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Christopher Black

"Why can't Paris be closer?"

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a character in “A Summer in Paris”, as played by Thäntos

Description

Christopher Black

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Full Name
Christopher Lewis Black

Nick Names
Chris, Chrissy

Age
Twenty-Three

Role
Friend 3

Love Interest
Paris Resident 3


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Distinct Markings
Tattoo wise, Chris has his whole right arm done with various symbolic tattoos which form a sleeve. Also he has 'Before "You" I Serve Nothing' tattoo'd on his chest. No piercings and little scarring, other than what he received during fights in High School; these are simple scratches and grazes on his arms and legs, even a few on his chest and neck.

Appearance
Chris has always sported the long haired, almost "alternative" look. Though his outfits remain casual with loose fitting shirts, plain or with specific logos and band names, and quite often a dark denim jacket or something similar in a grey colour, yet made of a lighter material. He hardly ever chooses to wear a coat and would much rather be freezing to death and look good than have to bundle up. Image is something he cares a lot about, as with his appearance. Christopher isn't the tallest man around, being only just over six foot. He's become quite skinny over the years too and lost a lot of muscle which he had during high school, the most likely reason for that is he doesn't eat or exercise enough any more. His hair colour remains a dark brown which appears black in some lights, to which it has never been dyed before or straightened for that matter, so it's one big curly mess. Although Christopher tends to wear a hat of some sort which aids in flattening it down. His eyes are light green in colour, almost grey, and usually hidden under sunglasses.

Likes
Gaming, hanging out with mates, The Triple Threat, going to gigs, music, going to the pub, alcohol, men.

Dislikes
Aeroplanes, college, bitchy girls, travelling.

Secrets
~Perhaps his most deepest and darkest secret is the fact he slept with Minnie behind his girlfriend's back during high school. The two of them took each other's virginity and continued to have sex. This still remains unknown to Friend 2.
~Since beginning college, Chris has realised that he's gay. He hasn't told anyone as of yet.
~He dropped out of college after a few months. Or rather he was told to improve his attendance or leave completely. He chose to leave.


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Personality
Chris has always been the popular type in high school and college was no different, however he did also make a few enemies since he enjoyed picking the odd fight or two. These weren't on a whim and had reasoning behind them, after all, these guys had been threatening his friends and broke their hearts. His protective and big brother nature was something he's carried with him from one group of friends to another, however he'd always put his two best friends on the Triple Threat before any of his college buddies. He retains friendship with girls a lot more than he does men, simply because a lot of the guys at his college are homophobic. Though he isn't open about his sexuality, his girlfriends have a suspicion, and he has been with a guy or two, but nothing serious or long term. Purely experimental.

He's the carefree type with a slight anger problem. Most things he can just laugh and shrug off, but when something gets to him, he won't be afraid to punch a few teeth out and kick them to the point their ribs would crack. It's a wonder why he hasn't been convicted for assault, but then hardly any of his most recent victims have suffered that badly and before he was too young. Still, he remains the type of guy who strolls through life not knowing what to do and just going with the flow. Chris prefers to be spontaneous rather than plan out what he's going to do. He's that friend who will see a film advertised whilst shopping with you and drag you straight to the cinema to see it. Even this trip to Paris was a last minute decision on his part, even if it had been planned months in advance. His motto is "I'm here to have fun, no matter the cost."

History
After leaving high school, Chris went on to study A-levels at college. He had no idea what he wanted to do with his life so took a variety of subjects which quickly bored him and he found himself skipping days and missing out on important lectures and assignments. All he wanted to do was enjoy life and he could only achieve that outside of college. He would go and see local bands perform, but would never travel too far as he hated riding in anything but a car or bus for more than an hour, and with no job to fund petrol money, he couldn't go too far. Still, he became friends with a few of the band members and was often let in for free or would ride with them on the tour bus to different places. In the end he quit college since he was threatened with being kicked out if he didn't attend. He still sees his friends from there though and often will meet up with them on weekends to go shopping or do something of the sort.

Regarding his experiences in sexuality, his first time was of course with Minnie in high school, and she was also quite a few times after that. He didn't have sex with his girlfriend (friend 2) though as he claimed to just not be ready. Who knows why the two of them went out in the first place because he didn't feel anything for her. Upon starting college, he decided to take a different approach to love and experimented with a few guys he met on tours with the bands, including one of the band members. It was then he found out his true sexuality, though would never openly admit or display it. Now he rides on an aeroplane over to France with his old best friends, who he's unsure whether or not to tell them about his sexuality and the fact he's no longer at college and has no idea what he wants to do with his life. It's safe to say he's a little nervous.


