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Ara Daniels

"Is that really what you're going to do?"

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a character in “A Gift or a Curse?”, as played by PsychedOut

Description

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Name:
Ara Alan Daniels

Nickname:
Ary, R

Age:
23


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Occupation:
Medical Student, Emergency Room Receptionist

FC:
Theo James

Skills:
First Aid, Lying, Scraping by, Calming others

Magical Specialty:
Persuasion

History:
Ara was the first born of the Daniels family. He grew up with a strong protective streak, always trying to keep his siblings out of harm's way. He is rather serious, and his caring nature frequently lead to some fussing about his siblings. He was very young when he started to convince people to do things for him, but it took him and his parents a few years to realize that was his magical talent. He tried not to use it too much, except for convincing his brother and sisters not to go in his room, hex his belongings, or flush his goldfish because it "wanted to be free." He had always wanted to be a doctor, and is currently working in medical school. When their parents died, Ara received full custody of the children, and he took on the role of their caretaker.

Mentality:
Ever since the death of their parents, Ara has been keeping a very close eye on his siblings to make sure they don't reveal their magic. His biggest priority has been keeping the family safe from hunters, and all the responsibility on his shoulders is wearing him thin. He prefers to not mention his parents to those outside the family to keep away questions of how they died. His main concern is hiding the family's magic from prying eyes.

Other:
He has a big thing for cheetos, and can be persuaded to drop some subjects or allow some pranks if he is presented with some.
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So begins...

Ara Daniels's Story

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Max honestly wasn't at fault this time. All he had been was hired for was to follow the husband of a wife who thought he was cheating, take some pictures, and and show her who he was cheating with. Max had to say he was surprised though, because this man, who he may currently have neglected to mention was the deputy in town, an Officer of the Law, managed to cheat on her with three different women. One of them being his Math Teacher. And he visited them all in the same night.

Max supposed that is why this Officer was faking charges to keep him quiet. "Say anything and I tell everyone I caught you tresspassing". Which was a lie. He was on public property the whole time. By the street, on the sidewalk, in a park, up a tree next to the road. Not a single time he trespassed. But this officer was mainly just trying to keep him quiet. He supposed that is why he decided to call his brother...one hour later after he shoved him in a cell.

Max could have easily broken out, filled the room with shaving cream, and left him outside naked in handcuffs. But that would require too much public display of magic. He could get away with the shaving cream though, he did it without magic once. He could do it with magic.

The calls Ary would get would be like this. "Yes, Mr. Daniels? We have your brother here down at the police station. If you would please pick him up and tell him to keep away from other people's businesses and property, that would be nice".

He had taken one of his cellphones, but he had a second to use to text Ary. "Officer is lying. WIfe hired me to find out who he is cheating on her with. He has three lovers". Max had the pictures to prove it, he removed the SIM card and hid it magicly. He also had it wirelessly sent to his laptop at home. SO the Officer would be out of luck. ANd have his couch filled with shaving cream.

On a side note, if someone didn't come to rescue him, he would break on his own and Hex this guy so much he won't remember what happened to him for a week and wake up in pain every day.

(Sorry for the delay, was busy)

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Late.

She was late.

Ara was going to kill her.

She wasn’t even sure Juniper could save her from this one. It wasn’t like her to be late. Of course, she hoped she could just sneak into the side door and pretend like she’d been there the whole time. It wouldn’t be the first time, but she’d never been out this late. Ary was going to kill her for this one.

Lillya was running back to the house, her book bag bouncing on her back. Part of the lie she’d feed everyone for years was that she had after school programs to go to. It had worked for the first two years after she started school. Speech classes. They wanted to try and get her to talk more and easier than she did now after so long they had given up. The next year had been tutoring. She was great at reading and writing, but her other subjects lacked comparatively. So she lied about that. The past year and her current school year were getting more challenging. How many after school programs could one kid be in during elementary? Middle school was going to make it a lot easier, if Ara didn’t kill her tonight.

