“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.
“I know what the boys want, I learned that the hard way. Now I make the rules.”
Name: Fawn Riker
Species: White-tailed Deer (White coloured)
When she eventually got over it a smile found its way to her lips once more, but deep down she never quite recovered, not wanting to open up her heart to anyone just yet. It opened up her eyes to what most boys want, and while she remains charming, at times even taking advantage of it, she never lets them anywhere near her body… or her heart. In fact at times she even enjoys toying with them, just like she was cruelly toyed with, the difference being she never leads them on to that same point. Nonetheless she is a real tease. She is qualified to work as a nurse, helping out her sister at the clinic as well as in the high school. This is only temporary as she is on her way to become a doctor like Charlotte. She’s courteous with most graced, and works her charm like a magician with humans, but usually sticks to her own kind as far as emotional closeness goes. She is weary and suspicious of newcomers and strangers.
Her desire to be a doctor and to hold up a position as a nurse doesn’t just come from family tradition or following in her sister’s footsteps. She genuinely does have a nurturing and protective soul towards the young and the defenseless, which is eventually what started to draw her to Neve, who in spite of being only three years younger still strikes her as a… fawn. There is also the fact the key doe is simply too adorable both as a human and a deer. She’s the first of her kind that Fawn has met and didn’t know it was possible for a grown deer to be that small, being not much larger than a white-tailed deer young, which naturally triggers her protective and nurturing instincts.
“I’m usually alone at night. I don’t mind, I just wish I didn’t feel so… Lonely.”
Neve doesn’t remember much from her childhood. Her father was a rather unfaithful and temperamental Key Buck. His status as a graced caused conflict with his deeply seated animal nature, for it gave him the conscience of his specific species own plight and he grew to resent humans. He rejected his grace and when his doe, Neve’s mother did not want to follow him, he disappeared, never to be heard of again. At times, Neve hopes she’ll catch a whiff of him in the wind, but knows she probably never will. Her mother raised her to the best of her ability as a single mother and a lone doe, having moved to Tala Springs, which was a long way from the habitat of most remaining Key deer. Still, an effort was being developed to reintroduce them in Egmont Key, which wasn’t too far from Tampa and figured that while they weren’t graced, they’d be less lonely. There weren’t many graced Key deer to begin with, and this way Neve could grow up with others her age and of her very special birth indeed. Eventually as Neve grew in to a teenager, her mother felt the very pressing and alarming need to find a mate and finally gave in to the urge when her daughter reached around sixteen years old in human age, moving back to Sugarloaf Key, insistent however that Neve stayed behind. That was the last the young girl ever saw her mother even though they have kept in touch. Nonetheless Neve is aware it is difficult what with her latest half-sibling and it gets lonely at times. Neve carries this chagrin towards her parents inside her heart, not to mention the general awareness she has of her species plight, both graced and not. That is not to say however, that she is the brooding type, to the contrary, her loneliness is both fuelled and a fuel to her gregariously inclined nature. Unlike her much larger white tail counterparts, she is mostly unafraid of humans, both in her animal and human form. She has a tendency to want to get quite close to the regular people around her, and has a strong desire to make friends with all whom she encounters. One could say she is too trusting, which is definitely not a good thing when you mix it with her innocent side and her stubborn desire to only see the good in people, going so far as to not thinking twice about frequenting (or trying to) predators. Her outward self is rather bright, which was the meaning behind her given name, a variation of Niamh (but with a far more sensible spelling). Her optimism is what keeps her going, acting as a constant balm over her inner wounds. Perhaps it is the instinct to mate, perhaps it is the loneliness, but she tends to crush very easily on people though girls particularly, moreso if they have a protective and nurturing way about them, a foil to her own child-like demeanour. Her advances are unfortunately usually rejected, and so with her need to be very affectionate, she’ll take up most boys on their offers to take her out, thinking her feelings towards them are genuine (and sometimes they are). Nevertheless her fickle nature means that, before long she casts her doe eyes on the next girl who smiles at her just kindly enough, and the pattern starts over. As such she’s never had a serious relationship and hasn’t gotten past second base with anyone as of yet, and isn’t conscious of what she wants or needs, following her instinctual cravings, both human and animal. Make no mistake however, she had a feisty side to her and can be passionate about what she believes in, her life goal to try and restore the Key deer population in all the Floridian Keys, studying wildlife conservation in school, working as a lifeguard to support herself. Keep in mind that while it is tempting to think otherwise, particularly because of her small height and innocent demeanour, she is not gullible or a pushover (she’d have to be more grounded for that). She cherishes all lifeforms.
“I’m trying to keep the balance, I’m trying to be normal.”
Evangeline had an unusual upbringing, her family consisting of a human and a graced animal coupling. The couple was not her biological parents either. She was discovered in a pasture in Mexico and the family took her in. The couple could not have children, so Evangeline was perfect for them. As a child, she kept to herself, not wanting to go out and play with other kids. She didn’t mind staying at home, helping her mother nor doing chores around the house. She was a relatively obedient child, sometimes prone to tantrums as normal. When she was around 7 years old, they decided to move to Southern California. Her parents were Mexican-Americans, but Evangeline was the only one who was a Mexican citizen. When starting school in the U.S., she made friends. She was not one to decline company or socialization when it came to her, but she was not one to seek it. She did average, academic wise, preferring athletics over anything. It was one thing she did exceedingly well in. She joined her local soccer organization and was a part of her high school’s soccer and swim team. Her high school personality changed in that she was more approachable because of constant socialization with others. She was well-liked by her circle of friends and was not one to cause trouble with anyone. She did gain some bad relationships with people. Her silent nature was often mistaken for her being easily pressured, and so she would be teased sometimes in school for whatever reason. She did receive some strange looks when she was younger about her parents being a different ethnicity from her, but it soon passed. They lived in a multi-cultural city and so it wasn’t entirely strange.
