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Brian Parsons

Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis. || It is best to endure what you cannot change.

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a character in “Iterum”, as played by hotairballoon

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      ◊˟ ████ NAME⋮ XX BRIAN JOSEPH PARSONS
      ◊˟ ████ ALIAS⋮ XX BJ (DISLIKES)
      ◊˟ ████ AGE⋮ XX NINETEEN
      ◊˟ ████ RACE⋮ XX CAUCASIAN
      ◊˟ ████ GENDER⋮ XX MALE
      ◊˟ ████ SEXUALITY⋮ XX BISEXUAL ; BIROMANTIC
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      īš™ ♔ īšš


      ◊˟ ████ EYE COLOR⋮ XX BLUE-GREY
      ◊˟ ████ HAIR COLOR⋮ XX DARK BLONDE
      ◊˟ ████ HEIGHT⋮ XX SIX FOOT ZERO
      ◊˟ ████ WEIGHT⋮ XX ONE SIXTY SEVEN


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If you take a sample size of any social group, you will find that there are three basic groups of people: those who really want to be there, those who don't but are there because of some sort of obligation to someone in the first group (usually romantic), and those who drift in and out of the friend group, sometimes considering themselves a part of it and sometimes not. Brian has always been a drifter. It isn't because any flaw, but rather because of something he considers to be a blessing; he makes friends easily, but makes emotional attachments very slowly. This is the same reason why he will flirt or have sex but not engage in real relationships very often. A psychiatrist would likely have a field day with his commitment issues in relation to his past, but he doesn't stop to consider it very often. That is another one of Brian's personality traits. He does his best to always look forward and not to linger on the past, no matter what. This isn't to say that he is an obsessive organizer, or even a planner at all; in fact, it is quite the contrary. He is spontaneous and finds it an easy way not to get bogged down in the monotony of daily routine.

Brian doesn't externalize very much-- he just does what he wants without talking about his feelings. Because of this, he has been labelled as many things. A bad boy, an asshole, brash, rude, inconsiderate. And he supposes that all of these things are true, but these people all missed the root of his harsh edge. It is a anger which boils under his skin and in everything he does, an anger which developed in his childhood and was never allowed to release itself in a healthy way. Because of this, Brian will sometimes get into a bad mood because of nothing in particular, adopting a superior attitude and condescending tone. Because of this abrasiveness, his status as a lone wolf is not entirely by choice. Often, he will be momentarily excommunicated from a friend group for calling a girl a "dumb slut" or giving a guy a bloody nose. It doesn't bother him very much. The next day, his anger will subdue, and he'll hang out with a new group of people, cracking jokes like nothing has happened. And for him, nothing has.

Brian flirts with any girl he finds attractive. He never openly flirts with boys, though, or admits to anyone that he's one of the "fags" whom he mocks with no remorse. Although he doesn't like to let his disadvantaged past, the homophobic attitude he picked up in his neighborhood was internalized, and he's never fully been able to shake it. But he will flirt with girls, whether they are taken or not, because he doesn't care whether he gets rejected; it isn't really about the girls, it's about his ego. His air of disinterest gives him an added social edge. There is something about aloofness which makes people want something more, and when Brian sat behind his school smoking a cigarette, more people talked to him than to those desperately approaching anyone who looks at them twice. It's not something he asks for, but he finds sex and social interaction comforting, so he doesn't stop to feel guilty about it. He doesn't feel guilty about much, though. Brian is a very irreverent guy.

Brian has a very tough shell and is a hard worker, as most people from impoverished and disadvantaged backgrounds are. Although he is an extrovert, he knows that others find him abrasive and cocky at times. At the end of the day, he is content because he doesn't rely on anyone else and he knows that he will always work for what he has, never accepting handouts or the easy way out.


