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Guadalupe Solorzano-Cifuentes

"I love those who smile in the face of trouble."

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a character in “Laurel”, originally authored by .euphoria., as played by RolePlayGateway

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โ€œAll those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.โ€



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F U L LXN A M E

      Guadalupe Belinda Solorzano-Cifuentes

N I C KXN A M E S

      Lupe {Most common}, Belinda {Her favorite, she isn't a fan of most of her nicknames}, S.C {Common}, Linda {Also liked by her, she has two first names}, Bela {Pronounced Bella and not very common}, and Helen Keller {Common, hates}

A G E

      Sixteen {16} years old

B I R T H D A Y

      August 15th, 1998 : Leo

E T H N I C I T Y

      20% Puerto Rican, 30% Mexican {Mother} and 50% Italian {Father}

S E X U A L I T Y

      Heterosexual

G R A D E

      Sophomore {10th}

Y E A R SXA TXL A U R E L ?

      Six years

G R O U P

      The Talented

T A L E N T

      Eidetic memory


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H E I G H T

      4'9

W E I G H T

      135 lbs.

H A I RXC O L O R

      Naturally dark brown, but dyed it golden blonde during her freshmen year in high school and has kept it the same ever since

E Y EXC O L O R

      Strikingly light green but, they have faded into grey over the years

S K I NXC O L O R

      Lightly tanned

G E N E R A LXA P P E A R A N C E

      Lupe stands far under most other girls her age at a height of 4'9, and while she may think she's average just from memory, she is not just that typical Latina people like and people are quick to tell her she's not average. No child of her family's could really ever be called normal or typical. Not with their stunning, bright green eyes, but like most things Jules stands out with hers being a bright, almost clear color of green that seem to look into your soul but, since going blind they have begun to turn a light shade of grey and even though they don't completely erase the green it covers the eyes like a curtain. And she is small, but she is far from a stick... Yet, she is far from 'chunky'. Her parents never allowed their children to layabout when they were younger, even with her disability. The kids were always going some type of sport or activity. For Lupe she spent most of her time playing the violin, cello, and fiddle, ballet, and general. Keep her and her legs as toned as possible. Her dyed golden locks travel down to her mid-waist when left down, curly, and natural, and always holds a sort of windswept look if she doesn't take the time to slow down and fix it up. Which she rarely does. While most days she lets it do whatever it wants, there are other days where she likes to braid it to the side just to keep it out of her way. But, if there was anything she hated more about her body then her eyes that seem to change every time someone looks into them,it would have to be those goddamn light freckles that are all over her face. She doesn't have a real reason why she hates them other then they make her stand out and makes people stare at her more than she likes.


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P E R S O N A L I T YXT R A I T S
      โœฆ Tough โœง Passionate โœฆ Logicalโœง Determined : Driven โœฆ
      โœฆ Confident โœง Independent โœฆ Resilient โœง A Leader : A Fighter โœฆ
      โœฆ Highly Intelligent โœง Level headed โœฆ A Dreamer โœง Talented โœฆ
      โœฆ Sarcastic : Harsh โœง Proud โœฆ Know it all โœง Smug โœฆ
      โœฆ Defensive โœง Inept in Romance โœฆ Opportunist โœง Overprotective โœฆ
      โœฆ Stubborn : Hardheaded โœง Clever โœฆ Unemotional โœง Calculating โœฆ

      You know that one person that you had to watch disappear into nothing but, they always hide it behind a strong personality and a smile? That one person who refused to show any signs of pain no matter what? Well, this is the most obvious part of the twenty year old Miss. Ra here. No matter how much her loved ones hate it, she refuses to slow down and take a break for anything. Because, unlike others in her life she has come to the conclusion that she only has so much time and sure it sucks,but everyone only has so much time on this planet before they leave. Hell, for all they know, their life could end later today. And it sucks, like a lot but, instead of throwing a pity party, she wants to do everything she can with her time. Lupe likes to view life as a giant maze and in order to find your way out you have to make twists and turns that may seem absolutely impossible to make at the time but, later down the road she thinks everyone will come to appreciate their choices. Or at least they should. Even those who feel like they made the wrong choice in the moment. All they need to do is stop mopping and being afraid of it and do everything they can to see the beauty in any and every situation and keep moving forward.


