Welcome to Brook Haven Ranch! We are a 18+ premium role playing community set in Trader's Bend, Montana. Our concept is the culmination of twenty years of plotting and planning. We feature a rich, developed program in which many troubled characters thrive. Our community is one of the best on jcink and we look forward to you becoming a part of it!
Healing Horses & Troubled Teens since 1995
Not every teenager has the benefit of growing up in a loving, happy home. Some are victims of abuse, neglect, a system that shuffles them from foster home to foster home. Brook Haven Ranch was established in 1995 as a refuge for abused and neglected horses -- and teenagers who needed a second chance in life and the opportunity to become something more than society expects of them.
Nate came to Brook Haven to save his sisters. Nearly two years ago, the twins were involved in a fire. Ronnie's friends set it, and Bella dove in to rescue her horses -- none of whom made it out of the barn fire alive. Knowing that the girls weren't safe with their stepfather, and not trusting their biological father to do the right thing for them, Nate pulled them from the only home that they had ever known and forced them to come with him three months ago to a therapeutic horse rescue and home for troubled teens located in Montana.
He brought with him his husband of three years and the two daughters that they have been raising together. Nate's husband has settled into Trader's Bend as the pastor of the local Christian church, and Nate has had to fight fresh bigotry because of the combination of faith and sexual orientation. It's been an upheaval and a transition for everybody involved, but for Nate personally he's had to release and obtain new birds of prey, he's had to leave behind his veterinary practice, find a new falconer's association, and has had to obtain new licenses. He's doing his best to settle into the new town, but the upheaval has been hard for him.
The worst part about it for him is that his sister's aren't taking to it well. He should have have expected miracles, and he knows that (knew it then and he knows it now) but he's frustrated by the fact that neither of the girls will so much as go near their horses. Given that he went out of his way to get Ronnie's personal horse to the ranch, this has been a low blow, and Nate has been struggling with feeling rejected by his sisters.
He's done all of this for them, and he feels as though he deserves a bit of gratitude for everything that he's sacrificed to help them to get back on their feet and find healing after the fire. His relationships with his immediate family are wonderful, so why can't his sisters accept what he's trying to do when his daughters seem so eager to accept him as their father and to move on with their lives?
Full Name: Nathan Anthony Curry
Date of Birth: April 17th, 1984
Current Age: 32
User Group: Wrangler
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: dark Brown
Weight: 210 lbs
Scars or Marks: several scars on the backs of his hands, a few on his arms and shoulders, mostly from work
Tattoos or Piercings none
Face Claim: henry cavill
MBTI Type: ISFJ
Western Zodiac: Aries
Love Language: Quality Time & Acts of Service
Likes: close relationships, family, horses, being at home, old movies, watching movies with ben, cooking, warm spaces, open floor plans, summer thunder storms, blizzards, the beach, swimming, running, zoos, working with animals, hiking, camping, fishing, accessible information, comic books, coca cola, problem solving, diagnositcs, forensics, mystery novels, suspense novels, cozy chairs, country music, sweaters, fireplaces, raptors, falconry, history, creative anachronism, harry potter, dogs, warm blankets, tea, coffee
Dislikes: his stepfather, his father (some of the time), the smell of fire, wildfires, marshlands, wet weather, people who speed on the highway, road rage, animal cruelty, kill animal shelters, screen adaptations of good books, homophobia, racism, traditional christianity, hypocracy, milk, alcohol, pork, potatoes, new shoes, muddy damp, basements, attics, lightening, heavy perfume, heavy makeup, discrimination, liars, falsehoods, problems he can't solve, being interrupted while reading or watching television shows, digital timepieces
Strengths:courageous, generous, gentle, kind, compassionate, steadfast, loyal, diligent, devoted, committed to a cause, capable of standing up for himself, honest, earnest, firm, loving, affectionate
Weaknesses: sensitive, easily hurt, takes too much responsibility, judgmental, unforgiving, angry, temperamental, anxious, difficulty letting go, dependent on others for fulfillment, codependent with ben
Fears: hate crime, illness, hell, fire, being struck by lightning, breaking a bone, small spaces, aliens, getting lost in the woods, getting into a car accident
Aspirations: earn enough money to live comfortably and provide for him, ben, and the girls, learn to play the guitar, open his own ranch
Secrets: nate is truthfully very afraid of his stepfather and very angry with his father for leaving them in the custody of his stepfather; he's quietly obsessed with comic books; he accidentally killed his first kestrel
Vices: gay pornography, occasional marijuana
Romantic Orientation: Homoromantic
Sexual Orientation: Homosexual
Relationship Status: Married
Significant Other: Benjamin Lyonette
Dream Job: Large Animal Vet
Home Town: Oakville, California
Religion: Christian, though mostly in name only (because his husband is)
Preferred Riding Style: western
Disciplines: cutting, roping
Riding Strengths: excellent hazer, but gave that up in his twenties, good eye for his target, quick reflexes
Riding Weaknesses: can be lazy in the saddle, doesn't always communicate his needs to the horse
Life begins at a different point for each person. For Nate's sister Bella, life began when she was thirteen and her horses died in a fire her sister's friends set in their old, dry barn. For Nate, on the other hand, life began early, when he was himself only a seed.
