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Lucy Payne

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a character in “Bellingstone”, as played by BurningBridges

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"All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living."
~ Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You




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FULL NAME
Lucy Florence Payne

NICKNAMES
Lu, though she prefers Lucy over any nicknames

DATE OF BIRTH
February 23, 1890

AGE
128 | Appears 22

OCCUPATION
Secretary/Bookkeeper at Payne Auto Body Shop

GENDER
Female

SEXUALITY
Pansexual

DIALOGUE COLOR
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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Lucy stands at average height, if not a few inches shorter than average for a female her age, at 5'4. She weighs 110 lbs, making her thin, though not sickly so. Out of her features, what probably stands out the most is how light and porcelain-like her skin is. You won't find a blemish on it, and coupled with her blue, doe-like eyes, and very pale blonde hair, she looks like a human sized version of a doll you might find in a china shop. Even if she isn't particularly petite, she does have a bit of a fragile look to her.

PERSONALITY
Quiet, cold, and reserved are words that are frequently associated with Lucy. She's not the kind of person who's bursting with energy and she doesn't give off a very inviting aura, but at the same time, she isn't a mean person. She's the type of person who has grown to prefer privacy. It feels safer than letting everyone know everything about you. She likes to listen more than she does talk, favoring the idea of being able to hoard other people's secrets rather than them being able to know hers. She wasn't necessarily always like that, but over the years she learned that it's hard to trust people. She grew to understand how the human mind worked, more and more, and how impulsive people can be with even things they swore to keep private. Though vampires are known for their charm, it's a trait that Lucy possesses, and yet has to "turn on", in a sense, when she wants to use it. She can be manipulative and she can convince people that she's as sweet as sugar, but it's not something that would represent her personality for the majority of the time. In fact, the majority of the time she prefers to present herself as being emotionless and uninterested. She doesn't completely dislike interacting with people, but she's simply picky about who she does interact with. In truth, part of it probably is related to how she thinks that she's (or the vampires in general) are more intelligent, wise and experienced than any other species in Bellingstone, and therefore, few are worth wasting time socializing with.

She's the kind of person who's very thoughtful and calculated in what they do, shunning impulsive practices, and possessing an air of wisdom to her that really only comes with being on earth for longer than you should be. She's protective of her loved ones; fiercely so, actually, even if she won't admit that she loves them as much as she does. The thing with Lucy is that she likes feeling independent and free of any vulnerable traits that might make her susceptible to emotional pain. She dislikes crying or admitting that she needs people, and often times comes across as being callous towards other people's pain because she doesn't want to show empathy or even sympathy.

LIKES
Reading
Silence
Control
Nature
Children

DISLIKES
Reminiscing
Boats
Silver
Chaos and disorder
Heat

FEARS
☠ Abandonment (as ironic as it seems, given her personality)
☠ Losing her "family"
☠ Her kind ever being widely discovered by humans





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BIOGRAPHY
Lucy was the first child of Henry Payne and Lydia Payne, and five years after she was born, she became an older sister to Ember Payne. Her parents didn't want only two children, and her father, especially, wanted a son, but Lydia passed away a few days after giving birth to Ember due to complications following the birth. Henry never remarried, though he also wasn't capable of raising the two children on his own, and instead, Lucy and Ember spent most of their youth being raised by Henry's mother and sister, who lived with them at the time. In addition to feeling unprepared to father the children on his own, in his defense, Henry also had a bustling career. He was born into a poor family, acting as a clerk to a dry-goods store in Massachusetts before entering the insurance business and gaining financial success. He became involved in politics in the early 1870's, and was given the job of Milwaukee postmaster by President Grant in 1876. In 1887, he became president of the Wisconsin Telephone Company, and he went on to serve as a business executive for the Milwaukee Street Railway Company, in addition to being heavily involved in politics, being added to President Roosevelt's cabinet as postmaster general in 1902. Needless to say, Lucy was taken care of financially during her childhood.

