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Hope Caldwell

"Before you give up, think of the reason why you held on so long."

407 views · located in Atlanta, Georgia

a character in “My Soul To Keep”, as played by The Littlest Mermaid

Description




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"Hope… Sometimes that’s all you have when you have nothing else. If you have it, you have everything."



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Name
Hope Caldwell

Nickname(s)
Her “stage name” is Rose. She hasn’t gone by Hope in two years.

Age
18




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Build
Although Hope only rises to a meager 5’5” and weighs in at an underwhelming 100 lbs, she has learned to hold her own. She’s a bit too skinny due to a lack of a constant food supply, but she works out when she can in the apartment to make sure she can fight off anyone who tries to get a little too rough with her.

Hair/Eyes
Hope’s hair is a milk chocolate brown color that lays just below her shoulders when it’s curled (which it usually is). Her eyes match the color of her hair exactly.

In Depth
Despite the home self-defense lessons she’s given herself, there are always men that are tougher and meaner. As a result of this, she constantly has bruises on different parts of her body and broken bones on the occasion. When she’s not expected to work a case, she’ll go days without showering (T shuts off the water) so her hair is kept greasy and in a French Braid or a Ponytail. She doesn’t wear makeup unless she’s going on a job because T doesn’t like to be bothered with buying her new things so she saves it as much as she can. Her normal outfit is a pair of torn sweatpants and a ratty old T-Shirt. However, when she works a job T likes for the girls to pull out all the stops. The water is turned on for 24 hours before a job so the girls are allowed to wash their hair, bathe, shave, etc. Hope curls her hair into loose, springy curls. Her makeup is done up completely, making her look like an almost completely different person.



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Personality
Before she was taken, Hope was a bright student. She loved reading and was volunteering at her local library. She was always full of life and had a great love for people, especially her mother. Afterwards, the light was drained out of her. Every man she had to please chipped away a piece from her, every time T got a little too pissed off her self confidence was shattered a little more. Now she just does what she has to in order to stay alive. The only time she smiles are on the days T forgets that she and her roommates exist and they're free to do as they please around the apartment. With the customers she's charming and personable, with her friends she's the leader and tries to hold everyone together as best as she can, with T she's quiet and reserved.

Likes/Dislikes
Hope enjoys the months that T pays the cable bill for the apartment which only happens when the girls have made enough profits to cover some of him. She also likes when her customers talk to her, it just makes her feel like she's a human being instead of just an attractive piece of meat. She enjoys the rare occasions T takes she and the roommates to dinner, which usually only happens once every couple months.
Hope dislikes when she's talked down to; she may have one of the trashiest lifestyles but that doesn't make her any less of a person. She hates when people screw with her friends and when people short her pay.

Habits/Flukes
She tends to get a little heated when talking to her friends about being mistreated by a customer or how much she wishes this wasn't her life and once or twice it's leaked over to when she's talked to T.



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History
When she was 16, Hope and her mom moved to a neighborhood just outside of Atlanta. One day while her mom was at work, a worker that had been at the house the day before came to the door claiming he left his wrench upstairs. After leaving him at the door and going upstairs to retrieve the tool, the man followed her and had his way with her. Horribly ashamed and convinced she had done something to deserve the treatment, Hope kept it from her mother causing their relationship to crumble and for the teenager to feel utterly alone in the world. As the months went by, she tried to spend as little time at the house as she could. She began volunteering for the library due to her love of books. The only issue was, in order to get home from her volunteer job, she had to take MARTA (the train that runs through Atlanta). One day on the way home, a cute young man came up to Hope on Marta and introduced himself as T. Each train ride Hope opened up to him about her life and vented about her mother. T earned her trust. After a few months of this, he asked her on a date, after which he took her back to his place where he said they were going to be attending a party. At the party, Hope was drugged, tied to a bed, and every man at the party took her for himself. The next morning she woke up and begged T to take her home but he refused and said that if she every tried to escape he would hurt her mother. So she did as he said. Eventually she changed her identity to Rose, occasionally wearing a short red wig to go along with her nickname, and climbed her way all the way up T's ladder now occupying the spot as his favorite. That's why he got Hope and three of the friends she's made over the past two years an apartment. All the other girls live in an abandoned warehouse known as "The Barn". Now she's lost almost all hope of ever returning home to her mother (who hasn't given up on her).



