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 weren't we supposed to be the good guys?, 36 / locals / chris hemsworth
westley holmes
svu officer • 36 YRS
esfp
Occupation
svu officer
Nickname
West
Pronouns
he/him/his
Sexual Orientation
demisexual
Status
Single
Partner
Cailean Holmes
Riding Style
Western
Trouble
is
Nothing but Trouble

Breed
APH
Gender
Mare
Age
9 Years
Disciplines
Cutting
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM for Discord
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Brook Haven
Volunteer
Westley Holmes
TW: sexual abuse, child trafficking, rape, estranged parents, parental alienation, sibling alienation, sibling rivalry

Basics


Full Name: westley aaron holmes
Nickname/Alias: west
Date of Birth: december 20th, 1984
Current Age: 33
Gender: cismale
Pronouns: he/him
User Group: staff
Sub-Group: volunteer

Appearance


Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: dark blonde
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 201 lbs
Scars or Marks:
  • various scratches across his shoulders
  • long, deep cut scar crossing upper thighs
  • deep, depressed scar on right shin
  • long narrow scar on back of neck
  • puckered bullet scar on his lower left shoulder

Tattoos or Piercings army ranger tattoo on left biceps
Face Claim: chris hemsworth

Personality


MBTI Type: esfp
Likes: camping, camp fires, enclosed spaces, locked doors, large beds, big houses, empty spaces, the smell of rotting wood, cook outs, fishing trips, sleeping bags, cuddling with cailean, full moons, low lighting, beaches, romantic evenings, mud between his toes, sitting in the deer blind, hunting, bows and arrows, reading with cailean, helping teenagers, meeting knew people, get-togethers, time at the tavern, driving with the windows down, sports cars, model cars, flying, big libraries, montana, america, the american flag, the pledge of allegiance, knowing he's done good, patriots, patriotism, american-made products, the constitution, his right to bear arms, the police department, meat, game meat in particular, spiders, card games, the fire department, his military brethren, classic literature, shelves stacked high with books, swimming pools, decks, the ocean, the mountains, being outside, rain storms, summer weather, comfortable boots, street clothes, being recognized, people who appreciate the military
Dislikes: his reputation as a soldier, seeing kids upset, people who hurt children, rapists, sleeping, post traumatic stress, his mother, his father (sometimes), his brother (often), fast food, "performance art," infertility, commercials, being stuck inside, gloomy weather, people who disrespect the military, being accused of hurting people overseas, people who don't understand why he did what he did, having to kill people, the nightmares, night terrors, panic attacks, being stopped suddenly because of a memory, flashbacks, seeing the kids in his mind's eye, people who get drunk, parents who beat their kids, sexual abusers, sexual predators, sexual traffickers, modern slavers, racists, sexists, homophobes, people who don't respect his sexual identity, people who stare, being wounded, poor reception, people who think they're better than him, people who write nasty letters to the editor, media perception of the military, taxes, breaded pork chops, asparagus, eggs, live chickens, classical music, people who dogear books
Strengths: excellent intuition, cares about people, compassion for the underdog, excellent sniper skills, can handle a gun well, amazingly even-tempered, kind-hearted, emotionally stable (for the most part), gentle, generous, compassionate, clever, intelligent, kind, giving, philanthropic, gives of his time, enjoys volunteering, loves animals, loves people, good with kids, paternal, loving, affectionate, loves to cuddle, good with quality time, responsible, helpful, eager to please, hard-working, cooperative
Weaknesses: doesn't always think things through, can be impulsive, does things on a whim, acts before he thinks, post traumatic stress disorder, unforgiving, can hold a grudge for a long time, puts himself to the side to help others, doesn't always care well for himself, sometimes doesn't take care of himself, can be prone to excessive drinking (but is not an alcoholic), doesn't sleep well, suffers from night terrors, can be uncoordinated on days he didn't sleep the night before, often forgets what he was doing in the middle of doing it.
Fears: bees, chickens, handguns, hospitals, losing a limb, being stuck in a hospital bed, open spaces, sleep, the dark, fast movements, older women, cows
Aspirations: end child trafficking in eastern europe and asia, have a child with cailean, find a third person for their polyship, help liam on the ranch

Relationships


Romantic Orientation: panromantic
Sexual Orientation: demisexual
Relationship Status: married
Significant Other: cailean faulkner holmes

Lifestyle


Career/Occupation: svu detective
Education: bachelor of science in criminal justice
Dream Job: cia agent, foreign child advocate, army ranger (achieved)
Home Town: trader's bend, montana
Religion: catholic

Equestrian Life


Preferred Riding Style: western
Disciplines: cutting
Riding Strengths: excellent communication, good saddling, soft hands
Riding Weaknesses: poor posture, poor seat, tends to slip

TW: Graphic Abuse

The first time that his mother touched him down there, West cried from the moment she started until the moment that she finished with him, leaving him wet and sticky with tears and semen and feeling as gross and disgusting as he'd ever felt in his life. He was twelve years old and knew well by that point how his body was supposed to work. Dad had told him when he was ten so that he'd be well prepared for those embarrassing middle-school erections and how to hide them. It was one of the few intimate moments with his father that he can look back on, and it was an embarrassing one.

