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Charlie Brighton

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness wasn't rich enough."

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a character in “The Middle”, originally authored by Bandit, as played by RolePlayGateway

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{ Name }
Charles Harrison Brighton

{ Nickname }
Charlie

{ Age }
19

{ Gender }
Male

{ Sexuality }
Heterosexual

{ Hometown }
Oyster Bay Cove, NY

{ Role }
The Rich Kid





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{ History }
Charlie is the product of a Wall Street executive and a television personality. His father, Christopher Brighton, works as a CEO for a major finance company and his mother is well-known for her role as a co-host of "Good Morning America". Together, they had three children: Kristen, now aged 24, and Charlie and Tanner, identical twins who recently turned nineteen. The family resided in an upscale Long Island community but also owned a summer house in the Hamptons and a winter home in Florida.

Charlie had very few problems in his life, and definitely nothing comparable to the people in The Middle. His twin was his best friend, he easily made friends in school and did well academically. Although his parents both but a lot of time into their careers, they were involved in raising their children enough where he never felt emotionally neglected. He experienced losses in his life just like other people, such as three of his grandparents passing away over his lifespan, but nothing that was tragic or shocking. He was blessed with a good life and took advantage of it to the fullest extent.

He had a good amount of college choices after he graduated and although he was tempted to follow his brother to Pepperdine in California, he opted to stay in New York. He decided to attend NYU, and be close to home but still in a big city. His parents were thrilled that he wasn't going so far and paid for a nice apartment for he and a few roommates in the center of Manhattan. He was majoring in biology with plans of going on to medical school after completing his undergraduate studies, and the eventually becoming a cardiologist. Charlie was more than satisfied with how his life was going when he accidentally died.

{ Last Moments }
Charlie was taking a subway to Penn Station, with the intentions of then taking a train back to his family's Long Island home for the weekend. He had done it many times before but this time, seconds before he was going to step onto the subway, he stumbled and landed directly in the path of the train.




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{ Positive traits }
Outgoing, ambitious, confident, lively

{ Negative traits }
Cocky, privileged, insensitive, flirtatious

{ Personality }
In the best light, Charlie is a bold and lively young man. He is confident and isn't afraid to put himself out there, whether it be socially, academically or athletically. He enjoys socializing and making friends and is always willing to take on a new adventure. He will rarely decline an invitation to go out and prefers the company of others over being alone. He's good company; someone who can break awkward silence and is fun to have at parties or just hanging out one-on-one with. Intellectually, Charlie always managed to do well in school, but it would be a stretch to label him as being exceptionally intelligent or anything of that nature. He was a committed student and it paid off; that's all, really.

Privileged probably isn't normally a character trait but it seems to fit Charlie's personality. He definitely is cocky in terms of thinking that he's attractive and perfect for any girl that catches his eye, but more than that, he also has lived an easy life and really isn't aware of the true depth of problems. In similar ways of ignorance, he doesn't consider the problems that others face because they would never happen to him, or so he would imagine. You're homeless? Get a job. Depressed? Go on a vacation. Can't pay your rent? Rent a smaller apartment. He doesn't say things with malice but because he can't emphasize with people who are less privileged than him and has never had to imagine how tough life can be for some people. This can definitely come off as him being insensitive and although sometimes he is purposely doing some (especially when he feels insulted or embarrassed), it normally is just ignorance.





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☼New York City
☼Skateboarding
☼Surfing
☼His brother
☼Girls
☼Money
☼Cars
☼Water sports
☁Clowns
☁Cats
☁Garlic
☁Airplanes
☁Coffee
☁Blueberries
☁Traffic
☁Elevators




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{ Figure }
What type of figure do they have? Height? Weight?

{ Hair Color }
Brown

{ Eye Color }
Brown

{ Other }
He has no noticeable markings on his body, but has a few barely visible scars on his arms and legs from roughhousing with his brother during their childhood.

So begins...

Charlie Brighton's Story

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One of the perks of going to school in Manhattan was that all it took was a ten minute subway ride and a thirty minute train ride for him to be back at his family's home on Long Island. He didn't do it frequently but today his mother had insisted that he come home to celebrate his father's birthday weekend with him. The promise of her homemade macaroni and cheese sealed the deal, so after his classes ended, Charlie headed to one of the subway stations by his apartment building. He only had to wait five minutes for the subway to arrive but spent the few minutes seated on one of the benches a few feet away from the edge of the platform. When the announcement came over that the subway to Penn Station was on time, he stood up and approached the platform. He could hear the train roaring towards them but as he approached the edge of the platform to wait with the rest of the crowd, he stumbled over side and onto the tracks. Had it happened even a minute earlier, it might have been possible for someone to pull him off, but there was no time.


Waking up under water was probably the last thing that Charlie expected. He was so unsure of what was going on that he opened his mouth to breath in, only to find himself choking on the water. The few seconds that he was under water seemed longer as he tried to reflect on what had happened while panicking about what was happening. He surfaced before he could put too much thought into the situation, and even once his head was above water, it was hard to focus on his surroundings when he was coughing up the water that he had swallowed seconds before. Once he managed to grab onto a rock on the outside of the water, he cleared his throat and looked around.

There was a woman in the water a few feet away from him, shouting about her baby, and then two people outside of the water. One of them was a guy who appeared to be a few years older than Charlie and the other was a light-haired female who also appeared to be three or four years older than him. It wasn't surprising that even in such a tumultuous situation, Charlie checked her out for a moment. Whoever she was, he approved. The other woman's desperate shouts for her child refocused Charlie on what was going on and he turned his attention back to his situation.

The scenery reminded him of an area of Costa Rica that his family had vacationed to that past summer, but why would he be there? And surrounded by these people? A woman yelling about her car and daughter? Then it came back to him. The subway. He had fallen onto the tracks and died, he supposed. That, or he was in one of those dreamlike states while his real body was hooked up to some machine in a hospital, and he was in a coma or something. He thought that he had seen some movie with a similar premise.

It probably would have been normal for him to react in a frantic manner similar to the female in the water, but he wasn't even sure where to begin. Wherever he was, it felt strangely peaceful and he was more confused than scared. After a few moments of staring wide-eyed at everything around him, he pulled himself out of the water. His legs felt wobbly and it didn't help that he was sopping wet and because of that, also a bit chilly, but he was able to get to his feet on his own. "Is this a dream or something?" Charlie asked directly, his gaze shifting between the two dry people. His voice was calmer than he expected it to be, but compared to the distraught shrieks coming from the other girl, anyone would sound calm.

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Oliver ran down the streets of his hometown as fast as his feet could take him. Turning corners of blocks that all looked the same, drained of all color in the boy's mind. Oliver didn't know why he was running, or even where he was running. All he knew was that he couldn't stop no matter what.

Picking up his pace, Oliver realized that the neighborhood he'd turned into was familiar. Fuzzy memories proved that he'd been here before, he'd climbed that tree, tripped over that crack in the sidewalk, he'd been jumped in the shadows behind that house.

Oliver shook his head to rid himself of the memories as he continued to run. Suddenly a house loomed in front of him. The two-story house was the only bright thing in this world, it's wood painted a cheery yellow that only managed to make Oliver feel nauseous. He remembered this place. And with the memory came a feeling of dread.

Bursting through the door, Oliver saw two very familiar people standing in the living room. A women with gray streaked honey colored hair was being comforted by a man with dark brown hair as she sobbed into his shoulder. Neither of the two noticed as Oliver passed them, his feet somehow knowing where to go.

Oliver couldn't stop his shaking as he stopped in front of one of the three doors in the hallway. He knew that one door led to a closet, one to an office, and the other to a bathroom. Oliver's body moved on it's own accord as he reached out and grasped the cool metal of the bathroom door. Oliver shook as he opened the door and saw what he dreaded most.

Blood. Blood and shattered glass lay everywhere. Yet this time it wasn't his body that lay in the middle of the room, but the small body of a girl with obnoxiously curly golden hair.





