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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.
TW: sexual abuse, death of spouse, stepparent adoption
Full Name: william carlton holmes
Nickname/Alias: liam, billy
Date of Birth: sept 8th 1988
Current Age: 29
User Group: townies
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: dark blonde
Weight: 196 lbs
Scars or Marks:
small scratch scars on hands
long, thin scar on right shoulder
wide, thick scar on left knee
Tattoos or Piercings none
Face Claim: liam hemsworth
MBTI Type: isfp
Likes: dogs, horses, bison, bison meat, game meat, grilling out, parties with friends, spending time with close friends, family, his girls, board games, family game night, grilling, broke in boots, broke in jeans, sound of sewing machines, smell of bison dung, smell of hay, hard work, aching muscles, hot baths, summer rain, warm weather, hot coffee, early mornings, full moons, bible study, church, fellowship, good friends, craft beer, summer holidays, family vacations, fresh eggs, home-made meals, denim jackets, tight jeans on women, horseback riders, western saddles, the smell of leather, worn-in ropes, rustic decor, fishing, the lake, skinny dipping, drag racing, history, old trees, trader's bend, his ranch, his father, being at home, being in control, wooden clocks
Dislikes: his mother, his brother's interference, competition, putting animals down, selling bison, going into town, forced social gatherings, shopping, having the television on, large family gatherings, disrespect, dealing with town kids, vandalism, prowlers, sports cars, people who drive too fast through town, early frost, cigarettes, the smell of cigarette smoke, makeup on women, bees, needles, allergy season, stuck up veterinarians, know-it-alls, vegetarian ethics, long conversations, crowded spaces, wearing ties, milk, carbonated drinks, eating out, overly sweet things, processed meats, obnoxious hunters, new shoes, english saddles
Strengths: loyal, faithful, hard working, spiritual, generous, compassionate, egalitarian, strong leader, clear thinker, fatherly, understanding, good listener, gentle, soft-spoken, fair-minded, fun-loving, good cook, balanced, level-headed, reasonable, pragmatic, patient, long-suffering, honorable, good at time-management, reliable, responsbile, stable, supportive, trustworthy
Weaknesses: has trouble adapting, struggles to support his brother, limited lines of thinking, can be dogmatic, arrogant, blund, lacks complexity, tends toward jealousy, sibling rivalry with west, gruff, hard, stubborn, unyielding, can lack listening skills, judgmental, makes up his mind too quickly, dislikes disorder, perfectionistic, intolerant, obsessed with his brother's business, predictable, temperamental
Fears: stampede, being bitten by a snake, breaking his ankle, quicksand, small rodents, falling from great heights, big cities
Aspirations: to pass the ranch on to his daughters (probably lauren)
Romantic Orientation: heteroromantic
Sexual Orientation: heterosexual
Relationship Status: married
Significant Other: nicole brook holmes
Education: high school
Dream Job: bison rancher
Home Town: trader's bend, montana
Preferred Riding Style: western
Disciplines: roping, cutting
Riding Strengths: good teamwork, excellent communication, good seat
Riding Weaknesses: impatient, stubborn, needs to have his way
X Differences Between Liam & West
Liam lived with their father, while West lived with their mother.
Liam was a newborn when his mother split with his brother Westley. His father explained to him later that his mother had suffered severe postpartum depression and that she had trouble bonding with him, but her reasons didn't matter. Liam loved the ranch, the bison, the horses, the chickens and ducks they raised for eggs and meat. He had a good childhood with his father, and he learned a lot about the family business at his father's knee. His mother was never anything to him and his father was good to him, so why should he worry about having lost something that never mattered to him in the first place?
It was, of course, his way of compensating for the loss of his mother. No infant primate can lose its mother without being affected by that loss. He grew up resenting his brother for being able to live with their mother, and later grew to hate West even more when his mother returned to Trader's Bend and demanded visitation with her younger son. Liam was nine at the time, and his mother made him uncomfortable. He resented her for having left him, and his brother for having had what he desired (regardless of how much he suppressed that desire).
