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Juniper McKinney

"Mistakes are a part of life, they don't define us. What's important is how you pick up the pieces, and if you put yourself back together stronger or not."

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a character in “Aeonis Academy for Demi-Gods”, as played by Kohananinja

Description

Juniper McKinney
”Mistakes are a part of life, they don’t define us. What’s important is how you pick up the pieces, and if you put yourself back together stronger or not.”





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FULL NAME:: Juniper Anne McKinney

NICKNAME(S):
June

DATE OF BIRTH:
August 3, 1987

AGE:
28

GODLY PARENT:
Hestia

Subject:
School Councilor

GENDER: Female

SEXUALITY: Heterosexual

ETHNICITY:
American of Celtic and English Origin

DIALOGUE OR THOUGHT COLOR:
#FF8000





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PERSONALITY:

The things people tend to notice first about June is her sense of humor, natural warmth, and seemingly boundless energy. When you’ve got a problem or just really need to talk, June is your girl, and she will go out of her way to fix issues for people. Amongst her friends in college she was jokingly referred to as the “group mom”. A label she did not altogether enjoy, but there is a nurturing quality to her personality that is hard to deny. June is also known for being funny, whether appropriate or not, as it tends to be her defense mechanism to stressful or uncomfortable situations. Her compulsion to take care of others and sometimes play peacemaker is one though that she has had to be careful to temper with a strong sense of self as an adult, as she’s learned from firsthand experience that her people pleasing prerogative can morph into something more dangerous if she lets it, changing things about herself to make other more comfortable.

When out with friends, June has a bit of a sassy side, and she’s not shy about flirting with men when she finds them attractive, at least outside of work. Mortal men she can handle, but the demi-god kind are a breed of their own, and while a very attractive one, after Caleb she’s become more careful about initiating relationships with demi-gods. Not that it will stop her from looking of course, she’s not dead. When it comes to her own negative emotions, June is much more private about sharing them, and is likely to downplay or laugh them off amongst friends. Or bake. One sure fire way to figure out if June is upset is by the sheer volume of baked goods in her house, a habit her colleges tend to be the beneficiaries of. When it comes to cooking, June can get downright competitive, a remnant of growing up in the south as well no doubt, and insulting her food is a sure fire way onto her shit list. Despite her warm and funny exterior, being enemies with June can be a very uncomfortable experience, as she can get pretty creative when directing her energy into a feud.

LIKES:
(At least 5, I'd like it if you described why your character likes something, but it is not required)


Baking (Complete Stress Baker)

Flirting

Dancing

Yoga

Classic Action Movie

Taking Care of People

Going Out with Friends

Kids

Laughing and Making Other Laugh



DISLIKES:
(At least 5, I'd like it if you described why your character dislikes something, but it is not required)

Being Dismissed or Overlooked: As a child of Hestia, June has been written off more than once as weak or unimportant for lack of the astounding active powers some of the other Demi-gods possess.

Intense Relationships: June has been seriously burned by serious relationships in the past, including an ex-fiancé who was possessive to the point that it was unhealthy and borderline obsessive. June still likes men, and definitely still likes sex, but she does not seek out serious or committed relationships. Instead she prefers to seek fun, light, and usually brief liaisons where no one gets hurt and everyone leaves happy.

Heights

People Who are Unwilling to Try New Things

Bugs: “Eww…just no.” *shudders*


FEARS:
☠(At least 3, I'd like it if you described why your character fears something, but it is not required)


☠Loosing Herself: Part of June’s personality that she’s worked hard to get past is her unhealthy compulsion of people pleasing, and changing herself to please those she cares about. This was more of an issue when she was younger, but it is still something that really worries her.

☠Heights: They just really freak her out, she doesn’t know why.

☠Ending Up Alone: This one is much more Sub-Conscious, and she blames it on her godly mother’s influence, but June has always had this dream of one day having a big family of her own. (“Five kids, three dogs, and one grumpy looking cat all in a two story yellow farm house with white trim.”) After Her failed engagement, and the major fallout from breaking it off, she’s not really sure that’s meant to happen for her, or if marriage is even something she’s cut out for.





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FAMILY::
(Here you'll list your family members, feel free to describe your relationship with each of them if you wish)

Melissa McKinney // Deceased // Adopted Mother
Patrick McKinney // 58 // Adopted Father

RELATIONSHIP WITH GODLY PARENT:
(Some Deities revisit their children over the years, and some just seem to ignore of forget their very existences, here you can detail just how much of a relationship you have with your Godly parent.)
June is not hostile toward her godly mother, but there is a strain that exists between the two for a few very distinct reasons. The first being Hestia’s unwillingness to disclose the identity of June’s mortal father, which privately she holds as a kind of personal betrayal. The second is June’s insistence that Melissa McKinney is her real mother, and her refusal to refer to Hestia as such. The two will chat occasionally, but it is usually initiated by Hestia.


