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There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.
It's been the ruin of many a poor child and God, I know I'm one.
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As a child attending Rising Sun Reformatory School, life was a more simple time. You had a small class of only 8 students, all of which you relatively got along with. Years have passed since you attended that school, many of you achieving your dreams, and overcoming many early obstacles you had through your life. One morning a letter comes from one of your classmates; inside it reads that your teacher Ms. Deville is very ill and doesn't have much time to live, and would like to have a class reunion weekend at her house- your old school. Excited to see your old classmates you RSVP as quickly as possible and travel back to Rising Sun on the weekend of the now 20+ year reunion.
A huge spread of food and drinks are presented in buffet style on the outside premises of the house. One by one your classmates arrive and embrace in old times and good memories. Ms. Deville comes out and though sickly is in good spirits as she joins in eating, talking and reminiscing. As the evening goes on, you notice there are only 7 people from your old class present.
Who was it? Where are they? What happened?
You keep these thoughts to yourself until Ms. Deville goes to sleep, and you are alone with your classmates. You all had the same thoughts, "Who was missing?" After you all search your brain a bit, memories of the past flood back, and all the good feelings from this morning leave your body. The person you were thinking of was the boy in the basement of the house. The one you used to bully endlessly because he had a deformed face. The one that wore that mask. The one Ms. Deville told you was a very very bad boy, and to leave alone. "I wonder where he is now.." you ponder between the group as you retire to the guest rooms, wishing each other a good night.
The boy with the mask's name is Jack and he hasn't left the house yet.
He's not in the basement anymore, he lives inside the walls and he is out for revenge on the children who teased him. You.
Rules, Greetings & Announcements:
Ahoy & welcome to a roleplay hosted by me, MissCapnCrunch! I am by no means an amazing GM, but I do put a lot of effort into my roleplays and try to make it a fun experience for everyone involved. You can refer to me as any variation of my username or if you want a for sure response; my name is Tori.
Something you may have not had in a roleplay before is a GM that does summaries after awhile in the roleplay. Because of the nature of this roleplay, and how many people are in it- you might fall behind one day while doing stuff in real life, or whilst participating in another roleplay. Instead of freaking out- you can often find a link to a summary of what happened that day in the roleplay. When in doubt; ask me. I'm terribly nice.
My usual rules are as follows:
➤ All of The Guild rules apply here.
➤ No God Modding or anything like that.
➤ One liners are terrible. Don't do them. A paragraph or so is great!
➤ Speed posting? No. Please wait 2-3 people between your posts or 1 hour. Whatever comes first.
➤ Though this roleplay is mature think SMART, don't flirt with the banhammer.
➤ Be creative and have fun. I love both of those things, and am always open to ideas for plot!
➤ Kindness gets you far with me. You can be snarky as you want in character, but don't do it here.
➤ I want DEDICATED roleplayers. Believe me, I understand things come up! On the other hand I know there are also a lot of people that have no damn excuse why they ditch out, and it drives me insane. If you're going to drop off- let me know ahead of time. In this roleplay in particular; if you drop out you will be the firsts to be killed- and believe me darling; it won't be pretty.
Name: Helen Deville
Likes: Spiked Lemonade. Afternoon Naps. Teaching. Watching Her Shows.
Dislikes: Being Stereotyped. Arthritis. Taking Her Medication. Cold Nights.
Personality: Easy Going. Sentimental. Delirious (Medications)
Relationships: Though she mothered over 100's of children Helen has no children of her own. . However, she was married for over 30 years; Herbert recently died from a heart attack before Helen had her accident that left her in the state she is now.
Biography: Helen always means well for everyone she has met in her life. Ever since she was a little girl she wanted to be a teacher, to mold a young brain was something that excited her and inspired her. When she was in her mid 20's she got to work and taught as an English teacher at the high school in the inner part of New Orleans. After getting quite a reputation, she was moved into a more rural area and placed as the head instructor at Rising Sun.
Rising Sun was a reformatory school, and though that would scare most, it excited Helen. It meant that she really could have an impact on these children's lives and send them in a right direction. Years after years, Helen took small classes of students teaching them all they had to know and bringing them up into upstanding citizens. Jack's year was one of the smallest class years at Rising Sun. With only 8 students, it gave Helen a chance to really get to know her students, create a real connection. Everyone but but Jack- Jack was different. His parents had literally abandoned him on Herbert's and Helen's doorstep and they thought it was their duty to help the boy.
