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Jack Reed or Brandon Connors!
IN NEED OF THE POACHER!
“I know there is something going on here. And I’m going to find out what it is.”
Ever since he was a kid, Brandon’s father would take him to the woods next to Tala Springs to hunt down some animals, the species didn’t matter, only the fur and how rare was the animal. Of course, Brandon was too young to understand that what his father did was completely wrong and that in fact he wasn’t just a regular hunter trying to get to spend some time with his son, but a poacher who was using his son as an excuse to go to the woods to show him how to use a gun. Being used to see his father kill animals, he shot his first one when he was ten years old and didn’t even flinch when doing it. It was a wonderful white-tailed deer and his father was very proud of him, exactly what Brandon wanted, to make his father be proud of him since hunting was the only thing they had in common. Growing up with a father who would always care more about his guns than about his only son was hard for him, his mother left them as soon as Brandon killed his first animal, when she found out what her husband and son were doing in the woods and unable to stand living with what according to her were ‘murderers’. Even though she was his mother, he didn’t care about her leaving them, they had never been close and she had always been very oblivious, never quite caring about him. So in fact he was pretty happy that the woman that kept apart him and his father was gone now, except he soon found out that it had been his father the whole time. This, however, doesn’t mean that he hates his parents; in fact he will shoot anyone who says a single bad word about them.
Brandon kept following his father’s footsteps and started going to the woods to try to hunt down animals, he would also try to help him with his hunting shot and learned pretty much everything about guns. At sixteen, he dropped out of school so he could start actually helping his father in the shop and show him how they shared the same passion. However it only lasted a few years, when Brandon was eighteen, his father was arrested for poaching after being found in the woods with the corpse of a florida panther, a protected animal. Because of all the charges they had against him, he was sent to jail and released four years later, only to die in a hunting accident, being shot by one of his friends when Brandon was twenty-two, making him the owner of the local hunting shop and the target of the hatred of the entire town.
He’s not stupid, he knows that there is something going on in Tala Springs and spending so much time in the woods, has only showed him that some animals have a very strange behaviour and that sometimes they just vanish. Brandon is very close to finding out the truth and hating the animals as much as he does, the whole story wouldn’t have a very happy ending. The animals, and particularly James, since he’s the ranger, always keep an eye on him, watching his every move, not even knowing yet that he’s the one behind the recent murder of animals but suspecting that he’s involved, considering who his father was. Point is, he’s not going to stop until he finds out what’s going on with the people in the town and the animals, and in the process, if some of them get killed, it’s even better for him.
IN NEED OF THE ALPHA OF THE PACK!
“The Gods will come, it is all up to us. What you do is always your choice.”
Jack is the owner of Tala Springs restaurant, something that despite the small amount of inhabitants that the towns has, allows him to live very well and to give his family whatever they want and need. He’s exactly what you would expect from a person like him, the head of the family and the alpha of the pack. He has his rules and he makes everyone in town respect them, he’s not the one to be played with, he’s known for being understanding and yet he’s not the most patient person in the world, get him on his bad side and he’ll make you regret it forever.
To him his family is his everything and he will do anything to protect his pack. He’s especially protective over Emily and Alec, the younger members of the pack, since they are the future of the pack according to him. He treats Emily as if she was another one of his daughters, that’s why she allowed her to live with them under the same roof, taking one of the spare rooms of the house that is occupied by his kids. Alec is his little jewel, he’s very strict with him, always demanding and sometimes it may seem that he’s a disappointment but that’s only because he loves him dearly and knows that he can give more than what he already does. Finding him again after so many years and learning about what had happened hurt him deeply, no one else knows it but he went after the family that had adopted Alec and tortured him for almost ten years and ended up killing them after asking them why they had done it. Jack may be very strict and has his own sense of what’s wrong and right and whenever someone crosses the line and breaks his rules, he has to pay the price and there are no exceptions. The only people that can say have seen that real sensitive side of him are his family despite the fact that he doesn’t let that side of him show up very often. Still he’s always the man his kids will go asking for advice, he knows how to listen and will always find a solution to a problem, not only his kids but also other graced animals in town, making of him a very respected man. However that respect also leads to fear, he’s not the one you want to bother with useless issues or the one you would try to fool.
Jack is also a believer but only in something in particular, he believes in the Creek Legend and knows that it’s real just because unlike some people tend to forget, they are nothing but animals who were born with a gift that should be wasted like some do. That is why it’s so hard to have someone like Matt in the family, as much as he takes care of him, making sure he’s okay, he does hate what he has done to himself, dooming him to a cursed and crazed life. Somehow he hopes that even though it can’t be fixed, that a miracle is going to heal and make him go back being a complete graced animal. For the opposite cases, he just feels pity for his own because he didn’t make that choice but instead could do nothing but accept everything that was given. Jack only hopes that honouring the gods like he does every day and every full moon will give him the so hoped reward of having them coming to Tala Springs and do something to prevent more graced animals to take the same direction as Matt. Just like people fear and respect him, Jack respects and fears the gods, knowing that they can take his gift away from him and his family.
Currently, he’s looking for a new pair that will move to live to Tala Springs with him and his family and become not only a mother to the children he already has but to new ones that would make the pack increase into a very big family. He’s been looking around and he thinks that he may have found that new perfect wolf for him, his soon to be new pair. After the death of the other two, he believes that he has no luck, that why he’s been waiting so long until finding someone who is perfect for him.
“I can tell when there is something going on and I know there is something here. There always is.”
