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Judith Ahlström

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.

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a character in “Something Like Fate”, as played by cc.jones

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"Read All About It":Emeli Sandé || "Fedility": Jasmine Thompson || "La La La": Jasmine Thompson
"A Drop In The Ocean": Ron Pope || "I See Fire": Jasmine Thompson || "Say You Like Me": We The Kings

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|{Full Name}|
Judith Emilie Ahlström.
"A third of you barely even know my name."

|{Nickname}|
Moody Judy {Common; dislikes}||Freak {Mostly Used; likes}||Judy Cooties {Rare; hates}||Em {Family}
The typical chant, "Judy likes it in the booty".
"You'd be surprised at what they call me."

|{Birthday}|
September 3rd.

|{Age}|
Sixteen.
"And still counting."

|{Ethnicity}|
Jewish 80%||Dutch 20%
"A peculiar mixture I suppose."

|{Sexuality}|
Questioning.
"I don't know what I am. I never actually experienced those feelings with someone yet."

|{Year at Camp}|
Third year.
"I've been attending Merrie-Woode since I was thirteen."




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|{Quirks || Habits || Oddities}|
Bites finger nails; a nervous habit//She is highly allergic to cats;though she loves them//Vegetarian; not a big believer in eating parts that come from animals//Has asthma; ever since birth//She actually irons her hair; claiming it's easier than straightening it piece by piece.//Doodles on her body with a permanent marker; when bored//Enjoys walking around barefoot; whenever possible//Daydream; tends to space out while staring at someone//Likes to hide out in weird places; (closets, under the bed or table, in a tree, etc.)//Flares nostrils; when angry//Easily sunburnt; thanks to her fatherThree different allergies;pollen, perfume, & nuts//Deism believer; belief in the existence of a supreme being//Dyslexia; letter 'i' is mixed with the letter 'l', and letter 'o' becomes letter 'q'//Enjoys sticking her head out of the window of a moving vehicle//Writes all her secrets down on a piece of notebook paper and usually throws it to the wind

|{Talents || Strengths || Skills}|
Confidence; you can never live w/o it//Intelligence; Clinically diagnosed with low latent inhibition, Judith is unable to block out periphery information and instead processes every aspect and detail of any given stimulus. This, combined with a high IQ, theoretically makes her a creative genius. She's also able to define every word out the dictionary precisely.//Eidetic memory; She is able to recall images, sounds or objects in memory with high precision for a few seconds without using mnemonics.//Curious; about nearly everything//Smiling//Fluent in Hebrew & Dutch; ethnicity reasons//Rubik cube; able to solve in under two minutes//Independent//Accents//Caring; often taken at an avantage//Baking//Creative//Flexibility//Good listener; even though sometimes she doesn't look like shes listening, Judith can still repeat everything you said word by word

|{Flaws || Weakness}|
Often get's a bloody nose//Clumsy; not excessively but somewhat in an adorable way//Panic attacks; often caused by stress more than fear//Asthma attacks//Messy; she's not proud of it but she can't help it, she tries but it can never stay neat//She can't swim

|{Hobbies}|
Collecting insects Reading Contemplating the littlest aspects of life Writing Playing the piano Baking Running Exploring nature itself Gardening Origami

|{Fears}|
øHydrophobia øAnyone knowing about her ADHD

|{Secrets}|
Never had her first kiss Has ADHD.Tried to runaway more than five times since the death of Jamie. Can't swim
Her parents are thinking about placing Judith in counseling


|{Life Philosophy}|
"To die would be an awfully big adventure."

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|{Personality}|
{Daydreamer||Fearless||Unique||Uncanny||Clumsy||Insecure at times||Quiet||Open-minded}

Judith Emilie Ahlström. She's the girl that no one ever knows. Or ever want to know that is. The "little freak" as some of you have called her. And she is, massively. Though, she would tell you this beforehand. Y'know why? Well, because no matter how hard you push at her, call her ruthless names she would always be just that. A freak. Not many girls straighten their hair with an iron, or still enjoys hiding out in the most bizarre places. Judy is a weird one, though not many girls are unique all the same.

Stemming from her oddities, Judy is also the type of girl who takes the time figuring out even the littlest aspects of life. "What is life?" "Why am I here?" "When I die, will I go to heaven?" When you first lay eyes on her, you wouldn't be as surprised to see her with her head in the clouds. "writer's block" she'd often say, but we all know the truth. Stargazing seems to let her mind wonder to different things, it also helps her clear her mind and focus on the beauty of the it's bright, illuminating structure. Playing the piano is something she does to escape all her troubles along with baking. Running, on the other hand, is an outlet for all her anger, stress and frustration after the death of her sister early last year.

A kindhearted girl, she is, with one hell of a soft spot for animals. Every time a stray would come to the house, she’d feed it, and you know what happens when you start feeding one? They usually stick around. This really annoyed her parents, especially when they started finding hurt rabbits in her room that she claimed to be “helping feel better,” and toads, and lizards; Judy was fearless when it came to things other young girls were squeamish of. But whenever anyone needs an ear she's most likely who they turn to even if it is in the middle of the night. Upset about something and need something sweet? She'll trek to the nearest store to buy your favorite ice cream. She'd bake a cake for a friend's birthday or give honest advice about problems.

Judy wouldn't be surprised if she found her own name as the definition for 'clumsy' because she is a total klutz! She'll trip, drop things and the like. It's probably likely to be annoying and utterly hu-mil-i-at-ing more than anything. She can literally trip over her own feet, and is more likely to break objects when interacting with them. Nonetheless, it's like her to do such a thing.

Perhaps some would call her a little naive by giving so much to those around her except she only does if the individual is worth it, if they're close with a good friendship. Although she doesn't like talking much about herself and rarely will she speak of her past memories excluding the few close friends it could be said that she can be reserved, a little uneasy about being too trusting to those around her.

Judy often times is fairly insecure. Not necessarily appearance-wise, but when it comes to her own ability to do something. With new tasks she automatically thinks she can’t do it, though her being brave and perhaps a little unique of sorts pushes her to do it anyway. Then, if she succeeds she realizes she, indeed, could do that thing, and she feels silly for doubting her ability to do it. Alas, it doesn’t start her from doubting and criticizing herself the next time. It is something she has to work on, and she has been, but when you get something you have lost someone worth something to you, it’s hard to change.

Nonetheless, being around those close to her truly makes Judy happy because of the fact that she's comfortable to laugh so hard that she's clapping like an insane seal or telling her worries to lighten her load without feeling guilty.

Being the open minded person she is, Judy believes that everyone have a say in this world whether you're gay or straight, black or white, girl or boy. However you choose to live your life, do it because life is too short to be wasted.

Judy can easily find escape in the solitude of her room, her baking, gardening, and a couple of other things. However, writing creates a endless world of possibilities with no rules, a world you can rightfully call your own, and have the say in who belongs. A world where she can just be herself and have her mind become whisked away in the likes of her passion without the anyone putting her down. Some of her best genres are typically science-fiction and romance. After having little experience in romance, Judy at often times find it rather difficult to write your everyday love story. All in all, oneday she hopes to have a story of her own.




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Being an outcast Jamie Autumn Leaves FlowersHalloween Pumpkins Rainy Days Nature Bug, Insects Exploring Running Climbing Trees Sunsets Starry skies Camp Fires Beanies Big Sweaters Laughter Humor Sarcasm Indie Music Ed Sheeran Animals Cats Tea Sweets Baking Chocolate Imperfection Fantasies Horror movies Reading Stephen King Writing Playing the piano People Parkour




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|{Dislikes}|
Yelling Arguing Bullies Judgement Short cuts Writer's block Hospitals Injuries Animal Cruelty Make-up Global Warming Being Told "She Can't" Thunderstorms Spicy Foods Parties Planes Promises




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|{Place of Origin}|
Netherlands, Amsterdam.

|{History}|
"Judith Emilie Ahlström. That's my name. My full name. And I was born in Netherlands, Amsterdam to a pair of working-poor classmen, Edith and Friedrich Ahlström. My mother owned a small bakery just around the corner from where we lived, and my father was a garbage man. I guess you can say that we were practically penniless, and we were. The poorest in all of Amsterdam. Desperately, infact. Living in a tiny two bedroom apartment down on Gosford Rd. 'The needy Ahlströms' was the name the residence of Amsterdam gave us whenever they saw us. They didn't think we heard the snide remarks behind our backs, but believe me. We did. We heard everything, but as a family, we didn't let it get to us. We weren't perfect and we knew that; however, we had something stronger than perfection. Love. As they say, 'money can't buy happiness.' Little by little I was starting to believe it.