BIOGRAPHY:
(This is completely optional, although if you want to add a Biography please have it be at least 1 paragraph or so)
Juniper McKinney was born from an adulterous affair between the goddess Hestia, and a family man that June has never known. The one time June did ask her godly mother who her biological father was, she was met with silence. Hestia’s only explanation that she didn’t wish to destroy her father’s family, which an unwanted and illegitimate child would surely bring upon his household. This position is also one that has caused tension between the two for the better part of fifteen years. Over the years June has pictured her mystery father and his perfect family she wasn’t good enough to fit into, and it was the subject of much of her teenage angst back in the day. Today it’s a subject she prefers to not think about.

Growing up however, before June turned thirteen and learned of her Godly parentage, she had a very normal an happy childhood growing up in Northern Tennessee. June loved both her adopted parents dearly, and in fact wasn’t even aware of the fact she was adopted until her powers manifested. The three were extremely close, which made Melissa’s tragic death in a car wreck that much worse when June was away at the academy for her freshman year. Her death left a wound in June that has never really healed properly. In this stage of her life, June went through a delinquent phase and gained a bit of a reputation as a party girl. This in part is what led to her current career, and determination to help the kids at the Academy as their councilor. As a teen, June was lucky enough to get the compassion and guidance of adults in her life who truly cared, and pulled her life together. She went to college, made dear friends, and met a man she thought she was going to marry and build a home with, which for better or worse she wouldn’t have accomplished if left to her own devices at that time in her life.

Three years ago, June would have seen her life in a very different place than it is today. Her then Fiancé Caleb was a fellow demi-god, a son of Hecate, and June had thought they were in love. They had booked a fall wedding, were house hunting, and beginning to build a life together. Their romance was sudden and whirlwind, Caleb was doting, attentive, and treated her like a queen. June almost couldn’t believe how much she loved him, how she could end up so lucky. Their passion was consuming, and once June would have thought nothing could come between them. That changed very quickly when it was brought to June’s attention that Caleb had been manipulating her memories, and possibly even some of her emotions, making her forget fights and his bad behavior, replacing them with loving happy fabrications. Eventually, after she had come to accept what was happening, June broke it off, the relationship ending messy and violent, but she was able to walk away. It was a shattering experience that left its fair share of scars, both figurative and literal, but June has worked hard to put the relationship behind her. From there she picked up the pieces, and went back to the academy, this time as their school counselor, putting herself back together doing what she loves most. Trying to help people.




FAVORITE POWER:
June is in fact, an award winning baker, a fact she is not shy about demonstrating for her co-worker’s benefit. Her ability to bless others with good fortune is one she used to use quite often and without restraint in the past, though she is more careful about its use today, as she’s learned the hard way that people can take advantage of her generous nature if she isn’t careful. She is also very much a fan of her ability to conjure fire in her hand as it is her one active combat power. Her ability to project positive emotions toward others and heal them is another that she finds particularly useful, particularly in her profession. The one power she will not use, is her power of memory manipulation, as she’s experienced firsthand how much of an abusive and violating experience it is to be on the receiving end of them, regardless of good intentions.

MISCELLANEOUS:
June has a scar on her shoulder from being stabbed with a kitchen knife.


So begins...

Juniper McKinney's Story

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Character Portrait: Priscillia Stanford Character Portrait: Jackie Pineman Character Portrait: Juniper McKinney
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Priscillia had barely slept a wink that night. She had been awake readying her equipment, reviewing important topics and polishing her plans for the Day. Orientation Day? Oh, there was that too, but that wasn't what she was preparing for. A big tournament had been announced in her favorite MMORPG in "honor"—oh those admins and their sadistic humor— its players' return to school. None of the dates had been announced and the numerous challenges participants would need to overcome to qualify had yet to be revealed, but that didn't stop her from letting out a very excited squeal at the news and start exercising her fingers in preparation of the numerous keys and n00bs she will need to smash very soon.

Her morning routine was completed with her usual joviality and exuberance, notes being belted and choreography being boogied. So caught up in her passionate little performance that she almost forgot about the time. Fortunately for her, a distant rumble snapped her out of it and dampening her mood an iota by its implication. Zeus rarely deigned to grace Demi-Gods such as Aeonis' attendees with the presence of his wrinkly ass, so something must be up for him to show up today.

