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Melody Clearway

"Silence and perseverance are my guides in life. They get me by, but make me no friends. Sometimes, it's lonely being me."

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a character in “Appaloosa Plains: Restart of The New Start”, as played by Lacare

Description

Age: 8 (Birthday in February)
Gender: Female
Family members: Father: William Archer, Step-Mother: Chelsea Stard (RPed by Sparkle), Aunt (NPC), Grandparents (NPCs), Aunt: Alyssa Wilkins, Aunt: Amber Archer
Have a Career, in the high school Academy, in the University, or On the Streets roughin' it?: NA
Wealth Status/Class (i.e. Poor, Middle, Upper): NA
Bio: Melody was born when her father was only 14 to a girl who later found out she was lesbian. That girl also later abandoned little Mellie for a life without the expenses of a child. Not long after this, Melody's best friend, Kaylie, passed away while they were all down in the bunker during the big storm. She was only a little, six-year-old girl at the time, and the loss has certainly injured her. Due to these abandonments, Mellie has a hard time connecting with other children her age and often finds herself able to connect more easily with her horse, and partner, for dressage competitions. As far as family life for her goes, she loves her father and sticks by him, and Chelsea is someone who she always looks up to too, but is that enough for her to be considered her mom? Melody thinks so, but won't ever say so. They're getting married now, though... what happens to her when they give her siblings? Will they even look at her the same? She worries about those things daily in the few moments she has between competitions and practices. Although, she worries even more about the amount of money their little family possesses because they talk about it lots. She knows people don't talk about it lots unless there's not enough. What if they won't have enough to provide for lessons!? What would she do without dressage lessons and her horse? On top of all that, her aunt, Amber, is coming to live with them to find new friends. Hopefully she'll bring some money along with her, but... it'll still be hard for little Melody to adjust to the new changes taking place.

So begins...

Melody Clearway's Story

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Character Portrait: Alyssa Wilkins Character Portrait: Amber Archer Character Portrait: Carth McMahon Character Portrait: William Archer Character Portrait: Melody Clearway Character Portrait: Chelsea Stard
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It was late June as Alyssa opened her eyes to see the love of her life, Jax, still sleeping beside her. She gently smiled and kissed his cheek before plucking herself upwards into a sitting position to stretch and wake herself up the rest of the way. I’m living in a fairytale… love of my life beside me, ranch starting up on a crisp, summer morning, and his adorable toddler twins cooing in their nursery in our grand home, but something doesn’t feel right. She thought to herself as she slipped away from the bed and over to the balcony which looked out to their barn and fields where the horses would be put out shortly. For a moment she simply stood there still with her hands lying gently on the rail as she watched the sun rise, but soon found herself stirring to do something different and exciting. She glanced over her shoulder, as she turned to face their bedroom, to look back at her fiancé lovingly before tiptoeing through the room, making sure to grab her cell on the way, and down the stairs and through the house to travel down to her largest barn.

“Look at them all.” She whispered to herself as she opened the door and breathed in the smell of equine and the fresh bedding placed down the night before for them. “I love them all.” She mentioned with a gentle nod as she wrapped her arms around herself. It was a slightly chilly morning, one that certainly was perfect for riding, but a little colder than wanted for someone wearing only a short nightgown. She smiled softly as one of the horses neighed at her and another, nearer one, nickered. Walking over to the little mare which had just nickered, a smile broadened over her face. “You wanna go riding, don’t you?” She giggled before pausing slightly and tilting her head at the mare through the bars, “I do too.” She sighed and began walking away from the mare, but the mare nickered again and Lyss could hear her pawing at the ground. The smile crept up on her face again as she turned back around, suddenly grinning as a glint of happiness flickered in her eyes like fire, “Well, maybe a short run won’t do any harm…” Grabbing up the halter and lead on the mare’s door, she slid her finger across the name, Arienelle, before entering the stall and haltering the little mare and jumping up on her and lightly kicking her to make her trot out of the stall and out to just… run…

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“Melody, c’mon! We need to go pick up Aunt Amber from the airport.” Will called from the door of their apartment. It was nothing special; one bedroom, one bathroom, one master suite, kitchen and dining area, and a sitting area with a small television. They had to get a second bed for Amber to sleep on while she was staying with them for at least that year. Their parents were hoping the new set up with him and his family would provide her with the same stability, a little less sisterly drama, and maybe also a few more friends. Will hadn't heard much about his littlest sister’s situation, but he did know it’d been rough on her.