In middle school, I was the kid that no one wanted to play with. 'The freak,' they called me along with other insignificant names. It wasn't only because I was weird. I was an Ahlström. And because of that their parents made it forbidden for their little ones to befriend me and my older sister, Jamie. So, instead we became freaks together. Whatever she wore, I wore. Whatever we did, we did together. Ever since then, we've been like two peas in a pod, inseparable, except that we have this dynamic where Jamie was the pretty one and I was the little sister who followed behind in her footsteps. It's always been like that. Things never changed because if it did, our connection wouldn't work anymore. Our time spent apart was extremely rare. To come to think of it, she played the role of a best friend rather than my sister. She always had my back, and I had hers. People saw how close we were. 'The Wicked Sisters,' they called us. And you know what we did? We laughed, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. Jamie goes, 'why didn't we ever think of that?' And that was that.

When I got to high school, Jamie left for Paris for one of those foreign exchange programs. She told me that 'it would only be for five months, then we'll be together again. Reunited. Because they couldn't keep us away for any longer.' She promised. And so, I managed to survive those five months without her.It was hell. Like, someone had just ripped a whole other part of me. On the day we were going to be reunited at the airport, just like she promised me. She never came. My parents told me that her plane had just probably gotten delayed. I didn't believe them. I knew something was wrong. Being inseparable for too long taught you that sometimes. So, we waited. And waited. Seven hours had rolled by when we heard that plane '175' had crashed; no survivors. I sworn that I heard the operator incorrectly. But I knew I didn't. Plane '175' had crashed. The plane that I remembered was Jamie's plane on her way back home from her trip. She was dead. Gone from existence. My twin, my best friend, my sister."


|{Family Tree : People of Importance}|
Name- Friedrich Otto Ahlström//Age-48 (presently)//Status- Alive//Relationship- Judith hasn't heard a word from her father after Jamie's death. Sometimes it feels like he died away with her.

Name-Edith Marie Ahlström//Age- 45 (presently)//Status- Alive//Relationship- Judith looks at her mother differently know that Jamie is dead. She see's her as an overly compulsive mother. She needs to worry not so much.

Name- Jamie Ingrid Ahlström.//Age- 17 (presently)//Status- Deceased/Relationship- Both Judith and Jamie were inseparable. Two sister's wanting to change the world until one of them died drastically.


|{Happiest Memory}|
Not giving a damn what anyone said about Jamie and Judith. As long as they were together, anything was possible.
"She was the best thing that happened to me."


|{Saddest Memory}|
Jamie's death.
"Now that she is gone. Camp is going to be lonely without her."




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“Little do you know
How I'm breaking while you fall asleep
Little do you know
I'm still haunted by the memories
Little do you know
I'm trying to pick myself up piece by piece

Little do you know
I need a little more time

Underneath it all I'm held captive by the hole inside
I've been holding back for the fear that you might change your mind
I'm ready to forgive you but forgetting is a harder fight

Little do you know
I need a little more time

I'll wait, I'll wait
I love you like you've never felt the pain,
I'll wait
I promise you don't have to be afraid,
I'll wait
The love is here and here to stay
So lay your head on me

Little do you know
I know you're hurting while I'm sound asleep
Little do you know
All my mistakes are slowly drowning me
Little do you know
I'm trying to make it better piece by piece

Little do you know
I love you 'til the sun dies

Oh wait, just wait
I love you like I've never felt the pain,
Just wait
I love you like I've never been afraid,
Just wait
Our love is here and here to stay
So lay your head on me

I'll wait, I'll wait
I love you like you've never felt the pain,
I'll wait
I promise you don't have to be afraid,
I'll wait
The love is here and here to stay
So lay your head on me
Lay your head on me
So lay your head on me

'Cause little do you know
I, I love you 'til the sun dies”







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|{Other}|
Judith resembles very much like Anne Frank.
Wears Jamie's clothes ever once so often for remembrance purposes.
Jamie died last year in the beginning of her freshman year. This is Judith's first year at camp w/o her
Keeps all of Jamie's belongings in a box she stored safely under her bed. She looks at it every night to reminded herself of what used to be.




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Face Claim || Elle Fanning




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So begins...

Judith Ahlström's Story

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Hollie Knight

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Hollie glanced out the window, watching as the trees zipped by the window. The last reminisce of the city fading away as she was engulfed by nature, Merrie Woode becoming closer and closer. Hollie sat posture straight and gum popping loudly in the too expensive new car that looked like it needed to be driving a movie star instead of just dropping her of at a summer camp.

Hollie let out a sigh leaning back into the seat, twirling her gum on her finger before wrapping it back up in its wrapper and disposing of it in the limo's trash can. With the annoying smacking of gum gone, silence filled the car and began to suffocate her. She squinted to see through the dark divider that separated the two halves of the car in attempt to see her diver, just to make sure he was still there. He hadn't said more than two words to her since he had picked her. It wasn't his job after all. He was getting paid to deliver her to her destination safety after all, nothing more. Nothing less.

"Are we almost there?" Hollie asked, her voice coming out in a sharp condescending way without her even meaning for it to. It was a habit for her now, a natural way she talked after constantly speaking meanly to everyone.

"Yes." The graying man replied turning a corner. Now he had spoken three words.

"Well how long, I obviously don't know if I'm asking you." Hollie replied hotly, annoyed by his one word answer.

"We're here." He said as they came to a gentle stop. Glaring at the dark window, Hollie crossed her arms, brown eyes watching the door, but not making an attempt at opening it.

Trees and wooden building sprawled into view as the door was opened for her. Reaching for her purple sunglasses Hollie slid them on before stepping out if the car. Merrie Woode. She was finally at Merrie Woode. The place she claimed she hated everyear but showed up annually without being forced to.

Hollie turns her nose up at the dirt on the ground. She brings her hair over her shoulder as she tried to keep her new heels as clean as possible as she took a few steps away from the car. Her eyes hardly move from the graying man who was struggling to get her suitcases out of the car. "Are you seriously having trouble? Isn't this your job, you should be good at this." She stands imapateintly most of her weight on one leg as she dust off her soft pink sundress. The man hardly glances up at her as he finally gets the two large rolling suitcases out and places them on either side of her. Taking a handle in each hand, she watches as the man gets back into the long black car before speeding off. There is no hugging or teary goodbyes as Hollie makes her way up the stone payment heels clicking. It wasn't the driver's job after all. He just had to get her places safely and he had.

A tall balding man comes into view, greeting the red head with a tight business like smile. "Miss Knight, welcome back." His words sound rehearsed and hold no meaning. Hollie smiles back at him with a fakely sweet smile knowing she was not on the man's good side.

"Baldy!" She giggles as if greeting an old friend. Taking the papers from him, she turns away, glancing down at the paper to find out her cabin name and number. Cabin 2: White Pelicans. She really hoped she wasn't paired with some loser or person she hated.

As she began walking toward her cabin she caught a flash of auburn hair and made her way to the person.

"Hey freak." She said coming to face Judith, her eyebrows furrowing slightly as she searched for her sister the girl who always seemed to be joined at the hip with her. "Where's your stupid sister?" Hollie asked waiting a few seconds before deciding she didn't care and turned away from the girl with a flip of hair over her shoulder.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Hollie Knight Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen

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Lucas sped down the road with a broad smile on his face with Liam holding the seat beside him, his eyes sealed shut as he hoped the two made it to camp, alive. They had left their house a while ago, not bothering to tell their mother where they went as they packed their bags, grabbed the card they had bought with their credit card, then sped off. "You do know that just because you think you're invincible, doesn't mean we both are, or that you are," Liam groaned, trying to not get sick over the sight of trees speeding by faster than they should. "Yeah, well, there's no fun in life if you don't ever test the possibility of having invincibility," Lucas claims though he does relent on the gas a bit, allowing his brother to breath somewhat comfortably.

