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Adelaide Renuex

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a character in “Bellingstone”, originally authored by la.lune, as played by RolePlayGateway

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❝ Those who intend to destroy me, underestimate my ability to regenerate. ❞
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FULL NAME
Adelaide Rosa Renuex

NICKNAMES
Addie | Most commonly used by friends | Loved
Renuex | Used by her co-workers | Liked
Rose | Used only by her father | Loved
Adele | Used rarely | Disliked


DATE OF BIRTH
13th October

AGE
Thirty-Six


OCCUPATION
Sheriff

GENDER
Female


SEXUALITY
Bisexual

DIALOGUE COLOR
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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Whenever an old face locks eyes with Adelaide, they cannot help but to remark on how much she looks like her late mother. Despite never actually knowing the woman herself, Adelaide has been told time and time again of her beauty - the same beauty Adelaide supposedly possesses. Never having been one for looks, Adelaide cares little about what others think of her appearance and often brushes off compliments with a small smile. The piercing blue of her eyes greatly contrasts with the chocolate brown colour of her hair; the one thing she actually got from her father. Whilst her mother was a redheaded vision, Adelaide's father passed down his brown locks to his daughter.

Being the town's Sheriff, Adelaide has to be in peak physical health. Her body is well toned, and it's not a rare sight to see Adelaide going for a jog around Bellingstone, or even at the town's gym on her time off. Having so much to prove, Adelaide never wants to let herself get into the situation where her body is what lets her down - meaning she makes sure she is agile and a master at hand-to-hand combat, not just a good shot.

Her long locks are almost always tied up for practicality reasons, and she tends not to delve too much into the whole makeup 'thing'. Sticking to a little bit of kohl and lipstick when it is absolutely necessary.

PERSONALITY

Being brought up by a single father who also doubled as the town Sheriff certainly helped shape Adelaide's personality. Since childhood, Addie's been a tough kid. She'd always stand up to the bullies and her sense of wrong and right was well beyond her years. However, without her mother there to help nurture her magical abilities, and a human father instead for support, controlling that side of herself ended up being more than just a little tricky. There was no one she could turn to for help, her father tried his very best, but there was no way he could understand what she was going through. Growing up is hard enough without having to worry about controlling magical powers.

Despite the 'wicked witch' archetype that has become prevalent in current society, Adelaide is quite the opposite. She does not seek to wreak havoc, but rather stop it. Many would assume Adelaide's abilities would greatly help her work, and whilst it can occasionally come in handy, the majority of people Adelaide works with are human and so it's not like she can just pause and suddenly whip up a quick spell in the middle of the Sheriff's department.

The duality of her life would most likely cause a normal person to develop two separate personalities - however Adelaide is too grounded to let herself get too swept up in things and as her morals are so strong, what you see is what you get with her. She can be kind and compassionate, but when she needs to be firm Adelaide has no issue with that. Good cop or bad cop, Adelaide tends to differ with her approach but the reason is always the same - she seeks the truth and the truth only. Nothing makes Adelaide madder than having secrets kept from her. This is partially due to her naturally curious and inquisitive personality, but also because she seeks to abide by the moral code her father set out for her when she was young and if she is to ever live up to his standards, Adelaide cannot let herself be distracted by the frivolities of life.

That's not to say she's never wanted to be more than just her father's copy. Adelaide's teenage years were perhaps the most chaotic of all. Frequently testing the boundaries and engaging in harmless, but perhaps risky, fun with the wrong sort of people led her down a hole her father would never let her fully fall down. It took years but eventually Adelaide came around and realised that, maybe, her father was right. This was not the life she wanted to live for the rest of her time on this Earth; she wanted to do some good and actually be able to give something back to the community.

