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Theodore Payne

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a character in “Bellingstone”, as played by BurningBridges

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"I didn’t realize it, but the days came along one after another, and then two years were gone, and everything was gone, and I was gone."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited




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FULL NAME
Theodore John Raymond is his birth name, though he has dropped his last name in favor of "Payne" for the sake of his story

NICKNAMES
His sisters can call him Theo, but to everyone else, it's TJ

DATE OF BIRTH
September 10, 1880

AGE
137 | Appears 27

OCCUPATION
Owner and mechanic at Payne Auto Body Shop
Formerly dabbled in robberies

GENDER
Male

SEXUALITY
Heterosexual

DIALOGUE COLOR
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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
TJ stands at 6'2 and has an athletic, muscular build. He looks like the kind of guy who likes to work with his hands and do manual labor, and he does. His skin is light and on the paler side, and he has blonde hair that he has always kept shoulder length. His eyes are hazel in color.

PERSONALITY
Theodore has a bit of a rugged look to him; one that suggests that he may be a bit aggressive or short-tempered, maybe even ill-mannered. He's not brutish, but his tall and athletic figure sometimes allows people to think of him as being bigger and badder than he actually is... or than he actually is most of the time. Truth be told, shortly after being changed into a vampire, Theodore's personality could be summed up in a single word: angry. He went through a stage of being violent and aggressive, impulsive and incredibly unpredictable. He felt like everyone in the world was working against him, and that he deserved to hurt strangers out of vengeance for being wronged and deprived of his human life. It was something that he definitely grew out of, but it's worth noting that that showed that he had the capability to be nearly evil. His temper still isn't perfect, and he's definitely no Mahatma Gandhi, but it's safe to say that Theodore has mellowed out. In fact, most people would describe him as having a relaxed vibe to him. He comes across as being easy going; not taking anything too seriously, and being easy to work with and talk to. He's loyal to his family and friends, and he prizes relationships over material things any day of the week.

Most people think of him as being a simple guy, living a simple life, with simple intentions. It's an image that he appreciates, and one that isn't necessarily a lie, though there definitely is another side to him, too. Then again, no vampire can really say that they're more good than bad, when they take at least a life a week just to survive. It's not an obvious trait, but Theo definitely struggles with being very selfish. He tends to think that he's always right, and can be very opinionated and stubborn, so even when he thinks he's doing it to be good and do something in someone else's best interest, he won't consider anyone else's input, and will go through with how he wants something done no matter what. As stated, Theo's temper is now much better than it used to be, but he still sometimes gets a weird craving to overreact when wronged. He knows that he's being dramatic when doing it, but he'll purposely want to ruin someone's life for committing a small foul against him. He can definitely be passive aggressive and isn't one to talk about his feelings, instead, acting on them without giving other people a fair chance to clear their names. His loyalty is strong, and it's something he values highly in his friends, but once someone breaks it, he refuses to give second chances.

LIKES
Physical activity
Cars
Providing for other people, feeling like "the man of the house"
The smell of pine trees/the outdoors
History

DISLIKES
Thinking about the future or his past
Being goaded or antagonized, and feeling himself lose control over his emotions
The smell of meat being cooked
Cats or rodents
Clowns (he's convinced they're the scariest human invention)

FEARS
Anything bad happening to his sisters. He would feel guilty by default.
☠ That his daughter ever found out that he abandoned her and her mother.
☠ His temper





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BIOGRAPHY
Theodore was born into the lower class of the United States in the late 1800's. His parents were immigrants from Sweden and Poland who struggled to making a living, even though they swore they were better off here than in Europe. His childhood came with its struggles, but he was a happy child for the most part, and married his childhood sweetheart, Alice, when he was eighteen years old. They tried to conceive a child for many years, but it wasn't until he was twenty-three that Alice became pregnant. His daughter, Anna, was born the next year, and though Theodore was happier than he had ever been at having his own perfect little family, things still weren't easy. They struggled tremendously to get food on the table, and Theodore ended up leaving his wife and child in New England to get a job working on the railroad in the Midwest for a few years, to better support them. He sent money back to them regularly, and really dedicated all of his time into working enough to make sure that when he went home, they could live happily and comfortably, but he never made it home. He had recently turned twenty-seven when he was turned into a vampire. He had been sought out by a clan looking to expand, but the rage that Theodore exhibited after being transformed forced the clan to abandon him as a lost cause. To claim that he was distraught over his human life being ripped away from him was an understatement. He learned very quickly that his lust for blood was too strong and unpredictable, that early on, that he couldn't return home to his wife and child. They would stop hearing from him, and his wife would eventually remarry, telling their daughter that her father passed away suddenly, rather than telling her what she thought to be the truth: that he left them willingly, probably for another woman. Losing his family was something that Theodore was convinced he would never get over, and he still hasn't gotten over it to this day.

