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Jayce Nox

"Every tattoo I do has a meaning. To you and to me."

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a character in “Midnight Ink”, as played by TristisNox

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GENERAL INFO
Full Name:
Jayce 'Howling Wolf' Nox
Preferred Name:
Jay, Jayce, Kiyiya
Ethnicity:
Native American/European
Birth Date:
2/22
Age:
27
Sexuality:
Bisexual

APPEARANCE
Height:
6'0"
Distinguishing Marks: optional (scars/tattoos/piercings)
Sleeve up his left arm that spills a little over to his back and chest, Howling wolf on his right shoulder blade. A few scars scattering his body

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Jayce wears his hair to about his chin until he becomes annoyed with it and will cut it shorter, leaving it a little longer on top. Overall he has a very easy going style when he's at work. He always wears jeans, boots (because he must, he really doesn't like shoes), and a tank top of some sort. Unless it's really cold inside, he hates wearing sleeves and jackets (his body temperature runs warm). If there is a more formal event, he will wear a suit and tie but he only has one so expect to see the same one time and again. When he visits his mother, he will wear more traditional Native American attire to different events.
He always wears his bone bracelet his grandmother made for him when he left the reservation for good and a bear claw on a leather string from his first hunt.

PERSONALITY

To hide all his insecurities and the feeling of loneliness, Jayce is overly friendly. He meets all sorts of interesting new people where ever he goes and except for the peers from his past, people tend to like him. He has no problem walking up to someone in the park and commenting on what they are wearing/doing or starting a conversation while waiting in line. He can be found talking someone's ear off as he masterfully tattoos. He's a real charmer and is often asked out on dates, although more often than not he politely declines because he's a professional. His friendliness started off as a mask, but has evolved to being who he is.
Although he never really had many friends as he grew up, those who he did befriend still hold his loyalty today. He dislikes those who cheat and lie, having seen his father do it time and again. To this reason, Jayce is honest (at some points being too blunt) and would never betray those he sees as friends. He would do anything for those he holds dear even if it means carrying dark secrets.
Jayce although talented and friendly, has a bit of a problem day dreaming. If there is ever a lull or the atmosphere isn't very stimulating, he will often space. His mind wanders to brilliant ideas and most of his artwork (both tattoos and doodles) come from dreaming. You can often find him with a pad and pencil so he can draw out his ideas no matter where he is. His chaotic room and satchel is littered with drawings that he has done while alone with his thoughts.
One of Jayce's downfalls (although he does not see it that way) is his chaotic organization. His room and anything his really is usually a mess even though he knows where everything is. He was often yelled at as a child, and sometimes punished by his father, for the state of his room that was rarely 'clean.' To this day, it is virtually impossible to walk across his bedroom floor without stepping or bumping into something.

Role:
Tribal Tattoo artist
Skills:
Tattooing, drawing, archery
Art Type:
Tribal
HISTORY
Relationship Status:
Single at the moment
Family and Friends:
His father died when he was twelve from a mixture of drugs and alcohol. His mother moved the small family back to the reservation she was from so he could grow up around people that actually cared for him. His maternal grandmother recently died, but his grandfather still lives. He never met his paternal grandparents.
He's friends with everyone from work and has quite a few close people from the res that he still talks to.
Known Languages:
English and Native American

Jayce's childhood wasn't a great one. He was born in Northern California, but due to his father's drug and alcohol problems his family moved around a lot. He was made fun of often for the fact that he did not look Native American; he was often called a liar. When at home his parents fought and he watched as his father's anger escalated until he started hitting his wife. Jayce tried to fight him the first time and only ended up bruised. From then on he tried to protect his mother from his father's brutality, but could only do so much.
Three days after his 12th birthday, his father OD on crack and drowned in his own drunken vomit. He and his mother moved to the reservation his mother grew up on and lived there until he was 19. That year he decided to enter college to become a tattoo artist and excelled at tribal art. After he graduated in the top 5% of his class, Jayce bounced around finding no place to call home. He lived with his mother for a while then moved to a large city, then a smaller one, then another, and another... Nowhere seemed to fit. One and a half years ago he walked into Midnight Ink and fell in love. The people were unique, entertaining, and had talent that amazed him. He hasn't left the place since and enjoys every moment.
In his tribe he is called Kiyiya or Howling Wolf. He was given the name when he became a man in his tribe. A wolf howls at the moon to call for his brothers and sisters; his pack. When the wolf is lost he howl for his pack. He howls to mark what is his. He howls to know he is not alone. As the wolf howls for others for acceptance, so does Jayce. The tribe leader told him that he is always welcome in the tribe for they are his family, but something is missing and until he finds it he is like the howling wolf. He will continue to lament his loneliness until he finds what he is looking for. It took Jayce about a decade to finally hear a returned howl.

