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Dan Hanson

"You're wrong if you think that I'll be just like you"

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a character in “More Sinned Against”, as played by xXxCryptic-AngelxXx

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age: 18
sexuality: heterosexual/questioning
birthday: September 15th
occupation: Student, Theatre Clerk, aspiring filmmaker
hexcode: #0C571B

Demonsxx||xx Just Like Youxx ||xx Big Brother





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secrets:
Daniel has been abused in nearly every way by his older brother Shaun since he was a child. It's a secret because he's always been unable to fight back and telling his parents would be a bust. Shaun is their golden boy who could never do anything wrong while Daniel was considered the black sheep. He was always to blame for everything. To this day he can't stand when people call him "Danny Boy".

likes
βœ“ movies [including documentaries]
βœ“ popcorn
βœ“ chocolate
βœ“ flying
βœ“ movie scores
βœ“ directing
βœ“ leather jackets
βœ“ yard work


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dislikes
βœ— boats
βœ— his brother, Shaun
βœ— hip hop and rap music
βœ— anything made in a croc pot
βœ— the beach
βœ— dressing up
βœ— being center of attention
βœ— Pornographic films











quirks
-- ruffles his hair when he's uncomfortable
-- has to sleep facing the door
-- supplier of cinimatic knowledge
xfears
-- his brother
-- his parents rejecting him xxxxxxxxx
-- drowning











You thought you were standing beside me
You were only in my way





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appearance:
Dan is 6'2" tall and has a naturally lean build. He does lift weights from time to time and goes for a run every so often, but he is not what could be considered athletic. He has short sandy blonde hair bordering on brown that he keeps long on the top and a little shorter on the sides. He uses a pomade to style it in either a messy i-just-woke-up-like-this look or a tidier, effortless look. He has deep brown eyes that sparkle a little once you get him talking about something he's passionate about. Otherwise, he's got a haunted look to his eyes and his smiles rarely ever meet them. He's got thick eyebrows that tend to get a bit unruly towards his hairline. He has a charming smile but as mentioned previously, it rarely meets his eyes. He's got a few freckles on his face [very few] and has lightly tanned skin. He normally wears t-shirts, a leather jacket, and jeans with a pair of either sturdy boots or comfortable sneakers. While he's not huge on dressing up, he won't argue that he looks damn good when he does.


personality:
Dan is a subdued character. He doesn't talk much unless it's about something he's passionate about. A lot of the things he does is due to years of abuse from his brother. He's not one for physical contact and he tends to over-apologize. He's not one for confrontation. He's the kind of person who would rather place attention on others and would rather blend in than stand out.

This does make him a keen observer and an excellent listener. He's detailed and task oriented. He's a people pleaser which is good for customer service. Those who can get past the wall of steel that he builds around himself, they can see that's he's passionate for the cinema, sweet as can be, and loves to laugh. He's never been very good at sitting and reading, but he can absorb hours of movie content. He loves movie trivia. He's socially awkward at first, but once he knows you're not going to react negatively to what he says, he talks a lot more.


You're wrong if you think that I'll be just like you



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History:
Daniel John Hanson was born in San Francisco but has lived all over due to his father's career in the military. His father's military history is part of the reason Dan has a negative relationship with his family. His father raised Shaun to be just like him: smart, strong, and manly. Dan was more like his mother. He's a dreamer and would rather talk through an argument than to raise his fists. Of course, to his father, that's not how a man handled his problems. His father was always hard on Dan which in turn made Shaun hard on him. When Dan was a little kid, the brother's got along well, but as they got older, Shaun got more aggressive and abusive.

When Dan started school, his grades were better than Shaun's. He'd get certificates of merit from his school and his mother would beam with pride. His father wanted him to be a part of sports, but his mother believed he was too young. Shaun was used to being the center of attention being five years old at the time his parents had Dan. Shaun's jealousy turned to hatred of his little brother which lead to physical abuse (since Dan was too young or unable to fight back), verbal and mental abuse (whenever Dan's parents weren't around), and--when Shaun started going through puberty--sexual abuse. Everything led to Dan withdrawing from the things he enjoyed and his grades began to drop. Once a straight-A overachiever, to a B and C average student. This sent Dan from his parent's good graces, and Shaun was #1 once again.

