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 Sooner or Later it Comes Down to Faith, 17 / Tenderfoot / Dylan O'Brien
thomas montgomery
Student • 17 YRS
ISFP
Occupation
Student
Nickname
Tommy
Pronouns
He/Him/His
Sexual Orientation
Pansexual
Status
Dating
Partner
Nadia Grisham
Riding Style
English
Cherish
is
Cherish the Moment

Breed
Shire Horse
Gender
Mare
Age
16 Years
Disciplines
Jumping, XCountry
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Timezone
GMT-5
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PM for Discord
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Tenderfoot
Mustang
Thomas Montgomery
TW: terminal illness, cancer, death of parents, parental abandonment, runaway, troublemaker

Basics


Full Name: Thomas Anthony Montgomery
Nickname/Alias: Tommy
Date of Birth: July 19th, 2000
Current Age: 16
Gender: Cismale
Pronouns: He/Him
User Group: Tenderfoot
Sub-Group: Student

Appearance


Eye Color: brown
Hair Color: brown
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 167 lbs
Scars or Marks: long, narrow scar at the base of his skull, mostly obscured by hair
Tattoos or Piercings none
Face Claim: dylan o'brien

Personality


MBTI Type: isfp
Likes: photography, music, billy joel, piano music, playing piano, radio, trucks, driving, running, climbing things, comfortable beds, good sleep, rainstorms, reading, classic novels, soft pillows, weighted blankets, comfortable shoes, horses, the smell of leather, the smell of mint, soothing foods, spoon theory, nadia, traveling, scrapbooks, collecting things, spending time with his girl, polyamory, the smell of hay, being around horses, hiking, kayaking, autumn weather, spring weather, being in water, hot showers, extra privileges, learning new things, talks with smart people, school, attending classes, making leaders proud, flynn tyler, katelyn yu, his group, being included in things, popularity, his weight loss
Dislikes: hospitals, radiation, chemotherapy, his scar, being clumsy, eating, being forced to eat, hard work, being overweight, having to run, being punished, being allowed to run, being alone, not having other people with him, losing his parents, dealing with his history, therapy, having a brother, discovery of his adoption, dealing with the consequences of his actions, cold weather, loss of privileges, the privilege system, cooking, being sick, cancer, throwing up, keeping secrets, sharing nadia, chronic pain
Strengths: clever, intelligent, good sense of humor, team player, generous, easily excited, loving, passionate, eager, eager to please
Weaknesses: rule breaker, risk taker, slacker, physically weak, lacks coordination, forgetful (chemo-brain), easily stressed, easily distracted
Fears: running out of spoons, chemo not working, tumor coming back, having a seizure, tramadol not working, nadia dying, falling off a cliff, drowning, needles
Aspirations: become a prosecuting attorney

Psychology


Divergence: acute depression, suspected anorexia
Risk Factors: thomas is a cancer patient
Current Treatment: escitalopram for depression, tramadol for pain

Brook Haven Referral


Referred by: elliot bradford, social worker
Referred for: alternative to juvenile sentencing, risk prevention
Problem Areas: thomas acts out as a result of a twisted logic that doing so will extend his life. he's a constant flight risk and ran away from home prior to his mother's death, then again once placed in foster care.

Relationships


Romantic Orientation: panromantic
Sexual Orientation: pansexual
Relationship Status: dating (and interested in polyamory)
Significant Other: nadia grisham

Lifestyle


Career/Occupation: student
Education: sophomore year
Dream Job: prosecuting attorney
Home Town: chicago, illinois
Religion: lapsed catholic

Equestrian Life


Preferred Riding Style: english
Disciplines: show jumping
Riding Strengths: unknown
Riding Weaknesses: unknown