After years of acting recklessly and violently, living on his own and feeding off of people not just out of hunger, but as a way to feel more in control, he finally decided that he needed to stop. He wasn't happy, and he convinced himself that the only way that he would be happy again was to have a family. It wouldn't be the same as his real family, but it would be a family nonetheless. When he spotted Lucy and Ember in the woods, it was like fate was speaking to him, and without much thought, he changed the two sisters from humans to vampires. He originally thought the older one would make a good wife, but soon after he did it, he realized how horrible it was to do. He actually felt worse changing them, than he did killing humans for blood, because he had experienced the same pain that they would, in being forced to abandon their human lives. It was selfish an evil, and Theodore still hasn't truly forgiven himself for doing it to the girls either, but he's lucky that he grew on them, and that they've come to love him like a brother. So, though it wasn't in the purest of ways, their little family was born, and Theodore is finally somewhat at peace with his life.

Because Ember is young, it's hard to stay in one place for too long without people wondering why a teenage-looking girl still looks the same after ten, or twenty years. They move around fairly frequently, though after moving to Bellingstone six months ago, Theodore is hoping that they'll be able to stay here for at least five or ten years. He likes the mechanic shop that he bought, and it will definitely serve as a good source of income now that he's convinced himself that it's time to give up the way that he and the girls were used to getting side money... which was dangerous, even for vampires. It involved staking out houses, and sometimes even small businesses, for ones that were easy to rob, using older people or single women, home alone, and after feeding off of the humans, robbing them blind without leaving a trace of evidence behind. It was a quick way to feed and make some spending money, but now that Theodore is truly ready to settle down for an extended period of time, he's looking to leave his criminal behavior in the past as well.

MISCELLANEOUS


So begins...

Theodore 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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Dialogue: #58A04D || Species: Werewolf || Occupation: Electrician



An early bird, Payton was up and awake by 5 even on a Saturday. The first thing she did every morning was go out for her daily run. Many people in the town went out for a daily jog, but not many of them went out as early as she did. Payton was a pretty social person, but she preferred to run alone. It was her only moment of real relaxation and for that short time she felt completely free.

By the time she came back to her apartment, people were beginning to go out and about. Her apartment sat right above her shop, Wright’s Electric Supplies and Accessories. She had bought the place as soon as she graduated and was still paying it off. Thankfully she didn’t have any student loans to pay off along with it. Payton made pretty good money though as she owned the only electrical supplies shop in Bellingstone. She had hired another electrician, a centaur named Brian, and two other workers to help man the shop when she wasn’t working. Of course, Payton was still the main electrician, but on busy days she needed someone to help with calls around town.

Payton got dressed in a pair of overalls with a red tank top underneath and wore a pair of red converse to match. She let her hair down from her ponytail like she normally did and went outside to water the garden that sat in front of her shop. The shop was always closed on the weekends, unless the town’s power went off or something, so unless Axel called a pack meeting, her day was free.

When she finished watering the plants she decided that she would head over to the diner and get something to eat. She grabbed her bike and rode off into town. Payton was almost at the diner when she saw the auto body shop. She had been wanting some spare car parts to mess around with for her latest project and hadn’t thought of seeing if there were any extra parts she could buy from this shop. She sat her bike out front and walked towards the owner of the shop. Payton thought his name was TJ, but she wasn't exactly sure as he was fairly new to town. However, she knew he was a vampire from his scent. She got the feeling that he wasn’t too fond of werewolves, but Payton didn’t think he would turn away a customer.

With her hands in the pockets of her overalls she said, “Excuse me sir, but I was wondering if you had any spare car parts I could buy from you?”  

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TJ disliked werewolves, not because vampires were "supposed" to dislike them, but more-so because he had had unpleasant encounters with them in the past. None of those encounters involved vampires from Bellingstone, and in all honestly, most had occurred back at the start of his time as a vampire when he was constantly feeling wired and recklessly - and behaving in that manner too. He had too much pride to admit that any problems he had encountered with that species way back then had probably been because of his own doing, but needless to say, it was likely that his distaste for Bellingstone's vampires wasn't fair. In his defense, he wasn't incredibly obvious in the dislike. At least he didn't think so. He didn't go around talking about them, or bothering them, or trying to put them down at all. He simply avoided them, and preferred that they did the same to him. That was why the girl who approached his shop wasn't familiar to him by anything other than her scent. He knew she was a werewolf because of it, and maybe it was because he was over a century old, but the mere fact that she was a female made him feel inclined to be more polite than he truly wished to be. It was only when she asked about car parts that TJ pieced together who she was. Though car parts weren't necessarily related to the work of an electrician, hearing a female werewolf ask for them automatically linked TJ to the female werewolf he had heard ran an electrical shop in town.

