9. Female. Asexual, boys are still gross. Single. 𝙷𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚋 𝙻𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝.
"Didn't you not know that being nice is the most important? Just get along all ready!"
A kind fourth grader.
Julia's a good kid. She's into princesses, and science-fiction action with lots of laser guns. Pew, pew. Lots of kids her age can be a little spoiled, or annoying, and certainly Julia has her moments, but most people who spend enough time around her find her to be a positive influence on the room. Please and thank you, funny kid idioms that make no sense but too much sense at the same time. What's not to like? Not what one would consider a brat. That being said, it is also fun to annoy your older siblings, so if she can think of something she believes is clever enough, she might try to get a reaction out of her older siblings.
For fun, she often tries to play with the local girls, watch movies about medival times or superheroes, or play some random video game that's currently trending. You know, the usual stuff.
Occasionally dumb and scared..
Being only 9 years old, Julia hasn't had much time to develop as a person. She's obviously incredibly naive, easily frightened. You know, things like snakes and spiders. Particularly, however, is the fear of being chastised or punished by a person in power. Even something small freaks Julia out. When this happens she has a bad habit of talking too quiet to hear, especially when an uncomfortable situation, which just makes it even more awkward. Often she'll lie for no reason if she thinks it'll keep her out of trouble, even though she's a terrible liar.
Lori "Mommy" Donald • Mother
Mommy is probably the prettiest girl in the whole world. She's really nice, and really good at all of her jobs and works. She's super smart, probably the most smart. Like, sometimes she won't let me do fun stuff, which sucks. But that's okay because she still loves me and I love her lots.
Aaron "Daddy" Donald • Father
First of all, Daddy is the funniest person in the whole world. He makes these jokes that are just su- super, they are just super funny. He's around the most, and even though he's old and fat now he still plays with me. I'm gonna be as funny as he is. He sucks at video games, though.
Dane Donald • Older Brother
Dane's a big fat meanie. He doesn't ever play with me! So instead I have to make fun of him. He asks for it because of how cool he tries to be all the time! What kind of a guy doesn't want to be called Mr. Fluffyhair?
Mariah Donald • Older Sister
Did you know Mariah was super strong? She really is. She's gonna be the best hockey player in the whole world, just like Daddy was. Touch down! Haha, I know it's not a touch down in hockey, but it's funny to tease her. Home run!
Jesslyn "Jessie" Donald • Older Brother
I think Jessie wants to be a girl. He even has a girls name, and like all the older girls he likes boys for some reason. Well, if he decides to ever be a girl, he'd probably be one of the best ones. Anyway, he really likes animals, like me. Animals are super cute, and he is super smart about them. Jessie told me that everyone should use biodegrable plastic for their water bottles. Bet you didn't know that.
Loraine, or Lori as she's so often called, is intelligent. That's the word many an acquaintance or passerby would use to describe her like, “Oh yeah, Loraine. Smartest chick to ever graduate Uni.” Graduating highschool with a full scholarship to really any school she wanted. Could you blame them? Of course, Lori's actual friends and family have something different. They would call her 'Witty'. They would call her 'Kind'. They would refer to her as a 'Hard-ass' even. They would even call her 'Tough' or 'Rough on the Outside' but with a heart of gold underneath all the stone.
Lori likes to refer to herself as resourceful. She isn't the kind of girl who likes to waste time and energy on something that won't help her goals. In college, while most people were at parties drinking the night away, she was in her dorm studying her ass of and doing her assignments. Not to say that she wouldn't go out on a weekend to have a drink with some friends but... she kept her priorities in order. And to show for her efforts, she graduated from university with a Masters in Architecture. She could remember how proud her parents were, taking a million pictures and screaming about how they knew their baby girl was going to graduate and be... better. She still refuses to admit to them how much their words stuck with her through the years.
And as life went on and she gained experience in her career, married this amazing man that she loves dearly (Even if he drives her up the walls sometimes.), and even had her children along the way, she remained driven. Of course, she couldn't go full force in her career as she wanted with children and work to be done there. But, when her husband suffered an incident leaving him on stay-at-home dad duty, she got her chance to put her skills to the test and become something better. Of course, she loves her kids and would do anything for them... but she'd be lying if she said she wasn't excited to get out of the house and do... something. You could call her a workaholic and maybe you're right. But, if being a workaholic means she can take care of her family, then so be it. Although, it's not like she doesn't have ANY fun!
