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Zachary McCollough

"Trust is the foundation of Love. Without Trust, there is no Love. So why is it I want to love and be loved without being able to trust someone?"

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a character in “Love Cafe”, originally authored by FamishedPants, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

Name- Zachary McCollough

Age- 17 (soon to be 18)

Role- The Troubled

Appearance-

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Personality- "Kind", "Caring", "Sarcastic". These are some words Zach has been described as, and for good reason, too. He's normally seen with a smile on his face, warm as the sun and his smile is usually contagious. Never is there a moment where he shows disrespectful attitude towards people who are undeserving of it and it's even more scarce to see a moment where this is directed towards a woman. Zach can be pretty chilvarous and unselfish, showing a girl he hasn't met respect that one would usually only see from a lover of boyfriend, which comes natural to him. Unfortunately for him, he isn't a flirt. When he finds out that girls are actually interested in him, he starts to shy up and studder sometimes.

Of course, all of this is done with a bit of a 'spice' thrown in. Jokes are to be expected from him, and he would almost suit the role of the joker, had he not had a serious opposition towards any kinds of aggression towards females, thus not only showing one of those rare breaks in his kind composure, but further establishing the fact that he does truthfully show respect just because it is his nature. So, why does he earn the role of "The Troubled"?

While outside appearances suggest that he's all happy and dandy, he's stuck in a varying depression. He finds himself unable to trust a possible partner in any from of romantic relationship, as he doesn't take loss too well, his first and only girlfriend shattering the hopes of most of the girls who had asked him out. It's almost as if he friendzones the girls of the world to protect himself from them. That being said, he doesn't mind a friendship one bit with the opposite gender, and most definetly not with the same.

Bio- Zachary was an only child in his middle-class family. Well, make that "Middle-class poor family". His parents weren't the wealthiest of people, and he wasn't actually poor to the point where they feared they wouldn't be able to put food on the table, but 'keeping up' with the latest toys, games and other luxuries was impossible for them. This was probably for the better, because he didn't grow up spoiled. His father, a nice and respectful man taught him to be the same, and his mother ended up convincing him that girls were angels in disguise. He even thought this as he turned fifteen and started dating a girl from his Tae-Kwon-Do dojo.

Things went well, and they were more or less the stereotypical perfect couple, at least Zach thought so. When they had turned sixteen, some rather lustful urges began hitting said girlfriend, who approached Zach in hopes that he would rid her of her innocence. Zachary would not. Not because he didn't like her or anything, but he wanted to wait until her was eighteen. He wanted to wait until such a thing was legal, and he wanted to wait until he could afford to deal with a kid had she gotten pregnant. Well, he also didn't because he might've been nervous to even think about such things but......

So, a couple weeks after that, their relationship ended on a rather abrupt note. Zach thought she understood, as she didn't seem upset or bothered by it, save for when he actually denied her this, which he could understand. But, apparently she began feeling more and more 'distant' from him since then, as if he didn't love her, or so she said. Even Zachary himself could call bullshit on that claim; there wasn't one time that he didn't show the feelings he had for her whenever he could. He told her he loved her and that he wasn't trying to grow distant or anything like that. She refused to listen, but claimed it was his fault. As if he had done something wrong and she was trying to hold the relationship together. This conversation regretfully ended about ten minutes after it started, and by the end, Zach was now single. He didn't really take this well, and it was hard to get him out of his room for a week or two. He really did like her. His heart was crushed furthermore when he found out that she wasn't a virgin only eight days after they broke up. Needless to say, he was crushed.

Eventually, Zach looked as if he got over it, and he did in a way. He knew that he and she would never be together again, but he felt the pain from such a thing too hard to bear again, and thus he closed his heart to the whole female population. Then again, he hasn't really been near anyone he'd ever consider dating really. Some girls who he helped in one way or another, or had shown his natural kindness have asked him, only to be met with the nervousness and an unclear denial. Most of his time spent is at home or just walking about outside. He currently works as a beta tester for mainly FPS videogames, as he does take some time out of his day after working out to play them and he is also a part-time instructor for youth at a local Tae-Kwon-Do dojo near his apartment every other day.

Favorite
Cake~ Carrot Cake
Drink~ Dr.Pepper

Crush- C-crush?! He.... no, not again... maybe?

So begins...

Zachary McCollough's Story

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Not too far down the street from his humble abode sat a cafe that Zach was headed to. Today he had a light hop to his step, his head bobbed back and forth as he strolled down the sidewalk to his destination, and it should be noted that a humming noise escaped his lips as he did so. In his ears sat his earbuds for his MP3 in which he was currently listening to one of his more favorite songs.

He began nearing the cafe, keeping in sync with the tune as he continued down, getting a strange look or two by passers by. He mentally laughed at the thought, and wondered what kind of looks they would have shot it had he been singing the song instead of just humming the tune in a low voice. This song was ironically named "A Little Piece of Heaven" by Avenged Sevenfold, and he had actually laughed when he realized this as he set off earlier. Something about this cafe seemed... completely different from the song. Though the song was about love... in a way. Well, love, murder, rape, necrophilia and cannibalism. The song had horrible lyrics that nobody in their right mind should listen to, but Zach simply did. It was catchy.