She was so young when her mother died that it wasn't as traumatic for her as it may have been had she been old enough to truly understand what was going on, and her aunt and grandmother did a good job at raising her and Ember. Really, her childhood came with few complaints on her end, especially since her father agreed to pay for her to go to college once she finished school. It wasn't extremely common for women to attend university during the time, so it was something that she was extremely proud and grateful of, and she earned a degree in nursing from Simmons College in Massachusetts a few years later. Shortly after returning home to Massachusetts to celebrate the holidays with her father and sister, Lucy and Ember were out taking a hike in the woods near their house. They had done so many times before, but this time, a storm happened to roll in while they were out there, so they sought temporary shelter in a thicker, deeper part of the woods where the trees were so thick that they barely were rained on. Somehow, they ended up getting lost, and even if they wanted to try running, they wouldn't have known where to go when a vampire attacked them out of nowhere. Shockingly, they weren't killed by the male, though, but transformed into vampires. Before they were even fully aware of what had happened, he had taken them out of the town, and then out of the state, eventually explaining what had happened. Though bitter and violently-angry at first, Lucy eventually came to terms with her new life. She learned that her father died only two years after she and Ember went missing, which she tries not to feel guilty about, and instead, sees as a reason for why maybe all of this was meant to be, since she wouldn't have had much time left with the only person left in her family, aside from her sister, anyway.


So begins...

Lucy Payne's Story

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T J . P A Y N E
Hex Code: #f88a3f
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L U C Y . P A Y N E
Hex Code: #8dd7b3

TJ was focused on finishing up one of the few projects he had left for today, which was the final piece of a major car repair he had taken on a few days before. He had replaced the damaged parts after a car accident had left the rear of the car pretty beat up and was now just focusing on buffing it so that it looked shiny and new when the customer returned to pick it up later that day. Given that Bellingstone was a small town, TJ was unsure how the locals would react to him taking over the auto body shop that had previously been run by a family that had owned it for years and years. Luckily, they seemed to like his work. What they probably liked more than anything was how quickly he did the repairs. He had more experience in mechanics than any human on earth had been alive, which helped. His experience wasn't always with cars, as he had started out working for the railroads back in the day, but it all tied together in the same way. On top of being proficient in his field, though, what none of his human clients knew was that he didn't need a minute of sleep to survive. He liked to get his work done as quickly as possible, so aside from occasionally having to wait for parts to be shipped to him if he couldn't get them from a supplier within a drive's distance, he normally would work through the night to make sure whatever repair or service was completed for the customer to pick up the next day. He worked alone at the shop, aside from Lucy who acted as a secretary and managed the financial books, so even though they weren't rolling in money, any profit they made went right into their pockets. It was nice.

It was an adjustment that had taken some time to get used to, but TJ finally felt relaxed in life. He was settling into normalcy and security that no town other than Bellingstone could offer to him. His only concern, really, was Ember, which was why he often made Lucy deal with their sister out of fear that he would get too frustrated and snappy with the youngest of their group. Ember was the epitome of trouble, but in the most endearing way... at least to TJ, who knew her well enough to knew that she wasn't as evil as she liked to act. She was a pain in the ass, but nothing more serious than that. Many of the others in the town didn't know that though, and that was why she often became a headache for them and him when he had to hear about the trouble that she was causing others. It would have been easy to deal with that alone, if he wasn't worrying at the same time that somehow, their issues with her would lead to someone finding out that she was still feeding off of human blood. It wasn't allowed in Bellingstone, for obvious reasons, since vampires were supposed to be able to co-exist with humans, but unlike himself and Lucy, Ember refused to even attempt to sustain herself off of animal blood. Maybe TJ was wrong for constantly giving in and taking her hundreds of miles away from Bellingstone every week to feed off of humans, so that no one from Bellingstone would trace them to the frowned upon activity, but she was the baby of the family, no matter how old she truly was. He would always give in to her, whether he admitted it or not.