“Coming Daddy!” Melody called back as she ran out in a cute little outfit, perfect for meeting her aunt in. She reached up to her father wanting to be picked up. With a light chuckle, Will scooped her up in his arms and planted a kiss on her shoulder. “We’ll be back with Amber soon.” He mentioned as he gave Chelsea a quick kiss and headed out with his daughter.

Only an hour later, they arrived at the airport and found Amber, with her long, chocolate-colored hair and bright blue eyes, standing very lady-like on her own in a corner of the waiting room. Will immediately crinkled his nose at her attire. No wonder she doesn’t have any friends… Has she not compared her clothes to everyone else’s recently? He wondered to himself as he watched Melody run over and give her a big hug, unable to note his dear sister’s evident shock at being grabbed by the child in such a hug. “My dear brother,” She smiled as she gingerly picks up her niece and held her against her hip, “how may you be on this lovely day? Your daughter seems to be a rather joyous type. I think you have raised her decently well. How is your fiancée, Chelsea? Is she well? I have unfortunately not seen her since I was very young.” Amber reminisced and questioned as Will forced himself to walk over to his sister, still wondering how she could possibly even be allowed to wear a dress of such odd nature. Shouldn’t a girl her age be wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt? No wonder their parents sent her to him.

“I’m doing pretty well, Amber, and thank you. I think Melody is normally a happy girl, but there are times when she begs to differ.” He smirked gently over at Mellie as Amber set her back down on the ground, as lady-like as she had picked her up. Trying to push his thoughts of her odd behavior away, he continued, “Chels is great! She’s excited to see you, and I think she’d be happy to take you shopping sometime. She loves shopping and getting nice stuff.”

Amber’s eyes darkened ever so slightly as she metaphorically crawled a little deeper into her shell. I like what I wear, though… She inwardly reminded herself, knowing how impolite it would be to show that she had caught his rude comment. I like who I am… Has my brother changed so much as to no longer accept me for who and what I am? I do not think I can believe what I am hearing right now. When Amber had told her parents about Lolita dresses and wanting to hold more elegance than people did, they had been proud of her and willing to help her and support her. However, that love and support seemed to have stayed in Florida when she decided to fly to her birth-town. Ever so slightly, she shifted on her feet and dropped her eyes down to the ground before gently curtsying. “Well, brother, I believe that dear Chelsea may be missing us by now, may we be off to see her?” She asked him curiously as she raised herself back up, pulling on a pair of small, white gloves which matched the frills on her light blue dress.

“Yupp…” He picked his daughter up and started out of the airport, hearing his sister’s light footsteps behind him, he decided to not help her with her carry on. “They told me they’d put your bags in my car. So, we should be good.” He mentioned as they arrived to the car where, sure enough, her bags laid in the trunk, waiting to move into a new hanging closet. After settling themselves in the car, they headed back to their home to once again see Chelsea.

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Chelsea woke up and sleepily waved to Will and Melody as they left to go get his sister. She curled up on the couch with a blanket, still in her pjs and watched TV, fighting off her sleepiness. She had been studying for a big exam all week and was drained after finally taking the test last night.
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Jax heard Alyssa wake up and move around and sleepily pulled himself out of bed to go check on the twins. They cooed happily when they saw him and he picked one of them up and changed her diaper before setting her back into the cozy crib. He and Alyssa were so busy that he was thinking about hiring a nanny for the girls. Usually the women took care of the kids but it was kinda awkward because they weren't really ALyssa's. Sure she loved them but he felt bad asking her to do stuff for them. He sighed and made his way down to the kitchen where he sat on a stool at the counter eating cereal.

