Mitsu Tahara || 20 || Waitress At LA Pizzeria & Animation & Visual Effects Major At The Los Angeles Film School || **Sexuality Up To Player**
There’s only one thing that gets under Mitsu’s skin and that’s being called by her proper name, Mitsuru, something only her parents are allowed to call her. She’s a sweet, smart, and outgoing, but a bit naïve for being twenty years old. Her parents are both from Japan and moved to the states at around her age to go to college themselves. They hadn’t known each other when they were in Japan, as one was Okinawan and the other from Tokyo, but once they met at UCLA they were inseparable. The couple bonded over their similar interests and love of their home country. The myth that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach held true for the Taharas. They were married as soon as they graduated and now, after being married for 25 years, they are ecstatic that all of their children had not only gotten into college but to their alma mater. There was just one small hiccup; Mitsu didn’t want to go to UCLA. She knew it was a great school but she had always been secretly artistic. Most importantly, she wanted to pursue her own dreams, not live her parents.
For the most part, it was planned and expected for Mitsu to go to UCLA, but as for what degree, the family felt as though that was the only independent choice their children needed. Throughout her time in high school she felt their pressure to make sure she chose a job responsibly, a job that could be done in many countries. Her parents let her love they arts, encouraged her musicality, the plays she put on, and her paintings. They thought this was normal behavior for a slightly bookish and yet outgoing child. Sadly, they never told her when to stop loving the arts and this led to their first real argument. She’d applied to every major arts school in the country. Her junior year she’d picked up a job at LA Pizzeria and it covered her application fees, her bus tickets, and the money she spent editing the short animated movie that she’d made Downtown to submit with those applications. Everyone loved it and along with UCLA she got into her dream school, the Los Angeles Film School.
Though there was initially a rift between her family and her over her decision to attend LAFS, they had to respect her determination and independence in following her dreams, something they too had done. She is happy to live on campus and get the true college experience while still being close to her family in La Jolla. She is currently an Animation & Visual Effects major and hopes to get her masters. One thing she truly loves about the experience is the people. Though she’d been to Japan every couple of years for the holidays with her family, she hadn’t met many people from other parts of the world and Los Angeles is very different from La Jolla. Living in a town with such a variety of people, cultures, and moral codes really broke her out of her shell. She now dabbles in several other types of media and hopes to animate her own show one day in which she’ll have the time and resources to invent new visual effects and methods. The school considers her one of their most promising students and she has repeatedly won contests to visit and help companies in the industry.
Despite these opportunities getting Mitsu’s foot in the door her parents still worry she will alienate them and other ‘normal’ people for the liberalist lifestyle Los Angeles offers. After a conversation with her boss about trying to make some more friends in Los Angeles outside of school he told her about this social network. As an eternal optimist, she took his advice and signed up. Though there are few classmates or co-workers on the site she is very aware of the celebrities that use it. With its exclusivity and privacy, her nerves about putting herself ‘out there’ are certainly calmed down. Still, she’s not as old as most of the people, has never drank or smoked, always follows the rules, and has always been so focused on school that she has never even been kissed. Half of her hopes that some of those things will change since she hasn’t truly had her ‘real’ college experience yet, but the responsible part of her is also a little reluctant to be her usual open self. Only time will tell if she’ll be able to break out of her parent’s way.
FC: Arisa Yagi
Taken By: OPEN
Nisa Franke || 32 || Horseback Riding Instructor At Booker Ranch || **Sexuality Up To Player**
There has not been very much about Nisa’s life that can be labeled as either normal or consistent. Her father had been a pilot and her mother was a flight attendant. Her father was Italian and her mother was French. Together they bonded over a mutual love of travel. After a couple of years of meeting in various cities across Europe they switched to a mutual airline. Then he began requesting her on his flights to see her even more often. It was all very romantic and very secretive until they eloped in Scotland. Having seen all the major cities, and even a lot of the smaller airports, of Europe, the couple decided to have a home built in Africa, wanting to cover a new continent. The location they settled on was Pointe-Noire, Congo. The two had such a sense of adventure and loved that they could fly into Dolisie or Pointe-Noire, two of the three largest cities in the Republic of the Congo and relax on the beach and spend practically no money at all while keeping their respective jobs.
It was a complete surprise to find out that they were pregnant. Having children had not been in their life plan and they had been taking extensive measures to avoid the situation. Their love of traveling meant that the child might inhibit their dreams. The couple paid for nannies, wet nurses, maids, and tutors- all of which were extremely less expensive. It wasn’t until she was ten, and already very independent, that they came home to tell her she was going on her first trip. It wasn’t a long flight but they took her to Egypt and showed her the history of the country, a memory that she would always treasure. It was on that trip to Egypt that she rode on both donkeys and camels, learning that there were times when patience outweighed a skill set. After that trip Nisa frequently flew out to France or Italy to spend holidays and summers with her cousins and grandparents. One thing certainly did not change; she rarely heard from or saw her parents. It was in these trips that she would overhear her extended family badmouthing her parents for keeping Nisa.
As she became a teenager and took on more coursework to prepare for an opportunity to attend university, Nisa was given even more teachers and tutors- at least one per subject. Her favorite class was world history but because of the teacher. She was a young Indian woman who insisted that Nisa partake in her morning spiritual rituals to clear and calm her mind so she could better focus on her work. Though she hadn’t expected to enjoy it, she loved how calming and whole with nature she felt. Even after she was finished with school and the two parted ways, Nisa kept the ritual going. After about two months of being left alone in the home with no parents and really no friends she begged her parents to take her parents to Paris. It wasn’t an easy decision but they let her move there while paying for her apartment as long as she went to a university. It wasn’t easy to find a university to take her but she did, moving just two weeks before her semester started up.