The blonde, mass of curls, Lily called her hair was pulled back into a ponytail, still matted with sweat. She’d wanted to take a shower, but that would have made her even later than she was, plus everyone would notice that and know her school didn’t have showers there. The shower situation was something she was used to. She simply went in and grabbed a shower as soon as she got home and then ate dinner.

Her entire body hurt as she kept running. She was only a feet streets away from home now. With any luck, no one would know she hadn’t been home at a decent hour. Her muscles were stiff and achy, and all she wanted to do was let the hot water run over them to get some of the knots out. Caleb had healed her spilt lip, but he did nothing to take away the pain.

“You have to know what it feels like to take a hit and still function with the pain. I can heal the evidence so your family doesn’t know, but I can’t nor will I take the pain.”

He said it enough to make her just roll her hazel eyes before she took the next hit. One of these days she was going to get good enough to start making him fear for his life. The two never met at the same place, same time, ever. When she was younger it was extremely hard remembering where to be and when, but after six years she’d gotten everything done pat. Caleb would go to wherever he lived and she went home.

Only home wasn’t what it used to be. No longer did she have the parents to see. They were gone. She’d failed. Lillya shook her head, blinking back tears. She couldn’t think about that. She still had her brothers and sisters. She still had them.

Turning onto the street, she made a mad dash for the side yard where the door that was least used was hidden from street view. With luck no one would be around and she could get away with being late, scott free. Repressing a gulp, the eleven year old unlocked the door, stepped inside, shut and locked the door as silently as she could.

Tiptoeing through the hallway, she heard Ara on the phone with someone. She couldn’t make out what they were saying, but she could see her brother’s face. He wasn’t happy.

Oh no. I’m caught. I’m so dead. And with Ary standing there its not possible to make it unseen. Ugh. Dead. So dead.

Lily bit down on her lower lip as she looked around from her hiding spot in the hallway. She couldn’t get to her room for a change of clothes without going past her older brother. With nothing left to do, she slipped her backpack off and stepped out, went behind him into the kitchen to pretend to get something to eat. Her heart was pounding in her chest, hoping she wasn’t about to be busted for getting home so late.

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When Ara got the call, it woke him out of a deep slumber. "Is this Mr. Ara Daniels?" the nasal voice questioned when he answered. Warning bells started going off in his head.

"Uh, yes, this is he," he responded groggily.

"Mr. Daniels, we have your brother down here at the police station. If you could come down to pick him up, that would be greatly appreciated." Ara shot up.

"What did he do?" he slurred.

"Sir, I believe we can discuss that down at the station," the woman said grumpily, and she promptly hung up. Ara stared blankly at his cell phone screen. 1 new message.

Officer is lying. Wife hired me to find out who he is cheating on her with. He has three lovers

Ara took a moment to type out a response (i'm going 2 end u) before pulling on a shirt and jeans. Stumbling through the halls blindly, he shuffled his feet into his flip-flops and swiped his keys from the counter, vaguely recognizing the sounds of someone moving around in the kitchen. The drive to the station was a blur in Ara's mind as he pushed through the double doors. The woman at the desk had grey hair, cat-eye glasses, and a stern expression.

"Mr. Daniels?" she drawled grouchily. When Ara nodded, she pointed a bony finger behind her. "You're brother's waiting for you in there. Please try to keep him off of private property in the future." Ara rolled his eyes.

"Don't think I won't be making a complaint to the city," he said angrily as she unlocked the cell and rolled open the barred door. "What kind of cops throw a 13-year-old in a cell instead of taking him home?" The woman harumphed and stamped off, not offering a hint of apology and leaving Ara to face his brother.

"As for you, Maxwell," he seethed, "what have you done?'

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Maxwell had been there for awhile when Ary got there. He knew the accusatory look was coming, and he was ready for it. With the truth even.

