clarissa easter • oxford, england • junior • literature
Her rose and taupe brocade carry-on is still unpacked. It contains a journal with a plain, mauve leather cover. The last sentence on the last used page is I sink into the boundary glow of another American summer.
Three ink pens clack against two plastic containers of make-up: an eyeshadow pallet of cocoa and mulberry shades, a muted lipstick called Midnight Merlot.
A pamphlet from a summer tasting at Cairn O’Mohr Winery and a playbill from a London performance of The Cherry Orchard are being crushed under four books:
do you ever just wonder if there’s someone who secretly thinks about you and wants to talk to you but doesn’t know how
lol this literally has a million notes. Just talk to the people you want to talk to instead of making them come to you, you self-absorbed fucks.
cassidy twiss • hazard, kentucky • sophomore • education
When they ask her on her college application what inspires and motivates her, she knows better than to recite her favorite, most rousing memories. She knows better than to brag about the time she punched Jenna Carrol in the face in the middle of a softball game because Jenna called her mother a whale. She knows better than to mention the stream of piss sparkling in the moonlight from her brother, enviously, taking a leak in the creek. She knows better than to cock her thin, strawberry lips into a half-smile and say she didn’t complain, not one bit, of pain when she lost her virginity at fourteen to a senior basketball player. She knows better, but not much better.
Dennis Ennis “Deb” Barrie - 25 - Graduate Student, Musical Education
The lesser-known twin brother of one of Bernard’s star football players, Dennis Ennis (if you ask him about the name, he will only offer a wince and a watery smile) is seldom seen in the company of another person. He haunts the campus’s band hall and grounds, perpetually alone. Most onlookers find him strange to the point of being unapproachable. Few would guess his isolation is self-imposed. Friends of his brother, Finn, are grateful that the pair seldom appear in the same room. Something about the way Deb looks at his twin unnerves them. His gaze is cold, unwavering - the judging eyes of an executioner.
Ayesha Dickinson - 18 - Undergraduate Student, Law & Jurisprudence
Practical, no-nonsense daughter of a Virginia salt miner - her hometown is literally named Saltville. Her mother died when she was ten, leaving her and her father with two young children to raise. There was nothing to suggest that Ayesha would ever have the opportunity to go to college - her family had neither the time nor the money to spare. But then her father inexplicably chose to remarry. Ayesha doesn’t care for the woman (who is more than ten years her father’s junior) and has concerns about how her siblings are being raised, but she’s grateful for the chance to fulfill her dreams of becoming a lawyer. She has the nagging suspicion that her father married for no other reason than to supply her with that opportunity.
Juan “Johnnie” Quebrada - 22 - Undergraduate Student, Animation
Quiet, evasive, and perhaps even sullen at times, Johnnie is not the type to spill his sorrows to anyone - not even a member of his loud, invasive Portuguese-American family. He would certainly never trouble a stranger with tales of his narrow victory over the tumor that took up residence in his frontal lobe two years ago. He’s received enough pitying looks to last him for the rest of his days…however many he may have. Although his family is still reeling from the expenses of his chemotherapy treatments, they have managed to help him scrape together enough money to attend college. They only learned of Johnnie’s intense passion for art by stumbling upon one of his sketchbooks. He would never have told them outright.
Karel Ruzicka - 32 - Faculty, International Affairs
His past life reveals itself in small, easily-overlooked ways: his tendency to listen with his one good ear turned towards the speaker, the anxious fluttering movements of his hands across the whiteboard, the long shimmering scar that winds like a path through the dark thicket of hair on his chin. Most of the faculty already know his story, but the students have to piece it together throughout the semester. Their various theories remain untested…until it comes time for Professor Ruzicka to discuss the Israeli/Palestine conflict. His semiannual quasi-breakdowns makes the reason for his tragic, trembling smiles abundantly clear.
HI CAN I HAVE ALL OF THEM.
I have not given up my zest for a Johnnie/Cal thread. And I feel like my white-trash red-head Cassidy can have lots of fun annoying Ayesha (also it wouldn’t bother her a bit to hit all on all 4 with gusto).
Dennis is intriguing. I feel like he could have an interesting relationship with my two star moody-brooders, Clarissa and Mathias. And Cal too. Because I love playing Cal against shadowy, sketchy introverts.
Basically everything you do is beautiful and I want to drown in threads with yoouuu. *_*