Things Students Know about Thomas

He's Tall
    The first thing that people are likely to notice about Thomas is that he towers over most other students -- including many of the men. He stands six feet four inches tall. That's as tall as Flynn Tyler is! The first impression that most people get of him is based on his height. In spite of his height, however, he is slender. Thomas doesn't have a lot of muscle mass to show for his height.
He's Clumsy
    Thomas tends to stumble a lot. His feet don't always go where they're supposed to, he falls over a lot, and he can't always grasp what he's reaching for. Other students have been known to make fun of him for this, but his fist tends to do just fine landing on a jaw of cheekbone if it gets pushed too far, so this is not a recommended response to his clumsiness.
He Doesn't Eat (Much)
    Most students probably assume that Thomas has an eating disorder, but his problem is more complicated than that. He doesn't eat often or well because he has almost no appetite due to routine nausea as a result of his brain tumor. The tumor alone makes him nauseated, but when he enters chemo, these two problems are only going to wind up getting worse.
He Has "Extra" Privileges
    Thomas is allowed to have a dog on the ranch -- something that other students must reach Appaloosa Level to have -- and the dog is allowed to go with him into the barns, which is otherwise strictly forbidden. Smart students will put two and two together and realize that this probably means that the dog is a service dog of some sort. Students will not know why he has the dog.
He and Nadia Grisham are Very Attached
    Nadia and Tommy spend a lot of time together. Students aren't permitted to have romantic relationships, but that doesn't mean that they never happen. Other students will likely recognize the romantic relationship between these two when they see it.
Thomas Gets Excused Frequently
    While other students are almost never excused from activities, Thomas gets excused from some of the regular chores. For obvious reasons students don't feel like this is fair to them that he's allowed to get away with not doing the chores that the rest of them have to do. They notice more that he's allowed to get away with this than the fact that there might be a reason that he's allowed to sit out.
Thomas Gets in a Lot of Trouble
    Thomas acts out more than most students do. He's the crazy class-clown type who is always doing crazy things around the ranch. Need somebody to help you steal a leader's truck and move it to somewhere they can't find it? Thomas is in! Need somebody to sneak out with you? Thomas is your man! Need somebody to help you pull any sort of prank? He's up for it! He's also likely to get in more trouble than most other students.
Thomas Has an Identical Twin
    Thomas is one of two -- though they didn't meet until they found one another on the ranch. The two of them aren't close to one another, so the main thing that people will notice is that they look exactly alike (apart from the scar and about an inch of height -- Stan's shorter). This is likely to cause some initial confusion after Stan transfers to the ranch some time after Thomas has arrived.
His Parents are Dead
    This will come up a lot in therapy, that Thomas's mother died of a heart attack while he was on the run (he ran away from home before she died) and that his father was murdered by a man who he had prosecuted and sent to prison when Thomas was only five years old. It's not something he avoids talking about and he will talk a lot about this in order to prevent the staff from making him talk about things like his depression.

Things Students Don't Know about Thomas

He Has a Meduloblastoma
    This is a type of aggressive brain tumor that affects the cerebellar region. It is the reason that Thomas is clumsy, that his eyes sometimes "freak out" (shake), and that he has such difficulty controlling his stomach. The tumor was mostly removed about a month before he arrived at Brook Haven Ranch, though there are still some traces of cancer and it is not gone -- yet. This cancer is highly survivable for adolescents.
He is Undergoing Radiation
    Twice a month (at an interval of three weeks), Thomas vanishes for a full day. When he returns, he spends the next day resting. This is so that he can undergo radiation therapy. It causes a lot of symptoms, including bleeding gums and some foggy brained-ness. He works very hard to hide the symptoms, so only those closest to him in his group are likely to know about it.
He Takes Prescription Drugs
    Thomas takes prescription drugs to treat the symptoms of his therapies, in addition to Tramadol for pain. These drugs are a commodity on the ranch, and so if other students found out that he had them, they'd likely be wanting to buy them. Not that he'd sell, given that the pain relief has a much higher value on it than any money or other trade that students could make with him to get the drugs from him!
He is Depressed
    Thomas does a great job of making it look like he feels great and he doesn't have a care in the world, but he is sincerely afraid that he is going to die young, and so he's doing everything in his power to both live like he's dying, and to be the bad boy since "only the good die young." His life has taken a downward spiral since his diagnosis, and he feels responsible for his mother's death.
I am begging you not to use any of the "things students don't know" in your posts. There is no way for students to know these things unless Thomas or Nadia has told them!

One Chance

Once Thomas starts chemotherapy, he likely won't be able to father a child after that. It's something that he's thought about, and as a foster kid, he doesn't have the option of freezing his sperm so that in the future he can have a child who is the flesh of his flesh and blood of his blood. This is a big deal to a cancer patient and so Thomas has considered taking some pretty drastic measure.