Oliver gasped for air as he jerked awake. He laid in his bed for a few second, pulling in deep breathes as he hung his arm over his eyes to avoid the annoyingly bright sunlight that entered through the windows placed around his hut. The storms always brought him nightmares for whatever reason, and last night's storm was likely the worst he'd ever experienced.

Removing his arm from his eyes, Oliver squinted into the light as he sat up. Looking down, Oliver noticed that he was coated in sweat. Oliver heaved a sigh as he stumbled out of bed and into the shower. Oliver changed then looked around the room before opening the door leading outside.

On the small table by his bed stood a small silver picture frame. Oliver's eyes grew a little hazy as he stared at the picture of him and his little sister Charlotte which lay inside the frame. It had been one of the three things he'd found in his trunk when he arrived on the island. A small chuckle bubbled from his chest as Oliver looked at Charlotte's huge grin and untamable curly golden hair. The image from his dream flashed once in Oliver's head but he ignored it, stepping out into the island air instead.

'Guess I'll check out the damage...' Oliver thought as he walked through camp, listening to the sound his shoes on the still slightly wet ground as he looked around for the new hut. Or huts, in this case. Oliver stopped walking when he realized that there where six new huts instead of just one or two.

'Weird...' Oliver thought as he shook his head and continued walking toward the waterfall where he already heard shouting. As Oliver got closer he could see four figures, two he recognized as Emery and Cassidy, the other two must've been part of the new arrivals.

Oliver leaned against a palm tree as he watched one of the new arrivals screaming something about a baby. Oliver sighed, she must've been to panicked to remember killing herself. Yet the way she was screaming for her child made something twist in Oliver's stomach. What made someone who cared so much about their child leave them behind? Or had the woman killed the baby along with herself...?

Oliver's gaze slid to the other new arrival, the young man seemed to be about the same age. While he was much calmer than the screaming lady, he also looked dazed, "Is this a dream or something?". Oliver sighed, pulling up his sleeve a little so he could see the scar running across his wrist. "I'm afraid not...", he mumbled, quite enough so that only his ears could hear.

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She heard noises nearby- voices- and fear squeezed her chest. However, she lifted up the trunk that she instinctively knew was hers and followed the sounds that suddenly grew louder now.

"Where's my baby?!"
"Is this a dream or something?"

Ronnie was hit with a wave of confusion, blistered with panic. The voices were odd, tinged with echo as she edged closer; some of the words were completely foreign- others felt familiar. As soon as she stepped out from within the underbrush, she willed her eyes to adjust as she squinted toward the light and those speaking. At first she could only see shifting shadows, but they soon turned into shapes of bodies- people shifting around not even noticing Ronnie's existence.

And then, as if the lens of a camera had sharpened its focus, the faces cleared. They were actual people, all of them- some young, some older. Ronnie didn't know what to expect, but seeing those faces on the island puzzled her. Some of her fear melted away, but not enough to calm her racing heart.

She stepped farther out, "Why am I-how did I..?". She trailed off as her eyes began shifting from a women grieving the loss of her baby to a boy who was still questioning the idea if whether or not he was in a dream until suddenly her eyes dropped onto a guy casually leaning against a palm tree.

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Samantha hated storms. She had back at home and still did in The Middle. She was the child who was hiding under her blankets at the slightest sound of thunder until she was eleven or twelve, and even now, when she understood that they were harmless, she still refused to leave her bed during them. Even though there was rarely ever any damage from the storms in The Middle, Sam could swear that her hut had almost blown away during the previous night's storm. Had it not indicated that new people were going to be here, she would have spent the morning looking for some damage that she could complain about. However, she was excited to meet the new person that she expected to be arriving this morning. Sam loved socializing and was beginning to get bored with the other seven people, so a new face would be a nice change.

She was anxious to find out who the new person was but it didn't stop her from spending a good half an hour in the shower, and then an equal amount of time getting dressed. She chose a simple black bikini, jean shorts and tank top. One of her biggest objections with The Middle was that she lacked the large wardrobe she had at home. Here, she only had enough clothes to satisfy the need, and not her frivolous wants. It was probably the point though. If she could have everything here at the snap of her fingers, there would be even less of a reason for her, or any of them, to want to return to Earth.

She left her hut and headed straight for the waterfall pool. There were a few berry bushes on the way so she ate a handful of those as she walked, but Sam had never been big on breakfast. She was rarely hungry enough to eat big meals, and especially not in the morning. The steady sound of the water falling was audible even before the trees spread to open up to the pool and along with that, she could also hear some voices. When she stepped towards the waterfall, she spotted Emery, Oliver, Cassidy, and three new people. Two were girls and one was a boy who Sam instantly focused on. Even with his dazed expression, he was still cute and she decided that he would be a nice change from her normal lustful nights with Ford. She didn't acknowledge either of the new girls as she stepped towards the soaked male. "It's a dream come true for me" she responded to his inquiry on whether this was a dream. "It isn't every day that a cute guy kills himself," she added, stepping towards him with a flirtatious grin.

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Small puffs of snow drifted down from the chilly night sky as Chris made her way through the crowded city streets. She angrily wiped her tears away as the steam from her breath was visibly clear on the cool air. How could she. . . with my own brother too! she angrily thought to herself as she kicked up some snow with her boots. Chris sniffled her nose red from both the cold and crying and her eyes were still damp but the cold wind threaten to turn her tears into icicles. Chris came to a stop at a crossing and she almost seemed to blend in with the crowd that surrounded her.

Sticking to the back, she walked when they walked but something had caught her eye at the last moment, right before she made it safely to the other side. A young child had bolted across the street and the light had just turned green for the oncoming cars. Christina's eyes grew wide and her body moved on it's own. She bolted after the child who had been disoriented by the headlights of the bus and came to a complete stop in the middle of the street. The bus showed no signs of slowing down but thankfully Chris got there in time and pushed the child out the way. It only took a second for Chris to hear the loud car horns around her as she was now the deer caught in the headlights.

The young woman took one final breath before everything went dark and the horns had suddenly stopped. Her body felt weightless and her eyes heavy, she felt as if she was sinking into darkness. Suddenly she felt a strong urge to open her eyes, her eyes slowly opened only seeing a light blue up above her and light shimmering above the water with faint shadows dancing across it.

Where am I. . . I-Is this water? Am I drowning. . .

Chris grew more and more aware of her surroundings by the second and went to speak only to swallow a bunch of water. Her eyes squeezed tight as the pain of trying to breathe where there was no air filled her mouth. She snapped out of her daze and gave a strong push from the bottom of the pool up towards the light. When she surfaced she gasped for air many times over and coughed out the water that she had swallowed. Those faint shadows that once danced across the top of the water was now in full view, they were people like her, thank god she thought. Running her fingers threw her now wet hair Chris slicked her hair back as she swam over to the edge and climbed out of the water not wanting to stay there any longer.

Chris sat at the edge taking a moment to catch her breath once more then it hit her, where was the child she just saved? Actually where was Canada period, unless Canada suddenly turned into a tropical paradise then where were all the people period. She only saw people around her age that she didn't see. Her green eyes began to scan the surroundings when the voice of a crying woman took her attention not to far from her. Looking dumbfounded for a second, Chris headed towards her and leaned down the edge grabbing hold of the womans hand to pull her out. " H-Hey, um don't cry please, I'll help you out, I promise I'll help you find out what happen to your baby. " Chris was no good with crying females, it made her nervous and feel bad but she couldn't just leave her in the water to catch a cold.

"If you stay in there you'll catch a cold. . ." she said in the most gentle voice before she looked up at the young fellow that sat next to the woman eating a banana. " Yo, pretty boy! The hell are we? " she asked him as the droplets of water dripped from her chin.

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It didn't take long for her moment of solitude to end, but when Cassidy realized that the voice coming from behind her was Emery, she eased up. She appreciated alone time but didn't mind hanging out with him. In fact, she actually liked it. Emery was so easy to get along with that it felt natural to be around him. There was no unnecessary conversation or small talk, and Cassidy rarely felt the need to be defensive. They just clicked. At least when Effy wasn't around.

