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Min-jae Shin

Jae was headed for success, but somewhere along the line it all went wrong.

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a character in “Friends”, as played by flan2721

Description

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Name:
Min-jae Shin


Nickname:
Jae, M.J.


Age:
21


Face Claim:
Kim Bum


Sexuality:
Pansexual (He doesn't really see gender.)







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Likes:
Playing guitar
Writing poems
Writing music
Singing
Jokes
Laughter
Food
Sleep


Dislikes:
Labels
Hard work
Being alone
His family
Commitment/ Promises
Being serious
Making decisions
Being a leader



Fears:
Failure, responsibility, and actually having to take charge of his life and make his own decisions. More than that, he fears being responsible for someone other than himself.

Positive Traits:
+ He can always make you laugh
+ Never takes anything too seriously
+Good at calming people down

Negative Traits:
- He can be very lazy/ No motivation
- Never takes anything too seriously
- He can be a coward







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Personality:
During his high school years, Jae was under an immense amount of pressure from his family to succeed. At home, he felt as though he was suffocating, as though he was completely alone. Jae's friends were the ones who taught him to laugh and smile. Now, Jae is almost never seen without a smile on his face. He is a a ray of sunshine who loves to laugh and joke. His friends mean everything to him, so if they're not happy, he'll try his best to make them feel better.

Jae hates labels. He believes that categorizing people is just another way of restricting their freedom. He is naturally a free spirit and doesn't like feeling confined or resigned to anything. Because of this, Jae's not very good at making or keeping promises. He shies away from anything that would keep him too pinned down.

Jae is almost never serious, which can be a good and bad thing. He can calm you down when you are feeling overwhelmed, but he is never serious when he needs to be. Jae prefers to ignore his problems: "Out of sight, out of mind." He doesn't get upset often, but he turns into a wreck when he is forced to confront his own dilemmas. The only thing that does seem to ignite a spark in him is his passion for music. He's an adept singer/songwriter and guitar player, but he often downplays his own proficiency.

Jae is a loyal friend and has a good heart, but he comes with many flaws. His laid-back attitude often works against him and his cowardice prevents him from thinking clearly and pursuing his goals.






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Secret:
Jae burnt out in his last year of college and dropped out before receiving a degree. He puts on a brave face, but underneath the smile is all the shame and regret of failure.






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So begins...

Min-jae Shin's Story

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Lacie started her day with Amber in her left arm and a sippy cup full of milk in her right. She bounced Amber up and down while quietly trying to get out a bowl of cereal without waking her friends. She sat Amber down in her high chair at the corner of the table and placed the bowl in front of her.

"Okay, sweets, time for breakfast." Lacie whispered, kissing Amber's soft brown curls and handing her a spoon. The child had finally learned to feed herself, but still couldn't reach the table or sit still in a chair. While Amber was eating, Lacie started a pot of coffee, knowing everyone would need it. Jae, James, and Aria had moved in a few days ago and were still getting adjusted to living together, especially with a roaming toddler. But, everyone loved Amber, so it wasn't like it was problem. Turning to look at her daughter, Lacie smiled and Amber smiled back, spilling milk and cheerios from her tiny mouth. Lacie made a suprised face with cheerful eyes.

"Uh oh!" Amber said and Lacie chuckled, wiping her chin and discarding of the empty bowl. She picked Amber up out of the high-chair and placed her on the ground in front of the island. Lacie got an idea then and smiled mischeviously at her mini me. "Hey, Amber, want to do something fun to wake up Aunt Aria and your uncles?" She asked and Amber smiled, nodding her head erratically. Lacie smiled at her, nodding as well. "Alright, when I count to three, we're both going to scream as loud as we can, okay? 1...2...3!" And with that, they both screamed at the top of their lungs, effectively awakening the rest of the household.

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Aria wasn't sure about her friends drinking coffee black, but she knew she couldn't. Her coffee needed an extra kick. Giving Amber an Eskimo kiss, she set the child down and went to retrieve a mug. After pouring the rich, aromatic beverage, she pulled out some cream and sugar. Once her coffee was perfection, she perched herself up onto the corner, sipping her hot drink and letting out a near purr as the warm liquid slipped down her throat. She gazed at James as he spoke.