Finally, Zach had reached the cafe and pulled open the door, entering the place and immediately noticing a much welcomed drop in temperature. He wiped his forehead and gave a glance around the near-empty cafe before heading over to the "Singles Section" and taking a seat in the corner of the area, only giving a courteous smile and nod to the one other person there as he passed by her. His mind began to wander back to yesterday and the case of the ninja wallet. He swore that he couldn't find the sucker, but just after he left, it appeared as if out of nowhere. The idea to place a bell around the wallet briefly crossed his mind before he realized that it wouldn't work and it'd be impractical. After all, he'd be walking around with the bell ringing and even if the wallet did try something, it was a ninja wallet, and you can't hear a ninja coming.

He eventually sighed and pulled one earbud out of his ear so he could at least hear people as his music played in the other ear. He was glad he brought his own music, as the cafe did play some odd music. Well, maybe he wasn't the one to talk, considering what he was just listening to, but he'd like to think of that song as a break for the norm. After all.... how many people say they know multiple songs where a man kills his girlfriend and rapes her corpse before she comes back alive as a zombie, does the same thing and he ends up coming back so that they get married and kill everyone together? None, that's how many.

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Theo hated waking up almost more than she hated going to sleep or being blamed for things she hadn't done. She stared up at pale green ceiling of her room, waiting for the paralysis to stop so she could get up and go through another day.
She tried moving, and seeing as she could, she slowly got up and grabbed her eyepatch from her bedside table. She wouldn't wear it, since she could mostly see, but the way the eye looked was gruesome. She put it on, adjusting her bangs around it to hide as much of the patch as she could. It seemed like her parents weren't awake yet. They had been working on accounts till late, after all.
After showering and going through all her normal morning routines, she grabbed her bag and left the house. Today was a good day to walk through town. It was sunny, and there weren't too many people out. Yet.
She paused, seeing a new cafe. She shrugged and went in, pausing a moment to raise an eyebrow slightly at the signs before sitting at the "singles" section. She noticed another girl and a guy and winced slightly.
"A strawberry smoothie, please." She said quietly.

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Alex was about halfway through his cake when he heard the door open up and a small bell go off. He smiled then stood up a bit straighter waited for her to sit."I'll have a slice of whatever was freshly made, it smells amazing" Alex nodded and cut a second piece then put it on a small plate with a fork. "One Cacen Brecwast freshly made." he nodded then sat it down infront of the girl. He looked over at the girl with the eye patch. It was sad really, humans focused on beauty and lust more than anything which was the cause of fake love. "A strawberry smoothie, please." Alex nodded and went into the back where he went to a small room which looked almost like a greenery. He walked over to a bed of small plants and located enough of the fruits to make a smoothie with. He picked them all quickly then took them back to the kitchen and put them in a large blender with some ice. He wasn't satisfied though. He quickly grabbed an apple and took one slice out of it then plopped it in happily. He smiled as the fruits were liquefied and make into a nice pink drink. He poured it into a tall glass then walked out putting a straw in it then putting it infront of the girl. "Stawberry smoothie gydag arlliw o afal." he said smiling.

He then turned his attention to the boy. He had been here the day before and Alex knew he would be a project. He seemed happy but he had closed his heart and wouldn't open it to anyone. He kept racking his brain for a possible math for him but it seemed almost fruitless for the time being. He continued on his cake but stood across from the boy. " Good to see you again." he said smiling then taking another bite of cake and a sip of his coffee.

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Arrow

Arrow had slept in his cat form again. It didn’t really bother him but sometimes the animal instinct to be lazy overwhelmed him. Still, he shook himself and streched out his muscles before jumping off his bed and landing on his feet as his normal self. Well, as normal as you can get with an angel. He blinked away the sleep from his eyes and dragged himself to the bathroom. After freshening up a bit he stepped out, freshly changed into his ever white Bakers outfit. His usual sunny smile adorned his face and his eyes sparkled in clarity that hadn’t been there just minutes ago.

Bounding out to the front of the café Arrow noticed Alex and three customers already sitting and in the “Singles” section no less. “Good day and welcome!” he said sunnily to all of them, throwing them a toothy grin in greeting. He turned then, specifically, to talk to Alex. “Will the regular batch do for today or do you want anything special done on the side?” he asked.

He made a mental list of every regular pastry they sold then another list of the ones he’d made last night and put to cool. He’d have to take those out in a few minutes, lest they get too cold and hard. They would be ready to put out in display and customers could pick from those while he baked the afternoon batch and then another night batch. He wondered momentarily if the chocolate was still rich and decided he’d check on that. Otherwise it would spoil and taste bitter and give awful stomachaches. His focus returned to Alex and he waited for his orders.

Farrah Nicolai

You have been cordially invited to the wedding of:
Violet Hilliard & Jean Nicolai
...
We hope to see you there in our most joyous celebration of love!