Theme Song
On Top Of The World || Imagine Dragons
If you love somebody
Better tell them while they're here 'cause
They just may run away from you

You'll never know what went well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I've had the highest mountains
I've had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but not til you prove it

Now take it in but don't look down

'Cause I'm on top of the world, 'ay
I'm on top of the world, 'ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I've been waiting to smile, 'ay
Been holding it in for a while, 'ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I'm on top of the world.

I've tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn't have 'cause
I've traveled all this way for something

Now take it in but don't look down

'Cause I'm on top of the world, 'ay
I'm on top of the world, 'ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I've been waiting to smile, 'ay
Been holding it in for a while, 'ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I'm on top of the world.

'Cause I'm on top of the world, 'ay
I'm on top of the world, 'ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I've been waiting to smile, 'ay
Been holding it in for a while, 'ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it's hard when you're falling down
And it's a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

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So begins...

Christopher Black's Story

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Character Portrait: Lily York Character Portrait: Christopher Black Character Portrait: Damian Xander Ackerman Character Portrait: Elsa Arabelle Livbourne
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The airport was full of travelers waiting to board there plane that would sweep them off to their destination for the summer. Paris was right outside the big bay windows of the international airport, how they had decide on Paris was simply the thought of escaping to the iconic city of love for the summer, that and the fact that about a year ago she started a pen pal relationship with someone from Paris and they been wanting to meet up for a while.

Minnie and Arabelle waited outside the terminal for Chris and Lily to arrive. They had all take separate flights having to finish up some things, they weren’t all able to leave at the same time. The sisters sat in silence not because they were mad at each other, but because they didn’t really know each other, they didn’t have that sisterly bond, not only because of the age gap, but because they had always had a sort of silent animosity towards each other. Minnie hated it, in fact she loved her little sister more than anything and maybe that’s why she had let her tag along, because deep down she hoped maybe this trip just might bring them closer together, maybe they could finally form that sisterly bond.

She glanced through her E-mails clicking on her most recent one from one Damian Ackerman, her pen pal, he had gotten her through a lot of her lonely moments in college, as stupid as it sounded, even though they had never met, they had become really good friends. She had told him that they were planning to come to Paris and in return he had given her a few of his shows that were coming up. She was excited about it, but she wasn’t sure how the Triple threat would react, Chris would not be okay with the fact that they had never met and Lily would more than likely give her a small lecture and then ask if he was cute. She laughed to herself at the thought before glancing to her sister. “Flight 421 From New York has just landed.” The announcement made Minnie stop and look up, Lily and Chris had both been able to get the same flight.

She’d be lying if she said she wasn’t a little nervous about seeing her old friends, she missed them so much. She was simply hoping that no secrets would be dug up from their past and that they could just have a good time. Minnie stood up and straightened out her short sundress and glanced to her sister “That’s them, sounds like they’ll be getting off any second.” She smiled tugging her purse up her shoulder a bit. “You have your pass port on you right?” she had asked this question several time like a worried mother, she knew her sister was more than likely becoming irritated with her. “Come on Ara.” She said offering her hand so they could go meet Lily and Chris at their gate.

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Ara stepped off the plane with her sister in quite a hurry, feeling exhausted and jet-lagged from the flight, but she wasn't about to complain. Paris. She was in PARIS, for hell's sake. Who could complain about that?

She sat with her sister in utter silence, one that she had expected even before asking to come with her, Chris and Lil. Her intentions to begin with were really all out of good fun. She would come to Paris, have a good time, and maybe possibly get back at her sister in the process. She was stressed out with life back home, and was ready for a break: Paris would bring just that. And possibly a little summer romance along the way?

Crossing her legs, Ara looked down at herself, then pulled her dress down slightly. It had been a bit short, and, although she didn't mind, a part of her was just waiting for her sister to say something. She pulled her long curls to the side, then looked at her sister as she offered her hand and spoke. “That’s them, sounds like they’ll be getting off any second,” then only moments later, "You have your passport, right?" Ara rolled her eyes and stood up on her own, hearing that Chris and Lil's flight had landed. "Yes, for the third time, yes. You do realize the point of me coming with you was to get away from mom, right?" then she simply shrugged, and pulled her bag over her shoulder. She hadn't meant for the attitude to slip through, but the stress of school and her parents' made that almost impossible. She loved her sister deep down, but they had never been close. And she had never seen her sister make an attempt; therefore, neither had she.

"I need some coffee pretty soon, I'm running out of energy," Ara said as she followed Minnie towards the terminal in which Chris and Lil would be exiting. It had been awhile since she had seen either of them. She smiled slightly at the thought of seeing Chris after it had been so long. Those butterflies in her stomach came back just slightly, and she pushed the thought aside. Someone like Chris would never go after her. It did not help that his bestfriend was her own sister, or the fact that she was so much younger. "Hello, summer."







