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Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson

Closer than close, the Anderson twins always have each other.

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a character in “Young Master/Mistress and Butler/Maid.”, as played by AngelBell

Description

General Information
Name: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson
Age: 16
Gender: Female and Male
Blood Type: O-
Family Business: Father a judge, Mother a Defense Attorney
Level: 2nd Years
Butler/Maid assigned: Mel and Agatha

Appearance
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Auburn-Honey
Dressing Style: Anna-Beth enjoys wearing uniform-like clothes. For school, she wears black stockings and brown Mary Janes, earthy-toned dresses or skirts, and sometimes a ribbon in her hair or on the clothes. Andrew wears jeans and button-up shirts most of the time, but in school, he wears button-ups and tan or brown slacks with black uniform shoes, and a uniformed vest or uniform black jacket.
General Appearance: Anna-Beth is classic pretty, with porcelain skin and a slim body, soft pink lips, thick and long dark eyelashes, and long slender limbs. Andrew is much the same as his twin, but he is covered in lean muscle, and his eyes are far harsher than his twin's.
Weight: Anna-Beth is 103 pounds, Andrew is 120 pounds
Height: Anna-Beth is 5'2, Andrew is 5'9

Extra info: The twins have the ability to "read" each other's minds, but only because they're twins. They can sometimes be heard uttering nonsensical words, a certain "twin language" they made up as toddlers. Anna-Beth has only been on one date, because her brother scares boys away, and Andrew had a reputation in his junior high school as a player, because many girls liked him; some girls even called him "Prince" Andrew.

Subjects
Anna-Beth - Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, English 2, German 4 AP, Physical Education, World History
After School - Art, Music, Dance, Cooking

Andrew - Algebra 2, Chemistry, English 2, German 4 AP, Physical Education, World History
After School - Mechanics, Basketball

Personality

Character Traits

Anna-Beth
Likes: Horses, Music, Dancing, Singing, Being with her twin
Dislikes: Fighting with her twin, Violence, Being scolded
Habits: Fusses with jewelry when nervous, Cries fairly easily, Holds her brother's hand when she's near him, Sings a lot at random times
Personality: Sweet, Passive, Loyal, Affectionate, Apologetic

Andrew
Likes: Martial Arts, Basketball, Music, Being with his twin
Dislikes: Fighting with his twin, Being scolded, Homework, Boys who try to date his sister
Habits: Challenges people to fights if annoyed, Protective of his sister, Listens to his music too loud, Wanders off a lot
Personality: Loyal, Protective, Hot Tempered, Caring

History

History

Anna-Beth
Bio: She is the older twin, born 7 minutes before her brother. Ever since they were children, though, Andrew has acted like the older one, always jumping to his sister's defense whenever necessary. She tries to keep him from fighting, but he never listens. She loves her parents, and does everything they ask in order to make them happy and see them smile, which they don't do because of their jobs. She likes to help people, and likes to care for others.
Birthplace: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Ethnicity: Half German, Half English

Andrew
Bio: He is the younger twin by 7 minutes, though he has always seemed the elder. He cares for his sister with all his heart, and would beat up anybody who ever dared to hurt her. He despises their parents, who are rarely present in their lives, and especially can't stand Anna-Beth had her accident. He likes to help people, but will never outright admit it.
Birthplace: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Ethnicity: Half German, Half English


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So begins...

Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson's Story

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"I told you, didn't I? I said, 'Anna, we have school, don't mess around in the kitchen.' I told you, 'Anna, you're going to get flour on your dress, now stop it.' I told you!" Andrew had that annoying, know-it-all tone in his voice again as he tugged his sister by the hand towards the Academy. They had been up on time, almost ready to leave, when sweet Anna had gotten it in her head to make pastries.

"They're Daddy's favorite!" she argued gently, trying to keep up with his lonk and lanky gait. The maroon scarf wound around both their necks helped to keep them close, but Anna-Beth was always tripping to stay the same pace as her brother, who always seemed to be marching around impatiently. She wound her pale hand better into her twin's, and picked up her feet, half-jogging to stay with him.

"Another reason you shouldn't have made them," Andrew growled, the protective venom creeping into his voice again. Andrew couldn't stand their parents, not since Anna-Beth's accident.

"Ok, well, I'm sorry. Let's just hurry and not be late for school."