Curiously, the plump woman looked out the window as though she could see Zeus' arrival before performing a nonchalant shrug-dance. Headmaster will be the one dealing with the old fart so there was no use for her to worry her pretty little head about it. Being late, on the other hand…

          To: Elecfly24
          Get your gears ready. This is gonna be big! They've actually tossed some real money into the prize. We're finally gonna be recognized as the pro athletes that we are. Don't you dare fall behind in your grindin'. Will see you this evening
          Xoxo

Her cellphone beeped loudly as soon as Priscillia hit the send button; it was time to go else she was gonna be late. With practiced ease, the woman exited her game and slipped her laptop into her large purse before rushing out of her residence. Orientation Day, right. Gotta get rid of that first, but to be frank, she didn't see why she was needed at all. Let the hazing begin. It was bound to happen whether or not teachers intervened. It was only a matter of the upperclassmen growing smarter and taking their doucheness elsewhere where the faculty staff could not see.

Thus, it was with her usual air of giddy nonchalance that Priscillia strutted into the faculty building, heavy purse swinging back and forth with each of her steps. "Yooohoooo! June, babe!" she called out on her way to her friend's office. As per usual, she was completely ignoring the fact that perhaps she would be disturbing the people around her with her loudness. "Are ya around yet? Don't forget to tell me how many fresh meat had a nervous breakdown before lunch and needed your help, 'kay?"

Then, just as she reached Juniper's office, she leaned forward, hand covering her mouth, and whispered quickly, "Ring me if you need my secret stash of booze!" She was, of course, only half joking. Many children had never heard of their divine parents before being admitted to Aeonis let along being surrounded by other Demi-Gods, so it wasn't particularly uncommon to be a bit overwhelmed on their first day.

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Character Portrait: Enoch Nixon Character Portrait: Jensen Adler Character Portrait: Andrew Jones Character Portrait: Amanda Cartwright Character Portrait: Tristan Cenix Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Priscillia Stanford Character Portrait: Juniper McKinney Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis
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"One ninty-five, one ninty-six, sone ninty-seven..." Andrew counted out as he finished up his morning workout with some pull-ups. Nearly every day he gets up at around five am for his nearly two hour long morning workout session. He is a early riser, been that way since his military days. Some habits die hard. So he gets up early, and get his sweat on. He prefers it that way, since he gets the training room all by himself. Plus half the time he feels like Ms. McKinney, and/or Ms. Stanford are watching him. He gets uncomfortable when he gets stared at.

Andrew dropped down when he reached two hundred pull-ups, and grabbed a towel to wipe off the sweat on his brow. He then heard a loud crackling of a thunderbolt, on a day with a clear blue sky. "Zeus." He growled. He tossed his towel into the dirty clothes bin, and headed out towards Enoch's office, figuring Zeus would be there, to see what's up.

Andrew went on into Enoch's office, to see Enoch inside, and Zeus sitting behind his desk. "It's a fine day to see you two again. I hope that things are looking up." Zeus greeted the two as he played with whatever was on Enoch's desk. "Sir." Andrew replied with a respectful nod. "Is something wrong?" Andrew asked, sure Zeus always visits the academy, but that was always for an inspection, and this felt different though.

"Well then it's important I share this with you so we can keep it that way." Zeus stated as he was preparing himself to say something. Andrew watched him with a slightly raised eyebrow, if he didn't know any better he'd say Zeus is worried about something. Andrew nodded along with Enoch to show he understood as well. "I'll be keeping contact with you two about this, stay alert, for the line between enemy and friend may be blurred." Zeus stated. "Yes sir." Andrew said as he stood in a very military like way.

Andrew rolled his eyes at Zeus' exit. Very inconvenient. "Ain't this just grouse? I can think of 'bout twenty ankle biters that fit the bill off the top of my head." Andrew started. "I'll keep a Captain Cook out for trouble." Andrew said with a nod as he started to leave the office. "Oh, what about the other teachers mate? It'd probably be best if we kept it between us for now." Andrew said as he left, to give him something to think about.

Andrew walked through the halls, and towards the faculty building. He headed towards his office, and say Miss Stanford yelling outside of Miss McKinney's office. Andrew raised an eyebrow at her, especially when he mentioned a secret stash of boozes. Andrew loudly cleared his throat to make his presence known. "G'Day Miss Stanford." Andrew greeted. Before continuing on to his office. "I'll be here if 'ya need me. So try not to need me." He stated as he closed his office door.

Andrew sat down behind his desk, and unlocked the top drawer of it. He took out a cellphone that was inside. He entered a number into the phone, and sat back in his chair as he waited for it to be answered. "G'Day sir. Guess who just popped in for a visit.....aye, Zeus. He seemed worried......No, I don't think he knows about you, or me. As far as they know someone is gathering Demi-Gods......Yes, I have a few prospects that I'm looking at.....There's no need to worry about me sir, I can handle myself......Yes, I've gotta go, I'll call you again for my next report."