The thing about Shaun was he was charming, charismatic, and knew exactly what to say to either distract someone or persuade them to do what he wanted. So when it came to Dan telling his parent's about Shaun, not only were they not going to believe Shaun would ever do the things Dan said, but Shaun had convinced him they would blame him instead. In fact, Shaun blamed everything on Dan. A bad grade was because Dan had kept him up with his movies and playtime, a bad play at football was because Dan had tripped him that morning and he injured himself, a house party was Dan's doing and broken things being because of Dan's carelessness. These were all lies, of course, but his parents never believed that. He had fallen from their good graces and it was looking like he would never win them back.

He started escaping to the movie theatre when he was thirteen. It was his sanctuary and when he watched movies, he believed he could be someone else. That his movie would have a better ending. His parent's never approved of his obsession with movies, but they never really did anything to dissuade him either. He started working at the theatre as soon as he could and spent every moment he could there. He studied in the break room and when he earned enough money, he bought himself a video camera so he could film his own movies. Or at least, the start of his own movies.

To this day, no one but Dan and Shaun knows how bad their relationship is, but with the death of the student on his last week of being a high school senior, he fears all that could be revealed.

So begins...

Dan Hanson's Story

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A week had passed since the party. An intense week. Cops had been conducting interviews and asking questions, questions that not everyone could answer. "Who were you with?" "What were you doing?" Some people had alibis. Some had alibis that they didn't want to give. There was too many secrets that went unspoken, that even the cops couldn't be trusted with. Everyone had a secret, something they were hiding.

And the secrets weren't going anywhere either. They didn't disappear when they weren't an active problem. They were always there. Lurking in the background. Even if they weren't active problems, sometimes they still needed to be dealt with or covered up... or ignored.

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Alex had a rare free afternoon to himself. His shifts had aligned in such a way that he finished after the lunch rush, and wasn't starting at the bar until 8. Part of him knew that he should go home, check on his parents, make sure they didn't have any more bills to pay. Or maybe he should answer some of his clients, arrange to meet them, earn the money to pay those bills. But after the week he'd just had, he just wanted to have some time to himself. And, well, to meet up with his friends. He was constantly on edge, waiting for that knock on the door, for him to be called aside at work, for somebody to stop him in the street. He'd thought about walking away from it all, changing his number, refusing to answer any calls from clients. Lie low. But he couldn't afford that. He didn't want to go back to taking every shift he could, running on four hours sleep every single night.

He sighed and sipped his iced coffee, running a hand through his still-damp hair. He'd gone to the pool for the first time in what felt like an age. It had felt so good to stretch those muscles again. And surprisingly, his many, many shifts at the coffee shop hadn't put him off coffee. Especially not iced coffee. Things weren't as good as they could be, but he was going to enjoy a rare afternoon off no matter what.

He picked up his phone and sent a few texts.

To: Derrick
Yo, man, I actually have an afternoon off work! Crazy, right? You around?

To: Elijah
Hey, dude, I'm off this afternoon if you want to come grab a coffee!

His thumb hovered over one contact name in particular, hesitating. He knew he shouldn't. He knew that their relationship wasn't healthy, that it messed with his head too much. But that didn't stop him from wanting to. Goddamn, having two sets of genes that increased his potential for addiction really messed him up. Honestly, it was surprising he wasn't more of a mess. He figured that not having time to breathe or think probably helped. He put down his phone and sighed, leaning back and looking around. It was then he spotted the cop across the street. His heart stopped for a moment as he swore the cop was looking at him. But then the cop moved on. He couldn't keep going like this. He wanted to scream, wanted to tell someone so they could help him. But how? How could he trust them, know they wouldn't go tell the police?

He picked up his phone again and had the text half written before he knew what he was doing. But when he realised, he didn't exactly try and stop himself.

To: Blu
You around?

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There was always one way that Lyn dealt with frustration. But no matter how much her body and brain wanted it, she sure as hell wasn't giving in to it. Instead, she went to the gym, trying to sweat it out as much as she could. After the night of the party, she'd been on edge. Everyone had. But now she felt like she couldn't ever relax, like she always had to glance over her shoulder. And more than ever, she just wanted to stop thinking, stop... worrying. It was getting harder than ever to stay sober.

She could see the guy on the treadmill beside her was trying to show off, so she ramped up the speed and turned up the sound on her headphones. She didn't want to have to think about anything besides the pounding of her feet, the beat of her favourite workout playlist. And when her lungs were screaming at her to stop, she slowed to a walk and got off the treadmill. She retrieved her bag and pulled on her hoodie. When she got out, she pulled out her phone and sent a few texts.

To: Riley
Hey, you around, babes?