He has a harlequin great Dane named Roanoke that he takes with him almost everywhere and a stray cat that he feeds because how can you not help those adorable green eyes?


So begins...

Jayce Nox's Story

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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"Roanoke." Jay grumbled, turning to bury his head into his pillow instead of being slobbered on by his great dane. Of course his trusty companion didn't give up and finally dropped on top of him. "Alright, alright I'm up you big goof." He laughed, as he shoved his companion off him. He stretched, got up, used the bathroom, and headed into the kitchen to food for both himself and Roanoke. As he munched on a giant stuffed omelette, hash browns, and some fruit, Jay looked through his sketch book. Four of the drawing had purpose (they were for customers that would be coming in throughout the week), while other's were his 'I'm so fucking bored I need to be productive without actually being productive' sketches.
He placed down his book to find Roanoke staring at him. "What? You want to go for a run?" His friend started spazzing at the prospect of going outside. "Come on, what are you waiting for?" The dog bolted for the door as Jay quickly changed into a pair of basketball shorts, A Day to Remember loose fitting tank, and his boots. He pulled back his chin length hair and headed out the door for the run he always went on. The pair ran all over the place before winding up at a local cafe that they always visited. After picking up some food, they headed to work that surprisingly had Jake already inside.
"Heyo." He greeted his friends while heading to the rest room to change into jeans and another tank. Once finished, he walked behind the counter where Roanoke laid chewing on a toy that was left behind the last time he was there. Since no customers had arrived yet, Jay continued on his sketches.

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Sienna was not having a great day thus far.

"Ryder, let me go," Sienna snapped, trying to free her left wrist from his tight grasp. Reflexively, his grip tightened and she winced. They stood beside her car and he refused to allow her to leave. It was the first time that he brought his insistence on the continuation of their relationship to her work place. The last place she needed her drama to be brought to.

"Not until you stop fakin' on me," he replied, looming over her diminutive frame with his gigantic one. At least, it always felt like he was a giant when he was in these moods. She pushed at his chest at another futile attempt for him to leave her alone and he grasped her other wrist, causing Sienna to drop her bag. "I don't even know why you work here. I already told you to stop working with these crack heads." Sienna narrowed her eyes and tried to pull herself from his hold to no avail.

"Do not bring them into this." Her tone had turned testy even as she attempted to keep it quiet. She didn't want the others, if they were in, to hear this. The last thing she needed was one more person to insert themselves into this issue. Her sister already was pissed with her for not getting the cops involved at this point. "I like them, and that's all you need to be worried about. Go shoot up some joint with Davon or something." Ryder narrowed his eyes at that and squeezed her wrists more, wrenching a small cry from the girl.

"Don't push me, Sia."

"Just let me go! You're hurting...me!" With that cry, Sienna gave one good shove, which managed to knock Ryder off his kilter. He released her in surprise and took a few steps back and Sienna pulled into herself, rubbing at the sore skin of her wrists. Knowing her, they would bruise quite easily and she wasn't wearing enough bracelets to cover both. As if suddenly realizing that he had been too rough, Ryder's eyes widened and his entire stance went from intimidating and angry to apologetic and sorrowful.

"Whoa, I'm sorry, babe," he said in a much gentler tone and took one step towards her. Instinctively, Sienna backed up until her back touched her car. She was still gripping her wrist to her chest. Neither spoke for a minute and she looked anywhere else but at him. She heard a sigh from him and when she glanced at Ryder, his hands were shoved deep in his pockets. "Look, I'll just call you later and check on you, alright? You gotta stop avoiding me, ok?" Sienna didn't say anything when he approached her and nearly jumped out of her skin when his arms went around her waist.