LIKES
✔ Proving People Wrong
✔ Her Job
✔ Family
✔ Sports
✔ Coffee
DISLIKES
✖ Liars
✖ Secrets
✖ Laziness
✖ People Who Lack Morals
✖ Being Underestimated




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BIOGRAPHY

Alastair Renuex met Marigold Burke not long after he had taken up the position of deputy Sheriff in Bellingstone. At this time, the young man was oblivious to the supernatural beings that resided within the town and thought of it as nothing other than just a sweet little place that seemed to rarely have any kind of trouble. Being the second generation of French immigrants, Alastair was so set on making his parents proud, that anything out the ordinary completely flew over his head during his visits to Bellingstone. Marigold was a witch who had lived her whole life in Bellingstone, taking over her mother's apothecary shop after she passed. Whilst not the most thrilling of stories, the pair met one morning in the local coffee shop, a place Marigold frequented often and - after seeing Marigold there that one time - Alastair began to also frequent as much as he could without it seeming too obvious he was going there just to catch a glimpse of the stunning redheaded woman who would sit chatting to the cafe owner for hours on end.

It didn't take Marigold long to figure out the cute new deputy would follow her with his eyes whenever she walked past him. Always being the more confident of the two, Marigold boldly walked up to the man and sat down right in front of him, her signature mischievous grin plastered on her face. The pair spent hours talking to each other and just before Marigold left the shop, Alastair finally gained the courage to ask her out. Of course she said yes and the rest is history. They soon moved in together and got married, having Adelaide not long after.

Never knowing when the right time was, Marigold kept her secret of being a witch from Alastair for years. It wasn't until she got sick that Marigold realised she didn't have much time to tell him, he had to know if she were to die, as Marigold knew their daughter possessed the same abilities as she did. On her deathbed, Marigold confessed everything to an older Alastair who just stood there in disbelief. He didn't know whether the sickness had gotten to her head or she had just lost it but Alastair couldn't believe what he was hearing. Not that he'd tell Marigold that.

The death of Marigold wasn't only hard for her family, but she had been such a beloved part of the community that the whole town was devastated by her passing. Her shop fell into the hands of Marigold's cousin - Bella - as Alastair (who had been promoted by this point) was far too busy to take that responsibility on.

Growing up the daughter of Bellingstone's very own Sheriff, Adelaide was always regarded by the other kids as someone they couldn't mess with. Too afraid of the Sheriff's wrath, they would rarely even talk to the young girl, let alone play with her - which led to Adelaide being quite a lonely child. With no friends, no mother and a constantly working father, Adelaide spent the majority of her days alone. The only thing that kept Adelaide entertained was her imagination, with it she could turn tiny stuffed teddies into mighty dragons and she - the heroine - must vanquish.

The discovery of Adelaide's abilities didn't come until further into her more formative years. Being a thirteen year old girl with no mother to help guide you through puberty meant Adelaide often had to keep her hardships to herself. Sure her father tried to help, but there were some things a teen girl wants to talk about that their father just does not want to hear about. Eventually, Bella approached Adelaide about stuff she may have been experiencing, and the girl finally understood who she was and what that meant.

During her rebellious teenage years, Adelaide fell into the wrong crowd at school. A mishmash of all the outcasted supernatural kids, the ones who didn't have a majority in the town such as Vampires or Werewolves. One of the people in this group quickly became close friends with Adelaide, and then her boyfriend and at the age of 18 Adelaide found herself pregnant. She knew she couldn't keep the child, but the thought of getting rid of it broke her heart so much that Adelaide eventually decided she'd have the child, but it would be put up for adoption straight after birth. Nine months later, and Adelaide left the house for the first time in a long time to have the baby. She cried immensely but let the nurse take away her little baby girl. Ever since that moment, Adelaide decided to clean up her act and got herself together. Beginning training so that she could work with her father and, eventually, take over his career.

So begins...

Adelaide Renuex's Story

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Adelaide had risen with the sun. The death of a mayor anywhere was enough to shake a town, but in a place like Bellingstone, Adelaide could only see things going downhill from here.

Reaching the Sheriff's office at precisely 5:30 am, Adelaide greeted the nightshift workers who were just beginning to head home. Her hair pulled back into a tight bun, Adelaide runs her hands over her black work pants to straighten them before heading into her small office. The walls were covered in her late father's awards and accomplishments. Adelaide hadn't the heart to change anything about the office since she had moved into it, after her father's passing.