She enjoys a multitude of things ranging from yoga to reading to writing to hanging out with friends to... well, those are the main things. And saying that she enjoys spending time with her children seems a little bit sad. And saying she enjoys spending time with her husband would only serve to make him never stop teasing her about it. So, we'll say that's it for now. She enjoys cooking, though. And cleaning... partly because she's a neat freak. Although, she does hate washing dishes but that's what a husband and children are for. She does, actually, dislike meeting new people despite her somewhat charismatic nature. She can be a little untrusting, perhaps with good reason. She can also serve as the voice of reason, keeping this in order and in proper condition. Sure, you could call her stern and you wouldn't be wrong. But, is that really a bad thing?
Trembling Hands and Sleepless Nights...
Lori has always had a bit of an... alcohol problem. It's gotten better over the years and she has done a great job at limiting herself and keeping herself in check. You probably wouldn't have expected that considering her adverse to partying and distaste of losing control. But, with being a workaholic, stress is pretty much able to follow right after. So, she used to turn to a glass of wine or two or three... or perhaps a bottle, during those nights she needed to get some rest and stop obsessing over how she did on an exam. Of course, once children came into the picture, she wanted to set a good example and all. Admittedly, once she got back into the full-swing of her career and her husband remained at home with the kids, she did have times where she needed a glass of wine to calm her nerves. But, it still a vast improvement.
She has been called a worrywart, with her constant worrying and rather overprotective nature when it came to her children. She'd always been scared of losing her children, always. When she was pregnant with her first child, she used to lay awake at night with her hand on her stomach, worrying about what the world could do to her baby. However, it's thanks to her nature that she's saved her children a lot of needless pain and bruises, something that some parents would disagree with her about. But, considering it's her children and not there's, she has no problem kindly telling them to fuck off.
She also has this irrational fear of disappointment. She hates the idea of disappointing those important to her. When she was younger, it was her parents and it turned into her colleagues as she got older. Considering how much she was praised as a child, she grew up with these high expectations of herself, almost too high. She never wanted to be below her potential, she always wanted to exceed every expectation given to her (Even if they existed or not). It led to her being a very close-knit person and very guarded, always putting on this front of perfection that she only began to slip from once she met her husband. And although she's gotten better, there's still this part of her deep inside that craves the approval and attention.
Aaron Donald • Husband
"Aaron is... Aaron. Honestly, if you'd told the younger version of me that I'd end up dating the man, I would've laughed at you. So, to explain how this exactly happened would be useless endeavor. However, despite his somewhat immature nature and his god awful jokes... he makes me happy. Through all the face palms and groans, I'm happy. He's a great man, a fantastic father and I trust him completely. What more could I ask for, really?"
Dane Donald • Eldest Son
"I am well aware that Dane is a grown man who can make his own decisions, I really am. But... but he's my first born, my first baby. And as he's grown older I've seen him become a real... person. Am I always happy with his choices? Of course not. But, as his mother I will always support him. And I can indeed tell that he takes up after me more than his father... which is very pleasing to the more competitive side of myself, admittedly. I just hope that he doesn't take up after me too much."
Mariah Donald • Eldest Daughter
"I love Mariah, truly. I love all my children. However, Mariah has always been closer with her father than with me which - which I personally have no problem with! I'm glad that he's about to have someone to connect with over hockey as I know it destroyed him to have to retire. She and I just... don't have much in common, so to speak? We still talk and there is a comfort there but... but I'm just worried that I don't know as much about her as I should."
Jessie Donald • Youngest Son
"Jessie, my precious baby boy. Yes, I know he is 16 but he's my kid. He'll always be my baby. He is such a sweet boy, innocent, sometimes to a fault. It is due to his innocence that I do find myself very protective of him. With my older children, I can reasonably trust them to protect themselves, as with even Julia. But, Jessie? He always wants to believe the best of people and... I just can't find it in me to dispel him of his dreams. I can only do my best to help him when I can."