Sadly, things did not go as planned. Rather undecided on a major, she blew through school with little to no purpose. Accumulatively she should have had enough credits for the equivalent of an American’s associates degree in a variety of handy fields but her undeclared major meant that she was stuck pooling them together until she decided. Her parents understandably grew frustrated and were feeling very close to telling her that she needed to find a job because they weren’t going to fund her indecisive lifestyle any longer. Guilt stopped them for years, but after several academic suspensions they felt like they finally had their ticket in. In true cowardice form, they wrote her a letter that she was an adult and they would no longer support her, signing it that they wished her the best and hoped she would keep in touch. Frustrated with “postcard parents”, Nisa decided she would show them that she was more than capable of being on her own. Selling every single furnishing she could in the apartment, she boarded a plane to Los Angeles.
Finding a small apartment in downtown Los Angeles was easier than she thought it would be, especially compared to Paris. Nisa then worked day and night to find a job. Her spiritual ritual remained her anchor and because she’d lived by the ocean she knew she could be of use to a gym. Not being picky or choosy she was a lifeguard, then a swimming instructor, and now she’s a yoga instructor. It was at Masterson Fit Club that she met Kaplan. He owned a ranch that was short on riding instructors. She mentioned that she’d taken lessons in her summers in France and Italy, but also had experience with other animals- a bit of a stretch, and he offered her a much better paying job. Though she doesn’t expect much out of her new job she’s happy to be on her own and as long as she has a job she can stay in the country with her work visa. The only people she misses are her cousins in France and Italy, but to this day she remains independent and very distant from everyone that keeps in contact with her parents. She joined this social network to make friends and further delve into the American culture. Nisa is also interested in possibly going back to school once she’s saved up some money. Overall, she’s curious about self-discovery and having real friends.
FC: Genevieve Padalecki
Taken By: OPEN
Andrés Díaz de la Parra || 35 || Period Film Director || **Sexuality Up To Player**
Son of a movie starlet and a junkie wannabe rock star, Andres was put up for adoption as soon as he was born. It was a miracle in itself that his mother was never found to be pregnant but she took a break from her films to “vacation” and everyone bought it. He was an easy baby, rarely cried, and was small but chunky. As if that didn’t label him as prime real estate in the orphanage he had a full head of silky dark hair. Needless to say, he was quickly adopted. However, when word leaked about who his mother was the very religious family that adopted him kept him under even heavier supervision, trying to ‘redeem his soul’ for his parents’ sins. Their eccentric behavior never bothered him. He’d always felt very passionate about his faith and still does to this day. Truthfully, he had a happy upbringing and didn’t see the point in rebelling. Though his public school wasn’t the best the teachers doted on him and he made close friends in his chorus and band classes, which he was only allowed to participate in as long as they didn’t perform anything mainstream. Everyone always flocked to him because he was attractive, kind, and charming.
Andres never had to worry about needing anything, but he had got in to trouble at times when he didn’t want to live by the family’s rules. This didn’t happen until he began attending community college, which was close to home and he continued to live under his parent’s roof while he got his degree. With his classmates all working while they were in school he found himself wanting to do the same, preferably working at the same restaurants with them. With his parents vehemently against him working while he was in school he decided it was time to move out and figure out his own life. His lifestyle immediately changed as soon as he moved in with his classmates. Drinking, smoking, and skipping classes became his normal routine and his parents stopped paying for his school when they saw his marks. Throttled by their rage at him, telling their son that he wasn’t a ‘true Catholic’ they disowned him. Though he would change his ways in terms of drinking and smoking he left school. Between working and hanging out with his roommates he started to get into the modern arts. Films, music, and photography all fascinated him and the methods that films were made had made him question why classic novels were not being made into such beautiful films.
With little to lose, Andres headed straight to Los Angeles, determined to be the man to change that. Using his biological mother’s connections he got a foot in the door of the film industry. In just in his first week of being in Los Angeles he was running between preforming his own music at open mic nights, volunteering at a photographer’s office, and working on sets that needed everything from a stage hand to an extra. Andres’ journey to celebrity was not a difficult once people knew who he was, his likable demeanor meant that the actors and directors would periodically ask him who he was and he would start with his mother’s name. It was curiosity that got his foot in the door and his God given talent that kept him there. Every day on set he learned from watching everyone work, from directing to how to treat needy actors. Eventually, his main focus would become the set jobs and he would work his way into the director’s chair. Upon creating an adaptation of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, he was drenched in awards and nominations by his peers and the academy. It was exactly what he needed to mend his relationship with his adoptive parents and step out of the shadow of his birth mother- whom he still has not met.
Now, over a decade later, the man is at the top and enjoying being on top. Andres is known and loved, not just in Los Angeles or the States but internationally. His charm has won him over with several high profile celebrities but his face in the tabloids never fazes him. If one thing truly bothers him it’s that he hasn’t had a serious relationship since his brief stint in college. Due to his busy schedule he spends most of his time preparing for new films, pouring over classic novels or biographies of famous poets and painters, and traveling the world. Though he considers his coastal mansion in Los Angeles home, he is blessed to be able to afford a condo in Toronto, and a townhouse in Louisiana. His parents are normally the ones to come to him on holidays due to his busy schedule and now that he’s getting older the conversations frequently turn to interrogations of his love life. Andres joined this social network at his mother’s request, she’d heard of the site and how it wasn’t a dating site. She half-hoped he would find a wife and half-hoping he would make some friends outside of Hollywood. Despite his films being classic, his parents still fear he’ll turn to the raunchy modern films if someone offered him the right amount, which further proves how little they know him.