Seated in front of her computer, Adelaide's fingers typed frantically on the keyboard, writing up a response to the coroners report she had just received the night before. No one suspected foul play yet, but Adelaide was more than just a little suspicious about the information the coroners report had revealed. No blood, bar from a smudge on the mayor's collar. How curious - A shaving cut they had said. The majority of people who worked with Adelaide were humans, and as such, oblivious to Bellingstone's supernatural population. Adelaide, on the other hand, was a part of that population and was all too familiar with their goings on.

Despite not having any concrete leads, Adelaide decides to clear her head with a patrol around the town - besides, it couldn't hurt to question some of the townsfolk about any suspicious activity recently.

Noticing her deputy entering the office, Adelaide sends him a small smile before grabbing her jacket which she had taken off before seating herself in front of the computer. "Hey Mark, I'm heading out to see if anyone saw anything suspicious around the time of the Mayor's death," There was a pause before Adelaide continues on, "Are you okay to hold down the fort here for a bit?"

"Sure thing Sheriff." the young deputy nods back at Adelaide, his deep brown eyes distracting Adelaide for the briefest of moments. Mike had only started working with them six months ago after transferring from another area of Pennsylvania. So far he had been a model deputy and Adelaide could not fault a single thing he had done - which honestly kind of irked her. He was human but something about him made Adelaide feel like he knew more than most of the humans in this town.

Shrugging off that uneasy feeling, Adelaide instead throws her black blazer on and sets out into the town. After typing her response to the coroner, the clock had just chimed 6 am, and now as she finally left the station, it was almost 7.

Making her way down the steps of the station, Adelaide breathed in the cool morning air, cheeks reddening with the slight chill that hung in the air. There had been some gossiping Adelaide had overheard about an old friend of hers being back in town. Al, Adelaide sighed aloud as she thought about him. They had once been so close, but when he began to become the golden boy and started dating Sydney, their relationship hit the rocks. Wrinkling her nose ever so slightly at the thought of Sydney Green, Adelaide reprimanded herself for being so petty. It had been six years since Al had left, she can't still be harbouring feelings for him even now. She wouldn't allow it.

As she reached the town square, Adelaide noticed a few familiar faces wandering around, however only one made her smile. Oscar Stein had been Adelaide's closest friend for nearly twenty years now. Ever since Al disappeared, her and Oscar had only grown closer. As a part of one of the smallest supernatural minorities in Bellingstone, Adelaide and Oscar had always stuck together.

Heading in his direction, Adelaide lets out a cheerful "Morning," as she comes face-to-face with Oscar. Noticing his very fancy suit and all-round well kept appearance, Adelaide couldn't help but form a small smirk in place of her smile. "Campaigning already huh?" Nodding approvingly she adds, "Colour me impressed."

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A collaboration between Sunshine and la.lune
Hex; #0C2A0C & #941F34
Location; Within the center of Bellingstone

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Oscar continued on with his walk around the town center, stopping and talking to people about his campaign as mayor. Most people were quite intrigued with him while others just thought that it was wrong that he was campaigning so early after the death of the previous mayor. He shrugged his shoulders and continued on his stroll until his friend, Adelaide, for nearly twenty years was coming towards him now.

A smile tugged at the corner of his lips as he couldn't help himself and walked towards Adelaide, meeting her halfway and now face to face with her. Oscar eyed her as she spoke first. "Morning, Adelaide." He said as he chuckled slightly at her question and comment. "Why, yes I am. Or trying to anyway." Oscar said as he continued to look at her.

"Impressed, eh? Does that mean I have your vote?" He joked towards Adelaide as he tapped his chin with his index finger. "So, any new details about Clarke's death? By the way, shouldn't you be in your office investigating?" Oscar questioned towards her as his eyes met hers right about now.

With a smile Adelaide nodded, "Of course you have my vote Oscar," She says as though he should've already known that, "I couldn't think of a better Mayor for Bellingstone, in this time of crisis."