"She's been gone for fifteen minutes, now," Theo said, pausing in his buffing job to inspect how the results looked so far, and taking the moment of silence to glance back at Lucy, who sat on top of the hood of a car that was scheduled to be picked up on Monday, reading a book. His sister looked up at him with an ounce of annoyance at being interrupted, but sighed and set the book down on the car. TJ didn't have to tell Lucy to go follow Ember and make sure that she wasn't causing trouble. She knew the drill, and she preferred herself going over her brother, anyway. She knew that Ember frequented the diner that the werewolves ran on Saturday mornings, and the last thing that she needed was for TJ to have to interact with those people any more than what was necessary. Unlike him, Lucy had no particular problem with the vampires as a whole, but she still wasn't in the mood to clean up after whatever mess Ember was causing today. "I'll be back, hopefully not in need of bond money for her," she said, as she begrudgingly set out on foot towards the town's center.

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Moreau Estate & Bellingstone Streets
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Mornings like these were what Ivan lived for. Perhaps "lived" wasn't the best word for it seeing as he had been dead in the medical sense for two centuries now. On the other hand, he had lived in just about every other sense. Ivan had traveled the world, led multiple lives, and achieved more than most could ever hope for. There were times when he missed that life of wandering aimlessly, experiencing all life had to offer, but Bellingstone was his home - he knew that now - and it would be a long time before he would leave her again.

The late morning light filtered through his trees and on to the patio where Ivan sat with a cup of black coffee and a new edition to the town's library. It was a personal goal of his to read any book - at least the fiction - that entered his library, but that goal quickly escaped him as the town grew larger and donations poured in. And, of course, some books simply weren't worth his time. The one he held, something new and allegedly appealing to young adults, had managed to pull him along until it flopped somewhere in the middle. Now, only his ego drove him to finish it.

The end of the chapter was reached with a relieved sort of sigh, for he remembered he had to hurry lest he open the library too late for the day. With the book tucked into his bag, he pulled his hair up into a messy sort of bun, keeping it out of his eyes as he slid on his tacky, for-fashion-only glasses. It added to the aesthetic he tried so desperately to cultivate - denim shirt rolled to his elbows, black jeans a bit too tight for a man three centuries old, and a tired old pair of Converse. Nevertheless, he loved it, loved how it looked, it felt, it made him feel.

Slinging his knapsack over one shoulder, he started down the street towards the center of town, his travel mug of coffee in one hand as he crossed the street - bringing him to walk alongside Lucy Payne.

While Ivan felt an attachment to all of Bellingstone's citizens, it was no secret he bore the most concern and care for his fellow vampires - especially the Payne sisters. He often kept an air of disinterest when around them, but he imagined it was hard, living life as a teenager until the end of eternity.

"Good morning, my dear," he greeted, hefting the bag further on to his shoulder as it threatened to slide off. Ivan looked down at Lucy for a moment, glancing back quickly to the street as he continued to walk. "Where's that sister of yours?"

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"On my way to find her, actually. I'm assuming she's at the diner like she usually finds her way to on Saturday mornings, but it took a little longer than usual for me to bring myself to start my search, so by now, she might be in the back of a police car." Lucy was speaking lightly, teasing, for the most part. It wasn't that she didn't think that Ember was capable of being annoying and meddlesome enough that she could piss someone off enough to an extent where they would call the police. Disturbing the peace, property damage, and so on were all things that she knew Ember as capable of. In reality, legally speaking those were the least of her worries in terms of what Ember could be charged with, given that she was the only one in their vampire to continue to consume human blood. Nowadays, Lucy no longer thought of it as murder, since she, too, had partook in the activity for many years before moving to Bellingstone, but she had adapted to that not being appropriate here. She recognized why it was inappropriate, too, when she realized that she could sustain herself off of animal blood and still feel fine, even if it didn't taste as satisfying. Ember refused to make the switch with her and TJ, and given that they were trying to actually assimilate into Bellingstone's culture and not act as social recluses like they tended to do in the many other places they had lived for the past century or so, Lucy knew that continuing to allow her sister to fuel her habit was going to be dangerous. She preferred to focus on the less severe trouble that Ember always found herself in, because of that.