She smiled at his comment and accepted his offering of fruit, but remained silent and just watched him as he neared the water. Although the moment was literally the calm after the storm, she expected it to also be the calm before the storm. Before long, their group would be nearly double its size. Cassidy had grown up in a two bedroom trailer with five loud, younger siblings, her deadbeat mother, and depending on the day, up to three other drug-ridden deadbeats, so she was used to a crowd. However, she had escaped that when she died, and it wasn't something that she missed. The island was definitely big enough for another six people and Cassidy preferred to look at the worst possible situation than the realistic version.

"Let's just hope that Justin Bieber didn't die, and we have six preteen brats headed our way," she said with a small smirk. Almost as soon as the words escaped her lips, the water broke in the middle of the pool and a figure appeared. When she managed to reach the edge of the pool, she began to shriek about her car and then her baby. It was expected that the new arrival would be frantic. They had just killed themselves so emotions were bound to be running high, and waking up in a pool of cool water couldn't make things any better. However, when the woman asked about her daughter, it did seem a bit unusual. Although Oliver hadn't vocalized his thoughts, and Cassidy hadn't even noticed that he was standing a few feet away, she came to the same conclusion as him. The woman must have killed her child with her. The thought sent shivers down Cassidy's spine and she instantly disliked the girl. It was one thing to take your own life, but to kill your child too? Simply disgraceful.

Cass shot a disgusted look towards Emery. It was partly because of her realization, albeit false, that the woman had killed her own kid, and also because of the abrupt disturbance that the girl was causing. Emery was right: they surely were making a grand entrance. It didn't end there, though. Within seconds, two other people surfaced. There was a teenage-looking boy, who swam to the edge of the pool and in a much calmer tone, asked if he was dreaming, and a girl who, as soon as she pulled her self out of the water, tried to assist the frantic mother. The way she addressed Emery bothered Cassidy, but again, she knew that she should understand that these people were probably confused and scared. She shouldn't blame them for being brash, but she did.

"Do your thing, pretty boy," Cassidy said, winking at Emery playfully as she stood up and took a few steps away from the water. She was not a comforting person and didn't care to hear these people's sob stories, and her curiosity had disappeared a few seconds after the first girl appeared. She had heard Emery's spiel a few times before where he'd give the new person the rundown on how The Middle worked, and she didn't need to listen to it again. She planned on returning to her hut and then maying laying out on the beach for a few hours or going for a jog, but she spotted Oliver a few feet away and approached him with a friendly smile. "I don't even know their names and I can already say that I don't plan on befriending any of them- especially the loud one," Cassidy said with a roll of her eyes.

She was going to bring up last night's storm and comment on how it had been wild even by her standards, when Samantha appeared and wasted no time in approaching the new male. It wasn't surprising, really. Neither was Sam's flirtatious comment towards him, and her insensitive nature when referencing the boy killing himself. They had all killed themselves, so it wasn't like she was lying or even making light of the matter, but Cassidy disliked the thought of herself, or any of them committing suicide. It was something that she never brought up because she herself didn't want to relive her own experience, so she doubted anyone else would want to either.

Although she still wasn't in the mood to deal with a bunch of frenzied newcomers, Cassidy decided to stick around a bit longer. As she glanced away from Oliver for a second, she spotted another unfamiliar face appearing from the brush on the other side of the pool. It was another female who was clearly soaked as well, but Cass hadn't seen her come out of the water. She guessed that maybe the girl had arrived before any of them got there and had gotten lost in the jungle up until now. She seemed to be equally confused as the others but Cassidy didn't make an effort to greet or comfort her. That was Emery's job.

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Donald had a lot of trouble sleeping due to the storm. The constant sound of the rain hitting the beach and the occasional thunder clap were more than enough to keep him up longer into the night then he'd wanted to be. He thought he would eventually get used to the storms since a storm meant someone else was coming to the island, but he never did. Donald couldn't push the memory of falling off the cruise ship out of his mind while they were going on. Eventually however, his mind became enraptured with happier memories of his former life and he drifted off to sleep.

By the time he woke up, the morning sun was pouring rays into his eyes as if it was excited as well to see the newcomer. With a loud yawn, Donald leaped out of bed and stretched his arms upward, almost touching the ceiling of the small seaside shack. While it wasn't much to most who ended up here, it was certainly enough for him and a welcome improvement from where he was before.

As he zipped up a pair of jeans he found on the floor, a loud scream from nearby pierced the atmospheric noise of the island, making him jump. Thinking quickly, Donald realized it must have been someone coming through the lake and dashed toward the bathroom. He threw open the bathroom door and grabbed the lone towel off it's rack, then spun in place and took another two steps towards the closest article of clothing he could find; a green aged hooded jacket. It's better then nothing, he thought and without wasting another moment he dashed out of his modest hut and towards the source of the noise. When he got there however, all he found were some fresh footprints in the sand leading towards the jungle. Not sure exactly where to go from here, Donald decided to head to the usual spot and see if their was anyone there. This idea turned out to be a good one when he was met with both familiar and unfamiliar faces.

"Yo, pretty boy! The hell are we?", one of the women shouted at Emery with a logical amount of alarm in her voice. He remembered his initial panic from breaching the waters of The Middle when he arrived. He remembered how bitingly cold the water seemed due to the surprise of being there and how desperately he wanted to feel warm again. Now remembering the purpose of the towel in his hand, he darted over towards the group, ready to meet some new people.

"It looks like Sam has you covered, new guy." he said with a bit of a smirk as he crossed through the newcomers to the two woman on the edge of the pool of water. Realizing that he only brought one towel, Donald with a sigh of disappointment decided to offer his jacket as well. With the towel draped over one arm, he quickly zipped down the zipper of his hoodie and slid it off his shoulders, placing it on the same arm as the towel. "I'm not sure how you two are with germs, but I guarantee they're both warm, at least." he said in a bit of a hushed tone as he extended his occupied arm towards the two, hoping they would accept his offer.

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"Hughes."
"Hah. Got you just in time. Look, I've got to tell you something."
"Were you
sacked? Christ. Cormack, I did tell you that behaviour of yours—"
"D'you think I'd make this very, very special call to Engerland
just to tell you I've been sacked?"
"It's a possibility."
"I'm sorry to disappoint but I'm still paid to lull people into a semblance of security."
"Am I going to have a grandchild?"
"Hm. No. Sorry to say Becca isn't too keen on having one. Not with me, at least."
"Have you been evicted from your flat?"
"No! Why d'you think it'd be anything along those lines?"
"Tell me before I assume more."
"I've bought you a house!"
"Sorry, I didn't... quite catch that."
"I've. Bought. You. A. House."
"
What? Where?"
"About an hour away from where I live. I've already started work on it. It's a nice one. Small, great for when you get old."
"What about the paperwork? You can't just put me in a house and not expect complications!"
"I've sorted it out with Joanne in advance. Look, you'll make it here. They're all right with expats like us. You've got me, your favourite son—"
"Thankfully, my
only son—"
"—to help you. Ah, I know you love me in spite of your motherly exasperation, mummy dearest. Tell Becca about it. She'll love it."
"Mhm."
"Are you surprised?"
"One question."
"Yeah?"
"Does it have a garden?"



The fall seemed to last for an eternity, even as his body lay slowly dying amongst the cabbage roses.

Rocco was relaxed.

Perhaps this is one of those fever dreams. I've probably concussed. I'll wake up in a hospital bed somewhere after months in a coma surrounded by my mates. They'd have called Mum the moment they found out what happened to me. She'd come in screaming bloody abuse, then hug me senseless. Becca would hate me for it but she's calm. She can manage

That was all the justification he was afforded for the blackout. Before he even had time to think of other scenarios arising from having awakened from a coma, he was launched into something akin to a bad trip. He was quickly pulled from the comfortable warmth by some invisible force, back and forth like a twisted game of tug of war—or some form of medieval torture—and it seemed that that crumpled heap that was his body was losing fast. One last tug ensured his forcible removal. The skin on the fingers that grasped hard onto that last bit of life peeled away from it like cooked flesh sticking to the sides of a hot metal pan. It seemed almost amusing now, how conscious of what he wasn't able to do in life as he gave a loud cry, unable to stop himself from being dragged away into abyss.