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Role Player
The Littlest Mermaid

So begins...

Hope Caldwell's Story

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Character Portrait: Hope Caldwell Character Portrait: Mason Adams Character Portrait: Elijah McCloud Character Portrait: Robin Foss Character Portrait: Leah Larson

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Btw, please go check OOC if you haven't already to see what we decided to do about the last roommate.
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Hope tried to close her eyes and tell herself that it would be over soon, that it was necessary for survival, that without this T would beat her again, but she couldn't get the feeling of the man's lips all over her chest to go away. Every now and then she could feel the cool metal of a wedding ring pass across the skin below her waist and it made her nauseous. What a pig. She thought to herself. Shaking her head and looking up at the ceiling of the nice hotel he had rented for this made her wonder what his wife would think he was spending the money on. A night in a place like this was surely close to $500-$600 and he had only rented it for an hour or so, depending on how long he could last. That thought made Hope shiver a little more, a sign the man took as him pleasuring her.

Ever so gently, she turned her head to look at the clock that lay on the nightstand beside the bed, they had been here doing this and the like for about an hour so it should be over soon. Almost like clockwork, the man pulled away, running his hand completely up her body and making sure to take in every inch of it. He smirked a smile at her that, if it wasn't in this situation, would have made her blush because it truly was a great smile. Being that it was in this situation though, it only made her feel more disgusted at the sight of the man. "You are truly fantastic, my dear. The best I've ever had. I'll be sure to let T know that I want you, and only you, from now on." The man winked as he scooted out from under Hope, leaving her laying on the bed completely nude.

She knew he hadn't paid yet so, as sickening as it was, she rolled over and posed in a way that looked completely natural but she knew from past experience made them tip higher. She had her head propped up under one hand while the other hand was laying on the bed out in the direction of the man, a sign that made them think she wished it wasn't over and boosted their already cocky enough ego. Her legs were scissored over each other and she made her voice sound more like a purr as she spoke, "Thank you, you were quite enjoyable yourself." Gag. "Don't forget my money, please." Hope batted her eyeslashes and smiled ever so sweetly at the man who immediately reached into his wallet and threw a wad of cash at her. "Worth every penny."

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It was well past midnight when Hope returned back to the apartment. Her hair was a mess, as it always was after a job, and she was sure her lipstick was in places other than on her face. She was craving a shower, she couldn't wait to scrub the feeling of that man off of her skin. Unable to enter the apartment without a key, she stood outside the door and waited for T who she knew would show up soon to let her in. As Hope was standing there, she was past by a few people on the street who gave her judgmental looks, automatically knowing what she was. The problem was that they assumed she was there by choice. Yes, she was willingly standing outside the apartment waiting for T when she could run, but she knew what would happen if she tried that. She didn't know downtown Atlanta well, besides the hotels she did jobs at. He would find her before she could get very far and it would be hell after that.

"Hey there, sweetheart." T said as he rounded a corner. "Got my money?" Hope set the wad in his hand and took a small step back, knowing that he could get handsy late at night. He stood there and flipped through the wad for a moment, counting it. "That's my girl. Okay, before I let you in I want you to pass this along to your roomates. Tomorrow night all three of you will be doing a really important job for me. It's with two business men, from what I heard one is just a bit older than you, but the other is in his 40s so I'll let you girls decide who wants to try and get it up for him." T snickered at his own joke. "I'll be here tomorrow to pick you ladies up and take you to the place around 8. Be ready when I get here or else." His voice was menacing as he finally turned the key and let her in.

As Hope shut the door, she heard him darkly say goodnight but she didn't turn back around. Another job tomorrow night... She thought to herself, and she'd done jobs with men in their 40s, but a young face would definitely be refreshing, maybe she could convince her friends to let her take the young one. As she walked deeper into the apartment, she went to go check if anyone was awake.