During her whole life, few things were as fascinating to Lucille as other people. Rather than losing herself into fiction about fantastic creatures and other worlds, she’d always sought out to learn more about people, real people, seeking to know the stories of those around her, gathering those for her own amusement and soon working on sharing it with everyone else. Her inquiring nature, however, often drove her to push or ignore some boundaries, especially those concerning a story she might have considered particularly interesting. Back in high school, her behavior was often considered stalker-like, even if Lucille herself had never considered that to be quite accurate. It also wasn’t like her to purposefully take advantage of the connections and relationships she made, but when presented with an opportunity to dig a little deeper for a piece of information, she knew how to use any leverage she happened to have or how to make people grow comfortable enough to tell her the right things. That ended up leading her to quickly assuming an “agree first, ask later” behavior, believing on experiencing as many things as possible in order to have stories worth telling in the end.
However, due to her almost compulsive need to stick to her journalistic integrity, quite a few relationships were broken along the way, being worn down by her inability to keep a secret and her tendency to push people to talk more than they wanted to. She often sought out people that were as curious as she was, thinking that surrounding herself with those of a similar behavior would make it easier for them to stay, but it didn’t work as well as she wanted it to, and Lucille soon found it easier to simply disconnect her mind from herself and focus entirely on other people, often getting out of touch with her own feelings due to the sheer effort of trying to sync up with others. That didn’t mean that she shied away from social situations, but she’d always been good at listening, and through the years, Lucille learned to only make her voice heard when it mattered. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to bring attention to herself, but that she understood the importance of good timing, especially given the job she’d been doing. Being one to catch onto things rather quickly, Lucille is one to follow her gut rather than reason most of the time, her stubborn quest to uncover whatever truth she is choosing landing her into trouble more often than not. She does try to get out of things with some sense of dignity, but she’s had relationships and opportunities ruined by that quite enough times.
In a sense, going to Tala Springs would seem like she was running away from all her problems back home. But Lucille is not a coward – rather, she’s simply following her instinct that tells her there is something just waiting to be uncovered there, especially taking in consideration the reason why Mary Ann went to her in the first place. If it means having a time away from people she pissed off, – accidentally or not – it’s just a bonus to the whole situation. Accompanied by Hazel, one of the few friends she managed not to push away, Lucille is going to use every trick up her sleeve to unravel the truth, as unpleasant as it might be.
Maybe this is all a part of my flawed design, ‘cause I lie. Not because I want to, but I seem to need to all the time. - Flawed Design by Stabilo
“An aquatic pit viper with a nasty reputation, cottonmouths are finding it hard to co-exist with humans.”
Drake is someone who has had to fight for everything he has ever had in his life. As a teenager, he was bullied by humans and graced predators alike, for no apparent reason other than his weak appearance and his willingness to stand his ground and keep taking hits. He was not an aggressive teenager. Not until the day he was cornered. The day he was pushed over the edge. Not until the day he snapped.
A group of boys had cornered him and taunted him, little did they know that Drake had a knife on him. Out of anger, he had brought the knife to school and planned to perhaps use it. He had decided against it, knowing it was wrong. However, in this moment, the knife he had on him may have been the difference between life and death. A boy swung at him a punch, of which Drake easily dodged. He dodged another punch from another boy. But then something happened that he didn’t expect; one of the boys pulled out his own knife. Before Drake knew it, he had killed somebody. The other boy got him in the leg, but Drake got him in the heart.
The next few years, Drake spent his time in jail out of town, a special one for graced animals. Despite the murder being an act of self-defence, the evidence and eye witnesses were against him. It took those few years for him to plead his case, fight for his life, until finally they let him out. During high school, Drake had supposedly fallen in love with a girl, graced as he was, but not of his species; of prey, in fact. When he left prison, he had found out that she had been shot by a hunter. Ever since he has blamed himself for this. He was unable to protect her.
All of these events have cultivated Drake into the man he is today. He had promised himself three things; never fall in love until he’s sure he can protect them, never just sit around and wait for things to happen, and never forget… Never forget that humans are below you. That is why he is planning on pulling together a group of graced who are willing to dish out to the humans what they have been doing to the animals for as long as they can remember. He believes it’s time that humans are put back in their place, or at least are served a taste of their own game. Why should the animals be treated the way they are, when it’s the humans who are weaker?
Nowadays, he works as teacher of physics, chemistry and biology at the local high school, an example of what an exceptionally smart man he is. However, he had to fight for his right to work at the school, too. Parents knew about his background, everyone knew, he had earned himself a nasty reputation among Tala Springs, and it still remained even years after. But as said, it had been 5 years since he was released from prison, and it was official that his actions had been out of self-defence. He had studied to be where he was today (although being as intelligent as he is, it didn’t exactly need much effort on his part), and eventually he was allowed to teach. Funny thing is, he could care less about the students, especially the humans.
To everyone around him, he pulls off a taunting, nonchalant demeanour. He makes inappropriate jokes or statements that are specifically designed to hurt whoever he’s speaking to, and he doesn’t care. He has been looked down upon all of his life, but now he had a nasty reputation and people finally take him seriously. So why not embrace the reputation? He’ll go out of his way to make a witty gripe at someone, but he’ll likely not physically harm them, preferring to harm people with his venomous words. At least until he works out his syndicate. Then the humans will regret what they’ve done. For now, any physical harm that he does, is done in secret. Every now and then, when he hears about an animal being poached or hunted, he might go out in the night and exact his revenge on a random human, killing them silently with an overdose of his venom, but sometimes with other methods to ensure variety and avoiding patterns.
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Thank you Fawn for the lovely bio!