Helen tried very hard to help the boy fit in and learn, but he just didn't want to, he found it more fun to sit in the dank basement with a bunny mask he had made from paper. This led to teasing from the other children, from Jack's year and from others that came after them. Ms. Deville tried her best to protect the boy, but it just never was enough. One night he disappeared and Helen hadn't heard from him for a long time. Many years passed as Helen and her husband Herbert made a life together, eventually buying the old school house and making it their home. Eventually he passed away from a heart attack and the large house became very lonely.
Walking down the steps to the basement one day, Helen tripped over something on the stairs and fell and broke her hip. In much pain and agony, Helen laid on the cold cement floor until a pair of feet appeared in her view. It was Jack. He gave her the phone and picked up the mask that Helen had tripped on, on the staircase and disappeared once more, into the walls of the home. Helen promptly called an ambulance, and has had a caretaker ever since. Medicated for being a bit "delusional" and having a hard time walking, she sometimes needs a bit guidance, but has more sense than a lot of people give her. The reunion was both her and the caretaker's idea and she is really excited to see everyone from one of her favorite graduating classes, and maybe get some confirmation that she isn't so crazy after all.
Appearance: This Caucasian male stands at 5'7, and weighs 127lbs. He has brown hair and dark green eyes, and overall seems rather healthy. He usually wears a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans, liking to keep it simple, though he tries to dress fairly well when in the presence of Ms. Deville, normally putting on a pair of darker pants, and a black vest or something similar over his shirt, making him look more like a waiter than anything. He keeps two pairs of shoes, one more casual, the other for occasions. The first pair is white, the latter, black. He doesn't seem to have much issue body-wise, and absolutely refused to get piercings or tattoos of any kind in his younger years.
Name: Jacob Orion
Role: Caring Caretaker
Likes: Comedy films, Baseball(At least watching it), People who are calm and collected, Studying towards his goals, Assisting his elders, Eating mostly anything healthy, Dressing casual, Reading books, Cooking, Flipping TV channels.
Dislikes: Horror films, Blood, Violent people, Immature people, Birds, Insects, People insulting Ms. Deville, Cars, Boats, Large bodies of water, Guns, Golfing, Dressing up.
Personality: Rather laid back, yet obviously aware. He knows how to take charge of a situation, though normally he takes the role of a follower. He usually speaks to people with a rather lazy tone of voice, but stands strait in attention when Ms. Deville is involved. She seems to be one of the few people who can motivate him to do something, and he is more loyal to her than any of his class mates. He tries to respect the group as a whole, though most of them have their ways of annoying him at times, even if he doesn't show it. He usually with respond to you with simple explanations, not one to express the details as much as someone should. He certainly isn't the worst person to have as a comrade, though he might never be the best.
Relationships: Single, though he wouldn't mind companionship. He's just never truly found somebody who can put up with him.
Biography: A middle-class kid growing up, though on the outside Jacob seemed unmotivated, he was always a hard worker in class. He wasn't loud, yet he wasn't as quiet as that shy kid he could recall faintly. All of his classmates had been weird, especially the one known as Jack, though he never really said anything about it. His lack of physical activity at times made it a wonder how he kept healthy, though nobody seemed to realize, or care, he was studying such things. He liked the thought of keeping himself healthy, and others too, as a lot of people didn't do it themselves. Growing up, he began studying nursing, much to the surprise of his parents. They were proud, they told him that, and it was a reason he continued doing what he did, being focused on work and his studies. His parents, though old, take decent care of themselves, allowing Jacob to focus on whatever work is at hand.
At age 29, Jacob began working as a personal care assistant, finding he liked staying near old people as they were more his pace. As he found an unexpected name on the list, Ms. Deville herself, he instantly hopped at the chance to see her again. He has been there for the last three years, rather aware of Jack, bringing him food at times. Though his attempts at communication have been hopeless, he doesn't take it harshly.
Forward to the current date, his age being 32 now, and Ms. Deville's days becoming numbered, she has decided to host a reunion of his old classmates. Her old students... He had no idea what to expect from those he once knew, and wasn't too sure he cared about finding out. As a last request of sorts though, he is hoping his... Friends? Would come, and make her happy. Perhaps it'd be the last time she'd ever get to feel this way...
