their senior year. They are still dating but things have been a little rocky as of late since they’re both busy with their careers. The two fought a little at first but made up and are doing their best to spend more time with each other.


[name_f]Lucy[/name_f] [name_u]Wren[/name_u] [name_u]West[/name_u] (18) is Charlie’s half-sister and the one whose friendship led to her meeting her boyfriend. Unlike her older sibling, Lucy’s primary interest is in the artistic sector: she’s a mixed media artist who does both digitial work, as well as creating felt artwork, and undeniably has a profound interest in fashion. She knows she wants to be in the industry in some capacity, but has a flexible outlook on how to achieve this, be it creating collections or working in the presentation side of them. This does make some people consider [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] somewhat vain and shallow, thanks to how much her visual styling means to her and she’s constantly discussing it with her friends, but the opinions of other’s is something she got good at ignoring years ago - specifically in the aftermath of her parents breakup; when she found herself hounded by questions from classmates more interested in understanding adult concepts than respecting her feelings.

Thanks to being younger, [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] was much more forgiving of her mother walking out - although now she acknowledges how there were always hints her mom didn’t want to have a conventional family life and instead longed for the kind of freedom only being childless can allow for - but they haven’t spoken properly since she was 14. This is because of an argument they had on the phone when [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] finally felt able to express her disappointment in the lack of contact and interest displayed towards her and [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] from someone they loved so dearly - and her mom responded by merely trying to deflect the conversation, which only made [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] go harder in trying to address things. When it was obvious an apology wasn’t coming, she decided distance was for the best.

The one sport Lucy’s fond of is diving - belonging to her school team - yet by no means would she ever consider the Olympics: not just because it isn’t her dream but also to avoid creating any tensions between her and [name_u]Charlie[/name_u]. She hero-worshipped her sister when she was a toddler and still greatly admires her, although she’ll never use Charlie’s successes for clout and only brings them up when prompted. [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] does insist on styling her sister for special dates - as she loves working with other people for her outfit ensembles - and although it wasn’t Charlie’s favourite thing at first, her younger sister’s managed to make it fun, partially by insisting they need to make it a full 80s feelgood montage (with appropriate musical accompaniment).

Shortly after she turned 16, [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] came out as gay and has been with her girlfriend for almost a year now; and yes the idea of an anniversary absolutely terrifies her, but she’s never someone to not try. Charlie’s relationship is one she finds completely adorable and even has a ship name for the couple - picked out by [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] and her friend, the little sister of said boyfriend, who she’s been close with since the girls were only 9 - but at the same time she’s realistic, serving as a listening ear when the stress began to creep in. While she’s undeniably always going to support her sister, [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] does her best to consider his side of things too, and can stay up all hours doing her best to provide insight of any sort. Wanting her own car badly, Lucy’s been applying for part time jobs and now is working shifts at a vegan dessert place, usually bringing home treats for her dad who she’s very openly affectionate towards, being nicknamed “Lucky” by him for how he says she always brings something good with her.



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[name_m]Paul[/name_m] [name_m]Eugene[/name_m] [name_u]West[/name_u] (56) is Lucy’s and Charlie’s father. Paul’s life has not always been easy, and he has not been the perfect father, but he adores his daughters nonetheless and constantly worries that something will happen to them. Like [name_u]Charlie[/name_u], [name_m]Paul[/name_m] was a very athletic child and he competed at a national level in hockey, but he became more interested in coaching and entered that profession instead.

Paul’s first marriage was very much a whirlwind romance, as they eloped six months after they met at an airport. Paul’s first wife was exciting and ambitious, and [name_m]Paul[/name_m] loved how easy it was to be happy around her. The couple travelled a lot, which suited them, as [name_m]Paul[/name_m] worked as a hockey coach for a successful team which often moved about for games. His wife often went on solo trips, sometimes for a month at a time. This bothered [name_m]Paul[/name_m] a bit, as he missed her, but he didn’t want her to feel trapped. When they began to have children, however, his wife couldn’t settle and complained to [name_m]Paul[/name_m] that she did feel trapped. He tried to do more to help, but nothing could fix it and they were divorced, with the children staying with [name_m]Paul[/name_m]. [name_m]Paul[/name_m] was deeply impacted by the divorce, but tried to keep things normal for the children. His mother moved in with his temporarily after the divorce to help out, but they ended up falling out and didn’t speak to each other for two years. [name_m]Paul[/name_m] has no real contact with his first wife, but feels guilty that she felt the way she did. Still, he wouldn’t swap his children for anything. He did his best to support his children in everything, but often worried that he would unintentionally give [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] more attention because of her athletics and competitions. He is glad that [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] has found her pathway, and although he doesn’t really understand art, he listens to her attentively and has recently framed one of her pieces and put in it in house.

[name_m]Paul[/name_m] eventually remarried after he dated a woman for three years. He was determined not to rush things, as he had the last time. He was thrilled that his children loved his second wife, and they were a family - a happy family at that. They were happily married for a number of years, and [name_m]Paul[/name_m] was shocked when she walked out without any warning. His second divorce was more painful than his first, as he didn’t see it coming and didn’t know how to react. He tried to be strong for his daughters, but even they could see how much he was struggling to cope with it. Nowadays, he jokes that he is cursed in the romance department, and refuses to get into any more relationships.