"First of all, that officer is lying. I was never on private property, unless sidewalks, roads, and trees in public parks were private property. Because that was where I was. Secondly, this is just him trying to keep me quiet about his three girlfriends to his wife. Speaking of which" he pulled out a SIM card, plugged it into his phone, and uploaded the photos to a secure site. A notification confirming a large cash deposit came after. "So tell me, who are you going to believe? A guy who is cheating on his wife with three people, or your brother who, as you know, can force the truth out of...eventually".

He added eventually to indulge his pride. "Oh, and did I mention they waited an hour to call you after he put me there?" He went in closer and whispered. "When you know I could have easily escaped that place and memory wiped them to get out. But I didnt, because what I am telling you is the truth".

Max was a lot of things. Reckless, headstrong, stubborn, prideful. But not stupid. He knew how to play his cards, and how to twist facts to his favor. Though here he was being truthfully honest. A cop walked over to them. "You know, if you happened to have some photos to prove your case, this could be easier for you". His tone certainly wasn't masking his threat, or demand. But it was more of a threat.

Max reached into his pocket, and gave him a pair of handcuffs. "You forgot to take these off when you put me in there. And if you are going to threaten me, you might wanna improve on it. You know, while your wife is divorcing you. I doubt you will get any fake charge to stick when it's revealed you, the arresting officer, had a severe conflict of inter..."

Max was also two smart for his own good. He intended to scare him off, but that fear made him defensive which turned into anger which resulted in him punching Max right in the gut. "You shouldn't threaten a police officer" he said, before walking off. Max looked at Ary.

"Can we just go home now? Otherwise I may not be able to resist putting some nasty hexes on him".

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Ara didn't want to hear any of Max's excuses, and he wanted to make that abundantly clear. "Maybe you were on public property, but did you tell anyone you were leaving the house?" he questioned, his eyebrows higher than he had previously thought they could go. "Did you ask me?" His arms crossed of their own accord, and he shifted his weight to the side. "Honestly, whether or not I believe you is the least of your problems."

Ara was angry, but not just with his brother. No, that cop had succeeded in ticking him off even more than Max had. It was ridiculous to wait an hour to call the guardian of a child, especially one that should have just been taken home. "You didn't escape and memory wipe anyone or use any magic outside of our property because that would be dangerous and could get you hurt," he hissed quietly.

Just as he was about to order a march to the car, a sneering officer who looked like he had just won a particularly satisfying game of "Let's-see-who-gets-in-trouble" sauntered over to them. "You know, if you happened to have some photos to prove your case, this could be easier for you," the cop teased. Ara bristled. Max simply produced a pair of handcuffs from his pocket.

"You forgot to take these off when you put me in there," he snarked. "And if you are going to threaten me, you might wanna improve on it. You know, while your wife is divorcing you. I doubt you will get any fake charge to stick when it's revealed you, the arresting officer, had a severe conflict of inter--" At this, the officer, who had lost his cocky smirk somewhere between the handcuffs and the word "divorce", threw his fist into Max's belly. Ara's upper lip curled, and he barely stopped himself from growling. This was unacceptable. Where did this guy get off hitting a kid? And now he was just walking off?

"Better get used to being freshly divorced and unemployed, because I'll have your badge for this, half-wit!" Ara called after him. He muttered expletives under his breath. "I'll ruin a freaking police officer," he huffed childishly.

Max's question called him back to reality. "Yes, get in the car," he ordered, adding as an afterthought, "And you will do no such thing! Keep your magic in your body." He brought his voice down to a whisper. "I will deal with both problems here when we get home."

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Max was only slightly irritated. Ary was in his "Not going to listen to reason easily mode", combined with the fact he wasnt aware it wasnt even 8PM. SOmething Max would have to remind him of. "Ary, its not even 8PM yet. I never snuck out, because I hadn't even gotten home yet". He did smile when Ary yelled at the guy.

In truth, there was another reason Max had been avoiding the return home. In their backyard was a tall tree with a treehouse in it. He and dad had built that treehouse together, with only minor magic involved. ANd it was visible coming home. If anyone ever asked him if he wanted it taken down or concealed though, he would outright refuse, and get pissed at you. Max was stubborn like that. Their dad had jokingly promised Max they would put a TV up there. If it goes, he cant keep his promise.

