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Elizabeth Frey

"I'm not the nice girl people think I am - not since I died, anyway."

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a character in “The Middle”, as played by Imagine That!

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{ Name }
Elizabeth Carina Frey

{ Nickname }
Effy, Ef.

{ Age }
Twenty-One

{ Gender }
Female

{ Sexuality }
Heterosexual

{ Hometown }
Sacramento, California

{ Role }
Original Character - The Bitch





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{ History }

Elizabeth was born to Lucy and Andrew Frey on the Ninteenth of July, a warm sunny day. She couldn't protest as a child, as since her parents were quite well off compared to others, she never went without anything she wanted. Maybe she was spoiled a little by my parents, but who was she to complain? She loved it. She had an older brother called Chase who was always there to look after her no matter what; you'd think that Chase would have been her father's favourite child, but no. She was daddy's little girl, his "princess" as he would call her. They'd go out together on days out as she grew up, he'd buy her a cuddly toy every Wednesday and they'd do something like bowling or ice skating, before coming home for a family meal. She had enough friends to last her a life time, but her best friends, since the young age of about five were Jasmine Callister, Brett Savill and Bethany Thurlow. Up until she was sixteen, everything was fine. However, it was then that everything decided to change. Effy thought it was for the better, but it ended up being the death of her.

Jas, Beth and Effy had always spoken about how handsome Brett was behind his back, but of course, since they were all the best of friends, none of them wanted to spoil that. Jas obviously wanted to take Brett for herself, and live with him, have a happy life, et cetera. Beth was more about the sexual side of relationships, and despite him being a close friend of theirs, wanted to 'bang him against a bathroom wall', in her own words. Effy on the other hand, yes, she liked him, but knowing that her other friends did too made her not want to tell them. Why? Simple, she didn't want to split the group up. However, Brett had his own agenda, and when Prom time came around - he asked Effy. Not beautiful and caring Jas. Not sexy and feisty Beth. But Effy, plain, and normal Effy. After making Brett wait a week for an answer, deliberating the pros and cons of going with him to Prom in her head, she finally decided to say yes, to accept him as her date. After that night, it was only a couple of weeks before they became an official couple. Surprisingly, their relationship with Jas and Beth didn't fail, as after a while of seeing Brett and Effy as an item, they got over their infatuation for him. For once in her life, she had something that no-one else had, something that she actually wanted, not that daddy had bought for her. Something that was hers, and something that she loved.

However, about three years into their relationship, Effy found out she was pregnant. The condom had to have split one night, and she couldn't believe it. The thoughts going around in her head weren't that this baby was going to ruin her life, or that she was going to be the laughing stock of her friendship group. No. She cradled her stomach as soon as she found out that their was a tiny life in there, and she wanted to protect it with all of her heart. Effy loved that child from the first millisecond she found out that she was carrying it, and Brett was just as ecstatic. Her parents on the other hand, were a different matter. Her brother had gone off into the army, so he never did find out about her pregnancy. Her mother broke down into tears when she found out, asking herself what she had done to make her daughter such a disappointment. Her father gave the worst reaction of them all, and she tears up even thinking about it now. He looked at her with those big brown eyes that had shown her so much love over the past twenty-one years, now void of all feeling and he told her to get out. To leave, and to never come back. He said to her that she had killed him inside, and that she was the biggest disappointment in his entire life. That night, Effy spent crying herself to sleep in Brett's arms, his mother, Maureen, having let her into his home, not even thinking about it. Of course she wasn't going to leave the mother of her grandchild homeless, and willingly accepted her into her home.

After that, everything was a blur. Three months into Effy's pregnancy, there was blood in my underwear. She went to the doctors, and the only word that entered her ears that day was 'miscarriage.' She broke down. Brett blamed her. He cheated on her with Beth. Jas believed Brett that Effy had aborted their child without him knowing, and Maureen believed her son too, and kicked the girl out that day. Brett and Beth ran off together. Effy was left homeless, alone and broken. She walked out to the cliffs, with tears in her eyes, cradling her now empty stomach. She stood at the end of the cliff, looking down at the drop into the mass of rocks and crashing waves below. She closed her eyes.

And she jumped.