(Sorry for the short post, I'm at school and that's all I could do at the moment.)

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Anna-Beth tugged Andrew behind her into the auditorium, excitement propelling her slender form forward. A girl was laying on the ground, but someone pulled her up and she looked alright, though Anna-Beth herself still hopped from foot to foot nervously.

"If you're so worried, go check on her," Andrew grumbled in a sarcastic tone.

"Great idea!" Anna grinned, released her brother's hand, and dove into the crowd to wiggle her way towards the girl. Andrew let out a quiet shout of annoyance, and tried to follow her, but he was taller and got stuck in the thrush of other students. He hated when she got away like that, disappeared from his sight. It made him nervous, and worried.

Anna-Beth, however, was perfectly happy to find her way to the girl. She got to her side in moments, then happened to notice all the boys around and...her words failed her. She was never so confident around the opposite sex, only her brother, so being in their presence made her twitchy.

"I'm...are you alright? I saw you fall and...I wanted to check on you," she said gently, biting her lip. Even having a boy's eyes on her made her blush and stutter, so being anywhere near one was bad. She focused instead on the pretty young girl before her, and making sure she was alright.

Andrew, frustrated with trying to find his way through people, went and found two seats next to each other, laying his right ankle on his left knee and leaning back to wait. She was such a silly girl, so desperately gentle, he knew he had to protect her from the world--it ate up little girls like her every day. Surveying the crowd, he scowled as he noticed a few guys glancing his sister up and down. Sure she was pretty, he knew that much. But none of those guys had the class to LOOK at her, let alone speak to her.

And thus, the Anderson twins began their first day, being helpful, and being...not so helpful.

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Character Portrait: Katherine Prescott Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Daileass Taveon Character Portrait: Eliab Othniel

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Katherine lifted her head up as she heard a girl's voice. "Oh yes, I'm quite alright. Thank you for your concern." She said, her Finnish accent was light, but noticeable. She gave the girl a sweet smile, before returning the the young blonde male.

"You're a butler? I didn't notice that. With a nice suit like that, I thought you were rich." Kat was a bit shocked to find out that the male who helped her was a butler, but it wasn't in a bad way. "That obvious, huh? Ah yeah, I'm new." She nodded, with a smile, and a light chuckle. "Well, um, I guess I'm rather rich..." She wasn't really rich at all, her parents were.

"The pleasure is all mine." Katherine said as she did a little curtsy. "Yeah, most of the people laughing are probably rich, stuck-up, jerks." Kat muttered, slightly rolling her eyes. "I will, thank you for that advice." She returned to her sweet nature as she giggled a little.

Katherine then turned her head to another boy talking. She tilted her head to the side. Why is this boy blushing? She wondered, blinking a few times. Then the boy held up a pear. "What's this for?" She asked, not really knowing what she did to get such a gift. The whole time she spoke, her Finnish accent would leak out, sometimes barely obvious, others really obvious.

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Anna-Beth sat kicking her feet, singing gently to herself. She was seated on a stone bench outside the dormitories, waiting patiently for her maid to arrive. Daddy had already arranged something, he said, and told her not to worry, everything would be just fine as long as she waited for her to arrive. She wanted them to be friends so badly, it hurt her heart.

Impatience was not something she was known for, no, that was more likely Andrew. Anna-Beth grinned as she thought of her brother. He was such a silly, protective hot-head, he needed to calm down and smile more! A girlfriend would help that, but she knew that Andrew was far too "busy" to even think about a relationship. But there were so many pretty girls here, maybe he would find one he cared about. Daddy had tried to arrange a maid or butler for Andrew, but he had refused, slamming his hands down on the dinner table and shouting at their gray-haired father about it.

"I don't need your damned help picking some fool to follow me around! I've gotten along just fine without you here, and now you want to help me?" he had screamed expletives and left the table. Daddy hadn't been fazed, he was used to Andrew's angry outbursts, and Mama hadn't even looked up from her laptop that she was always working on feverishly. Anna-Beth had tried to follow him, but he wouldn't let her, telling her to go running back to their parents, if she was so keen on them.

Anna-Beth winced and put a hand over her right eye, remembering that it was her clumsiness that had made her brother hate their parents so. But she was able to see better and better every day, so it wasn't something he needed to worry about...right?

