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Raven Addams

"Happy endings don't exist anymore, do they?"

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a character in “Captive in a Chemical Garden”, originally authored by RoseAmedori, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

“Crying out in pain, but no one knows how to find you…”

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Name: Raven Addams
Age: 17
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“You don‘t want me, no. You don‘t need me…Like I want you or like I need you…”


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“Please, please…Forgive me…But I won‘t be home again…”


Appearance: Raven is very petite for her age, standing at about 5’1 with a slight, slim build. Her naturally straight blonde hair falls down almost to her waist and is worn in a simple, asymmetrical style. Her eyes are a bright, vibrant shade of blue (which is probably what set her apart from the rest of the girls in the line-up) and are hooded by naturally long, thick lashes. She’s never been one to wear much makeup, being from the poorer area of California, she never had much money for cosmetics anyway, but since her arrival at the mansion, she‘s begun to line her eyes in thick smoky blacks.

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“Don‘t leave me alone in this bed…”


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Personality: Raven is the type of girl to keep her head down and only speak when spoken to. She’s forever terrified of saying the wrong thing, so when she does speak she doesn’t speak much. She’ll open up a considerable amount when she’s comfortable with someone and she’ll say most of what’s on her mind, but no matter how familiar she is with a person, that fear remains. She has pretty much no experience with the opposite sex, so things like marriage and intimacy, even kissing and holding hands is incredibly daunting for her, and if she becomes too scared or nervous, she will either freeze up or completely break down. It doesn’t take a lot to push her over the edge, and when she’s pushed it’s almost (but not entirely) impossible to bring her back up to the shy, intelligent, friendly person she is when she’s content. Raven is a romantic girl at heart, with the belief that there is one person out there as perfect for her as she is for that person, so this polygamous marriage interferes with her fantasy of being exclusively loved by the man of her dreams.
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“This innocence is brilliant…I hope that it will stay…”


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Likes:
- Sunlight
- Sweet things
- Music
- Large, open fields/meadows/gardens
- Tolerant people. If people are going to get close to her, they’d have to be tolerant and patient.
- Sleeping in late
- Reading novels

Dislikes:
- Large crowds
- Loud noise
- Feeling unimportant or insignificant
- Sharing a husband
- Feeling trapped

Fears:
- Being isolated or unloved
- Saying the wrong thing
- Being forced into a sexual relationship before she’s ready
- Becoming pregnant
- Being abused
- The Gatherers

“I do not want to be afraid…I do not want to die inside just to breathe in…”

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History: Raven was the first born to poor parents. She was unplanned, so her mother would often call her ‘her beautiful little surprise’ when she was younger. Her father, however, was not so pleased to have an accidental daughter. He was a strong pro-naturalist activist, believing that the new generations could not be saved and that scientists should stop wasting time trying to discover a cure. After Raven was born, he turned to alcohol, using whatever money he was paid working at an electronics factory to fuel his newfound addiction. The abuse started when Raven was five.
Raven’s mother turned a blind eye to this, hoping that the man she was desperately in love with would soon be rid of this addiction and return to the kind, caring man she once knew. She was also terrified of this abuse turning on her, so she let Raven take the worst of it.
When Raven was seven, her younger sister was born. Her father sobered up slightly, but still he alternated between abusing and neglecting Raven, while her little sister was loved and cared for.
Ten years later, the abuse had stopped entirely, but in its place was the full-time neglect. Raven ran away from her home with a deep loathing for her parents and took residence on the streets along with the rest of the orphans and vagrants, until she was discovered by the Gatherers.

“You feel like a candle in a hurricane…Just like a picture with a broken frame…”

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So begins...

Raven Addams's Story

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Raven stood away from the crowds in the rose garden of Decker's mansion - where the wedding reception was being held - with an untouched glass of champagne in her hands (she had just taken it to be polite. She had never touched a drop of alcohol and she wasn't about to start now.) Her domestic had styled her light blonde hair to fall in long, natural-looking waves around her face and dressed her in a sleeveless pale pink dress which came down to her knees, and had a round neckline and a thin black belt around the waist. Her makeup was done in a similar colour scheme: pale pink eyeshadow reaching up to her eyebrows and blending down into the smoky black which framed her eyes - which were still an ultra-vibrant blue, even in the dim light of the candles which were dotted around on various tables and attached in complicated patterns around the trees and multiple other fixtures that the garden held. Her domestic had left her face clear of any other makeup, stating that 'That blush gives your face all the colour it needs' and she was correct. Raven's cheeks were naturally flushed to match the colour of her dress and eyeshadow, due to the absolute terror and nervousness she felt looking around at these masses of people come to celebrate the Governor's new brides.
She redirected her gaze down, away from the crowd, to her hand and more specifically, her new wedding ring. A small, silver thing to fit her slim finger, with an ornate design of twisting vines embossed on the surface. It was beautiful...but meaningless. The shackle that bound her to this new life.