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Damian stepped out of the shower, grabbing the black towel that awaited him as always, quickly wrapping it around his waist as he made his way through his bedroom, and into the kitchen to where his phone was; seven new messages. All about the show. It's funny, as popular as their band was becoming, the only time anyone ever took the time to get in touch with him was to talk about the next gig. No one cared about Damian for himself. But this didn't bother him; he was used to it.

"Certains de mes amis," some friends, he thought aloud to himself as he stepped back into his bedroom, cracking the door. He knew Drake, his roommate of the moment wouldn't be home for the next few hours, and besides, he wasn't the shy type. Pulling on some black skinnies, and an extremely low-cut grey V-neck, he looked into the mirror that rest opposite of the wall. Decent enough.

Spending the next twenty minutes fixing his hair and spraying some Axe to 'freshen up,' he walked out of the bathroom a new person. The only thing left were the few rings he had to slip on, along with his upside down cross necklace. Grabbing his black leather jacket, he grabbed his keys and made his way out the door, and down the stairs, throwing on his jacket in the process.

He was more excited than usual, because tonight, if all plans went right, he would be meeting M, as he referred to her, his long-time pen pal, and friend. Truth is, this girl had gotten him through some of his darkest periods, and he had never even met her. Either way, the gig came first. He wouldn't let the let down of her not showing up get him down, if that happened to be the case; atleast that's what he told himself as he caught the next cab to take him to the pub.

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Lily smiled at Chris as she felt the familiar clunk of the aeroplane touching down on the runway. As she felt the plane begin to lose speed on the runway, she quickly pulled a lipstick from her bag, using the now blank television screen as a mirror to apply some. The flight had certainly been an interesting one, even by Lily's standards. She'd met Chris at JFK airport, and it was as though they'd never been apart. They simply slipped back into their old habits that were so familiar from their time at high school. In a way, Christopher seemed different, like something about him had changed, though Lily couldn't put her finger on precisely what. Then again, she'd probably changed too. Although, not too much, she hoped.

They'd boarded the plane first, taking their seats in first class; nothing but the best for the Triple Threat. Besides, they were all filthy rich and could easily afford it. But the moment the plane had taken off, Lily had started to feel nauseas. It was a horrible, familiar feeling that often told her that she'd screwed up again. But Lily was desperate just to enjoy this holiday and push any problems to the back of her mind. She was here to have fun with her friends, and that was exactly what she was going to do. She'd decided to start the party early, ordering herself a bottle of champagne to celebrate the summer. She'd toasted the first glass with Chris, and then proceeded to finish the rest of the bottle herself. And as she drained the final glass, her nausea had completely vanished and the world had a pleasant fuzzy feeling round the edges.

It was at that point she'd decided to try and persuade Chris to join the Mile High Club with her. However, he hadn't been quite so keen. Disappointed, but not dissuaded, Lily had struck up a conversation with the businessman sat behind them. By this time, she'd moved onto the liquors, which only encouraged her flirtatious behaviour. Under the disapproving gaze of Chris, Lily and the man, whom she'd never actually discovered the name of, slipped off to the on-board bathroom. The thrill of breaking the rules, mixed with alcohol and sex, created a pretty good combination, Lily discovered. Five minutes later, she was back in her seat, proud and satisfied, but decidedly drunk. Chris had tucked her up to sleep off the alcohol, and she'd spent the rest of the flight unconscious. He'd gently shaken her awake as the seatbelt signs came on to indicate they were landing.

"D'you know when Minnie was meant to be landing?" she asked Chris. She had mostly sobered up by this point, but she could still feel the effects of the alcohol, slurring her speech ever so slightly.

She felt the plane come to a halt as someone with a saccharine sweet voice thanked them for flying with Delta Airlines over the intercom.

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Travelling had been something he was never keen on, especially on a plane flying half way across the world. It had always been a slight phobia for him which derived from one too many disaster movie. He even had difficulty taking the coach to New York in order to meet his old friend Lily. Despite the plane not being invaded by snakes or crashing on a deserted island, the ride had been less that smooth for the casual man. It seemed his friend hadn’t changed her ways much and drank half the flight’s supply of liquor. Paired with the fact she easily got bored of speaking with him, mainly because he refused to do anything with her (plane or not), she had turned her attention to a business man who sat behind her. He must have been about thirty-five at least. It was something he highly disapproved of but all of his attempts to stop her went nowhere.

He would have even got up to grab her arm as she left to the bathroom with him, but he was too nervous to even take off his seat belt. The only thing which kept his mind occupied on the flight was his portable game system; a Nintendo DS to be precise. He’d only brought a few games with him, Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, and some random game a college friend got him last year for his birthday. It was to do with creating your own people and controlling how they lived; Sims 2 or something like that. It wasn’t his favourite so he hardly ever played it. Chris couldn’t come up with anything interesting for his characters to do.