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"Boom! There goes your head!" "No fair, you always know where the rocket launchers spawn! Cheater!" "I'm sorry you suck so bad." This type of talk went on between a young Jensen, and his little brother Nolan as they played a video game. "So where do you want to lose at next? Beaver Creek?" Jensen then looked over at his brother. Nolan was leaning against the wall in the far back, with a large chunk of his shirt burnt off, and a large burn on his chest. Jensen, on instinct, rushed to his brother's side, who was shaking, and gasping for air.

"Nolan!" Jensen shouted as he got over to his brother. He lightly slapped Nolan on his face, and tried shaking him to wake him up. Then Nolan just completely turned into ash. Jensen stood there in shock as the remains of his brother slipped through his fingers. The veins in his arms began to glow electric blue, and his hands were covered in electricity. The energy began to move around his arms, and started to cover his entire body.

Jensen's eyes shot open as he awoke at the sound of the thunderbolt Zeus arrived in. "Fantastic." He groaned, he knew exactly what that meant. He rolled himself out of bed, and saw that his roomie was already gone. Jensen rolled out of bed, already in a fowl mood from the mere presence of Zeus. He doesn't even need to be around the prick in order for him to sour his mood. He rubbed his eyes, and then heard his phone go off. He searched around his bed, looking for his phone. He turned over his pillows, shuffled through his sheets, and blankets. How does he always lose it?

Eventually he found it underneath the bed, and saw he got a text from Amanda. As soon as he saw the name it made him grin, his day was at least starting to get better. He missed her quite a bit during the break, more than she'll realize. The only time he feels like he can sleep without nightmares is when he's with her.

[To Amanda]
[Oh you got me something? Is it see through? ;) I might have something for you too. See ya in a bit.]


Once that was sent Jensen got cleaned up, and grabbed a small plastic bag from out underneath his bed. He put on his favorite t-shirt, and grabbed his jacket. He exited his room, and soon saw his half-sister, and his roomate together. He'd be lying if he said he wasn't a bit uncomfortable with it. Sure Tristan's a nice guy, and Jensen's not that close to Alex, but still, she is his sister.

"Dude, do I need to get a hose?" Jensen smirked as he swung his jacket around, and threw it on. "Damn, am I only lightning hurler who can just walk out a freaking door?" He asked. "Glad the Almighty Dickcheese didn't stick around for a little reunion though." He smirked before he started to walk away. "Later Trissy, Princess, other guy." He said as he continued on with his business.

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The smell of baked goods and cinnamon practically wafted from June’s office, which was neither uncommon nor particularly displeasing to those who knew the school councilor well, especially on orientation day. June never really slept the night before school started, opting instead to calm her nerves by reading through her case files and marathon baking. By the time she’d finished up this morning to shower and down her coffee, she’d finished a batch of each of the staff’s favorite sweets, and enough of her usual tried and true classics to keep her office smelling like a bakery for a week, a state that only helped her cause when trying to get her usual students to come in for their counseling sessions. One student in particular June had learned this strategy helped with immensely, and as June has some bad news to break to the girl today, she was anxious about making sure Abby came in today. There were a lot of ways to hear bad, possibly traumatizing news, but June hoped that hearing it from her in a safe place would be better than learning it on her own.

Her thoughts were interrupted soon by the sound of thunder in the air, which meant only one thing on a day with clear sunny skies. “Zeus…what is he doing here?” June thought with worry. The king of the gods usually only came to the academy for inspections, which tended to be fairly predictable and almost expected. Today however, was not one of those days, which had June a bit concerned. As she walked about the halls with her basket filled with baked goods for the staff, she made a mental note to talk to Enoch about it the first chance she got. Or Andrew…though if June was being honest she knew she probably wouldn’t get much from the man. Maybe June was just a sucker for lost causes, but she’d made it her personal mission to get to know the man since they both began working at the academy. How much headway she’d managed to make, June couldn’t say, though she knew it wasn’t enough to get the man to smile, something she wasn’t prepared to admit how much she wanted to see. Still, it didn’t stop her from dropping off a parcel of his favorite sweets for him to find in his office later.

Once she’d made the rounds dropping off her annual start of the year gifts, the only treats she had left on her were Priscilla’s, and June had a good guess where to find her this time of day. As June headed back into her office, she didn’t have to wait long for her friend to make an appearance. Laughing, June opened the door to her office. “I may just have to take you up on that offer Priss. Especially if my day gets interesting.” June smiled, holding out a pink box filled with her friend’s favorite sweets. “So, you have any interesting plans for our newest additions today that I should know about ahead of time?” She teased.