Nathan's parents loved one another in the passionate way that only two people involved in a forbidden affair can love one another. His mother was married to another man -- a man who would ultimately give Nate his name -- and his father had sired children all throughout Europe and the Americas. Neither of them were particularly good at fidelity, but passion made up for what they lacked in faithfulness. Perhaps it was the secret intrigues, the stolen moments when they were able to touch one another in a public place without being noticed by their peers, or perhaps it was that Ellen saw something dark in her husband and she knew what he was capable of. Was it possible that she dreamed of her lover rescuing her from his clutches?
It's possible. Perhaps even Ellen herself doesn't know why she chose to continue an ongoing affair with a man she could never marry, and who had never offered her that type of faithful love. She knew he continued to make his mark on the world by leaving behind children in several countries and as many as half of the United States.
And he left his mark on Ellen Curry in the form of a little boy, born healthy at seven pounds nine ounces.
In the beginning, they were a happy family. Nathaniel was none the wiser about his wife's affair, and the presence of a baby brought the couple together in a way that they had never been close before. For the first time, Ellen felt sure that her husband loved her, and Nate himself could not have been more loved. His parents were attentive, his needs were met, and he had enough toys to satisfy his curiosity about the world around him. It was a good way to start a life, and Nate started his life young.
Precocious Little Boy...
Nate was born with a dream, or at least that's what his mother used to say about him. He loved animals from a young age, and he was no more than three years old when he first said "I want to be a veteran when I grow up." Of course he meant "veterinarian," but three-year-old Nate was too young to quite get the words right. Even so, he knew precisely what he wanted to get out of life and that was to help sick animals.
His parents encouraged him, provided him with learning toys that taught him about different animals, gave him books for birthday and holidays, and made sure that he had ample opportunities to engage with information about animal biology. Nate was the reason that the family purchased their first horses, two quarter horses who thrilled Ellen almost as much as they thrilled Nate.
It was a normal life. It was a good life. Nate was comfortable, and for six years, his mother and father were comfortable, too. Ellen never confessed to her affair during this time period, and Nathaniel was none the wiser. Their son had no reason to suspect that he wasn't his father's son. He was small, but he had big dreams. Ellen and Nathaniel obtained horseback riding lessons for him, and he learned to love the beasts.
Things changed for the first time when Nathan was six. His mother became absent for hours at a time over the course of a two week period. Nathaniel fretted and worried about where his wife was, but when Nate looks back, he recognizes that his father kept his cool better than he might have.
Four months later, Ellen announced that she was pregnant.
The pregnancy came as a shock to Nathaniel, though at the time Nate didn't understand the reason that his father would be so surprised. For some time after that, his father was cold and distant with both him and his mother, but when Jarrod came along, things changed again. Nathaniel lit up, spending more time with Jarrod than he did with Nate.
That was okay, because Nate had his horses, and he was a busy kid with plenty to keep him occupied. At seven years old, school occupied some of his time, and he spent another portion of his time with the horses. Jarrod was still too young to ride though, and Nate had to take some time out to spend with his little brother.
By the time that Jarrod turned six, the two brothers were close in spite of their age difference. Nate had taught his brother how to ride horses, and though he showed less inclination to do so than Nate did, they often rode together with Nate looking out for his little brother. It didn't bother Nate that his friends didn't hang out with their little brothers, and before long, Jarrod was his best friend.
Where Nate was serious in school, Jarrod was ever the class clown. In spite of this, they continued to be close at home. Nate pulled straight As and Jarrod was lucky to come home with a report card full of Cs. Somehow their parents were proud of both of them, though Nate's relationship with his father had begun to turn sour. It wasn't until he was sixteen and his mother began a fresh cycle of disappearances that it occurred to Nate what was really going on.
Their mother was having an affair.
Just like last time, she announced her pregnancy a month after she returned home. This time, Nate questioned her about who he was, and whether or not he was the baby's father. Ellen broke down and revealed that she couldn't be sure, but that she was certain that he was Nate's father. Nate shared some of his father's most basic features, and most significantly the blue of his eyes. He'll never forget his mother saying You both have the most unusual eyes.
They weren't, of course, but Nate didn't say a word about that. When, eight months later, she gave birth to identical twin girls, Nate didn't comment that they, too, had his eyes. He'd still not met his biological father, though Nate himself was increasingly convinced that Nathaniel was not the man who had contributed to his DNA.