"Looking for something in particular?," TJ asked as he picked himself up from where he had been kneeling, inspecting the bottom portion of the exterior of the car with precision. He stepped towards her and began to extend his hand to offer her a handshake, but pulled away when he realized that his hands weren't the cleanest. With a half-smile, he raised them to show her why he was pulling away so abruptly before saying, "I'm TJ, by the way. You that girl who does most of the electrical stuff in town?"

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Dialogue: #58A04D || Species: Werewolf || Occupation: Electrician


While the werewolf picked himself up from where he was inspecting the car he said, "Looking for something in particular?"

He stepped towards Payton and extended his hand out for a handshake, but retracted it before their hands could meet. Payton raised her brow at the sudden change of mind. He explained his actions when he gave her a half smile and raised his hands, showing her that they were dirty. Payton smiled slightly at the sight. It wouldn't have bothered her to get a little dirt on her hands, but she appreciated the gentlemanly gesture.

"I'm TJ, by the way. You that girl who does most of the electrical stuff in town?"

Payton was pleased to find that TJ was quite friendly. He was much more approachable than some of the dickheads in town, that was for sure. "Nice to meet you TJ and yes, I'm the girl that does the electrical stuff in town, though electrician would be an easier way to describe it." She couldn't help but give him a smart ass response.

"The name's Payton, in case you wanted to know." She pulled one of her hands from the pocket of her overalls and tucked her hair behind her ear before she continued. "As for the parts, I don't really have anything specific in mind, but if you have any old engines, carburetors, or transmission units, that would be great." Payton moved her hands as she talked, something she did often. "An electrical control unit and a set of jumper cables would also come in handy." She began to speak quickly and excitedly without meaning to. "I won't really be using the parts for anything in particular, just for personal projects. I like to blow things up mostly, but I do dabble in engineering and mechanics on occasion." Payton stopped talking at that, realizing that she had been blabbering on for longer than necessary.

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TJ chuckled at Payton's quick-witted response. He could appreciate her spunk, especially when it was coupled for a genuine interest in his parts. He had respect for anyone nowadays who knew how to use their hands to build and fix things. In a country where it seemed like every kid stepping out of high school was pushed to attend some brand name college that would set them into a pit of endless despair and debt, meeting someone who knew a trade was refreshing and delighting in its own way, even if that person was a werewolf. "Blow things up?" TJ questioned, an eyebrow quirked as he looked at her. That was something you didn't hear someone list as a hobby ever day. "I mean, as long as you aren't about to build a homemade bomb and send the feds my way after you blow up some subway station, by all means, look around," he said, smiling a bit, as he guessed (or hoped) that she was talking about blowing things up in a more leisurely way than how he had construed it, but still not being sure. He was already skeptical of her for being a werewolf, and while her being female cut her a break on his outward skepticism, he still wouldn't have put it past her to actually be into something more serious than her enthusiasm made it seem. "I can special order something for you if you want something I don't have," he added, as he moved away from her and began to put away his tools.

He was done with his work for today, and he was happy about that because understandably, finishing projects and reaching goals felt good. At the same time, it meant that he had a lot of free time on his hands today. He considered getting the girls and driving to the nearest lake to do some fishing, something that he had taken up as a pastime twenty years or so ago, when they spent a few years living in a cabin right on a lake in New Hampshire. He had never been too much of a fan of the water when he was younger, but now he enjoyed it, even if that didn't mean that he was particularly big on swimming. As long as he wasn't dealing with the sun beaming down on him all day, he could enjoy himself out on a small boat on calm water. As much as that sounded like a good plan to him, he doubted that his sisters would be interested, though, and as silly as it sounded, given that his sisters were older than the "oldest and wisest" humans still alive, he didn't trust leaving them home alone. Lucy was one story. TJ trusted her, and knew that she could hold her own in any situation. She would probably spend the day at home reading, at the library, or at a bookstore picking out new books. She was very predictable in how she spent her time, something that she was unashamed of. What TJ really meant when he said that he was wary of leaving his sisters alone was that he was wary of leaving Ember alone. She would cause mayhem in the town, or even just for Lucy, and if he tried taking her with him on his fishing trip, he didn't put her flipping the boat over past her, even if it was only done accidentally out of being antsy. He didn't know what today's plans would entail, so he decided to be friendly and reach out to Poppy.

To: Poppy
Hey Poppy... hope you're holding up... any plans for today?