Farrah had read this for perhaps the hundredth time and it still didn’t quite feel real. Her brother, her geeky, lovable, dorky brother, was getting married. Finally after reading it one more time she let her eyes lower to the small message below written in her brother’s chicken scratch scrawl:

Can you believe it!?! :)


No. No, Farrah couldn’t believe it. She knew her brother had no idea about Gage, her mother’s ex-husband, but she couldn’t help feeling slightly betrayed. Her mother had given the invitation to her this morning and had been excited that her eldest son was finally settling down. She, on the other hand, wanted to give her brother a good shake and yell at him, Are you insane!?! What in the world are you thinking!? What drug are you on!?! She threw the card under the bed and quickly got dressed. For today she chooses her black antique dress. She puts on the matching old style lace up heeled boots and then gives herself a good look in the mirror. Her lips quirk and she ties the ribbon at her neck perfectly (from long hours of practice) to make the look more natural. Now she fully smiles, knowing she looks like a girl from a far off past when ladies weren’t supposed to show ankles. This will be her look today.

She hurries out with a “See you later!” to her mom and makes her way down her street. People are staring at her and giggling behind her back but Farrah doesn’t care. She loves to dress up and she isn’t ashamed to show it. Rounding the corner she stops in front of a small café. She’d been there yesterday, oddest thing happened… her wallet had disappeared. Next thing she knows it was still in her pocket. She gives the door a look, shrugs and bounds in walking straight for the “Singles” section. She hops onto the chair and gives a hello to every before turning to the owner of the place. “One coffee, black, really strong please.” She says, then mutters to herself, “I’m going to need it.”

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Zachary Conway
The Troubled


~I feel insane every single time I'm asked to compromise. Because I'm afraid and stuck in my ways and that's the way it staaaaaays! So how long did I expect love to outweigh ignorance? By that look on your face, I may have forced the scale to tiiiiip!!! I'm not insane, I'm not insane! I'm not insane, I'm not- not insane!~

"Huh?" Zachary looked up to see that someone had spoken to him, snapping him out of the 'zone' he had been in. He offered his signature warm smile followed by the pausing of his MP3 so that he could actually completely focus on the man. "Oh, hello....Alex?" he said the name with a question-like tone, as he wasn't sure if that was someone else's name or not. He didn't want to seem disrespectful by not being completely sure of the names and accidently calling someone by someone else's name. He ended up scratching the back of his neck before speaking any further. "It's good to see you too, and...." he frowned. "I'm sorry about yesterday. However, I have come to the conclusion that my wallet might double as a ninja. In any case, I made sure my wallet was with me today, so I will pay for yesterday's previous order,"

Zach wasn't one to leave debts unpaid or kind acts to go unrewarded. He wasn't really sure how to pay them back for being so kind. It actually made him feel even more welcome than he already felt here. In addition to that kindness, there was always--

"Good day and welcome!.....Will a regular batch do or for today or do you want anything special done on the side?"

If he remembered correctly, that was the baker. He had briefly come out yesterday, but Zach never caught his name. The employees seemed a bit too gay for their jobs, and Zach briefly rolled the thought of asking their pay for this job to see if that was the cause. This thought was then replaced by another. "Something special done to the side?" Zach repeated in his head. Were they making weed brownies? He had to admit, these people were a bit too kind for the possibility of drugs to be completely proposterous. However, he could tell this was genuine happiness, and nothing drug-induced, so the thought was merely his bored mind entertaining itself.

"I hope everything 'special' you plan on adding is legal," he said jokingly, a light laugh occuring just after. "I would also like to tell you that I am a fan of your work, sir. I might've teared up when my piece of cake from yesterday was gone," that actually might not have been a joke, as he took carrot cake seriously. His head instinctively turned towards the door as the little bell chimed, betraying someone's entrance into the establishment. She when she ordered a coffee, she seemed a bit too enthusiastic when she ordered. Tense, maybe? Something wrong? Well, he couldn't really know, but he could offer a smile, which was probably the best thing a stranger could do for someone else they didn't know.

"Hmm, if coffee is needed, then someone's not a morning person," he offered the same warm smile from before to her. Then, he paused, remembering something. "Oh yeah.... I would like the same as her, as well as a Dr.Pepper," he said, not breaking his streak. His streak happened to be how many times he could go to and order a Dr.Pepper, even if he had already ordered another drink and finish both. After the work out earlier, he was thirsty as a dog, even after drinking water.

So far, his streak was at 51

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Alex heard Arrow walk through happy as always. His name was fitting for the god of love hence his weapons being a bow which was kept in his room. “Will the regular batch do for today or do you want anything special done on the side?” Alex thought for a moment. "Regular for today but just incase make a few cakes with just a dash of Grá." he said then turned to Zachary. "Oh, hello....Alex? It's good to see you too, and... I'm sorry about yesterday. However, I have come to the conclusion that my wallet might double as a ninja. In any case, I made sure my wallet was with me today, so I will pay for yesterday's previous order." Alex smiled and shook his head. "No, no, no it's fine just pay for today's order and we'll be even." he then heard a girl walk in dressed in a nice dress. It was quite pretty in his opinion but she seemed stressed. “One coffee, black, really strong please.” Alex nodded then heard Zachary again. "Oh yeah.... I would like the same as her, as well as a Dr.Pepper." "Very well I'll be back with your drinks momentarily." he said then went in the back. He pulled out a glass and filled it with the strange drink. He didn't care for it but humans seemed to like it. He then poured black coffee into two mugs. He remebered the girl was feeling quite stressed so he decided to help. He opened up a vial from the cabinet and poured half in each. They still looked as black and would taste as so but they would feel elated beyond belief.

