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Sydney Strauch

"Let's find some beautiful place to get lost".

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a character in “Are You the One? - Bahamas”, originally authored by solarflare, as played by RolePlayGateway

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xxxxxNicknames: syd, squid
xxxxxAge: 24
xxxxxSexuality: heterosexual
xxxxxHometown: baltimore, md
xxxxxLocation: baltimore, md
xxxxxEthnicity: German
xxxxxHexcode Colour: #8E9975
xxxxxOccupation: nature photographer
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the way I do - bishop briggs || crush - tessa violet || bellyache - billie eilish
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xxAppearance:

Sydney has never considered herself anything special when it comes to looks. 'A natural beauty' is what her mother always used to say, but Syd never really cared. Dark brown hair, green eyes, freckles, and a bright smile are what make her 'unique'.

Sydney has never been huge on updating her appearance, of course she values what she looks like but there are days where she could care less. She's never been huge on makeup, and has never had to worry about covering anything up since she was gifted with a rather clear face. She's always been big on going natural, when it comes to makeup.

Syd prides herself on her vintage and boho-chic style. She loves floral prints, long flowy skirts and dresses, and pastel colors. She's also a big thrifter, and has a closet full of gems, her favorite being a pair of overalls with random patches stitched all along the pocket. Sydney also just loves to dress comfortable, anything that is painful in her eyes ins't really worth it.

Sydney has her cartilage pierced on her right ear, and a small tree tattoo on her left forearm.




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xxPersonality:

Sydney is naturally kind-hearted, optimistic, and good-natured, as a child she lived for the motto, 'sharing is caring'. She would never be seen without a large, goofy smile on her face that still follows her around today. She's always been rather adventurous and outgoing, seeing as how she enjoys her job out in the wild. Syd is also very passionate about everything she does, mainly her photography. You could say when she was the child, she would map out her entire life on her bedroom wall, staring out the window waiting for purpose to hit her clean in the face.

However this can carry on to her relationships as well, platonic to romantic. She will stick with someone, and try her very best to make things work no matter the circumstances. This however, caused her to get walked over, not only as a child but as a young adult. She is often said to be, 'too nice' and it is one of her major flaws. When it comes to being too kind, Sydney also has a terrible habit of falling to quickly, and too fast. It's not that she's entirely desperate to find someone, it's just when she finds someone she thinks is, 'the one' she can't help but try to fight her way to win their affection and become narrow-minded about nearly everyone else. Sydney has never been great in the relationship department, and has so many first date horror stories she couldn't count them on one finger.

Sydney loves art. An old soul, and vintage heart, Sydney loves music, reading, writing, even watching classic movies all in a binge. As a person she is quite creative and was never the 'athletic' type. Once she found her love for photography, she became engrossed in the ideas of complex and simplistic design. She tends to ramble. A lot. When she's talking about something she loves. Her mother however said that this was something she loved about her. Her eyes would light up and a warm grin would cross her face. Sydney hasn't lost any part of this side of her, if anything it's grown.



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xxHistory:
Sydney was born to a pair of environmentalists that worked on cleaning up the Chesapeake bay. They were always out protesting and advocating for a cleaner earth and Syd was right along with them. She would draw her own signs with baby fish and seals on them to bring to the protests. She has always been very outspoken and caring from a young age.

Highschool was almost a blur to her as she had a rather average school experience, it wasn't anything special. She was big on the Green Team, and held several different cleanups for her school to participate in. In high school, she took a photography class and instantly fell in love. The idea of capturing a moment in a still image was fascinating to her, especially if the image told a story. Soon after her parent's bought Syd her very own small Nikon camera. That day on her entire room was plastered with her images on the walls.

Out of high school she worked for her parents in capturing images of the oppressed wildlife and protests to post on their website. After a while an agent for National Geographic took notice of her photography and offered her a job to shoot in Baltimore for one of their Chesapeake Bay groups. She immediately agreed and moved out into her own apartment now that she was making a sizable income. He eventually began to love the mountainous terrain and fresh atmosphere eventually moving into a small cabin near a lake community. Not to mention this was something that she was passionate about.

However, there was apart of her that wished she'd have a bit of company. She'd had a camera as her companion for her entire life, but never found anyone that she clicked with. When she saw an ad for the show her parents encouraged her to go.