FC: Santiago Cabrera
Taken By: OPEN
Noel Granson || 29 || Period Actress At Austenland & Former A-List Actress || **Sexuality Up To Player**
Coming from a wealthy, large, and very structured family in Brighton, Noel could certainly say she had a fantastic upbringing. There were nannies, tutors, other children to play with, and anything she wanted to try she did. Growing up she had fond memories of swimming with her siblings, reading with her parents, and going to parties at her grandparents’ homes in Chichester and St. Albans. Attending very good schools, doing as she was told, and keeping active all seemed to please her family- and it was what her siblings were doing, so Noel was never pushed to discover herself. Aside from a couple of dances where her brother’s all-boys school had come to her all-girls she’d gone through all of her adolescence without a single crush. The fear of her parents potentially disapproving of her being with another girl made her keep her focus away from kissing, experimenting, or discovering romance. All in all, nice as Noel was, she was fairly quiet and plain in her youth. Other than school and family activities, the majority of her adventures happened in the books she read.
As an avid reader and never being one to let people down, Noel always did well in school but this would change once she went to university. Unable to truly peg down what she wanted to or be when she “grew up” left her avoiding anything but classes that would only ever get her a degree in General Studies. She’d loved Brighton and being close to her family, but by the end of her second year at the University of Brighton Noel began to catch herself looking into spending a semester or two abroad. Other than traveling to other places in the UK she really hadn’t seen much of the world. When she mentioned it to her parents she was surprised to hear that they would be moving to Sweden once her younger brother began university in the fall. Not wanting to be far from them, but also wanting to try something new she applied to a semester abroad in Sweden to try and discover her professional calling in life. In Sweden her parents would constantly talk about how safe the country was and how all the others were terrifying, at war, and full of immoral people. Feeling like her parents were trying to re-shelter themselves she went back to the University of Brighton more confused than ever.
With no official major selected she was approved for another semester abroad and chose to visit the states via the University of Virginia. She was hooked on everything almost instantly. The history, people, food, and this America dream that just living there could offer you everything brought out a side of Noel she didn’t know she had. There was an overwhelming culture shock and in a way she really believed that if she was going to have an adventure like one of her book characters that America was the only place that could offer that for her. Deciding to major in Art History and stay in the states may have become her plan but it was never the plan for a Granson. Needless to say, her family was horrified. Despite them calling Americans warmongers, she stayed stateside, traveled all over the country, and tried to show them she was safe and happy by frequently writing to them and sending them pictures of all the famous places in the country. A few years later, she has chosen to settle in Los Angeles, finding it hard to keep financially afloat always moving. Slowly, the family reconnected and frequently visits each other.
Almost immediately after moving to Los Angeles, Noel was asked to go to an audition for a film. She obliged, albeit reluctantly because she was not used to being the center of attention, and this would launch her into the world of cinema. Type cast repeatedly in period films and shows never bothered Noel, she was happy to be good at something new and discovering how people translated historical art into modern terms. If anything truly bothered Noel it was the lack of privacy that came with the fame and money. She enjoys writing in her free time but discovered that it’s impossible to do in a park with paparazzi following you. After a particularly bad fall out with a violent photographer she was sent to CC West, a nearby clinic, for some stitches. At CC West she met Micah Cartwright and while she’d never dated or explored a romantic or sexual side of herself, she found herself very open to his charm. Having grown up around heavy English accents and being doted on, she felt more comfortable with him than anyone else and in her quietness she found herself very much in love with him.
Micah already had a daughter, whom he’d adopted shortly before they met, and as soon as the pair began dating conversations regarding long term commitments became commonplace. Shortly thereafter they were married in Australia at one of his many homes. It seemed very whirlwind romance novelesque to both her and the media. The public could find nothing cruel to say about him, his family only seemed bothered by their rushing into the marriage, and her family adored him. The more time Noel spent with Aubrianna and Micah, trying to get pregnant and fit into a life very much like her own growing up, the more she realized she didn’t want that. After having a miscarriage the pair decided to call it quits before the little girl could become too attached. They’d signed a prenup and kept their own money but Noel felt more lost then ever. As scripts kept pouring in she talked to Leland, her agent, about pursing something else. After reading some of the things she’d written he told her in the nicest way possible that she should keep working at it, acting to support herself.
Not wanting to be in the spotlight or live the over the top lavish lifestyle that Leland and the press thought she should be having, Noel found a home in ‘Austenland’ a Jane Austen themed park where fans leave normal modern amenities at the door and experience life as if they were in a Jane Austen novel for varying allotted amounts of time. As an actress there she is allowed her cell and laptop after ‘performance hours’ she enjoys the work that goes into a lifestyle with no power, line dances, and romanticizing peoples lives. Though she is still young she remains fairly unsure of herself, her talents, and if what people deem as ‘normal’ is truly for her. After several months in Austenland she hasn’t decided if she wants to make a career out of her job or if she wants to write period piece novels, but for now she is fairly happy with her life at the moment. The decision to join this site was Micah’s recommendation so she remained connected to the ‘real world’. Truthfully, he’s one of the few people who believes in her, though she doesn’t feel like she deserves the friendship anymore.