He emerged from the back and placed the drinks infront of the boy then put the other black coffee infront of the girl. "Drink up." he said then heard a crash which almost made him jump. The girl with the eyepatch slammed her phone onto the counter. "Sorry" came out of her mouth and Alex shook his head. "It is fine" he said then heard a boy enter. "Bonjour" he said then Alex nodded and began to speak. "Bonjour, mon ami ce que tu veux? " he said in fluent French. He spoke every language for his philosophy. "Love is an international language."

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Aria Christiansen
~The Nerd~


Aria smiled as the owner set the cake before her "One Cacen Brecwast freshly made"
"Thank you" she said softly, and opened her book. It was only moments later that another man came through the doors and sat in the singles section. She could hear the music pounding in his ears and she identified the basic rhythm as Avenged Sevenfold though she didn't really know many of their songs. It was interesting to watch the man and the owner interact. 'So he's been here before' she thought, seemingly entranced by their conversation.

A petite girl came walking in a few minutes later and sat near Aria. "A strawberry smoothie please' she heard the girl say. Aria raised an eyebrow. "May I have what she's having as well? That looks delicious" she said very quietly, almost as though if she said it louder she'd break the beautiful ambiance. Her attention was pulled again by another, what she could only assume, staff member. "Good day and welcome!" Aria smirked at his obvious cheerfulness. 'What do they feed their employees...?' she thought.

Aria picked up her book again and started reading, getting lost in her book once more. She barely heard the next woman come in, something about a strong black coffee, but Aria wasn't paying attention. The only reason she looked up again was because the girl drinking the smoothie slammed her phone on the counter, but even that didn't distract her for long. She plunged back into the pages of her book. She didn't notice at all when the french man came in...at least not until Alex spoke in french. It was beautifully said. ' Je parle français aussi!' she thought, but she didn't dare say anything.

She was staring at Alex as she put her book down and knocked her smoothie over onto her cake and her book. "Crap" she said under her breath. She pulled off her zip up sweater and started wiping her book off. The smoothie was seeping into its pages and she mentally cursed at herself.

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Zachary smiled, thanking Alex as he set the drinks before him. The only time he really raised his head from the drink after beginning on it was when some woman had slammed her phone on the table, probably frusterated with something or other. While he didn't really like the feeling of a person in anger, he couldn't personally do anything about it, and it seemed some foreign man had taken the opportunity to spark a conversation with her, so he went back down to his coffee, which tasted just as he expected it to.

Little did he know, a grin had slowly begun forming on his face, and his body felt light. He didn't remember coffee doing that to him, but now he was feeling really enthusiastic about life and stuff he wasn't even sure of. He felt... happy, and he knew not why in the least. The effect of the spiked coffee probably came full force much quicker than it shoud have, due to Zach nearly chugging the coffee, ignoring the heat of it and downing it in less than a minute.

The smile he had stayed on, unrelenting in its assualt on the world with its warmth and on top of that, he was confused. Was he high? No... he didn't eat a brownie, if he recalled accurately. In any case, he had no clue why he felt like he was in love with life. Being in love in anything was an impossibility since his parents passed not too long after he broke up with his girlfriend.

His gaze was directed towards the entrance as a stunningly beautiful (and probably wealthy) girl entered the place, the bell once again betraying someone's arrival. He instantly locked on her, whether it was because she just hit that 'mark' in her looks that attracted him, or because he was more or less bored and extremely happy for whatever reason. Zach was no fashionista, nor did he follow trends, but the clothes she wore stuck out like a sore thumb, and he could tell they weren't any five-dollar Wal-Mart clothes.... he hesitantly looked down at himself and away from her with disappointed eyes and sighed. Well, they were on sale.....

Of course, his eyes went right back up, still trying to gauge this person. If the clothes didn't announce her wealth, the way she held herself did. It didn't take a genius to see she put a bit more care and grace into each step and each body movement that normal people just didn't do. He wondered if that took more energy to walk and do stuff or not and then threw that pointless thought away as he followed her with his eyes until she sat down, where he slowly started pulling them off of her, regretfully.

Damn it!

He caught himself checking her out. Only guys who were interested in a relationship should do such a thing, and he was not one of those guys. Besides, she was out of his league, even if he was in the game. He did this quite often really. For someone who has a fear of relationships, he might seem to be quite interested from a bit aways, but that was just... the man in him. He'd one day probably end up blaming it on a girl as a joke and saying it was her fault for being beautiful. However, he failed to realize that was a compliment that made it look like he was interested and it might make things worse than better.