She wanted to text Karin as well, but remembering exactly what had happened at the party, she hesitated. She wasn't entirely sure she could face her. She sighed and shoved her phone back in her bag, pulling her hair out of her pony tail and downing most of her water bottle. This was all too much for her to handle.

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More than once Riley had to set down her guitar due to the shaking of her hands. Even now, she had them clutched to her chest as she took deep breaths in a desperate attempt to calm them enough to keep playing. This cycle had gone on for about an hour and a half so far, but what helped Riley the most was music. So, for music to help her, she had to be calm enough to play. Unfortunately, the song she was working on was a very personal and emotional one. Every time she wrote a line, tears threatened to fall and her hands started shaking.

This was the third attempt at calming her anxiety over the past week. Some days it was so bad she couldn't eat. She found herself thinking more and more about Elena this past week. Especially with her anxiety rearing its ugly head. She wanted to talk to Elena, work it out as they had done that first day they had met. Riley smiled at the memory of Elena laughing at something Riley had said as she held out a jar of candy that she had kept on her desk. The desk that they had... blush crawled up Riley's neck at the thought, but then a darker thought clouded the image. The funeral announcement for Elena. Riley couldn't get herself to go. Couldn't make herself say goodbye. Everytime she closed her eyes all she could see was blood. She had to keep any music playing at all times because the silence brought about a ringing in her ears.

She shaking returned, her stomach protesting now as stress ate at her nerves. Stress and lack of sleep. She was about to head for the bathroom to splash her face when her phone went off. Riley paused at the foot of her bed and reached towards where her phone was buried under her pillow. Her fingers fumbled with her passcode a few times before it unlocked and she was able to read her messages. There were a few from her parents while they were away in Hawaii for their 25th anniversary. Her mom had sent her a photo of the sunset there that made Riley's heart feel a little calmer. She wished more than anything she was with them and away from the chaos that was this city, but... she was here. And so was...

The next unread message was from Lyn.

Riley smiled softly, settling back in her bed. She typed out the one word that she would forever use when it came to requests from her best friend.

To: Lyn~
Always.

Then she realized that Lyn might want to meet somewhere. The idea of venturing out made her fingers twitch. So she typed out another message and hit send. She resisted the urge to end with "please" as she sent:

To: Lyn~
My place?




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Dan woke with a start, his father's voice booming through the house as he complained about the police investigations. Thankfully, his brother was away for the week so at least he didn't have to deal with Shaun first thing in the morning. Dan quietly rose from his bed, noting it was likely the middle of the day and got dressed. He could hear his mom in the kitchen. Whether she was making lunch for his father or simply cleaning, he didn't know. He didn't... really care either. As he pulled on his shoes, grabbed his wallet and house keys, he slipped out the front door without a sound. He pulled his bike from the back shed and pedaled his way to the theatre.

Sleep still clung to his shoulders like a backpack full of rocks, but he promised himself a nap in one of the projector rooms on his off time. He spent so much time there the past few years that all the managers knew him and trusted him to do whatever was needed. Even if it meant working off the clock. In exchange, he was allowed free concessions as long as he didn't go nuts with them, and was allowed naps anywhere he wished. His favorite place was the projector room. It was warm and the quiet hum of the machine lulled him to sleep as much as whatever movie was playing in the theatre. It was a relatively hot day and he was already regretting his signature leather jacket. However, the hat shaded his face enough to make him a little more comfortable.

As he rode by the cafe, a familiar face stopped him dead. To the point, he almost flipped over his handle bars. There was Alex, sitting there, drinking a coffee, his attention down on the screen of his phone. He hadn't seen him since the night of the party and even then, he hadn't seen him in a few days. His shifts were becoming shorter and fewer at the theatre where they both worked. Dan has the sinking feeling it had to do with him but he wasn't sure why. Maybe it was the people pleaser in him.

He hopped off his bike and walked over, his head lowered shyly. "Hey, Alex," He said quietly, "How are you doing? I haven't seen you since the party."

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xxx"never said that i would be your lover,
xxxnever said i would be your friend
xxxnever said that i would take no other
xxxbe your lover, never said."


Alex glanced up at the sound of a familiar voice, his face breaking into a grin as he spotted Dan. Now that he was able to cut back on his hours, he was seeing less and less of Dan. He was one of those people that Alex liked being around for a bunch of reasons. "Hey, man! Yeah, guess our shifts just haven't been lining up, it's weird. So how are you? What are you up to?" He asked, sipping his coffee. His phone buzzed with a few texts, and he quickly glanced at them, firing back a few replies.