      This girl was never or could never be just one thing, she not just this reckless, highly intelligent, stubborn girl or this determined, amazing 'role model'. She's those and much, much more. To some, she comes off as adventurous, driven and tough girl, the one who knows basically anything about everything. Never showing an ounce of doubt in what she is doing. And knows exactly what she wants to do in her life and how she's going to reach it. To others, she's the calculating, vindictive, and overall stubborn know it all, unable feel any empathy for others and loves to show off. And is willing to do close to anything to go to the top and be the best and is one who will never admit she's wrong or that she needs help. The girl who doesn't like to admit that she can't do what everyone else does. Lupe is very true to the way she was raised. She's as passionate, artistic, strong, and determined to prove herself to the world as her mother. A woman who even though she was married never let a man or anyone for that matter, dictate and control her and her decisions. But, she is also level headed, protective, overly intelligent, and a natural born leader just like her father. She likes to think that people can be better than they believe if they just pushed themselves a little harder. But, with that said she is a very, very, very tough girl and in some cases, she's far too tough than she should be. She doesn't just push people to their limit, oh no sometimes she pushes them to their edge, believing that people can always be better and some people are just too weak to see it that way. But, that doesn't just apply to other people, she's no hypocrite. She harsher and tougher on herself more than anyone just like her parents were on her and her brothers. Always pushing herself harder and harder no matter what injuries she has on her fingers from her instruments or how tired she is from reading, they have just because they have been taught to never show doubt, weakness, and vulnerability.


      Yet, while she is a spitting image of her mother in appearance there is something that differs between Mr. and Mrs. Solorzano-Cifuentes and their only daughter. They are a very cynical, overly protective, and pessimistic pair. They never wanted to see the good and the beauty of people, which Cleo understands. But, what she doesn't understand is them never wanting to see the beauty in the world around them, seeing it more as a... danger filled mess. They believe that she is blind in more than one use of the word. Which is the main reason, Cleo and her parents refuse to speak to one another as of the moment. They want her to just realize that what she has is a gift and the fact that she wants to use it for music is ridiculous, they believe she could change the word and that she's throwing away her talent. Even if she doesn't want to admit it, sometimes she does find herself wondering if she is doing the right thing with her 'gift from God'. She's dependent on them, she needs them to make her feel like she has a purpose and one day when she up in front of a crowd getting a standing ovation, that she doing what she's meant to do.


      She loves to dream. The young girl loves to believe that if she wants to do something then maybe, just maybe.... she can actually do it. Some people believe that she is a little.... out there and naive because of this and maybe she is but, hey that's her. Along with this, she's an idealist who loves and always pursue high hopes, and dreams, and goals. Never shooting down another person's dreams no matter what they are... Unless they're really stupid but, trust me she'll let it be known what her opinion is. Again like her mother, she is optimistic while also being a bit bitchy, sue her; But the way she sees it it's better to feel everything and think everything is possible than to feel nothing at all and that every situation is what it is and you can't flip it around into a good thing. It makes her believe that, there's a light at the end of every tunnel. And everyone has a good side along with a bad side, sometimes you just have to look a bit harder to find it. This fact leads her to sometimes think too much, a habit she's been trying to break. But, for the last sixteen years it has not been able to be broken. Not that she has tried as hard as she could to 'fix' it.


      But, with every good thing there are bad things. Even with our little Miss. Einstein here. While she is adventurous, she can also be seen as a calculating and sarcastic bitch who can really hurt someone's feelings when she tries. She's got a sharp tongue, and is always ready with a quick comment or a sarcastic quip. One who is not above backstabbing a 'friend' or more so, an ally if she thinks it'll help get what she wants. And even though her parents have taught her better than this, she knows she's already at a disadvantage and refuses to end up the victim and second best because she tries to win 'Friend of the Year'. While she's a passionate leader type, she is a very aggressive, obsessive, competitive and overall bad sore loser. She, from birth has been taught that anything but number one isn't an option and if she accepts it her parents obviously haven't trained her well enough. And with that, she has always hated to lose or even thinking about losing no matter what it is. And if she does lose or show weakness, she will obsesses about it and think about it nonstop and keep herself, her talent, and her mind on a strict schedule until wins or doesn't fuck up. Which her friends, yes she does have them call it 'cyborg mode'. But, with cyborg mode comes an even intelligent and controlled young woman than she already is. She, right after she gets back to normal has more control over her emotions and judgments than at any other time. She will think about possible outcomes.