After the girls were born, something broke in the previously happy home. Nathaniel turned sour, criticizing Jarrod for his poor grades, pressuring Nate to do more and better, and threatening to take away the horses. Nate worked hard at the family's vineyard, sacrificing his 'horse time' to do the work that his father ordered him to do, and struggling under the load of high expectations.
Nathaniel never spent much time with the girls. He was distant and cold with them as he had become with Nate and Jarrod, and it wasn't until Nate was seventeen that his father finally revealed to him that he knew he wasn't his biological father. The two, it would seem, had entirely different blood types.
That week was the first time that Nathaniel ever beat him. Two weeks later, he left for college at UC Davis and he never looked back. It never crossed his mind to worry about the girls or Jarrod until he got there.
It wasn't until he was halfway through with his undergraduate degree that Nate thought about the girls and what might be happening to them. They were three by that point, too small to defend themselves, and he wasn't sure that he could trust Jarrod to do it if their father turned on them. So he did the most logical thing he could think of: He contacted his mother and asked her who his real father was.
They fought. Ellen didn't want to confess to the affair, and it took Nate two hours of pleading before he could get the name and phone number of the man who had fathered both him and his sisters. He spent another two days working up the courage to call his biological father on the phone.
It was a Saturday evening when Nate finally got in touch with Callum Faulkner. He begged the man to stop in on his family, make sure that the girls were safe, and to check in on Jarrod to make sure that Nathaniel wasn't taking his anger out on his brother.
After that, he worried constantly. It was a long shot, but Nate found himself at a small church in town, looking for guidance. That's where he met Benjamin Lyonette, a young man who had just finished his seminary school and who was already looking after twin girls of his own.
The girls -- twins with unusually diverse backgrounds (indicating that at least one of them was not Ben's, but likely neither of them were Ben's) -- were beautiful four year old girls, one with obviously Asian features and another with long blonde hair and a bright smile. Ben was raising the girls on his own after his wife passed away, leaving them in his sole care, and Nate took to them instantly.
Somehow they reminded him of his sisters, and kept his attention focused on the girls at home who lived in the absence of their likely father. He didn't hear from Cal again for a number of months, during which he could do little but fret and study. Fortunately, Ben was there for him throughout his ordeal, and they talked, often late into the night.
By the time that Nate graduated with his undergraduate degree, he and Ben were an item. Gay marriage was not yet legal in California, but Ben and Nate moved in together while Nate started veterinary school. He heard from his father once ever few months after his initial contact, but the news was often grim. The girls were unhappy, and by the time that Nate managed to graduate from veterinary school, his perfect 4.0 had slipped by several points. He worried constantly about what would happen to his sisters while he was gone.
By the time that he graduated, they were nine years old. Their father had been an active part of their lives for six of those years, but Nate continued to experience the guilt of having left them behind. He convinced Ben to move back to Napa with him so that he could be close by if his sisters needed him.
Back at home, he joined a veterinary practice and continued to live with Ben and the twins, but he spent as much time with his sisters as he could. Jarrod had moved out on his own and had traveled to Nashville in the hopes of starting a career in country music, and Nate kept in touch with him via e-mail. His time balanced mostly between the girls and Ben, struggling to keep everything in balance without sacrificing one relationship for the others.
The girls grew in different directions. Two children who had been close to one another changed. Though they remained best of friends (at least as far as Nate could tell), Bella withdrew while Ronnie attempted to reach out and make friends. He would later hate himself for how much he misinterpreted their changes in personality as time went on.
Life was almost normal for the next three years. What Nate didn't know didn't hurt him, and though he would have torn his stepfather limb from limb if he'd known -- and he regularly thought about what he'd do to his biological father if they ever met face to face -- he was able to live a stable life with Ben and to marry the love of his life in 2013, when homosexual marriage became legal.
The happiness lasted about two years before everything changed. Two years after their marriage, Nate received a call in the middle of the night. Bella and Ronnie were in the hospital and the barn where he had kept his horses as a boy had burned to the ground. Ronnie was in a coma, while Bella was expected to recover from her injuries, though with significant scarring.
Nate rushed to the hospital, where he waited with Ronnie. Bella remained at home, beyond his reach, and when next he saw her, she resented him so much that he could hardly get her to look him in the face. When he left, it was Ronnie he took with him back to his home for as long as their mother would allow it.
For two years, Ronnie stayed with Nate during the week, their mother on the weekends when she asked to see her daughter. Their father visited, and Nate finally met him, but he kept things distant between them, not attempting to make a relationship with Cal.