Meanwhile, across campus, Andrew was walking lazily about, eyes scouring every face as he searched for his sister. She had dodged off in the auditorium, and he hadn't seen her since then. It made him nervous to not know where she was, and when he closed his eyes and searched with his "twin powers", it was like she had shut him off. She wanted him to be social. Ugh. He leaned against a wall and cranked up his i-pod, glancing around more and more. He supposed he had to find somebody, didn't he, if he didn't want to be scolded by some stuffed shirt authoritative figure.

Well, he thought, here goes nothing. With that, he stepped out into the crowds of other students and began to search for a little helper.

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Character Portrait: Haruo Sato Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Luthais Rae Character Portrait: Melanie Colburn

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Haru
Although his back still hurt a bit, he giggled despite himself as Luthais helped him up. He wasn't sure why either. He was giddy today. Very giddy. He straightened out his shirt and looked up at Luthais. "Nah, I'm fine. I forgot to mention I'm a bit of a klutz too." He laughed softly here, then added, lowering his voice ever so, "And I won't mention the poetry thing if you don't want me to. I wouldn't want anyone doing that to me, after all." Haru smiled a bit brighter and inspected the slightly worn book in his hands. 

Mel
Mel was bored. Bored and irked. So, it appeared she had to find a master or mistress before the end of the day. Well. She'd better get to work. Mel was absolutely bursting with glee. Positively bursting. Not. 

She sighed heavily as she left the auditorium, immediately getting jostled by the rushing crowd. "Damn rich punks. I'm not sure if I'll be able to last here..." she muttered under her breath as she shifted through the crowd, going nowhere in particular, walking rather fast, as she rather accustomed to doing. 

As she was silently fuming about the rudeness of the majority of the people that ran into her, she found herself crashing right into a taller blonde boy, causing her to stumble backwards with a startled cry, almost falling completely backwards. Well, that was a catch of walking fast. 

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Andrew blinked as he felt a bump into his chest, and looked down. Instinctively, he reached out and grabbed the other person's arm, pulling them close and opening his mouth to yell, but stopped a few inches from their face. It wasn't a rude punk, or even his sister; it was a cute girl, having obviously just run into him. He pulled his head back, released her arm, tugged an earbud out and gazed at her, willing his eyes to be less harsh as he tried to show compassion.

"Oh. Sorry about that. Guess we both need to watch where we're walking, huh?" his voice was deep and husky, as though he hadn't spoken for a while, and he cleared his throat impatiently. His eyes were less honey colored now, more like sharp copper, showing he was a smidge annoyed. He hated when his sister ran off, even more when he couldn't find her. He scanned the crowd, looking over most of the students' heads as he looked for her gleaming blonde head of hair to be bouncing towards him. He began to move forward, then remembered the girl and almost slammed into her again.

He studied her more, narrowing his eyes behind his mop of blonde. She was a good three inches shorter than him, with seemingly boring features; brown hair and brown eyes, though they had a certain alluring glimmer to them. She was thin and frail-looking, not unlike Anna-Beth, but had a determined set to her face, though she seemed a bit fazed after slamming into his torso. Andrew knew he was sturdy and hard after years of judo and basketball, but he couldn't be tough enough to hurt someone who ran into him...could he?

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Character Portrait: Haruo Sato Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Luthais Rae Character Portrait: Melanie Colburn

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Haru
"Oh, this?" he asked, holding up the book. He laughed slightly, turning a little pink. Haru held the book to his chest. "Prince and the Pauper," he murmured, smiling slightly. "I've never finished it, and I don't own a copy. So I've decided to finish it here. Might as well." He raised his gaze from the old book to Luthais. "Do you have a favorite book, Luthais? I don't, but I was just wondering if you might."

Mel
Oh gosh. Rich kid. Mel could tell just by looking at him. Ugh. She shuddered a bit. Polite. Be polite, Mel. She put on the most genuine smile she could muster and looked up at the blonde boy. "I should apologize," she said. "That's what I get for walking so fast. It's a habit of mine." She noticed he appeared to be looking around. "Are you looking for someone?" she inquired, head tilted slightly to the side. 

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Andrew snapped back to attention once the girl spoke. She had a tough voice, like someone going through hard times, a voice the exact opposite of Anna-Beth's. He stared at her a little more, realizing the complete contrast between the two; call him obsessive, but his sister was always on his mind, day or night, rain or shine. Oh yeah, come to think of it, she had said something, hadn't she?