      While she's a attractive and rather charismatic woman (She has her moments) she is rather inept and clueless in any aspect of romance and men in general. She never realizes when someone is flirting with her only because her mind is always on something more important like the next performance she could give or more than anything, what's the next thing she could learn in order to not plateau in her abilities and get bored and when someone doesn't attempt to, she just shrugs it off without a second thought only to think about to it weeks down the roads and ask herself, "Were they flirting with me?" Yes, yes they were but, by that time she's thinks it's too late and goes back to normal only to repeat the cycle. And in all honesty, she is probably the most hopeless when it comes to flirting back with the mixture of her know it all, standoffish reputation and her lack to be a 'normal' girl she always ends up doing something wrong at least in her eyes. And her last major flaw is while she's extremely talented and logical, she's terrified of failure. See, everyone has their Achilles' heel and this, my dear is Guadalupe Belinda Solorzano-Cifuentes . She has these dreams and devotions to see the most beautiful places on Earth, or to be the best in almost every aspect of life, proving her parents wrong that she knows what she doing with her life. And what if she doesn't reach them? What if she's wrong? What if they just become fantasies in the back of her mind and she's left regretting her decisions in life like an elderly woman who thinks back in her life? She's terrified of regretting life and her decisions more than anything else even though she thinks before she acts, she still feels like it might be wrong which is the main reason why she hasn't devoted herself to just one instrument or subject in school once she leaves Laurel. She rather try out everything before choosing just one thing she wants to do for the rest of her life. Why? Because, she refuses to settle. Point blank period.


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L I K E S

      Exploring and adventures โœง Classic rock and roll {The Ramones are her favorite band} โœฆ Her string instruments and pieces โœง Leonardo DiCaprio โœฆ Studying and learning โœง Coffee โœฆ Haunted houses, horror movies, horror games, and Halloween โœง Yoga โœฆ Quoting movies and famous people โœง Surfing โœฆ Satire and sarcasm โœง Movies {She's a huge cinema buff!} โœฆ Accents and doing accents โœง Great and Intelligent Conversations โœฆ Science โœง Her friends โœฆ Indian Food {Esp. curry} โœง The beach โœฆ Crime Shows {Locked Up Abroad and Inside the American Mob mostly} โœง The fact that she can remember anything and everything โœฆ Making jokes about herself โœง Dances, balls, masquerades, etc. โœฆ Space โœง Avatar : The Last Airbender โœฆ Daredevil {Her favorite Netflix shows and superhero tied with Batman, of course} โœง Her witty retorts and comments

D I S L I K E S

      The entitled type โœง Cheaters and Liars โœฆ Bad Musicians and Most Top 40 Artists โœง Her nickname, Helen Keller and being picked on โœฆ Pork and most meat products โœฆ Blind jokes even though she makes them herself โœง Guys who can't take a hint โœฆ Popularity โœง Being looked after like a child โœฆ Close minded and overly mature people โœง The dark โœง Loud bangs โœฆ 'Reality' television โœง Blood โœฆ Dresses and gowns โœง Dancing and learning dances โœฆ People who are idiots โœง Not serious people โœฆ Overly loud music at parities and parties in general โœง Degenerates and delinquents

H O B B I E S

      โœง Playing any type of string interments and practicing
      โœฆ Watching... Well, listening to movies/movie nights
      โœง Singing and writing pieces and songs
      โœฆ Stargazing
      โœง Surfing and being around water
      โœฆ Nailing accents and people's voices of any type
      โœง Sarcasm and making up one liners on the spot