Liam remained at home, while West went away.
If you were to ask Liam about it, he would tell you that West "ran" away and refused to take responsibility for what was important: Their family at home. He has little respect for West's decision to join the army instead of staying at home when their father needed them the most. As far as Liam is concerned, West's decision was entirely irresponsible, and he should have stayed to help with the ranch and to support their family. He doesn't understand his brother's choice, and he believes that West was running away from their family (he was right).
Liam has spent his entire life in Trader's Bend, and has never spent any real time outside of their home town. He's rarely done much travel at all, and his life has been here, in the town where he grew up. He can't imagine wanting to see the rest of the world when there's so much love right in his own back yard.
It hurts Liam that West went away.
Liam stands up for himself, while West stands up for others.
Sure, Liam will stand for his family (church or home), but he's learned over the years how to stand most for himself. By standing up for his family, he's also standing for himself. When he was younger and faced with a choice of whether to continue to see his mother or not, he stood up for himself and refused to continue to see her unsupervised -- without ever giving a reason for his decision to cut his ties with her. Everything that he does is for himself and for his family, and in some ways one might say that Liam is self-serving. He has not learned the Biblical message to do for the least of God's people.
On the other hand, West puts others before himself, and has sacrificed a great deal -- including his relationship with his brother -- to take care of those who are in need. If there is one thing about West that Liam doesn't trust, it is this one important thing. Nobody does something without an expectation of personal gain, though this is what West appears to profess. He cannot imagine that someone would be so selfless as to put their own wellbeing at risk to help somebody else.
Liam escaped the abuse that West suffered for years.
When the boys were young, their mother became sexually abusive toward Westley. This went on for years before she touched Liam during one of his unsupervised visits with his mother. Neither of the boys ever told a soul what had happened, but he refused to visit with his mother after that event. He cut all communication in spite of being an adolescent at the time, and she never went to court for visitation. Liam was the lucky one.
The abuse went on for West for the next six years, until he escaped to the military where he would be safe and would throw himself into helping to make sure that they would never suffer the way that he did, while Liam withdrew and learned to protect his family.
It's My Ranch!
Liam's brother West recently began to show an interest in the ranch. He's been back from the Army for five years now, and Liam doesn't understand why West is suddenly interested in running a Bison ranch. His first instinct is to be furious with his brother for attempting to "take over" what he sees as rightfully his, but beneath his rage is suspicion and a touch of insecurity. After all, Liam is the one who has been on the ranch their entire lives while West lived a cushy life with their mother. West doesn't know the first thing about Bison or what goes into breeding and raising them, and Liam feels that he is disrespectful of the job. After all, West is already a police officer -- why does he need to become a rancher as well?
This has created some tension between two brothers whose sibling rivalry has always been epic and has continued into their adulthood. Liam won't cut West out of his kids' lives, but he's not sure that he wants his brother to have anything to do with the ranch, and things seem to be getting increasingly complicated in their relationship with one another.
Raising Our Little Girls
When Liam first married, his wife had a daughter: Lauren. They would go on to have two more children together before she passed, not long after the arrival of their third child. He went to great lengths to adopt Lauren. His wife had to obtain permission from her daughter's biological father and he had to terminate his parental rights, then Liam had to prove himself a fit adopter and then go to court to become her father on paper.
The last thing that he ever expected was for Lydia to pass away suddenly in a car accident, taking her out of his life and the lives of their daughters. At the time of her death, Lydia was already terminally ill Huntington's disease. Her death would have been long and slow and if she had not had Jessica in the car, Liam might have suspected she'd tried to end her own life. Sometimes he still wonders.
He wasn't a single father for long, marrying Nicole Brook a little over a year after Lydia died.