His parents split when he was six. Liam had just been born at the time, but his parents, being the equitable sort, split everything right down the middle. Since Mom didn't want to take care of another baby (changing diapers disgusted her, West remembers her saying), Liam stayed with their father on the ranch and West went with their mother to live in what he thought of at the time as "the big house."

When he looks back, West thinks that it should have been the other way around. If he'd stayed with Dad, it never would have happened. Most boys don't lose their virginity at the age of twelve on the floor of a bathroom while their mother moans and they cry. He's always thought that if he'd gone to stay with his father, it wouldn't have happened to Liam. Better yet, his father could have kept the both of them and let their mother go. Maybe back then he knew she was crazy and maybe he didn't, but it doesn't matter now anyway. It happened, and there's nothing that West can do about it.

In the grand scheme of things, war was easy. Sometimes he tells himself that when he lays awake in bed with sweat pouring down his face to pool in his ears and soak his pillow. Sometimes, when he cries out in the darkness, he tells himself that if he was just stronger, he could get over it. That's what Uncle Bernie, who wasn't an uncle at all but his mother's second husband, used to tell West. When he was very angry (and it was always anger, because Bernie didn't drink) he told him that Liam was more of a man than West would ever be. Maybe that's why Liam got the things that West didn't. Maybe that was why, while West was away fighting for his country, Liam got the ranch.

Nobody knows what Mom and Uncle Bernie did to West. He doesn't talk about it. He did well in school, focused hard on his grades and on the after-school sports he participated in, and avoided being at home. That didn't stop the abuse, of course, but it delayed the inevitable. When he was eighteen, he enlisted, and moved out of Blue Lake for the next sixteen years. He might have stayed gone longer if Mom hadn't passed away two years ago, leaving the town that he loved safe for him to return to.

West came back the same man who'd left, much to people's surprise. He'd handled worse things than war, at least in his own mind, and he'd made it through those things as well. He won't talk about the things that he saw overseas, but nobody questions that. It's normal enough, and he doesn't have a partner to force him to open up. He's never had healthy sex in his life and West isn't altogether sure that he knows how. His biggest worry now is Brook Haven Ranch, keeping those kids safe, and finding a way to make things work with his brother and his father.

Uncle Bernie's still in town, of course, but West doesn't see him. He's made plans that if he ever does see him, he will tell the man that what he did to him hasn't changed him at all, and that he grew into the man his country needed when they needed it. Then he'll go home and cry into his pillow until his tears have soaked it and fall into a fitful sleep.

Sibling Rivalry

Westley and his brother were separated when Liam was a newborn. When their mother left their father, she took West with her, leaving her newborn son in the care of his father. The two boys grew up very different from one another, with Liam learning how to run a ranch and how to save and scrimp everything he had because there was never enough, while West lived with his mother, whose job provided enough money for the two of them to live comfortably. Though Liam will never admit to it each boy grew up jealous of the other for a number of reasons, and in the long run it has grown into a deep resentment for one another.

West has been working on altering his relationship with his brother. It needs some serious repair. West loves Liam -- and his nieces -- and he's tired of fighting with his brother over everything, but he can't seem to let Liam let go of the resentment. Their father raised Liam differently than their mother raised West, and in spite of the abuse that Westley suffered as a child, he learned security from his mother, and how to sacrifice for others.

It's too bad that Liam won't accept his apologies for the things that happened while they were growing up.

Doing the Most Good

West joined the army in order to escape from his mother's sexual abuse. She started touching him inappropriately -- along with her boyfriend -- when he was twelve years old. The abuse could have destroyed his life, but he chose not to allow her to get the best of him and to have the last word. Though he never reported the abuse (due mostly to ear), he was able to escape at the age of eighteen to join the Army, where he went on to become an Army Ranger.

His goal since then has been to find ways to protect children worldwide from sex trafficking, regardless of their race, gender, or country of origin. He'd hoped to work in Asia, but when he retired from the Army, he wound up coming home and finding that there was just as much work to be done at home as there was overseas. The trouble is that this has brought him closer to his mother, which terrifies him. In order to avoid the PTSD symptoms, he sleeps little and throws himself into his work as a police officer and volunteering at Brook Haven Ranch.