But Max knew that would never happen. He more then anyone else. He got into the car, and looked out the window. Something was bothering him, but whatever that thing was he wasn't speaking it. It was likely something related to their parents though. In truth, it was something only he knew.

The Witch Hunter had killed his parents by ramming a car into theirs and smashing them off the road, before putting two bullets in each of their heads. What Max had never told people was that he had been in the car too. They had picked him up from Paintball with some friends. However, when the car crashed into the side of the road, he had managed to get out quickly and run.

He saw them get shot. And he just ran home, pretended like he never saw it, and claimed they never showed up to pick him up. He was scared about what people might think, if they knew he just left them there and ran. Max almost never ran. He was too stubborn.

Seeing the cops again reminded him of that day. He looked back at Ary and forced a smile. An ill-concieved smile that was about the worst attempt to cover up what he really felt, but it was still there. "And I know that Ary. Why do you think I didn't? I am not stupid".

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"It may not be eight yet, but you should have been home," Ara scolded. "It's been hours since school ended." Ara felt a small mite of control seep back into his brain as Max filed into the car. He slid into the passenger seat, surreptitiously checking Max's seatbelt before fastening his own and starting the car. He took a deep breath before he maneuvered out of the parking lot.

The drive home was oddly, uncomfortably silent for Ara. True, he was giving Max a sort of silent treatment, but it wasn't really like his brother to return it full force. Everything about the younger boy's posture and expression made the older's skin crawl. Ara cleared his throat as he pulled into the driveway and put the car in park. "From now on, Max," he started, "I absolutely need to know where you are at all times. Right when you get out of school, you text me exactly where you are going and exactly what you are going to do there. I mean it. No exceptions." He didn't wait for a response before getting out and starting toward the house, steeling himself for whatever chaos had been created in their absence.

He was very well shocked when the house was almost completely silent. Not suspicious enough to break the silence, Ara didn't announce his arrival. The quiet was too good to pass up, so he sank into a dining room chair and reveled in it. His stomach growled angrily, reminding him that he hadn't eaten dinner after classes before collapsing in his bed. The night before had been an eventful shift, just as that night promised to be in a mere couple of hours. He kicked off his flip-flops under the table and began shuffling to the fridge, his mind temporarily, blissfully, blank.

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When they got home, Max snapped out of his mini trance. He heard the little Ary said, but he had gotten engulfed by the bad memory. "Technically, I would have gotten home at six thirty if he wasn't such a total ass".

As they entered the house, Max noticed a lack of noise and immediately wanted to change that. Plus, clearly something was bothering him. He didn't even try to argue with his brother. He said one sentence instead of his usual essay for his explanation. "Anyone here? Did you all leave to have a girls night or something?" He then finally found someone. "Hey everyone. What did I miss?"

Max thought he heard a noise outside, but he dismissed it. He smiled, though it was a little forced, and mustered the strength to return to his usual happy fun loving self. "Any leftovers remaining?" He immediately went to the fridge anyways before he got an answer. "I am starving".



(Because I used my phone, I had some tagging issues. Will try to fix)

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#, as written by Igari

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Lost in the world of her meditation, the eldest daughter felt like she was floating amongst clouds. It felt like her whole entire body was levitating, maybe even soaring somewhere in the depths of the astral plane. Juniper wished that she could astral project, she was certain that was a thing, but perhaps she lacked the dedication to achieve that sort of accomplishment. As the rush of cohesive thoughts filtered back into her mind, so did another voice, which was coming from her side. Her eyelids fluttered open as she pursed her lips, trying to figure out what... or perhaps, who was referencing her. It took her a moment to snap out of her reverie completely--the temperature of her room combined with the haze of meditation always did leave her feeling rather sleepy.