"Dude, what if we aren't put in the same cabin," Lucas asks, his one fear for the summer ahead. Liam shrugs, knowing well why Lucas was nervous. He didn't want to have to deal with crap about his scar. "If we are separated, the other dude will probably be cool if you ask him to be," Liam claims with a shrug. The two had been wondering what would happen this summer and had already openly shared their desires. Lucas's was to man up, and talk to a certain pretty blond girl. Liam's was to not act entirely stupid around a certain red head. Though neither said the name out loud, both knew exactly who the other was referring to.

Soon, the trees began to slow even more and the sign for their beloved camp, Lucas pulled into a little gravel parking lot that was mostly used for pick up and drop off though they had gotten special permission to park their over the summer, as long as they turned their keys in to the director of camp. The two stepped out of the car, going to the back where Lucas popped the trunk. Their sneakers crunched over the gravel as they grabbed their bags, each having a duffel bag filled with all their clothing, toiletries, and some special things. Liam grabbed his guitar case and Lucas, his camera bag.

As they began walking down the pebble hill, both smiled at the idea of being back at camp. They had an entire summer off, to do whatever they wanted without an adult to nag them or yell at them or do something horrible. All of a sudden, Lucas grabbed his camera bag, threw his duffel bag on Liam, and took off towards the cabin area that was close. "Dude what are you doing?" Liam calls after him. "You know I have to get pictures of everyone before they reach their cabin, before and after for the summer. I explained this in the car," Lucas says without turning back as he runs toward some girl who was rolling her bag towards her cabin. Liam sighed, resigning himself to having to carry everything himself as he walked down towards the camp director and creator, giving a wave to those he saw on the way, more of a nod since his hands were full though.

"Mr.McDonnell," Liam began as he approached the balding man that was only slightly taller than himself. Mr.McDonnell gave a wide smile to him. "Where's your brother?" He asked with a raised eyebrow. "Stealing pictures already," Liam claims as he sets down Lucas's duffel bag with a plop and his own more gently. "Where are we this year?" Liam asks as he accepts his schedule and cabin information, expecting his cabin to be the same as Lucas's. To his surprise, his read Bottle-Nose Dolphins and Lucas's read Elephant Seals.

"Sorry Liam, but you two should get out there and meet others, you've been cabin mates since you started coming here, it's time for an itty bitty change," Mr.McDonnell said with a wink causing Liam to just nod reluctantly, a half smile on his face. He hadn't really thought it would happen. With that, Liam began to make his way towards his cabin, planning to drop Lucas's stuff off in front of his in the process.

Lucas had not paused as he had run up to a girl with black hair, taking photos as he approached, tilting the camera this way and that. "Right there, hold it right there," He says as he snaps a few more photos.

"What the hell was that?" She asked. Lucas realized he really didn't recognize her and put his camera down, offering his hand to shake hers. "Lucas Woods, camp photographer dude who takes pictures for before and after camp. This is for before so we can see you with all the friends you make after. It's something I've always done. Nice to meet you," Lucas says with a smile. "Next time you want a photo then at least ask." Lucas nods, "Fair enough, ask and you shall receive," he responds with a wink when he catches a glimpse of red hair.

"Hollie," he practically shouts as he catches sight of his twin's crush. He looks back to the girl, not quite sure if he caught her name in the conversation but figuring he'd try to find it in his memory later as he takes off again towards Hollie, calling back to the girl as he goes, "Gotta grab some others. See you at the bonfire, find me if you need help or have questions."

As he runs up to Hollie, he smiles. "Hey, beautiful, looking sharp as always. Wanted to snap a pic before you head into your cabin and camp really begins," Lucas says as he kneels in front of her, snapping pictures as he shuffles on his knees with a wide smile as he twists the camera for different angles again. He knew she wouldn't find him to be flirting with her, it was just the way he always said hey to girls like her and Brooklyn, though with Brooklyn, he called her gorgeous, that was just for her. "What's going on?" He asks when he hears a shout from his brother. "Lucas, help me carry your stuff," he calls as he lumbers towards the cabin, looking like he might topple. "I am busy making art, gosh, respect my hobbies!" Lucas calls back more joking than anything else and knowing it would come across that way.

"Hi Hollie, you... you look really pretty today. Have a nice last semester?" Liam asked as he came up, already feeling like an idiot as he asked if she had had a good time at school, who ever had a good time at school? All of a sudden, Lucas leaps to his feet again, taking off as he calls over his shoulder, "Bye Hollie, see you later, without pausing."

He nearly passes Judie as his eyes had been caught on Theo, but pauses, snapping shots. "Yo red head, long time no see right? Smile pretty pretty, wonderful, perfect, love them, you work it girl," then takes off yet again, calling back, "See you later Judie."

He runs up to Theo and Dylan with a wide smile. "Yo dudes, ready for your before camp pics?" He asks as he begins to take shots of the boys, pretty sure Theo would start posing, or trying to photo bomb his own photos, in some way or fashion. "What's been going on?" He asks easy going.

Liam looks at Hollie, unable to find proper words. "You happy to be back at camp?" He asks as he drops his stuff on the path by her cabin to walk towards her. "Want some help with those?" He offers as he offers to take her bags for her and carry them into her cabin. At least he would feel chivalrous, even if he couldn't form proper thoughts or anything.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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Dylan breathed in the warm earthy air around him as he looked up from the paper he held in his hand. Damn was he was glad to be back at Merrie Woode, glad to be around people that were more approachable than the ones in school. It was going to be his last year like Theo's so they promised to live it up and make it the best year they ever had. Hey there's no harm in ending the their time here with a bang? Literally . . . as in fireworks, trust me that's definitely the idea that's running through Dylan's head right now. The grin began to pull at the corners of his lips before Theo's voice snapped him out of his little diabolical plans. " I know, It's straight bollocks I tell ya."

In the slight heat of the moment Dylan's little Irish accent slipped through along with some of it's slang. Dylan's expression went from pouting to a small chuckle that escaped his lips upon hearing Theo say how much trouble they caused last year."Yea? If they thought we were trouble last year they're going to absolutely love us this year mate." Dylan only had seconds before Theo had threw himself at him but the lad managed to catch him, somewhat, what he could anyway Theo was way taller than him so you can picture the struggle. The lad in sync began making faces at the camera and posing along with Theo. His first pose was a playful tongue sticking out at the camera and the rest followed naturally as he attempted hilarious poses with his bro.

" Hey Lucas! Be a darling and get my good side." Dylan jokingly says in the best girly voice he can produce as he poses one last time before Theo was back onto his feet. Brushing off his shirt slightly Dylan gave Lucas one of his goofy smiles before running his fingers through his hair. " It's been going dreadful! You know how school is with all the people. . . and crowdedness, Anyway I'm just glad to be back, kind of sad though it's our last year here." he let out a sigh but recovered quickly before continuing. " So how was your . . . Winter and all? " a small chuckled followed after his question.

Dylan caught Theo from the corner of his eyes looking as if he was searching for someone desperately and he automatically knew who he was looking for. When Theo found his little target but chose not to approach Dylan simply just placed his arm around Theo's shoulder in a reassuring manner. The lad's eyes met Colton's as he waved gently with a smile upon his lips before turning his gaze back to his friends and catching Theo's look. Dill rolled his eyes with a small grin on his face as if saying, I'll do more than sit on you, I'll tie your tall ass up if I have too. Suddenly a familiar redhead caught Dylan's peripheral vision causing him to slightly turn his head and look at her. Judith, was the girl that caught his eyes but when does she not? He felt like an idiot around her but his crush wasn't that big that he'd mess up his words around her, stutter a bit yes but never not complete a sentence around her.


Before he knew it, Dylan had spaced out and was absentmindedly staring at her for a good minute before catching himself. He saw Ben, a chill guy he only knew by name awkwardly make his way towards Judith but suddenly turned and spoke to the odd girl not to far from her. The short girl with black hair was very interesting looking and Dylan was drawn to interesting. He'll make note to introduce himself later.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Hollie Knight Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis

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"Music completes me in a way that nothing else ever will.
It saves me every day, gives my life purpose, and defines who I am."