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xxSeeking:
Sydney is looking for someone to fall in love with, someone that is kind and has a true heart of gold. Someone to sit and watch the stars with, or go camping with for the weekend. The idea of children has never been something she has thought negatively of, but she would be unsure unless it felt right.

xxLikes:
First and foremost Sydney loves the outdoors and animals considering this is what she’s been surrounded with her since she was a child. Sydney also loves recycling, and just trying new ways to better the environment. She loves to swim, run, camp, essentially anything active. She also has her garden at home and enjoys tending to the flowers when she isn’t out doing a shoot. Probably the most important thing that Sydney loves is her camera, she treats it like a child. Even though some find them boring she loves watching documentaries. Traveling has always been one of her hobbies, and sightseeing around the globe is on her bucket list.

xxDislikes:
Sydney absolutely hates the taste of meat, she’s been strictly vegetarian since she was 10. She hates shopping from corporate stores, and adores finding local gems to purchase the things that she needs. Sydney hates people that are narcissistic and just have a negative outlook on life seeing as how she's always been rather optimistic.

xxStrengths:
humorous - kind - open-minded - altruistic - optimistic - loving

xxWeaknesses:
narrow minded - awkward romantic - easily trusts - unrealistic - emotional






Image ImagexxFun Facts:

ironically, allergic to poison ivy

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has one of these and a pair of these

has an owl named pepper and a small terrier named joey

her photos have made the cover of NatGeo four times


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So begins...

Sydney Strauch's Story

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Character Portrait: Elizabeth Sawyer Character Portrait: Daniel Morales Character Portrait: Jake Bowen Character Portrait: Sienna Houghton Character Portrait: Gracie Deschamps Character Portrait: Tony Rogers Character Portrait: Joshua Haggerty Character Portrait: Elliot Crowley Character Portrait: Sydney Strauch Character Portrait: Katherine Boesing Character Portrait: Theodore Davies Character Portrait: Franky Gamal Character Portrait: Gwynivere Reid Character Portrait: Jack Armstrong Character Portrait: James Haynes
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DAY 01
Paradise Island, Bahamas
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The sound of crushing waves can be heard in the distance as fourteen complete strangers stand before James Haynes, the host of Are You the One, with their new home behind them. This luxury villa will be their home for the next seven weeks as they go on a journey to find their perfect match. Seven men stand on the left side and seven women on the right. A few are already eyeing the opposites appraising each of them.

"Welcome everyone. You are all here for one thing, because you all have one thing in common: you suck at relationships." A few people laugh nervously, some shrug more or less agreeing, and others grit their teeth awkwardly. "Each one of you has been put through an extensive matchmaking process, using psychologists, compatibility tests, professional matchmakers, and information from your friends, families, and exes. Through this, we've been able to find an ideal match for each of you."

"Take a look at those across from you. One of them is your perfect match and it's up to you to find out who it is. You will have seven chances to pair up and find those seven, perfect matches. If you can do that, you'll leave the island with love and one more thing..." He pauses for dramatic effect, the contestants stare at him excitedly, "You will split the largest cash prize ever offered in MTV History. ONE MILLION DOLLARS!" The group cheers, pleased by this news. "Good luck!"



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XXXXXXXXXDaniel Morales
{ Twenty-Five | #7f8081 | Miami, Florida | HERE }



After finishing the show introduction, everyone moved inside the house. The sky was slowly moving into dusk so it was time to get the intros out of the way. Daniel lead the way, taking on the role of pack leader like he does with most things. While the house was gorgeous and he definitely appreciated it, he was more drawn to the bar hidden behind the staircase leading upstairs. 'Finally, my area of expertise.' He found an unopened bottle of champagne with fourteen glasses. He preferred something a lot stronger, but he can make do with this for now. "I found the alcohol everybody! Let's get this party started!" He began to pour drinks to anyone who held their glass out. He made his signature flirty eyes to a few of the girls before serving everyone.

Daniel raised his glass, "May we all find love or at least a good time! I look forward to getting to know all of you and I can't wait to find my match among these beautiful ladies. To being rich in love and rich with love." Daniel took a drink, finishing his toast. He ended up drinking the whole thing at once. A glass of champagne wouldn't have any effect on him so chugging the thing wouldn't hurt him.

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Confessional
"I was laying it on thick when I gave that toast. I'm here to win the money. The girls in this house better not pull the whole, " He pauses, making his voice high pitched and valley girl sounding, "I like him, but he's not my match' thing, because I'm not losing 70K just because you felt something for the wrong person. If I find an awesome girl, great, but I won't have a hopeless romantic ruining this for me... God, I feel bad for the girl you've paired with me."
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The toasting having ended, introductions among the contestants began. Daniel was right in the middle of it. Did he go over to the cute blonde he saw earlier? Or red hair? He could go to one of the three brunette girls or the two black haired ones. He decided on one of the brunettes. He thought he heard her name started with K. She was easily one of the hottest girls in the house and had the 'Head Bitch in Charge' look about her. He liked the difficult ones. They were the hardest to win over and most likely his type. Assholes tend to go with the bitchy girls so why not start there?