Ranching is not a lucrative business. The ranch is struggling to make ends meet and to bring in enough revenue to keep it alive. Liam loves what he does and he cannot imagine giving up his father's home, but if the market for bison meat doesn't improve in the area, he's going to have to consider cutting his losses. As it is he's already had to give up most of his staff and he struggles to keep up with the work by himself. This is a high demand on his wife and their children because of the financial issues that they face, and Liam is, frankly, exhausted.
He's doing his best not to worry Nicole or the girls, but the more depleted that their resources become, the harder that Liam pushes his family to do more of the work. He's become tense and he's snapping at his family. It won't be too long before that energy explodes in a way that won't be appropriate, and he will no doubt feel guilty for having lost his temper.
There's never a right time for a new baby. Liam himself once said to Lydia that if you wait for the "right" time, you're never going to wind up having a baby at all. While he believes this sincerely, he also knows that there is often a distinct "wrong" time for a new baby. The news of Nicole's pregnancy has given him mixed feelings. There's so much to do on the ranch, and they depend on Nicole's job at Brook Haven, but at the same time he believes that this baby is as much a blessing from God as his children with Lydia are.
In the end he's thrilled, but he's also apprehensive about what this is going to mean for them financially, and how they are going to find the time to care for a fourth child. Everything is happening so fast, and he's taken a lot of time out to pray about this when he's alone and doesn't have to worry about hurting Nicole by asking God for advice and help.
An Unwelcome Surprise
Just as everything seems to be getting more chaotic than Liam is able to handle on his own, Roland (Lauren's biological father) is in town claiming paternal rights. He's demanded visitation, and has threatened to sue Liam for custody. While Liam is confident that the judge in any such case will defer to the adoption decree, there is precedent for a parent to have custody reverted. He's not sure of the details, and he's going to need to get a lawyer -- STAT.
With Lauren's recent expulsion and now her space cadet behavior, he's worried that Roland will find a way to use these things against him and Nicole. It's bad enough that Nicole's only twenty-one, but when it comes to Lauren's circumstances, things could get bad, and fast.
It's tough to explain Liam. He's the type of person who gives off an aura of "leave me alone" when he's in town and around people, but he's also the sort of person prone to striking up a conversation with a stranger at the grocery store. Not a lot of people know him well because he is a very private person who doesn't let a lot of people outside of his church group get close to him, and people in town likely think of him as gruff.
If there is a single word that describes Liam Holmes, it is "gruff."
But he's also a highly loving man, a devoted father, a devout Christian, and a committed rancher. He doesn't much care about his reputation in town because who he is before God and his family is significantly more important to him than what the town thinks of him. His biological family (and of course his adopted daughter Lauren) and his church family are both of utmost importance to him.
Liam spends most of his time on his ranch or at his church (Holy Trinity). He does not volunteer at Brook Haven, as he's too busy with the ranch and his family to give too much of his time. Most of his interactions will therefore be in town and especially with the people who attend the same church.
He is known to have enormous backyard barbecues in spring through autumn, usually for members of his church family, so this is one way that you might be able to get your character involved with him, particularly if your character is a Brook Havener, as he's married to a Brook!
This is going to sound backward, but although Liam has a reputation around town as being curt and gruff, he's still likely to have a lot of friends. He considers the church family at Holy Trinity his family and he has some close relationships within this community. People who attend Holy Trinity will likely know him fairly well and he considers them not only friends, but family. These will be significant relationships, though it's unlikely that he will have a lot of relationships outside of church.
Liam could do with having a best friend. This person could be either male or female and will either be somebody who attends his church or somebody who he has known since he was a child or adolescent (through school). They will have to be patient with the fact that Liam is generally busy with the ranch and doesn't have a lot of time to spare for his friendships.
It would also be good for him to have some sports buddies. He doesn't play any more, but when he was in high school he played baseball. There wasn't much time even then for him to do extracurricular activities, but he did play catcher during high school and he'd have some friends from that period of time.