She yawned, noticing a small figure leaning into her--one she recognized as the youngest of their household: Jordan. Instantly, a smile touched her lips and she reached over, ruffling the younger girl's hair. Jordan had become her favorite sibling in the years, their love of nature had led for many positive bonding experiences out in the wild. And that one time that they went sledding and... well, she wasn't sure if the neighbors ever forgave them for what ended up happening but when you spot a wild porcupine, sometimes, caution needs to be thrown to the winds. Most of her memories were fond with this particular sibling, a sentiment she wished she could share with the rest of the family. Still, it wasn't as if there was no time at all to make happier memories--even if the recent hardship was wearing down on them.

"Hello to you too!" She chirped, and then noticed that Jordan's eyes appeared to be drooping somewhat. She held in a giggle. It was very common of Juniper to forget the effect that her room had on other people. It tended to make them drowsy, even straight up knocking out some visitors who had deigned to enter her room. It was an unfortunate side-effect to having an in-door greenhouse but what was a botanist to do? She shrugged, steadying her sister upright as she glanced around the room. The door had been left slightly ajar--not that she minded, Juniper wasn't a very secretive girl with her things.

However, it was the noise from downstairs that made her continue to stare at the door, straining to hear what was going on. It sounded as if the two males of the household had returned and were shuffling around downstairs. More than likely looking for something to eat. She stood up, offering a hand to her younger sister to assist her before moving towards the door and calling down in a soothing voice.

"I'll be down in a moment!" Feeling excitement over the prospect of getting to eat with at least a handful of her family members, Juniper waited for a minute or so to allow for her sister to follow her before gliding down the stairs. Her cheeks were flushed as she reached the bottom step, glancing around and noticing that Max and Ary were in the kitchen. Grinning, she skipped to greet them, stopping to pat Ary on the arm and then swooping down to give Max a warm hug.

"Welcome home, you two! I went shopping, maybe you want to help me make some food?" She offered, hoping that her peppy attitude would rub off on the others. Ary didn't look too pleased and she was trying to ignore the fact that perhaps the reason for their lateness was not overly positive. She didn't show this doubt on her face, however, no need to alarm Max or Jordan to this--at least until she was certain of what had happened or how bad it had been, if at all.

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(I am summoning all people to post here)

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Ara considered the leftover status in response to Max's question. "I don't know," he said. "Maybe there's some casserole. Or something." He started when Juniper's hand patted his arm. "Oh, hey," he greeted. His stomach growled loudly again, and he was still so angry about everything that had happened. "You don't have to make us food," Ara said. "Haven't you already eaten?" He checked the clock on the oven behind him. Two hours until he had to leave. "It's a little late for dinner, don't you think?"

If Juniper hadn't eaten, he could only imagine that the rest were still going hungry as well. Where is everyone? Ara wondered. They can't be in bed already. He ran a hand through his hair and sighed. "I can just make something quick for the two of us," he insisted, "so you needn't bother."

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(Tagged Carrie to see if we can lure Children back. If I dont hear anything soon....meh, I will figure something out. Probably will involve duct tape and foam swords)(added a bit extra just for the fun of it)

Max couldn't really tell from Juni's face, but he had a feeling they were probably curious about what happened. Or maybe that was just him wanting to explain things again so they realized he wasn't even guilty of what he was falsely charged with. But, he would rather not do that in earshot of Ary and risk getting him angrier. Or at least, he thought Ary was still angry. He wasnt going to risk finding out.

"We could order a pizza!" Max suggested. "Then no one has to bother cooking! Of course, I could just charm the kitchen appliances to cook for us whenever no one was around. That would be a lot easier".

He doubted that he would get them to agree to that any time soon. His parents never budged on the topic. Something about "the smell of cooking when its done by a person". Whatever that meant. He put his hand back on his pocket, but he felt something missing. He quickly grabbed everything out of the pocket, and went through each item to see if he was right. He knew he had it earlier today. It was his grandfather's coin. Apparently, his grandfather had been working on a powerful charm on the coin right before he died, and Max had been trying to figure out what it was.