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Character Portrait: Hope Caldwell Character Portrait: Mason Adams Character Portrait: Elijah McCloud Character Portrait: Robin Foss Character Portrait: Leah Larson

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ImageImageLeah sat on her bed sitting there worrying about Rose she had usually always gotten the creeps on the street and Rose was a nice girl and didn't deserve this but what could she do T was the one who did this to all of them.
Leah sometimes wonders if her parents ever thought about what happened to her like if she died or ran away she thought about them everyday imagining what they would say if they saw her again if they would be even happy to see her what if they were glad that she was gone and ever time she thought these bad thoughts she started crying because she was scared that they might be true in some weird and unlikely way.



ImageImageWhile Leah was waiting up for Rose to get home she started hearing an alarm go off across the street it seemed to be a cop going by for just a second she sat there knowing right now if she said something these police could take her away all she had to do was say something Say something, anything, yell scream you have to get out of here you don't want this say something she thought as she kept on thinking this the cop drove pass and she knew she again had missed her chance of getting out of here but she didn't know what to do she knew if she did escape she wouldn't get far with her being so tried and T might come after her parents at least like this she knew they were alright.



ImageImageWhile Leah was waiting she remembered closing her eyes being so tried not to be able to resit sleep so she feel into a sleep, a dream state of sleep. As Leah was sleeping she heard a jingle of keys and suddenly sat up hearing some talking in the halls then the door opened and she saw Rose standing there looking extremely tried and ready probably for a shower. She looked at Rose and got up out of bed saying "Are you okay I was worried about you." pulling out a chair for Rose to sit down on.

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Robin often found herself in this position, curled into the warmth of her covers while listening to the oddly comforting sounds of the bustling nightlife -the inaudible murmurs, gentle rumbling of vehicles and even the odd bark of a dog-, but being unable to allow her eyelids to droop down and call it a night. Sleep, of course, was nothing to be wasted in a profession such as hers; the job itself was so draining and left one wanting to do nothing else but sleep. Yet, it was nights like this one, nights in which Hope was out late, that Robin's eyes remained open, staring blankly at the cracks of the ceiling. She knew that Leah had to still be awake as well, bless that sweet girl's heart.

In an essence, the young brunette of only fifteen reminded Robin of herself in her earlier days. She can vividly recall being only fourteen herself, being thrown into a world of filth and scum that no one should have to deal with. It wasn't just scary, it was horrifyingly frightening in every way. It's not an easy transition to go from sitting at home, comfortable and living with all of those little luxuries such as being able to take a walk in the park or take a hot shower whenever you wanted, to suddenly being immersed in the dirty aspects of the underground sex trade. Not at sixteen, not at fifteen, not at fourteen should anyone have to go through this.

However, it seems that despite Robin being a veteran of the field for almost four years, she's still finding herself unable to fall asleep until she knows Hope is safe at home, just as Leah is. It just goes to show how camaraderie never fades.

Thankfully, it wasn't long until she heard the familiar jangle of keys and the rough twisting of a doorknob, followed by the pitter patter of Leah's feet against the floor. There were words exchanged between the two other girls of the apartment and they drifted towards Robin, beckoning her. Robin had enough of looking at the ugly cracks of her ceiling, herself, as she climbed out from the baby blue of her sheets and followed suit.

Standing at the doorway, looking admittedly exhausted, was her closest and dearest friend: Hope.

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Character Portrait: Hope Caldwell Character Portrait: Mason Adams Character Portrait: Elijah McCloud Character Portrait: Robin Foss Character Portrait: Leah Larson

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ImageImage Leah didn't know what to say she couldn't let her two friends go without her it wouldn't be fair and Hope just went with a guy she was speechless she wanted to say she would do it but she hated it a lot but both those girl didn't deserve the treatment "I can't let you guys do that for me especially you Hope you just came back take a shower and rest I can't let either of you do this for me." Leah knew both girls would deny her to come so to add "But I know you both will say no so before you leave is there anything I can do for you?" she asked to see if they wanted anything or needed anything.





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Leah looked at Robin and Hope and waited for them to reply but as she waited she went to the stove and grabbed the kettle. She poured in hot water and put it on medium and waited for it to boil.