Julia Donald • Youngest Daughter
“Oh, Julia. My sweet angel, my youngest. She's truly a blessing to a parent. Kind, sweet, and doesn't cause much trouble. Apart from the usual shenanigans a 9 year old would get into. She's a breath of fresh air, even. When I'm stressed, I just have a talk with her and I leave the conversation feeling... content. She is a little easily frightened but she's a child. Who can fault her for such a thing?”
Mariah Nicole Donald is an athlete. Plain and simple. As a child, while most little girls her age were more concerned with braiding the hair of their Barbie dolls or playing in their mothers' makeup kits, Mariah decided that she'd much rather spend her time roughhousing or running around outside with the neighborhood boys. I guess one could say that Mariah was your textbook tomboy; unlike those girls, she didn't really mind getting down and dirty, hated wearing skirts and dresses, and didn't find the members of One Direction anywhere near as attractive as she probably should have. This even continued throughout middle and high school; while Mariah's female "friends" were busy hanging around malls and scoping out cute boys, Mariah was at practice. Basketball, track & field, softball, field hockey... any sport you can think of, Mariah has probably played it at one point in her life or plans on doing so down the line.
Ice Hockey. That was the sport that captured Mariah Donald's attention from a very young age. Looking back, Mariah thinks that it was probably inevitable thanks to her father and his history in the NHL. Aaron Donald encouraged all of his children to give the sport a try, but it was Mariah who ended up playing throughout her entire upbringing. Through this brutal sport, Mariah could channel all of her aggression and violent tendencies, and turn it into something positive. It was this sport that greatly boosted her self-esteem; by the time her high school team won their second championship game, Mariah couldn't care less about how different she was from her other girlfriends. She was finally at that point where she was (almost) completely confident in who she was. She became this sort of free spirit.
Now, don't get me wrong, Mariah's entire life certainly did not revolve around sports. In fact, the young woman has a multitude of of interests and hobbies, another main one being drawing. During those dreary, rainy days where she couldn't go play outside, Mariah was more than likely to be found sitting in her bedroom, sketching little caricatures and comics featuring the people around her neighborhood. Mariah is a creative who has a very active imagination, something that comes in handy when she's creating these works of art. When it came to school, however, Mariah was nothing more than an average student, graduating high school with a 3.5 grade point average and being accepted into most of the colleges that she'd applied to. She'd even been offered a few hockey scholarships, but ended up turning them all down; she decided to spend a couple of years attending a community college before leaving her family for university.
...𝙰 𝚂𝚎𝚕𝚏-𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚋𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙾𝚟𝚎𝚛-𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔𝚎𝚛
Growing up in the Donald household was fairly easy for Mariah; she had incredibly supportive parents, brilliant (and slightly annoying) siblings, and the resources to become whoever it is that she wants to be. When ten year old Mariah decided that she wanted to follow in both her father and brother's footsteps and play hockey, the entire family was incredibly supportive; her father taught her most of what she knows, her brother helped her practice on the ice, and someone was always there to cheer her on from the stands. When sixteen year old Mariah expressed to her parents that she wanted to ask a girl to the homecoming dance, to say that they were shocked would be an understatement. Nonetheless, the family supported the eldest Donald daughter, even helping her pick out a pretty corsage to give to this mystery girl. Yeah, Mariah has a pretty solid, loving relationship with each of her family members, and wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
The family was even supportive when Mariah announced that she wanted to spend two years in community college before leaving for a four-year university. What they didn't know, however, was her real reasoning behind doing so. "I just think it will be the smartest option," Mariah had told them, "in terms of saving money and whatnot." This, of course, was partially true. I mean, the couple already had a son in college; why not help them keep a little bit of money in their pockets? What they didn't know, however, was that Mariah had no idea who she wanted to be or what she wants to do in the future. Thanks to her latent tendency to constantly doubt herself and her abilities, Mariah isn't so sure that she'll succeed if she decides to pursue a career in the art field. She also doesn't believe that she's even good enough to play professional hockey like her father once did. Hidden underneath a thin layer of confidence lays a whole lot of fear of what the future will bring.