Like getting Nadia pregnant -- with her permission of course -- so that he has a child while it's still possible for him to do so. If he doesn't wind up finding some kind of sponsor to put the money forward to freeze his sperm, he's going to resort to something drastic and potentially life altering. Not as life altering as a brain tumor, of course, but definitely life-altering.

Runaway Joe

Thomas ran away from home not long after his diagnosis. It was a stupid decision that delayed his treatment and potentially affected his life expectancy. By the time that he was found and brought home, his mother had passed away of a heart attack -- essentially a "broken heart."

He's never stopped running since then. He's escaped two foster homes and gone on the run, and now that he's at Brook Haven, he's guaranteed to attempt another run. Thomas is struggling with being confined, but more than that he believes that he can prolong his life by not being a "good guy" as "only the good die young."

Secrets and Lies

Thomas is carrying around a gigantic secret everywhere that he goes. The students on the ranch (with the exception of his girlfriend, Nadia) don't know that he has a brain tumor that he's fighting and that the reason that he leaves the ranch every few weeks is for radiation treatment. The fact that he is carrying this huge secret with him is enormous.

This is likely to get him some flak from his buddies on the ranch, since he seemingly has privileges that other students don't get to have. Bullying is pretty much expected, but Thomas isn't unable to hold his own -- especially not once Stan's involved.

About Thomas

Thomas is an angry young man who had to grow up too quickly when his father, a lawyer, was murdered by a client who was imprisoned in spite of his best efforts. His mother doted on him and he had a great childhood in some respects, but he struggled with childhood bullying due to obesity and his high intelligence and drive to please. His theme song -- in so many respects -- is "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel. His mother was listening to it when she found out that his father had died, and since then it has been impressed upon him as a theme. His father, a good man, died in his early thirties. Thomas, who his mother repeatedly called a "good boy" is dying in his late teens. It seems fitting. He has a Medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor which affects his mood and his orientation. The tumor has been surgically removed but he is currently undergoing radiation treatments in an attempt to shrink the remainder of the tumor. He will likely survive it, but that doesn't prevent him from experiencing the fear of living with cancer. Thomas believes -- sincerely -- that if he can become a "bad boy" that it will prolong his life, and he is actively trying to cause as much trouble as he possibly can in the hopes of living longer.

Platonic

Thomas has never had friends. Not even one friend during his childhood. He was heavily bullied due to being overweight when he was a child and in his early teens. After that, his mood changed drastically and he found difficulty making friends because he wasn't the type of person that people wanted to hang out with. Because of the nature of Brook Haven, he's likely to make more friends on the ranch than he would have before coming to the ranch. He's no longer overweight (in fact he's on the thin side do to his loss of appetite when his cancer developed) and the program doesn't allow students to bully one another. He's a scrapper thanks to his two months in Juvie, and he is willing to fight for his place in the pecking order -- only he's not all that great a fighter due to his loss of coordination. If anyone initiates a friendship with him, he's not likely to recognize the overture and at first he will likely reject it. It will take time to form a good friendship with him, but once you accomplish it, he will be a loyal, fun-loving and goofy friend with a fantastic sense of humor -- when he's not angry about staring death in the face.

Romantic

Thomas has met a girl since arriving at Brook Haven Ranch, and the two of them have experimented a little bit with one another. It's all been fairly innocent. She's his first girlfriend and the first person to really understand him. He doesn't hide their relationship, though she has been somewhat more shy about revealing its nature. He is biromantic and bisexual, so if there are others who are interested in romantic relationships with him, feel free to toss something at him!

Antagonistic

Because of his anger management issues, Thomas is likely to have a fair few enemies on the ranch. He's run away three times and been brought back while other students might have been threatened with expulsion if they ran away from the ranch, and he actively goes out of his way to do things that frustrate the staff (meaning he probably won't be a staff favorite, for sure). Because of his loss of appetite he's somewhat more difficult to discipline, so the staff will probably have to resort to hikes in order to get him under control. Students forced to hike with him are likely enemies, because the best way to force someone like Thomas to move is to literally strap him to another person. Anybody who makes fun of him because of his illness or because of his lack of coordination and so on will simply be ignored. He's not a terrible enemy to have because he's not a fan of confrontation -- even if he's recently more willing to fight than he used to be.
Your characters friend is in deep dept with a gang and needs money. If the friend does not pay up, the friend will be hurt. Does your character help? How?