To: Derrick
Idk. Witchcraft? Already here, see you soon :)

To: Elijah
See you soon!

To: Blu
Will do x

He honestly hadn't expected everyone to be able to come right then, but he also wasn't going to complain. Even if he was constantly around people, his schedule sometimes left him feeling a little isolated. It had been a little different when he'd been in school, but after he'd graduated, he was just working more, trying to earn more money, pay the bills, keep food on the table... With no qualifications besides his high school diploma, he wasn't exactly going to get any better jobs that weren't completely mind numbing. Sure, he hated having to work so much, but at least he half enjoyed what he did. Or, well, most of it.

"Sorry, just had a few texts to answer. A few others are coming by, got to make the most of this rare afternoon off, it doesn't happen much." He added with a grin.

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To: LynLyn
bout to go hang with a fine ass boy, ehh jk just bout to hang with alex and i assum other people.


Blu sent the text out to Lyn, before Lou looked at him as the car stopped. "Now, Blu, you know to call me if you need me. Or text me if you feel uncomfortable. I don't want you to have a chance of getting into trouble, your parents are already pretty pissed at me for last weekend," the gargantuan man spoke to the male. Blu grimaced when he mentioned that, almost having gotten Lou fired because he decided to sneak away from the man and not tell him where he went. "I said I was sorry!!,"
he exclaimed before speaking again. But yeah, I'll call or text if I need you to come get me. If I leave the cafe, I'll send you my location okay?," he responded before opening the door. Lou nodded with approval as he drove off leaving Blu in front of the coffee shop. The boy swore Lou was more a father than his own.

As he registered the area, he noticed people were staring, mostly guys. He'd smile, of course, people were staring they always were. You can't be an icon if you're ignored, but it was also his father's hold over most of the town. He shrugged before walking into the coffee shop, and spotting Alex immediately. He'd also spot Dan, placing his finger up to his lips, to say be quiet. Sneaking up behind him, not that the shoes he decided to wear were exactly silent he'd place his hands over the male's eyes,

"Guess who?"

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XXXXXXXRiley once again tried to get herself to play her guitar, her room too quiet without any music, but she couldn't get herself to play. It would still take Lyn a bit to get to Riley's house so she tried to figure out something to occupy her time. She realized she hadn't showered... recently. Too preoccupied with either distracting herself or her thoughts in general. So she got up from her bed, surprised there wasn't an imprint where she had been sitting the past few days and made her way to her bathroom. While she showered, she banished dark thoughts away by blasting rock music through her speaker. Some of the songs she knew how to play either all the way through or certain parts so she played some air guitar. It helped to cheer her up a bit before Lyn came over. She wasn't sure she really wanted Lyn to know what had happened that night. Not that Lyn didn't know what was going on in Riley's life that she didn't know about Elena, but... it might bring up questions that she wasn't sure she was ready to answer.

She had just exited the shower and pulled on some clothes--a mesh shouldered top and a pair of comply black shorts--when she heard banging on the door. Her phone buzzed on her bed and she grabbed it, checking the message as she walked. Seeing it was Lyn saying she was here, Riley rolled her eyes and tucked her phone in her back pocket as she opened the front door. "I can hear that," she said by way of greeting and giving Lyn a smoldering look paired with a smirk. She ran her fingers through her hair which was still dripping wet, staining the shoulders of her shirt. "Well come on in. You're no stranger here. In fact, I'm surprised I haven't given you a key."

She made her way back to her room and grabbed her towel in attempts to at least slightly dry her hair. "Thanks for coming over." She flopped onto her bed, the towel now dangling from her fingers. "It's been rough. And I've missed having you over here." She noticed Lyn was still clad in her work out gear which meant she came from the gym. At least she was still taking care of herself. Riley fought back a blush as she noticed Lyn's curves due to the tight clothing. Riley's feelings towards Lyn changed late middle school early high school. And ever since, she struggled with holding her best friend in that place. Some days it was a struggle to keep from flirting with her or just... kissing her.

But Lyn wasn't interested and Riley still valued their friendship. Still... she had to admit that Lyn was completely gorgeous.

She cleared her throat and looked to the ceiling. "So how was the gym?"