The gentle thump of a bamboo raft against his head woke him. A ring of trees, rock formations, and beautiful blue sky came into view, which would have been very nice had it not been punctuated by the brouhaha.

"Toto," he said after finally coming down from the fit of coughs brought about by swallowing water, nonplussed by how loud his voice seemed to be, "I've a feeling we aren't in Kansas anymore." He paddled around in the water, scoping the area before swimming up to somewhere he could get both his feet on dry land. "But neither are we in Oregon. Well. Looks like we've wandered into an episode of Lost." He eventually found somewhere not too moss-covered and climbed up, flopping up onto his back with a huff before properly getting himself on his feet. He quickly pulled off the paint gloves he still wore and threw them down next to a nearby fern. If only he could get the damn pair of painter's overalls off.

Of course he wasn't alone.

Clearly the ones that were relatively dry were from here.

There was one surly blonde on a rock.
Here's Little Miss Sunshine.

Bananas wasn't too far from her munching away.
Is he really going to eat all those?

A sheepish-looking boy nearing a thoroughly soaked fellow.
Not that much drama here. Kid seems nice enough.

A brunette who seemed to be approaching them.
Right. Incoming. She's going to eat that other bloke alive.

All carried with them with an air of curiosity. Or suspicion.

The others seemed to be as equally confused as he was, if not more.

The dazed fellow.
Look out, mate.

One who cried out desperately for her child, which wrenched at his chest a bit.
Well, if she didn't end up here, then she must've lived.

One who at least tried to comfort her.
I don't blame her.

Another brunette with a massive trunk.
Wait, haven't I seen her before?


He forwent asking his first few questions to the smug fellow leaning on a tree, rushing over to the girl to help. "Looks heavy," he commented with a smile as he took one end of the trunk. "You don't mind, do you?"

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Emery chuckled half heartedly at Cassidy's joke. He took another bite of banana before the calm morning was interrupted. The first person to emerge was a brunette woman screaming her face off. Emery wasn't totally prepared for the slew of people arriving today, let alone such loud and panicked one. Though his experience was a bit different than most, he remembered the anxiety that he felt when he emerged from the swimming hole. It was terrifying and confusing. However, he was also completely alone. There are no one to greet him and certainly no one to give him a towel. All he had was a sort of vague vision that explained what The Middle was. He understood what the woman was feeling he supposed, it was a lot of swallow.

His dark brown eyes caught the disgusted glance from Cassidy. His gut dropped. Great, now they were supposed to deal with a psycho. He swallowed his last bit of banana before watching as another came up, a younger male. Soon Oliver was there too, then Sam, and Donald. Everything was moving exponentially. They were appearing so quickly that Emery didn't have the chance to comfort each person individually. He let out a huff of air. He would have to do a blanket speech, trying to explain everything and keep a mob of people under control was going to be a challenge. From the corner of his eye he saw one girl had come from the jungle. He turned and watched her as she carried her trunk. He blinked. That wasn't supposed to happen. She was supposed to come from the swimming hole and her trunk was supposed to be in her hut. Everything was getting jumbled.

Emery lost himself in his thoughts, he was having trouble understanding why so many people had to come at once. He was also trying to wrap his head around the jungle girl. Then his train of thought ws interrupted by another woman who had appeared. She was beautiful, in the strong brooding kind of way. She called him Pretty Boy. A flick of annoyance hit him in the face. The nickname caught on for a moment as Cassidy called him the same. He made a face at her. He was conflicted with irritation from the pet name, and the fact that she had called him a pet name at all. Emery let out a silent, aggressive sigh. He would need the whole camp here to get these newcomers to cooperate.

Emery didn't even get to finish her banana. He counted heads quickly. There was still one missing. It was better to get the speech over with, and then explain it one more time for the lagger. Emery stood after Cassidy dismissed herself and took it upon himself to stand tall a top the large rock. From this spot he was high above the others and actually kind of looked like someone of importance. He always tried to think of the best way to get down the dry facts of the island but also provide support and comfort for the newcomers. The whole situation was a little bit different though.

Emery lifted his hand as he said "Everyone, please!" He waited for the chaos to simmer down a bit before continuing. He then put on his big boy voice, "I know things are very confusing right now but I need you all to remain silent and listen." Emery took another pause to wait for everyone to be quiet. When the moment was right he started.

"This is The Middle." He motioned around the island as he spoke, "This is your second chance." Though this wasn't the whole truth, it was always a nice way to start the speech. The second chance was supposed to be to live again, but Emery and the majority of the camp saw this new home as their saving grace. These newcomers seemed more distraught than usual.

"Here you will live and learn to forget." Emery furrowed his eye brows, here was the hard part. No matter what, it was hard for people to remember or admit that they had killed themselves. Most people were just angry that they were still alive. It wasn't fair, if you wanted to end your life you should be able to, right? That's why The Middle was such a mysterious place. You didn't have a choice, you were taking your pre-second chance no matter what.

"Please, close your eyes and try to remember where you were last. For some this will be easy, for others it might prove difficult." Emery wrapped his hands together as he continued "Whether you remember it or not," He cleared his throat, "You've killed yourself."

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If this was a dream, it surely was a strange one. More people were showing up and he didn't recognize a single one of them. Another girl got out of the water and helped the upset mother to dry land. A guy approached them with towels and although drying off definitely seemed ideal, Charlie wasn't going to take the only towel for himself when there were girls there. The attractive blonde had left her seated position on one of the rocks and was walking towards a boy who appeared to be around his age. There was a brunette with a trunk who looked just as lost as he felt, and then another male got out of the water and walked towards her. Another brunette appeared a moment later, who approached him swiftly. She was definitely a pretty girl and her assertiveness was appealing, and had he only been focused on her flirty tone, he would have missed what she said. "Kill myself? What? No..." his voice trailed off as a deeper voice called the group's attention to him.

Charlie was struggling to take everything in, especially after the girl next to him had just accused him of killing himself. Never in his life would he have ever even considered suicide. When it came to mental illnesses, Charlie was as ignorant as they came and he was the type of person who associated suicide with maniacs. He wasn't one of those people. Everything was going well in his life and he was supposed to be alive. However, the guy who was speaking seemed to believe that he and the others had killed themselves, too. That was impossible, but Charlie didn't know what to say or do. This was beginning to feel like more of a nightmare than a dream and Charlie just wanted out. "What the fuck is going on here? I didn't kill myself and I sure as hell don't want to be living with a bunch of lunatics who did." His tone was angry but hushed as he addressed the girl who had approached him earlier. She seemed normal. He hoped that she could give him a more direct answer. Something better than the idea that they were living in some "second chance" world.

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"Oi! Wait a bloody moment there. That's a bit presumptuous, innit? Telling us that we'd killed ourselves?"

Taking to lifting the other end of the trunk with one arm, he used the other to point in the direction of the distraught young woman, who appeared now to be calmer—or most probably quieter. At any rate, she didn't come out of that pool any better than she had been when she was still in it.

"That young miss over there's been crying for her kid. You know what worry is, right? D'you think any loving mother would leave her child be? Or are you too busy looking at us like we're fresh meat?"

"What the fuck is going on here? I didn't kill myself and I sure as hell don't want to be living with a bunch of lunatics who did."

"You're going to want to retract that statement, mate," he cringed. "After all, this is where they end up. I wouldn't be surprised if they had you on a spit moments later for spouting such vitriol."

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Oliver watched warily as Sam appeared and immediately made a beeline for the new arrival who appeared to be around their age. He couldn't help but roll his eyes at Sam's ridicules way of flirting. The girl had always managed to irritate Oliver, and he felt bad for the poor guy Sam had set her eyes on.