FC: Keira Knightley
Taken By: OPEN
Violet Ralston || 29 || Owner of Violet’s Bath & Body Supplies || **Sexuality Up To Player**
Jennifer, Violet’s mother, was nothing more than your stereotypical always-been-rich housewife. She was a housekeeper, soccer mom, tutor, and chef. Name a hat and she was dedicated to it, some would even label her as a ‘supermom’. Violet saw her mother as both the rock of the household and as a woman struggling to appease everyone’s needs but her own. Her father was a well-respected judge on the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, a busy and serious man who instilled a sense of pride in country, work ethic, and community service in his family. They were, to the public and those closer to them, an idyllic family. With two children- one boy and girl, an intelligent wife, and hard working husband; no one ever predicted that there would ever be a scandal. Her normal childhood consisted of excelling in private schools, team sports, going to ritzy parties with other wealthy families, and a lot of chit chatting about what she would be when she grew up. While Violet’s brother was expected to follow in her father’s footsteps, Violet vocalized that she had no desire to have a batch of kids and devote her life to their needs. Perhaps it was the fact that she’d always been a “daddy’s girl”, but Violet would confidently discuss growing up to be a business owner. When people would ask her what sort of business she was going to start she had no answer, just that she didn’t want to have a boss. Everyone brushed this off as her being a rebellious teenager, especially when she obliged her parents by attending the university of their choosing- even if it was for a degree in business.
Shortly after her graduation Violet had met Micah Cartwright. She’d experimented and had her fun at university, some of which had turned up in tabloids but brushed off as rumor, and her parents had bee nagging her to settle down. Feeling as if she was unable to start a business responsibly without a clear vision and no money but her trust fund, she found a job as a personal assistant and began to save for that ‘one day’ when she could live out her dreams. It wasn’t that Violet was against marriage or her parents’ lifestyle, she simply wanted more out of life than what they had, Micah and Violet bonded over that sentiment. They’d told each other they could be anything in the world and creating a sort of fantasyland between themselves because Micah was an amazing doctor and Violet was in no position to be a businesswoman. While they spent more time together they soon realized their parents really loved the idea of them together. Their mutual respect for each other, the pleasure in knowing that they were making their families happy, and the lack of fear that the other would stifle their hopes and dreams led to their decision to get married. Sure, they loved one another, but upon their divorce it was truly question if there was ever that spark between them. Micah was the one who had faltered, caving to the need to financially spoil his wife and then collapsing to the fear of becoming his father led to him having an affair. Violet’s gentle giant had let her down and it wasn’t that she couldn’t forgive him but the image of a ‘have it all’ lifestyle was now shattered.
Neither of them was richer than the other upon their divorce, though they would be eventually become exponentially more wealthy, so between their two trust funds and the money they’d made they agreed to part ways without splitting anything other than the price of their home. It was an amazing home and they’d put a lot into it, getting far more out of it than they’d put in and after giving the bank the amount of the mortgage back they were both left with a sizable amount of money. Both of them would choose to use that to pursue their dreams and on that alone they built a foundation to their reconciliation. Due to Micah’s traveling their correspondence had remained mostly by email, but she was aware that he was finally starting his own clinics in the states. She’d created a bath and beauty cosmetics company that was doing extremely well, mainly due to its focus on making sure that it was free of chemicals and was never tested on animals. With a signal boost from Peta, her products blew up and she finally was financially stable enough to create a storefront. With her love of the UK, Violet couldn’t think of starting up in any other country; however, the majority of her sales were stateside. When Micah’s clinic opened he contracted her to provide all the soaps, shampoos, and conditioners for his clinic and the care packages they made. This would become an even bigger reason for her to turn her business into an international franchise and she eventually gave in when he opened a second clinic, which is slated to expand into a full-fledged hospital.
Her move to Los Angeles has been complicated. Violet frequently travels back to the London for store visits and to interview those who will run her branch of business there while she’s abroad. Additionally, she intends on opening several branches of Violet’s Bath & Body Supplies in the United States, all of which requires scoping out of venues, interviewing employees, and finding a factory to manufacture her merchandise in to lower her costs. Though she’s excited to have Micah and his family, that has always welcomed her with open arms, right in the new place she’ll be calling home she’s definitely nervous about living away from her family. Since the inception of her business and the finalization of their divorce, Violet has completely turned away from dating or even truly having a social life. With the Cartwright’s encouragement, she joined this social network to change that lifestyle. Violet may have her father’s work ethic and love of community and country but she’s just as kindhearted as her mother. Most people are intimidated by Violet if they know of her but have never spoken to her. Once they’ve really had a chat with her they realize just how warm, smart, and adventurous she is. Though she’s entirely undecided on how long she’ll stay in Los Angeles, she plans to make the most out of her time in the states.
FC: Nicole Beharie
Taken By: OPEN
Isaac Foster || 25 || Owner of The Smoking Octopus & Graduate From UCLA || Straight
Isaac Foster was born in New York City and unfortunately his mother, Miranda Foster, saw him as an inconvenience and mistake. Isaac is the product of a secret love affair between his mother and Richard, a man who had a family of his own. Isaac would come to find out at the age of sixteen and questioning who his father was, that Richard is the father to Piper Lynn, a woman who would later show him what it’s like to be loved and cared about. Moreover, being the product of a sinful act left Isaac without an adult male role model growing up. His mother was an exceedingly successful lawyer causing Isaac to be neglected. Due to stress and long hours at the office, Miranda often forgot about Isaac’s existence. He tried to get her attention but her attention was always elsewhere. Until he was old enough to look after himself,Isaac was looked after by his nanny, Martha, who was more of a mother to him than his real mother had ever been. Since his mother’s busy schedule never left time to spend with her son, who was too young to understand why she was never around andhis father also had no knowledge of the birth of Isaac, he became defiant. His attitude and childish tantrums made it difficult for anyone to keep him under control.