In truth, he had actually done this with each and every girl that got here, just the smaller, petite girl caught his eye moreso than the rest. He sighed, looking down at his full cup of DP with an uneasy expression. He 'felt' happy, but he wasn't and no drug could fully change that for too long, especially when he's always busy scolding himself for looking at girls. For one so troubled with trust as he, he sure put on a show, didn't he? Pulling out chairs for girls, opening the doors for them, complimenting them naturally.... it might shock people to find out he doesn't date... at least not yet.

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Alex


Alex laughed slightly as Zachary watched the girl. "Cariad never fails" he said in his head. He waited until the boy was done staring and he smiled at him. "That's Amore. Feels nice doesn't it? Your heart really does want love even though she broke your heart that doesn't mean every girl is like that. Besides that was almost two years ago you need to forget her and focus on the present. " he said then winked and picked up the coffee cup and pulled out a rag and started to wipe it off a bit.

He finished then put it back in the sink behind the door then went over to the girl. "Hello miss what can I get ya today." he said happily thinking that she and Zachary could possibly make a nice little 'Lady and the Tramp' couple. She was the rich girl and he was the troubled teen, it would work out swimmingly as long as She didn't get involved in his first making.

Drake


Drake walked around town quietly checking the address of the new café he had picked out for him and his girlfriend to meet. He didn't want to make her mad and he sighed as he made it too the door and smiled as he entered the building. It was refreshing and he didn't make light work of scanning the people sitting already. He saw there were tons of people sitting at the singles counter and he thought since he was meeting his girl friend anyways he would go ahead and sit down in a couples booth. He then took his seat away from the other people and the entrance trying to make himself unseen.

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((So I guess Alex will know all the back stories of the people who come into the cafe right? He's going to have a fun time getting Gwen out of the arranged marriage bit she's in. lol.))

Gwen could feel stares before seeing them. This wasn't a big surprise for it happened everywhere she went. It was unsettling though because she never sought the spotlight, nor did she want it. It really frustrated her. She knew that some would say she had a model's body, but in truth she saw herself too skinny and too pale to be considered a beauty. She secretly envied women who had curses and didn't look like a waif like she did. It didn't matter that her mother was always telling her to be proud of who she was and where she came from. The thing was, how could Gwen be proud of herself when she was someone whom others wanted her to be? She didn't know herself at all and it was pathetic that she didn't have the courage to speak up for what she wanted.

At the moment she was looking at the menu and didn't look to be self-absorb at all. She did feel eyes of the guy nearby looking at her. She was tempted to look back but the waiter came up to her in time to distract her. Smiling cordially, Gwen started to order.

"Tea please, chai if you have it. Oh, and make it hot too. Also I'd love to have your pastry of the day please and a small bowl of fruit. Thank you sir."

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"That's Amore. Feels nice doesn't it? Your heart really does want love even though she broke your heart, but that doesn't mean every girl is like that. Besides that was almost two years ago. You need to forget her and focus on the present. "

"!"

Zach's eyes widened to the point where one would think he was trying to look through his glass and beyond. Obviously, his main thought was: How did that man know about his past? Zach, besides yesterday, had never seen this guy before, he was sure of it. Definetly. There wasn't any way this man should've known that, and there was absolutely no way he should've known something that had never been said aloud. That was so personal.... was this guy real?

Zach's head moved up to look at the girl again and not Alex. What was it about her that attracted him? Her beauty? Well... yeah, but that wasn't quite it... there was more meaning behind it. Was the saying "opposites attract" in the works here? Possibly, I mean look at her: Wealthy, serious, mature.... all those things Zach never was...

He shook his head. This was stupid. He's seen the girl for a total of two minutes, hadn't spoken and she's probably only interested in someone who is worth her time, unlike him. And even after those words from Alex... he still wasn't going to just trust people. Negative factors were all apparent here. For one, the obvious difference in social standing was terribly there, seperating them like a physical wall. Two, who said Zach even had feelings for someone he hadn't spoke to? He just... she was interesting! It wasn't anything like that at all, he just was bored or something, yeah!

Not to mention that even if he had, wealthy women had never been too kind to him. "Worthless", "Lower Tier", "Filth"... All these words had been used against Zach multiple times, and all he did was try to help them in one way or another. He felt unhappy that not only was his efforts going unappreciated, but he was being insulted just because he was born with less money. What if this girl was like that?

No... something about her seemed... 'off'. Whatever it was beyond him.

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After placing her order, Gwen finally turned to look at the guy who couldn't seem to quit looking at her. He was dashing to say the least. He seemed to be a bit distracted by something too. Judging by his clothes, Gwen believed he wasn't upper class like her. She knew that whenever she encountered those of the lower and even middle class they always seemed to be uncomfortable around people like her. Couldn't blame them. Majority of those in her own 'circle' at school casted their nose up at those they deemed 'unfitting' to be in range of them and that included those who were of 'lower classes'. Gwen didn't feel that way about those kinds of people. If anything she wished she was lower class so she didn't have the pressures she had now. And she doubted she would have been involved in an arrange marriage too.