T A L E N T S

      โœฆ Her eidetic memory
      โœง Discipline and determined
      โœฆ Singing
      โœง Listening
      โœฆ String instruments
      โœง Motivating people
      โœฆ Remembering things

F L A W S

      โœฆ A Perfectionist and very neurotic esp. with music
      โœง Too curious for her own good
      โœฆ Blind
      โœง Very blunt and harsh
      โœฆ Dancing and learning dances for... obvious reasons

F E A R S

      โœฆ Never getting into the music industry
      โœง Never getting far in life
      โœฆ Failing and disappointment
      โœง Never talking to or seeing her family again
      โœฆ Space going forever unexplored


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H I S T O R Y

      Lupe was born blind, there's not sob story behind it. And she is quick to tell everyone that nothing happened to her, she was just born... different. But, other than nothing made her different from anyone else. She, like many children grew up in the streets, in a very beautiful seaside town that was also very dangerous for a young girl but, being the only child of a sixteen {16} year old mother and twenty five {25} year old man who had just been let go from his job. Didn't leave them enough money to leave to start a better life for the newly formed family. And because of this, Lupe didn't attend school until she was old enough to talk and show off her amazing memory. Which showed off her amazing vocabulary and talents at the young age of six years old. In all honesty, she didn't see it as important. She felt that she wasn't going to amount to anything because of the way she was born. She never was going to be able to be completely free. Someone would always have to be with her no matter what she said. Or at least that's what her parents told her. They would tell her the world is a awful, greedy place that would eat a blind young girl like her alive. But, their attitude changed when they found out what she could do. From that point on everything changed for her and her family. The got her in a national talent search for kids and while she got second and a scholarship to the best elementary school in Mexico, they refused to be happy with their daughter. It was the first time she had competed and lost. To this day they don't let her live it down. Her, a blind genus musical prodigy lost to what?! A mediocre singer from Mexico City who sung Whitney Houston?! They didn't allow it and they refuses to allow her to be okay with being anything but first. While she went to school her education didn't stop there, the family used the money they had gotten from the contest and put it towards getting her a tutor who taught her everything from English to reading music, from French to piano. And they didn't stop there, oh no, the low class, or low, low middle class family decided to get her into one of the best school in the world, Laurel. They wanted her, no needed her to get away from their city not just because it was the best but, because it was safe away from the dangers of their city. The couple had tried for years to get her in but, every time they didn't think their daughter was the best and didn't want to send her away from them until she was.

      At the age of ten, they decided it was for the best to send her to an academy where not only would she be safe, but she would be able to make connections from all over the globe as the 'blind prodigy of many talents' as her father put it. Was she pissed? Of course, she was used to being near the ocean, the sun, and the warmth but, sadly as her father and mother said, it wasn't up for decision. So, they packed her bag, forced her on a plane and before she knew it, she found herself surrounded by the most egotistical group of young adults she has ever met. They were... something. Which could have been why until the age of thirteen she kept to herself and to her gift. For those three years all she did was study, practice, read, eat, sleep (sometimes), and repeat all over. But after that, she start to realize that there was more to life than what her parents taught her. Their was fun and adventures all around her and here she was missing out on them because she was taught that she couldn't do what others could do. So... you could say she got a little distracted. She found her love of music and well, everything kind of took a backseat to the disapproval of her parents. To this day, the love of her life is her cello even with her skills, she knows she can do amazing things but, she wants to spend her days playing her cello in front of crowds of hundreds or, if that doesn't work spend her day in a lab trying to get people into space and into other galaxies... Whatever works out the best.


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O T H E R
      Fแด€แด„แด‡ CสŸแด€ษชแด โœฆ Chachi Gonzales

      Pแดส€แด›ส€แด€สแด‡แด… Bส โœง BleedingLover

      โ’ธโ“„โ“…โ“Žโ“‡โ’พโ’ผโ’ฝโ“‰ โ“Œโ’ถโ“‡โ“ƒโ’พโ“ƒโ’ผ

      character basic form ยฉ aurei
      modified form เชฝเซฎเซจฮ‘
      modified form for this roleplay : BleedingLover


So begins...