Mulling over how much, or rather, how little information she could actually share with her good friend, Adelaide sighs, "I got the coroners report in today, but nothing unusual." Attempting to keep it vague, and yet still be able to tell her friend something, Adelaide's hand reaches up to her hair, smoothing out any wisps that may have gotten loose from her bun as she listens to Oscar continue.

"That's exactly what I've been doing this morning," Adelaide replies to Oscar's question about why she wasn't in the office. "I needed a breath of fresh air, and I figured it could be helpful to ask around town about any suspicious activity lately," There is a small pause before Adelaide continues, "So, I don't suppose you've seen anything out of the ordinary as of late?"

Oscar smiled whenever Adelaide mentioned that he had her vote. Of course, he shook his head at her words then eyed her after her comment. "Yeah. It kind of sucks though, as well. Many people loved the previous mayor. Am I wrong for campaigning so early?" Oscar muttered as he knew that Adelaide would tell him nothing but the truth.

His eyes widened whenever he heard her say that the coroners report came in earlier that day but there was nothing unusual. "Hm." Oscar hummed to himself as he looked at Adelaide once again, listening to her as she continued to speak.

"Ah, makes sense now. No need to be cooped up in an office all day." He chuckled then proceeded to walk a little bit, wanting Adelaide to follow right behind him so that she can hear his answer to her question. "Uhm, no, actually. I was closing up the Bar and Grill whenever I heard the news. I haven't seen anything either." Oscar said. "Sorry, Addie." A little nickname he had given her so long ago.

"How about dinner later? Surely you'll be too tired from working all day to cook for yourself. Let me whip something up for you." Oscar offered towards Adelaide as he stopped in his tracks, turning heel to face her now with a slight smile curving among his lips. "What do you say?"

Adelaide shakes her head in response to Oscar, "No, no, I think it's good that you're doing this - it'll give the townspeople some hope that things will get better." Sending him an encouraging smile, her painted red lips parting ever so slightly. Squeezing Oscar's arm ever so slightly, Adelaide hopes to convey her full support.

Following Oscar as he wanders a little, Adelaide is silent as she listens to him talking. "Don't apologize Ozzy," She says with a small chuckle, as he had called her his old nickname for her, Adelaide couldn't help but slip the nickname she had invented for him almost 20 years ago. "I should probably make my round about town and see who else I can bump into."

Tilting her head as Oscar offers to take her out for dinner, Adelaide's smile brightens and she nods, "I'd love that," stifling a yawn, she continues, "I am a little exhausted." Taking his hand in hers, she squeezes it softly as she says, "Now get back to campaigning Oz, you've already won me over." Walking ahead of Oscar a little, she looks back at him, "Text me later, dinner at seven?"

If what Oscar was doing was so good, why did he feel so bad about campaigning for mayor already? His feelings were complicated right about now but seeing Adelaide's smile made him follow suit with his own variation of a smile as Oscar knew that he had her full support. A soft chuckle escaped over his lips as Adelaide called him by the nickname she invented for him. It was nice to see Adelaide again, considering she was a bit busy with the investigation and probably more things. Oscar, himself, was busy campaigning and more importantly, running Bellingstone's Escape alongside with Andre.

His eyes peered over towards her now as she accepted his offer for dinner then saw her yawn. Oscar did not really say much as he did not know what to say at this point but nodded his head instead. As Adelaide started to walk ahead of him then looked back, his lips parted for him to speak.

"Thanks again, Adelaide. Bellingstone is more than lucky to have a Sheriff like you patrolling the area. And thanks for your support, as well." He said while smiling towards her again and nodded his head, yet again. "Of course. I'll text you." Oscar winked towards her and watched her as she continued to walk ahead of him. Letting out a sigh, he looked around before continuing his own walk and went back to campaigning or trying to, at least.