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Someone pointedly clearing their throat behind her had Priscillia spin around and make her humongous purse thump loudly against June's door with all the weight of her laptop and its casing behind the blow. "Hello, darling!" she greeted, practically rolling her r's while flashing him a bright smile. It was Impeccable Pecs. She missed seeing him at the fitness room. Something told her that he was purposefully avoiding her. Can't a guy take a compliment now? It wasn't like she was talking about his junk. At least the last time she had been ogling him. Ahem. He was already making a quick exit unfortunately

"You know that you'll always be needed in my bed!" she shouted at his retreating form before blowing a kiss in his direction. After a small giggle-squeal from her part, the door to the school counselor's door was pulled open and Priscillia was greeted by none other than her best GF with a box of her favorite candy, which made her gasp in feigned horror while her eyes lit up with joy. "Oh, you scheming woman! Trying to ruin my body and teeth so you can get all the hot studs 'round here. C'mere, girl! I missed ya."

Juniper would see herself bear-hugged by her ever energetic colleague and friend. It wasn't that they had not seen each other for that long, but Priscillia was one to always insist on showing her affection in the most public ways. In this case, it was unabashedly hugging the life out of June right in front of her office door while she was inconveniently holding Priscillia's favorite treats.

"What's that smell," she suddenly asked, unwrapping her arms from around the lean woman's neck. She sniffed the air with her eyes closed and let out a contented sign as though a dog having caught the most delicious scent of a piece of juicy steak. "Have you been baking again?"

Then, a thought popped into existence in her ever active mind. "Ohhhh, are you going to gift some to Mr. Impeccable Pecs?" Her question was accompanied by a complicit wiggle of her brows. As she had not yet entered her own office, Priscillia couldn't have known that her friend had already delivered all the wonders she could create out of simple flour and heat. Instead, her imagination had been set off and she had already begun daydreaming about her best friend chasing after their stoic colleague. Hopefully no one will feed her anymore sugar today.

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Character Portrait: Jensen Adler Character Portrait: Andrew Jones Character Portrait: Amanda Cartwright Character Portrait: Priscillia Stanford Character Portrait: Juniper McKinney Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis
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Jensen felt his phone go off in his pocket as he walked away from Alex, and Tristan. He took it out of his pocket to see it was a text from Amanda. But before he could even read it Alex grabbed his arm to give him a stern talking to about their father. He folded his arms, and rolled his eyes. As she talked about how he owes Zeus everything, anger began to sweal inside him. Large, pitch black thunderclouds began forming above their heads, clearly from him, as he griped tighter on his arms. "Owe him?! I don't owe him shit!"

"Being able to shoot lightning from my hands doesn't make me who I am. Who my parents are doesn't make me who I am. I am who I am. No matter what." Jensen growled at his younger sister. "Let me drop some knowledge on ya. We're defined by our actions, not others Princess." Jensen stated, obviously something he felt strongly about. "Family isn't about blood. Zeus doesn't give two shits about any of us, so why should I give two shits about him? I don't need him, I'm fine just the way I am." Jensen stated.

"The only thing the gods care about is themselves. Nothing they've ever done says any different." Jensen said before he walked away, with the crackling of thunder with each step. Jensen looked at the message sent to him by Amanda. It made a smile return to his face as he began to calm down, and the thunderclouds began disappearing. If there's one thing he can say about Amanda, it's that she can instantly calm him down.

[To: Amanda]
[Mmm loving it already! I could go for some fun. Just had a run in with the little sis, the one dating my roomy, incase you couldn't tell by the thunder. I'm on my way. Gotta make up for lost time. ;D]


Jensen stuck his phone in his pocket, and went on to meet her. Hopfully she'll brighten up his day, which she usually does.

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Andrew looked over to his shelf next to his desk where he keeps his collection of pistols, and saw a basket of baked goods. "Juniper." He muttered to himself as he picked it up. He didn't understand the fasination her, and her partner in crime have in him. He's never given them any indication that he's interested in them, and always has acted professional to them. He sat the basket aside for later, and placed his secret cell phone back in it's drawer. He got up, and left his office to get to work, kid's asses aren't going to kick themselves after all.

"G'Day Miss McKinney." Andrew greeted with the upmost professionalism. "Thank you for the basket. It's....appreciated. I'll return the basket later." Andrew thanked with a respectful nod. "Now, if you'll excuse me I must go, and whip these bludgers into shape. Someone has to." He said as he left them. With Andrew it wouldn't be all that surprising if he actually meant whipping. He does have a dislike of kids.

As he walked the halls of the academy, a million thoughts raced into his head. All of them about Zeus, and his current place at the academy. If it's found out about him being a rather huge cog in the rising Demi-god war machine by anyone here, he'd be on his own. He knew this going in of course, but still it's not easy hiding who he truly is from people he's around everyday. Though one good thing about being a child of Aries is that antisocial behevior such as his is expected, so no one questions it.