Lucy liked Ivan for reasons aside from the fact that he was a vampire like herself. He was intelligent and well-read. He operated the town's library, which was actually probably the biggest draw for her, given that books were like her safe haven. Reading was more than just a hobby for her, and she because she prided herself in being knowledgeable, she constantly found herself reading to absorb more information. She didn't only read non-fiction. Fiction held a special place in her heart, too, partly because reading in general helped her expand her vocabulary, but also because as strange as it was to think about, her life was one that she knew would fall under the category of "fantasy" to humans. Just because it was an atypical life or story didn't mean that it couldn't be real in some part of the world, or in some universe. Just because some people didn't have inside knowledge on the lives of vampires and werewolves and witches and wizards and the likes, or just because they couldn't understand how it could be physically possible, didn't mean that it wasn't possible. Maybe that genre enticed her more than the others, actually, because if her life was real, and she was once one of those human non-believers, she was curious to read about what other fantasy worlds were out there, just in case they, too, were real. "Care to join me, or do you have more important matters to attend to?"
she inquired, still light-heartedly, as she wouldn't blame him for opting out of that invitation.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Alastair Character Portrait: Ophelia M. Hawthorne Character Portrait: Ivan Moreau Character Portrait: Axel Wolff Character Portrait: Sydney Green Character Portrait: Ember Payne Character Portrait: Johanna Collins Character Portrait: Lucy Payne Character Portrait: Benjamin Young
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Ivan scuffed at he pavement gently as he matched Lucy's pace. Certainly, he was in no major rush to begin with. The library's patrons always came and went at a sluggish pace throughout the day. The vampire chuckled softly and pushed his thick-rimmed glasses further up his nose.

"She's resourceful," he commented, pulling his knapsack higher up on his shoulder. "The sheriff's office is in for one hell of a day if they do manage to take her in." He knew nothing of Ember's taste for human blood, but he would be lying if he said he had ceased consuming it all of those years ago - back when he and Felix first wrote the constitution for the supernaturals of Bellingstone. He often made time for a quite bite here or there when he left on his occasional trips outside of the town. It was easy for a werewolf to make those restrictions - they didn't need to consume human flesh at all and were sustained just fine on a normal diet. Vampires had not been created to live that way - animal blood worked, but it was like drinking grape juice in a vineyard. Or something like that - it was a difficult thing to equate to anything else.

"I think I will join you, as long as you don't mind. What does a few more minutes without books mean to this hick-town, right?" Ivan looked over at her, flashing a quick smile. "You sure an old man like me doesn't cramp your style?" Sometimes he wondered what it would have been like if he had been turned a decade or two earlier like some of the town's other citizens. Instead, he was stuck in a perpetually forty year old body with a mind that had never stopped trying to keep up with the latest trends. Hell, he looked like someone's dad who had gone crazy in Forever 21. At least he always looked put together.

"Have you been reading anything interesting as of late?" Of the two sisters, he found Lucy far easier to connect with, given their mutual love for books, especially fiction. He didn't mind any of the Paynes, in all honesty, but TJ seemed stand offish more often than not, and Ember was a bit too much of a handful for him.

Ivan held the door for Lucy as they arrived at the diner, ushering her in with one hand before he followed behind and let the door shut. The diner was hopping, full of far too many vampires and werewolves - and a faerie, he noticed. Ivan had no enemies, as far as he knew, and while he was never particularly close with any citizen in particular, he imagined they all knew him by now either from the library or from his wandering from shop to shop.

The tension today was palpable, and he could sense it in particular from the wolves, all of whom had gathered near the counter around Axel Wolff, the reluctant Alpha. A particularly unfortunate man, Ivan couldn't help but think, waving quickly to the young man and his pack as he followed Lucy to where Ophelia and Ember sat. He managed to come up just as Val stepped back, giving him the perfect opportunity to sidle in slightly, standing next to the faerie.

"Morning, ladies," he greeted, nodding slightly at the general direction of the group. "Fine day, isn't it?" Ivan slid himself into the booth Valerie had gestured at, figuring he might as well take his time now that he was already late to the library. "Although something's brewing, no? I can feel it in the air."