Three months ago, Nate was broken. Ben's girls were acting out, and Ronnie had stopped speaking to him. He had to do something to change the circumstances of his family, and he sought the advice and help of a friend from college. His friend referred him to a place known as Brook Haven Ranch, where both horses and teens in crisis could go to be rescued and start a different, better life. With Ben's blessing, Nate applied for and accepted a job on the ranch -- not vetting animals, but instead working with the teens in the Wrangler group. Following his acceptance, he applied for his sisters to enroll at the ranch, and they subsequently joined his group for the spring school session.
Nate technically has custody of both his sisters and Ben's twin daughters as well, and he believes that the environment and the separation from their stepfather will be good for the girls.
Ring of Fire
It's been nearly two years since the fire that changed the lives of the Curry siblings, seemingly forever, and Nate only wants what's best for his sisters. He enrolled them at Brook Haven in the hopes that the program would help them to open up, but each girl is fighting her own depression, and neither of them seems to be coming out of it the way that Nate had hoped that she would.
Now he's in charge of taking care of the girls as their group leader, and it's turning out to be quite the strain on Nate. He cares about what's best for the girls, but the fact that he's not getting anywhere while the both of them stubbornly refuse to work the program is putting a strain on him and making him worry that his job could be in jeopardy. It's all he can do to keep his anger in check.
The Other Twins
It's not that Ben doesn't know that his daughters aren't his, but Nate has never brought the matter up with him before. One of the two has distinctly Asian features while the other is blonde. Though in theory it's possible that Ben could be the father of one of the girls, it's unlikely that he's the father of either, meaning that the ex-wife who he loved must have cheated on him at least twice in a short period of time.
This is difficult water for Nate to tread, and though he has acted as the girls' secondary parent for the past ten years, he's grown no more comfortable with their situation or with their mother (who is deceased). It's a strange space between him and Ben, something that they can't comfortably talk about -- but should.
Nate didn't meet his biological father until he graduated with his degree in veterinary medicine. From the time that he found out that he wasn't Nathaniel's biological son until now, he's had a lot of feelings about his father, ranging from "I hate you" to "You mean nothing to me." He's still dealing with those feelings in spite of his being fully an adult who ought to be able to figure his emotions out by this point, and as of right now, he's still avoiding contact with Cal.
It won't be able to go on that way for very long, as Cal is a key financier of the ranch and is therefore at least partially responsible for Nate's ability to remain employed on the ranch and even potentially in Trader's Bend. Now that his father has moved close to be near to the twins -- who did mostly grow up knowing him -- Nate is going to have to come to terms with his feelings for the man.
Nate is the male leader of the Wrangler group at Brook Haven Ranch. His training is in veterinary medicine and he has little experience working in a therapeutic environment (for humans, anyway), but he does have experience parenting teenagers (as a stepfather).
His role on the ranch is to plan and create activities for the students in his group, to provide structure and discipline for his students, and to establish trust with them so that they can come to him when they feel that there is a problem. His students should know that he is available in this capacity at any point in time that they should need him.
Nate's the sort of steadfast and secure man who sometimes gives off the sense of being insensitive and perhaps unconcerned about other people. While nothing could be further from the truth for Nate, he enjoys what this opinion does for him. He is, in a lot of ways, "just a man" and that suits him just fine. If one were to examine their opinions about what it means to be a man, then they would likely think of someone who is like Nate. Despite his sexual orientation, he is altogether a man's man, and it shows in the things that he does with his free time.
Nate's an introvert, but he tends to have a strong circle of close friends. He's new to the area, which means that he's going to need to make friends in Trader's Bend that he hasn't had before. It can be difficult for him to meet new people, since he's a bit shy and likes to keep to himself, and he may be held back by the fact that he's married to the town's new, gay pastor. Most of his friends will naturally likely come from the staff at Brook Haven, since he's working with them every day, and he may have some friendly relationships with his students as well.
Anyone who doesn't work or volunteer on the ranch who might like to become friendly with Nate will probably find him with the local falconry or veterinary organizations. Engaging him about his hobbies is one of the fastest ways to get him to connect, and anyone showing an interest in falconry will have his attention straight away.
He's a good friend who often provides good advice on how to resolve a problem quickly, but Nate is also relatively obtuse in that he doesn't always understand that people aren't necessarily looking for a solution to their problem: Many just want someone to listen to them. While he can listen well, he doesn't always have the patience to sit by while somebody talks through their problems, and he does sometimes "wait his turn to talk" more than he listens to what's being said to him.
That said, he's loyal and true to his friends, and he tends to build very strong bonds with the people who he cares about. Those bonds are, for Nate, unshakable. He'll bend over backward for his friends, and if you ever need somebody to pick you up in the middle of the night because you're drunk or stoned and don't want to drive, he will do it (even if he doesn't like the fact that you were getting into that sort of "trouble").