Starting high school, Isaac had a knack for getting into trouble, you name it he did it. Causing drama between his schoolmates for fun, slacking off in classes, smoking pot, and drinking alcohol at the age of seventeen, Isaac was a King among men. He was known by just about everyone; even the nerds. The popular kids were the ones he usually hung out with, knowing they acquired the right amount of cash to party hard enough for his standards. Isaac learned how to properly scheme to have someone legally buy his substances for him,Isaac to this prides himself in never being caught. With the knowledge of the substances he sold, addiction sadly followed. Cocaine was the main drug Isaac counted on. It kept the loneliness at bay and made him feel like he could conquer the world. He had a small circle of friends who, like him, loved to trick people using their charms. Looks, money, and a confident personality, Isaac and his, who he considered his best friends, had the school eating out of the palm of their hands. At first Isaac assumed they were just people coning him for booze, but after years of loyalty Isaac came to realize they were the closest friends he’d ever had. Isaac was far from stupid, even though he skipped classes he knew about people and he knew exactly what to do to get them to do what he wanted. You could say he learned this from his mother. Isaac used people’s most vulnerable qualities that he figured out by observation to use against them. He doesn’t call it “manipulation” he calls it “creative suggestion.”
Graduating from high school, Isaac decided to study business. Wanting a change he put in an application and got accepted into UCLA where he excelled at his classes while still enjoying the shenanigans that he enjoyed in high school. Along with enjoying a very active sex life, Isaac continued to party just as hard, if harder. His roommate showed him the ins and outs of the college, especially where all the parties were at. Isaac made friends pretty quickly, but none never measured up to the ones he had back home. Keeping up his reputation of a ladies man, there wasn’t a guy on campus who didn’t know about Isaac and his preference for women; mostly along the lines of blonde, big breasted, and anyone he deemed less intelligent than himself. He could be found at almost every kegger and party. He partied with the best of them, managing to pass his classes hangovers and all, though he’ll never admit to throwing up on his professor whilst turning in a Calculus final. Upon graduating from business school, he and a few of his friends started a hookah shop called the Smoking Octopus. The idea came to them one night after spending a studying session at hookah bar near the campus. Isaac was familiar with smoking, of all sorts, and it became apparent to him how many others enjoyed it as well. From the money he had been saving from his schemes and a trust fund his friend had been accumulating money with, they decided to start their own hookah bar in downtown LA. The location was picked to be where most of the traffic was, causing their business to run efficiently and smoothly.
It was when Isaac moved to LA, in start of his business, that he met his half-sister Piper. His love for sex and booze being no secret, Isaac frequented Paddles, a local BDSM club where Piper happened to work. Noticing someone with the same name as his sister, who he learned about when asking about his father, he struck up a conversation in order to connect and figure out if she really was the Piper Lynn he knew about. At first, Isaac was weary of developing a relationship with Piper. He was twenty-five years old, why did he need to play the brother role when his father didn’t care enough to get to know him? Putting aside his differences with his father, Isaac made an effort to get to know Piper. The two struggle to get along, but their relationship remains to be a decent one. Piper noticed Isaac’s lack of friend activity and distrust with most people, so she directed him towards this social media site in order for him to make friends and meet other people in LA.
FC: Ed Westwick
Taken By: Kat
Attention All Members!
AU Week: Part II is quickly approaching and I will periodically be making and posting tease trailers as we approach the big day. Here are the key things you need to know:
- When: October 1st to October 10th
- What To Expect: 3 to 5 “teasers trailers” of potential themes for the AU Week
- How Many Characters Will Survive:
- In The Arena: 1
- In The Districts: Low
- In The Capital: Most
Theme Option Two: The Reaping
This theme is a Hunger Games AU in which there will be a Quarter Quell Reaping into the Hunger Games.
- Writers with multiple characters will have some characters as sponsors, stylists, and mentors
- Some characters may not be reaped but that doesn’t mean they won’t die in the district during the game
- Writers on hiatus will have there characters killed off during AU Week, no exceptions
Again, this is just one of what will be 3 to 5 options, so please don’t bombard me with questions until the OFFICIAL AU Week is posted. This is purely up to get you all, hopefully, excited.
Dr. Micah Cartwright || 31 || Doctor, Owner & Operator of the Cartwright Clinics || Heteroflexible
The Cartwrights have always been a prestigious English family. Micah Daniel Cartwright, the second son in a family that would have three boys, was no exception to their long line of ‘pristine’ genetics. Every Cartwright, for more generations than were worth counting, had always become a doctor. Just like some families had a history of the men enlisting into branches of the military, theirs all pursued medical careers. Every Cartwright looked, acted, and worked a very specific way. The shadow cast by Caleb, Micah’s older brother, was never too big for Micah. The two got on extremely well, consider each other close friends, and they encouraged each other to maintain the family’s image. His entire childhood was directed to a career in medicine. His father, who owned a large practice, would come and go; meanwhile, his patient wife co-raised her three blonde-haired and blue-eyed boys with a nanny in a house that was unnecessarily large for their family. As far back as the medical career history went for their family so too did a history of there never being anything but sons. This little family fact changed when Aubrie, who is more than ten years younger than him, was born. Upon the birth of the first female the antics about the family history seemed to ease up, at least a little. Caleb was no longer expected to take the same specialty as their father, Micah no longer had to attend that university, and, at least to Micah, Jameson could have skipped out of it and become a politician if his heart so desired.