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As Adelaide continued on her walk, she kept her eyes peeled for anyone the woman had known for a fact had been in town around the time of the Mayor's murder. Perhaps, Adelaide mulls over in her mind, I should go and visit Andre - see how he's handling everything. However, before the sheriff headed off to Escape - where she figured Andre would be, as Oscar was out campaigning and they needed someone to hold down the fort - Adelaide pulls out her phone to an incoming text from her deputy, it read:

From: Mark
Interesting news. I know you told us to keep an eye out for that Albrecht Wolff guy. Turns out I've just seen him around town. Want me to pull him in for questioning?

The look of shock on Adelaide's face was more than she could hope to hide. Taking a deep breath, Adelaide composes herself before shooting back a response,

To: Mark
That's okay Mark. I'm in town right now, you head back to the station and I'll see if I can't get a word with him.

Feeling bad for changing her plans, despite Andre not having a clue Adelaide was coming to visit him anyway, she decides to send him a text instead whilst her phone was in her hand.

To: Andre
Hey, just checking in with you, hope you're doing okay x

She wasn't entirely sure what to say to him - she'd already sent Andre and Poppy her condolences, and she was sure that he didn't need a constant reminder of his father's passing. Instead, the woman decides that perhaps just asking him how he is would suffice. Granted Andre certainly wasn't Adelaide's closest friend in town, but he was her oldest, having attended school together Adelaide didn't take a friendship that had lasted so long lightly. They may have fallen out of touch during her more reckless years, but Adelaide would always have the upmost respect and care for Andre - as she would his little sister. Poppy was a sweet girl, even if Adelaide couldn't say they had ever been exactly friends, she had known the girl too long to not care about her wellbeing.

Making her way along Bellingstone's streets with more of a sense of purpose than before, Adelaide keeps her eyes peeled for Al. What was she really planning on doing when she caught up with him? It'd been six years since they'd spoken - in fact, perhaps more. Ever since Al and Sydney got together, Adelaide's heart broke a little and she really couldn't face talking to, or ever seeing, her old friend.

Times had changed, however, and Adelaide had a job to do. She couldn't deny that it was suspicious Al and returned so soon after the Mayor's death. Maybe he'd been in the town for longer than she'd known, perhaps the rumours about him being in Bellingstone for a whole year before now were more than just rumours. Adelaide didn't know, and as the Sheriff of the town, it was her job to keep everyone safe which meant she couldn't afford to not know these things. Her father would've never let this happen, he was always on the ball and knew about all the goings on in town. Which was part of the reason he was so beloved by everyone.

Shaking these thoughts of inferiority out of her mind, Adelaide once again focuses on the task at hand. As she heads toward Poppy's apartment was. It is there that she catches sight of three figures, one belonging to the previously mentioned Poppy herself, another to a not so familiar face that she took for the relatively new resident, Ellis, and the third - Albrecht. Suddenly unsure about her approach, Adelaide debates whether to go and interrupt their conversations or not.

Inwardly rolling her eyes at herself, Adelaide chides herself for immediately becoming a nervous schoolgirl again, and begins the short walk over to the trio. Tuning in on their chattering, Adelaide picks up bits and pieces - it seems Poppy is perhaps even more nervous than Adelaide with her babbling, and Ellis was just introducing himself to Al.

Clearing her throat ever so slightly, Adelaide places a slightly strained smile on her face as she says, "Morning Poppy," The younger girl being who Adelaide knew the best, or at least had the best relationship with, the older woman took her for her in. Turning her gaze to Ellis, she smiles again, "You must be Ellis, I don't believe we've met yet," keeping her eyes solely on him, Adelaide continues, "I'm Adelaide Renuex, Bellingstone's Sheriff." It's not until she has greeted both Poppy and Ellis that Adelaide finally turns to look Albrecht in the eyes. "This is a surprise," Is all she can muster to begin with, before continuing, "It's nice to see you Albrecht." She couldn't decide whether she in fact meant the words she said or not, but Adelaide delivered them with at least a little sincerity.

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He could tell that his condolences hadn't gone over as well as he had hoped, but he supposed that was what he deserved for waiting so long. It was foolish to have done so, he realized now, for the support of the Clarke siblings would have meant a great deal to his campaign. Jeez, aren't you joyful today. He couldn't help but mentally reprimand himself for that - certainly, he wouldn't gain any support if he kept this mentality up.