Sorry ladies, Nate's gay.
And sorry gents, Nate's married.
Until he met Ben, Nate mostly kept to himself. He didn't date in high school and didn't come out as gay until after he'd met Ben. By that point he was pretty certain of his sexuality. He's never had a lover before then, and he hasn't strayed from Ben, so this area is pretty much closed.
Obviously your character, regardless of gender, is welcome to have a crush on Nate just to spice things up and make things a little bit uncomfortable. It's always nice to have something in this area even when the character is happily married, and he is a good looking guy working with a bunch of hormonal but sex-deprived teenagers.
Nate can come across as cold and unfeeling under some circumstances, and there are times that his distant, private, and sometimes harsh demeanor could land him on the wrong side of people. Nobody's friends with everybody, and since Nate is new in town and tends to keep a small circle of close friends rather than a wide circle of so-so friends, he's going to run afoul of some of the locals. There's no question about that happening, and given that he's from California, some of these particular locals might find him a bit... Well, funny.
Among other things, there's the fact that he's married to the town's new (male) pastor. Although Nate himself wouldn't identify as Christian, he attends church regularly with Ben and their two daughters, and he's not afraid to be affectionate with Ben at the church (though nothing out of hand). For those who have particular beliefs about who should be serving the spiritual community of Trader's Bend, this could be a problem for a lot of people, and bring Nate (and Ben) up for scrutiny.
Thanks to years of his stepfather's abuse and his own anxiety regarding his biological father, Nate handles enemies fairly well. He's learned to know how to pick his battles and when to walk away from trouble and when to confront it head on. If someone makes trouble for his husband, their daughters, or his sisters, then Nate will step in as necessary to defend the people who he loves. If the attack is more direct, and directed at him, then he will simply turn the other cheek or he will walk away.
He's not a violent man and isn't looking to fight with people and to make trouble for himself or his family, but if you throw the first punch, then he may very well punch back. Too many years of bowing to his stepfather's wishes have made Nate strong, and he won't allow himself to be walked over or mistreated as he was in the past.
There's absolutely no doubt at all that Nate is a family man. Despite all appearances, he loves his sisters intensely, and he wishes that their lives had been easier. Although his mother allowed him to be mistreated by his stepfather, he loves his mother. He's a good (step) father to his daughters and in spite of their lack of a relationship, he's careful to keep his father up to date on what's going on with his sisters and in his own life as well.
Most probably wouldn't describe Nate as filial, but he does his best to be respectful of his parents without sacrificing what is right for him.
Parents aside, he carves time out to spend with his sisters and with his daughters and gives them everything that they need -- even if he doesn't always provide them with the things that they want. Quality time as a family is important to Nate, which is one of the reasons that he requested that his sisters be placed into his group on the ranch. That, and their previous passion for horses.
Although Nate and Ben are not currently looking to adopt, the possibility may open up later on.
This category is mostly for the students in Nate's group, so that's what I'll be covering here.
He's new to this job, as it is something that he's never done before, and until now he did more work with animals than he did with people. Dealing with the owners of the horses and cows that he treated was one thing, but handling a group of teenagers is altogether another. This is nothing like being a father or an older brother, and his lack of experience shows in the way that he sometimes withdraws and goes stony silent rather than dealing with some disciplinary issues. It's a good thing that he has help and support on the ranch or he'd be foundering a lot when it comes to his ability to take care of his group.
When Nate feels disrespected, he will shut down on the student who has disrespected him, and he's known to do a full lock-out. This has happened with his little sister Bella on more than one occasion, and it hurts her. It might not be so significant to people who don't know him as well, or who don't depend on him as much, but this is the way that he handles his upset feelings. It means not lashing out, but it also means that the door to communication is sometimes closed when it ought to be open.
He is often strict with his students, although it is to be noted that when it comes to discipline, uncooperative students are likely to experience one of the aforementioned lockdowns instead of appropriate discipline. He may need backup. He's not the sort of leader who takes a lot of nonsense from his students, and if consequences must be issued, they will be severe, restrictive, and unpleasant for the student.
On the other side of this, Nate will soften when a student needs to talk to him. No matter how hard he might appear at any other point in time, he is a definite softy when it comes to the needs of his students, and he will always welcome them coming to him to talk, lean on him, or ask him for advice. He gives great advice and is quick to help solve a problem, so students should seek him out, especially if they think that they're going to be in trouble. The punishment is always easier if they come to him!
The first thing that most people think when they see Nate is that he is ruggedly well put together. It's an odd combination, because Nate is part cowboy and part smart-dressed-man. For some, it's intimidating, while others may be attracted to this trait about him. Whether people find him approachable or not, at the end of the day most of them agree that he is one handsome cowboy (type).