Not wanting to think about such things, Gwen cleared her thoughts and decided to greet the young man.

"Good morning, how are how your today?" she asked in a polite and kind tone.

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"Good morning, how are you today?"

Zach was so busy in his thoughts that he failed to notice that the girl had faced him and nearly jumped when she spoke to him. The only thing he could actually think about after he recovered was that he must've been wrong to assume she was that kind of rich girl. It made him happy that he at least had one wealthy person not show instant signs of disrespect and disgust.

He offered a warm smile and decided to speak up before she assumed he was a mute or something. "Yes, it is a very fine morning indeed," he said. "...and I am doing wonderful," he matched the tone set by her. Then again, he had no problem doing so as he kept this tone constant throughout his days. "Is this your first time coming out here, miss? Oh, and I'm Zachary," he introduced himself before extended his arm to her politely.

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((Lol, don't mean extend hand? lol))

Gwen almost giggled when she saw the raven haired young man flitch. It was a good thing she didn't for she was raised never to laugh at someone when it wasn't appropriate, like now. After all, she was the one who probably interrupted him. He must of had a lot on his mind. He recovered quickly though and introduced himself. Nodding in compliance, Gwen placed her hand in his and felt something warm go up her arm. She was a bit caught off guard and her usual calm veneer faltered a bit when her eyes widen slightly. The feeling only lasted an instant and the pale young lady dismissed it as a figment of her imagination.

"It's nice to meet you Zachary. My name is Gwendolyn, but you can call me Gwen." she replied.

Since he didn't say his last name, she decided not to say hers as well. It was a bit of a relief that she didn't have to because she figured once he knew her last name, he might treat her differently. The Mayberry name was famous in this city just like the Hiltons were in Hollywood. The first Mayberry hotel was built her over a century ago and became a chain of hotels before her grandfather had made them resort hotels. It was said he made a gamble in doing this, but it elevated their family status and Gwen was now considered a trust-fund baby for her grandfather made trust funds for all his grandchildren. She wished she could have known him, but he had died shortly after she was born and her father took over as CEO.

When her food and drink arrived, Gwen the nodded to the waiter, but kept her attention back on Zachary.

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((No! He politely punched her, duh! XD))

Zach had to resist the urge to raise an eyebrow as something about her almost flawless facial expression seemed to change ever so slightly for a split second, before disappearing as she regained her composure. He noticed her grip wasn't too firm and in fact, it was delicate, like a flower. Her hands seemed to be like a baby's in comparison to Zach's, whose hands were of a decent size.

After they finished shaking, Zach smiled as she introduced herself as Gwen. That sound vaguely familiar for some reason, but he couldn't place it so he didn't bother with annoying himself, trying to figure it out. Gwen seemed very nice, something he was still greatly relieved about and it, his face showed some signs of the drug or whatever still making him project that warm smile.

"Gwendolyn? That's a very beautiful name," Zach complimented. It was actually because he did like that name. That and "Jeanette" seemed to just ring right in his ears. "So what brings you to this little cafe, Gwen? Judging by what you are wearing and even how you stand and talk, I can tell you probably must be better off than I," he remarked. His smile didn't faulter nor did his tone as he said that. It wasn't like he was one to be jealous.

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After Zach released her hand, Gwen took the time to take a sip of her tea. It was delicious and to her surprise, better than the tea served at home. It gave her a funny feeling inside and was indescribable really. Trying to not be distracted though, she turned to her companion and blushed a little at his compliment. It was pretty evident too, considered how pale she was.

"Thank you. I was named after my maternal grandmother, who was Welsh. I am said to have favor her physically." she replied.

Her mother was a blonde too, but had honey gold hair like her grandfather. Gwen's father had dark brown hair. Looking at Zach, she couldn't help but think he was a pretty handsome young man. Not wanting think about it much more though, she decided to answer his question.

"I was told this was a good place to come to and it's close my school. And I guess when you say 'better off', I guess you mean financially hmm? To answer your question than, yes my family well off."

What she didn't tell him was that as far as other factors went, her life felt fake internally. Overall, she did not think she was 'better off'.

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"Well, it doesn't have to be financially..." he said. "...Do you happen to have a career in modeling?" he asked rhetorically. Even if she said yes and meant it, he wouldn't be too surprised. She was pretty cute and all and he was honestly forbidden to speak to a girl without truthfully complementing her at least once. Had he not, his mother would've turned in her grave. "

He smiled before raising an eyebrow to one of her last statements. School? Near here? Zach's own school was the closest one to here, and unless their definetion of 'close' varied, he figured she might actually be in the school as her. Odd that he never caught that, but then again, he never really talked to anyone unless they started conversation, so it's safe to say that he wouldn't be surprised if she was in his same class. Well, maybe a bit.