He would also likely be friends with some of the farmers and ranchers in town, so anybody who he knows through agriculture would work well for him. Feel free to suggest anybody who you have who works in one of these roles or whose parents worked in these rules while they were in high school together.
Liam's a good friend, surprisingly outgoing for such a sincere introvert. He's fun-loving and supportive, and his regular backyard barbecues are a lot of fun for the families who have the opportunity to attend them. He's a nurturer and loves to feed his friends in more ways than one. He'll always have your back and take your side in an argument, as long as it's not an argument with another friend. He's not even averse to fighting somebody when it comes down to a challenge -- Christian or not, he's still a rancher!
Liam is currently married to Nicole Brook Holmes and is not looking for any secondary romantic relationships, including past lovers. He was widowed by his first wife and though he likely dated quite a bit in high school, none of those relationships are significant enough to note here.
By reputation and profession alone, Liam is going to have a few enemies. He raises and sells animals for meat, so based on that factor there will be some people in town who dislike what he does for a living and who feels that he's cruel (though he is very good to his herd). There will be those who don't like his demeanor, those who feel that he did the wrong thing by marrying a woman so much younger than him (though he's not thirty yet himself) and those who ridicule him for being a young father (though he is not Lauren's biological father, nobody needs to know that). There are definitely plenty of factors.
One of his desired plots centers around someone who will antagonize him about his treatment of his animals. I see this person as a sort of PETA-figure whose purpose is to get him riled up and to garner a response from him. The end goal of the plot is for the main response to come from the community, since this is an agricultural community where people are most apt to support the other farmers, but if you have somebody who would do something like this, that would be great.
I'd also like for Liam to have some sort of an antagonist whose real purpose is just to bully him either for marrying Nicole or for the fact that Lauren was born when he was eighteen. In this town a lot of teenagers have children, so this is actually pretty typical. This person would have to either have a personal agenda against Liam or spread the hate pretty equally across all people in town. They should not know that she's adopted, of course.
Finally, some of West's friends are likely to dislike Liam on principle. Liam got to grow up with their father, while West grew up with their abusive mother. Their father still doesn't know that their mother was abusive: Liam does, but he dismisses it as something that his brother somehow chose. In this situation, Liam is the clear antagonist, but these would still be highly stressful relationships for him.
For the most part, Liam ignores his enemies and doesn't give them much more fuel than they can find just from him being him. He will, however, defend himself and his family (most specifically Nicole and the kids) if it comes down to it, and you do not want him as your enemy for very long. He has some clout in town if for no other reason than he is a Holmes and West is one of the most respected men in town.
Your character sees someone close to them be murdered. Do they chase after the murderer? Stay with the victim? Or maybe run for help?
Liam's body tensed, a cat coiled and ready to spring. He roared, a primal scream of fury as he lunged for the attacker. His brother had seen so much, so many years of fighting in foreign wars that meant nothing to the people of Trader's Bend in the long run. He'd defended himself, lived through every battle in those wars, fought through living with their mother for his entire childhood and adolescence. To be cut down like this, so heartlessly and so quickly, and for what? For the few dollars he had in his pocket? Maybe it was more. It could be more.
How well did Liam know his brother, after all.
He tripped over the fallen body of his brother, but pushed immediately back up to his feet again, his legs aching, lungs burning as he raced after the attacker. He didn't waste his breath shouting again at the man who had stabbed West. What was he going to say? To stop? To hold up? Liam might not have been a cop, but who wouldn't be afraid of a raging person running after them after they'd just killed someone? After they'd just killed a cop?
His fingers grazed the back of the killer's shirt, sliding over the cotton. He closed his hand a moment too late and the killer ran, shooting out from under his fingers until Liam planted face-first into the pavement, skinning the flesh from his nose and his cheek. "Shit!" Liam screamed, roaring into the early evening twilight. "I will find you!" he screamed, then turned to race back to his brother's body.