𝙻𝚘𝚛𝚒 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 • 𝙼𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛
"I think it's pretty obvious that my mom and I don't have much in common, but I still love her dearly. I mean, we talk a lot, even it it isn't as often as I speak with my dad. And since I am her first born daughter, there is a certain bond between us that will never be broken. I'm thankful for everything that she does for me and my siblings."
𝙰𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚗 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 • 𝙵𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛
"To say that my dad and I have a lot in common would be the understatement of the century. I'm a daddy's girl to the very core; I mean, not only am I a spitting image of the guy, but we also have a few of the same personality traits. You'd think that because of the similarities we'd clash or get into a lot of arguments, but that certainly isn't the case. I love that man more than anything in the world."
𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 • 𝚂𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐
"My brother Dane and I have a... complicated relationship. We're not as close as we are to Julia or Jessie; we don't get along that well when we're not on the ice. Don't get me wrong though, I do love him. I'm just as protective over him as I am of Jessie and Julia. I just wish he would stop smoking... it's disgusting."
𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 • 𝚂𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐
"Jessie is... well, he's Jessie. He's the sweetest, most kind-hearted guy you'll ever meet, but he's also very naive. I can't help but feel like I need to protect him, especially since we went to the same school for a couple of years and I was almost always there to witness the bullying and teasing... Anyone that has laid a hand on my baby brother has had to answer to me."
𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚒𝚊 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 • 𝚂𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐
"Julia... where do I start? I was super excited when I first found out that I was going to get a little sister, and even more excited when she was finally born. Watching her grow up and develop has been pretty neat; although she's a big scaredy cat and an occasional pain in my ass thanks to her teasing, I still love her to pieces. I hope one day I can convince her to finally pick up a hockey stick and get out on the ice."
When I'm into a woman, I literally can't stop staring. I'm like a little kid. I become completely entranced. - Bradley Cooper
There are worse kids than Levi. Responsible and resourceful, Levi is a smart kid, dedicated to his passions and his family. He spends most of his free time practicing his photography either around the neighborhood or the woods on the outskirts of town. He's a bit of a loner, preferring his own company to that of a big group. He finds that he can focus better when there's peace and quiet, and people just don't offer him enough of that, though he isn't adverse to the idea of a friend or two. Levi was practically raised in the great outdoors thanks to the seemingly endless amount of Harvey fishing trips. While he's never been a big fan of fishing or hunting, he doesn't mind the outdoors at all, in fact, it's the focal point for a lot of the work he's made public.
Practically living behind the camera has made Levi a tad too interested in the going ons of the world around him. He is far too invested in the business of others, and the camera he keeps around his neck is constantly clicking away, capturing moments in peoples lives that he wishes to know more about - both public and private - much to the chagrin of others. Y'know what they say. Voyeurism Curiosity killed the cat.
Changelog: 02/10/18 - Posted first draft. 03/10/18 - Finished writing family relations. Changed formatting. Added to bio a bit. Changed quote. other minor edits. 11/10/18 - Added post index for posterity.
20. Male. Currently ignoring his gayness. Hopelessly single as a result. 𝙷𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚋 𝙻𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝.
“I don't wanna let you love somebody else but me, so what's it gonna be?” ― Shura, 'What's It Gonna Be?'
Problem solver. Engineering major.
Some people say that you should become an engineer if you want to improve peoples’ lives. Really, why else would you dedicate your whole life to fixing shit if not to help people? Well, for Dane, it’s not quite an altruism thing as much as it is… just a thing. Maybe he finds a strange satisfaction in being able to control things on a grander scale. Maybe he just has a desperate need to change the world somehow. It’s probably not that deep, though-- Dane’s just the kind of guy that always needs to be doing something. Standing still is aggravating to him; the silence at the dinner table is infuriating. He’s the friend who tells you to break up with your shitty boyfriend, and then you get angry at him for a couple weeks before realizing he was right all along.
Dane is pretty good at school. Not that he’s particularly book smart, nor was he ever very popular, but he is specifically good at doing what the teachers want. Always the first done, always getting generically good grades. He never saw classes as an opportunity to learn. Instead, everything is always just a problem to solve. An obstacle in the way to some idealized future he has in mind. Whether this is really a good or bad thing is up for debate, but either way, Dane was a leader who had a passion for power.