He is particularly interested in working with the victims of sexual abuse, but he does not share his own experience. Not even Cailean knows what happened to him when he was growing up. He hopes to help others to overcome what he had to overcome, and to stop child trafficking and sexual abuse from happening at all, all over the world.

Not Much Changes

It takes somebody who knows West especially well to know that he has post traumatic stress at all. For all the world he appears to have come back from war the same man who left for it. He's outwardly the same boy who left for boot camp. West is cheerful, loving, loyal, and goes out of his way to make sure that other people have their needs met before he meets his own. There are no outward, visible signs that he has post traumatic stress.

Or rather, there's no outward sign that he's different than he was when he went to war.

That's mostly because he already had post traumatic stress disorder from his mother's (and her boyfriend's) abuse when he was younger. He's carried himself so well for so long that he's not changed much since he was twelve years old and the first incident happened.

Everything that he saw at war was equal to what he experienced at home, only it was happening to somebody else, and that somehow mattered more to him. People can make assumptions all day long about West's mental health, but he's just as damaged as most of the returning members of the military.

About West

West is one of those people who everybody in a small town knows, and who most everybody in the town likes on top of that. He's spent his thirty-six years working hard, as a bison rancher's son, then as a student (straight A's since kindergarten!), and in high school as an athlete. It shouldn't have been a big surprise to anybody when he enlisted in the Army at eighteen and fresh out of high school, or that he served two terms active duty before coming home to Blue Lake as a reserve.

This is a good man. He's a man of incredible (Catholic) faith and undeniable morals, known for following his conscience to do the right thing even when others struggle to follow where their moral compass leads them. In fact, this is such an important concept to him that he carries a compass with him everywhere that he goes as a reminder to follow his arrow.

West is intelligent, kind-hearted, and forgiving, and most of all he believes in the potential influence Brook Haven Ranch. It's something that he has to keep quiet because his job depends on him cracking down hard the students, but he has a tremendous soft spot for the kids at Brook Haven and has made it his mission to make their lives a little bit easier where he can. For that reason, he volunteers both for security and assistance at Brook Haven Ranch. Sometimes this means that he goes straight from working as an officer to the home so that he can sit with the kids.

It's been an incredible compromise for West, because if he isn't careful, he could lost his job because of his support of the kids in the program. He's not one to stir up trouble, but he is one to use his brain to ascertain who is at fault for what's going on in town and he's already determined (at least in his own mind if not publicly) that it's not the Brook Haven kids causing the problems, but rebellious local teens who have been given too long a rope for too long.

>Friends

I imagine that West is going to have a lot of friends. He's a friendly guy and he didn't come back from war too terribly changed. He doesn't talk about the things that he's seen while he's been away, but that doesn't mean that he's silently killing himself over the things that he's seen and done. He's proud of what he's done and, and his patriotism is likely one of the things that will draw locals toward West and make them want to establish a relationship with him.

He is a good friend, loyal and true, the type of man who protects and defends his friends to the point that he will fight for them. It would be good for him to have a small handful of close male friends who he's familiar with and comfortable with. He's going to need people who he can confide in about things not related tot he military, and he's going to have plenty of those things to talk about as his story develops.

West is more likely to be friends with men than with women, who he often finds to be too emotional.

Enemies

West isn't too likely to have a lot of enemies, but those who oppose the Brook Haven program and who give him hell for supporting it are going to be at the top of the list of his enemies -- including his younger brother. He's a staunch supporter of the program and he believes that with some work, it could do the town some good -- and the kids in the program as well.

In addition, those who know about and disapprove of his lifestyle choices are going to be enemies of Wests.

Lovers

West is married to Cailean Faulkner Holmes.
Someone your character really likes tells them they do not like something about your character. Does your character try to change? What happens?

West recoiled as though slapped. It wasn't often that someone said something so personal to him, especially not in such a public place. He crossed his arms over his chest and tucked the hands into his armpits, his blue eyes out of focus as he stared at the floor and rocked back on his heels. He ought to have been able to take criticism. Nobody made it through boot camp without learning how to accept his own imperfections. But those didn't hit so close to home. Being told how to hold a gun, how to carry himself, how to walk, those things didn't affect him so deeply as being told that he was disgusting for defending the kids up at Brook Haven.

He had to take a deep breath. West slid his hands down the fronts of his jeans and bit down hard on his tongue to prevent himself from speaking immediately. This was wrong on so many levels that he didn't know how to explain why he felt so put off by the statement. Of all of the things that he'd done, he might have expected someone to criticize him for his actions in war but to take it out on him that he had come home to defend children who -- like him! -- could not defend themselves against something that had happened to them, that disgusted him.

It disgusted him.