"Uh...don't appologize. I should've been watching where I was going. Yeah, I'm uh...looking for my sister. Anna-Beth. Blonde. Looks like me, just...," he held his hand up to his mid chest, an inch or so below the other girl's chin, "shorter."

Was she a maid? He couldn't tell. So many of the girls here danced strange, some in fancy floofy dresses, other's in simple jeans and skirts, so on and so forth. He stared deeply at her, blinking a few times to calm his thoughts and arrange a plan. If she was a maid, he'd ask her to work for him. After that, he'd search for his sister more, find her, and scold her for wandering off without telling him where she was going.

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Character Portrait: Haruo Sato Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Luthais Rae Character Portrait: Melanie Colburn

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Haru
Haru lowered the book and gazed up, fascinated, at Luthais. “Really?” he inquired, genuine intrigue lacing his voice. “Sounds sweet. That reminds me; I once read a good book called Memoirs of a Geisha. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but it’s about a little girl who’s sold into a place, I forget what it’s called… starts with an “o”? Anyways, she’s sold there to become a geisha, but there’s this other geisha who’s always trying to hinder her progress, but in the end she becomes very successful anyways. I hope I’m not boring you, but I really liked that one. My favorite part was when the mean geisha was driven out, but that’s just me rambling.” He ended with a weak giggle and a small pink flush to his cheeks. Talking about books often embarrassed him, even though Luthais had already proven he was less judging than most. It still unnerved him, albeit slightly.

Mel
“Hm…” Mel crossed her arms and looked up, pondering. After a second or two, she turned her brown gaze back to the blond guy. She sighed and shrugged. “Well. I am a maid, so I guess it’s my job to help people. I’m Melanie Colburn. Just call me Mel, though.” She smiled again, then looked around. “Your sister… she might be outside.” Without waiting for him, she strode off towards the doors, stepping outdoors and gazing about. She let out a soft, satisfied grunt as she spotted a golden-haired girl sitting on a bench. She pointed her out to the blond guy, who she assumed had been following. “That her?”

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Andrew narrowed his eyes at his sister across the quad, and let out a guttural yell.

"Anna-Beth Anderson, you come here THIS MINUTE!" He began to push past Melanie, murmured a soft "excuse me", then continued over to his obviously frightened twin.

"Anna-Beth, how could you be so STUPID? I didn't know where you were, who you were with, when I would see you...you can't just gallop off like you do!"

"Andrew, I'm FINE, ok? Don't yell at me..."

"I'm not yelling yet, Anna. You know that. You could have gotten hurt, and I wouldn't have been here to help you!"

"I don't always need your help, Andrew!"

"Well you don't demonstrate it very well! 'Oh, Andrew, help, this CD won't play. My bag is too heavy. I'm so tiiiiiired.'" He was obviously irritated, and had no problem fighting it out with her in front of everyone. Anna-Beth, however, was having none of it.

"I don't ASK for your help. You just won't let me do anything. You take everything into your own hands. You give me help when I don't want it," she growled, and Andrew's face fell, shattered. Anna-Beth blinked back tears and turned to Mel, bowing her head in apology.

"Sorry you had to see that," she whispered, then disappeared past them into the main hall. Tears streamed down her face, snaking into the collar of her shirt and falling away into the empty space. She had to look a sight, she knew, a crying blonde weaving her way through the students and making a blind run towards a safe, secluded spot.

Andrew looked pretty lost as well, staring blankly at the ground where his twin had once been. All the anger, superiority, worry, expression, had drained from his face. He looked more like his twin than ever: lost, sad, confused.

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Character Portrait: Haruo Sato Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Luthais Rae Character Portrait: Melanie Colburn

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Haru
The younger boy smiled at Luthais after his last statement. It was really deep. He clutched the book to his chest. "Wow. You really love reading, Luthais. Probably more than I do." He paused and looked down, pursing his lips. "Well, I mean, I love reading a lot. I just don't get a lot of time. My dad always has me studying one thing or another. I mean, I guess it counts as reading sometimes, but it's nothing I wanna read." He blew out air in an exasperated sigh and tapped his foot against the floor. "He's really bossy sometimes. And I get why. I mean, I'm the oldest and all. Anyways, I guess I just had to squeeze in a book or two between lessons or something." He looked up and smiled softly again. "Try doing that with four little kids running around." Haru all of a sudden felt self conscious again. His smile slowly disintegrated. With a nervous laughs, he added, "Sorry. I talk too much."