{ Last Moments }
Those last few days of her life were hell. Losing her child, her home, and her support network of family and friends left her vulnerable, and alone. She had nothing left to live for, and even though she hadn't gone to the cliffs that day to jump off, she was unable to stop the fantasy running through her mind of all of the pain ending - and that's what caused her to take that plunge off of the cliffs.



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{ Positive traits }
+ snarky + confidence +eccentric + dedicated + self-reliant

{ Negative traits }
+ brash + unstable + unapproachable + messy + outspoken

{ Personality }
In honesty, some people say that Effy has a split personality. She's bipolar, schizophrenic, ect. Some days, she will be perfectly happy, happy to socialise and talk to others, smiling and laughing, and having fun. However, on other days, she can just completely turn on the people that she cares about, contemplating hitting them, and even wanting to hurt herself. Sure, being like that does bring up it's problems, like she can be friends with someone one day, and the next day, they can hate her to hell and back, but she just can't help who she is. People that become Effy's friends should know this from the beginning, so be warned. But on her good days, by all means, approach her! Effy love being around people, enjoying herself in her afterlife - who doesn't? It's fun, having good friends to be with, and here in The Middle, nothing's changed. When she's in one of my good moods, she can be the life of the party, the person who will sit and listen to you if you have a problem, or even if you just want to lay by the lake in silence, enjoying tranquility with someone. If someone needs her, she'll be there for them... She just might take her anger out on them when she's having a 'bad day.'

Effy doesn't regret ending her life; she's happier here than she has ever been before in life. She actually has people here that won't turn their back on her during the hardest time of her existence, people she can trust. In life, that was taken away from her when she got pregnant, and lost her child. That's what pushed her to end up here in the first place. She doesn't trust anyone straight away, and it takes her a while to trust someone fully to care about them, because of getting screwed over by people that she 'trusted' in life. If anyone asks her what happened to make her jump off of that cliff, she won't answer. She can't. It's too painful.





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โ˜ผ Swimming
โ˜ผ Chocolate Ice Cream
โ˜ผ Watching a fire burn
โ˜ผ Mangoes
โ˜ผ Beanie Hats
โ˜ผ Looking up at the clouds
โ˜ผ Sketching
โ˜ผ The sound of waves crashing against the shore
โ˜ผ Candles
โ˜ Anything orange or lemon flavoured
โ˜ Cinnamon
โ˜ People singing 'happy birthday'
โ˜ Clowns
โ˜ Heights
โ˜ People not leaving her alone when she wants to be
โ˜ Spiders
โ˜ Coffee




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{ Figure }
Effy is rather thin for her age, and she has always been quite a small girl. Standing at only 5'3, and with minimal curves, it's not unusual that she gets mistaken for younger than she actually is.

{ Hair Color }
Effy's hair is naturally brown, but she dyed it a deep, deep burgundy colour to give it something else - just to make her slightly different.

{ Eye Color }
Hazel brown

{ Other }
Effy has no noticable scars or tattoos, and she only has her ears, and belly-button pierced. A rather tame girl when it comes to her appearance.

So begins...

Elizabeth Frey's Story

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Character Portrait: Samantha Felton Character Portrait: Emery Baldwin Character Portrait: Cassidy West Character Portrait: Elizabeth Frey
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The previous night had been stormier than Cassidy had ever seen before. It started with just light rain, something that wasn't uncommon on the island, but grew more extreme as the night went on. By midnight, it was apparent that this was one of the storms that occurred before a new arrival, but even compared to the few she had experienced before, it seemed intense. Wind ripped through the palm trees, pelting sand and debris on anyone who dared to step outside. The cackling thunder blocked out the island's normal nighttime soundtrack of calm waves crashing on the shore and although Cassidy enjoyed stormy weather, it was even somewhat frightening to her.

Once the storm began, she had returned to her hut and spent the night there alone. She was sure that some of the others would probably be socializing into the late hours of the night, but Sam had bugged her enough during the day that she was okay with being alone. Besides that, she figured that Emery and Effy would probably be hanging out and she wasn't going to third-wheel on the couple, especially when she disliked Effy already.