Liam fumbled in his pocket for his cell phone, unsteady, trembling fingers dialing 9-1-1 and then picking up to dispatch. "There's been a murder!" he exclaimed, his voice louder than he'd intended. "Westley Holmes. We're at fourteenth and main. Get somebody out here right away!"
Nothing is more important to Liam than his family, and he believes that it's important to them to spend time together doing things as a family. For this reason, they have "family game night" every Friday night. Since neither he nor Nicole are much for the bar scene, this works out well for them, keeps the family together, and means that they can stay up a bit later since this isn't a school night for the girls. He's found that it's a great way to connect, and the family has an enormous stack of family-friendly games that they can choose from every week.
Weekly Church Goer
Liam is one of the first in the pews at the Holy Trinity Christian Church every Sunday morning, with Nicole and the three girls with him. He's always insisted that the girls sit through service with their parents rather than going to the Sunday school. He feels that it is good for them to learn how to be still and interact with the pastor and although they have a great deal of difficulty sitting still for long periods of time, he believes that this is teaching them patience. He's probably wrong.
When you're a rancher, morning ritual is highly important to getting your day started out right. Liam always wakes up and makes a pot of coffee while he takes a few minutes to read his Bible and pray over the morning, asking God to bless the day and his children. When the coffee has brewed, he drinks it while reviewing his tasks for the day, then washes the mug by hand and heads out for his morning chores. By the time that he comes in, breakfast is generally on the table. This is the start of his day.
There is little question that Liam prefers to spend his time doing independent things that don't require a lot of interaction with other people. He's great on his own or when he's with his animals (including his dog, a Blue Heeler), but he always needs to recharge after spending time around people. Even so, he loves to have large gatherings and to spend time with his friends, so his personality appears to contradict itself in this way.
Blue Jeans & Boots (or for Church, Suits)
Most of the time, Liam wears blue jeans and boots. The boots are scuffed, the jeans are torn, but he will wear them until they are no longer wearable, and then the jeans (and the boots!) will be upcycled into something else, thanks to his lovely wife. This is what he's comfortable in and he loves the feel of broken-in boots and blue jeans. Of course the exception to this is church, when he always wears a suit and tie no matter how casual the church is. He says it's his way of giving respect to God.
Repair, Repurpose, Reuse
One thing that Liam cannot stand is to replace something that can otherwise be repaired, reused, or repurposed for something else. When something in their home wears thin, it's mended. When something wears out, it becomes something else. When something is outgrown, it is either handed down or it is donated to the local clothing bank for those who are in need. He's learned all the skills necessary to keep everything from clothing to appliances going for as long as possible.
It might be an odd hobby, but Liam started working with clocks not long after he married Lydia. An old clock that belonged to his father needed repair, and so Liam used several books to figure out how to make the necessary repairs to the clock so that it could still be used. He was successful, and after that he began to learn how to make clocks on his own, either from spare parts or from purchased items so that he could make something unique. His clocks are now all over the family home where he lives with Nicole, their three daughters, and his father.
In this digital age, Liam likes to keep his family grounded by having them participate in analog activities. Board games are one of his favorite ways to connect with the people who he loves, and so he has instituted "family game night" on which the family chooses one or two of their favorite games and sits down to play together. Each of the girls gets to choose one game a month, and then the final week of the month he and Nicole choose the game. Sometimes his father even participates in family game night!
On the rare occasions when Liam can get away from the ranch, he loves to go fishing. It's not something that he gets to do often, but he generally brings home a big enough catch that they can eat for a few days off of what he's brought home with him. During these trips his father generally minds the ranch so that he doesn't have to worry about being away. This is one of the ways that he connects with nature and with God.
In as masculine a way as possible, Liam is a Bible journalist. He has a journaling Bible that he's been using for the past two years and it's full of notes in the margin, but none of the typical feminine additions that his wife or his daughter's Bibles might have in them. He takes notes, and he takes his Bible study seriously, but Liam would not consider himself a particularly artistic man.