Sighing, Oliver turned his head away only to make eye-contact with a girl coming out of the jungle. She seemed to be the same age as himself, and he noticed how she was soaked. 'What was she doing in the jungle?' Oliver thought curiously as his brows knit together. It took a moment for the boy to realize that he'd been staring at her for longer then seemed appropriate. Flushing, he quickly turned away and stared down at his shoes. Seeing another pair of feet join his, Oliver looked up to see Cassidy standing in front of him.

"I don't even know their names and I can already say that I don't plan on befriending any of them- especially the loud one," Cass said with a friendly smile. Oliver couldn't help but chuckle at this, "I don't know... I think you guys would get along great!" He said sarcastically as he tried to imagine the screaming girl and the blonde standing in front of him having a civil conversation.

Oliver looked over Cassidy's shoulder and grimaced, "I think the newbies have already tripled..." He looked down at the ground as he shuffled his feet. Oliver stuffed his hands in the pockets of his jeans as he looked back up at Cass. "You don't think she... Killed her kid do you...?" Oliver asked, nodding his head in the previously screaming girl's direction. Oliver knew it was something that happened everyday, but the idea of someone like that staying on the island with them was a little unnerving.

Oliver's attention was directed to Emery as he began to give the new arrivals the great (or terrible...) news. He could still remember when Oliver himself was in their position. Yet unlike them, Oliver had remembered killing himself. The only thing he couldn't figure out was why he was still breathing, in fact, it he was still wondering why. Oliver was brought back to reality at the angry cry of the guy Sam had been flirting with earlier. "What the fuck is going on here? I didn't kill myself and I sure as hell don't want to be living with a bunch of lunatics who did."

Oliver couldn't help but scoff, "Well that wasn't very nice..." He muttered as one of the other new arrivals tried to calm him down. Oliver took back what he'd said earlier. The newbie and Sam deserved each other. Oliver just shook his head warily as he looked once more at Cassidy, "I think I'll now have to agree with your previous statement."

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Samantha was surprised when the boy reacted so surprised and angry when she referenced him killing himself and then when Emery said it again. Her conceited nature couldn't grasp why he wasn't giving her his attention and was lashing out on something that was so meaningless now. Although it was wrong to rate everyone's situations, when it came down to it, Sam probably had the least amount of justifiable reasons to have killed herself. She was eighteen years old and hadn't even finished high school yet. She had an entire life ahead of her but a silly breakup combined with drugs, alcohol and her need to make a scene resulted in the thoughtless move. She was just as emotional when she arrived in The Middle but she had gotten over it fairly quickly. Ford helped with that, a lot, and Sam felt like she would give an even better first-night welcome to this boy than he did to her.

However, she did not appreciate the attitude, especially when he basically called her and the others lunatics. Had he not bunched her into that group, she probably would have agreed that most of them were lunatics, but he didn't know any of them enough to decide that himself. Even though she wasn't keen on his harsh statement, Sam was still going to go for him. She had a tendency to go after the jerk type of guys on Earth and it wasn't going to stop her now, especially when there were no better options. "Oh my God, calm down. Those two are like the only lunatics here," she said to Charlie, nodding her head in Cassidy and Oliver's direction. She spoke quietly but didn't necessarily make an effort to speak quietly enough where she was sure the two wouldn't hear her. She and Cassidy had never gotten along and she didn't like Oliver much more, so she didn't mind giving Charlie a bad first impression of them. When Effy walked over and took a seat on a rock near her, she couldn't help but to comment to Charlie about her as well. "And her. She's crazy too, but everyone else is normal." For the most part, Sam got along with Effy, but she wanted to make sure that Charlie wasn't going to take interest in her or Cassidy.

The boy holding one of the girls' trunks made a comment to Charlie but between his English accent and the vocabulary he was using, it might as well have been a foreign language to Sam. She definitely thought that the accent was attractive but wished that he was a few years younger looking. She had went for older men before, but this guy appeared to be ten years her senior and that was probably pushing it. He seemed to be nice enough though, and definitely less volatile than Charlie. As she scanned the rest of the surroundings, she considered approaching Effy and striking up conversation to determine whether she was going to be in a good mood or not, when she caught Cassidy and Oliver looking in her direction. What could have just been a curious glance was instantly taken as a judgmental glare by Sam. "Oliver, you should be a gentleman and do..." she paused, searching for something to complain about, before giving up and finishing the sentence with, "something instead of just standing there uselessly." Donald was helping people with towels and the new boy was helping the girl with her trunk. Besides emotional comfort, there didn't seem to be anything else to do besides show them their huts, and that seemed like it fell under Emery's role. Still, she wasn't going to let them stand there and judge her. Besides, there was never too much drama in Sam's world.

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To say Macie was confused was a giant understatement. First she had pieced together that she died, then a man with an authoritative air began to talk about how they had all killed themselves.

Macie blinked then shook her head.

'T-That's impossible...I wouldn't do that...at least not now.' It was true when Finny had left her she seriously considered taking that final plunge, but she would end up killing her child upon doing so.

Slightly more vigorous she shook her head again. 'I...I did die. I remember that. I was taking my daughter to her daycare and a...a driver was going the wrong way...' Her voice was starting to get shaky and tears pooled at the edge of her eyes.

'They were obviously d-drunk. Who else would d-drive head on in...into traffic like that?' A few gasping breathes were heard before she continued. 'I-I knew I couldn't move so...so I wanted the last thing I see t-to be my daughter!' By now Macie was full on crying into her hands.

'B-but she's alive...right? Cause she's not here with us?' Macie shook her head and took a calming breath. It didn't help much but she did look slightly better although her crying didn't stop. 'No....she's alive. I can't tell...'

Shivering she turned to the man who had appeared after her. 'You shouldn't be so rude to people who killed themselves. You don't know what they had going on. I....I'm sure everyone will understand if we all just...Calm down and let the people who have been here longer speak...'

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Emery's words were even difficult for Cassidy to hear. She had been in The Middle for what felt like months or longer, but it was still gut-wrenching to be reminded that she had killed herself. It seemed like such an unnatural thing. Your body worked endlessly, day and night, to keep you alive, and to go and just end it didn't seem right, but it was easy to think that now. Coming to The Middle meant that Cassidy could finally live without any burdens forced upon her. She was able to think clearly and rationalize things, and although looking back on it now, there may have been other options besides killing herself, she wouldn't have changed what she did. Still, it was sort of sad to see six new people who had felt just as hopeless as she had. Although she would probably never ask, she wondered what their stories were.

"Sounds like it to me," Cassidy replied to Oliver when he questioned whether she thought the woman had murdered her child. She had already nixed the mother off of her list of possible friends, and the boy that Sam had approached found himself in a similar spot when he cursed about how they were all "lunatics". Another new male, this one looking a bit older, stepped in and spoke to the boy, followed by Sam, who didn't hide her attempt to tarnish her and Oliver's names.

She really didn't care about what Samantha thought of her, and definitely not this new little punk, but Cassidy couldn't resist an opportunity to send a nasty remark Sam's way. She had a plethora of them lined up but before she could speak, Effy appeared and Sam commented to the boy that Effy was also crazy. It brought half a smirk to her face and stopped her from snapping at Sam. Cassidy and Effy didn't get along. That was a well known thing on the island, although even Cassidy wasn't sure what it was that had divided the girls. She hadn't liked Effy's personality from the start, and maybe the fact that Emery seemed to like her even despite how much of a bitch could be bothered Cassidy. She would never admit it, but there was definitely a tinge of jealousy somewhere in there. Even though Cassidy disliked Sam too, she appreciated the days where Sam made it clear that she wasn't even a good friend to Effy, who she apparently called a friend when Effy felt like being sociable.