Guadalupe Solorzano-Cifuentes's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Daniel Ahn Character Portrait: Holden Cunningham Character Portrait: Erin Hill Character Portrait: Rebecca Sayre Character Portrait: Christine Garner Character Portrait: Anna-Marie Beckett Character Portrait: Sterling Walker Character Portrait: Lane Blackwell Character Portrait: Nina Nikolayevna Romanov Character Portrait: Anthony Carraway Character Portrait: Mimi Arquette Character Portrait: Guadalupe Solorzano-Cifuentes Character Portrait: Aimee Hart Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Colin Dartonay Character Portrait: Kai Rainwalker Character Portrait: Lucas Long

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{ Monday, June 22nd || Laurel Summer Academy || Partly Cloudy }

Before the Summer semester there is always a long weekend for non yearlies to move out, and for students to move over to the summer dorms for the semester. The weekend starts on Wednesday and ends Tuesday the next week. The night before there is traditionally a bonfire dance, which is non-mandatory but popular, mostly because the food provided is delicious and staff are extremely willing to turn a blind eye during it. It is also common for students to ask dates to the bonfire dance, it being the common beginning of summer romances, both of the lasting and fling variety.

At the moment, it is quarter to noon. Most students have been awake since breakfast, although there are always those willing to forgo the meal in favor of sleeping past noon. Students are settled into their dorms, for the most part, and have picked the classes they will begin taking the next day.

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In celebration of the beginning of Erin's final Summer Semester as a student of Laurel (as technically next year she will have graduated from the school come Summer Semester), the young woman is nowhere to be found. She was not in her room when her roommate woke up, was not at breakfast, and most certainly was not anywhere at all in the dorms. Of course, those who could not find her did not really know the young woman particularly well. Anyone who knows Erin knows precisely where she ought to be, and would have been surprised to find her in her room this morning. This is because every year (the celebration thing is merely a dumb excuse) she camps out the night before the bonfire. That is to say the young woman finds a nice spot in a thicket of trees just a bit off from the beach around the lake, pitches a modest little tent, and roasts smores and watches the stars. All of her friends have an open invitation to take part in this little tradition, though most come for the smores and leave back for their dorms around midnight or so to sleep in a comfortable bed. While there they might also set of sparklers with her and laugh and tell horror stories, for Erin loves nothing better than a cheesy, stereotypical fireside horror story. The midnight society is very much her ideal.

But that was last night, and now it is afternoon, and the young woman is only just waking up. She has a little set up over a little fire to try and cook eggs, which every single year are always runny and underdone but she claims are the most delicious and perfectly made eggs the world has ever seen. No one who has tasted them as denied this, at least not out loud, for the sake of playing along with her little annual game. Thus it will go this year as well, as the young woman stretches out her legs and arms, yawns in a particularly cat-like manner with her eyes scrunching shut and her nose wrinkling. She pokes her head out from the tent flap, as this is a very traditional sort of triangle little tent, to see that light is already dancing across the ground, filtered by the trees into generously illuminated patches. Erin smiles- she couldn't keep a straight face if she tried at the moment. This is always one of her very favorite times of the year, and has been since she started the tradition in seventh grade. Of course, back then she was often joined by- well, it hardly matters anymore. What matters is that she shrugs on her bathing suit and go off into the lake to wash off the night's sleep. It is going to be frigid, of course, it always seems to be. Glad with the thought, Erin darts out of her little cluster of trees and towards the lake.



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Daniel Ahn has been awake since a little past dawn. Of course, he has been, because the boy often seems slightly more robot than man with his stoic expression and vague sense of distance from everyone else. Oh, he's something of an asshole, most everyone knows that by now, but in a way which seems more programmed than pathological, with his judgmental glances and calculating little smirk. His opinions seem like protocols, patterns inserted into his psyche, with how cleanly he sorts people. Friend, foe, or irrelevant: there is little space for compromise among these two categories in the eyes of Daniel Ahn.