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"Hey freak." The voice was vaguely familiar, its words were harsh, penetrating. Instinctively, Judith knew who it was; however, she made no intent to turn around for fear of what trouble would await her. It was only then had she nearly ran into someone who blocked her pathway. When she looked up she wasn't surprised to find Hollie glancing down at her with that conceited smirk of hers. A small, defenseless mouse locked in the eyes of a vicious snake.

"Where's your stupid sister?" She asked, though they both knew that she couldn't care less whether or not if Jamie was at Judith's side. However, that didn't let the urge to tell Hollie what really happened to Jamie. She needed the strength if she was going to survive camp on her own especially after hearing someone say Jamie's name for the first time since she died. Her parents always made note to avoid saying her name when around Judith. They both knew how inseparable their daughter's were, like 'two peas in a pod' expect one had made its way out. And that made one pea left alone in its vast space.

It was truly painful, but Judith was a strong girl. She wasn't the one to cry and cry and cry in search of sympathy. No one was at fault for Jamie's death and Judith knew very well that her sister didn't want her ruining her summer at camp by wailing around. No, everyone expected more from Judith. And, that's what she intended on doing as she brushed her way passed Hollie. She, of all people, was not going to ruin Judith's summer. And that was a promise held at heart.

It wasn't long until Lucas came running past her, snapping pictures as he went. "Yo red head, long time no see right? Smile pretty pretty, wonderful, perfect, love them, you work it girl," Judith stuck her tongue out mockingly at the same time he caught a picture of her before taking off, and shouting over his shoulder, "See you later, Judie."

She watched him leave, smiling to herself. So far it was beginning to turn out to be a great summer for her. All her friends were here, and especially the jar of peanut butter she managed to sneak out of the house despite her allergies seemed even glorious. If only Colton was around. Judith turned around half expecting him to pop out of nowhere, but when he didn't she turned her attention back in front of her and immediately caught sight of a familiar face-Dylan, or Diddles as she often teased him. He was with Theo and Lucas, as usual, and to her surprise he returned the stare. As he did, she couldn't help herself but get that eerie feeling in her stomach that always irked her at times whenever he was around.

It was confusing. He confused her in a way that left her even more intrigued by him. However, she was the first to break the ties; feeling completely dubious as she did so, and instead turned her attention elsewhere onto Colton who came stepping out from the bush.

"Colton!" She beamed with excitement. Seeing his face always seemed to make her happy.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Alicia Morales Character Portrait: Elias Addiks Character Portrait: Colton Nobel

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"Ja, mam, ik weet het. Ik zal voor mezelf zorgen. Maak je geen zorgen. Nee, ik heb niet de auto nog gesloopt. Moeder. Ja, oke, ik hou ook van jou. Tot ziens in vijf maanden. Okay, bye."
Yes, mom, I know. I'll take care of myself. Don't worry. No, I haven't wrecked the car yet. Mom. Yes, okay, I love you too. See you in five months. Okay, bye.


With a quick flick of his wrist, Elias placed his phone back in the cup carrier, and, with only a slight rolling of his eyes at his mother's babbling, turned up the music in his car a little louder. The car, an old hunk of metal from the dinosaur ages with a faded blue paint job, had been a gift from his mother for his graduation. It was an utter piece of shit, but he didn't love it any less for it. As his mother said, it gave it character.

The summer camp was only about four or so hours from their house, so Eli had been given official permission for the first time to take it somewhere other than the grocery store. The whole thing was a fairly exciting event. It was a little bit sad too. This would be his last year attending the camp as a camper. He honestly couldn't see himself returning from university to spend some more time in this old place. He wouldn't mind coming back as a counselor one year, he supposed, but it all really depended on the college he decided on. Some of his acceptances were close to home. Others were practically cross-country. The thing was, he still wasn't really what he wanted to do. And the imminent future was beginning to frighten him. But that's where the camp came in. If this was going to be his last year, damn it all if he wasn't going to make it count.

One of his hands pulled away from the steering wheel to fiddle with the pendant on the thin silver chain hung around his neck. It was something of a good luck charm to him, though he wasn't clear exactly how it became that to him, especially considering it was among the last of the things his father ever gave to him. A star with a snake tightly coiled around one of its points. Eli never did learn if there was any significance or symbolism hidden in the pretty trinket. But he supposed it didn't matter now.

He drove for another two and a half hours before he finally got to the camp. Like many of the other campers who were old enough to drive themselves there, he parked in the lot normally reserved for workers, though they tended to make exceptions for some of the older campers. Digging his large duffel bag out of the trunk, he headed out towards the main campgrounds where he was greeted by a familiar face. Over the years, some of the counselors had become friends of his despite the three, or sometimes four year age gaps, and they were always ready for Eli with a grin and and animated greeting. And, of course, the all too familiar pamphlet and cabin assignments.

Bobcats. The names of cabins continued to surprise him every year. Like they wanted to bee outdoorsy and cool, but didn't really know anything about the outdoors and went with what sounded acceptable. He wasn't complaining though. It was summer camp after all. Before heading to his cabin, he decided to check on the meeting grounds people usually gathered around to catch up with everyone. He got there just in time to a see girl walk away from Judith who stood stock still, a strange expression on her face. Anger already pumping through his veins, he started in her direction. He had made a promise to Jamie and he was going to keep it. Or he would have. If he didn't see her soon swarmed by the energetic twins and then quickly caught by Colton, a boy he recognized as her best friend. And that wasn't something he was eager to intrude on. Even if he had promised to take over the big sister--brother-- position, being an only child hadn't really prepped him for anything of the sort, and he didn't want to become too overbearing too fast, something he knew he often had a tendency of doing.

Instead he glanced around at the sea of familiar faces, friends talking to other friends, and a sigh of contentment rushing out of his mouth. There was the smell of pine trees in the air, and the sky was a sight to see. He was getting ready to drop off his bag at his cabin when he felt a presence at his side. Looking down, he saw a stony-eyed girl looking out in the same direction he had been, her eyebrows knit slightly together.

"Hey, Alice," he said, turning his gaze back to the crowded field. "Eli," she replied curtly with a faint nod. And together they surveyed the open grounds of what was going to be their reality for the next five months, her with a sensation of vague trepidation, and him with a sense of peace.














It wasn't a long drive up to the camp, but it wasn't a particularly pleasant one either. Her aunt's sedan was cramped and hot, the air conditioner having been broken for nearly a year now, and her sister had been crawling all over her while her mother talked at her on the phone. "Ya, basta!" Alicia snapped at her sister, only to watch her face crumble and her eyes start to water. Alright, that's enough! "Ay, Dìos," she sighed, quickly moving to stroke the child's hair in an apology. Her mother asked a series of questions on the phone about what had just happened. Oh, god. "Mira, Ma, tengo que ir, pero te llamo pronto, okay? Ya, chao, te quiero. Digale a papi que tambien lo amo. Y le digo a Trina que te llaman mas tarde, bye," she said, almost rapid fire before her mother had a chance to detain her any further. Look, Ma, I have to go, but I'll call you soon, okay? Alright, bye, I love you. Tell Dad I love him too. And I'll tell Trina to call you guys later, bye.

Every summer for the past four years Alicia and her sister had been spending their summer with her aunt in North Carolina. Well, her sister had. Her aunt decided that two children in her house was simply too much to handle and decided to send Alicia to a summer camp that was a mere hour from her house. It was where she had been spending her summers the past four years, despite the fact that she was sure she had mentioned once or twice that it was fairly boring and that she'd much rather spend time with her baby sister. But her aunt paid no attention to her pleas, and so there she was, off to summer camp once more.

Her sister tended to get restless in cars. Being only four and a half, it was understandable, but it didn't make it any less annoying. The first fifteen minutes had been cute. The last fifteen minutes were torture. She almost thanked the stars when the car finally pulled into the camp ground and she had to leave her sister behind in the back seat, strapping her into the booster seat now that she wouldn't be there to hold her.