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Raven glanced up from her hand for a moment just long enough for her eyes to land on her new husband - and he was looking straight back at her. A surge of panic shot straight up her back and she could feel her cheeks becoming hotter and, she imagined, much redder. Her lips curved up into a small, shy smile and she nodded her head towards him slightly - as apposed to an all-out curtsy, which she somehow felt was appropriate.
She felt she should despise him - having men grab her from the street, shove her into the back of a pitch-black van with a group of other terrified girls, having to undergo his inspection, allowing all of those other girls to be rounded up and shot just because they didn't quite reach his standard...But honestly, looking at this man, really looking at him for the first time, she couldn't imagine him being responsible for all of this...With his angelic good looks, his blonde curls that fell around that handsome face, those kind eyes and that dimple in his cheek when he smiled...But then again, looks could be deceiving. She felt a sudden flutter low down in her stomach. Though, whether that was the effects of attraction or nausea, she wasn't sure.

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Arielle stood in the centre of the commotion in the garden of her new home, holding onto a glass of champagne and taking a sip now and then as she answered the questions of the excited guests that approached her with a sweet, charming smile, nodding along with their attempts at conversation and feigning humility when they complimented her. She knew she was the most gorgeous thing in this place, she just liked to hear it repeated. She occasionally lifted her eyes to scan the crowd for her husband, then returned to whatever conversation she was having. She sometimes lifted her hand to her face to half-cover a demure smile. Anyone talking to her would take this as a sign of modesty or refreshing shyness, but in reality she was flaunting her wedding ring: allowing everyone to see that she was now Arielle Strenson, the Governor's wife. Living in the lap of luxury.
She was dressed in a red dress which stopped mid-thigh and hugged her curvaceous figure tightly. It had a corset top, covered in floral-patterned black lace, which accentuated her chest and pulled in her already tiny waist. Her makeup - done to match - was a thick line of black eyeliner on each of her top lids which came out at a flick and deep red lipstick, the same red as her dress and hair - which, after being tightly curled and styled for the wedding, was now set to flow free and wild - just the way she preferred it. She looked like a gorgeous nightmare. The she-devil personified. She already loved her Domestic for giving her this look.

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Raven took the rose between her fingers as she set her glass down on the edge of one of the many buffet tables.
"Thank you..." she said, keeping up the shy smile on her face, her voice barely above a soft whisper. Then, as an afterthought she added "Governor Decker..." She felt that, as her husband, she shouldn't address him by such a formal title, but he was still a stranger to her. This was the first time they'd spoken - apart from when he read out his vows and she nodded silently along - and any term of endearment she would have hoped to call a true, consensual husband would just feel wrong in this situation...
Her heavily made-up eyes widened ever so slightly as soon as he bent his head to kiss her hand, and as soon as his lips came into contact with her skin, she felt another rush of flutters in the pit of her stomach as well as the sudden pounding in her chest and the fire she felt in her cheeks.
She glanced at her sister wife when she approached and felt her smile fade and her heart sink. She was too young for this...Thinking about what she was actually doing here as a wife forced some of that earlier resentment for Decker to return, even though she was almost sure he had no real part in this...

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Raven watched Decker walk away with a frown still playing at her lips, and - what was that she felt deep in her chest, disappointment? And even a little tinge of jealousy when she saw him speaking to his third wife...Just a second ago, she was cursing him for taking such a young bride. Not even an hour in this man's company and she was already having conflicting feelings about him. She guessed that jealousy made a little sense, though...She wanted a husband who loved her. Exclusively. And in the very short time she was alone with Decker just then, he had treated her how she would expect a husband to treat his wife...
With a soft sight, she looked away from the two, shoving the thoughts of Decker from her mind, and took her seat at the table. She held Decker's rose out in front of her, looking down at its deep, too-vibrant petals. It seemed fake in comparison to the raw beauty of the roses growing all around her in this garden...Fake like this marriage she was in now, in comparison to the free non-forced love she once had the possibility of experiencing...
That's it. Whenever she feels any kind of affection or jealousy directed towards Decker or any of her sister wives, she would think of this rose, and the possibilities Decker Delaney robbed her of.

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Lacey took a seat next to Raven, shoving down disappointment. She wished she could spend more time with the man she had just married, but supposed that was one of the many drawbacks to this polygamy. She decided to take this time to get to know one of her sister wives. She turned to Raven, smiling slightly. "Hi, I'm Lacey," she chirped happily. "I guess we'll be spending a lot of time together." She bit her lip, not sure what else to say.