As best as Thomas knew, there weren't any gangs in Trader's Bend, so he was suspicious right off the bat. His eyes narrowed and he raised his chin at his friend, considering the problem and his friend's solution. "What makes you think I can get the money?" He shouldn't have asked that. The entire ranch thought of Thomas as not only the person who could get you things, but who was willing to do things that would get him into trouble. Trouble seemed to follow Thomas and it didn't scare him. If Thomas didn't know better, he'd have thought that maybe his friend knew that he was dying. Only a dying man didn't have something to lose in this situation.

And no doubt his friend was a dead man if he didn't get his shit together, and quick. "Gangs are dangerous business. What the hell were you doing getting involved with a gang?" Maybe he shouldn't have cared. It wasn't like he and Sean were close. If the roles were reversed, he doubted that Sean would have done much for him. It was something about the sense of adventure that drove him to respond and react, not a sense of duty to his friend. If it had been Nadia, or even Jorge, he might have been spurred to action by their close relationship, but this was different. This was something more primal, and yet somehow less significant.

It wasn't as though he had the money. If he did have the money, he probably wouldn't wind up giving it to Sean. Thomas could think of a huge number of things that he'd do with that kind of money, and none of them involved drugs of any kind.

No, maybe that wasn't true. He might have used that kind of money to buy his own drugs, the kind that would stop his pain or even prolong his life. "Okay, look. I can get you drugs. Do they want drugs?" If he could just cheek his Tramadol for the next week it might pay off the debt. Might. He wasn't sure that it was even close to enough to pay off what Sean owed. His buddy hadn't talked actual numbers yet and Thomas wasn't sure that he wanted to know.

If he gave Sean the drugs, he'd be without them for the next week. The pain could be excruciating. He'd heard that cancer pain was some of the worst in the world. Worse than unmedicated labor, which was huge. Not that he knew what it was like to have a baby. He wouldn't, at the rate that he was going.

Thomas shook his head. "No. You know what dude? You got yourself into this, you can get yourself out of it. I don't have money, and I don't have anything that's gonna help you with this. You think I can fight off a gang? No." The best that he could do was to tell Flynn what was going on and hope that the man he trusted more than most would be able to figure this out for his friend before his friend got caught in the crosshairs of gang activity.

Friends

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Enemies

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First Last • Relationship

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Lovers

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Family

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Other

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Habits

Pulls at Bottom Lip

When Thomas is deep in thought (which is less often now that the tumor is making it more difficult for him to think clearly) he often tugs on his lower lip with his fingers, his eyes unclear. This gesture seemingly helps him to concentrate, like someone whose tongue hangs out during times of intense concentration. If he does this when he's in the middle of talking to you, he's probably lost interest in the conversation and is inside his own head thinking.

Talks to Himself

Thomas talks a lot. This is left over from not having any friends -- quite literally none -- and so he learned to make his own company. He talks to himself a lot, and when not to himself, to his horse, or his dog, or to any other companion that might be nearby. Sometimes this means that he talks to random people, or that random people answer him when he's talking to himself. It's not great for his social life, but it has gotten him through some of the worst periods of his life.

Over Eats

Right now Thomas has a lot of nausea associated with the tumor at the back of his skull. When he's feeling fine, however, he tends to over-indulge in more food than he ought to eat. Most of his over-indulgence is in sweet foods, and in particular things that are high in sugar and carbohydrate levels. He was fat before he lost a lot of weight due to the tumor, and though now thin, he could gain that weight back easily once he's in remission.

Quirks

V-Card Status

If Thomas hears one more time that it's "weird" that he's a virgin at 16 years old, he thinks he might just have to scream. Or explode. He's never had sex, and he doesn't have any immediate intentions of having sex with somebody just so that he can say that he did it. Among his peers, this is definitely pretty unusual though, and qualifies, therefore, as a "quirk."

Always Exhausted

Cancer is literally being sick all the time. Thomas never feels well, and he's exhausted every moment of every day. If he's up and moving, that's a big deal for Thomas. Other kids sometimes point out that he's not carrying his fair share of the work load, but if Kate or Flynn point out to them that he's doing the amount of work that's fair for him they sometimes get testy because all students are meant to be equal in the eyes of the ranch. His exhaustion levels are defeating, however, and Thomas doesn't always do as much of the work as his peers.