After pulling her two bags, one a leather satchel with her art supplies and other important things in it, the other with her actual luggage, from the trunk, she waved goodbye to her aunt and sister as they pulled out of the parking lot and away down the highway. Heaving a sigh, she moved, dragging her feet mostly, towards the general initial meeting grounds. Not that she had anyone to meet. Four years she had been attending the damn camp and she still didn't have any really close friends. At least after this year she would only have one year left. Once she graduated, she'd go to some nice school in New York, something affordable but respectable, and she'd never look back. She was hoping to meet some like-minded people in college, people she could actually get along with. But really, she knew the problem wasn't with the people. It was with her, her and her aversion to putting effort into human contact. How could she expect to forge friendships if she wasn't willing to work in the furnace? Not that it mattered.

She checked in with a counselor, who assigned her the cabin she'd be dorming in. Turkey Vultures. Who came up with these names anyways? As far as turkey vultures went, they were definitely not the most elegant of birds. She scoffed as she turned onto the large field where everyone gathered and mingled. Spotting practically the only familiar face she knew that wasn't occupied by other people, she made his way over to his side. After an exchanging of courtesy hellos and a minute had passed, maybe two, she decided not to detain him any further. He was the only source of comfort she had amidst the sea of people, but she didn't want to keep him from any catching up he'd want to do. She headed off to the outskirts of the field instead, setting herself down in some shade and pulling out her sketchbook. Speaking of vultures....
She dug out a broken stick of charcoal from one of her front pockets and set to work.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Hollie Knight Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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"Hollie."

Hollie had taken a total of two steps away from Judith, not even bothering to hear her reply, though she doubted the girl would have answered anyway. Why would she? They weren't friends, she didn't owe Hollie an answer and in return the fake red head didn't care enough to even listen. That was when she heard her name, catching her off guard as she quickly tried to turn towards the voice. Unluckily her heels did not have the same idea and she stumbled slightly, her foot landing in a patch of drying mud as she caught herself regaining her footing. She grimaced as she quickly brought her foot away from the brown mush a frown on her face. The only thing she hated more than dirt was mud. Why she decided to come to camp every year, one that was surrounded by woods and dirt was a total mystery. One of the many weird mysteries and bizarre things Hollie did.

Letting out a hiss, she bit her lip as she tried to wipe the gross substance off her pink shoe and onto the grass only to no avail. Setting here eyes with a glare, Hollie turned to yell at the person who had startled her, only to see Lucas kneeling with a camera pointed at her.

The mean and nasty expression she usually wore slid off her face as she smiled for the pictures turning so he could get her "good" side.

"You're going to let me see those before you print them out, right?" Hollie asked raising her eyebrow as she watched Lucas jump to his feet, he didn't seem to hear her as he took off in another direction saying a farewell to her. "At least delete the ugly ones!" She called after him watching as he stopped in front of new people. Rolling her eyes she turned to Liam who despite looking identical to his brother alway seemed cuter to Hollie.

"Ah thanks Liam." She smiled genuinely at his compliment before glancing down at her muddy shoe. "I stepped in mud and these are new, they are going to be a pain to clean." She sighed tucking hair behind her ear before her eyes flickered up to meet his again.

"Well I guess as good as school can get." She gave a small laugh at his slight stutter, not in the mean condescending way, but more along the lines of a girlish giggle as she laughed along with him. Her brown eyes watched him drop his stuff off.

"Definitely not, I absolutely hate this camp." She answered bitterly responding to his question as she studied the area around her hatefully. "I don't know why I keep coming back...hmm maybe it's to see you." She winked playfully at him before lightly pinching his cheek. "Well aren't you the gentlemen." Handing him one of her rolling suitcases she headed towards her cabin opening the door and stepping in. She placed her bag to the side and glanced around the cabin. "Well thanks, I really needed the help. Do you need any help, I know you had quite a bit?"

If it had been anyone else she would have never offered to help. In fact she wouldn't have even said thank you. The best she would have done was shove her suitcase at them without insulting them. But Liam was her friend, one of the only people who could tolerate her, and despite as much as she would deny it, she liked having friends. There was no way she was going to scare them off with her bad attitude.




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Colton eyes scanned the people and area around him as he desperately searched for Judith, trying to keep his eyes from wandering back to Theo. As far as he was concerned, as long as he didn't see the tall boy he wouldn't see him. He could still feel his eyes slowly inching there way to Theodore's as he looked over each face.

"Hey Colton!" A familiar voice rang out giving Colton the excuse he needed to stare at the boy he had been trying to avoid. As he turned around he could finally clearly make out Theo's blue eyes, the ones that he always thought he could drown in if he stared too long.

The tall boy takes a step forward, hand in a wave, and Colton raises his hand to bite the inside of his thumb(a nervous habit he's always had), as he tries to work out a decision in his head. He continues to watch Theodore as a wild debate goes off in his head, as he argues over if he should turn and run or slowly slip away, but no maybe he'll stay and let Theo walk towards him and embrace him. It would be nice and it was definitely harder now that they were looking at each other to turn away. It doesn't matter though because the tall boy makes the decision for both of them as he stops giving the wild haired boy a smile that just spells friendly.

Colton waves back awkwardly his hand barely raising into the air as stares at Dylan and Theo. The two turn back around and Colton pushes hair away from his face letting out a low relived sigh.

"Fuck." He mutters shaking his head as his eyes trace over Theo's body. He catches sight of a vaguely familiar boy his camera still raised, and Colton hopes he hadn't taken a picture of his stunt in the bushes, but he can tell by the angle of the camera that he probably did.

He turns away, back on his hunt for Judith, halfway happy that Theo didn't approach him and the other half disappointed. The friendly smile kind of irks him, but what had he expected? Especially after he had blatantly ignored the boy and was still avoiding him. It wasn't like Theo should be tackling him to get his attention, Colton wasn't that special. Besides Theodore had a number of men and women who Colton was sure would be happy to spend just one night with the blue eyed heartthrob. He couldn't expect him to wait forever, especially if he never planned on talking to him again. Plus it was just like Theodore with his nice and caring nature to do as he wanted, abiding by his wish of staying away from him.

"Colton!"

Colton turned, a smile already on his face as his eyes finally landed on the red head he had been searching for. Momentarily forgetting about his boy troubles.

His face mirrored Judith's and they shared their excitement as he ran to her gathering her into his arm as he hugged her, lifting her off the ground and swinging her around once. He gave her a light squeeze before drawing back slightly a somber expression over taking his features.

"I'm sorry." He apologized in a whisper. Even though he didn't say exactly what he was apologizing for he was pretty sure Judith would understand. When she had lost her sister he had called and tried to be there, but not nearly as much as he could have and for that he was sorry. Placing a brotherly type of kiss on her forehead he released her from his arms completely.

"Now I hate to cut our PDA short, but is that Ben over there? We should go say hi." Linking his elbow through her's he began practically dragging her toward the boy who he was so inconspicuously playing a wing man for.

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Character Portrait: Cassandra Bennett Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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"I'm sorry," those were Colton's exact words as they embraced each other. And Judith despised it more than ever. For a year she's been reminded everyday how sorry it was that her sister was dead. But who is there to blame? It was no one's fault. Nobody knew that the plane would never make it back to its home base, or that hundreds would've died. It just kinda happened; an unexpectedly conspiracy. However, Judith didn't cry as much as she thought she would. She knew her sister wouldn't want her living in grief because grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. At least that's how the Ahlstrom sisters' saw it, and surely she wasn't going to let anything ruin her summer at camp. This was her second to her last visit after all, then she would be off to new possibilities wherever the wind blows. And maybe, just maybe finding love along the way.

Colton was at least a foot or two (maybe four) taller than Judith, so of course she had to stand on her toes as she squeezed him harder. "It's okay," she gave out a small chuckle; sniffing as she went. "I'm okay." It wasn't long before Cassie came over to the two, her hips swaying side to side and the hugest smile covering her face. "Hey, Judith, how are you?"

"I'm great actually. Thank you." Judith practically mumbled from within Colton's chest nearly suffocating from his grasp before he had finally let go.

"Now I hate to cut our PDA short, but is that Ben over there? We should go say hi." At that, he and Judith linked arms, and Judith linked arms with Cassie. Together, they moved over to Ben with a strangely intriguing girl with black hair whom Judith obviously hadn't seen before.