Sewing • Adequate
Liam prefers not to throw anything away, so he's learned how to sew so that he can repair the things which are starting to wear out. This means that he knows how to darn a sock (really!) and that he knows how to sew buttons on. It also means that he can hem a skirt that is being passed down from one daughter to the next, and that he's capable of turning one piece of clothing into something else.
Tinkering • Good
Whenever Liam can avoid calling a repairman, he will. He's learned over the years how to repair most things around the home, including electronics and plumbing. Most of the time he's able to get away without having to pay somebody else to repair what's broken in the house. This passion started with fixing old clocks, and has continued in a way that has prevented him from having to pay other people to fix the home.
Grilling • Excellent
Barbecue is one of Liam's favorite things, and he's gotten great at grilling over the years. His backyard barbecues are one of the biggest hits of the summer every year in Trader's Bend, and his friends and church family love to taste what he's cooking. Most years the barbecue is the type on the grill, but some years he even manages to get his smoke house going.
Liam wasn't always a Christian. He wasn't raised with religion, though since he became a Christian he has drawn his father and his children toward Christ as well. He became a Christian thanks to his late wife, and so he has invested a lot of time in learning as much as he can about Jesus and the life that He lived during his time on earth. He is an earnest student of the Bible.
Given that he makes his living raising (and sometimes breeding) American bison, Liam's interest in them seems logical. He keeps up to date on all veterinary and scientific information on the species that he possibly can so that he can make sure that his herd has everything that it needs. The truth is that he loves his animals and he wants what's best for them -- and he hates selling them.
Clocks have been a big part of Liam's life for a while and he is fascinated by the way that their components work together. He's been doing this for a while but can never seem to get enough of learning more (and more) about clocks and the way that their workings work together. He's gotten to the point where he knows how to put them together and take them apart and put them back together again.
Liam loves to grill out with this friends. He's an introvert but he enjoys certain activities in a group setting, and this is one of his favorite ways to connect with other people. Ideally (for me, anyway) I'd love to have a group of local Christians who enjoy hanging out on the ranch and eating Bison Burgers and hanging out in good company drinking craft beer and soft drinks.
These events tend to be pretty large, but I'd love to do one of these as a sub-event if there's enough interest in this plot for Liam. If you have a character who fits into someone who Liam might know from church, he'd love to meet with you during this time. I'll make an announcement about this some time this summer when it comes time to do it, but please let me know ahead of time that you are, indeed, interested in this plot!
Animal Cruelty Allegation
The ranch is already struggling, and while I would (obviously) like to see it come out on top, it would be good to have some reasoning behind the fact that it's struggling so much. It would be great (and of course interesting to me personally) to have an actual setback for Liam. This is particularly good if Liam is very close to making it out in the black and then BAM! gets hit with something catastrophic.
I'm thinking an allegation of animal cruelty. It could come from almost anybody, from a teenager who has opinions about everything to an adult in town who prefers not to eat meat and has decided that eating bison meat is cruel to the animals. This is great if it's a one-on-one thing, but even better if there are legal implications!
In his spare time, Liam enjoys making clocks. This is one of the only hobbies that he makes time for, and he usually doesn't show off the clocks that he makes. They're personal to him and he doesn't think that he's all that good at making them, which leads me into this potential desired plot -- let me know if you have a wealthy character who could be interested i this.
Liam's work is better than he thinks that it is. How good is sort of up to the person deciding the quality (and I'm not doing that right now). I'd love it if somebody saw his work at perhaps a flea market and determined that he was good enough to commission for a higher-priced item: Something that requires a lot of work, but would involve a massive ROI. This could help to save his ranch.
Time Zone: GMT-5
Native Language: English
Preferred Word Count: 500+
Likely Triggers: positive adoption language, abortion, miscarriage, needles, graphic, bloody violence. if you tag these, i should be okay!