"Thank you, Poppy. That means...that means a lot." He spoke a bit too quickly, the credibility of his words falling flat. Thank God Ellis showed up when he did.

"Ellis, huh? It's nice to see a new face in Bellingstone, Ellis." He held the younger man's hand for a moment longer than he might have normally, taking a moment to look him over. "You know Axel then?" Al slowly released the other werewolf's hand, his smile broadening slightly as if at the mention of his baby brother. "He's a good kid - I miss him. Honestly, I can't wait to see him." Al gave a soft chuff of laughter following the comment about the pancakes - whether he was laughing at the nostalgia the memory recalled or the way Ellis stumbled over his words or something else was anyone's guess.

He looked back at Poppy, figuring she would resume their conversation once again, but then Ellis spoke again. Albrecht had hardly met the man, and yet he already had a read on him. The nervous, submissive aura he was giving off was hitting Al like a train. He could only imagine the poor guy hadn't established himself in the pack. Albrecht found himself wondering if Axel had stayed with the pack these years. Of course, the idea of Axel being Alpha never even crossed Al's mind. The Axel Wolff he had known since childhood was not born to lead. What a shock he would face, in that case.

"They leave, they come back," he replied, crossing his arms loosely over his chest. "Don't worry - I know what you mean. She's got a charm about her, doesn't she?" His eyes narrowed slightly, inquisitively. "Bellingstone finds a way of dragging you in." He knew he couldn't ask Ellis for his story - not in front of Poppy at least. Another scent, further away this time, began to reach him on the breeze - a scent he hadn't caught in years. Of course, he hadn't been here in years, but this was a significant person. Adelaide, he recalled.

So lost was he in thought that he almost lost Ellis's question. "Huh? Oh, it just seemed right. Getting back to my roots and all." He turned as Adelaide began to address the other members of his rag-tag party of sorts.

"It's certainly nice to see you as well, Addie," he replied, beaming back at her. He considered reaching out to embrace her, but Al quickly quelled that urge when he took note of the strained smile she wore. "Or is it Sheriff from me?" God, he hated this damn witch hunt of sorts. At least Ellis didn't seem to understand the importance of his return in the grand scheme of things. And so, he turned back to face the anxious werewolf.

"I don't suppose you'd want to take me over to the diner to see AJ?" he asked, choosing to use Axel's childhood nickname, a long dead artifact, to reference his brother. As if the nickname might prove he deserved to see the brother he abandoned years ago. But, then again, he had always been distant from Axel in an emotional sense. "I figure I ought to say hi or something." Reluctantly, he faced the two women. "Of course, I'd love to catch up with the two of you - we could grab coffee or something at the diner?"

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Oh, oh, oh, and didn’t things always happen at once? Ellis was beginning to believe that someone had put a sign on his back saying something like, “Talk to me!” or “Be my friend” or, more likely than not, “This guy is not good at conversations, so, if you’d like a good laugh, see what happens if you talk to him.” Okay, maybe a little bit of an exaggeration (a little bit), but the point stood that this was the most people he’d met in Bellingstone at once barring, well, “the incident”. This also continued the trend of all of them looking like models which simply wasn’t fair.

Adelaide was certainly beautiful, somehow giving off an air of confident femininity mixed with something a little rougher, a little darker. He couldn’t say that he was surprised to hear that she was the sheriff, but he had to stop himself from inhaling deeply to try to figure out what, if anything outside of mortal, she was. Snorting up someone’s scent was hardly a good first impression.

“It’s nice to meet you, ma’am. Er, Sheriff, I mean.” He’d never been good with authority figures. They always made him nervous in a vague sort of way, like teachers calling on you the one time you don’t have your homework or security guards at the airport giving you the special patdown for no discernable reason.