There was a lot going on at once which made Cassidy want to follow her original plan and leave the area until things calmed down. It was interrupted again, though, when Samantha attempted to criticize Oliver for not helping out like a "gentleman" would do. It fell short, like most of her airhead remarks did, and Cass only rolled her eyes. She would've spoken up to defend Oliver but she knew that he wasn't as silent and passive as he sometimes appeared to be. In fact, his quips were always well-placed and usually fiery enough to get a laugh out of Cassidy. Beside Sam, the mother-girl was going on about some drunk driver and then went on to chastise the young male about his outburst. Cassidy was somewhat confused about the back story she had given but really didn't think into it too much. The girl was probably shocked and coming up with anything she could to make herself feel better for killing herself and her kid. She did agree with what she said to the boy, but just because it was coming from that girl, Cassidy glared in her direction. Anna was enough of a goody two-shoes optimist for them to need another one in the bunch. "The day's only just begun and I've already got a headache," she muttered to Oliver, although her eyes were still focused on the crowd.

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People were getting defensive, and things were spinning out of control. In all honesty, Emery had no idea how the majority of them didn't remember committing suicide. And he left to no room for mistakes. This island wasn't sort of place to make mistakes. He came here for a reason, so did Ford and Cassidy and Effy and everyone else. Though he wasn't utilizing what he was supposed to be on the island, Emery still believed that if he wanted to recover and wanted to return to earth this place could heal him. For heaven sake, it was a tropical island filled with people who understood exactly what it. They knew the feelings that he felt, and they knew the overwhelming emotion that happened just before killing themselves. It was a place of solitude and a safe haven.

Well, a save haven until now. The younger man was aggressive and careless with his words, this set Emery on edge. None of the people who lived on the island were lunatics, they were just a crew of remarkably sad and or guilty people. Before snapping at the comment that Emery wasn't even supposed to hear from the kid, he took a moment to realize what a shock it was. The benefit of the doubt is what Emery would give him. Though Emery already has his assumptions about the boy that Sam was already eating up, he would keep his mouth shut until he knew for sure.

The next slew of comments from a man who looked quite a few years Emery's senior were what really got Emery upset. "That young miss over there's been crying for her kid. You know what worry is, right? D'you think any loving mother would leave her child be? Or are you too busy looking at us like we're fresh meat?" Emery was starting to get tunnel vision, a tinge of red outlined his thoughts.

In his rage Emery stepped down from the rock and approached the man. While gaining ground on him Emery' voice was full of agitation "You think we don't we worry? You think every single one of us doesn't have someone we worry about it!?" By the time he finished these pointed questions he was face to face with the broad man. Emery stood a few inched taller than him, but the man was burly and had a barrel chest. Sure, Emery was quite muscular, and he would put up a good fight, but he wasn't built to fight. Tension was growing in Emery's fists and he was angry now. How could someone just come in here assume just terrible things about them? The people on this island weren't some kind of criminals or any less human for killing themselves. Emery caught the collar of the mans shirt. "You think I didn't fucking worry when I woke up in a hospital two months later and had no idea where my brother or fiancee were, or if they were even alive!?" Emery cocked his arm up, ready to slam him in the face. "You have no idea what it feels like to worry." Emery's mouth was clinched as he said these last words, every syllable being spit out like poison. Then his fist flew down-

Emery took a step forward on the rock, he had completely lost himself in his own thoughts. Words were still being flung around and the newcomers were starting to get upset, and seemed even more confused. From the back of his mind he heard Sam's remark first about Cassidy, and then about Effy. This made Emery mad in the way that made him seem like a tired old fool. Sam was always saying mean things about everyone so he shouldn't take it so personally when she attacked either Cass of Eff. Emery ignored this. He spoke again, this time his tone much more inviting and understanding "I'm sorry, everyone," He slipped his hands into his pockets, "But the sole purpose of this island is to give you a new life. As far as I understand there's no way that you didn't commit suicide. I may be charge around here, but this island is as much of a mystery to me as it is to you."

Emery looked around, thinking it was time to move on. Some of the newcomers were starting to settle down and take it all in. "You each have an assigned hut. The people of the island can help you find yours. Every hut has a chest in it, and depending on what's inside the chest, you'll know if the hut is yours or not." He looked over that the girl who had already had her chest, "Or in your case," He said directly at her, "Your hut won't have a a chest." Emery still wondered how she got on the island.

"If you have any questions feel free to ask me or any of the other residents." Emery clapped his hands together at the end of his speech and took a step down from the rock. He hoped that at least a portion of his words were helpful. But it was hard to tell with so many different personalities and relations happening. He leapt down from the rock and held a hand out to the pretty woman with short brown hair and the woman who was worried sick about her daughter. "Your daughter," he said "I'm sorry that you have to be separated from her..." He remembered the feeling after he was told that both his brother and fiancee died. Emery swallowed a lump in his throat, "But I'm sure she's okay."

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Charlie was getting angry, but even if he wanted to do something about it, it wasn't like he could beat the truth out of anyone here. Besides the girls, only the boy standing next to the blonde looked like he would be manageable in a fight, and he was apparently in on whatever was going on, so Charlie was sure the others would step in. He also knew that his anger shouldn't be directed at these people. They really hadn't done anything wrong and what he had said was insensitive, but he didn't know what else to do. It didn't help when the soggy man carrying the trunk and the woman who had been crying about a kid tried to calm him down. He wanted real answers, not some nonsense about how this was a new world. If he was dead, he should be in Heaven. If Charlie was sure of anything right now, it was that the boy standing on top of a rock definitely was not God and that even though this place was nice, it wasn't where he should be if that subway had hit him like he remembered.

The leader figure announced in a kinder tone that essentially, there was nothing that he could do to help them. Although this wasn't what he wanted to hear, Charlie relaxed a bit as well. He felt like there was no other option that to just go with the flow for now. He would go through the process of finding his hut like the man explained and maybe there would be some answer there on what was going on. Charlie couldn't get the last images of the subway tracks out of his mind but even as he began to come to terms with the fact that maybe he really had died, he still didn't understand why he had ended up on this island. Even more so, he was confused on why he was being mistaken for someone who had committed suicide. Not even the pretty girl beside him could hold his attention now. He mindlessly nodded as she spoke to him, not processing her insults towards two other dry people. There was too much going on for him to want to flirt back but part of him felt like maybe she would be a necessary alliance in more ways than just some fun. She did look to be sane and it couldn't hurt befriending someone who knew the ins and outs of the strange place.

As the man who had been speaking to the crowd approached the smaller group and began to converse with them, Charlie turned back to Sam and offered as much of a smile as he could conjure in state. "Would you mind showing me to the huts he was talking about? I'm Charlie, by the way. Charlie Brighton." He hadn't caught anyone's names so far in all of the confusion and although he was still hoping that this was all a dream that he would be waking up from any minute, he figured an introduction would be necessary for the time being.

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Oliver watched silently as things went to hell. Everybody's outbursts seemed to be a dull ringing as he looked around at everybody. Was this what it was going to be like from now on? Oliver unconsciously pulled his sleeves further down his arms as he watched them all. All of the new arrivals had responded negatively, some more strongly than others. He couldn't remember any of the original residents ever being so put off by the idea of arriving in the Middle. There was one thing about everyone in the original group that was similar, they were all broken in some way or another. But these new people, they seemed different.

Oliver was pulled out of his thoughts by Sam's voice as she nodded over toward him and Cassidy. "Oh my God, calm down. Those two are like the only lunatics here," She told Charlie in response to his earlier comment. Oliver just rolled his eyes at the girl. He looked over to see Cassidy tense up as though she was about to respond, only to see her smile at Sam's insult to Effy. Oliver himself couldn't hold back a chuckle as he thought of how mad Effy would be if she'd heard Sam's comment. Oliver could honestly never wrap his head around the two girl's relationship, but hey, he couldn't really care less.

Oliver couldn't help but sigh as Sam once again tried to insult him. Looking back at the girl, Oliver couldn't help but make a remark at her lame insult. "Sam, you should be a lady and get your head out of your ass," He said with a blank face before adding with a shrug, "But you know. That's just a suggestion.".