And now, it had just randomly disappeared from his pocket. And he knew exactly who was responsible.

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The cop flipped the strange coin in the air. It had all sorts of weird symbols on it. Maybe he could somehow convince anyone that kid had gone insane, if he had more occult items like this. He flipped it again, and he swear he thought he saw a flash of light emanate from it. He disregarded it, and put the coin in his pocket. He thought he saw it glow again, but he figured it was just him stressing out over that kid.

He would need to get revenge on that kid for the meddling he was doing. He didn't care how.

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Jordan skipped down the stairs and into the kitchen. Three of her siblings stood around, and she walked up to join them. "Hey, guys! How are all of you? It's great to see you! Max, what did you do?" Jordan talked quickly, adding the last question due to the brooding look on Max's face. The brooding disappeared instantly as her brother dug in his back pocket. He pulled out all of his items and sifted through them. She hoped nothing was wrong; as Max looked worried, and then angry. Jordan glanced at Ary and Juniper as they discussed dinner. Maybe Max was missing a charm- that didn't happen often, and it would worry him. She shrugged to herself and leaned against a window.

A tiny pecking noise issued from the window behind her, and she opened it almost instinctively. A peck usually meant a bird was asking to enter. This was indeed the case as a small blue jay swept inside. The small avian creature folded his wings and hopped around on the counter. Then, he fluttered over to Max and plucked a sunflower seed from the array of items from his pocket. The bird chirped and flew over to Jordan with the seed. The dry husk fell off as the jay pecked at it a couple of times. Chirping again, it pecked at the seed. Jordan smiled lightly and stroked the feathered head with one finger.

The bird pulled off a strip of the seed and Jordan noticed a small silver object inside. She deftly pulled it out and examined it as the blue jay disgruntledly finished his snack. It looked kind of like a hieroglyph, and Jordan instantly knew it was a charm. She rolled it around in her fingers, and it seemed to be iridescent. She put the charm on the table with Max's other items and shrugged. His charms were not to be messed with. "So... what are we having for dinner? I'm starving."

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After Carrie had used her binder and Ary’s signature for whatever reason, it was returned to her. Still she needed to get it signed. Otherwise the teacher would be highly upset at her. So she took the thing and headed back down the hallway. It seemed almost every member of their family was now present.

Lillya stood just outside of the kitchen as she watched her siblings banter back and forth. Without her and Carrie around, they were the perfect family. Everyone always loved Jordan more than her simply because the girl was outgoing, loving, everything Lily wasn’t. Max even though he always got himself into trouble, was the youngest boy. Honestly, he could do no wrong.

With a shake her head and water dripped from her wet locks reminding her of the recent much needed shower, the preteen walked into the room over to Ara. She held up the binder for him to sign. She knew how awkward her presence was going to make things now especially since Juni was still in the room. She felt so wrong for ruining their time together, but just because she didn’t talk didn’t mean she didn’t like being around other people.

The only thing going in her favor was that both Ara and Max understood. Neither of them pressured her nor made being in the same room weird. Funny it was the complete opposite when it came to the siblings of the same gender. Maybe she just got along better with the opposite sex. She had been hanging out with Caleb for six years. It made sense.

Glancing across the room, her roommate seemed to be in the same downcast mood that she had put herself into. She wanted to find out exactly what had caused him to be later than her tonight. He was always so careful about making it back on time. Like her something had caused that to go wrong. She knew she’d probably find out later when they were back in their room alone. Although at times she wondered how long she would still bunk with Max. She was sure Ara or Juni had already figured out there was a free bedroom now. Course, she hadn’t even touched the door knob since their parents’ deaths.

At the mention of food, she felt bad. She’d eaten. Not much but something she hoped would hold her over until breakfast the next morning. With everyone else wanting to eat, she knew she couldn’t refuse. She hated how her not speaking made everyone feel bad for her. Doing everything else she could was the only way she could think to ever make up for it.

But now it was up to the eldest to decide what to do. She was fine just sitting beside her oldest brother and watching her siblings interact.