New kid. She thought; however, it wasn't the new girl she had her eyes on. It was Ben. Seeing him held an awkward feeling in the pit of her stomach. They hadn't talked since, well, since forever. And of course he tried to call him, but usually he'd let it go to voicemail and when he actually did pick up the conversation usually ended with hey, uhm I'm going to have to call you back. But he never did call her back. It was weird. Judith had spent week after week figuring out what she ever did to him for that type of disregard. The thing was she never did anything to him. Or did she?

Judith stared at him, waiting for a reply, a smile, anything. When he never did, "Hi," she said as she lowered her eyes away from him.

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Character Portrait: Cassandra Bennett Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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It took a massive meteorite falling from the sky at two hundred miles per hour for Ben to take his eyes off of Judith; however, when the girl next to him finally spoke he turned his attention to her. "You're not gonna take my picture too, or anything, are you?" she asked. Her voice was small, like a child's yet audible. And her feature was haunting in the most intriguing way possible; long hair the color of charcoal with skin extremely pale. She's not exceedingly beautiful, but something about her left him interested. To his surprise, she met eyes with him; waking him from his trance. He urged on a convincing cough before responding, "N-no. Don't mind those guys. They do that every year. Trust me, I know." He waited before continuing. "I'm Benjamin, by the way. Benjamin Hartly." He made no attempt to extend his hand out in gesture. So, he instead followed with her footsteps.

It wasn't long until Colton came arm in arm with Judith, and Judith with Cassie; however, he let his eyes land on Judith. It was weird seeing her after all he did try to ignore her calls. He didn't mean to push her away; tied between his own emotions he was. An emotion between love and hate. Love because the more he see's her or even hears that sweet voice of hers, he just melts. Hate because, well, it's not everyday you like your best friend. It was literally, totally unacceptable yet he can never get over the fact that he might actually love her.

Love. It's a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side. It was Judith who held him at center. And when she stood in front of him, he made the attempt to avoid pushing back a strand of her loose strand from her face as he done thousandths of times. A "friendly" gesture it was, but to Ben it meant more.

He opened his mouth to respond, and closed it almost immediately "Hi," she said curtly at the same time Ben's heart dropped when she lowered her eyes.

He wanted to tell her how he felt about her, but he didn't know how exactly. He wasn't quite sure of his emotions at this point, so he returned the greeting, "Hi." He said before letting the awkwardness engulf them.

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Character Portrait: Cassandra Bennett Character Portrait: Ciana Moore Character Portrait: Mackenzie Irving Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Ashleigh Smythe Character Portrait: Sophia Stanford Character Portrait: Hollie Knight Character Portrait: Alicia Morales Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Brookylnn Harrison Character Portrait: Elias Addiks Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Johnathon O'Briens Character Portrait: Kit Grimshaw Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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Setting
77 Degrees Fahrenheit | 25 Degrees Celsius
Monday, April 5th, 2014 8:22 AM

So, it's the first day at Merrie-Woode, right? The campers had a chance to reunite with their peers, if new they got a look around camp, and even met with their campmate(s) whom they may or may not like. But that's just life. Now enough with the blah-blah stuff, It's time to start the day off right. The staff at Merrie-Woode have a list of plans for all the fellow campers. Those of who will follow obediently with a smile planted on their faces which indicate the meaning of being a "happy" camper, and there are others who will use their stay at Merrie-Woode as an advantage to only cause chaos. Hint, hint, the staff has their eyes close on three stooges that are known for causing great catastrophes: Elias Addiks, Dylan Negovanlis, Theodore Matthews. With the likes of Cassandra Bennett hoeing around. May these four (delinquents..) be surveillance.

The dining hall is where we lay our scene, each camper are (hopefully) enjoying their breakfast; scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, sausage, and stacks on stacks of pancakes. Since there's only eight minutes left, Mr.McDonnell has decided to make an announcement of who is in what group and with who for our Color War activity, thus giving each of them a map of Merrie-Woode:

"The yellow group includes campers Cassandra Bennett, Hollie Knight, and Charlotte Van Der Deen.

The orange group includes campers Mackenzie Irving, Theodore Matthews, Ben Hartly, and Colton Nobel.

The blue group includes campers Judith Ahlström, Lucas Woods, and Dylan Negovanlis.

The green group includes campers Elias Addicks, Liam Woods, and Ashleigh Smythe.

The red group includes campers Johnathon O'briens, Alicia Morales, and Sophia Stanford.

The purple group Ciana Moore, Brooklyn Harrison, and Kit Grimshaw.

Now attention all campers. Whether or not you like any of your teammates, we are to be respectful and work as a group. Today's color war activity is Capture The Flag. Each team is given at least three riddles that each pertain to where the color of your flag is located. It can be anywhere for example, in the dressers, in the toilet, etcetera. The team who has collected their total of three flags, and report back to the drama station wins. Have fun. And remember to always be a happy camper at Camp Merrie-Woode!"



Riddles:

Yellow Group

1. Little critters are the worst to deal with. It's a good thing that they're kept outside in the__________.
2. Way down deep in the blue sea, betcha can't find me. Where am I?
3. The ________ is forbidden to all campers.

Orange Group

1. Ben Hartly is well known for ending up in the_______.
2. The _____ ______ is always prohibited to boys.
3. Archery is to field as basketball is to______.

Blue Group

1. I wake up in the morning, put my foot to the floor, and make a fifty-yard dash to the bathroom door for the _______.
2. Vegetables are easy to plant.
3. Never go there at night.

Green Group

1. A place set for three meals daily.
2. Where we meet and sing songs.
3. Feeling tired, well Theodore?

Red Group

1. Black and white ball.
2. Horses. Horses everywhere.
3. Two paddles made for two people.

Purple Group

1. Fire is hazardous, but not for marshmallows.
2. I never seen you before. Go get registered in the _____ ______.
3. Looking for a flag, well there's an even bigger one.

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Character Portrait: Cassandra Bennett Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Hollie Knight Character Portrait: Alicia Morales Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Charlotte Van der Veen Character Portrait: Ben Hartley

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The usual breakfast-overhauled. Charlotte could at least look forward to enjoying a full breakfast. Was this the usual breakfast camps had? Charlotte's mind thought to her cabin mate, Alicia Morales. Out of all the people at the camp Charlotte think getting paired up with Alicia was the best. She was quiet and interested in art as well. Charlotte couldn't muster up any courage to ask to look at Alicia's artwork and sketched in her journal all night. Hardly a word was shared between the two but it wasn't an awkward silence because between them was the energy and understanding of an artist at work. Charlotte drew an odd picture of Benjamin as well as the guy with the camera that night. She forgot his name already.

While eating Mr. McDonnell made an announcement concerning groups and a Color War activity. As he handed out maps of the camp site Charlotte could feel her hunger dissipate.

"The yellow group includes campers Cassandra Bennett, Hollie Knight, and Charlotte Van Der Deen." Mr. McDonnell announced first. Charlotte didn't know who either of them were and didn't bother looking around. She knew that the regulars of the camp would notice her name as being new and figure out who she was, quickly. She didn't want to meet any eyes that were possibly looking at her. Analyzing her. Maybe even judging her.

"Now attention all campers. Whether or not you like any of your teammates, we are to be respectful and work as a group. Today's color war activity is Capture The Flag. Each team is given at least three riddles that each pertain to where the color of your flag is located. It can be anywhere for example, in the dressers, in the toilet, etcetera. The team who has collected their total of three flags, and report back to the drama station wins. Have fun. And remember to always be a happy camper at Camp Merrie-Woode!" On the back of the map were the riddles for each team.

1. Little critters are the worst to deal with. It's a good thing that they're kept outside in the__________.
2. Way down deep in the blue sea, betcha can't find me. Where am I?
3. The ________ is forbidden to all campers.


Charlotte had no clue what to make of each riddle. Especially, the last one. She didn't know the camp rules. The inevitable was coming now that breakfast was coming to an end. Charlotte lifted her head to see who this Cassandra Bennett and Hollie Knight were.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Colton Nobel Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis

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Breakfast was beyond nauseating. The eggs, potatoes, and pancakes were alright, but the sausage and bacon? It was sad to think of all the poor pigs being slaughtered just for the satisfaction of human hunger. What did they ever do to deserve that sort of torture? Being a full on vegetarian had you thinking about that sometimes; however, some people tend to take an oath on vegetarianism for the sake of weight loss. Judith on the other hand took the oath to save all the animals because she knew if she did, there would be one less mouth to feed on nature. She was always a big softie for the little critters, and they were to be treated better than this. At least that's what Judith thought.