Nate's not a well-known man, so throughout Trader's Bend he's more likely to be known for being married to Ben than for anything else. He'd love to be known as an excellent vet (which he is), but he's not working as a vet right now. Because of his relationship with the town's pastor, the first thing that most people learn about him is that he is a married gay Christian.
Because Nate keeps very few close friends, his friends respect and value their place in his life -- and him. Although he's loyal, Nate is known for dropping the dead weight when his friends don't hold up their end of the friendship: It's a two way street, after all. Friends, therefore, understand how much they mean to him and they reciprocate his feelings (most of the time).
Nate's family differs between his natal family and his husband's family. His natal family see him as being loving but distant, stern, and sometimes even taciturn. Most of them would describe him as being self-serving and perhaps a bit egocentric. His husband's family, on the other hand, view Nate the way that he prefers to be seen: As a loving man who gives a lot of affection and would bend over backward for any member of his family.
When Nate has rivals, they are usually people who are competing with him for similar positions within one of his organizations. Notably, he competes with other people with his falcons. He's not a competitive man and is willing to accept defeat, but his rivals often see him as someone who supports them in their efforts and cheers them on when they are winning -- even if it means that he's not. This is one of the things that makes him such a good friend.
The people who dislike Nate generally do so because he is a hunter, and because he uses wild-caught raptors in order to hunt small game for the pleasure of interacting with the large birds. Others may hate him for being openly gay and married to a pastor. Those who despise him generally have issues of their own that need to resolve, as Nate is generally a good guy and unassuming.
As a subordinate, Nate tends to be the type to buck direct authority and to do things his way. He's been doing this most of his life as a result of his stepfather's abuse, and it's hard for him to stop now. Bosses will find him incredibly opinionated, to the point of being difficult to control in the work environment. On the other hand, Nate is highly effective at what he does, and therefore his authorities often leave him alone.
It's not common for Nate to get close to his coworkers. As far as he's concerned, they're all there to get a job done, and within his group, he's the boss of the other Wranglers (except for Nic). Interactions aren't generally voluntary on his part and he will actively avoid coworkers when he doesn't have to communicate with them to provide for his group.
Nate is romantic and loyal with his lovers, and so he tends to command loyalty and respect from Ben as well. He's affectionate, values time with Ben, and not afraid for people to see them together. It's a good combination of traits that make him an outstanding person to be in love with. Of all the people who get to see Nate's smile, Ben tends to be at the top of the list.
When he's not being shy, Nate likes himself. It's not easy for him to talk about his feelings about himself, but for the most part he thinks that he's done pretty well. He has -- however indirectly -- managed to get his sisters away from their stepfather, he's raising two wonderful (step) daughters, is married to a great man, and he loves his job. He likes himself.
People will very likely remember Nate as a selfless person who put the needs of his sisters before his own needs in order to get them out of a desperate and potentially deadly situation. There will be many mourners at his funeral, though many will forget him not long after his death. It is those who were closest to him who will remember him the longest.
I see Nate as a stable, good man who has refused to allow his life to change the core of his person. I also see him as being selfish and irresponsible in many of his relationships, with his father, his brother, and sometimes even his sisters. It's easy for him to do what he thinks is right when other people are looking, but when in private he often makes the mistake of putting his own needs first, even when doing so results in the detriment of his relationships.
Nate met Ben while he was in college and Ben was in seminary school. They were friends first, with Nate learning that he could talk to Ben about the things that bothered him, and eventually Nate stepping in to help Ben with the two little girls that his wife left behind when she ran off with another man. Shortly after Nate's graduation, they became a family, and they married just a few years ago, when gay marriage was legalized in California.
Ellen Curry • Mother
Nate has a complicated relationship with his mother. He loves her, and he is a particularly family-oriented man, but he is by no means a filial man, and his relationship with his mother has suffered due to her expectation that he remain filial after he left home for college. Both of them carry a lot of resentment toward one another, and because of this, they rarely speak to one another any more.
Callum Faulkner • Father
Cal is Nate's biological father. He didn't know until he was an older child that his mother had had an affair and that out of that ongoing affair she had three -- and perhaps four -- children. As far as Nate is concerned, Cal didn't put any effort into getting to know him when he was younger and so he has no desire to have Cal in his life now that he's an adult either. They talk on occasion, but it is mostly a working relationship and the two aren't close.
Nathaniel Curry • Stepfather
When Nate was little, he and his stepfather were close to one another. They got along well, and Nathaniel was a father to him. It wasn't until he was in his double-digit years that he discovered that Nathaniel wasn't his father, and their relationship disintegrated entirely. Nathaniel became physically abusive, and now Nate entirely despises his stepfather, refuses to speak to him, and has helped his little sisters to escape their stepfather's ire.