It took Alex a moment to glance up and notice Dan. Which made sense considering Dan has a talent for being unnoticeable most of the time. The young man was busy with his phone as well. Which might be nice if Dan had more friends... but talking with Alex wasn't a pity party. It was just the effects of the last few days on his mind. He shoved back the thoughts and smiled at his coworker/friend? and replied "No big deal," Then he pulled out a chair, "Mind if I sit for a bit? It'll be a little while before I have to be at work I was just heading over early..." to avoid my family he finished in his head. He wasn't about to tell Alex that. Wouldn't want to put his own personal baggage on others.

There was another girl with long dark and hair and deep brown skin. Olive maybe? She was talking to Alex who hadn't seemed to notice her yet. "Sure, you can sit. Olive, right?" Dan said, in attempts to be bold. Then he turned back to Alex again. "It's been kind of... boring without working with you. The others have very little personality." Which wasn't entirely true, but not entirely false either. "Hope you're not being over worked."

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He'd more or less missed Olive's arrival altogether, and once he noticed her, he wished he hadn't. It wasn't that he didn't like Olive. Their relationship hadn't been the worst he'd had. But the bad blood between them had affected their relationship, and it felt like it was slowly disintegrating into something ugly. So he put on a smile. "Hey Olive! Sorry, missed you there, everyone just seems to be showing up on me all at the same time. Just hanging with some friends, you know," he said, taking a sip out of his coffee. He made a gesture at Dan to sit down, there was plenty of space around the table even with everyone he was expecting.

He could hear someone behind him, but didn't pay too much attention to them until hands were over his eyes. And there was a moment of panic, fear that everything had caught up with him. And then a familiar voice chimed out, one that made him smile and laugh. "Blu, you're a dick," he said, pulling the other boy's hands away from his face and getting to his face. "Oh my gosh, you look good!" He remarked. Blu's femininity had never been an issue for him. It was just a part of him. And besides, Alex never felt like he was in a position to judge anyone. "Blu, you know Dan and.. Olive, right?" He asked, it suddenly striking him what a strange situation it was. His ex and... whatever the hell him and Blu were. Christ, why couldn't any of his relationships be straightforward?

He sat down and patted the spot next to him for Blu to sit. "So, what have y'all been up to? Seems like it's been way too long since I actually hung out with anyone, you know what it's like," he said with an eyeroll.

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"You know you love me Lex, and yeah? I'm not sure I've met Olive, but I know Dan, you work at the theater with Alex right?," he asked with a smile. His brown eyes focusing on the male as he plopped down next to Alex. He'd look over at Olive, and look her up and down. Not the best, but if Alex was into her she was pretty...enough. He shook his head slightly before mentally beating himself up over judging her. He wasn't necessarily that person anymore, he wasn't going to be remembered like that. Holding a finger up to Dan before quickly getting up and ordering a drink, paying, then sitting back down. He'd look at the trio and feel his phone buzz.

To: LynLyn
i will ;)

He'd quickly text back before he'd idly look around. "I've been up to tons! Serving looks, getting better at my whole musical obsession. Got the whole part of Lafayette in Guns and Ships from Hamilton down pat. I hope the school does a different type of play this year....we need CLASSICS I'm tired of the no-name type shit we get every year. Mrs. Reyes and I will absolutely FIGHT,"
he ranted on before he would smile a bit. He'd shrug, few things he was passionate about. Fashion and Musical Theater were in the top two of that category. Sue him. There was something about being the center of attention, getting the lead role. It was immense pressure, but it was such a good type of pressure. He lived for that, and fashion had always been for him. Getting those stares and ogling eyes from men, and women alike. He lived to be a sight for sore eyes.

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XXXXRiley listened as Lyn typed something out on her phone, probably a text or two to people, and picked at the strings of her guitar. It reminded her that she hadn't talked to someone in a while. Someone she desperately missed.

To: Rick-Roll
Hey! Sorry I've been so absent. How are things? Want to come over? Lyn's here.


She had just hit send when Lyn responded to her question about the gym. Worry shot through her and she sat up quickly, looking her friend up and down for any signs of trauma. "Are you alright?" Her statement had been only about feeling sick after running, but Riley couldn't help her concern. Lyn had always been... a bit reckless. For all she knew it had been worse. "You don't have to kill yourself at the gym, you know?" She said as she laid back against her pillows, pulling her guitar onto her lap. "You're gorgeous just the way you are." She said it quietly, almost as if she didn't want Lyn to hear it. Almost.

She strummed a few cords and then, with more energy than she really felt, she started to play Bloodstream. It was a slightly more complicated song to play, but she liked the way it sounded. When she stopped, she looked up at her best friend. "What do you think? I only have the first verse and refrain done completely, but I think it's coming together." She smiled. Then she looked back down at her guitar, idly strumming. "So what do you want to do? We could invite Ricky over for some movies." She paused, knowing she was about to make a decision she would regret. "He could bring Karin."