She eyed everyone around the room as they dug into their meals; some left no more than a crumb on their empty plate. God, how she hated carnivores. "Walgelijk," Disgusting. She muttered incoherent Dutch under her breath low enough for only herself to hear.

Then, she gazed down at her own plate as she picked at a split nail on her thumb, biting and pulling on it. The sausage and bacon lay cold, untouched in front of her. She ate no more than five bites (discluding the meat) , and already she was feeling sick to her stomach. However, she was taught better than to waste food. Coming from a working-poor family ungratefulness was forever prohibited, but in this case she'd just have to let it slide.

Pushing the plate away, she turned to Colton. "It feels like I'm in a slaughterhouse." The nail split low, and she peeled it off, glad to focus on the pain. And that's when Mr.McDonnell came in the dining hall, a megaphone in one hand, and papers in the other. Her eyes followed him as he moved about the room, handing each camper including Judith a handout of (a map?). It was a hand drawn map of Merrie-Woode, but she didn't know why it was given to them.

"Good morning, happy campers!" Mr.McDonnell's voice boomed in his megaphone, and everyone in the room gave out sluggish 'good morning' in return. He continued, "Glad we're all awake. Now you all must be wondering why on earth I have given each of you a handout of our glorious camp. Well, that's a pretty darn good question. The staff and I have decided to start your very first day at Merrie-Woode right to an old fashioned game of Color-Wars!"

Everyone around the room groaned while others attempted to fling a spoon full of scrambled eggs at the camp director. Judith took in all the chaos, and bit her lip from smiling.

Poor McDonnell, she thought before he continued. "Hey, hey, hey now. It's going to be fun."

Fun? Last time he said that I nearly lost an arm. She lifted her glass of orange juice to her lips, listening in on McDonnell ramble on about teammates and such; who was on which team. "The blue group includes campers Judith Ahlström, Lucas Woods, and Dylan Negovanlis."

As soon as McDonnell said that, Judith gagged on the sourness of her orange juice loud enough for everyone within a three-seat radius turned to look at the little red head with concerned looks. When Judith finally caught her breath she noticed eyes watching her. Barely her first day, and already she made embarrassed herself. "Sorry," was all she said before shrinking lower in her seat.

McDonnell waited before continuing. "Now attention all campers. Whether or not you like any of your teammates, we are to be respectful and work as a group. Today's color war activity is Capture The Flag. Each team is given at least three riddles that each pertain to where the color of your flag is located. It can be anywhere for example, in the dressers, in the toilet, etcetera. The team who has collected their total of three flags, and report back to the drama station wins. Have fun. And remember to always be a happy camper at Camp Merrie-Woode!"

A happy camper? Yeah, right.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Elias Addiks Character Portrait: Liam Woods Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis

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Liam had dropped his stuff and Lucas's stuff off in their designated cabins. He had been glad to help Hollie and had told her that. Liam had made his way to the mess hall, knowing Lucas would meet him there. Liam carried nothing as he entered the room, looking around to see Lucas was already there, shoving food down his throat by himself. He seemed in a bad mood and Liam approached to help his brother out. "What's wrong? Didn't get everyone's picture?" He asked as he pulled the plate Lucas had made him closer to start eating.


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Lucas looked up, then back down. "We aren't in the same cabin man... How are you gonna help me out with... you know," Lucas asked with a nod towards his shoulder. Liam smiled at his brother, he was so embarrassed and worried someone would find out about it.

"You'll come to my cabin and I'll change it there. Or, you can tell someone and they can help you," Liam offers as he digs into his eggs. Lucas stares at his brother as if he was crazy. "Yeah, and you're going to be president tomorrow. It ain't happening," He grumbles as he continues to eat.

"Well, who's in your cabin? They're probably cool," Liam states as he eats. It was odd for Lucas to be in such a bummed mood. Usually it was Liam who was bummed and Lucas trying to cheer him up. Lucas shrugs, looking at his camera in hopes of cheering himself up. "A guy named Kit and Colton," Lucas mutters. Liam nods, encouraging more information. "Did you talk to them?" Liam prods. Lucas nods a little. "Yeah, I said hi, but I don't think I was very friendly," Lucas responds, pushing food around now.

Liam nods his understanding. "Well, you'll have to fix that won't you?" Liam asks and Lucas nods, smiling a little. "Who's in your cabin?" He asks, finally giving up on pitying himself. "Two dudes named Dylan and Jonathan," Liam states, reaching for Lucas's camera to look at the photos but being stopped upon having his hand slapped. "Nobody looks until after the summer," He scolds with a smile.


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Liam smiles upon seeing his brother back to normal. "I take it you got everyone?" Liam asks. Lucas smiles. "Not everyone knows I too their picture, but yes, I got everyone. Some are from a distance because I got too lazy to keep running. I don't run track for a reason, I'm not good at it," Lucas states as he leans back, forgetting his fears. He only needed to change the bandage when he went swimming or got it sweaty and it became gross, he would just have to monitor his activities based on when he could get alone with Liam.

"Dude, you're a wide receiver, that's what you do, run, almost continuously. You also play basketball, also nonstop running," Liam says, furrowing his brow as he tries to reason with his brother. "Yeah, well..." Lucas begins with a shrug. You also run every morning," Liam claims, amazed at his brothers reasoning. Lucas just shrugged it off.

"Look, announcements," Lucas points behind Liam to where the camp director stood to give the teams their members. Lucas smiles slightly upon hearing his groups members. He thought Judy was different in a way he thought was fun. Dylan though... the name was familiar and he knew he'd met the guy, he just didn't really know him. "Aw, I got one of your roomies, he's going to be so confused for a while," Lucas laughs as he eats more food, listening to the announcements as they continue on about the director not caring if people didn't like who they were with.


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It was rare Lucas and Liam were on the same teams so it wasn't bothering Lucas nearly as much as the cabin arrangements. "Ashleigh and Elias, I don't really know either of them. I'm pretty sure the directors soul goal this year is to screw with our heads and pair us with people we don't really know..." Liam concludes as he becomes the one moving food around his plate with his fork.

"There is one thing I have to say to you my brother," Lucas says, putting his hand on Liam's shoulder in a sympathetic gesture. "What?" Liam asks as he looks up, expecting some comforting words from his brother after what he had just done. "You're going down," He states as he stands and rushes to find his group leaving Liam staring after his brother, an exasperated look now on his face. "Thanks bro," He mutters with a smile as he grabs Lucas's empty plate and takes care of them. Liam grabbed his brother's camera, passing it to him as he passed his twin he realized he had forgotten it only when it appeared in front of his face.

Lucas approached his team upon grabbing their riddles. "Okay, here's the plan, let's figure this out so we can beat my brother. Hi Judy, for real this time, and hi Dylan, don't really know you very well, but hi," Lucas says with small waves at both of his partners before he looked at the riddles.

1. I wake up in the morning, put my foot to the floor, and make a fifty-yard dash to the bathroom door for the _______.
2. Vegetables are easy to plant.
3. Never go there at night.



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Lucas groaned, pretty sure he knew the number one answer. "Okay, so, I'm pretty sure number one is the toilet sadly... Number two, sounds like the Veggie garden. I have no clue about number three though," Lucas begins, trying to get ahead of his brother, crouching in front of his partners he had assembled as if he was holding a huddle.

Liam, across the room, had sat on one of the tables, scanning the crowd for his group. He spotted Elias and smiled when he was asked a question. "Nope, not quite yet. Here's the riddles though," Liam says as he holds up the sheet of paper he had gotten.

1. A place set for three meals daily.
2. Where we meet and sing songs.
3. Feeling tired, well Theodore?


"So, meals, probably somewhere in here, songs, I got that one, where we do our singalongs. Where does Theo feel tired? His bed? Is there anywhere else?" Liam asks as he looks to Elias, still scanning the crowd for Ashleigh out of the corner of his eye.