She managed to fall asleep at some point and when she woke up a couple of hours later, it was as if nothing had happened the night before. Sunshine seeped through her windows and she could hear birds chirping in the distance. Everything was calm and normal, but she expected that after such a ferocious storm, there would be at least one change on the island. There would be a new person here. It was hard not to be curious about who the person would be and what they would be like, but Cass was good at suppressing her excitement. For all she knew, the person could be a raving lunatic or even worse- another version of Sam, so she knew better than to run out to greet the person.

She followed her daily routine of getting ready for the day before eventually leaving her hut. Hers was placed on the border of where the thick jungle met the beach, and she liked its location. She could look out her window and see the water but not be too close where she could hear people if they were swimming or fishing in it. The others' huts were all located in the area as well, but she appreciated that they were spread out generously, giving her her own personal space too. As she headed down the beach, she noticed that there wasn't just one new hut, but six. Over night, six new huts had appeared and based off of how the world seemed to work, that meant that this morning, six new people would be getting here. It instantly made Cassidy uneasy. There was already a chance that she was going to have to deal with someone she didn't like if there was one new person coming but it was inevitable that at least one of the six new people would rub her the wrong way.

The huts were all empty, as she expected, so she turned and made her way through the thick jungle brush. There were a few paths carved out but she was so used to the terrain that she didn't mind ducking under branches and stepping over roots if it meant that she could avoid running into anyone for as long as possible. Cassidy rarely swam, but the swimming hole situated in the middle of the island was a popular hangout spot for everyone, so it was normally her first stop in the morning. Today she guessed that it would be even more crowded since it was where their six new neighbors would be making their first appearances.

When the trees cleared and the blue pool came into sight, Cass took a seat on one of the large rocks that bordered part of the pool. She dangled her feet into the cool water and waited for some of the others to arrive. She, hoped that Emery, at least, would show up before any new faces surfaced from under the water. The water felt refreshing with just her toes dipped in but she knew from her own experience that after it wasn't as comforting when you surface from it for the first time. She remembered her own experience, of how her last breath on Earth had been taking as she seized on her apartment floor after downing a bottle of prescription pills, and the next was a gasp for air as she surfaced from this pool. It was a frightening experience, to say the least, but when it came down to it, had she known she would have ended up here, she would have swallowed those pills years earlier.

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Last night has been especially stormy. The winds howled and the little huts that were scattered around the island shuttered. It was one of those storms, the kind that changed the air, and by morning someone new would reside in The Middle with the rest of it's residents. That evening, before things got too wild outside, Emery sat with the gang around the camp fire before everyone made their way home. One of the first of Cassidy, which Emery took special note of. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with Effy, but sometimes wished that she and Cass would switch places. Not so that he could sleep with Cassidy, but more so he could spend a chatty, restless night with her.

By the time that the wind was really beginning to pick up everyone had gone their separate ways, save for Effy, it was then in the ambers of the dead fire that Emery and Effy would usually have their infamous night time chats. With time these chats soon roamed into his hut, and then into his bed. In all honesty, Emery never intended for this sort of friends with benefits relationship to happen, he respected Effy and wanted the best for her. But then again, when things get drippy Emery also isn't the kind of guy to say no.

Though Emery took note of the wrestling clouds above and jewel tones in the sky, he had other things on his mind by the time the storm rolled around. Emery and Effy made the unfortunate mistake of walking around the island and waiting until the last moment to go inside despite the storm. With a sudden crash of thunder and sudden, and very intense sheet of rain began to hit the island. The two were instantly soaked, Emery laughed at the situation, then took Effy's hand without a second thought and made a bee line to his hut.

By the time they were inside Emery had no intention of anything innocent. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was the way that he was having trouble wrapping his head over the idea of someone new coming, or maybe it was nothing at all. But once inside, Emery peeled his shirt off and began kissing Effy. All is one action he gentling pulled her toward the bed whilst managing to remove her shirt as well. It would be a loud night, but thankfully the storm would drown out any suspicion.




In the morning Emery woke up at the first sight of light. Effy was still asleep, but he knew he needed to scope out where the new hut was and then wait patiently by the swimming hole and greet the newest member of the island. Emery got up quickly, careful not to wake Effy, and dressed himself even quicker. Soon, with the crunch of his boots on the semi-wet ground he made he way around camp. The sand glistened in the sun shine and the roofs of the huts looked like new from the attack of rain that cleaned them last night. He thought of the many people in camp who hated storms and hoped they wouldn't be too exhausted. He didn't any sign of anyone when he made his rounds, that was a good sig at least. However, he did see some thing extremely confusing to him.