Oh, he works out by the way. Low-key jacked. It’s a personal satisfaction thing. Really, he couldn’t care less what others thought of his appearance. It’s just that exercising complete control over his body is so… satisfying, y’know? Perfectly cut nails. Flawless teeth. It’s a bit creepy, to be honest, but nobody has told him that yet.
Random hobbies include: meticulously planning the perfect meals, judging people on Yahoo Answers, and watching those weird “top ten worst investments” kind of videos on YouTube.
Dane joined hockey way back in elementary school. His father was a hockey player, so it was only natural that his first-born son would follow in his footsteps. Hell, Dane was a natural. It went great, at least up ‘till highschool. He ended up the team captain and everybody started hating him for it. What kind of team leader starts a fist fight with his own damn teammate? Every mistake his team made was like a personal insult to Dane, to his leadership skills. Ultimately, it culminated in him getting kicked off the team for repeated unsportsmanlike conduct on the ice. Suffice to say, he wasn’t very popular at all. It’s a shame too, ‘cause he was a damn good captain when he wasn’t being insufferable.
They say you shouldn’t dwell on things like these. After all, the past is the past and the only thing you can change is the future. Dane, however, seriously holds grudges. The boy has great memory and he uses it to be kind of an asshole about bad things that happen, even if he’s at fault. One might call him obsessive, maybe neurotic... maybe just petty. The whole hockey thing definitely did not sit well with him and he’s still weirdly convinced he was totally in the right despite it being literally all his fault for acting like that. It’s clear in his eyes when he watches his younger sister play hockey-- a bittersweet pleasure in watching his own blood on the ice. Yeah, he could just join varsity hockey at the uni he goes to, but deep down he knows he’d just repeat his past mistakes. It really sucks to be self-aware enough to know what’s wrong with you but not enough to really address it. The facade of being okay makes the feeling of self-contempt go away, though. Repression and all that.
There's a lot he represses, really. Like being gay. Maybe if he was the younger brother, he might've been okay with it, but growing up he never wanted to be gay. There was that one girl back in middleschool, but that didn't work out for reasons you might guess. Never tried being with a guy. How would his parents react? They seem okay with Mariah and Jessie, but it'd just be weird to tell them now. He's never told anyone, really. Not even Jessie, who would never tell a soul. Perhaps Dane just isn't ready to admit that watching gay porn is not something a straight guy does.
Hearing all this, you may or may not be surprised to hear that he smokes. Ironic, isn’t it? Here’s a bright young man with big future plans, who takes perfect care of his body, and he’s inducing lung cancer down the road. Perhaps there’s just a strange comfort to find in telling yourself ‘fuck you’ like that.
Loraine Donald • Mother
It's no question I take after her more. No offense to dad, but... I dunno. We just get each other, vices and all. Being the first-born helps too. There's a reason there's a lot more baby photos of me than there is for the other kids.
Aaron Donald • Father
Saying he’s kind of annoying sometimes would be rude. Saying he’s not would be a lie. The chain of commands a lil' frustrating too, but hey, I can't deny the guy loves his kids. He's nice enough, really-- just not the kinda guy I wanna hang out with.
Jessie Donald • Younger Brother
He's kind of a loser, but I love him. Kid's heart is too big for his own good, and he's a bit out there sometimes-- he doesn't really 'get' the way the world works. He gets bullied a lot, which doesn't really surprise me. I would say I'd go beat up whatever asshole's pickin' on him, but I think Mariah's got that covered. Truth be told though, I like talking to him more than the others. Oh, and, uh... Don't tell him I said this but I'm kinda jealous of how confident he is about being gay and all that stuff. I should be takin' notes.
Mariah Donald • Younger Sister
She's daddy's little girl alright. Playing hockey with her is pretty fun. She's gotten better than me, though, so every time we're on the ice I just get dunked on. And... I dunno. Sometimes I feel like we just don't get along very well. I don't know if she feels the same-- maybe it's just me? Wish she was a bit more tidy, too. It's whatever though. Nothing between siblings can't be solved by teasing them.