Spoonie

Because of his chronic illness, Thomas uses spoon theory, mostly to communicate with his group leaders about his limitations without necessarily cuing his group mates that there's something more going on. This means that he talks about "spoons" more than most people do, in reference to his ability to do tasks. His energy is reduced due to cancer and radiotherapy, meaning that he has to have some way to communicate what he's capable of.

Photographer's Eye

Though not as often as he zones out staring off into space, Thomas will also sometimes zero in on scenes, focusing on them intently. This is because he has a photographer's eye and he is constantly picking out the best images in the landscape. You might find him staring off into the distance as he locks in on particular images, or see him bending over nature to find the macro with his eye where he doesn't have his lens.

Hobbies

Photography

Thomas first picked up a camera when he was twelve years old. It was just a cheap digital number that his mother had given her "good son" for his birthday, but he spent hours every day practicing with it until he became rather proficient and she upgraded him to a better camera, and then for his fourteenth birthday, finally the DSLR that he really wanted. He sold it after he was diagnosed, and although Thomas craves the ability to photograph like that again, he hasn't touched another since.

Climbing

When he was very small, Thomas learned how to climb as an escape. Even when he was fat, he'd scramble up into the trees to seek refuge from the neighborhood bullies, or just some space to read and forget about the awful thing that had happened to his father (who was murdered when Thomas was five). Since then he has learned to enjoy climbing and challenging himself that way, and he has considered taking up parkour once he's in remission (if he still has the energy).

Writing

Since he was a little boy -- even before his father died -- Thomas enjoyed making up stories about the lives of the people around him. He still does, though he doesn't consider himself to be particularly good at it and would never classify this as a "skill." Writing is a hobby, and most of his journals are filled with anachronisms. That's his favorite sort of story -- the made up stories about real people who have real lives (including his own).

Skills

Mental Math • Excellent

Given how artistic Thomas is, it surprises a lot of people that he's able to do rapid mental math. He's slowed down a bit since he's been diagnosed, of course, but he's still faster than most and takes advanced math classes in place of the standard classes that he'd be taking for his sophomore year. If you ever need a calculator but don't have one handy, Thomas can do amazing things in his own mind without the use of pen and paper!

Cooking • Proficient

It should be no surprise that somebody who used to be so rotund enjoys cooking. Thomas isn't great at it, but he does well enough that he enjoys eating his own food (when it doesn't make him sick) and therefore he's probably one of the better cooks in his group when it comes time for the Tenderfoots to cook a meal for the ranch. Most of his peers seem to appreciate this!

Piano • Excellent

Thanks to his fascination with music, Thomas's mother got him piano lessons when he was four years old, and he's been playing since then. He's not remarkable, but he is an excellent classical pianist when he has a mind to sit down and play. These days it's rare that he plays anything classical: Most of what he plays is classic rock and Billy Joel tunes that he loves.

Interests

Brain Cancer

Since his diagnosis, Thomas has vowed to learn everything that he can about the tumor that might kill him. It's a Medulloblastoma that is eating his cerebellum, and he has put a lot of time into researching it since he was picked up as a runaway and then when he was later released from juvy. The trouble is that he doesn't pay attention to what he reads and unfortunately, Thomas won't be reassured that he is likely to survive this tumor. It's the radiation and chemo that are likely to kill him.

Law

Thomas's father was a criminal prosecutor before he died, and he was killed by a man that he put in jail. Because of his father's passion for the law, Thomas has learned to love Law as well. He's spent a lot of time in the law libraries where he grew up pouring over the tomes far above the reading level of a ten year old little boy. His mother encouraged him, and as a result of much of this early study, he plans to become an attorney.

Music

Music has always been a huge part of Thomas's life. He loves rock the most, but is skilled at playing classical music on the piano. His favorite artists are those with a focus on piano and keyboard, with Billy Joel being his favorite artist to listen to. Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" was playing when his mother got the call that her husband had been murdered, and it has made a significant impact on Thomas's life.

Desired Plots

The Discovery

Thomas has been keeping a major secret from his team mates. He has a brain tumor that affects his cognition (among other things) and he's struggling with the fact that he could wind up dying. This is a huge secret to keep, as it's a heavy burden for somebody Thomas's age to carry alone. Obviously the staff now, but the students don't. It would make a great plot for him if there was a student who found out about his cancer and he had to swear them to secrecy. It would make them likely friends, if nothing else.