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Gregor Mendel was what all friars aspire to be: calm and disciplined. He found beauty in mundanity and in as much attempted to treat everyone and everything with a high level of respect. He smiled softly at everyone who passed by, was always willing to lend a listening ear, and was patient with those quick to anger. It is arguable whether this patience is a personality trait of a product of his piety, but either way, it helped him in his careful studies and observations of pea plant breeding patterns. His mother would certainly argue that his patience was a virtue that God blessed him with from birth. He was always a quiet and polite boy who said his prayers and tried never to argue, even when he disagreed. Mendel always felt a close connection to nature, and he found that tending to the bees and garden on his family farm could always make him feel at one with God and therefore at peace with himself. Although he'd always thought himself religious, he only took on the title of friar to allow himself an education; Brian finds this interesting because he only offered himself up for the experiments so he could have access to an education. And, given the extreme differences between their personalities, it is one of the only things he feels connected to Mendel over.


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  • sex (especially blowjobs)
  • being outside
  • smoking and drinking
  • exercising (especially running)
  • house parties
  • social interactions
  • working hard
  • rap
  • takeout
  • action movies
  • shooting guns
  • leather jackets
  • dogs
  • the feeling after punching someone


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  • clingy people
  • whiny people
  • social commitment
  • people who don't finish what they start
  • country music
  • pepperoni pizza
  • feeling incompetent
  • shows with laugh tracks
  • rom-coms
  • stupid questions/assumptions about his past
  • babies
  • the feeling after getting punched


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☆ running his hand through his hair ☆ squinting his eyes ☆ cracking his knuckles when he's mad ☆ smoking when he's anxious

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`◇ INTELLIGENT ; Academically, but also in terms of real-life quick-wittedness, Brian has always glowed. In terms of scholastic intelligence, he especially excels at science.
`◇ HONEST ; With very few exceptions, Brian makes very serious to tell the truth about himself and his situation. He's been lied to too many times to do that very thing to anyone else (at least about anything big), so he tries to stay true in his promises and everything else. This may sometimes come off as abrasive (for example, if someone asks for his opinion, he won't sugar-coat it), but he prides himself on his ability to stay honest.
`◇ SOCIAL BUTTERFLY ; Although Brian may come across as rude sometimes, he is very good at making new friends and gauging new social situations.
`◇ COMMITTED ; This is the trait that Brian most prides himself on. Without his commitment towards his goals, he sees himself as nothing. Too many people in his past didn't acheive their potential simply because they weren't willing to put in the late nights and ball-busting effort. Brian is, and he will never let himself be the thing that comes between him and his future.


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`◇ OUTSPOKEN ; This is the other side of his honesty; especially when his anger gets the best of him, Brian can be rude.
`◇ JUDGMENTAL ; This very rarely comes across verbally, but Brian is internally very judgmental of other about just about everything. Their looks, personality, intelligence, you name it.
`◇ COMMITMENT ISSUES ; In terms of relationships, romantic or platonic, Brian has a tough time committing. He will often leave when things get too serious, further adding to his lone wolf persona.
`◇ CYNICAL ; As most people from a disadvantaged background are, Brian doesn't believe that all humans are inherently good. Quite the contrary, he believes that they are inherently selfish and do nothing if not for their self-gain. This further feeds into his commitment issues.
`◇ ANGRY AND COMBATIVE ; As previously mentioned, Brian has an anger boiling under his skin, and sometimes it bubbles over.


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`◇ FEAR ; Never amounting to anything more than his father did.
`◇ FEAR ; Becoming static/getting stuck in one place for too long.
`◇ FEAR ; Disappointing his mother and himself.
`◇ FEAR ;Not reaching his goals because of his past actions.


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Brian was born in the Bronx to a 17 year old girl named June Parsons and her boyfriend David Galvan who signed up for the army to get away from her and his newborn. Brian's dad never actually abandoned the family, but he was also always off in Afghanistan or somewhere else, so it had all the effects of an actual abandonment. June had to work multiple jobs and was always too tired, and David was barely ever around. Not that it was better when he was around, though. He would roll in, get drunk, maybe hit Brian or June, and then leave again. Home was never a real home for Brian, more of a place for him to sleep and do his homework. And he did the latter diligently, because his mother had instilled in him since he was a baby that he needed to get smart so he could get a scholarship, get out, and not turn out like she and David had. Brian loves his mother and took these words to heart, studying for hours on end and doing all of the extra credit which he could.