"Actually, I'm off today. You know, designers need to take days off to find inspiration," she joked casually, smirking and taking another sip of her drink. Amber toddled to her mother, gesturing with her hands for the woman to pick her up. "My photo shoot is tomorrow afternoon, so I'm free to hang out. Might even be able to go with this one to the park. We all know Auntie is much funner than mommy." Aria winked at Amber before grinning at Lacie. She then glanced at Jae and waved. "Hey, handsome. Any plans today?"

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Lacie smiled and did a little hop of glee. "Yay! Sorry you have to work all day James. You know, unless you want to be the James from high school and just ditch." She smiled cheekily at him. Jae walked in then, grumbling and teasing Amber about waking him up. As Aria set Amber down, Lacie went and scooped her up, cooing and kissing her all over her face as the toddler giggled and squealed from the attention. "So, Ari's going to the park, James is doing James, and Jae, what are you doing?"

She twirled her baby girl in the air, raising her eyebrows at the person in question.

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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"YESSS!!!" Aria exclaimed, doing a small fist-pump as well. She glanced at James and gave him a somewhat sympathetic look. "Darn babe, you picked the wrong day to be the responsible one. Maybe we'll bring you something back." Just as Aria finished teasing her friend, her stomach gave a light grumble and she sighed, setting her mug down.

While the others conversed, she padded over to the other side of the kitchen and found bread. Just to be safe, she placed four slices in the toaster and left out two more to toast just in case one of the boys or even Lacie wanted two slices of toast. While that bread baked and toasted, Aria tied the the oversized shirt of her pajamas up in a knot in the back because the bulkiness was annoying her and then reached into the fridge for butter. Thinking, she glanced over her shoulder at Lacie. "Lace, did we ever buy any strawberry cream cheese?"

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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James smiled ruefully, "Don't I always?" In truth, his hectic work schedule didn't bother him. He preferred keeping himself busy, it meant he didn't have time for relationships. They were messy businesses. He looked at Lacie, who had been ditched by some greasy weasel of a guy, and Aria who had just gone through a difficult break up. The way James saw it, if you didn't get into a relationship in the first place, you couldn't get hurt later down the line.

James drained the last of his coffee before heading to the bathroom. The spray from the shower worked in harmony with the caffeine coursing around his body to fully wake him up. He wandered back to his room, making sure to keep a hold of his towel this time. He searched through his closet for a clean shirt for work that wasn't creased to hell. Finding one, he pulled it on, threading a slim tie through the collar. He found his trousers crumpled in the corner of the room. How did...? Nevermind, he had them now, that was all that mattered.He pulled on his shoes, hopping out his room as he did. His hair was still a mess, but it was a fabulously artistic mess, as Ralph at work would say.

"I'll see you guys tonight," he said, grabbing his jacket from by the door, "have fun at the park Tiger," he waved to Amber before he left for work.

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Lacie smacked her forehead when Aria brought up the strawberry cream cheese. "Oh, crap! Sorry, hun, I totally forgot." Lacie said remorsefully, hinting at what motherhood had done to her with the use of the word "hun". She looked apolegetically at her best friend while cuddling Amber close. "I'll get some when we go out, kay?" She promised with a small smile. She didn't know if she would have enough from the government paycheck to finish paying the bills, rent, and all the grocery shopping. She knew she'd have to get a job soon, but she hadn't been able to finish college, so it would be nothing of substantial income in order to pay for everyone. Especially she knew once she started working, the government funding would probably stop. Suddenly Amber tapped her on her chest with a big smile, and Lacie forgot about her worries.

"Stowe?" She asked and Lacie smiled at her daughter. "Yup! We're going to the store to pick up Aunt Aria some cream cheese." Amber clapped and wrapped her arms around Lacie's neck, setting down in the crook. James called goodbye to everyone and Lacie gave him a warm smile since she didn't have her hands free.