Runaway

While certainly not a chronic runaway, Thomas tends to run away more often than most kids his age. He's been in enough trouble for it that he's gone to juvy for a couple of weeks, and that's not something that he wants to repeat. Even so, he's likely to try to escape the ranch at some point, and it would be a great opportunity for his staff to prove to the other students that it's not a good idea to try to do this -- and to him that he's worth chasing after and bringing back.

Late Discovery

Thomas was adopted by the parents that he grew up with, though he had no idea of it until recently. This plot involves another of my characters, and one of River's, coming together, but it's an important one. Stan is Thomas's identical twin brother, and neither of them realized that they were adopted until they showed up at Brook Haven Ranch. This is going to be a big deal for Thomas, and will rock his sense of trust -- especially considering that his biological father is a ranch financier.

About Otter


Age: 37
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Time Zone: GMT-5
Native Language: English

Preferred Word Count: 300-800+
Likely Triggers: positive adoption language, abortion, miscarriage, needles, graphic, bloody violence. if you tag these, i should be okay!

Your Other Characters: rachel vanderbilt, logan brook, isabella curry, rebekah brook, grace somers, nathan curry, william jenkins, katelyn yu, eleanor noble, montana sheridan, nadia grisham, anne howard, cleo turley
flynn tyler
social worker • 36 YRS
ESTP
Occupation
social worker
Nickname
Flynn
Pronouns
he/him
Sexual Orientation
hetero
Status
single
Partner
n/a
Riding Style
Western
Flynn has been working with the ranch for the last ten years. They were the first employer to give him a real shop, following his time in prison, and as a result, he's stood by them through all of the struggles the ranch has been through.

He's a hard guy, and an even harder group leader. He holds his kids to high standards, and doesn't accept anything less from them than 110%. He's known on the ranch for being a hard ass who doesn't always follow the ranch's rules about physical proximity with the kids, especially the ones in his group.

Recently, however, he's discovered that he's fathered a child, and that has him scratching his head. He's been a father figure to the kids on the ranch for years, but the idea of having a daughter out there has caused him some distress as he attempts to do the absolute best by her that he can.

Hall of Fame
is
Champ

Breed
AQH
Gender
gelding
Age
12
Disciplines
trail riding
Application
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Age
26
Pronouns
she/her
Timezone
gmt-5
Contact
pm me | discord
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Tenderfoot
leader
Flynn & Thomas
I don't have any exact "solid" plots for these two right now, but I absolutely adore them together. Flynn loves this kid to pieces, and I think they're going to be fantastic. I'd love a thread with them. Let me know if you're feeling up to anything.
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samuel anderson
Student • 17 YRS
INTJ
Occupation
Student
Nickname
Sam
Pronouns
He/him
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual
Status
Single
Partner
N/A
Riding Style
Western
Honey
is
Sweet as Honey

Breed
Paint
Gender
Gelding
Age
14 Years
Disciplines
Pleasure Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
25
Pronouns
She/her
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
pm
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350 Points
Tenderfoot
mustang

Thomas & Sam
The very first thing that comes to mind, and it is so very lame, is how much Sam loves Thomas’ dog. If she doesn’t wear the service dog outfit, it’ll take him some time to put two and two together. That in spite of sharing the same privilege level, Thomas has somehow earned a dog. Sam probably wouldn’t recognize she’s a service dog and he’d want to play with her all the time, though he’d ask for permission at first. He misses his own dogs so much and having a pup in his dorm is literally the only part he enjoys at Brook Haven. So there is an opportunity here, depending on how Thomas would respond to Sam wanting to play with his dog. I like what you’ve got down for the family connection. Sam feels weird being at the Ranch with two loving parents but I think if they forced him to talk in group therapy one of the few things he’d talk about is how much he misses his family, specifically his mother. He is a huge mama’s boy. I think out of all the tough kids in Tenderfoot, Sam is likely the one of the few that wouldn’t mind that Thomas gets fewer chores than the rest of them. To be honest I don’t think he’d notice unless it was pointed out to him. But even then it’s not his business One thing that Sam does not understand about Thomas, even with the numerical value associated with his energy, is the spoon talk. Prior to coming to the ranch he was always exhausted (his own fault) and needed to mentally push himself to physically pull his feet in front of him. He still doesn’t understand how Thomas could have fewer spoons than himself, even if they’re both tired. As for thread ideas… I think we can safely say they’ll both be getting into some trouble. How about we join them at the ankle for an awkward slow hike?
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viola ryang
English 8 Teacher • 32 YRS
INFJ
Occupation
English 8 Teacher
Nickname
Vi
Pronouns
She/her
Sexual Orientation
Asexual
Status
Single
Partner
N/a
Riding Style
Western
Viola was born to South Korean immigrants. Soon after she was born, they found out that she was blind. There was no apparent reason at the time, and they still don't know today why.