When Lily came back, smelling decidedly of sex and alcohol rather than the perfume she wore, he had rolled his eyes and closed the gaming system for now. With shaky hands he fetched a blanket and covered her up, shushing her to sleep to which, thankfully, she finally gave into. The rest of the flight was spent with her sobering up with rest and Chris returning to his game, only to look up every few minutes and watch the man she had fucked in the toilet. Somehow he believed them to be a ‘thing’ now. Eventually Chris found his protective nature kicking in and he fought verbally with him. After that he bothered them no more and it was only half an hour did they touch down in France; the unfamiliar jolt of the plane hitting the runway made him squeak with fear. He played it off as coming from the engine.

“D'you know when Minnie was meant to be landing?” Lily had asked, her speech still indicating the toxins were in her system. This would make it harder to get her off of the plane in one piece but he could do it. Chris slipped the consol into his bag and folded up the blanket, standing up and packing that away too.

“I’m not sure, I think she said she’d already be here.” He offered a shrug of broad shoulders and slung the black satchel over his shoulder. A hand was offered to help her up and he didn’t release it until they were safely inside the terminal with their suitcases and bags.

From there they headed towards the exit where they would be meeting up with Minnie and her sister, which Chris wasn’t sure whether he was happy about her coming or not. He was hoping it would just be the three of them like old times, but then who was he to say she couldn’t come?

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Lily watched Chris slip some game thing he was playing with into his bag. She never had understood his interest in playing with those things. Why bury yourself in fantasy, all alone, when there were so many interesting people to flirt with around you? Lily loved flying. Stuck, thousands of miles above the Earth with no way out until you landed, surrounded by so many interesting strangers, all free with nothing to do but flirt with her. He also slipped the blanket off her and folded it up before packing it away whilst offering her an answer to her question.

“I’m not sure, I think she said she’d already be here,” he told her, shrugging and pulling his bag over his shoulder.

Lily giggled excitedly. "I can't wait to see her," she told him, her voice breathy. "Do you think she missed us?" she asked, but didn't wait for an answer. "This is going to be the best summer ever," she giggled again. Clearly, she hadn't sobered up quite as much as she though she had. But it didn't bother her. She'd spent the majority of the past few years in an alcohol induced haze. She was quite used to it by now, and, for the most part, it hadn't caused her too many problems.

Chris offered her a hand to help her up, which she gratefully accepted. She stood up, stumbling slightly as the world spun. She quickly used Chris to regain her balance and looked up at him with a smile.

"I'm fine," she laughed, her eyes sparked as she rolled them and a smile danced on her lips. She knew exactly what he was thinking. He'd always disproved of her drinking in high school, and she doubted he had changed his ways much since then.

She picked up her small carry on and made her way down the aisle to leave the plane, hand clasped tightly round Chris'. She flashed a cheeky smile in the direction of the businessman as they passed him and he looked back at her appreciatively, before glancing at Chris and looking away. Evidently, he and Chris had had a few words while she'd been dead to the world. Apparently, she smiled, he hadn't changed that much.

They made their way through the terminal, Chris keeping a firm hold on her all the while. All around her, the air buzzed with different languages and accents. She picked out American, like hers, French, English, something Eastern European and Chinese. It was like a rush around her. She loved people, and she loved being abroad. It was all so new and fresh and exciting. She'd been to Paris before, but never with her friends. This was going to be a special vacation, she could just tell.

As she reached the exit, she spotted Minnie and her sister... Aria, was it? No, Ara, that was her name. They were stood up, waiting for them by the gate. As they got closer to them, Lily let go of Chris' hand, abandoning him with most of the bags, and ran over to her friend, wobbling slightly on her heels as she crossed the distance between them.

"Minnie!" she said excitedly, throwing her arms round the girl. She looked exactly as she had done last time Lily saw her. She really had missed her.

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Ara watched as Lily and Chris made their way out of the terminal they were supposed to be arriving at, and was relieved that her and Minnie were no longer alone; it was a little awkward, she had to admit. But nothing could have been more awkward than what happened next: She watched as Lily ran over, wrapping her arms around one of her best friends. As much as Ara tried not to admit it, it did make her a little jealous that her sister had not only been the number one in her family for so long, but also that she had two best friends that would do anything for her. She was sure neither of them had been to keen on the idea of her attending, but here she was, standing there awkwardly regardless.

Ara wasn't a shy girl, but seeing Lily and Chris for the first time in so long definetly shyed her up a bit. She looked so different, older, more mature, but she wasn't quite so sure either of them had changed much. Looking between them briefly, she smiled a shy smile, then pulled her long curly hair to the side. "Hi Lily, Chris," she said softly, before taking a step back, sitting on the top of her suitcase again and looking around. She had plans on making this trip more interesting for sister, no doubt, but for now, she could tell how excited Minnie was to see her friends; she wouldn't ruin this moment for her.