After high school Evangeline signed up for the Marine Corps, much to the dismay of her parents. They wanted her to go to college and they were not supportive with her decision at all. This caused a bit of bad blood among them because Evangeline had used the “you’re not my real parents” card on them before leaving for boot camp. She enjoyed the military atmosphere, but the only problem was that she had difficulty finding time to turn back into her animal form. Because of this, she started to act strangely. Her temper began to shorten and she would often snap at her fellow marines. Eventually, while being deployed for action, she was given a general discharge. They diagnosed her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since leaving the Infantes, she had yet to speak with them and so once she was discharged she didn’t go back and instead stayed in Jacksonville, Florida, where she had been based in. She managed to appear in Tala Springs and has been there for over a year. She lives in a Volkswagen Bus and is currently a grocery bagger at the local supermarket. She has been for over five months. However, she has been a waitress at the diner, and a sales rep at the clothing store, however in both she was fired within the first month due to her inability to keep a friendly disposition during moments of stress. From there she went to do favors for people around town, such as mowing the lawn, washing the car, babysitting (babysitting didn’t work out so well). It made her pretty known throughout the town, but it doesn’t mean people are comfortable with her. She’s worked various jobs during her stay in Tala, but the only one she’s maintain for longer than a month is as a grocery bagger. Sometimes she delivers them in the company truck.
Evangeline is generally quiet, sharp and at times aloof. Her experience in the military has caused her to pick up a bitter personality and it would not be unusual to find her yelling at someone for no apparent reason. She won’t be bad tempered straight away, but it does not take much to light her fuse. When she was younger she was relatively dependable, stable, predictable – boring even. However, that has since changed, but it is very likely due to the fact of her mental instability due to her lack of shifting and it is likely that she does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If she does suffer from the disorder, she is going un-medicated which is a serious problem. She’s not one to be mean or rude on purpose, especially not with people she’s just met. She often goes off into the wilderness of Tala, which is why some people consider her aloof and distant. She’s trying to regain her mental stability and it is helping her slowly, but surely. She doesn’t like it when her temper gets the best of her and is very embarrassed after the fact. She always starts off her days with a good mood. Usually midday her temper shortens, but there have been days where her emotions haven’t gotten the best of her and she has remained relatively sane. Her job does well to keep her normal. She engrosses herself with the fundamentals of packing groceries, pushing carts and other things they ask her to do. While quiet she is not shy. If given a chance for conversation she will pick it up. She will be one of a few simple words for the most part. However, if a situation creates too much attention or she finds herself in a large group of people, she does become a bit more distanced than usual. So, some see her as hard-hearted or cold, but she isn’t like that at all.
“The only thing I care about is having fun. If I have to ruin this town to go back to Miami, I will.”
Judging someone by the way he looks is never a good thing, and they say that it can be tricky or that someone isn’t the way he looks, but Hunter is an exception to that rule because you can expect him to be exactly the way he looks. Even though he is only seventeen, his body is already covered with a lot of tattoos, he has piercings and is always going around with his skateboard, drinking, smoking and basically having fun. Hunter is known for being a hot mess, he doesn’t seem to care about anything else but him and will only do things that would favour him. Only his older sister is able to control him and keep him in line. Her not being the best example to follow, he doesn’t really care about what she says. The least thing you could say is that his main hobby is to pretty much pissing off everyone for his own enjoyment. It’s mainly the teachers in the highschool since he barely goes to classes and when he does so, it’s only to get kicked out a few minutes later. No one understands why they haven’t kicked him out yet, maybe it has to do with his family having a shit load of money, but it’s sure that soon enough, they’re going to do it.
He used to live in Miami with his sister and his parents but both siblings being wild and uncontrollable, they were sent to Tala Springs to they could learn how to live on their own and earn their own living. Mary Anne is the one who is adapting or so her parents think, but now instead of just taking drugs, she sells them with Hunter’s help. He and his sister are constantly fighting. Their fights being legendary in town, always screaming and breaking things, but the truth is that they really do love each other but they’re too proud to admit anything of the sort. The only thing he’s going to admit that he has in common with her is the fact that they both hate the town with a firey passion. Being too small, not so welcoming with the newcomers like them but why would they have a warm welcome? Hunter loves creating havoc, screwing girls and getting high, destroying private properties and annoying pretty much everyone in town.
Instead of feeling sorry, he enjoys it to no end, in fact he’s very proud of being a bad influence and if he wants to you end up taking drugs, he’s for sure going to able to convince you no matter what. This doesn’t only include drugs but also alcohol, tobacco and pretty much everything he wants you to make do. Having no sense of what is wrong or right may also help with this because he doesn’t even care if he has to sneak some drug in someone’s drink. It’s not important because for him, there is no fun if drugs are not involved. The animals try to stay away from him because the drugs seem to be more effective on them than on regular humans and this makes him try to get closer to most of them, just because they’re able to resist him but that won’t be for long though, because he will always end up having his way with things. Having the power of selling and getting drugs for free only makes him think that he has basically the right to do whatever he wants, regardless of the consequences and this will be, for sure, a problem in the future, and his sister is not going to help him out.