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Walking back into the small apartment complex, Melody ran ahead of them to the elevator. "My niece is quite sweet." Amber mentioned with a blink of her eyes and a slight tilt of her head to the side as she paced after the little girl. Her brother gently smiled at her before following his daughter and picking her up as the elevator doors opened. They rode the elevator up to their floor, then walked off of it, carrying all the bags they could, even Melody carried a few of them. For a moment William watched his sister, and daughter, who ran ahead once again to their apartment.

"I just want you to fit in, okay? I think shopping would be a really good thing for you, and it'll give you a way to reconnect with Chelsea. Our town isn't as big as any town in Florida, of course, so it's really important that you fit in and get to know everyone from the start, okay?" William finished, constantly trying to assure that she'd follow his directions, but still felt as if she would have a hard time fitting in. Without another word and only a slight nod in response to his concerns, Amber made her way to her new home and walked in. She immediately followed Melody to their shared room and looked out the window.

Melody flopped down on her bed, as she dropped the bags she had brought in for her auntie, before glancing over at her looking out the window. "You okay?" She asked softly, blinking her eyes and shifting a little on her bed. "That's the fire escape. We're not supposed to use it unless we have to get out..." Melody whispered as she noted Amber's inquisitive gaze towards said ladder. "And that's your bed over there." She pointed across the room to the cheap bed which her father and sorta mother had worked so hard to buy. "It'll be okay, though, I promise." She smiled before starting out of the room again.

Her final glance at Amber had said it all, Melody would never judge her, unlike everyone else here. So, at least Amber had found a friend, though that friend was but a very young child, rumored to be "too much like Alyssa." For a moment she debated escape, but then determined it an unwise and unladylike move. I will simply have to do things the proper way. I will have to ask for permission to leave and hopefully they will let me. I will ask my brother, of course, because I do not doubt him to be easier on my differences than I think Chelsea will be. She finished her thought before sliding her bags onto the floor by her new bed and floating back out of the room to where her brother was. "May I go out? I think it necessary to stretch my legs a little. I had not really had the chance to do so since I left Florida, would you mind?" She asked softly with hopeful eyes of her brother. Still shocked by her odd behavior, Will couldn't help but start by shaking his head no, but then he realized it might be nice for her to get out.

"Don't go too far off and be back before dark, mom wouldn't be happy if you died or had some other Plains drama happen to you." He nodded, motioning to the door before stepping back into the kitchen to continue lunch which he had started.

Stifling a slight giggle, Amber smiled softly and a hint of delight shined in her eyes. "I thank you ever so much, brother! I am sure my walk will be much enjoyed, and mother should not have to worry. Nothing bad has ever happened to me during my time here, so I will surely take care of myself again." She grinned slightly before once again leaving the apartment.

After making her way outside, she immediately wandered to the pond in the central park far across town which she remembered so fondly.

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William dragged himself over to his sleeping fiancee with her lunch, gently placing it on the footrest beside the couch. Melody was already working on setting the table, "Daddy?" She called over to him as she looked at the different silverware in the drawer. "Which ones do you wanna use today?" She asked, holding up a green spoon and a blue spoon.

Chuckling softly to himself at his daughter, Will nodded at the green spoon while taking over their meals to the table area of the kitchen. Grabbing the necessary green silverware to eat the soup and salad, Melody followed him over and set it all out for them. "Eat up," Her father started, looking down at him after setting their bowls down, "and then I gotta get you a nap. You've been up since really early this morning to wait for Auntie Amber." He gently smiled at his little girl before planting a kiss on her cheek and sitting down at the table. Grinning and giggling happily, Melody sat down with him and began eating the wonderful meal for them. What Will had forgotten to mention to his daughter is that he wouldn't be home until late that night because of work. With any luck, Chels would wake up from her nap long enough to watch her soon-to-be daughter. Sheesh... I don't know how we're making it through everything right now between Chelsea pushing summer classes in order to pass through schooling quicker and me working six days awake, and sometimes three nights a week. My parents offered me money to care for Ambs, but they're not giving any of that until school starts in August... Was this the reason they wanted to push her here? She's just so... different... than I'd remembered her to be. William thought about this as his daughter ate up her meal and he slurped his own down as well.