Julia Donald • Littlest Sister
Wish she wasn't such a wimp, to be honest. Though, I guess it's my job as her older brother to protect her, huh? The age difference makes it a bit hard to really get along, seeing as I don't wanna sit around and drink tea with stuffed animals or whatever, but it's fine. I do what I have to do.
Isabel isn't a follower. If there is one thing that could be said about her with absolute confidence, it is that the girl has her own agenda, and it basically involves doing whatever she wants. On the surface, Isabel is a very well-mannered, kind, and agreeable girl who listens to authority and does not do bad things. However, on her own, or with trusted friends and acquaintances, it becomes very clear that she has no desire to fit neatly into any sort of societal mold. Her rebelliousness only extends so far to the point that she feels like she's "just being a teenager," and not "ruining her life." She will sneak out with her friends, go to a party, maybe participate in underage drinking, and then come right back to being a responsible teenager who receives excellent grades. Some would say is reckless, Isabel would like to think that it's a fantastic demonstration of her ability to multitask.
When she's not studying and sneaking behind her parents backs, Isabel is writing. Whether it's a daily entry for her journal, or for a story on her laptop, she's writing something. It is the only way that she has ever been able to express herself in a whole in truthful way. You could call it a hobby or a form of therapy. Isabel doesn't like to share with the world what she writes, or even that she does write, and so it is a secret that she shares with herself and a select few that she believes she can trust.
Truthfully, Isabel is an intelligent, charming creature. She has excellent skill in the realm of communication, always knowing the right thing to say at the right time. Though she doesn't prefer to bite her tongue, she understands that there is a time and a place for everything. There isn't a conflict she can't solve without a simple conversation, and this quality of calmness has gained her a lot of respect and admiration from those around her. It's safe to say that she is relatively popular amongst her peers and authority figures, but it is all a front to her. Isabel learned at a young age that you had to act a certain way to remain unseen. Her exterior presents a personality that is friendly and welcoming, although deep down Isabel doesn't really like many of the people she associates with. As a matter of fact, there are few people that she truly cares for and a majority of them are in her family. It's not that she has no compassion, it's just that she has no interest in opening up to people who won't care about her in five years. So the mask goes on and Isabel keeps herself to herself, and the rest of the world is happy. It all works out, don't you see?
Dishonesty and Paranoia
Isabel would like to believe that her sneaking around while her parents think she is somewhere else is just a white lie. She would also like to believe that the people that she calls her "friends" wouldn't even blink an eye if they knew how she really felt about them. No one would be shocked to know Isabel's secrets which include but are not limited to hating everyone around her, stealing from others, writing about all the secrets she knows, etc. Isabel would really like to think that these are just white lies and not a big deal at all.
And by believing that, Isabel not only lies to the world but she lies to herself. When you are someone who lives their daily lives with a mask on like Isabel, you tend to become far too good at being dishonest. Although her "little lies" wouldn't seem to cause all that much damage, they would certainly ruin the image that she has created for herself. Fear of being outed has brought on anxiety to always keep her guard up, to never trust anyone. And this itself has led to the intense paranoia she experiences when she is on her own. Isabel isn't sure when the thoughts that someone was watching her started, but any time she is alone, she doesn't feel safe at all. Sleeping with all the curtains in her room closed is the only way to get a good night's rest, and nightly rituals always include checking the darkest corners of her space to ensure no one is hiding out until she turns off the lights. Just like most things in her life, no one has any idea that Isabel feels like this most of the time. Wouldn't they think she was crazy if they did?
"My daughter asked me to put her shoes on. How ridiculous, they would never fit me! ”
Comedic Genius. Stay-At-Home Father.
Aaron is by no means a small man. His bulky figure combined with his height of 6’3” make him quite an intimidating figure. Someone unfamiliar with him would likely be wary of the severe looking man. But anyone who knows Aaron, knows that his intimidating outer appearance is not at all a reflection of the lovable goofball. He’s a dad through and through, loving a terrible dad joke or cringeworthy pun, and of course thinking he is the most hilarious person alive.