Nicole was born on the Ranch. Daughter of Amber and Logan, she knows exactly what the purpose of Brook Haven is, and she believes in it with all of her heart. After all, it's why she never went far, and even got her degree in Social Work, much like her father.
For years, Nic has been trying to get a position on the ranch, working with the students, but it wasn't until the January after she graduated college that she was able to obtain employment on BHR, working with the students. This has caused some tension between her and her father, as she feels that he doesn't believe in her, or her ability to help the kids on the ranch.
On top of all of this, shortly after obtaining a position on the ranch, Nicole got married in a private ceremony (she eloped) at the county courthouse and married Liam Holmes, a neighboring ranch owner, without informing any of her family.
Tensions are high for Nicole right now, and when you factor in the fact that her father's biological parents are in town (thanks to her), that her little sister has recently discovered that she's adopted, and that she thinks she might be pregnant -- there really is a lot going on.
The obvious first person to plot with him is Nick, so here goes.
I have a few plots going on with her right now, most of which you know about. The most time sensitive one right now is the pregnancy that she's probably becoming aware of. It couldn't be worse timing, and she knows it, which is going to leave her uncertain of what to say. I mean, she's thrilled, but ... there's already three kids that rely on them, and adding another one is a big responsibility. She'd been on birth control when she got pregnant, but it's possible that the prescription wasn't correct, which could have led to the pregnancy.
Basically, she's going to have to tell him. And ... I'm guessing from what you've said in the app, it's not going to be one of those moments when the couple is joyous.
She's going to notice that he's stressed, and eventually, she'll put in all together about the ranch. She's going to want help, figure out something, what it is that he needs to keep the ranch going and come up with some sort of plan to make it happen. She won't let him let go of the ranch, not for anything -- as far as she's concerned, there's always a solution, they just need to find it.
I'll hit you up with some other people for him to plot with here soon. I have people who would love to come to his barbecue, and family that will be bothering him.
The barbecue sounds like a great idea; I'm enthusiastic (and so is Karl).
I want to mention one thing, which is that Karl doesn't always favor the best students. He likes students when he thinks they work hard, even if they don't end up doing all that well (and even if they're so busy working at something he approves of - like a family ranch - that they don't put as much time specifically into his class). Indeed, he prefers a hard working ranch student who's not academically inclined but scrapes out a C to a student he thinks is just skating through the class by being smart and is going to run off to college and leave the town forever, so he might well have preferred Liam to West.
Back in January, Lauren's father married Nicole Brook, which was a big step for everyone, including Lauren. She, her sisters, and her dad had all lost her mother years before, but for Lauren, she'd give anything to be able to talk to her. Having Nic around is nice, but sometimes it's also painful, and Lauren's struggled to figure out how it is that she fits.
Essentially a Brook grandchild, she spends quite a bit of time on BHR, volunteering, especially since the (ridiculous) expulsion that's left her parents in the position to deem that homeschooling might be best.
Lauren's a sweet girl, but don't let that fool you, she's got enough sass to keep anyone on their toes. Including some of the Brooks. She's going to be present on Brook Haven, not only helping with ranch chores, but helping with the horse Tony gave her.
But what will happen when her biological father shows up, wanting to put a claim on her that he gave up years ago, contesting rights that the man she's only ever even known as a father isn't *right* for her, now that her biological mother is deceased?
Lauren would like to know if she can be ungrounded from the ranch in time to go to field day event? Typically we talk out these sorts of things but I hadn't plotted her with Liam yet, so I thought that I would go ahead and ask that question. She'd rather not be stuck at home with a babysitter while everyone else has fun.
With that said, either way this girl absolutely adores this man. She can be jealous and possessive, but a lot of that comes down to some insecurity that she will either grow out of or simply learn to deal with. These two have lots of potential and I love them as father and daughter.