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After muttering a soft, "Earl gray" to Leah in response to her inquiry, Robin quickly followed Hope's lead and grabbed another one of the rickety stools and sat down. The chair squeaked, one of the poorly painted legs wobbling, threatening to give out and send Robin to the hardwood flooring. Under Hope's expectant gaze, Robin bit her cheek thoughtfully; her own gaze flickered from Hope's face to the young girl preparing the trio tea. Softly, she began, "You know I'd rather you not have to come with us, Leah."

Robin would rather have Leah not have to do anything at all, to be frank. Robin would be content with simply taking care of the other girl, babying her and giving her a life that would make her happy. However, it was something that Robin knew was entirely impossible given their circumstances. Leah lived their at the apartment with them because she did her job and she did her job well. That doesn't stop Robin from wanting Leah to just be a teenager, but, she supposes, she hasn't got much of a say in this matter. "If you really want to come with us, you can. I'd rather not have you put in the front lines, but if you say that you want to learn a few things, you can come along."

She hoped that Leah would remain passive, trying not to catch the attention of either of the two men. Robin and Hope would do their best to entertain the two guys and the job would be over before the three of them knew it. It was simply the matter of keeping Leah safe.

"It's you decision, Lee." Robin sighed.

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Leah was pretty surprised they said yes Robin and Hope loved to shelter Leah under there wing Leah didn't mind it though without parents she loved having Robin and Hope they were like her two big sisters. Leah looked at both girls as they sat down and said "I understand I'll stay out of the way and just learn some tricks." said Leah trying to sound a little happy even though they were talking about slavery she kept a smile on her face to make sure she kept living a fact of life she told herself she was just going to have a really difficult one with struggling to have a good happy time so she looked at the girls and said "I'm sorry about this but I hate being alone in the apartment by myself I hear noises sometimes and it freaks me out."Image

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Leah scooted closer to the table in her chair and took two cubes of sugar and put it in her tea, grabbed the tea cup and took a sip of it carefully because it was still quite hot.

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Character Portrait: Hope Caldwell Character Portrait: Mason Adams Character Portrait: Elijah McCloud Character Portrait: Robin Foss Character Portrait: Leah Larson

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Hope nodded at Leah's decision. "Alright then." She took a small sip at her tea, cringing backwards when the hot liquid burned her mouth. Standing up, she began to make her way back towards the bathroom, knowing that T would still have the water turned on since they had a big job later in the day. "I'm going to go take a shower. You girls should try to get some sleep. We have a big day tomorrow."

After saying her goodnight's, she walked into the bathroom and turned the shower on, positioning the handle to spit out the hottest water it could. A few moments later, Hope dangled her hand under the water. It was lukewarm. Nothing to complain about, though. She'd been forced to bathe in ice cold water several times before so even a little bit of warmth was a gift. She stripped her body of the clothes she still had on and slipped into the water, closing her eyes and pretending she was back at her old home. That she was bathing in boiling hot water and scrubbing herself with something from Bath & Body Works instead of the generic, scentless stuff she was actually using. That once she was done, there would be steam in the room to keep her warm while she dried off and stepped into clean, untattered clothes. That after exiting the bathroom she would walk into her cozy bedroom and that her mother would come in and say goodnight as she had every night before Hope had been captured.

When she finished with her shower, though, none of that was true. The room was cold and the clothes she put on were barely clean and had holes all about them. Her room she walked into was dirty and bare, and the only person that would come in to say goodnight was Robin and that was only because they shared the room. Climbing into bed, she grabbed onto the blanket tightly and prayed that she wouldn't have that nightmare again. Not tonight. They had a big day ahead of them.

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Character Portrait: Hope Caldwell Character Portrait: Robin Foss Character Portrait: Leah Larson

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"Thank you, you guys are the best and I don't know what I would do with out you." she said looking at Robin and Hope she stepped up and walked to her bed. Lying down she took off her slippers and hoped into bed she pulled over her covers and grabbed her little bear, hugged it tight and closed her eyes.

Leah tried to keep her eyes shut but truthfully ever since she was gone she can never sleep like a normal person she had nightmares of the men she slept with and couldn't imagine what it was like before all of this stuff but she shock it off and kept her eyes shut and fell asleep thinking about Hope and Robin and her old home.