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Raven blinked, startled slightly by Lacey's voice, and redirected her gaze from Decker's rose to her younger sister wife.
"Raven..." she introduced herself with a small, anxious smile. She wouldn't say anymore for fear of the wrong words leaving her lips and leaving her humiliated in front of this girl who she would be spending the rest of her life living with.
There was something that bothered her about this young girl sat beside her, though. She was so happy, so chipper...As if she didn't understand what it was that was happening here. She'd been kidnapped and sold to a wealthy stranger for breeding purposes. She was quite a few years younger than Raven, yes, but surely she was old enough to understand just how sick this whole situation was...

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Lacey bit the inside of her cheek. She hoped didn't make a bad first impression. "You look gorgeous," she offered, with a sincere smile. She didn't want this girl who she would be living with for the rest of her life to hate her. She absentmindedly stroked the soft petals of Decker's rose with one hand, as the other hand smoothed down her the bottom part of her lavender dress.

Lacey was happy, and wondered why Raven's attitude wasn't the same. Wasn't this better than being alone on the streets? Except for, well, the breeding part. The part Lacey didn't like to think about.

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Raven looked back down, her cheeks flushing once more. She was in no way used to compliments - quite the opposite, actually…Always expecting some form of vicious verbal abuse to be thrown at her - so in the rare events she heard them, she often questioned their sincerity. She had every reason to believe that her sister wife was trying to be a false-friend. In her eyes, Raven could be seen as an obstacle blocking her way to her husband that she was clearly already fond of…Or, on the other hand, she could simply be trying to create peace between the both of them, seeing as they would be living in such close quarters…And she couldn’t imagine this young girl being so manipulative. But still…
In the end, her own desire for a lack of conflict won over her uncertainty and she answered, redirecting her shy smile back to Lacey: “Thank you…You look beautiful too.”

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Lacey giggled happily. "Thank you!" She looked down at her dress, then back to Raven. "I've never worn clothes this nice before! Have you?" Lacey wondered Raven's background. Had she been part of a wealthy family? Had she lived on the streets like Lacey had? How had she ended up here? She wanted to ask all of these questions, but didn't want to seem nosey or forward. Instead, she looked around for a waiter carrying hor d'oeuvres.

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"No...I haven't..." Raven answered quietly, her smile faltering slightly when she saw Lacey’s attention shift away from her. She looked back down and tried not to take it to heart, but that’s a hard thing to do when you feel like aren’t engaging enough to hold somebody’s attention. Raven knew she wasn’t engaging, or charismatic, or socially adept…But still, she felt that sting of embarrassment every time this was proven to her.
To ease the burning panic she felt in her chest, she also looked around at the many caterers carrying around foods she couldn’t even recognise on their platters, and thought that maybe she was reading too much into this. Some people are just easily distracted, it’s not that they’re bored or uninterested…She kept repeating that to herself in her mind until the panic faded.

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Valentina made her way over to the table where her sister brides were sitting, a small smile on her face, still carrying the rose and her glass of champagne. She had to admit, she missed her life back home, but...she was looking forward to meeting the other girls she would be living with from now on. As long as they were pleasant, that is.
When she reached the table, Valentina gave a warm smile to each of her sister wives in turn, first Lacey, then Shelby, and finally, Raven. Her eyes lingered on Raven for a small moment, and she hesitated...before pulling a chair out and taking her seat across the table from her. This was the one. She knew that from that moment. This was the sister wife she would bond with most...she could sense it. She seemed so shy, so quiet...
So refreshing.

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Raven lifted her head for a moment when the chair across from her was pulled back, and noticed that it was another of her sister wives occupying it. She gave her a small, nervous smile - barely meeting her eyes - before dropping her gaze again. The first wife she'd spoken to - Lacey - had seemed friendly, though she still wasn't a hundred percent sure of her motives, but she had no idea what to expect from this other bride. She looked so comfortable in this situation, with all of the stares she was receiving, with these clothes they had given her (whereas Raven fidgeted uncomfortable in them every so often) and she was so much more beautiful and graceful than her...It was already clear that between Lacey's giggly confidence, this bride's grace and her third sister wife's hard-to-get attitude, she would be the wife to fade into the background. Maybe that was a good thing...It would mean Decker would expect less from her in the way of children...but she still felt that sting of sadness at being that unloved wife who sat alone in the manor while her husband was somewhere else with one of his other brides...
There. She felt it. That jealousy...She looked back down at her hands under the table, where she was still holding the rose. Fake. Just like this marriage. she repeated to herself in her head, as Decker gave his speech.