Viola was a kind child, and always cared deeply for her 8 siblings, and absolutely loved taking care of things, as well as rock n' roll music. She made few friends in school, but Loretta Clark stood by her side.

She eventually got a degree in Literature, and her parents were proud. She currently works as a Grade 8 English teacher

N/a
is
N/a

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Gender
N/a
Age
Disciplines
Trail Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
21
Pronouns
Ze/zher
Timezone
GMT-8
Contact
PM or Discord
18 Posts
105 Points
Brook Haven
Teacher
Viola & Thomas
I think Viola would definitely like to allow Floof to have some good-old-fashioned dog fun. She might be a little cautious at first, if she thinks that Kelsey is some type of health/service dog as she does worry about the ranch kids, like that she can't see that something is wrong, but Thomas should be able to convince her. And if he says she's just a normal dog she should allow some play between Floof and Kelsey almost immediately, she is quite fond of her dog and thinks he deserves some dog-time. Viola is fine without Floof, she doesn't need him all the time and can use a cane instead, so she should be fine just sitting while the dogs play.
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viola ryang
English 8 Teacher • 32 YRS
INFJ
Occupation
English 8 Teacher
Nickname
Vi
Pronouns
She/her
Sexual Orientation
Asexual
Status
Single
Partner
N/a
Riding Style
Western
Viola was born to South Korean immigrants. Soon after she was born, they found out that she was blind. There was no apparent reason at the time, and they still don't know today why.

Viola was a kind child, and always cared deeply for her 8 siblings, and absolutely loved taking care of things, as well as rock n' roll music. She made few friends in school, but Loretta Clark stood by her side.

She eventually got a degree in Literature, and her parents were proud. She currently works as a Grade 8 English teacher

N/a
is
N/a

Breed
Gender
N/a
Age
Disciplines
Trail Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
21
Pronouns
Ze/zher
Timezone
GMT-8
Contact
PM or Discord
18 Posts
105 Points
Brook Haven
Teacher
Viola & Thomas
I think Viola would definitely like to allow Floof to have some good-old-fashioned dog fun. She might be a little cautious at first, if she thinks that Kelsey is some type of health/service dog as she does worry about the ranch kids, like that she can't see that something is wrong, but Thomas should be able to convince her. And if he says she's just a normal dog she should allow some play between Floof and Kelsey almost immediately, she is quite fond of her dog and thinks he deserves some dog-time. Viola is fine without Floof, she doesn't need him all the time and can use a cane instead, so she should be fine just sitting while the dogs play.
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griffin robinson
student • 17 YRS
estp
Occupation
student
Nickname
griffin
Pronouns
He/Him
Sexual Orientation
homosexual
Status
single
Partner
Riding Style
English
Griffin has been in foster care since he was six-years-old, and was referred to Brook Haven by his social worker. He's dealing with a lot of issues from his past, which particularly influences how he reacts to authority figures. He is energetic and extroverted and will probably get along fine with most others -- unless he doesn't, in which case he really, really won't!
echo
is
astronomical dusk

Breed
thoroughbred
Gender
mare
Age
9
Disciplines
leisure
Application
is Offline


Age
23
Pronouns
She/Her
Timezone
GMT
Contact
PM
25 Posts
145 Points
Tenderfoot
Mustang
Griffin & Thomas
YES. Just yes. You've got this spot-on and I'm so excited for these two to get into a ton of trouble together! Also -- not sure if you noticed, but they share the same cabin, so this gives us even more opportunity for the two of them to spend more time together and cause all sorts of havoc. LET'S STEAL A CHRISTMAS TREE.
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