Otter is the brains behind Brook Haven Ranch, which is the culmination of twenty years of roleplay admin experience. She developed Brook Haven in response to a personal need (both hers and River's) to have a safe place to work through some of the emotions brought about from childhood and adolescence. Brook Haven as evolved from there into a rich and complex setting which permits players to examine not only their own lives, but the way that other people live, so that we can better understand not only ourselves, but one another. It is, without a doubt, Otter's favorite playground.
Otter prefers threads with action, that move the plot forward or foster strong relationships between characters. She is not a fan of one-off interactions or most slice-of-life types of threads, and becomes bored with them quickly. Her preference when plotting is a "one-two-three" plot system (plot-reply-thread) and therefore she likes to provide (and receive) strong ideas that will lead to threads. Relationships are wonderful, but she prefers to foster them organically, which means threads with action first.
When she's not roleplaying, Otter loves to knit. Her favorite projects are socks and mitts (or mittens). Small projects suit her best, but she also enjoys knitting scarves and hats to donate to the local juvenile correctional facilities, victims of abuse, and otherwise the needy in the local area where she lives.
She also loves to read. Her favorite books are constantly changing, but she is a constant fan of The Hunger Games. She keeps a notebook (Leuchtreurm) with a list of the books that she's read with notes about who might enjoy them, and Otter loves to give book recommendations (but is pretty sure she's not good at it). She also has a blog that she frequently forgets to update with her book reviews.
Squirt joined Brook Haven after searching for a site focused on teenage growth in a detailed setting. She became a moderator after displaying initiative and interest. She comes with a wealth of experience in the Harry Potter and high school genres.
Every thread she participates in has a distinct purpose: to develop a relationship or further the character’s story. She quickly grows bored with one-off threads or stalled threads. She’s looking to play more antagonistic threads and difficult familial relationships.
In her spare time Squirt plays desktop video games, watches kids movies, fosters cats, and takes naps.
Ben has been a player on Otter and River’s sites for the last two years, and became a staff member on Brook Haven after when it was starting up again. He’s a big fan of both the detailed setting and the complex themes of the site.
Ben likes threads which move the character’s stories forward. Often those are high intensity emotional scenes, but sometimes they’re little moments in an ordinary day where people say the right thing.
Outside of roleplaying, Ben studies and teachers mathematics loves video games.
Hello members and guests! Brook Haven Ranch is now hiring! We are looking to fill positions for Outreach Admin, Events Moderator, and Global Moderator.
These are our criteria for inviting members to our staff:
Applying Member must have a minimum of one character before being invited to staff.
Applying Member must have been active on at least one character for one month before being invited to staff.
Applying Member must be over the age of 21.
Applying Member must have a good grasp of English spelling and grammar.
Applying Member must have demonstrated eagerness to plot with other members by reaching out to new members.
Applying Member must be actively participating in Weekly Encouragements.
Applying Member must demonstrate a presence in the cbox.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the staff, please let an administrator know of your interest. We invite members to join our staff when we feel that they are appropriate for the task.
At the present time, we are seeking an Outreach Admin, Events Moderator, and Global Moderator. Two of these positions are specialized, while a Global Moderator's purpose is to help with claims and to join the staff in reviewing applications for acceptance.
The Outreach Admin is responsible for leading the Outreach team in advertising Brook Haven Ranch on other sites, chatting with guests and new members in the cbox, greeting new members via personal message, and reaching out to members when there is a discipline problem which needs to be resolved. They help manage the Outreach team, which currently consists of one moderator.
The Events Moderator will assist the Events Administrator by creating and managing awards, brainstorming event ideas, and constructing prompts for event roulettes. They will be responsible for encouraging members to engage with events and activities on the site and are expected to participate in all events posted on the site (to lead by example).
We are looking only for outstanding members of this community who can lead by example and help others to see how we wish for things to be done. Our staff produce the best characters, generate the most exciting plots, and pursue excellence at every turn. If you are interested in becoming one of us, please make sure that you meet all criteria, and then inform an admin of your desire to join the staff!