"So you said you went to a school around here? Unless it is a private school, I might see you there," the thought of that didn't sound too bad in his head. Really, not bad at all actually. "Anyways, I'm glad to see you grew up good," he sighed, but kept a smile on his face. "I've seen one too many wealthier people who believe that money makes a person better,"

After he spoke, his hand remembered his Dr.Pepper and he began sipping on it, enjoying each and ever bit of it. It was like a party in his mouth and he was invited. Or something like that. All he knew is that it tasted great and he didn't want it to ever end ever. He kept his eyes on her face, still watching her beauty radiate from her immensely.

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Now Gwen looked surprised when Zach asked her if she was a model. She covered it up by giggling a little.

"Sorry, I wasn't expecting that kind of question. No I don't model, nor do I plan on it." she said simply.

It was true, she never considered it. Besides, even if she wasn't betrothed to someone, her parents would never approve.

"I go to Milton Academy. Is that where you go?" she asked.

The school was a public school and one of the biggest in the city. It was easy not to know everyone there.

((For for the short post, I am on limited time this morning.))

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Alex was finally about to sit down. He sighed a relief then decided to get himself another cup of coffee. He started to pour when he heard a chirp. He looked at the counter to see a small cake hoping on the counter. It was BonBon his pet. He had changed from his usual look to the current form of a small vanilla cherry soufflé. The pastry hopped onto Alex's shoulder and licked him as if he was a small dog. "Good to see you too " he said then rubbed the cherry on his head.

Alex finished pouring the cup then went back out after putting his pet on a small dish. He took him out and sat him on the counter his face around. The cake then kept chirping wanting to talk to his master. Alex smiled at him then looked over at the couple. The first of many to be made here.

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Zach beamed a smile at her. "Yes it is," he answered. "I've got to start paying attention to who goes there, don't I?" he might've felt a little embarasssed that he never saw her before, though then again the school was pretty big, and she didn't see him either, so they were even. He did however, wonder why she didn't go to a private school or something. If her parents were wealthy people, then usually they'd send them to the best school where all the rich kids frolic in their own, natural habitat, undisturbed by the lower or middle class. Well, it wasn't like he was unhappy.

"I might have to keep a lookout for you in school," he chuckled lightly. He realized she might be with the more popular groups, but that didn't matter to him. She was nice, wasn't she? He'd like to think so... but then again, her friends might act mean to her if they were the kind of rich girls Zach had originally thought she was and he approached her. "Well, probably not... I wouldn't want to cause you any unneeded trouble." he finally said.

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Gwen wondered why he wanted to pay attention more to who attended the school. Even she didn't know who all went there. The reason why she wasn't in a private school was because her father was one of the main benefactors and creators of the school. He believed that in order to run a successful business and work within one, a person must learn to cooperate with others. The lower class folk were just as important than those of the upperclass when it came to creating a successful business, especially one built on customer service. Of course, that was the extent of his generosity. He didn't make a practice of mingling with the lower classes unless it was necessary. Unlike some of his colleagues at least, her father didn't look down upon the lower classes.

When Zach finished his last sentence, Gwen felt bad. The only reason why she did 'hang out' with the other "Elites" in the school was because of what her parents said. These people were to be her colleagues and it was a necessary evil to interact with those like them. There were a few that were like her but she didn't see them often enough for they were usually the Presidents or Heads of the school organizations at school.

"Well, we can still talk here at least. I wouldn't want you to be around those you're uncomfortable with." she said honestly.

There was something about him that made her feel at ease. Or it could be the food and drink she was having.

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"Me? Uncomfortable? Please!" he laughed, though his gaze found itself on the 'couples' sign as he did so. He ended up pulling it back down to Gwen after a slight delay. Zach couldn't help but feel slightly jealous of those people who found the right person. He longed to be able to do so, but he did have a pretty big fear of being betrayed like that again, and that prevented him from ever trying again. Was he stupid? Possibly... he gave love only once to work and it didn't, but he couldn't really bring himself to trust again.

He sighed and grinned with happiness. "I wouldn't mind coming here more often," he said. "It's pretty calm and welcoming in here," looking over to the others in the singles section, he adjusted that statement. "Well, at least it normally is. Was yesterday," it had to just be the people here, he thought. Slamming phones, spontanious sleeping.... not the most peaceful things to occur, but still. As his mind dragged through events, he found himself back on the "How the fuck did that guy even know about my past and should I feel violated or something? Is he a mindrapist?".

The smile he had disappeared as he began trying to peg the possibility of him knowing Alex prior. There wasn't. Not only did he know what had happened, he knew exactly what Zach had felt. There's no explaination to this. Sure, someone who knew Zach from before could've possibly told Alex about what happened, but not how he felt. He never did have any friends that were close enough for Zach to open up to, save for his parents, which were now deceased, regretfully. As nice as Zach is, he finds himself without 'real' friends. He's that guy everyone tends to like, but he doesn't ever pursue meaningful relationships with a girl, nor does he find himself making best friends with anyone at school. Maybe he's still in caught up in mom and dad's death. He was close to them, and the two-hit combo of losing a girlfriend and then his parents shortly after might've cause him to be more untrusting than he had originally thought.

Now that he realized this, he was going to change it. Starting now! He was going to make Gwen a real friend, if she'd have him. Nothing romantic of course but... she was definetly someone he wouldn't mind being around more than others.