Daniel approached her, going straight for the hug. It was appropriate considering what this show was about and it didn't hurt to have some physical contact. "Hey! How ya doin'? I'm Daniel."

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Character Portrait: Elizabeth Sawyer Character Portrait: Jake Bowen Character Portrait: Sienna Houghton Character Portrait: Gracie Deschamps Character Portrait: Tony Rogers Character Portrait: Joshua Haggerty Character Portrait: Elliot Crowley Character Portrait: Sydney Strauch Character Portrait: Katherine Boesing Character Portrait: Theodore Davies Character Portrait: Franky Gamal Character Portrait: Gwynivere Reid Character Portrait: Jack Armstrong
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Tony Rogers
{27~#006400~Colorado Springs, CO~Here}
Tony had been to many places, but never to a tropical location. It was certainly a big departure from Colorado. He had lived in Florida, but that was the Panhandle, not like Miami and if he was being honest with himself, he did prefer cooler weather and higher altitudes. Still he learned to adapted to new situations so he was pretty sure he would manage here. He did need to buy new closes though and his mother and one of his sisters helped him out in that area since he wasn't a fan of the activity. The place they were staying out was definitely fancy. His parents had their dream home now, but even it wasn't this big since his mother did not want to clean a big place. If by some chance he did win money at the end of this, he made a promise to himself to send his parents on a nice cruise. He did discuss it with his siblings and all were on board with the idea. If not, they already decided they would just do it anyway, but it would take longer.

Tony's mind was diverted to the present when their host talked about the game and it was then Tony started looking at the women. First one that did catch his eye was the blonde, but not not wanting to be rude he only glanced at her briefly before glancing at the other ladies. All of them were lovely, but this didn't surprise him. His mother watched these kinds of shows and he learned good-looking people always made it onto these shows. He didn't appreciate the host's comment about sucking at relationships. He knew he was good at relationships, he had been married and very dedicated to his late wife Emily. Thinking about her now still brought about some sadness, but he knew that his late wife would want him to be happy and he did want a family too, so he figured it wouldn't hurt to try this.

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"I honestly don't know what to expect in this kind of situation. I plan to take it as I go. Quick shout out to my family though, thanks for everything."


Once the host left, one of the guys took charge with passing out the drinks. Having seen the guys before the girls, Tony knew already this would be one of the 'party guys' and would have an extra eye on him. He himself wasn't a fan of wine, so grabbed a beer instead. Soon, one other guy joined him, one that Tony liked already.

"Who are you going after?"

"Well, the blonde initially caught my eye, but I plan on finding out more about these ladies before deciding who I am spending time with more."

He honestly didn't know what to do next though. This was a unique situation and he felt like a fish out of water at the moment.

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Character Portrait: Daniel Morales Character Portrait: Sydney Strauch Character Portrait: Katherine Boesing Character Portrait: Theodore Davies Character Portrait: Franky Gamal
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katherine boesing
#9F7C84 - attire
Oddly enough, Katherine did not feel out of place. She could tell that most of the other girls had been fairly nervous about meeting the men of the show but for Kat, she couldn’t have felt better. Not to mention she was getting a little bored of just talking to the others girls, although there were quite a few that she found actually interesting. Franky, for one. Badass and beautiful the two had easily fallen into a rather flirtatious friendship. Katherine knew that the show was rather heteronormal, but she was here to have fun right? No matter the party.

The first man that caught her eye was none other than the one making the toast. "May we all find love or at least a good time! I look forward to getting to know all of you and I can't wait to find my match among these beautiful ladies. To being rich in love and rich with love.” If she wasn’t trying to hold herself back she would’ve snorted in laughter, whoever he was she could tell he was full of shit. She knew because she was exactly the same. Katherine could not deny to herself, how attractive he was, she’d have to get to know him quite well.

Fortunately for her, he had decided the exact same thing.

Confession Booth:
“Would you look at that? I didn't even have to try. This might be easier than I thought.”


He took rather confident strides in her direction, and she locked eyes with him. There was nothing Katherine hated more than not being confident when it came to relationships. He instantly went in for a hug, which she returned, noticing the rather intoxicating scent of his cologne. ”Hey! How ya doin'? I'm Daniel.” Daniel. It suited him. She looked at him through her thick lashes, putting on a rather flirty smirk, after all what would be the point of the show if she didn’t at least try. ”Katherine. You can call me Kat, if you’d like.”
She grabbed a champagne flute off the table for herself, taking a rather careful sip. ”I’ll be better in about five minutes” She raised the flute slightly with a small wink. ”What about yourself? See anything that’s caught your eye yet?” She cocked her head slightly to the right, the right side of her lip tugging up in a smirk. She loved teasing men, sometimes it was funny watching them squirm under her gaze. With Daniel however, she felt it would be quite different, which intrigued her. She had met many men like him in the past, arrognat, flirty, confident, they were often the easiest to talk to, but the hardest to keep. She’d just have to see.