Mel
She was taken aback by the words exchanged by the siblings. She pitied the girl and watched her sadly as she walked away. Mel shook her head slightly. Her and Christian never yelled at each other like that. Never. Mel crossed her arms and looked up at the blonde boy, whose gaze had lost its intensity, leaving a lost, almost lonely look in its place. Mel felt sorry for the two. All of a sudden, she wasn't sure what to say. "Um... I'm sorry about that..." she muttered. 

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Andrew stood up tall again, a mask of anger and impatience clouding his honey-colored eyes. It hurt, yeah, to have Anna-Beth say those things to him, but he didn't want this girl to know it upset him so much.

"Hey," he said, voice hard and icy, "you said you're a maid, right?" He looked at her, eyes scouring over her form, her face, with a sneer. He cleared his throat, then held his hand out to her, "So. I need a maid. What do you say?"


In the cafeteria, Anna-Beth sat at a corner table and laid her head on her arms, trying very hard not to let people see the tears streaming down her face. Why did he have to be such a jerk? It wasn't fair, he was always mean like this! It hurt, of course, for her to say those things to him, but she had been cornered, and angry...her shoulders shook, and she began to let out quiet, but audible, sobs.

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Haru
The boy shrugged, mentally savoring Luthais’ smile. “I guess you’re right. But still. It gets depressing every so often. I don’t really like all the pressure.” He sighed, averting his eyes from his friend. “You know, every so often, I wish I didn’t have to be the successor. It stresses me out.” He smiled faintly. “But I know it’ll make my parents happy. It’s their legacy, after all.” The smile grew. “And every so often, I do feel rewarded. I mean, I know all this hard work will pay off sometime in the future, when I’m older like my dad. He worked to get where he got now. I guess… I guess all he wants is to see me turn out the same way.” He shrugged at an attempt to be dismal with the matter, not wanting to freak out Luthais. “Meh, it’s no big deal anyhow.” With that, he sat down in a rather comfy chair and crossed his legs, running his fingertips over the worn cover of the book he’d gotten.

Mel
Was he… sneering at her? What gave that rich punk the right to look down on her that way?!? Mel turned bright red. She had half a mind to punch that stupid blonde square in the gut and walk away then and there. She gradually untensed, realizing that she did need a master. If this was the best she could do… well there was nothing she could do about it. So, trying to stifle her reluctance, she gripped his hand and shook it in agreement.

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Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Eliab Othniel Character Portrait: Charles Aaron

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The master-butler pair went back to the cafeteria after Eliab struck out Charles twice in a row and hit a line drive to right field, resulting in the yankie butler winning the batting-pitching contest 3-0. They lierally had to jog, with periodic sprints, to avoid missing dinner. You can imagine they broke quite the sweat. Their coats and button-up shirts would not help in that scenario; it was a good thing they had T-shirts underneath. Before entering, the pair used the paper towels in the men's room to soak up the majority of that sweat on their faces, necks, arms, and hands. Once in the cafeteria, they talked about the whole event.

"That was amazing, mate! You struck me out twice without the ball going outside the zone once! How'd you do that?"

The butler chuckled a little. "Practice! Lots of practice!"

"I'm guessing from the cap, you came from New York?"

"No, it was a birthday gift from my brother. He visited the State of New York as part of his work schedule to train some employees at a nursery there. He bought the cap while he was at Camden Yards, on his break for that week."

"Camden Yards is in New York City, right?"

"Yep! The island of Manhattan, I believe! That's where the home field for the New York Yankies is!"

"And that field is Camden Yards?"

"That's what it's called! At least, as far as I know!"

Just as they were about to head to the line, Charles and Eliab heard a girl crying behind them. The butler lifted his eyebrow. Isn't that the girl who helped Katherine back in the auditorium? She looked familiar to him, but he did not get her name. Either way, something happened.

"You thinking what I'm thinking, Charles?" In a way, Eliab was looking for payback for being pressured into admitting his feelings for Katherine so speedily, though it was also because he hated to see anyone upset.

The red-haired master grinned in amusement at his own quote used against him. "Cheer her up, mate?"