That aside, there is of course a reason for him rising with the sun on a day in which oversleeping is an option many are more than happy to take. Every morning Daniel goes for a run. He does not strike anyone as the most athletic of individuals, and would never be caught at the gym pumping iron or on the basketball court playing 1v1. However, part of his criticalness must be pointed towards himself, and he expects some semblance of fitness of himself. Thus, the young man jogs nearly every morning, come rain and snow, more reliable than the US Postal Service. Daniel has always been inclined towards pattern and routine, after all. This is perhaps why he becomes so attached to a select group of people: they simply become part of his routine, albeit a part he becomes fiercely loyal to.

After his run, Daniel had naturally taken a shower and then eaten breakfast with a few other Influentials. Since then he has been quite content to sit on the back porch of one of the dorms (which are honestly just two large cabins) and read a book. It is Anna Karenina, which he has taken a disliking to but resolved to finish due to the principle of the thing. It is far too soap opera in his view, though he may not know enough of soap operas to fairly judge this. Daniel glances at his watch and flicks the page in the same clean movement. He'll likely be going to lunch soon enough.


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For his part, Keevan is still dead to the world. He's never been much for early rising, and will likely sleep straight through lunch if no one intervenes and interrupts his nearly comatose state.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Daniel Ahn Character Portrait: Holden Cunningham Character Portrait: Erin Hill Character Portrait: Rebecca Sayre Character Portrait: Christine Garner Character Portrait: Anna-Marie Beckett Character Portrait: Sterling Walker Character Portrait: Lane Blackwell Character Portrait: Nina Nikolayevna Romanov Character Portrait: Anthony Carraway Character Portrait: Mimi Arquette Character Portrait: Guadalupe Solorzano-Cifuentes Character Portrait: Aimee Hart Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Colin Dartonay Character Portrait: Kai Rainwalker Character Portrait: Lucas Long

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The grin when he catches her trip up is infuriating because she herself had realized it entirely too late. At least she had the excuse of complete intoxication- his part in the affair she is convinced was motivated by general assholery .

"Man, I feel like man candy." Erin's eyebrows shoot up at the comment. He is every bit the same as he had been before leaving. The fact that he can go so unscathed by everything, at least to her eyes, is the sharpest of the pains. He floats above the difficulties of the mere mortals, it seems, sometimes literally. Erin has friends among the powerful, cherished friends, but people like Sterling, so cocky on top with their abilities, acting as if they are gods descended to earth, bother the girl. She may be confident, stubborn, impulsive, and careless at times, but at least she doesn't look down on people. Even in the case of Sterling, the wretch, she sees him eye to eye. She doubts this is mutual.

There is no time for a response before the sound of splashing interrupts Erin's less than sunny trail of thought. There is a flicker of something strained in Sterling's normally calm expression. Naturally, Erin's first thought goes to the queen of the school. She whips her head around, body tense, only to find that it is Lane who is running up to her. What little relief this gives her is tossed aside by a closer look at the state of her best friend.

"Erin. . .Nina ruined everything. . .my entire notepad. . ." Instantly Sterling is forgotten. Erin moves forward and shelters Lane in a hug. Before, Erin was somewhat irritated, somewhat bothered. Now, she is angry. This day has gotten off to a less than fantastic start, and Erin is less than pleased about it. She turns to glare at Sterling, newly recalled, but he is already leaving them. Good. Go face your damn creation, Victor, Erin returns her attention to the crumpled and hurting Lane.

"Fuck Nina. Come on, Lane. I feel like eating popcorn and watching a movie. Wanna waste the day with me?" She smiles, mostly genuinely, down at Lane. At least this, Sterling had not taken from her.

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Briefly, Daniel is distracted from Nina's situation by someone who he has always despised: Colin. Most everyone knows that Daniel had been the best friend to his brother, and that he was probably the person that Daniel had been the closest to throughout his entire life. It was also a well known fact that Colin is not in Daniel's good graces. Many people assume it is just the fickle nature of his opinions, not realizing how incredibly possessive and jealous the young man becomes over those few who he befriends. Jealous enough to hate the brother of his best friend for having that privilege of brotherhood.