“Yes. I’m Ellis. I’m an author. I… Yes.” There was a slip right there. He'd been a bit secretive about his occupation to the residents of Bellingstone, even before the incident, but now it was slipping out because, well, he was still suffering from diarrhea of the mouth courtesy of not being prepared for social interaction this morning. But perhaps it was fine. She had moved on already, and wasn’t that something of a relief? He glanced at Poppy, pulling an amusingly distressed face for half a moment before Albrecht had one again caught his attention.

And that really was sweet that he missed his brother. As an only child, Ellis could only imagine that sort of bond between family members, especially ones separated for a few years. Maybe this was all going to work out okay. Albrecht, Ellis realized, was someone born to speak, all smooth words and easy answers to any question thrown his way. A born lawyer, perhaps, or maybe a politician. Ellis might not be particularly good with people, but he was certainly an observer of humanity.

Take for instance the interaction between the Sheriff and Albrecht. A little cold, a little strained, and all of it stained with that same odd hesitance that had tinged Albrecht’s conversation with Poppy. There was something there he wasn’t quite getting, something underlying everything.

But then Albrecht was asking to go to the diner, even if it took Ellis a moment to realize AJ was Axel because AJ just seemed so… so childish in comparison to Axel. Axel with his motorcycle and cool looks and status as Bellingstone’s unrefuted Alpha.

“No, absolutely. I can… I can definitely do that. I’m sure he’ll be excited to see you.” Even as he said it, his eyes were on Poppy again, his life preserver in this uncertain sea of social interaction.

Yes, please come along with us, he mentally begged before, on the realization that Poppy was a lot of things but probably not a mind reader, slowly starting his way towards the diner. Slowly, of course, in case another conversation popped up or, worse, if someone else decided to join them. At best they’d be on their merry way to see a family reunited. At worst Ellis would be halfway out of there by the time anyone noticed he had left, and maybe that wasn’t such an awful thing after all.

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Character Portrait: Albrecht Wolff Character Portrait: Sydney Green Character Portrait: Poppy Clarke Character Portrait: Ellis Bleddyn Character Portrait: Adelaide Renuex
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Had anyone else joined the conversation, Poppy would have found a way to skip the fuck out of dodge and try again elsewhere. Somewhere far, far, far from here with Albrecht and even Adelaide, with whom Poppy had more pleasant memories and perceptions. She wouldn't go so far as to say that she and Albrecht had a definite past or anything of that nature, but not being close with someone - combined with the fact that your ex happened to be their little brother who didn't exactly have the greatest opinion of them, even if you guys never talked about said sibling often - and having to interact with them after so long was tiresome. Especially because despite their geographical location, Bellingstone citizens had a firm grasp on what everyone else knew to be Southern hospitality. Everyone wanted to be kind and almost doting to an extent, always helpful, always there - even when they were actually sneering down their noses or just trying to be nosy. And considering Poppy's newfound courageousness as it came to her social life - note the word new because it was still relevant - it didn't mean that she was particularly elated to be in their present situation. Having Ellis involved now didn't help matters at all.

Because Poppy knew that this was going to go one of two ways: she was either going to a.) wind up going to the diner and being inadvertently involved in a sibling spat that honestly didn't even sound like it was going to be pretty even from a distant standpoint, or b.) abandon Ellis to be dragged on to the diner and be inadvertently involved in a sibling spat that honestly didn't even sound like it was going to be pretty even from a distant standpoint. And Poppy was a lot of things, but she wasn't exactly petty nor cruel. So, when Ellis turned to her big, pleading dark eyes, she realized that there was no way she could just leave him to whatever his fate was going to be. She felt herself relaxing her frame - more like, slumping, really but she had had etiquette classes and she couldn't exactly say that she slumped in any way without thinking of Mrs. Levesque and that blasted ruler! - and painting on a softer smile, mostly for Ellis' benefit than either Adelaide or Albrecht's. She also didn't hesitate to whip out her cell phone as she spoke and looped her arm with Ellis', typing out a warning text after she finished speaking."Y-yeah, sure. I was planning on seeing Syd anyway today."

To: Syd
Trouble's coming n im so sorry