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“Oh no, you’ve discovered my evil plan! Now how am I supposed to seduce to staff with lemon squares?” June joked back as she returned Priscilla’s bear hug. Her best friend was definitely a superior hugger, and June felt lighter already just being in her presence. They definitely needed to have a night out together soon to catch up. It wasn’t as if they’d been away from each other for all that long, but it was time enough to have stories to share over mimosas and music.

“Well you know the beginning of the year, have to bait the office for the regulars or they’re likely not to show.” June only half joked. There were at least five students she could think of off the top of her head who would never come as regularly as they did if there were not free baked goods in the mix. As disheartening as that fact was some days, she’d come to accept it as a necessary tool and just do what she could once she got them to come in.

As the talk of her baked goods turned to Andrew, her laugh was a little more self-conscious, though she couldn’t help but smile at her friend’s hilariously inappropriate nick name for their co-worker. “You know if we keep calling him that, we’re going to get nailed for sexual harassment one of these days.” June giggled. “Besides, I think Terry might be a little offended if he knew we gave Andrew that title over him.”

“G’day Miss McKinney.” Speak of the devil…
June wasn’t about to deny that Andrew was a handsome, and frankly insanely cut, man, and she’d have to be dead to not find him at least a little attractive. She did however prefer the men she flirted with to at least in some way reciprocate. Andrew mostly just seemed to be uncomfortable when she tried, so June usually attempted a friendly banter with the handsome and anti-social aussie.

“Morning Andrew.” June replied fondly with a smile, nodding as he promised to bring back the basket. “Glad to hear it. Let me know what you think of this batch, I made a few tweaks to the recipe I thought you might like.”

As the conversation turned toward the students, June snorted. “Yeah well, try not to traumatize too many of the freshman today, or I’m pulling you in to help with the extra case load.” June promised as he took his leave. Andrew had a tough front, and had gained a bit of a reputation as a hard ass and grouch amongst the students, but June wasn’t quite so convinced. Underneath that stony exterior, Andrew cared about these kids. He might not show it the way she or some of the other teachers did, but in his own way, they mattered to him. June had a good feeling about that, and general with people, for better or worse, she trusted her instincts.

“So your summer, how was it? Any good stories to share?” June asked, turning back toward Priscilla as Andrew walked away.

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For a man specialized in speed, he lacked punctuality. Only traditionally for the welcome back type of days that moved slowly and consisted of lost students. The perfect example being orientation day which in his opinion were fair. He was pacing down the hall to find haven in his own office, and begin planning lessons for the students before catching a whiff of baked goods and further hearing Priscilla and June talk excitedly in her office, particularly at the mention of pecs. He took a glance down self-consciously then rolled his eyes at himself. Even women could be girls and talk was talk.

Terrance decided to join the social club against better judgement but it couldn’t hurt to swing by, then continue on his way to his own office. He leaned in the doorway of the councillor’s office. “I am hurt. I thought we had something special, Priss.” He dramatically placed his hands over his heart with a pout. But given acting wasn’t his forte, he cracked a smile. “How is it you still have a job here and haven’t been fired for hassling fellow staff?” That was walking right into a remark about the child of Aphrodite’s charm, but were too late to take back now.

He nodded to June with a smile in official acknowledgement, since his greeting had jumped straight to joking with Priscilla about the pair’s comments and June had been the one to make half a case for him on his physique. However, time was ticking and inventive thoughts were slipping. “Let’s hope for a good day.” He raised an arm half-heartedly as if that portrayed accurate enthusiasm and continued his busy walk until he reached his own office and smiled at the basket that awaited him. He didn't like to indulge in goodies, especially as a P.E teacher but the truth was there were always a guilty pleasure and cheat days.

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Mystique gripped his arm in turn staring at him rather concerned and even more so as he said what he did, regarding a teddy bear. Rightfully he assumed her answer for no as he rambled on about other options and then her powers. “Just stop. Did you say you needed a teddy?” her voice peaked with amusement, accompanied by a disbelieved smile awaiting Daniel to admit to his joke. She gasped excitedly “Oh my god, you’re not joking.” She laughed a little, covering her mouth feeling rude to do so directly in front of him.

She thought it best to move on from the topic. Even for a care-free lad like Daniel, on some level it probably hurt to ask for a teddy bear and needed to be on the down-low. “Shape shifting is to be mastered," she answered at last. Frankly it were one of her most engaging powers and definitely needed a lot of practice applied. “And I did have an intriguing conversation with a rabbit actually who discussed the possibility of becoming a carnivore.” She smiled to him even when knowing it were an awful attempt at a joke. But Artemis’ children weren’t particularly known for their humor and she had given it a go and offered a distraction from the teddy incident as well as her own struggle to transform into any animal.