When Brian turned 14, he got his first crush on a boy. His name was Jacob and he was in Brian's science class. Jacob was the only other kid who raised his hand as much as Brian did, and he was never wrong. They became close friends, but Brian knew that wouldn't be enough for him. He barely admitted to himself what he was feeling, and instead punched Jacob in the stomach for some made-up reason and made new friends. This is the first time he can remember that he began his social pattern of making friends, self-destructing, and finding a new group.

When he was 15, he started smoking and hasn't stopped.

Applying to college was a big deal where Brian went to school. A severe minority of kids did, and even fewer reached higher than the local community college, but Brian had big plans. He'd been playing on the varsity baseball team since freshman year and applied for a few scholarships involving that, but they all fell through, and he was crushed. For the first time in his life, he was faced with the reality that all of his hard work might not matter because, at the end of the day, your future is outside of his control. But he wasn't one to quit, so he cast a wide net, looking for any scholarship opportunities which might offer a cheap to free (yet quality) college education. That's when he recieved a letter from the DNA program.

His mother was adamantly against it, saying things like "no one is going to hurt my baby boy!" over and over again. Brian wasn't sure if she was talking to him or God anymore.

Around this time, David came back into town. It figured; he always picked the shittiest moments to show up, when Brian and June were at their most vulnerable. This time was worse than most. Brian still doesn't know what happened (one of the few things he inherited from his father is their unwillingness to wear their heart on their sleeve), but David was worse than he'd ever been. When the doorbell rang, he was already drunk, mouth full of profanities and gut full of whiskey. June asked him how his trip had been, and for some reason, her genuine question triggered something in his alcohol-addled mind. He starting hitting her and wouldn't stop, his fists landing wherever they could reach. Her face, her stomach, her neck. She fell to the ground. Brian ran from his bedroom to see what all the commotion was about and saw his mother curled up like a fetus on their kitchen floor, blood pouring from her nose and his father looming over her. Brian grabbed his baseball bat from the dining room table and hit his father once in the back. The man went down, but Brian kept hitting him. June screamed for him to stop, but he didn't until David starting blubbering, sobbing like a baby, tears and snot and blood all flowing together into one disgusting mess.

That was when it hit Brian. He'd spent all of his life comparing himself to his father and seeing what he had to do as to not end up like David, and in that moment he realized the difference between them. Brian wasn't afraid of death. At first it scared him, because at age 18 he already had the resignation of someone who had gone through 80 years of struggle, but then he felt freed. He could do whatever he wanted, and he could push as hard as he wanted, because death was the worst case scenario and the word meant nothing anymore. He threw down the bat next to his father and ran to his room, where he filled out the information for the DNA program. When he walked back through his kitchen to put the letter in the mailbox, David was gone and June was sitting at the counter holding a tissue to her nose.

"Thank you," she said, and it was a little nasally, but it also sounded so sincere that Brian almost cried.

"No problem," he said and put the letter into the mailbox. She smiled at him and he knew that everything was going to be okay.

Brian was excited that he got assigned to Gregor Mendel because the man is the father of genetics and science is what kept Brian grounded for years. He did experience some doubt because, from what he remembered of 9th grade, Gregor Mendel was supposed to be this calm, serene man, and Brian was anything but those things. But then he remembered the look in his father's eyes and how pitiful and disgusting he'd looked, and Brian remembered that he had nothing to fear and signed the last form to waiver form and signed his life over to the experiment.

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FACE CLAIM ; JOE COLE
HEX CODE ; #8AA37B
PLAYED BY ; HOTAIRBALLOON
CREATED BY ; VERIX

So begins...

Brian Parsons's Story