Not taking the time to listen to any comeback the girl might have, Oliver turned his back to her and stared at the ground. He crossed his arms once more as he heard Cassidy speak to him, "The day's only just begun and I've already got a headache.". Looking up at the blonde, Oliver saw that she wasn't looking at him but scanning the crowd much like he had a few minutes ago. Oliver looked over his shoulder once more at the crowd before muttering, "I have a feeling that headaches are going to become a lot more common..."





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Anna had always been a heavy sleeper, so it was really no surprise that she'd managed to sleep through all the drama and noise. Yet as soon as the redhead opened her eyes, she knew that something exciting was supposed to happen today. 'Now what was it that was supposed to happen today?' Anna asked herself as she blinked a few times to clear the blurriness from her eyes. She tried to clear the grogginess from her mind as she tried to remember why she felt so excited.

"Oh my gosh!" Anna exclaimed as she quickly jumped out of bed. She remembered the huge storm last night that signified a new person would arrive to the island today. 'How could I forget?' Anna mentally questioned herself as she ran out of her own hut, not bothering to change out of her pajamas or even comb her hair.

As she ran down the beach toward the waterfall, Anna could hear quite a few voices, the crowd of figures slowly coming into focus. Recognizing Sam first, Anna ran toward the girl and nearly tackled her in a hug. "Sammy!" She exclaimed as she squeezed her. Looking up, Anna noticed all the new faces for the first time. 'Oh my...'

Anna hadn't expected this many new people, but she was soon practically bouncing with excitement. Turning to the guy standing closest to Sam, Anna couldn't help but squeal. "Oh my gosh! You and Sam would look so cute together! You guys should totally- Ah... I mean, you guys do whatever you want..." Anna looked down at her bare feet as she rubbed her arms, she didn't quite feel comfortable giving relationship advise after what happened the last time she had.

Noticing another figure standing by the waterfall, Anna's excitement quickly returned. "Donnie!" Anna cried as she attached herself to the man's arm. Looking over at one of the women next to him, Anna couldn't help but blink as she rushed over to the woman who had tears in her eyes. "What's wrong, deary? You're much to pretty to be crying!" Looking around at everyone's faces, Anna noticed for the first time that she'd walked into a tense atmosphere. "Oh my... Seems I've arrived at the wrong moment..."

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Character Portrait: Samantha Felton Character Portrait: Charlie Brighton Character Portrait: Oliver Pimentel Character Portrait: Emery Baldwin Character Portrait: Cassidy West Character Portrait: Chris Larkin Character Portrait: Annalise Lambert Character Portrait: Elizabeth Frey Character Portrait: Donald Alec Banks
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Everything was happening very quickly. The new arrivals were either panicked or upset and a lot of frustration was being thrown all over the place. "What the fuck is going on here? I didn't kill myself and I sure as hell don't want to be living with a bunch of lunatics who did." the boy shouted at the group, the term 'lunatic' piercing Donald's thought process from the rapid noise of conversations happening around him. "Wow, new guy. Way to make friends right away." he said with as heavy a sarcastic tone as he could muster. The kid wasn't probably that bad, but still, he reminded Donald of some of the entitled jerks he went to school with who didn't know anything about the world besides their parent's credit card number.

When he finally snapped back to reality, the first thing he noticed was Emery going off on one of the new guys. This one seemed like he could handle himself in a fight if things got physical, which worried Donald a bit. This hadn't been the first time Emery has lost it and it most certainly wouldn't be the last. The leader of the group could feel like a strong, caring influence one day and a tyrant the next and while Donald wasn't a fan of the latter, he understood where he was coming from considering his past. Luckily however the situation dissolved and Emery backed off the man, suggesting they should show the newbies to their huts. It was actually around this time that Donald heard the familiar and vibrant screech of Anna coming from nearby. It didn't take long before she was attached to his bare arm like a magnet. This was a common occurrence with her and Donald was quite alright with it. Before long however, she streaked toward the the crying woman and tried to comfort her.

"Oh my... Seems I've arrived at the wrong moment..."

"Don't worry about it, Annalise." Donald said as he moved over to the group now forming around the concerned mother. "Oh yeah, names. This lovely woman to my right is Annalise, you've kinda already met Emery, and I'm Donald." he spoke loud enough for most others to hear him as he gestured to each respective person. "We also have Samantha who, as you've seen, is great with people, Oliver who is a bit shy, but still a nice guy, there's Effy who's...you'll see, and Cass who is the one with the scowl which she has, honestly, a lot of the time, but you'll learn to love it."

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Sam didn't appreciate Oliver's response to her insult. On any other day, she would have dramatically remarked on how mean he was to her, but now there was enough going on around that she didn't pay much attention to it. It wasn't like she felt that it was justified, even if she was the one who had taken a shot at him first, but the boy standing next to her, who now introduced himself as Charlie, was speaking. Anything that he had to say had to be more important than what Oliver was saying, she decided. It seemed to be the right decision too, because Charlie had suddenly switched from anger mode to a friendlier one.

"Of course I'll show you to the huts, Charlie," Sam said loudly, cocking her head back to shoot Oliver and Cassidy a glare before turning back to Charlie. Although she acted as if she was doing a saintly deed compared to the pair, there was really no valid reason for her exaggeration or glare. Sam liked being dramatic and making scenes, whether it made sense or not. "I'm Samantha Felton, but since we're friends, you can call me Sam." She had only managed to take a few steps towards the jungle when Annalise appeared and nearly knocked her over in the process of a hug. Anna was Sam's best friend on the island, and probably the only one who could stand her constant complaints and rants. There didn't seem to be a bad bone in the girl and even though she sometimes said things - like her next comment about how Sam and Charlie would look cute together - that made Sam cringe, she couldn't knock the girl. Her blunders were mainly sourced in naivety and not ill-will, and the same couldn't always be said of Sam.

Luckily, just as quickly as the comment had come out of her mouth, her excitement was refocused on Donald and the others, and Sam decided not to even justify her friend's behavior to Charlie. She would confide in Anna about how she was going to go for him later when they were alone, but for now, Sam wanted to make sure that it would actually happen. She had little doubt that it would, though, and smiled at Charlie as she continued to lead him through the forest and eventually onto the beach. "Where are you from?" she asked, breaking up the silence as they walked. She wanted to get to know him but didn't want to be too pushy. He obviously already had suspicion that they were all crazy here, and she didn't want to give him reason to believe that she was too interested in him.

The six new huts were all grouped together on the once empty end of the beach. "One of these is yours, so like Emery said, you can just go inside and check each one until you find some of your stuff in a trunk in there." Samantha considered taking the lead and finding his hut for him but even she knew that it might be invasive to look through everyone's trunks. Plus, the few sentimental items that everyone seemed to have in their trunks would probably trigger emotions and she knew that it was probably best to allow him to go through it on his own.

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Character Portrait: Samantha Felton Character Portrait: Charlie Brighton Character Portrait: Oliver Pimentel Character Portrait: Emery Baldwin Character Portrait: Cassidy West Character Portrait: Annalise Lambert Character Portrait: Macie O'Connell Character Portrait: Donald Alec Banks
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Things started to calm down, if only slightly. The man who seemed to be in charge gave her an apology for her daughter. 'Thank you. I just can't help but worry you know?' Another woman appeared practically radiating joy. Macie couldn't help but smile at her. Her fondness for the woman was growing and it only got bigger when she rushed to her side.

'Oh....it's just a lot to take in...' She patted the woman's hand. 'Thank you though....uh....Oh um.....Annalise.' Macie nodded at the man who introduced everyone and stood.

'I'm Macie O'Connell. Nice to meet you all....even with what's going on.' Her smile grew as she gazed to each person.

Most of them are nice. But the Cass girl doesn't seem to like me much. Let's see if I can fix that.

Taking a deep, not so calming breath she trudged after Cass. Upon reaching the woman she stuck a hand out. 'Hello Cass. I'm sorry about my arival. You probably don't enjoy screaming, crying people. But I hope we can start over?' Her head tilted to the said at this last question and Macie looked very thoughtful. Now all that was left to do was see if she could make a friend.