At one point, these arms had been comforting. She used to be able to actually relax here; cuddle after homework and classes and just forget that she'd have to start the entire process all over again. But then...Ryder...changed and suddenly, the same hands she felt safe in scared her. He had never hit her, but moments like these made it near impossible for her to not to believe a situation like that implausible.

"We good?" He muttered that into her hairline, pressing them tightly together. A moment of tenderness that should have been comforting was more suffocating and Sienna wanted nothing more than to be as far away from him as she could. So, she nodded obediently.

"Yeah, ok. We're good," she replied, voice despondent and eyes no longer focusing on him. She didn't move until Ryder had already walked off and wandered around the corner. Finally, taking a breath, Sienna fixed her somewhat rumpled clothes, raked a shaky hand through her hair, grabbed her bag, and finished locking her car. When she made it inside, she flashed a brilliant smile at her friends and co-workers present, "Hey, guys! Wassup?"

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Mason Caspar Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Mason jolts awake to the blaring sound of his phone going off. With a groan he searches for the offending object on his night stand. He checks the time and notices that he's slept through two alarms and three phone calls. Great... He groggily gets out of bed and goes about his usually morning routine, only rushing a little bit. He's sure he won't be late but doesn't feel like making it a possibility. Halfway through filling up his second cup of coffee his phone starts ringing again. He considers not answering, feeling as if its too early to make the effort in holding any sort of conversation, but ultimately decides it must be something important.

"Hello?" He answers.

"Mason! Hey, I've been trying to get a hold of you forever," Mason winces a little as Jessie's high pitched voice comes through the speaker. He sets his coffee aside and moves to his living room to gather up his keys and wallet. "What could you possibly need that has you calling me this early in the morning?" Mason knew one day his lenient nature towards her would bite him, and he wonders if today is going to be that day.

"Well....You see mom's been really, really busy." She pauses, as if waiting for him to fill in the blanks. Mason doesn't, allowing her to struggle with what she's trying to ask. He already knows where this is going, but he isn't going to make anything easy for her. Instead he busies himself with putting Binx into her kennel and making sure his front door is locked before heading out. "I'm heading into work so if you're trying to ask something you better do it now." He stresses, prompting her to get over whatever it is that's stopping her from asking.

"I just...Can I crash at your place for a while, just while moms gone?"

Mason can hear her make a noise of annoyance on the other end of the line. He bypasses his car, deciding that since he isn't so far from the shop anyways it'll be easier just to walk there instead of taking the risk of losing his prime parking spot. Sure he'll get there a little bit later than he would if he were to take his car, but he figures a little exercise won't do any harm.

"She's always gone, and I can't take you to school you know, you can't skip either so don't even try that with me."

"Well damn, there goes that plan," She mumbles in a sarcastic tone, "I'm not stupid you know, I can get myself there."

"You better have bus money because you aren't taking my car." He answers her, and he knows just by his answer that he's already lost and given her the go ahead. "Speaking of, shouldn't you be in school right now?" He asks, a warning tone in his voice. The other side of the line goes silent, before Jessie starts fake coughing.

"I'm sick," She answers, meekly.

"Uh huh." He answers, completely disbelieving, "You have a key, I'm almost at work now I'll talk to you later."

"Okay, talk to you later."

Mason sighs and pockets his phone.





Truthfully he wasn't almost at work yet, but the physical act of staying on the line with her that long was already giving him a head ache. Besides he didn't want to get anymore stressed out before going into work. Mason stops off at the closest gas station first so he can grab another cup of coffee, finding it hard to function without it, before finding himself finally at work.

He notices when he walks in that he is indeed the last to arrive, even Jake was already there. Mason wasn't ever earlier than needed but he had never been the last to show up before. "You know it would probably be a good idea to advertise that we are open," He tells the others, deadpan. He looks pointedly towards Jake but notices that he is still in his pajamas, which pretty much explains why he didn't already open. Mason sighs, finishes off his final cup of coffee and goes to open up.

"How is everyone?" He asks distantly, not particularly sounding concerned but all the same asking.