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Priscillia shook her head as though somber. "You are far too nice, my friend," she sighed then perked up almost instantly, flashing a toothy smile. "All the better for me!" Despite her outgoing and amiable ways with almost anything that lives, Priscillia wasn't exactly the nicest person when it came to personal issues. In fact, she was more likely to just tell you to 'suck it up' before shoving an overly sweetened candy in your mouth rather than lending a shoulder to cry on.

Nevertheless, she was a sucker for real life romantic drama, so the daughter of Aphrodite remained mischievously silent as Andrew reappeared, watching the exchange between her colleague with much interest and given him a silent wave as good bye when he departed. He was a tough cookie. So was June. But in the name of Aphrodite, there will be some matchmaking. The old-fashioned way, of course. Using the powers bestowed upon her by her mother wasn't too fair or fun.

As soon as Andrew was out of sight, she struck a pose, one hand on her hip, and singsonged, blowing on her brightly colored nails. "Oh, don't worry, blame it all on me if that happens. I think the HR has me on speed-dial anyway. What's one extra complaint gonna do to my file?" Just then, aforementioned son of Hermes waltzed into view. And that is why she was envious of her friend's office. It was so accessible and she could just sit in there all day with her door open to watch fine specimens walk by. "A girl's gotta have her secrets! And don't worry, hun, your rump is still number one in my book."

Then, with a sigh worthy of the fangirls of all fandoms combined, she added as he made his way out of the office, "You and Jones would make such a power couple." With June in there too of course. Andrew may be notorious for his harsh ways, but Priscillia had her own ways of scarring the troublemakers of her class.

"Ugh, don't remind me of summer. My arsehole of an ex is still as fussy as ever, and I needed to get creative with my correspondence. He's just jealous that lil' Constance likes my gifts more than she likes his. I've managed to convince a friend to hack into her father's computer. She's become such a cute little angel!" Whenever someone mentioned anything even remotely linked to her little baby girl, Priscillia was off, babbling and cooing about the daughter she had not seen for the past six years. Even if Aphrodite wasn't known to be the best family patron, Priscillia's maternal instincts were still strong, strong enough for her to tolerate her ex's presence around her baby so she could live a normal life.

"You know"—her smile had faltered and her fingers had started nervously fiddling with her purse while her gaze shifted towards the ceiling, as though she could see through it and stare directly at the skies—"I am sort of hoping that she did not inherit my mother's divine blood even if I miss her very much…" Ignorance was bliss sometimes.

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June smiled in greeting as their co-worker Terry made his well-timed entrance, wasting no time jumping in and teasing Priscilla. Of all of June’s male co-workers, Terry was definitely one of the ones she’d always gotten on well with. Terry had a good sense of humor, and could jump right into their conversations without making anyone feel awkward, which was always an admirable trait. He was also very dedicated to his job, and while he could come off as a little high strung at times (especially amongst the students he was running about), It was easy to see just how much he cared about the kids here by watching the considerable energy and effort he put into bringing the best out of them. It was something June could definitely appreciate in a co-worker, not to mention a friend.

“Well It’s really only hassling if you boys don’t flirt back Terry.” June joked back in Priscilla’s defense. “And honestly with a face like that, and her natural charm, how could you help yourself?” She finished, half serious. Priscilla has a charisma about her that had nothing to do with her godly mother, and it attracted people to her like a magnet. “Any big plans for the start of the year we should know about?” June asked Terry, more than willing to engage in a little gossip before they had to be anywhere.

As the conversation turned toward Priscilla’s summer and scumbag of an ex, June pulled her friend in for a sympathetic hug as she got out some pent up feelings and confessed her worry. “Aw Priss, if Constance is anything like you, she’s going to grow up to be an amazing woman, divine influence or not. If some of your mother’s trait trickle down, then they’ll be a part of her, but they won’t define her. Just like they don’t define you.” June tried to comfort.

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Naveen looked to his younger brother, waiting and wondering if he would see a reaction. He watched as Jack seemed to lose the pep in his step. Naveen nodded, and looked down to Cody. Few people had a good relationship with their godly parent. Naveen had a semi okay one. She woud make appeareances when Naveen was entirely alone on camping trips that his father abandons him on. That happened more often than Naveen would have liked.

Naveen looked back up to Jack and might have winced at Jack's laugh if Naveen was different. The way he was, he held sympathy, but not the kind someone would have when they think someone else is pathetic. Naveen has sympathy for Jack because he remembered how he used to feel about their mother. He still tolerated her and was glad when she said hi, but she was not their mother.

As Jack spoke, Naveen observed and listened. He didn't dare speak until Jack was done. Naveen rarely spoke without being directly spoken to, but he felt certain circumstances were exceptions.


When Jack was done, Naveen spoke to him softly. "Jack, you done with the language?" Naveen asked like the older brother he was. He hated inappropriate language and few students actually cursed in his class as they knew he called them out on it in front of everyone.