Jarrod Curry • (Half?) Brother
Nate and Jarrod used to have a good relationship with one another, but that has suffered in part due to questions of parentage and Nathaniel's preference for Jarrod, and in part because of Jarrod's laid back, lazy attitude. Nate's a hard worker who does his best at everything, and Jarrod seems to have everything handed to him. It's hard for Nate not to want to parent his brother and to attempt to make him conform.
Veronica Curry • Sister
Nate loves Ronnie and it shows to the point that Bella often resents him for his closeness with Ronnie. He's done everything that he can to give Ronnie her life back even though she's the one who set fire to the barn that cost the family their horses. He has some trouble trusting her, but he loves her to death and he is hard on her because he wants to see her come through the things that she's done to survive.
Isabella Curry • Sister
There are two sides to every story, and while Bella says that Nate wasn't there for her when she needed him, Nate says that he did his best and she rejected him. The pair are equally angry with one another, but there's nothing that Nate can do to resolve Bella's feelings. For this reason, he's especially hard on her with higher than normal expectations, resulting in more resentment from Bella. It's a vicious cycle.
Symphony Lyonette • (Step) Daughter
Sym and Nate are close, as Sym is also close to Ben. She's a sweet, hard working kid who he knows is carrying a lot of baggage, even if he's not sure what it is that she's carrying around with her everywhere that she goes. They spend time together whenever there are opportunities, and Nate carves out time for Sym when she needs him so that she always has somebody to talk to.
Chantel Lyonette • (Step) Daughter
Chan's a good girl underneath her poor choice in friends and the acting-out behavior. Nate understands, too, what it's like to live with a father you're not biologically related to while being forced to believe that he somehow contributed DNA to your being. It's easier for Sym to pretend in spite of her blonde hair and blue eyes than it is for Chan, who's half Asian. Nate feels for her, but he's hard on Chan the way that he is on his sisters. She's going to have to get her act together: And fast.
When Nate feels out of his element, overwhelmed or confused, he often scratches his head -- literally. He doesn't realize that he's doing it, and it's out of pure impulsive habit that he does it. If you know him, this bit of body language makes it easy to read when he's starting to feel out of his element, and it's good to catch it before he walks away from a problem that he can't solve.
Home for Dinner
Nate is always home for supper, every single night of the week. This means that supper at home is often late, so that he can manage dinner with the Wrangler group on the nights that it's his responsibility, then go home to his family and eat with them there, but he always goes home to make sure that he gets to have a good meal with Ben and the girls. Because their family is religious, this is incredibly important to him.
Before he has to be at work every morning, Nate arrives at the ranch so that he can take his horse out for a ride. It's a daily habit from his adolescence that he has clung to as an adult. The years in between have hurt him, and he, too, lost a horse in the barn fire his sister's friends set. Since then he's held tight to the things that matter the most, and his horse is one of those things.
Although Nate is not a particularly religious man, he is a member of the church that his husband leads. He's a gay Christian, which isn't necessarily unusual, but is definitely one of his quirks. Not everybody likes this about Nate, and it's one of the things that he has to deal with when people decide they need something they want to get up in arms about. If they're looking for a reason to dislike him, this is usually the reason they choose.
Nate has put the time (and patience) necessary into becoming a master falconer. This is a sport that has required a lot of dedication on his part, and he has earned the title. Now he mentors others so that they can joint he falconer's association he's a member of. He takes excellent care of his birds and follows all rules pertaining to them.
Most of the time Nate wears contacts, so people are often surprised to see him wearing glasses on the occasions when he does. Usually he wears the glasses when he's going to be doing overnights with the students or when he first gets up in the morning. His vision isn't horrible, but he's more comfortable adjusting his vision to 20/20 using the glasses or contacts than he risking making an error in judgment because he couldn't see clearly.
Falconry is a hunting sport which uses birds of prey (usually wild-caught) to bring down small game. Nate has been involved in the sport since his second year at university and he has worked his way up the ranks to the position of master falconer. It's quite an achievement, and he's proud of his capabilities in this area. He spends time every weekend out with his birds to keep them accustomed to him.
Back in his adolescence, Nate rode rodeo. These days he's restricted himself mostly to trail riding as a hobby, since the rodeo is getting to be too much for a man with a job and a family. He loves riding every opportunity that he gets, though, and he spends time every day with his horse, taking him out on the trails before work starts for the day. It's very rare that Nate misses a day.
Though not something he gets to do particularly often, Nate loves carpentry. He loves working with his hands and putting things together, and he's built some of the furniture in the house where he lives with Ben and the girls. He's also the one who built his own mews (though this is often a requirement for new falconers). If he was more extroverted, he would probably offer his skills up to other people who needed custom jobs.