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Mason Caspar Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Jay couldn't help but chuckle as he remembered Jake's face when Roanoke passed by. Honestly, he's known the dog since it was a pup, you'd think he'd be okay with Jay's constant companion. But alas, Jay's friend still is uncomfortable with Raonoke. Oh well. He watched as the rest of the merry band arrived. Sienna arrived next with a cheerful smile that hid her true feelings. Jay could point out those smiles on basically anyone. He was the king of the 'I'm okay smile' when he was growing up. He had to convice other somehow that his family wasn't fucked up so a fake happy smile it was. Over the years that smile turned real, but he could still pick them out from a crowd. But he decided against saying anything. If Sienna didn't want to talk about it, then he wouldn't push her. It probably had to do with her boyfriend. Met him once or twice and was never a fan. Roanoke tended to stay clear of the guy so yeah, not a fan.
Last to arrivewas Mason. He commented about the sign not being flipped which caused Jay to chuckle. Probably would have taken them a while to figure out why the place wasn't getting customers if it wasn't for Mason. Then again one of the girls probably would have noticed and commented about how none had noticed.
He watched as Jake slid over to Maggie, grab his cup, and greeted, "Morning everyone!" Jay greeted back, his left hand doodling as he rested his chin in his right palm. "What's the agenda for the day?" His question had become almost ritualistic at this point. Never was there ever a repeat day at Midnight Ink.

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Mason Caspar Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Maggie was awing at Jake's exquisite art work when his sister, Julia came in -radiated as ever- with a, "Good morning!" To Maggie, and a, "your cats left me dead mice because you didn't feed them, you irresponsible boy." To Jake. Maggie was shocked to hear that Jake still carried his cats around. She knew that he still would be, but she didn't really want to admit to it. At that moment Jayce came in, followed by his dog, Roanoke . "Heyo." he said, though Maggie paid no attention to him as she hurried over and snatched up Roanoke. "Goodness gway-shush," she said to him, "you just get cuter and cuter every single day." Maggie glanced over at Jake to find him wrinkling his nose in displeasure. He clearly didn't like dogs, having to live with so many damn cats, it was kind of obvious. Maggie on the other hand loves them, though she has way too much time own her hands to actually buy one. She'd rather claim Jay's as one of her own.

"Hey, guys! Wassup?" Maggie was rubbing noses with Roanoke when Sienna came in the shop. Good ole' CC. The highlight of Maggie's life aside from Roanoke, however she seemed unusual when she first had entered. Almost as though she was nothing but a walking dead corpse. There had to be something upsetting her, but Maggie became sidetracked by Mason's sudden arrival from behind. "You know it would probably be a good idea to advertise that we are open," he said a bit impassive that even Maggie herself couldn't tell if he was either elated, irritated, or possibly both.

At that, the whole gang was here. Jake went over to Mason to tell him something before returning to sit next to her. "Morning everyone!" he greeted.

"Morning everyone!" Jay greeted back. "What's the agenda for the day?"

"Well, Maggie began, I'm thinking of kidnapping Roanoke and two, Jake seems to be having quite a bit of problem with a tattoo sketch for one of his customer, Amy Rose isn't it? She prefers something that I would occasionally do for my customers. I mean, if you want Jake I can take up for her." she added, looking over at him with Roanoke on her lap.

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox

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Julia settled herself behind the counter, trailing her fingers through Roanoke's fur as she passed. "I'm just gonna stay here," she offered. As always, she added mentally, smiling. Her job consisted mostly of manning the counter, which was a more stable occupation. As of present she didn't have any projects, so most of the day was whiled away perched at the counter, watching Roanoke sleep and the rest draw tattoo designs. To her credit, she did do some designing herself, although they weren't always used.

She reached out to Sienna from behind the counter. She'd taken a liking to the younger girl, her brightness and cheekiness appealing to her instantly. "Hey, girl. Have you been arrested recently or something?" she asked quietly, gaze dropping to the girl's wrists. "Seems you've been getting bruises and stuff recently where you shouldn't." Red was ringed around them, and though Julia couldn't tell anything for sure, she'd seen Sienna's boyfriend around a few times and didn't like him much. Checking under the counter, she found a tube of soothing cream she kept around for emergencies, and offered it to Sienna. "Do you want some ice or something? I can run upstairs and get some if you'd like."

"Yeah, Jay, great thinking," she added to Jayce just as he flipped the sign. "You should take over or something, I think if nobody reminded Jake to open up every morning, we'd probably have gone bankrupt and closed down long ago."