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Valentina glanced at Decker as he spoke, taking in each of the words and giving a small nod at the end of his speech. She appreciated that he wasn't trying to push her or any of the other wives...although she couldn't be sure whether that simply implied the little one - Lacey, she thought her Domestic had called her - or was genuine. Or if it was being done to keep up appearances among the other guests. With this thought, she realised that she wasn't out of the woods yet. She still had to be careful.
Pulling herself from her thoughts, Valentina then looked back at Raven, a soft smile still on her face.
"...You're very beautiful," She said quietly to her, resting her chin on her hand as she put her elbow onto the table. "Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
She liked this girl. She may be quiet, and seemingly nervous of her, but all that would change. She just needed to show Raven that she was in no way a threat.

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Raven looked back up at her sister wife when she spoke, blinking as she left her mind and entered the real world again. Like every other time she was spoken to, she blushed at the compliment, meeting the other bride's eyes only briefly with that same shy smile.
"Thank you..." she muttered quietly. Not as beautiful as some of us here... she added in her head.

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Valentina smiled warmly.
"Raven, isn't it?" She asked, tilting her head to the side slightly. "I must say...you're putting every other woman in this room to shame tonight..."
She wasn't lying, at all. Deep down, looking at Raven, she felt that even she should be jealous of her...despite all of the compliments she had gotten earlier in the night from guests, and a little bit of attention from Decker Delaney himself...but for some reason, she wasn't jealous. She just felt like she wanted to know her. Something very rare for Valentina Black.

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Raven's blush intensified and she quickly looked back down, still holding onto her smile.
"I doubt that..." she muttered softly, tucking a few blonde waves behind her ear and exposing the tiny diamond in its lobe. Her ears weren't pierced before she came here. The first generation attendants that had come to prepare her for the wedding had done it just before styling her hair. It hadn't hurt nearly as much as she expected it to, and only lasted a second for each ear. She hadn't understood why it was necessary, though...She knew the attendants wanted to make her look her best for her soon-to-be husband, but impaling her skin just to add extra jewellery didn't make sense to her.
When Decker spoke, her head lifted again to look at him, and when she heard his words, she quickly looked around at the other wives. What could I possibly tell him? she thought. There was nothing to tell apart from her life before this place...And nobody would want to hear about that.

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Putting on a brave face when she heard Decker's words, Valentina forced a smile, looking away from Raven and flicked her hair over her shoulder.
"Well...for me, there's not much to tell, honestly...my parents are first generations, so...I suppose that's something...I was raised by them until I was seventeen, and, now...well...here I am..."
A part of her was almost certain that he must know how each of his brides had gotten here...but another small part of her thought otherwise, so for her safety, she decided she would stay quiet about how she'd actually got here. Plus, if he did know...she wouldn't give him the satisfaction of her repeating it.

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Valentina sighed silently under her breath, taking another small sip of champagne.
"Well..." She began, glancing around. "I like makeup, and I like the colour purple. I like people who can easily keep up an interesting conversation, and people who're quiet and reserved...because they're usually the most interesting kind of person to get to know." With that she glanced at Raven, before looking back at Decker. "I like reading, I like keeping healthy...I like having someone kiss me and mean it. I like fireworks, and summer, and pretty earrings and other types of jewellery. I like quiet, one-on-one conversation, and I like people who are sincere. I like men who respect women and don't treat them like slabs of meat. I like dressing up, I like water, and I like people to tell me I'm pretty." She gave a slight smile as she named the different things from the top of her head. "The last one makes me sound conceited, but I don't mean it in that way. Is that enough information?"

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Lacey smiled at her other sister wives. They all seemed nice, and she felt like she would get along with all of them. She was relieved she wouldn't have to spend her life with a bunch of mean women. She was younger than all of them, she noticed, and wondered why. She listened and smiled as Decker talked, and was very interested when Valentina said what she liked.

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Raven blinked when her name was mentioned and answered, keeping her flushed head down.
"I...I guess, um...I guess I like...The sun...I like how bright it makes everything and how happy it makes people feel, and I like being outside, in gardens like this, especially, and reading novels that just...completely take you into another world. I like sugary things, and listening to music. And feeling, I don't know...Special? Appreciated?" she listed, muttering the last point in a quiet whisper. She amazed herself by, not only being able to list so much, but being able to actually say it in front of people. Though, with all of the others' eyes now glued to her, she felt her heart race within her chest, and she was thankful to have her hands under the table because after that speech, they were trembling like a leaf. After finishing, she lifted her head and gave Decker what was beginning to be her trademark shy smile.