Other Notes: N/AAppearance: Ryder stands at 5'8" and has a thicker build at 237 lbs. He has auburn hair and keeps a trimmed goatee/mustache combo. His eyes always look heavy and his nose is rounded and slightly hooked. His lips sit on a natural slight frown. He likes to dress sharply, enjoying either clean jeans and a button up shirt or slacks and a long-sleeved button up. For the reunion he took blue jeans and a black, short-sleeved button up shirt and topped it off with black dress shoes. He always wears geeky jewelry and took his favorites, a silver-cast Green Lantern ring and a Digimon tag with Crest of Friendship, to the party. He got his hair cut to a short, but styled cut, letting it layer in his natural curls.
Name: Ryder Young
Likes: Your usual list of geeky things: animes, manga, video games, movies (especially horror), books. He also enjoys his career as an Occupational Therapist for children as well as directing and acting in films and plays, small time of course.
Dislikes: Jocks, rude people, intolerance, history, politics, and people named Jim.
Personality: A fun-loving guy, though you wouldn't know it until he gets comfortable and opens up. Ryder is very quiet and reserved when he girst meets people, often trying to observe their personalities so he knows how to behave. Even his classmates, it took a year to feel comfortable with and even then he still was never completely open and honest. Despite his timidness, he loves helping people and often goes out off his way or concern to do so. He loves his family and friends and puts them before anything else, but occasionally falls to the temptation of his selfish needs.
Relationships: Married to Carla Montierro, has two kids: Jade (8) and Dallas (5).
Biography: Born just outside of Los Angeles, Ryder's parents split and his mother moved them to be with her family. That's how he came to the school. An outsider to the other kids, he felt awkward and unwanted, or it could have been after effects from his parents' divorce. He went thriugh his years at the school like the other kids. He just tried to fit in and make the other kids like him. When graduation came, he considered them all friends, but he had no qualms about leaving them behind. He moved back to LA and studied Occupational Therapy. He met his now wife, Carla, at university as she studied her nursing. He's lived a semi-happy normal life, though his marriage has suffered lately. He knows Carla is cheating on him, but he loves his kids and daughters and doesn't want to put them through a divorce. So he keeps his mouth shut and tries to keep on the act of the happy husband with a perfect family. When he got the invite to the reunion, he threw it aside. All the years he was in LA and nobody sought him out, nobody called or wrote. His own attempts at checking in were ignored. He was forgotten and he didn't really care. He was always the outsider. It wasn't until he caught his wife cheating again that he made the decision to go. His old school crush would be there. Maybe that would be his chance to be rid of Carla and finally get some true happiness. He was always a dreamer.
Other Notes: I will add more and update when the CS for his crush is actually made and I can get on a keyboard.Appearance: http://totallywould.files.wordpress....is-elba500.jpg
Name: Alfred “Al” Maréchal
Role: Accidental Athlete – A man or woman who was athletic throughout their whole life; that was until you got into a very bad car accident. The doctor's said you'd never walk again, but you proved them wrong. Does that mean you should risk wanting to pursue a sports career? You can choose what you decided.
Personality: His wife’s death in an accident he veers as his fault and a near death experience in the same accident for himself leads Al humbled and resistant against death. However, he still maintains a sense of confidence that can lead back to assuming he’s still a bit of an arrogant man. Otherwise, Al finds himself comfortable asserting himself in a situation and can operate also as a follower just the same.
His life interests haven’t changed too much since he was a teenager; he likes sports (generally baseball as it was his career choice), general entertainment venues; but dislikes anything that goes against his experiences and who he or his family is (or was).
He is currently on a steady rotation of painkillers due to his accident.
Relationships: Daughter; aged seven.
Biography: Alfred Maréchal was born to a tailor and a police officer with problems holding down cash. How he ended up in the Rising Sun Reformatory School isn’t quite sure to Al, he just knew that it was some of the most personal moments of his life before college. As a kid, he wasn’t the most respectable of the bunch; teeming with arrogance and attitude to deflect his relationship with his father. He did his part in the school and went to college where he played college baseball for his entire time there; this was also where he met his late wife, Jessica.
During his early years as a player in the Texas Rangers a terrible accident befell Al and life really hit the skids. While he recovered he found himself restricted to a wheelchair, and being dropped from the baseball team. With his doctor saying recovering beyond the wheelchair would be “impossible” he found great grief as he refused to let this be the answer for his daughter (who had lost her mother in the same car accident). Miraculously, this willpower made him defy the chair and Al did walk again; although poorly as he was still restricted to a cane even nearly a decade after the incident.