It is the face beside Colin, however, that hits him like a brick. Sam? even his internal voice is winded. Colin's brother may have been Julian to most everyone else, but Daniel knew him as Sam. And a face mirroring his sits at that table. In a few seconds he regroups, realizing that it can't be Sam, and it is more feminine besides. Still, it is only with the entrance of Sterling that Daniel fully returns to the situation at hand.

Automatically he moves closer to Nina, protective. His expression is little more than dark ice, coolly observing Sterling. Throughout the beginning of the exchange he is silent, calm. When Nina moves toward him, he instinctively presses back, his eyes never leaving Sterling. This is two parts a game: make Sterling feel pain such that he will never try to take Nina away, and genuine protective instinct towards one of those few whom he trusts.

He stands taller, looming like the grim reaper, death itself with fine bone structure and black eyes, as Sterling gives his final attack. Who can fall when darkness itself seems to side with them? So it may seem to the student body, unaware that anything but ice dwells behind Daniel's gaze. Sterling looks at him, warningly. Daniel merely smirks, as if confident it could never happen. He is useful, valuable, and more than anything, willing to sink far lower to keep his friends with him.

"I do believe I've lost my appetite."

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While the gods spit acid at one another, the rest can only watch and hope that none of it trickles down into their eyes. They look away when appropriate but are always watching. People never really stop watching. And among those people, sits one young man looking positively awestruck. But his eyes glisten in a way that is just a bit strange, fitting in with a few other who have the same enraptured expression. There's is not the intrigue of watching, but rather the excitement of telling, of showing.

two hours later

The Breadbowl
The Summer will apparently carry on as it usually does- much more interestingly than the fall semester. Many have left but the power players, the screwed up, and the hopelessly confused remain in play. A beautiful beginning, titan vs. titan as the well known Miss Romanov faced Mr Walker in a confrontation that, to be honest, came as something of a relief to some of us. Better the time bomb go off than hold us in suspense forever.

Romanov held her own, with of course the support of her loyal "are-they-or-aren't-they" dog. I'm sure they'll be perfectly happy together in the future. Walker, on the other hand, stormed out. Both are rising seniors, so we only have so long to watch as this plays out. Of course the big question is, are molecules a match for money?

Speaking of matches, for the rest of us mere mortals the bonfire is tonight- I'm really more interested in seeing who dances with whom than dancing with someone myself. No doubt, I'll be there watching for you rascals to sneak off. I seem to remember that Romanov and Walker used to haunt the dance together. This is the first one since he's returned, and you know neither will be sitting out on round two of worldstar Orion. Let's set the tone to a dramatic summer, shall we?

xoxo,
The Breadbowl Staff




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Every year on the day before Summer classes begin, a bonfire is held. Now, thanks to a pyrokinetic staff member the bonfire is able to be massive, without much risk of it toppling over and harming students (usually). It is held a little ways off from the dorms on the beach by the lake, and the main bonfire is often surrounded by smaller firepits with different food options at each one. There is always, without exception, some form of alcohol and some form of drugs available, and the teachers tend to turn a blind eye to it. After all, many of the students have families too powerful to persecute them, and the school grants a good amount of freedom besides.

Music is played throughout the night, sometime alternating between speakers and student run bands if they request to perform. Dancing around the bonfire is common, and usually the bonfire is kicked off by a partner dance that by now all of the Yearlies have learned, even if they don't ask or get asked to dance. There has been drama started over the dance before, but it really just depends on how seriously one takes it- often times friends will dance together, after all. But everyone looks forward to Breadbowl posts afterwards about which dances meant something, who made what mistake, who snuck away with whom, etc. Nothing is kept secret for long at Orion.

It is already dark out, with a full moon above and bright stars, the nearest city being too far away to outshine the night sky. Later on fireworks will be set off, and sparklers are resting all over the place for the amusement of students.

It is now about ten or so minutes before the bonfire "officially" kicks off with the first dance, but most students have already arrived and are sitting about the fires. Predictably, some are already stumbling over their own tongues thanks to the weight alcohol puts on them. Thus, the best and brightest of their age group prove themselves to still be young after all.

"Let's set the tone to a dramatic summer, shall we?"