Eliab pointed a finger at Charles, revealing a hint of hostility in his voice. "You're the one doing the talking, this time!" He started towards the vending machines. "Want any water? They got Propel!"

"Sure! I'll go with grape, if they have it!"

"On it!"

Eliab, my American friend, you are about to see a professional in action! Charles brought out his comb to straighten up his hair a little before putting it back in his pocket. As he walked towards the blonde damsel, he placed a smile on his face to appear friendly. This is how it's done!

"Hello, there!" The red-haired boy paused to see her reaction. "Heard you crying!" Charles took this moment to sit beside her, legs crossed, his right elbow on the table. "Now, what could possibly upset a beautiful lass like you on the first day?"

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Anna-Beth snapped her head up, tears glimmering in her eyes. Oh, no, she had been too loud, and disturbed someone! Stupid, stupid, stupid! she scolded herself, and quickly rubbed at her eyes with her sweater sleeve. Her cheeks were slowly coloring a soft pink.

"I-I'm sorry," she sighed, trying to pat her hair into place and look presentable, "I'm alr-right, just had a f-fight with my twin..." She was beginning to quiver ever so slightly under his gaze. She wasn't used to male attention, and having a one-on-one conversation was a lot to deal with.

"I'm sorry, you didn't have to...to come over here, but thank you..." she smiled shyly, her normal happiness coming back into her features. "My names Anna-Beth, Anna-Beth Anderson." She felt fairly sly, knowing she was talking to a boy, which Andrew would definitely NOT agree with.


Andrew shook the girl's hand, and smiled coldly. He glanced around, content enough, knowing his deed for the day was complete. The twins lived at home, for now, but it was across town, so Andrew was trying to convince Anna to move into the dorms. They seemed nice enough, clean, stable, safe. Now that he thought about it, he should know where his maid stayed, didn't he? He looked back at her, cocking his head slightly.

"Hey," he growled, voice hard and deep, "take me to your bedroom."


(I had to make Andrew a little bit of an idiot xD)

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The red-head's smile grew slightly bigger, satisfied with the apparent success in brightening Anna-Beth's day. "The name's Charles Aaron. You ever want to do something sometime, I know the whole city."

Just then, his butler came, with the two bottles of Propel, one grape, one cherry. "Here's your water, Charles, as requested!"

The master grabbed the grape Propel. "Thanks, Eliab!"

"I'll be at the table next to you, in case you need anything!"

"No problem!" Charles suddenly slapped himself on the forehead. "Silly me, I almost forgot! I think you already saw my butler at the auditorium!"

As he sat at the empty table, the yankie opened his copy of the Bible, NIV. "Eliab Othniel! Pleasure to be of aquaintence, Anna-Beth!"

"He's still new to town! He came from..." The red-haired master scratched his neck. "Say! You never told me where in America you're from, mate!"

Eliab's eyes were on the first page to the Book of Exodus. "Knoxville, Teneesee. It's part of the Southern States east of the Mississippi. Most of my life was spent there. I was actually born in Tronheim."

"Norway? Seriously?"

The butler nodded his head. "My mom's side of the family is made up entirely of Norwegians, hence I can speak the language rather fluently."

"What about your dad's side?"

Eliab slammed his book shut. Should have seen that coming! He turned his head toward his master. "You really want to know?"

"Yeah, Eliab! Where's the shame?"

"You promise not to start a political argument?"

Charles gave a small chuckle. "Politics! Hate the word!"

"Alright..." Eliab put his book in his backpack before sitting across from Charles. "The only people I know from my dad's side, other than him, are my grandma and grandpa." He set two photos down, both in black in white, with a man in an Israeli military uniform and a woman wearing a cloth over her head. "My grandpa was an Israeli soldier who fought in Gaza. My grandma was a Syrian. They met each other at the Church of the Nativity after the battle. Once they realized their homelands would eventually spill each other's blood, they fled to Norway, and the rest is history. That's all they'll tell me."

"What's the problem, then? Can't be that bad!"

"Family lineage is not something I like to discuss because once I mention the Israeli part of my blood, a whole argument starts over whether to support the country itself. They always try to drag me into it. Middle Eastern people in general are frowned upon because of 9-11. Being half Middle-Eastern, like I am, has its pitfalls no matter which part of the globe you are at. Personally, I could care less what happens in that region, military-wise. It's just another warzone for people who don't know any better."