Now working as a sports analyst and journalist, Al moves forward to support his daughter and himself.
Other Notes: Will adapt anything I need to pertaining to other classmates, etc. Open to working on any bit of the history with others.
Name: Nora Holloway
Role: Selfish Swan
Likes: Working out, dressing up, days off, cigarettes—the crummy menthol kind, tequila—the crummy cheap kind, foreign films, foreign countries, foreigners, classical music, literary fiction, paintings, and hardcore gangster rap.
Dislikes: Planes, photographers, working, the elderly—too wrinkly, the young—too bratty, losing weight, gaining weight, weighing herself in general, the sound of her laugh (it's shrill), her eyes (they're too close), her knees (too knobby), that weird almost microscopic mole on her inner thigh that mars her almost otherwise flawless skin and to save time let's just say herself in general, and saxophones in songs.
Personality: Most people would see Nora as rude and standoffish. Thanks to her low self-esteem, she tends to project what she perceives to be her own failures on to others. She is shockingly blunt and hard to read, as she almost permanently has a teasing half-smile on her face. It is difficult for people who don't know her well to tell if she is joking or not—which is fine with her, because she doesn't really care what others think of her beyond more than the surface level. The only thing she is truly worried about is her outer appearance, and how she looks, and how others perceive she looks, and how she looks compared to the others, and how she looks by being around that certain group of others. Nevertheless, Nora is surprisingly hard working and, despite the occasional complaining, can fully dedicate herself to a goal and see it through to the end.
Relationships: She's far too busy to form any serious relationship, besides, most of the men who were after her just weren't good enough.
Biography: Nora doesn't like talking about her childhood. Back then she was an ugly little loser, a chubby brat with braces, a fat nose, a bad haircut, and maybe a few attitude problems that caused her to be sent to a reformatory school. Specifically, she was sent to Rising Sun Reformatory School, and it turned out to be the best thing for the girl. She made some friends there, or at least the closest things she could call friends, but to be truthful the children there were cruel. Occasionally they would pick on her due to her weight, call her Miss Piggy or some kind of nonsense like that. Yet, it would be a lie to say that Nora was any better than her friends. In fact, perhaps she was worse. There was a boy who lived in the basement of the house, and while she wasn't the one who started bullying him she certainly was the most proactive when it came to bullying that mask wearing freak. It made her feel good; retrospectively, it was idiotic. Stupid kid shit.
And then she graduated from the Reformatory School and still found the words of her classmates ringing in her ears, and with nobody to take out her frustration out on she turned on herself. She began working out religiously, dieting constantly, reading fashion magazines, working part-time jobs to save up money for designer clothes. Her braces came off, she lost weight, she began styling her hair. In college she found work as an art model and used the money she got to pay for a nose job. She used her connections from the art modeling gig to find other jobs, busily rushing around day after day to cram in as many photo shoots as she could to get more money. The money would go right back into making her more attractive, be it through better clothes or better plastic. She dropped out of college; her career was set, and she entered into a vicious cycle of working countless hours so she could get money so she could make herself look better so she could get more jobs.
She began traveling for her career, getting to see the world when she wasn't rushing from shoot to shoot. Still, she wouldn't consider herself happy. She appeared on the cover of a famous fashion magazine and even had a somewhat lengthy interview in it. Still, she wasn't happy. She was eventually given her own article in the fashion magazine. Still, she wasn't happy. She began appearing in commercials and even got a minor reoccurring role on a short-lived television drama. Still, she wasn't happy. She woke up one morning and looked in the mirror and didn't see Nora Holloway staring back anymore but rather the image of the perfect woman, a Venus constructed out of money and science and plastic. She felt a little better, before she noticed the size of her temples, the slight sag in her breasts, the mole on her thigh, and once again she saw herself for what she really was—a fat, ugly, cruel, usually little piece of shit kid. So Nora got another surgery, and still, she wasn't happy.
That's when she got the letter. Ms. Deville, the woman who turned Nora from an angry little brat, was dying and her classmates, who did what good Ms. Deville had done and turned Nora into a self-loathing woman, were going to have a reunion to see their teacher off before she croaked. A real smile came to the miserable woman's face as she dropped all of her plans and booked a ticket back to her hometown. She would show her classmates how successful she had become and listen with a smug look on her face as they told her about their failing marriage or their mortgage or low-paying, pencil-pushing job. She would pretend to be modest as she showed off how attractive she had become while trying not to gag in disgust at how old and fat and gross they had become. She would be happy.