Six new huts. Yes, six. Emery blinked, had there been some kind of mass suicide. He shook his head. Oh god, what trouble would come from this. He had a hard enough time bringing one new member into the group, let alone six. Emery ran a hand through his dark locks, suddenly feeling very anxious about the whole thing. Would they come all at once? One at a time? He had no idea. Emery really knew the ins and outs of this place, but this was something new.

Emery grabbed a couple of bananas from a near by tree and he chowed on one while making his way to the pool. He would have to sit here all day and greet and explain everything six times. What a joke. Emery laughed a little bit at the thought, he imagined heaven was a little bit more like that. You show up at the gates, some one greets you and tells you that you're dead and that's it. But here it was different, this was The Middle. There was a little bit of a society and culture that went along with these ragtag kids. And it was hard to immerse someone in that.

Emery smiled when he saw Cassidy by the swimming hole. "Quite an entrance they're making, isn't it?" He said while walking up behind her. He was referring to the storm of course, but the surprising six huts was also a bit of a scare to the young leader. Emery took a seat next to Cass on the large rock and offered her a banana. After which he leaned back on his elbows and rolled his head back, he was now just feeling sore from the activities of last night, and starting to worry about what was to come.

"Now's the waiting game." he said simply, looking up at the sky and then making his way down to look at the beautiful swimming hole.

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9:15 am

"It was a cold winter morning as my parents drove down Highway 99- the route we'd took hundreds of times to grandma's. The road had some patches of snow, but mostly it was just wet. But it was Idaho. The roads are always wet. Mom used to joke that it was when the road was dry that people ran into trouble. I was crammed in the back with my two younger sisters, and as usual, there was a battle for stereo dominance. Mom wanted NPR. Dad wanted Frank Sinata. Mabel wanted SpongeBob Squarepants. Bella wanted Katy Perry. I wanted the classical- music station, but recognizing that I'm the only classical fan in my family, I was willing to compromise with the little, yellow dude. I leaned my head against the car window, watching as the scenery zipped by, a tableau of dark green fir trees dotted with snow, wispy strands of white fog, and heavy gray storm clouds up above. It was so warm in the car that the windows kept fogging up, and I drew little squiggles in the condensation. When Katy Perry was soon over, we turned to the classical station. I heard the first few bars of Beethoven's Fur Elise, which was the very piece I was supposed to be working on that afternoon. It felt like some kind of cosmic coincidence. I concentrated on the notes, imagining myself playing, feeling grateful for that chance to practice, happy to be in a warm car with my song and my family. I closed my eyes.

You wouldn't expect the radio to work afterward. But it was. The car was eviscerated. The impact of a four-ton pickup truck going sixty miles an hour plowing straight into the passenger side had the force of an atom bomb. It tore off the doors, sent the front-side passenger seat through the driver's-side window. It flipped the chassis, bouncing it across the road and ripped the engine apart as if it were no stronger that a spiderweb. It tossed wheels and hubcaps deep into the forest. It ignited bits of the gas tank, so that now tiny flames lap at the wet road. And there was so much noise. A symphony of grinding, a chorus of popping, and aria of exploding, and finally, the sad clapping of hard metal cutting into soft trees. Then it was quiet, except for this: Beethoven's Fur Elise, still playing. And it all sorta faded out..."



It was dark from beneath the depths of the whirlpool that seemed to have collected Veronica Brewer from the accident in a way that was humanely impossible. She began to blink her eyes open just slightly to redeem her consciousness, until she found herself below surface. It took a minute before she realized what sort of condition she was in when she effortlessly began paddling herself up to the surface where a ray of light reflected itself on the waves. From above, she poked her head out from the water and took in a gasp full of breaths. She always hated swimming. When she her and her family took a trip to the beach, Ronnie always made sure she had a Nicholas Sparks' novel tucked away under her arm pit as a way to keep her sane for the long, boring hours that would be wasted. But then again, she did enjoy building sand castles with her two younger sister, Mabel and Bella, only to have it collapse back to its place.