Being a Stay-At-Home dad may not appeal to some men, but Aaron loves it. He loves being able to spend his days hanging out with his kids, tormenting his with his wife with his awful jokes, or working on his hobbies while the family is at school and work. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys writing, or attempting to at least. He has never stuck with a project long enough to finish it, or showed anyone but his wife, but he enjoys it nonetheless. He’s also found quite an enjoyment of video games, particularly sports sims World of Warcraft, although he would never admit that to anyone else. God forbid someone thought he was a nerd!
Family is the most important thing to Aaron. Nothing takes precedence over being a caring father and a loving husband. He knows he can’t do a lot, but he does everything that he can, always making sure that his family comes first, and trying to teach his kids the same values. He always makes sure that the family sits down for dinner together every night, and enforces a weekly movie night.
Stubborn and insecure.
Aaron grew up in New York in a family far too big for their income. He was the youngest of five children, and often felt overlooked and neglected. All he wanted is for his parents or older siblings to pay attention to him, but they were all too busy with their own issues. This led to some questionable behaviour as he grew up, often lashing out and getting into fights for attention. As he got older, he promised to himself that if he were to ever start a family, he would make sure to treat them like one.
In High School, Aaron discovered a love of Ice Hockey. He enjoyed the fast pace and brutality of the sport, and showed potential very early on. He led his High School team to victory every year that he was there, and earnt a full scholarship when it was time to move onto College. He continued to thrive in the sport throughout College, attracting a lot of attention. Although, that wasn’t the most important part of his time there. He met a girl. A hard working, academic who at first, showed no interest in him whatsoever. But they continued bumping into each other all over campus, and eventually started to get to know each other. That’s when they started to fall for each other. Opposites attract, so they say.
The end of his Senior year provided a difficult choice for Aaron. Continue his career in Ice Hockey, which was more than promising, or settle down with (wife) and start a family. They decided together, that they could do both. After graduating, Aaron and (wife) got married, and quickly fell pregnant with their first child. For years, they made it work, with Aaron playing in the NHL and (wife) putting aside her entrepreneurial dreams for a while to be a stay-at-home mother. It wasn’t until the championship game of his 5th year in the league that things came crashing down.
After a nasty accident during the game, Aaron was left with a permanent injury in his left leg, leaving him unable to continue his career. He was devastated at first, falling into severe depression for several months later. It took him awhile, but once he started to recover, he saw the silver lining. He may not be able to go back to Hockey, or even start a new career, but he could be the father to his children that his father never was. He decided to put all of his time and energy into his family, and that allowed (wife) to start her own career. Now, several years down the line, the pair have 4 children, and have decided that it’s time for a change of scenery. With the money he had saved from his years in the NHL, the family bought a house in a lovely neighborhood in Albert Bee, Kansas. Honeycomb Lane.
Of course, Aaron still misses Hockey from time to time, but he wouldn’t give up his family for anything in the world. He often worries that his injury prevents him from being the best dad he can be, regretting not being able to run around and play sports with his kids like other dads do, and often gets quite frustrated at himself for not being able to do be as active as he would like. He can be quite stubborn at times, not liking to ask for help or admit when he’s wrong. Not being able to provide for or protect his family should things ever go wrong also scares him, not that he’d ever admit any of this to anyone besides his wife. He’s terrified of seeming vulnerable, or not being able to be a sturdy role model for his kids. His wife is the only one to ever see the more fragile side of him.
Sometimes the things in our heads are far worse than anything they could put in books or on film. - C.K. Webb
Noah is typically a humorous, fun-loving guy. He works hard, likes a drink and an occasional smoke. He's socially outgoing and likes spending extra time with his friends and co-workers after hours. Noah stands at 6'0", is slender, but fit and works as a general manager of a manufacturing plant. Noah likes to read when he has time for it and enjoys a good movie. He hates people that eat with their mouth open, the smacking sound driving him insane.
Noah was a decent student and even made it in to college. After a year, he dropped out, frustrated with the challenge of college life but it wasn't long before he met his wife, forgoing the college life completely to focus on family and a career. Noah tends to have a temper and, when he mixes that with alcohol, things tend to get tense. Though, on his sober days, he can be everyone's best friend, on his drunken nights, he is an antagonistic version of himself. He hates being challenged or feeling as though he's been made a fool. He will often avoid his family, making up excuses for why he isn't home yet, blaming it on work while he is actually at a bar or a strip club.