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Mason Caspar Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Sienna knew that she hadn't painted enough of a bright smile on her face the second the words left her mouth and she had to fight herself from glowering. She didn't want to think about Ryder or bring it to the shop, not yet. Not when she was pretty sure he wasn't bold enough to do anything more than bitch and moan about who she spent her time with. No, it wasn't that important. Besides, the last thing she needed was to explain why her life was so complicated when she was pretty sure a lot of people had it worse than her. She was just about to spew out another form of greeting when she heard Mason enter and a grin formed on her lips.

"Whoa there, boss man. I just got here," Sienna replied cheekily, dimples fully blooming. She winked at Maggie on her way to her little station and dropped off her bag. She turned around to say more, but found herself beside Julia in a matter of seconds. Sienna's brow furrowed just slightly in confusion before Julia's words sunk in. She followed Julia's gaze down to her wrists, which seemed to be worsening. Or maybe Sienna was being overdramatic. "It's nothing, really. Just..." Sienna trailed off at that; it was pretty obvious to her and probably to Julia that she was lying through her damn teeth and there was no excuse she could make. She smiled appreciatively when Julia handed her some cream. "Thanks, hon." If she didn't want to draw too much attention to the situation, Sienna would have hugged Julia.

Screw it!

Sienna reached over to pull the woman into a warm embrace, a real smile forming on her face despite the fucked up morning. "You're the best," she whispered.

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Character Portrait: Jake Masters Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Mason Caspar Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox Character Portrait: Maggie Rae

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Sienna's hesitation made Julia more sure, if that was ever possible, of the fact that something wasn't quite right with her. She kept calm, however, trying to help the girl feel more at ease. "You're welcome," she returned in a low voice.

It might have been the end of that conversation, and Julia started to turn away to deal with other matters, when Sienna pulled her into a hug. Julia, pleasantly surprised, patted her back gently, just holding her. A moment later, she pulled away, holding Sienna at arm's length.

"I am," she conceded teasingly. "And you," here she squeezed Sienna's shoulder, "need to get to work instead of being sappy. I'll bring one of Jake's cats down for you later if you want to squeeze something and be cute over it."

It was as if the rest of their colleagues weren't around anymore - at that point, all Julia cared about was Sienna's wellbeing. The girl was not all right, and damned if Julia wasn't going to find some way to fix it. She turned away, pretending to search for the book that detailed the day's schedules, trying to keep a lid on the anger rising quietly in her. She never got angry, she was the picture of self-control, and that would not break today.

Julia looked up at the rest. "Maggie and Jake, y'all had better decide who's taking charge of Amy Rose. She's coming in today, isn't she? And Jay - I got a guy the other day hoping you could do something for him, I think he'll be coming by either today or tomorrow," she commented casually, now trying almost as hard as Sienna to hide her emotions. The difference was she did a better job of it.

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Character Portrait: Julia E. Masters Character Portrait: Sienna Lehman Character Portrait: Jayce Nox

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"Anything for you Julia." Jayce teased after flipping the sign to open and walking back to where his drawing of a woman was. He watched as the girls hugged and waited for Sienna to pull away before address her. "As for Roanoke, you can have play dates whenever, but you may not kidnap him. He is my motivation in the morning and my alarm clock." He grinned down at his faithful companion who loped over with his long tongue hanging out. Jay chuckled as he ran his blunt nails over Roanoke's fur. The large pup leaned into the touch and almost fell over in pure bliss. Jayce watched Julia's face after the two women split. For a second he saw a flash of anger?, annoyance? on her face, but it was soon replaced. He couldn't read her anymore, not that he was surprised she was a master at covering up her feelings when she wanted to. Her self control was probably better than his and that was impressive.

Jayce's ears perked when Julia called his name informing him that he would be having a customer. He gave a thumbs up as excitement coursed through him. He couldn't wait to meet his new customer. He looked down at his half finished drawing and flipped the page for Donna's tattoo. She would be coming in today to finish her sleeve. Her tat had to have been one of his favorites and yet hardest. She came in with a rough idea and together they created a beautiful piece of art. Altogether she had visted him five times and he'd be lying if he said he wouldn't miss the fiery woman. But alas his time with her was coming to a close. Then again tattoos were addictive and she may find she wants another. He would never turn her away or really anyone.

"Julia, what time is my appointment with Donna?" Yes, Jayce could be extremely lazy.

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