"That's gotta be rough, mate!"

"That's why I keep quiet, most of the time. I have a hard time trusting people to know me as who I am instead of what I am." With that, Eliab put the photos back in his pants pocket.

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"I think," Anna-Beth piped up, "it's terrible for people to judge you before they get to know you. They aren't you, therefore, you shouldn't be judged for what they did." She blushed, then began to fiddle with a lock of her wheat-blonde hair, "Sorry...it's not my place to say anything, I apologize."

She wanted to be a part of the conversation, she did, but butting in without invitation was rude. Plus, her manners teacher had always said that a true lady comments only when asked...then again, she had never paid much attention in manners class. She was always busy doodling or daydreaming.

They boys were very friendly, which put her at ease. They were calm and easy-going, and rather good-looking, she had to admit! Just that simple thought was enough to light her face up in a slight blush, and she bit her lip, eyes scouring the table as though it were the most interesting thing she'd ever seen.

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Character Portrait: Haruo Sato Character Portrait: Anna-Beth and Andrew Anderson Character Portrait: Luthais Rae Character Portrait: Melanie Colburn

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Haru
At Luthais’ first question, Haru folded his hands together and answered, “We’ve got a house just outside the city. It’s really different from our place in Japan.” He smiled up at the older boy. However, the smile quickly vanished when Haru heard the second question. He actually hadn’t been thinking about that ever since he’d learned of the boy’s position. It just escaped his mind. So, he was a little taken by surprise by the question. After the initial surprise faded, Haru’s smile returned, and, if possible, it was brighter than before. “Luthais, that would be great!” He leapt up out of his seat, disregarding the fact that they were in a library. He jumped up and down a few times, clapping his hands together softly. “I’d love to be your master!” He stopped jumping and grinned, sticking his hand out for Luthais to shake. “Shake on it?”

Mel
Had…

Had she heard right?

At once, her face flushed bright red and her mouth dropped open. Her hands curled into fists at her sides. Had she misunderstood him? What was he saying? Her bedroom? Was that suggestive? Or literal? Did he really mean her bedroom bedroom? Like the one at her house?

She struggled for an answer, her face still red as a tomato. “Wh… wha… excuse me? My bedroom?

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"No harm done!" Eliab pulled out a full color photo of his parents, brother and sister with him. "The black-haired, green-eyed, tan-skinned guy to the left of me is my brother, Thomas. He's the eldest sibling in the family. His job at a nursery in Tennessee keeps him from moving outside the United States. To the right is my sister, Rebecca. I tried to convince her not to enroll here, but she did. She figures she can handle a few 'drill sargeants' just to spend some time with me, the middle brother, being the only family member she feels she can hang out with, besides Davy, our Boston terrier in front of us. My biggest concern is Rebecca being treated like trash by some inconsiderate master or mistress. If that were to happen, let's just say big brother will be mighty angry!" He then pointed at the background. "Behind us are the Great Smokey Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachians. Trees, shrubs, and grass cover the whole area. It was my inspiration to try and become an arborist, once all this is said and done. Agriculture is something that interests me a lot." The butler put the photo back in his pocket.

"You know, Eliab..." Charles seemed to remember something, right there. "...it just so happens that there is a greenhouse, or garden, or both, where we can sign up and help grow plants and maintain the place! That would be good practice, huh? You might even be able to grow and maintain trees, since you want to be an arborist!"

"Well, it's worth a try..." Eliab was in deep thought for a moment. "But, enough about me!" He turned his attention to Anna-Beth. "What about you? What field are you interested in working in?"

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"Me?" Anna-Beth laughed lightly, grinning ear to ear, "well, Daddy said my first priority is to be a trophy wife! If not that, then definitely an attorney like Mama." Her life had been spelled out for her at a young age, options and roads written in stone for her and her brother both. He, of course, didn't take so well to the structure, but it suited Anna-Beth just fine. "Mama and Daddy both want me to find a boy to marry right after I graduate, have kids young, be a good wife, y'know?" a tiny hint of sadness played at her lips, but she had resigned herself to her fate by now.


Andrew nodded, raising a single brow. "Yes, of course. I need to know where you are. I need to know how to get to your bedroom. Take me there, now, if you wouldn't mind too terribly." He inwardly cringed; he didn't mean to sound like THAT much of a prick, it's just...how he spoke. But he DID need to know where she was staying, that was a no-brainer. But why was she blushing...? He didn't quite catch what the issue was.