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Nicky sat outside of the little shop."I wonder how Alex is doing. Maybe he got some suckers to fall for each other already." She opened the door and looked around there was different sections. She knew Singles is where Alex was probably working his magic. She walked into the single section she saw a couple people chatting and some alone. She saw a odd red head run out. She shrugged and looked for a couple that she could interrupt and hopefully kill the mood. Nothing kills love more than a third wheel! She mostly hopped that Alex wouldn't kick her out right away. She started to pick out the couples. She saw a french boy and a girl with a eye patch "To easy."

She saw a Rich girl, with a hmm how to explain this boy. He is definitely not normal but who is. He seems like a nice guy but those are the worst. She has been doing some research on the town she herd of the rich girl before. The Mayberry's! That's where she herd that. Nicky loved the Mayberry's they didn't care about love they were far to greedy! But this girl was different she seemed to be enjoying this boy's company dang Alex must of got to them. "Well time to jump in." She grabbed a chair and brought it over by the other two. "Hey there I'm Nicky. Nice to meet the both of ya" She looked right at the Mayberry girl. "You a Mayberry right? I love your family. Marrying right out of high school that's the way to go. Who needs love money is the thing you need!" Nicky looked over at the boy. "What's up with you? It's like your..." She didn't finish her thought. A tall very angry looking guy walked in. Alex came out and looked around she hid quickly but then she stood out of her seat. "Hey big guy come over here and join us!" She sat back down and looked at the other two. "Well three is a crowed lets make it a party with four."

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Nathan didn't know if it was the owner or an employee, what he could say with certainty was that the service is excellent, without any questions or anything the young man brought him a cup of his favorite beverage, Flat White, the microfoam poured on the espresso gave it a smooth texture that the boy loved.

Decided to look around, there was a girl with a hat that apparently entered the cafe shortly before him since the young owner served her something about the same time, Nathan realized that her drink was different, but chose to ignore the doubts and continued enjoy his drink, even though it was the singles section for some reason some people were in pairs, from a nearby table a strange-looking girl, Nathan had no other way to describe her, called him.

"Hey big guy come over here and join us!" She sat back down and looked at the other two. "Well three is a crowed lets make it a party with four."

His expression hardened, the boy had trouble dealing with only a person and the girl that calling him was with two others a boy and a girl, no, that was much more than he could handle, Nathan looked her for a moment and turned back to his drink, he wasn't ready for something more than one to one interaction.

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((HAHAHA!!! Chizzura, that's plain evil! I love it! lol.))

Gwen

Gwen looked at Zach with concerned for it looked like he had a lot on his mind. Unfortunately before she could say anything, another girl with different colored hair popped in unannounced and started jabbering away. Gwen felt her back stiffen up and she looked down at her plate. Oh just great! How did Gossip Girl here find out about her betrothal? It was only known about the two families and that was it. She glanced at Zach and could feel a sudden panic coming on. What must he think of her now? Feeling overwhelmed for some reason, she suddenly wanted to leave. Not even bothering to finish her breakfast, she grabbed her purse and started looking for her wallet, only to find it missing. Oh great! Now what was she to do? Now she really was about to have a panic attack. Gwen didn't know what was wrong with herself either. She rarely felt this emotional. Getting up, she walked up to the waiter that served her.

"Pardon me, but I can't seem to find my wallet. I am sorry, is there anything I can do about it?" she asked.

Anyone looking at her now would see that she was about to crack.

Trixie

Trixie knew she was running late to meet her boyfriend at this new cafe, but then again, she was always running late when it came to everyday stuff. She was riding riding in a limo. Soon though she'd be able to drive, something she couldn't wait to do. She had just finished a tour and was now on some downtime. She wanted to take a year off and wanted to go back to school for a bit because as much as she loved all the fame and fortune she got, she missed her old friends in this town. It was funny how life turned out. Now she was on top of the world! Trixie O'Conner was in a modern day fairy! She was loved everywhere she went and she also had fallen for a sweet and hot guy, Drake! Couldn't life get anymore better.

"Miss, we're here." said her driver, Donald.

"Thanks Donald!!! I'll call you when I am ready to go!" she smiled before getting out of the limo, and was quickly followed by her bodyguard, who was a big brute named Sasha.

He was originally from Ukraine and while he looked tough and mean, he was actually a nice guy. Trixie got him when she started getting stalkers. Also when Trixie got out of the limo, another car had pulled up behind it and several photographers started taking pictures of her. The pop star smiled and waved at them before going into the cafe. She used the paparazzi to her advantage and loved every minute of it. She would merely laugh at the stories they came up about her.

When Trixie came into the cafe, she looked around before seeing Drake in the Couples' section. Beaming, she skipped over to him.

"Good morning Drake! Sorry I am late!" she said before leaning down, wrapping her arms around his next, and giving him a quick kiss on the lips.

She than sat down. Sasha merely stood next to where she was sitting, eyeing everyone in the cafe.

"This place looks so kawaii Drake! It smells divine too! Have you ordered anything yet?" she rambled on.