Micah’s early years were like that, full of laughter and expectations. They didn’t play with toy soldiers; they had little stethoscopes, did charity work, and played sports. Even after their cousin Aubrie was born, the boys’ family had instilled the mentality of “being the best version of yourself” so deeply within them that their parents letting up on them never resulted in acting out in school or achieving anything lower than top marks. As Caleb still went to the family’s usual university, Cambridge, Micah decided to apply to schools in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia. While his parents couldn’t seem to fathom their son leaving them, his brothers knew that he had always been a bit more adventurous. With his grades, the Cartwright track record for academic success, and his gleaming record of charity work and sports participation every university wanted him. For the first time in his life, Micah would make a decision specifically for himself. The winner would be Harvard University. Despite his family’s wealth, Harvard offered Micah a full ride knowing that so many other schools wanted him. In his time there he would live on campus, meals paid, participate in sports year round, and only make trips back home for the holidays. Micah would remain an academic success and would also earn the school medals in sailing and fencing as well as being a part of the championship soccer and lacrosse teams. Despite such accolades he was never one to boast, not even telling his family members until after the fact. Luckily, they caught on and visited for some of his events in his final two years there.
Upon receiving his doctorate from Harvard he was encouraged to return to London and join his father’s practice; however, Micah had his own plans. Moving to Australia he received a second degree in Emergency & Trauma Medicine while completing his residency. It was his time there that made him truly fall in love with surfing, a hobby he would keep up with and eventually be a major factor in his ending up in California. Micah would love Australia so much that he would buy a large home in Byron Bay. Though he’d intended it mostly for holidays and eventually retirement he does oftentimes visit or pay for his friends to visit the estate. Additionally, it is also the location of his second marriage to Hollywood superstar, Noel Granson. The house there is still very dear to him and his visits there are always a good time because of his former co-workers but when Micah reflects on his life as a whole Australia remains just a small blip and the mansion has never been deemed home to him. Shortly after its purchase and upon his residency completion and receipt of the other degrees Micah joined the Peace Corp. Then, after his time with them he volunteered with Doctors Without Borders. All of those activities truly shaped him into the man he is today while he still holds onto the strong family values his parents instilled in him.
After years away from home Micah returned to his family, purchasing a condo in London. Taking a job at his father’s practice and saving nearly all his money, the young man tried to map out a plan for the rest of his life. Then, just as he was a few days from heading to the United States to begin looking for locations near the Brooklyn Bridge to start his own clinic, Micah met Violet Ralston. The pair seemed to click perfectly together and more importantly, his family adored her. She was smart, driven, and independent. They dated for a couple of months before his mother gave him her mother’s engagement ring, telling him that she was certain that Violet was the one for him. Unfortunately, she didn’t give him much more to go on than that. The Cartwrights saw Violet for her own prestigious family and her similarities to Micah. Even more unfortunately, after their marriage she quickly changed. Violet hadn’t made Micah aware of her immediate desire for children or that she wanted to raise them without a nanny. Feeling like he’d lost his connection to his wife he found himself trying to buy her things to please her. Even more unsatisfied with his life turning into his parents he began seeing the florist he always bought Violet flowers from. Ashamed with the affair he told his wife and Violet immediately divorce him before they’d even been together for a full year.
Wanting a fresh start, Micah moved to New York City. Renting his place in London to doctors the worked at his father’s practice kept him tied to home if he felt the need to return. However, that would never actually happen. After a short time Micah fell back to his original plan, opening a clinic near the Brooklyn Bridge. With years of charity work under his belt he knew that he wanted to help people. The reason he chose to start his clinic in the states was because he knew that Americans had a greater influence on the world than other countries and his hope was that in changing some of their lives they would go out and do the same for others. The Cartwright Clinic would be an entirely free clinic that provided a laundry list of things on top of free medical care. It successfully ran entirely on donations with patients paying what/if they could. Other things offered were 24-hour childcare, a soup kitchen, a shelter, and an array of support groups and workshops. After Hurricane Sandy the clinic received a massive influx of donations for his support to help the community and with that money he chose to create another clinic on the west coast. CC East remains open and successful, run by his eldest brother, the doctors that work there are volunteers looking to gain more experience, and the heads of surgery and so on rent out his home in the big apple. As for going back he visits there once a weekend every quarter, but he believes that he has left it in capable hands.
Moving to Los Angeles was easy enough for Micah, he’d lived in several other major cities, always got along with people, and was excited to set up another clinic. His first year in the city was a rush. The clinic was just as successful as the one in New York. His staff, a lot of who came from CC East, was made up of amazingly hard workers. Most importantly there was a clear shift in the crime rates and health of the people in the city. Sadly, nothing would ever be perfect, but they always had a way of finding something good through the insanity. For every kid that was shot in a gang initiation, the doctors and nurses took time to help them find a way out of that lifestyle. Any drug addict or homeless person received help immediately or they were taken, not just referred to, a long-term facility. Most importantly, Micah found his daughter, Aubrianna Charlotte. The premature baby had been dumped in the clinic’s medical waste bin, umbilical chord still attached, strung out, and with no expectations to make it. The clinic saved her life, Micah fostered her while the police looked for a mother- to no avail, and he would adopt her. He knew from the moment he saw her that she was his daughter and named her after Aubrie, his mother, and a dear friend from New York who had died before he left. Having a daughter would change more than his perspective on life, it would change his lifestyle, hopes, and dreams…everything.