He then looked down at his dirty dishes before looking back up at Jack and speaking softly. "Jackie, I say she gave it to me because I studied and graduated early. Perhaps if you ask me in a less public place I'll tell you what was going on around the time I got my doctorate. And I got my doctorate because I wanted to help people, not because I wanted to have Artemis notice me. Besides, bitterness does not suit you Jack, we all have plenty to be bitter about," Naveen stated simply, giving a hint of bitterness in his tone towards the end but leaving it at that. Immediately the bitterness was gone and his face was more like a big brother talking to a little brother.

"Really, we are more similar than just being the children of the gods Jack. If you ever want or need help or begin to lose faith, come find me," Naveen stated simply before standing. He gave a wink before leaving Jack at the picnic table, making a clicking noise so Cody would know he was leaving. The young pup jumped after Naveen as Naveen walked towards the faculty building.

He had spoken so much! But he was there for his students, and other demigods. His younger half siblings especially.

Naveen walked into the faculty building and wrinkled his nose slightly. He couldn't stand being official. He was wearing sweatpants for crying out loud. He walked into his office, one on the first floor that had a sliding door Naveen had installed. He liked that he could open it and sit on a chair he hat outside. Cody had a little doggie bed in Naveen's office and immediately went there.

Naveen spotted a little bag on his "desk" which was really just a coffee table. Desks were stupid. Instead, Naveen had a couch and a coffee table and a side table with the coffee table serving as his desk. It worked for him. He smiled at the goodies before leaving Cody to fine June.

He found her, and Terry, and Priscilla all in June's office. Naveen froze slightly at the crowd before shrugging inwardly and stepping up to the door. Thanking people was allowed in his repertoire of reasons to speak.

"Thank you June," He stated with a smile and a nod as he gave little waves to the others in the room. He gave one final smile before moving to leave, not really wanting to have to make his own conversation starter to have to stay. He wouldn't really mind them asking him to join, but that was equal with him sitting outside and practicing knife throwing.




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Tess looked up as August sat down. She shrugged, her face not happy still but she sat up at least. She pulled her invention project back, working on that again to avoid feeling like there was a lot of people. She liked that everyone was near her, that she was getting attention, but she hated that it was only because they seemed to think that she was upset. Why couldn't people give her attention just because she was Tessa?

Tess again attempted to fit the fingers into the mechanical hand but failed. Then another person sat down. She felt her shoulders hunch as she wasn't sure what to do. She found that the piece finally fit but that she wasn't sure what to do with so many people.

She wanted to escape and looked to Marilyn to see if she would mind. If it had been people she was close to, like Otter and Marilyn and Hugo and Priya, that would have been different, minus Hugo since he made her nervous no matter where he was.

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Castor was working on getting things ready for orientation and his first class. He had decided to take a short nap on his desk when he heard the lightning crash. Castor immediately woke up and nearly fell out of his chair from how loud the noise was. He cursed under his breathe and picked up the papers that fell on the floor. "Well great. Daddy's here..." Castor prayed that Zeus wouldn't be paying him a visit. He wasn't in the mood for a 'father-son' chat with the big guy.

Castor finished his work and made sure his outfit was perfect. He looked himself over using the camera on his phone as a mirror when a text appeared from his favorite student. Castor's lips curled into a devious smirk when he read it and then he responded:

Hey you. I just finished up my work for orientation. My summer was wonderful but I'd rather you tell me about yours later.

Castor sent the message and out his phone away before grabbing his messenger bag and coffee and leaving the classroom. He decided he wanted to go pay his two favorite coworkers a visit and figured he'd find them together. After a few turns down the halls he stopped at the counsellor's office to find the two he was looking for. "Hello ladies." He said with a charming and seductive grin on his face. "You two look positively lovely today."

Castor noticed Terry and acknowledged him by giving a friendly nod.



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"Spencer?" Her roommate called. "Are you awake?"

Spencer groaned into her pillow and flipped over onto her back. I am now... She tossed her sheets off of her body and got out of bed. She then wiped the sleep away from her eyes before realizing her roommate would want an audible response.

"Yeah, I'm up. I'm getting dressed now."

Spencer flicked on the light in her room and made her way to her closet to pick out some clothes for her first official day at the academy. Spencer eventually picked an outfit and put it on before opening her door.

"Uh, hey roomie." Spencer said awkwardly. Both of them had been here early. Ruth was her before Spencer. Spencer tried to come as soon as possible for the sake of getting out of her hell hole of a house but she didn't know why Ruth came early. It's like she really cared if the girl told her or not. [color=#00006]"So what do you need?"[/color] Spencer asked figuring that would be the only reason why she would wake Spencer up so early.