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"Your entire future decided for you?" I definitely should have seen that one coming! Eliab's eyes widened. "Hard to imagine the amount of pressure from that!"

Charles raised his hand, his eyes on the table. "I can relate! My mum trained me in all sorts of jobs to make me more capable of handling her landscape company, and I already said it operates all over the European Union!"

"Right..." The butler drank a bit of his flavored water with five gulps at one go. "Well, anyway... you ever been to the Ocoee River, Anna-Beth? It's rather close to Knoxville, and also where an Olympic whitewater rafting event took place."

Eliab did not even want to think about how many other people went through a similar scenario to his master and to the girl they were talking to. Changing the topic was the best he could come up with. It was better to have a random talk in his mind than to stay on a topic which made him feel uneasy.

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"Oh, I don't think I've ever been stateside. Or whitewater rafting. I'm not allowed to do such dangerous things."

Not allowed...where had she heard that before?

"I'm also not allowed to travel anywhere without my brother."

That was familiar.

"I'm...not allowed to do a lot of things since the accident."

She grinned, and brushed a lock of hair from her face, a few small, silver scars around her right eye glittering in the light. She didn't like for people to see the scars, but she felt she owed them an explanation.

"It's because I'm so clumsy."

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"Ouch!" Charles could not help but imagine how painful it must have been. "Well, that explains a lot!"

"No kidding!" Eliab was completely stunned. "If my sister went through something like that, I don't know how I'd react! He's getting a bit overprotective, isn't he, your twin brother, I mean?"

It was bad enough the yankie had to worry about Rebecca letting her impulses control her every move. To actually meet someone who went through something traumatizing was an entirely different matter. He could not imagine what it must have been like.

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"He blames my parents," she said, studying her hands and letting her hair cover her scars again. A ghostly smile was stuck on her lips, sadness clear in her eyes, "because they weren't there to help me."

"We were playing in the house, barely ten at the time. Our nanny was...off doing something, I'm not sure what. I was running through the living room, and Andrew was chasing me and...I tripped."

She could see it all: the new white carpets Mama had just gotten installed, pictures of Papa in magazines and newspapers all framed on the wall, light shining on the twins' hair as they tore around the room.

"There was a large vase on the table I bumped into. We'd been told to be very careful, because the vase was very expensive. I remember, it was very heavy."

They could only watch it rock, back and forth, back and forth, Anna-Beth sprawled on the floor, Andrew a few feet behind her. It had tipped, and...

"It shattered, on the right side of my face."

She remembered screaming, her face sticky and warm, Andrew standing and crying over her, the nanny shakily dialing for an ambulance. The hospital took good care of her, letting Andrew crawl up into the bed with her. He never left. And Mama and Daddy...they were in court. They didn't hear about her accident for hours afterwards.

When they finally did arrive, Andrew was furious. He screamed at them, yelling that they were horrible parents. That they had to apologize to her. They didn't stay long. They had work, and Anna-Beth had ushered them out, assuring them she'd be alright, honest.

"Mama and Daddy...weren't there. And that made Andrew mad. So he decided he was going to take care of me."

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Haru
His smile faded, replaced by a look of genuine interest. “Weird, huh?” The boy shrugged. “Yeah. I guess I can understand that.” His smile reappeared. “I surely wouldn’t want to be paired up with a… weirdo.” He giggled a bit here. “Well, you’re not weird, Luthais. You’re pretty cool, I think. To me anyways. I mean, you were the first person I met. It’s kinda hard to imagine being paired up with anybody else. I shudder to think about who else out there could’ve ended up being my butler or maid, if you get what I’m saying.”

Mel
Her profuse blush promptly vanished from her face and the brunette crossed her arms indignantly across her chest and tossed her small braid to one side. What a punk. What a rich, snobbish, inconsiderate punk. Mel could imagine why his sister ran off like that. The guy shreiked “douchebag”. She decided to humor him though, with her own special brand of sarcasm.

Mel smiled as sweetly as possible and tilted her head to one side. “Oh, of course. My bedroom. Right!” The smile disappeared in the blink of an eye and was replaced by a cold sneer. “On the other side of London. How silly of me.”