Micah’s life was on a high, he’d been chosen as the ‘Sexiest Man’ in 2013, beating actors, models and musicians, his CC West was expanding into a hospital, he’d purchased a place on the coast with a large property that was the first place to feel like home since London, and his daughter was fully adopted and definitely healthy. His decision to join this social network was mostly his cousin’s and his co-worker’s idea. Aubrie, who was living with him while she attended UCLA, didn’t want to see him alone. Morgan, his personal assistant and key to the clinic running smoothly, just wanted to see his reaction to women flirting with him. The idea of dating again wasn’t foreign to him but Aubrianna was his focus. Surprisingly, he immediately clicked with someone, Noel Granson. Noel, like Violet, had a lot in common with Micah’s personality, but most importantly, she was eager to love Aubrianna and didn’t mind that he was, in a way, married to his career. Noel, who was a famous actress, somehow sucked him into a glimmering Hollywood lifestyle and once again he was catering to her. It wasn’t that he didn’t think he was lovable without drenching people in gifts but it was his way of showing love, albeit a faulty way. Once again, they had a whirlwind engagement and marriage. Together they raised Aubrianna and discussed having more children, but after an early-term miscarriage she decided that motherhood wasn’t for her. Growing distant from Micah they mutually agreed to go separate ways. With his focus back on his daughter, Micah can’t seem to find the time to even think about getting married again. He’s happy to see a lot of his family relocating to LA and working at his clinic and for now friends and family are all he wants and needs.
FC: Chris Hemsworth
Taken By: NatBat
Dario Ortega || 33 || Psychologist and Dance Therapist || Omnisexual
Dario grew up in Buenaventura, Colombia. Being the youngest of three children with two older sisters had a large impact on his life. His mom had a rough life raising three children on her own. Due to the lack of money and transportation, she allowed the three kids to get together and every three months choose one after school activity. Dario always got outvoted by his sisters, so he never got to try soccer or swimming.
His mother encouraged them to always be active and busy, so when Dario complained about not wanting to do art classes, she would let him stay home and do hard work instead. Determined to never have to do that again, he agreed to do whatever he was offered. One year, his sisters chose dance classes. Dario was not excited and hated the idea of being the only boy in class. It was too embarrassing for him, but his mother made him participate.
However, upon taking the first class, he was hooked. He discovered he was good at dancing, and more importantly, he enjoyed it. This started his dancing career at the young age of nine. His mother was relieved to finally find one activity that all her children could do together and enjoy. Dario, for the most part, was usually the only boy in his class for the next few years. As his sisters grew older, he helped them with their dance competitions. Always offering to help them choreograph or try a new move for him to evaluate.
At twelve years old, he was finally old enough to join the competitions himself. Dario practiced every day in his room. He won his first competition, but also saw a couple doing the tango in a different division. Yearning to learn ballroom dancing after their powerful display, he begged his mother to let him switch dance studios. She wanted him to succeed, but it was not good for her busy schedule to take him to a dance studio clear across town. Finally his mother decided to ask for help from her family. She called her brother up and asked him to drive Dario to his new dance classes after school.
Dario did well in school, all the way through high school. He continued winning dance competitions in many different styles of dance during school. Dario was absolutely sure that he wanted to be a professional dancer. Wanting to go to an American school, Dario sent his applications all around the country. Getting responses from few schools, he was disappointed with his options. Looking at his options, he decided upon UCLA. While it was not known for it’s dance school, it was in LA. He knew there were amazing opportunities for anyone in the arts in Los Angeles. Uprooting everything, he moved to America for school.
As a young freshman, he was thrilled to start dance classes. Unfortunately, he had to start of with general education classes like every other student. Having enrolled in what his advisor recommended, he was frustrated that he had to take classes that he wasn’t interested in. But he soon learned that his psychology class was immensely interesting. His second semester at school, he was able to sign up for a dance class. To his dismay, he found the class too slow paced. It wasn’t what he was expecting at all. The only thing that kept his interest was the teacher.
He began sleeping with his jazz instructor quite often. It was exciting and fun for him. Little did he know that it was starting him down a dangerous path. Dario continued to take psychology classes as he found them very fascinating. All while sleeping around with teachers and students alike. During his junior year, his heavy sex life started to interrupt with his schooling. He was skipping classes and began acting out when it had been too long since his last sexual encounter. It was out of character for him to be missing any classes, so his advanced psychology teacher expressed her concern. Feeling low about everything, he revealed to her everything that had been going on.
It was the first time he had heard of sex addiction. He wasn’t sure he quite believed it was real. Trying to regain control of his life, he made his own twelve-step program to try to rehabilitate himself. For a while, he seemed to get better. Graduating with honors in psychology, he decided to further his education and get his doctorate’s. He continued to dance during his PhD program. It was during the third year of the doctorate’s program that he discovered alternative therapy styles. Dance therapy naturally caught his eye. Finally graduating the doctorate’s program after six years, he decided to investigate dance therapy.