Ronnie whipped her head in all directions to take in the sight of an island. The island has coconut palms, sandy beaches, and a reef encircling it; ever growing jungle of vines, trees and darkness. The trees making a canopy of the jungle hide what lies underneath. There is no sound of an insect, bird or reptile, no call of a human voice, only the steady rhythmical lap of the whirlpool she was in. The sound of the water makes her shiver with fear for what could be lying in that jungle. With the heat of the sun pounding down on her, she gathers up her courage and lift herself out of the water. Her hair now damp hair slapped at her face, and her wet clothes were unbearably heavy. As she scrambled to her feet, she felt the world sway less and less as if she hadn't used her legs in ages until it finally stilled. Then everything fell silent.

A minute passed. Two. She looked in every direction, but only saw the underbrush of the jungle. "Mom..Dad!" she called out; each word ripped her throat raw. Again, she shouted more loudly, "Mabel!"

Nothing.

"Bella! Someone-Anyone." Her voice broke at the last word. A breeze came rustling the trees, and making Ronnie shiver. Where am I? she thought as she wrapped her arms around herself to absorb heat. She took a few minutes to remember what happened before she was sent on the island; however, as she did so her head began to feel heavy. Ignoring it, she tried again but it only made things worse. The pain throbbed and pulsed in her skull; not a sharp pain like a knife-inflicted wound, but more of a dull pounding with a hammer over...and over...and over again. Her brain felt like it was on overdrive, but at the same time couldn't process properly. Images and ideas and plans and deadlines run through her head, but they're chasing each other round and round. Her mind couldn't catch a single one, but gets pounded with all of them at the same time as they ricochet and slam into the walls of her head.

"Ah!" she screamed as she pressed her hands against the sides of her head until the pain went away. It did. And strangely enough, she felt her fear whisked away like a swarm of gnats caught in the wind, replaced by an intense curiosity. She wanted to know where she was. She shuffled her feet into the sand as her foot thumped onto something hard. She looked down and found an old trunk at her side. She knelled in front of it and raised a hesitating hand out to lift up the trunk until she found that it was filled with a teddy bear, a yearlong supply of Stephen Kings and Nicolas Sparks, and a photo album that resembled the one that she had in her room back at home. She reached inside the trunk and pulled it out. Flipping to the first page, there she found a picture from last Christmas with Mabel and Bella. It had always been her favorite. She loved her sisters more than anything in the world, she treated them as if they were something more, and they were to Ronnie at least. She missed her family and wondered where they where. Wondered if they were okay. Wondered if they were out there somewhere worried about their eldest daughter's sudden disappearance.

A tear began rolling down Ronnie's cheek, and she made no effort to wipe it away. Wherever she was, whoever had brought her here. She wanted to go back.




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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: Macie O'Connell Character Portrait: Ronnie Brewer Character Portrait: Elizabeth Frey
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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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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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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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Donnie endured the slight embarrassment of Annalise pinching his cheeks. "Don't be silly, Donnie! You're much more attractive then me." she said in a joking fashion. As soon as she let go however, he answered with a kind smile as the mother introduced herself.

"I'm Macie O'Connell. Nice to meet you all....even with what's going on." Macie said, looking to each of them with a warm grin While she had a beautiful smile, he couldn't help but think about how she must have felt. Donald didn't have any kids. He didn't even have any younger nieces or nephews, but if he did he couldn't imagine what it must be like to be separated from one of them like that. What he could think of however was the possible ways that she and the others ended up in the Middle. Sure, some people didn't remember offing themselves, but they were never this insulted or, in the case of the guy Sam was helping, insulting about the idea.

Before the writer could speak any further, Macie had already headed towards Cass. What the hell is she thinking? he thought to himself as the other woman who introduced herself as Christina approached Annalise. She quickly leaped at the opportunity to show her around and the two were off. It was then that Donnie looked back to check on Macie, who was by herself as Cass had no doubt walked off and Emery was helping the other two new arrivals. Tying his jacket around his waist, he approached Macie with a confident stride. "I could help you find your hut if you're ready." he said gesturing into the thick jungle near them. "...and don't take what Cassidy said personally. She's not as open as some of us."

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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."