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sydney strauch
#8E9975 - attire
Sydney was a little nervous. It wasn’t everyday that your love life was broadcast blatantly on television. However, she refused to let herself get bogged down by the thought, after all it was first impressions and she planned on making a rather good one. The man making the toast, caught her eye slightly, he definitely was attractive, but she had to remind herself that she couldn’t just force herself to attach to someone head on and fall head first. After all, this is exactly why she decided to join the show in the first place, to challenge herself.

Everyone instantly seemed to know where to go and who to talk to, Syd did not. She felt rather lost as all of the other girls that she had befriended ventured off to meet the boys. She bounced slightly on her heels for a moment, taking a deep breath. She never had a problem to talking to people, let alone make friends, so she didn’t know why she was so nervous.



Confession Booth:
“This is already going worse than I thought.
Who knew putting yourself out there was so hard -”


After a moment she noticed a younger man sitting at the bar by himself, drinking a cherry coke. She thought it was odd that he seemed to be the only one not indulging in the alcohol, which intrigued her even more. She took a deep breath, before pushing off in the direction of the bar, clearing her throat slightly. God, she was terribly awkward. ”Hi, is this seat taken?”
She gestured towards the, obviously empty, barstool next to him. ”I’m Sydney”. This was going to be harder than she thought.

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By this point, Theo has completely zoned out and isn't even really looking at the other people anymore. He takes sips of his soda as if on autopilot, giving the image of a man who is at least half present this evening despite his mind being lightyears away from his physical location. He's made up a small back story for one of the girls, the one with blond hair, picturing her as a girl raised on a ranch who was in love with some heartbreaker she met in high school. The guy broke it off when they went to college, but unknowingly they went to universities in the same town. They kept bumping into each other around town, but he was always with some girl or another and would make strange, condescending remarks to the blondie about her just being some small-town girl with no culture. Hurt, blondie became determined to see the world and better herself without worrying about some jerk from high school. She had since become a nurse that works at different clinics in impoverished areas, and has been too busy for matters of the heart. Until recently, when her grandpa (whom she calls Grandpap) fell ill. With not much time left, his final wish is to see his only granddaughter happy and married to someone who will join her in helping save the world. With this in mind, she-

"Hi, is this seat taken?" Theo is pulled out of his daydream by a slightly wavering voice, soft and warm, asking if she can sit next to him. Instantly his expression goes from distant to bright and cheerful, as he's happy to have anybody talking to him at all. Everyone else seems to have found clusters and pairs so naturally, that he had become anxious about whether or not coming on this show was a mistake. But looking at the girl next to him, who has the sort of green eyes that are simultaneously warm and exciting, he feels strangely at ease. Perhaps this trip will go well after all. With all of these thoughts, Theo completely forgets to respond. Completely his fault, there is a heavy pause of silence between the two. He blinks back to real time, and smiles with the sort of sincere cheer that is normally reserved for children.

"I'm Theo! Oh, uh, err, yes- I mean no, no this seat is not taken. Well it is now, I suppose, by you!" he falls silent himself again, suddenly remembering how awkward he can be around new people. He's been lucky so far that his friend have found the awkwardness endearing, something probably helped out by his pretty looks, but who knows whether this crowd will be so forgiving. He sticks out his hand to shake hers, way too formal, and in doing so accidentally knocks over his coke, spilling it all over her. Just to prove that the world is not fair, not a single drop landed on Theo. Only Sydney, completely faultless, is drenched.

"Oh, yikes, I am so sorry, um, here, let me," Theo finds some napkins and starts desperately patting her skirt with them before realizing he has absolutely just forced his way into her private. He pushes himself back, blushing like mad. If he'd remembered that he's being filmed doing this, his face would probably be the color of a tomato right now.

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Confession Booth
"Are they able to revoke your match and give it to someone else? You don't think I'm going to get kicked off, do you? God, I really hope she doesn't turn out to be my match because she probably thinks I'm the biggest idiot in the world."
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I can go ask if they have wet wipes? I am so sorry, I hope I haven't just gone and ruined your night, I'm such a klutz," he's still clearly frantic, but his voice has lowered as he tries to avoid having other people the scene he's just made.