Deciding that dance therapy was an amazing opportunity for him to incorporate two things he loved into helping others, he started taking classes to get the certification he needed. After one year, he had earned the certification through the American Dance Therapy Association. Dario quickly sent his resume out to many different clinics. Hearing back from New Vision was the best feeling in the world for him. Not only would he be able to have individual clients, he would be able to teach group dance therapy. He was thrilled. It has been four years since he was hired. Unfortunately, the stress of the job has slowly pushed Dario back into his old ways. His addiction problem started again, but tries hard to keep it under control.
FC: William Levy
Taken By: Colleen
Vincent “Vince” Cross || 40 || Customer Facing Bouncer at LA Lights || Straight
He was born into a poor family and at a young age his parents died and he was sent into the foster system. In his first foster home he had become close friends with one of the other guys. One night while they were all sleeping some gangsters drove by and lit the house on fire. Needless to say, His friend didn’t make it out. Due to his short temper and attitude issues he was sent around from home to home a lot and rarely was able to make friends. Eventually he gave up on attempting that and just decided to make enemies because they were easier to say bye to. So much shit happened in the first 18 years of his life that his slogan became “Disaster follows shortly” From the age of 16 he got into drugs and alcohol and not the light stuff either. He quickly dove head first into the abyss that is addiction and anyone who even tried to approach him he quickly tossed away to avoid attachment.
By the age of 20 he was homeless and begging on the streets. Any money he got he quickly used for more drugs and alcohol. He was thirty years old when he finally got caught drug dealing, sending him to prison for five years. While serving his time he started getting his life on track, quickly realizing he never wanted to go back to being homeless. By the end of his five year sentence he had muscled up and toughened up. The moment he left prison he started searching for a job, a new man. This quickly crumbled in on him after failing to find a job for a few months he began to be depressed and returned to his only consistent friend: Alcohol. He gave up looking for a job and just drank his troubles away. A few months had passed since he gave up and started begging again when Piper Lynn was walking past him and decided to stop by. He gave her the usual cold shoulder and tried to avoid any conversation. He finally gave up trying to shrug her off and told her that if she wanted to be useful she could go find him a job. She then continued leaving Vincent behind.
He thought she wouldn’t do it but a few days later she came back to his spot with a grin on her face. She had found him a job as a bouncer at LA Lights. For once in his life he was grateful. He went through his training and completed it. Now he had a job and his life started coming together. Within his first couple shifts he noticed shady customers coming in and out of the club. He thought about talking to someone about it but decided to just leave well enough alone. By the time he turned forty he saved up enough for a small apartment. Once he was properly moved into the empty apartment. He was greeted by one of the women living in the building: Piper. He recognized her as the woman who saved his life and properly introduced himself. A few months passed and his once empty apartment was now filled. His life was back on track and now all he needed to do was fill his empty heart with people who cared. Vincent explained this to Piper and she directed him to Stars and Boulevards.
FC: Will Smith
Taken By: Dawn
Nicole “Nikki” Huntington || 30 || Music Producer At REC Recording Studio || Lesbian
Music ran in Nicole’s blood. Though growing up as the daughter of a failed musician and dancer made things hard for the girl from the very first start. There was no luxury, no dinners together as a family, no goodnight kiss. She was born and raised in the Alphabet City area of New York, between bohemians and artists. Her father was a junky who constantly traveled with the band, in an dumb attempt to be successful again. In the meanwhile, her mother divided herself between working in a diner during the day and in a club at night. Nicole stood longer periods with her neighbors, who kindly often took care of her, than with her parents. As a teenager in the same situation, she had learned not to expect things from others and to take care of herself. It had been one of the main reasons she decided to make a difference in that industry.
Most people would have imagined she’d walk far from that sidewalk, but instead she jumped in to do the only thing she always knew: managing. She knew how hard the music business was, especially for women—who were only expected to scream and jump when the boys made any kind of trash out of instruments. Nikki, as she was known around, always saw beyond that. She would see someone playing, or singing, even if roughly, and she’d see a talented that could be built. But she hardly had a chance to stand out in the industry. As much good as she was, no one wanted to risk their life chances on a woman to manage them. Only after a few years of hard work, and affiliating with a known studio, that things started working.
When she came across a grown all-girls band from Chicago, Nikki was astonished. It was a bold risky move to build up an all-girls rock band back in the day, and she admired the girls for that. When Nicole proposed they combined their talents playing with hers of making people famous, things couldn’t have worked better. As much as their first album wasn’t a major success, they did reach the public and got the to gig around the country with famous other bands until they got their own space. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a start. Nikki always saw the girls incredible potential and despite problems here and there, she was all in and committed to make them shine brighter than anyone could have ever imagined.
Those were the golden days for her. But they went by as quickly as they came. After several fights, the band split up and business started to fall. Nicole was back at ground zero, though it felt more like rock bottom. It was when she started getting involved with drugs. The business made it easier for her to get and Nikki had all the reasons to be drown into it. Recently though, she’s been given a brand new chance in her career, producing music in the known recording studio, REC. Scotty Gilmour, the head producer there, knew and trusted her capacity and abilities, but her not-so-healthy habits were a big concern and although he didn’t tell the owners about it, he gave her an ultimate with that second chance: the drugs needed to stop and they couldn’t disturb work while she was on her way to quitting it. After all, he’s not employing any junkie. Nikki is divided thanks to that. She truly wants to get her life back on track but she’s not so sure about having the strength to quit her addiction.
FC: Laura Prepon
Taken By: A
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