XXXXDan was glad that Alex was doing well. Even if he missed seeing him at the theatre. He noticed someone coming up behind him and smiled softly. It was Blu. Dan wasn't unfriendly with the guy, but they weren't super close either. Something pained Dan at the brightness in Alex's eyes when he got sight of Blu. He certainly hadn't looked at him like that when he had walked up. In fact, Alex didn't have much of a reaction at all. Dan was beginning to feel uncomfortable here. Feeling like a third wheel. Thankfully Olive was also there and she probably felt just as awkward. So at least he wasn't alone.

Then Alex asked what they had been up to and Dan felt... better and worse at the same time. Better because the question meant Alex actually cared about the answer. Or at least, Dan thought he did. He felt worse because... he hadn't really been up to much else. Mainly trying to avoid his brother and working at the theatre. He tried to think of something, anything, to say that was more exciting but came up short so instead, he laughed awkwardly. "I haven't been up to much other than the theatre." He cleared his throat. "Oh but um... my brother is in town." His brother was well known by the people of their high school. He was charming and always the life of the party. He wasn't sure what their reactions would be or if they even cared, but it was something to talk about. Something that didn't completely have to do with him.

He looked down at his watch. He still had a good amount of time before he needed to be at work.

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Character Portrait: Alex Roberts Character Portrait: Lyn Montgomery Character Portrait: Blu Jameson Character Portrait: Riley O'Hara Character Portrait: olive paloma Character Portrait: Derrick Matsuo Character Portrait: Dan Hanson
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xxALEXxROBERTS
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xxlocation: coffee shopxxxxxxxoutfit: here

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xxx"never said that i would be your lover,
xxxnever said i would be your friend
xxxnever said that i would take no other
xxxbe your lover, never said."


Blu's gushing just made Alex smile despite himself. There was days when all Alex could see was the boy that had made his life hell, had laughed at his out-of-fashion clothes, had made Alex feel like he stood out far too much. And then there were days like this, when Alex was reminded of why their relationship was what it was. He liked people with enthusiasm, and it seeped out of Blu's every pore.

"Oh god, I'm glad I've finally escaped her constant pestering to get me to audition for something." he mused, sipping his coffee. "Alex, dah-ling, you'd make a truly wonderful Gaston!" He mimicked her attempts to get him to audition. "And somebody only added to it in my senior year. Almost like somebody let slip I have a half-decent singing voice," He remarked with a pointed look at Blu, raising an eyebrow. It had only been at the end of his junior year that Alex had the guts to stand up to Blu. That had resulted in them hooking up at a party. And, well, the rest was kind of history.

He smiled at Dan as he said that his brother was in town. "Oh man, that's awesome! The sadness of being an only kid, I'm all I got," he said with a shrug. "Still, guess I never had to share anything," he added. He wasn't going to say he didn't have to endure hand-me-downs, because most of his wardrobe had consisted of charity shop offcasts for years. He wasn't going to bring that up though. He fired off a quick text.

To: Derrick
yooo man where are you?? imma be back at work by the time you get here :P




LYNxMONTGOMERY
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xxx"this is how it ends,
xxxi feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream
xxxfading out again
xxxso tell me when it kicks in."


Riley's comment asking if she was okay took Lyn aback a little, and it took her a minute to recover. She knew that Riley knew she used drugs, but her friend had no idea of how bad it had gotten, of how bad she had gotten. She smiled and shrugged a little. "Don't you worry about me, babes. I was just showing off to the gymbros, you know? I promise I don't make a habit of it. And after the past couple of weeks, I just had some stuff to work through as well. I'm fine. Promise," she said with a smile.

Her smile only grew as she watched and listened to Riley playing the guitar. Acoustic music wasn't her thing- she like stuff she could run to, stuff with a beat, stuff she could dance to to keep her heart rate up. But watching Riley play- she was reminded of how she'd first fallen for her. She nodded as Riley asked her. "It's awesome. Seriously, you're so talented. I picked up a guitar once and the strings broke. Literally, all of them. At once." She said with a laugh and a shrug. The mention of Derrick made her stomach clench a little, and it only tightened at the mention of Karin. But she covered it with a shrug. "Doesn't sound like a bad idea. But it's up to you, it's your house." Her stomach rumbled a little. "As long as there's food involved," she added with a laugh.

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