|"Honestly, I'm just looking for a good time."|
| Mariano Sebastian Salvador
| Has been called Mario, but prefers his actual name.
| Little Brother Sophomore
| Considered the perfect height at six feet (for himself), Mariano has an olive complexion and a well-cared for body that he treats with dignity. His hair is on the longer side, usually rocking what he calls a 'frohawk' (it's really just a longer mohawk, if you can even call it that) as his hair is always perfectly gelled and ready to go. He dislikes blemishes and tends to get made fun of for his feminine care, but considering how he nearly always gets complimented by the ladies on his smooth skin, he's willing to put up with the teasing.His clothes are usually on the flashier side, always accompanied by a jacket and the latest sneakers he can get his hands on. He usually tells a girl he has a tattoo to get them interested, though those who have slept with him know he's full of it. He does, however, rock a tongue piercing that can be seen whenever he laughs.
- Music, whether it be playing, listening, or composing
- That feeling when you take off your sock and scratch the area where the band was
- Girls with long hair
- Keeping the peace
- TV is cool
- Sports are great to watch
- Pencils and papers that he can write on without getting in trouble
- Cheering people up
- Fake people
- The quiet
- Liars, dishonesty in general
- People who have talent but choose not to utilize it
- People who chew loudly or don't eat with their mouth closed
- The oboe. It knows what it did...
- Is totally that annoying guy constantly tapping his pencils and pens
- Hums whatever melody he has cooked up in his head
- Regularly makes bad puns
- Laughs when he's nervous
- Is not a good liar
- Tries to bring peace to arguments even when it's obvious the two parties despise one another
- Geeks out over music, video games, and comic books
- Is unabashedly proud of his geekness
- Will set up his keyboard anywhere and start performing for whoever will listen, has been known to have a backup since it tends to get confiscated
- Writes songs in his free time.
- Likes to sing and practices the piano.
- Regularly makes bad puns so much he has been banned from punning.
| Losing his mother has cemented his fear of death. His father is currently seeing someone, and although he thinks she is a pleasant woman, he is unsure what to think of his father moving on so quickly as he believed his parents were soulmates, resulting in his own commitment issues. Seeing his sister go to jail is a big one for him as well. Also thinks centipedes are weird as hell and will leave the room if he sees one.
| - Despite his ideas of romance, the idea of being in an actual relationship scares the shit out of him. He isn't willing to commit.
- He sleeps with a nightlight. Sleeping in complete darkness sort of freaks him out.
| Mariano is chill. He doesn't like to put in too much effort, he doesn't like rigidness, he wants to go wherever the wind takes him. Going with the flow and letting life make decisions for him is exactly how Mariano wants to live life. He is usually a very calm, soothing person, happy to hang out with friends and studying on his own time, though he doesn't seem to take school too seriously thanks to his schooling being paid for by his parents. He takes things in stride, shrugging off insults and being rather proud of his nerdness and love of comics and video games. He manages to keep himself in check, his anger rarely surfacing, though he does have a limit--and lord help any who have to see that happen.
Mariano dislikes confrontation, preferring to sidestep the issue at hand. In a sense he is a coward, never looking to own up to his problems, pushing them aside until he forgets about them. He certainly knows how to hold a grudge, often becoming passive-aggressive instead of outright admitting what is bothering him. He also doesn't really know how to stand his ground, as his carefree nature tends to come off as uncaring, though he doesn't realize this. Most of the time Mariano would prefer playing a game rather than talking, finding those types of conversations pointless as they'll just end up being unimportant.
| Beverly Hills, California
| BBorn to Elena and Sebastian Salvador with a younger sister affectionately nicknamed Vivi, Mariano has a life filled with love. Despite their busy lives, his parents went out of their way to make sure their family was a wholesome one. Sebastian often took them on vacations, made sure they bonded with movie nights, and even had a 'golden rule' that no matter what, they would sit down and have at least one meal as a family. As such, Mariano's environment growing up was a positive one, with much encouragement from his parents to do whatever his heart desired. Mariano loved music, even from a young age, noting how it especially made his mother happy.
Three years ago, Vivi came home to find her mother collapsed on the floor. After rushing her to the hospital, it was discovered that she had an inoperable brain tumor. Despite their intention to hide it from their children, little would be done when it was discovered that the tumor was cancerous. Every day Elena grew weaker and weaker, but not once did she ever show her pain to her children. Her sunny deposition made it both easier and harder for the family, but she managed to keep them together. One day, she had a heart-to-heart with her son, knowing that she didn't have long to live. She confided that just like him, she had a love for music that she never went through with due to pressure from her parents, making him promise to follow his dream no matter what.
Elena would die by the end of the year, and the Salvador household seemed to come to a halt. Vivi distanced herself, getting caught up in a whirlwind of grief and anger, and Sebastian took of a position that required him to travel frequently--something he had never thought of before. Mariano often found himself alone most times, though with his father away for weeks at a time, he took it upon himself to try to reign Vivi in, to little avail.
As time passed, his father would be away for longer periods of time, but he would get more into contact with his children. Deeming it progress, Mariano would soon discover that rather than work, another person had kept Sebastian away from them: a woman by the name of Audriana DuBois. She was a well-known businesswoman and manager of a famous model in New York, and she had captured Sebastian's heart just as he had hers. Mariano didn't know what to think, acting on impulse and encouraging his father to pursue Audriana without really thinking of what could happen. It came as a shock when Sebastian proposed, moreso when he announced they would all live as a family in Beverly Hills, with Audriana bringing her daughter Nadeline with her.
Mariano found out very quickly that he couldn't handle the relationship as he thought he could. He would take the first college that would accept him--Pennbrooke--and got out of dodge once the wedding was said and done. Despite knowing that he was running away from the problem, he refused to confront it, choosing instead to focus on his future.