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Theodore Matthews Character Portrait: Elias Addiks Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis

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When morning came Dylan was still sleeping, snoring lightly against his pillow until some rusting from his cabin mates woke him up just in time. Upon opening his eyes, the little bit of sun that came through the cabin windows seemed to burn Dylan's eyes and earn an audible groan from the young man. " Ugh, sun I bloody command you to go back to sleep." he groaned turning over. Being introduced to his cabin mates yesterday sure was a bit exhausting with all the introductions and everything but Dylan thought they were both alright even though he may confuse Liam for Lucas sometimes and even if he was a bit envious of Johnathon's wolfy look. He was still a bit bummed that he wasn't bunked with Theo but he'd get over it soon enough.

His stomach grumbled loudly finally making him get out of bed to take his quick cool shower along with getting dressed afterwards. Now smelling like lavender Dylan shoved a few things into his messenger bag and was the last to leave the cabin for breakfast. Upon arriving, Dill greeted some people with his usual jokes and smiles before grabbing his seat and filling his plate with a little bit of everything, except sausage. There was something about it that made his stomach do flops, he use to eat it all the time but one day it just sat wrong in his stomach and from then on his stomach has never agreed with it since. He nibbled on his bacon and stuffed his mouth with eggs when Theo came over. "Top o’ the mornin’ to ya beautiful. " Dylan smiled at Theo before hiding behind him as he flicked a piece of pancake at Elias then failing at fending off Theo from taking one of his pancakes.

When Mr.McDonnell came in with his microphone and announced the teams, Dylan looked up at him with his mouth filled with pancakes making his cheeks look like that of a chipmunks. Surprise was noticeable on his face. Just the thought of being teamed up with Judith made his stomach twist in odd ways mostly out of excitement and nervousness. Swallowing hard Dill sipped his cranberry juice to help the food go down smoother before he took a deep breathe. "Looks like the non-existent gods are on our side today, huh?" Dylan also pushed himself up from the bench after cleaning his mouth with a napkin and heading after Theo. "Unfortunately I guess they are."

Catching a seat next to Judith, Dylan flashed his genuine childish grin towards her. " Morning little red." he looked around noticing Judith's sister was nowhere to be found, he didn't see her yesterday either but he just thought that maybe she went to her cabin before Judith did or something like that. He would have asked about her but he didn't think this was the appropriate time so he'd ask later. Fiddling slightly with his bracelet, Dill thought it's now or never. " Psst, hey Judith I got you something over the winter." he whispered trying not to attract much attention since he wanted this moment to be a him and her thing. "Close your eyes." he whispered again with a smile and when she did what he said he pulled out this beautiful, handmade leather bound journal and placed it in her hands. " You can open them now, Theo, me and mom had gone to this flea market and I saw this. It reminded me of you and I know how you like to write. "

Smiling Dylan reached back into his bag and fumbled around in it a bit until he found what he was looking for. " See I bought one for myself too and it came with this bracelet attached to it." he lifted up the hand that had the bracelet on it before holding up one identical to his. By now Dylan had all but forgotten they were in a room filled with campers, to him it was just Judith and him right now. " It's suppose to be a charm for good dreams, I haven't taken mine off since I bought it and of course yours came with one also." he carefully took Judith's wrist into his hand and carefully put the bracelet around her slender wrist. " There that's a better looking wrist already." Dill joked light heartedly before he was snapped back into reality by Lucas.

"Okay, here's the plan, let's figure this out so we can beat my brother. Hi Judy, for real this time, and hi Dylan, don't really know you very well, but hi,"

Dylan stared at him dumbfounded for a whole second still trying to recover from what just happened and how he got through that without making a complete idiot of himself. He could hear his heartbeat in his ears. "Ah, yeah h-hey Lucas, don't worry if you got my good side while taking those pictures yesterday I'm sure we'll be much closer by the end of the summer." he joked with his all too familiar goofy smile before they got back down to business.

"Ah the toilet, they have some guts putting it there, anyway I have no clue what the last one means but I can fetch the one in the toilet because honestly no lady should be sticking their hands in toilets." Dylan looked over at Judith then Lucas with his eyebrow raised as if he was saying am I right?

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Character Portrait: Judith Ahlström Character Portrait: Lucas Woods Character Portrait: Dylan Negovanlis

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1. I wake up in the morning, put my foot to the floor, and make a fifty-yard dash to the bathroom door for the _______.
2. Vegetables are easy to plant.
3. Never go there at night.


The riddles were a complete joke. Seriously, who came up with them? Over and over Juidth tried to decipher them; tried to make sense of them; however, she had only solved the first and the second one. It was the third that was beginning to irk her in ways she never have been irked before; her nostrils were flared and that only ever happened whenever she was really irritated. "Ik Kan niet Geloven DAT we spelen dis." 'I cannot believe we're playing this.'

She was just about to give up when suddenly Dylan plopped himself next to her. "Morning little red." he greeted, and Judith turned just in time to catch that goofy little smile of his as if that would be the only thing that gave her meaning at that point.

"Oh, hey Diddles." She greeted back. Afterwards, she tried to pay attention onto the riddles once more, but somehow couldn't stop herself from glimpsing occasionally at Dylan. He must've seemed the same way because she had caught him peeking at her until he realized she'd seen him, then looked away and started squirming around uncomfortably in his seat. Judith couldn't help herself other than smile at him. Dylan was always such a prance whenever he was around her. However, she never really knew why. It was strange.

Judith opened her mouth to speak at the same time Dylan said, "Psst, hey Judith I got you something over the winter."

She watched as he began to pull something out from his bag, and slowly the anticipation was beginning to eat at her insides until he paused as if barely realizing something, then began leaning in closer to her to the point where Judith coud smell the sweet scent of lavender.

"Close your eyes," he whispers.

Judith gives him this look that told him she wasn't enjoying the sound of this. She didn't necessarily like surprises; however, she did as Dylan told told her and closed her eyes. Not a minute had passed before he had dropped a lightweight (book?) into her hands. "You can open them now, Theo, me and mom had gone to this flea market and I saw this. It reminded me of you and I know how you like to write."

When she opened her eyes, amazment was written all over her face. The journal was beyond beautiful. She allowed her fingers to trace the outline of the rose.The fact that Dylan knew her in ways that she has never known herself was..sweet. He was sweet. She didn't know what to say, so instead she watched as he took yet another present." See I bought one for myself too and it came with this bracelet attached to it."

She stared in awe at the two identical bracelets. "It's suppose to be a charm for good dreams, I haven't taken mine off since I bought it and of course yours came with one also."

Before Judith could react, Dylan grabbed for her wrist, and carefully slipped the bracelet into place. The whole time, Judith avoided eye contact with him because she knew that if she looked up butterflies were soon to make their way into her stomach like they always did whenever Dylan was around.

"There that's a better looking wrist already." he joked making Judith smile tentively.

She opened her mouth to say something and shut it almost instantly. Then shook her head, I love it. Thank you. " She was staring down at the gorgeous charm bracelet, that now lay heavy around her wrist, when she said that. It wasn't because she didn't mean it, it was because that was one of thse awe moments that would make her tear up if she stared at Dylan while saying it.

A minute passed. Two. And they stayed lie that; Judith staring at her wrist in Dylan's hand and Dylan staring at her.

"Okay, here's the plan, let's figure this out so we can beat my brother. Hi Judy, for real this time, and hi Dylan, don't really know you very well, but hi." The sound of Lucas' voice interrupted them. Quickly, Dylan dropped her wrist as Lucas came over and sat across from them.

"Hey, Lucas. You and your brother are always competitive. Anyhow," She flipped over the map to where the riddles where printe ed in clear font. [color=#800000 ][ i ]"Anyhow, I did find out the answers to the first and second riddle; however, it's the last one I'm unfamiliar with. I mean it could be anything really."[/ i ][/color ]

She handed the handout to Dylan, and watched while biting her thumbnail nervously as he scanned it over. "Ah the toilet, they have some guts putting it there, anyway I have no clue what the last one means but I can fetch the one in the toilet because honestly no lady should be sticking their hands in toilets." He looked over at Lucas, giving him a look making Judith roll her eyes with a snort, then a smile.

"Har, har very funny Diddles,"she snatched the paper from his hands, and pushed a strand of hair behind her ear. "Seriously though, who comes up with these? They're horrible, but we already have the answer for two. You guys wanna go ahead and get our flags?"