Veterinary Medicine • Excellent
There is no doubt that Nate is an excellent veterinarian. He didn't leave it behind because he wasn't good at it, he left it behind because he loved his sisters and had to do something to help them before he could do something for himself. He's good at his work and he had an excellent reputation in Napa before he moved to Montana.
Cutting • Improving
When Nate rides for anything other than his personal pleasure, he does so in a capacity intended to help others. He's done both hazing and cutting, and though it's been years, these are still skills that he possesses. He's an excellent hazer and an adequate but growing cutter. It can be frustrating because he'll lose a steer or two, so this is an area where he is currently improving. He couldn't teach a class, for example.
Fathering • Growing
Nate will be the first to tell you that when it comes to being a parent, you're never at the pinnacle. You're always going to be working on improving who you are as a parent. But he's been an excellent, devoted second father to his girls, and their needs come before everything but Ben's -- yes, that includes before the needs of his sisters. He's a great father who does his best to make sure that Sym and Chan have everything that they need.
Birds of Prey
As a falconer, Nate has a special interest in birds of prey. His latest acquisitions are larger birds of prey, and he's enjoying learning everything that he can about these intelligent animals. It never ceases to amaze him how intelligent and responsive birds can be, and he's considered switching his veterinary practice to focus on birds.
He'd be the first to say that he's not all that interested in what's going on in the politics of the day, but the truth is that Nate is more interested than he lets on. Gay rights are a major concern of his, and he is invested in making sure that he has the same opportunities and human rights that straight people have.
He no longer rides, and is happily married, but Nate still loves a good rodeo. He likes to watch (the men are hot, after all), and he enjoys the skill that it takes for these men and sometimes women to get good at what they do out there during the shows. It's possible that he will push some of his students into the rodeo sports on the ranch as well, which could be an interesting plot point for some students.
In some ways this is more a relationship than a plot, and I do prefer to use this section for plot ideas that can be filled by any character, but this was one idea that I had. Nate used to ride rodeo, and he would love to have a student who is interested in learning more about the rodeo and how to ride rodeo disciplines. He was a hazer and he also rode cutting for a while. He's proficient in roping as well. It would be good for Nate to have a relationship with a student who was interested in learning these disciplines and for him to have the opportunity to show that he's more than just the cold guy with a reputation for not being open with his students.
Nate doesn't always see himself realistically, and I'd like for him to be forced to deal with the effects of his choices. He is a good man, but it's hard for him to recognize that he doesn't always treat Bella and Ronnie equally, or that his coldness toward his father might not be fair to Cal (who has tried to maintain contact in spite of Ellen's exclusion and Nate attempting to keep him out of his life). It would be a good lesson for Nate to deal with the way that he distances himself from people, so if there was a student (or another staff member) who wanted to make the point to him that he's not connecting well enough, this would be good for him and maybe for that relationship.
Super Dad (or Big Bro)
Nate's better with his (step) daughters than with his sisters, but this plot could work either way. I'd be love to do a story in which Nate is put into a position to come to the rescue either of one of his daughters, or one of his sisters. Either way, my thought is that one of them is being picked on by a student (Bella and Ronnie are also students, while Sym and Chan are not). It would make a good opportunity for him to come to the defense of one of these four girls, especially if it's one of his students who is involved in the incident.
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Native Language: English
Other Languages: Reasonable French, some Dutch, some Italian
Preferred Word Count: 300-800 words
Likely Triggers: positive adoption language (PAL), miscarriage/infant loss, graphic bloody violence, needles, medical scenes, parental abandonment, post traumatic stress (especially if portrayed badly)
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You know as well as I do that Tony is a quiet guy, but I do see potential for friendship between these two. I'm not quite sure how they would get to that point, other than that they are both D.V.M's and actually have some common ground to start on.
I'm not sure how you'd feel about a thread with these two, and I don't have any super solid ideas right now. Tony is pretty observant though, and he'd be aware that Nate's got a lot going on. Maybe some time between group stuff, they could get together and have a cup of tea (or coffee!) and have a talk. A ride could be fun too. Something interactive where they could have a friendly chat, or where Nate could blow off some steam.
Let me know what you think, or if you want the thread.
I love the idea of Nathaniel having no idea why Nate seems to have such a problem with him.
Nathaniel doesn't have experience with estate law, and he's careful enough that, with a big estate, most of what he'll say is "get a lawyer". But Nate will probably need a California lawyer who's expensive to talk to and remote, so Nathaniel might still be of some use as a local person who can at least distinguish between "you need your lawyer for this question" and "this one is easy, here's what you can do".
So, apparently Nate is married to Karl's pastor. Which Karl has a huge problem with.
Because Karl both really wants to be really, really rude to Nate, but also feels like he can't actually be rude to his pastor's husband.
Instead, he's going to be very cold towards Nate.
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