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The tension seemed to die down with the finish of Emery's speech. This was only the began, though, and Cassidy knew better than to expect that things would be flawless now that everyone understood, for the most part, what was going on. Just because Sam's new catch had calmed down and walked off with her didn't mean that he wasn't going to still be a dick, and just because the wailing mother's tears had subsided didn't mean that she wasn't still a maniac. Six new people meant that there would be a lot more noise and a lot more people to annoy her. It would take some getting used to, especially on Cassidy's part, but she hoped that they would at least keep their drama and problems away from her.

Emery stepped town from his makeshift stage and began to speak with the mother and the woman who had called him pretty boy. She couldn't hear what they were saying and she mostly didn't care. He had to be nice to everyone; it was a responsibility that came with his role. Although there was still one new person missing, Cassidy had quenched her curiosity and didn't feel the need to wait around all day to see the last new person. They would be living together for, well... forever, and knowing the person for a few extra minutes wasn't worth the frenzy that the first few minutes brought on.

"I won't disagree with you on that," Cass murmured in response to Oliver's prediction that headaches would be a lot more common now. "I'm going t-," she began to excuse herself from his company when the crazy mother separated from her group and headed straight for Cassidy. She met the girl's gaze and even though she saw it coming, she was surprised that the girl had the nerve to approach her, and then call her Cass. She had overheard Donald introduce her as that so she really couldn't blame the girl, but they definitely were not on a nickname basis. Although she noticed that the girl held out a hand for her to shake, Cassidy didn't acknowledge it. She wasn't trying to be a "mean girl" or bitch, since Effy did well enough with that role on her bad days, but she still wasn't fond of the girl at all, and Cassidy was never one to hide her feelings. "Didn't you hear Emery? You already got your chance to start over today," she said plainly. She held her gaze for a moment before turning to Oliver. "I'll catch you later." She gave him a small, but genuine smile before swiftly turning and disappearing into the brush.

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The woman with the child seemed sincere, but she didn't take the time to introduce herself or exchange anything more than a thank you. Emery thought it odd, but wasn't going to fuss over the idea. She probably didn't want to talk with him, currently he was portraying a sort of bad guy. People didn't want to hear the truth, but Emery had to deliver it. It also did't help that Annalise was making her entrance. Without any delay many of the new comers were drawn to her. And that was of course because she was an absolute ray of sunshine. So bright that it often hurt Emery's eyes. But he didn't mind the slew of new residents being welcomed by the current ones. In fact, he found the whole scene very nice. Things were settling well enough.

Of course there was still a straggler, but Emery was more than capable of introducing himself and The Middle to just one. Emery watched as the two English newbies conversed with each other, as the two women who had been in the pool together went toward Annalise, and the new boy toy get eaten alive by Samantha. He rolled his eyes at the last one. She was always trying to catch something. He started to take note of names. Rocco was the English man, the boy toy was named Charlie, and the woman with short brown hair was named Christina. His focused turned to Cassidy as the woman who he now learned was named Macie approached her. Powerfully and classically Cassidy she dismissed the woman and made her exit. Emery wanted to smirk at the situation but refrained. He then walked toward Macie and gave her a couple of words of encouragement, "Cassidy isn't always like that... She just takes some getting used to." She also takes her time with making friends with people, and if you aren't worth the effort you just aren't her friend. At least that's how Emery understood it. She was far too complex for Emery to fully understand, but he was fairly sure that he knew that much.

He offered a friendly smile to Macie as he moved toward Rocco and the girl he didn't know. They weren't being helped and needed to do something. "Do you two want me to show you around?" he asked simply, finally stopped in front of them. "I'm Emery, by the way." He shot out his hand, letting whatever sour feelings he had toward Rocco sink away. He needed to make a neutral playing ground before judging someone too harshly.

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The girl he was speaking with introduced herself as Samantha, or Sam since they were "friends". As assertive as she was, she really didn't seem that crazy and he knew that she was probably the best he was going to get around here. Before they took more than a few steps away from the waterfall, a redheaded girl bounded towards them. Charlie instincively took a step backwards to leave space for her to embrace Sam. The two were clearly friends but Charlie was baffled by this girl's cheerful demeanor. Was it really possible that a girl like this had killed herself? She spoke about how he and Sam would look "cute" together before quickly retracting her statement, probably sensing how uncomfortable the situation was getting. Charlie chuckled, trying not to make it seem any worse, but he was glad when Sam didn't comment on it and continued to lead him away from the crowd.

She was leading him through a tropical forest and although she was able to navigate it well, Charlie had to focus on his surroundings to make sure that he didn't trip over a tree root or knock his head on a low branch. "I was born on Long Island and have been living in Manhattan for a little over a year now. I go... or went to... New York University," he responded to he inquiry about his origins. He would have reciprocated the question but before he could, they stepped out of the forest and onto a sandy beach. Had he not been sopping wet from head to toe, he would have paused to admire the simple beauty of the place. However, his cold clothes were sticking to his skin and even his shoes were filled with pools of water, so he took Sam's advice and began to walk towards the huts. He was halfway towards the first one when he turned back and smiled at her. "Thanks for the help. I owe you one."

He was surprised to find that the hut he entered was actually nice inside. It wasn't luxurious or anything, but it also didn't appear to be made by anyone on the island. It was sturdy and homey, with a bed and trunk in the main room, and a small bathroom attached to it. He followed Emery and Sam's direction and pulled the top off of the trunk that was placed in front of his bed, and instantly knew the hut was his. Inside were a couple of outfits that he had left in his closet in New York, as well as a framed photo of he and his family, a patchwork quilt that his grandmother had made for him years ago (and that he had honestly forgot existed until now), and a signed Eli Manning football that his father had gotten him from the 2012 Superbowl game. They were nice reminders of home and even though none of them were been extremely sentimental to him when he was alive, they made his chest clench up now. He pulled the quilt out and placed it, still folded, on his bed, on top of the blanket that was already there. He left the football and photo inside of the trunk for now, but did change out of his wet clothes and into a dry t-shirt and pair of shorts. There was a pair of sandals in the trunk, but he opted to go barefoot since he didn't plan on leaving his little home for a good while now that he was finally alone. He opened the door only once to hang his drenched clothes over the banister in front of the hut to hopefully dry, before flopping onto his bed.

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Just as Ford had expected, the others were beginning to return from the waterfall. First came Sam and a boy who looked to be her age. They separated when they reached the new huts, but not before the male turned back to thank her for her help and to claim that he "owed her one". Ford tried not to think anything of it. Although he and Sam did hook up occasionally, he convinced himself that that was all it was: playful hookups to help pass the time. There probably were no real feelings between he and Sam, but he still would be offended if she started to mess around with that kid over him. If not offended, at least a bit embarrassed. He considered calling out to her once the boy had closed the door behind him, but more emerging voices caught his attention.

As he peered towards their direction, he made out an unfamiliar brunette and a very familiar redhead. Annalise was notable in more ways than just her unique hair color. She was the definition of exuberant and possessed the seemingly rare ability to look at everything in a positive light. Based solely on her personality, Ford felt like it would be hard for anyone to dislike her, but add in her beauty and it seemed impossible. He instinctively smiled even before she noticed him and came over, but when she did approach, he didn't make an effort to hide his grin. Ford was known for being pretty relaxed and goofy, so it wasn't out of character for him.

"I woke up late and figured you guys could handle the six of 'em on your own. Hell, I'm sure that Cass and Effy could've given the bunch a warm welcome on their own," he joked, somewhat surprised that he didn't see either of the girls on the beach. Cassidy seemed to just be naturally unfriendly and if Effy was having a bad day, she was probably worse than Cassidy, so he was surprised that both girls would be making an effort to greet the new people. He hopped down from his seat on the railing and took a step towards Anna. "So, how do they all seem? Gimme the 411."