What could possibly go wrong?
Name: Holland S. Hariendean
Role: Logical Loser
Neuroscience as well as computer engineering. He would tend to lean towards fictional characters rather than real people in general. He also likes to take in binary coding with some government organzations but does nothing to inform them of his finised coding. He also likes to read calculas books and conceptual physics, with a touch of elctronic engineering. With that he likes to keep to himself without helping anyone, meaning he likes to be by himself or is uncomfortable talking to others. He likes to think he is high and mighty knowing all this knowledge. He lieks fictional woman more than real woman in general.
He dislikes staying in rooms be himself without any sort of protection. He also dislikes mythology and things that involve the supernatural. He dislikes people who look down at them with a glare or stare, he tends to freak out when that happens. He also doesn't like real woman since he doesn't have what it takes to get a real woman. He has no sense of knowing whether right or wrong given him not liking any religion being totally athiest. He doesn't like people touching him knowing that he might get something if he were to be touched.
unsenstive with a touc harshness. He can be shy at times when gains the courage to actually talk to woman [but doubts that will happen]. He is quite a cocky one he know something the other person does not. He is also obsessive about certain things that involve fictional character. He can be very quiet at times when something scares him, and with that he can be coward sometimes. He is very cold when someone steps over his line.
Relationships: Since he lives alone, he has a "friend" who visits him to check up on him if he is okay or not. Like a supporter of sorts, of course with his friend being female in all.
He was just a wrong boy, when he mother passed. He wanted to teach his mother all sorts of new things that has to do with science. He didn't get a chance and so that left him in a state of betrayal and denial. He went through his years all the way up to 5th grade dwelling one why his mother left his side to live in the afterlife. He was beaten by people who he thought was his friends and even his father. His father was anguished at his wife's death that he left him soon after through suicide. He was shipped away to a foster home where he sat by himself and read. He read so much that he was legally smarter then the rest of the children and would always out-smart the bullies. He was then founded by a loving family that took him as his own but it wasn't all cake and cookies. He distant himself from his parents and kept to his studies trying to achieve the one goal he was trying to tell his mother all those times ago.
N/AName: Tasha Green
Role: Wishy-Washy Wife
Likes: Movies, flowers, antiques, sunshine, libraries, sweets, dancing, and shopping.
Dislikes: Bitter tastes, medications, needles, spiders, the cold, and people who are too blunt.
Personality: Tasha is bubbly and talks and laughs a little too loud. She tries to always keep a smile on her face even in the worst situations. She apologizes a lot and goes a little bit further than necessary to make sure she’s not stepping on anyone’s toes from an etiquette standpoint. She opens up to people quickly and loves to be helpful in any way that she can.
Relationships: The Poor Husband is Tasha’s husband. ((Did someone apply for that role? I couldn’t find the app to pull the name or gender off of))
Biography: Tasha grew up with her mother, father, and older brother Micah. Her parents were almost overly supportive. They urged Tasha and her brother to pursue their dreams no matter what. Tasha was a little bit of a loose cannon in her adolescence. In middle school she was an acidic gossip and an instigator. Her parents blamed the trouble surrounding Tasha on the administrations of her schools, the other students, the other parents, anyone but their little Tasha. Eventually the settled her into Rising Sun and thanks to the individual attention and small class sizes they were happy to see Tasha thrive.
And Tasha did thrive. She bonded with her then future husband the first day. When he got picked on for his clothes or his cheap school supplies, Tasha was always first in line to defend him. It was thrilling to defend someone instead of instigate conflict for once. Unfortunately, she defended him the only way she knew how—throwing other people under the bus. This was usually Nora but everyone in the class except her husband suffered from her uncanny talent to point out where someone was self-conscious and pick at it until it bled. Even though she liked everyone in the class, it didn’t change that. She didn’t see a point in keeping up with everyone when it would remind her of how much they bullied her husband and how much she hurt them?
Tasha did a lot of growing up after high school. She and her husband struggled to make their way. She found his ability to persevere through anything admirable. She made her way working various retail positions until a few years after high school her older brother discovered he had lung cancer. During the last year and a half of her brother’s life she discovered how much happier he was despite everything that had happened to him. She tried to be a better person afterward, like her brother. She started training as a paralegal and now works for a law firm in the city.
They were doing alright, she loved her husband, she loved her job, she loved where she lived. She was happy, right? Well she must be, but she didn’t think being happy with herself would feel so empty or her smile would feel so forced sometimes.