"So, who's up for the park?"

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: James Ahern Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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"Ugghh...you're lucky I love you, girlie," Aria told her best friend and finished slathering butter on two fresh slices of toast. Slapping the two slices together, she bit into them as if they were a sandwich and sipped her coffee. "It's fine. I'll buy it when we go to the store. No real biggie."

Aria winked playfully to make sure that Lacie didn't take everything to heart. Despite Ariana's constant reminder that she could pay for some of the bills on her own, Lacie was adamant about being independent and tried not to lean on Aria's support so much. But even Aria could tell the other girl was getting stressed. After Lacie inquired about being ready for the park, Aria quaffed the remainder of her coffe and started heading out of the kitchen area.

"Give me a ten minutes. Real beauty takes time," Aria called over her shoulder and hurried to get ready for the day. She took quick shower and was out in five minutes tops. Teeth clean and hair brushed somewhat, Aria threw on the first outfit she could find. It took a few extra minutes to find the right jewelry and to at least put a light amount of makeup on, but she was ready once her beanie was on her head. Winking at herself, she hopped out of her room and struck a pose. "Whatcha think, Amber?"

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Lacie smiled at Aria apolegetically and nodded. She waved as Aria left, laughing along with Amber when Ari mentioned her beauty getup. She turned to Jae, the last one left in the kitchen. "If you want, I could run to the store for ya." Jae eyed Lacie as Aria disappeared upstairs. "I've got to run a few errands before park time anyway." Lacie looked at Jae, surprised at the offer. Since she'd been on her own with Amber, no one had offered to pay for anything for her. She knew she looked ridiculous, practically gaping. She felt tears prick her eyes and she shook her head incredulously, Christ, Lace, it's just cream cheese...

"Um, yes, thanks! But only if you're able, don't go out of your way." She said, smiling gratefully at him. Just then, Aria came back down and Amber smiled and clapped at her entrance. "Hat! Hat!" She exclaimed, opening and closing her fist, aiming for Ari's hat. Jae chose that moment to make an exit and Lacie waved to him, trying to console her daughter, who was attempting to clamber off of Lacie and somehow fly over to Aria's hat.

"Amber! Quit! You can't get over there!" I unintentionally raised my voice and Amber looked at me with wide eyes, blinked, and immediately started to sob. "Oh, no, no, no! Sweetie, I didn't mean it!" Lacie cradled Amber close to her neck and shushed her, giving an apologetic look to Aria. Sometimes, you never knew what would happen as a mother.

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Character Portrait: Lacie Gold Character Portrait: Aria Di Angelo Character Portrait: Min-jae Shin

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Aria was pretty damn near flabbergasted when Lacie snapped at Amber. She took a small step back, eyes wide as she stared at her best friend in concern. Lacie's eyes were glossed over with - were those tears? What was she crying about? Was she still freaking out over cream cheese? Aria didn't have time to mull over it for too long as Amber began to sob and Lacie struggled to console the child.

"Hey, kiddo," Aria cooed to the babe and stretched her arms to the child, taking Amber from her mother. Amber clung to her almost immediately, trying to wrap tiny arms around Aria's neck and burying her face into Aria's shirt. It didn't matter that Amber's tears would leave a stain; there were plenty more where that came from. She rubbed the child's back soothingly, walking around just a little to ease her hurt feelings. Meanwhile, she stared at Lacie over Amber's shoulder. "Lace, calm down. Breathe. Everything's fine."

Back to paying attention to Amber, Aria walked into the living room and plopped herself onto the couch, still holding onto the babe. She had to ignore the clog of emotion in her throat at the feeling of holding a child in her arms - of the thought of holding her own child in her arms like this. She smiled down at Amber and pulled the child away.

Now, didn't Auntie tell you that we don't do cry-babies in this house?" Amber looked away, but nodded slowly. "Good. Remember that. You gotta remember that mommy can't always read your mind, babe. Tell her you want to get down next time and then come get hat, okay?" Aria took off her hat and set on the child's head of curls, smirking. "Now, go give mommy a kiss and say sorry."