When she got the call about Mrs. Deville she knew that this was her opportunity to thank Mrs. Deville and all her other classmates for putting up with her horrible attitude as a kid. Maybe then she can be happy with herself.Appearance:
Name: Dan Parker
Role: Homeless Husband
Likes: Being with Tasha, Italian Food, the music of Bruce Springsteen, writing, movies, books, football, and jogging
Dislikes: Self-Righteousness/ "Holier than thou" types, inter-personal conflict, snakes, and politics
Personality: As a general rule Dan is someone who has a good heart and his intentions are good as well. He likes when the group is getting along and there is no disharmony. Dan has a good sense of empathy within in the group and he is able to tell if there is something wrong. Seeing people in conflict is very painful to Dan (that'll be explained in the bio) and causes him to withdraw from everyone else until he can process what he is seeing. Once he has done that Dan will take a stand on an issue that affects the group and do what he feels is best for the group. He isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in, and he will fight for it if he has to.
Tasha brings out another side to Dan a side that he doesn't let show too often, and that is a subtle sarcastic streak. As a general rule Dan doesn't like to be a smart alack, but he does his cues in this area from Tasha and doesn't want to be seen as someone who has to defend him. Although Dan is more than inclined to let her do that, because she is far superior at coming up with a clever quip or cutting remark. Not to mention when he sees his wife standing up for him it affirms in him a need for Dan to be loved and cared for by someone.
Relationships: Married to Tasha Green
Biography: Daniel Mark Parker was born the only child to a well to do family in the upper east side of Manhattan. It seemed as though Dan was destined to always sit in the lap of luxury his parents made sure he had the best of everything in life. This was possible because his father was a senior partner at a successful Wall Street Firm, and his mother was an interior designer who had been in every major design magazine in the world and had her own show on HGTV. Life was a party and the Parkers were the stars of it.
That was until one day that changed everything for Dan forever. Dan's father was arrested and charged with insider trading in one of the greatest scandals to ever rock Wall Street. Lots of people were being charged but Dan's father was the poster child because his name was one of the ones on the door.This created great tension in the Parker household which lasted for over a year, and is why Dan hates interpersonal conflict. The other partners rolled on him and Dan's father was sentenced to life plus 25 in club fed, and his mother (though she put up a good image of wanting to help others) was shallow and a diva. When the courts ordered everything they had to be liquidated to pay back their massive settlement Dan's mother had Dan sent a way to live with his aunt and uncle who were on the other end of the financial spectrum. Dan's dad had a fund stashed a way and used every dime of it to pay for Dan to attend all four years at the Rising Sun Reformatory School. He figured education was the way for Dan to make something of himself and that this was the best he could do. Shortly after Dan's father went to prison, and Dan went to live with his aunt and uncle Dan's mom did a jack-knife onto Park Avenue.
His aunt and uncle loved Dan and they taught him that having material things wasn't what it was life was about, but it was being willing to help others and to do what you could for others. Dan embraced this point of view on life and loved his aunt and uncle even more than his parents. At the school Dan did what he could to try and be like everyone else, but his less than ideal financial situation made that difficult. Until the one day someone defended him, and that changed Dan's outlook. Someone made him feel like he was a person and not a financial punchline. Once Tasha defended him to the others they began to accept Dan as a group member. Oh every so often there would be something said about "Poor Parker" but for the most part Dan was accepted as a member of the group. Dan didn't care about what they said because Dan had someone who he loved and she loved him, and the group was as close to a family as he had so he was not about to do anything to upset that dynamic.
Once Dan and Tasha graduated they knew they were meant to be, so they got married. The first few years were hard Tasha worked retail jobs to help out while Dan wanted to be a journalist. He took the only job he could as an Obituary Writer for the local paper. All the while he began working on a novel that he was certain would get him and Tasha out of their financial burdens. The years have passed and Dan's novel is still being worked on but he has become a regular beat reporter for the local paper and is seen as their "ace" reporter.
When he got the invite about the reunion Dan felt like this would be his chance to show that he wasn't "Poor Parker" anymore. Dan felt like he was the skinny kid who showed up at Summer Camp but was now coming back as the kid who grew up over the summer and was ready to show his stuff. However his Uncle told him, "Always remember what it was like to be that skinny kid." So now Dan is seeing the reunion as an opportunity just to see some old friends
Other Notes: N/A