West took a moment to allow that to sink in and his body relaxed, a slow outpouring of air until he had deflated. "I respect your opinion. But most of those kids never had anybody to stick up for them before Brook Haven. They need somebody to stand by them, to show them that there's another way -- a better way -- than everything they've known. So that person's gonna be me, no matter whether you like it or not." He stood slowly, rising to his feet with a slow unfolding until he stood to his full height, then turned his back on a friendship that he thought would last forever.

It wasn't worth it to keep toxic people in his life.

Friends

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Enemies

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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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

Friendly Greeting

West is nearly always friendly to everybody that he meets. It flies in the face of what most people think of when they think about somebody who has been to war and come home again. He talks freely with virtually everybody (though he does carefully avoid topics related to his military service) and he is always friendly with 100% of everybody who he meets, every single time. It gives the impression that he's doing better than he actually is, but he doesn't know how else to talk to people. The war overseas wasn't much worse than the war at home as far as he's concerned.

Locks the Doors

Not just the front doors: West locks every single door in his house as long as he's on the other side of it. He locks the bathroom door, the bedroom door, the door into the basement, the door into the laundry room. If he's in a room alone, he locks the door to the room that he's in so that nobody else can get inside with him. This is a throwback to when he lived with his mother and she demanded that doors were left open at all times -- mostly so that she could get to him whenever she wanted to. This makes him feel safer than he did when he lived at home.

Weekly Volunteering

Whenever West isn't working or trying to help Liam with the ranch (or babysitting his nieces), he's active at Brook Haven Ranch. He has a ton to offer the people of the ranch and he wants to do his best to provide the students with somebody to talk to who believes in them. He's been through some of the same hell that they have and he has made a serious commitment to learning as much as he can about child trafficking -- so he will be there for the students who have experienced sexual abuse in particular. It's important to him to be somebody they feel they can talk to since he hasn't even said much to Cailean about his experience.

Quirks

Insomniac

West has a terrible time sleeping at night. He has nightmares almost every night about the things that his mother did to him, and so he works hard not to close his eyes at night. Most nights he stares at the ceiling for hours at a time, straining to keep himself from dropping into sleep for fear of what's hiding for him behind his closed eyelids. People think that this has everything to do with the horrors of war and don't know what happened to him when he was a boy. His brother might be the only person who has any idea at all and Liam has blocked it out.

Excellent Coping Skills

During the day -- or any time that he's not sleeping, anyway -- West comes across as entirely normal. He's cheerful, grounded, easy to get along with, friendly, and compassionate. Few people realize what he struggles with behind closed doors. Cailean might be the only one, and she's not talking, either to his family or to hers (though hers could probably help him more than she can on her own). Most of this is down to his superior coping skills, all of which he learned either from his wife or on his own. He's doing pretty well, when you think about it.

Excellent Eye

West has a way of seeing which kids need him the most. He has an excellent eye for those who have been abused and who most need his help, and he's always been able to seek out those kids who he can do the most good for. He's got a way of approaching them that doesn't tend to alert them that he's a therapist (and since he's not, this is pretty easy, though Cailean is). It's easier for him to get them to talk to him than it is for many adults to get them talking. Because he's great at seeing the students, more of them talk to him.

Hobbies

Archery

Since he came home, West has picked up archery. Both he and Liam hunt, but West chooses to do it with only a recurve bow. He's excellent with his bow and arrows and he always takes down his kill quickly and humanely -- and he always uses every bit of the animal that he can between food, leather, bone, and antler. He's done a lot of work with archery and is getting better with a bow and arrow, though he will probably always be better with a gun.

Geocaching

West is an extrovert, but one of the things that he likes about Geocaching is that it's a way of connecting with people that allows him to be alone while he does it. He's fond of collecting the items that he finds while enjoying this hobby and he tries to leave pieces behind that represent who he is and where he's been. He feels that it's his way to leave something behind when he's gone.

Photography

One of the beauties, or so West will tell you, of being overseas is that you get to see the way that the rest of the world lives. He loves to capture life on camera, and he usually takes his DSLR camera with him everywhere that he goes so that he's able to take pictures of the life that happens all around him. It's one of the ways that he helps himself to realize that he is real and that he keeps himself grounded in real life.

Skills

Shooting • Exceptional

West was a sniper in the Army Rangers. He's excellent at his job and there aren't many who have better skills at this than he does. He refuses to talk about his number of confirmed kills, but it is high. It's something that he tries not to think about because no matter the reason, taking human life is something that has kept him in the confessional more times than he can count on both hands and both feet.

Coping Skills • Excellent

Even without therapy, West has gotten good at coping with the things that he's seen. It's harder to deal with the things that were done to him, but those things don't come up unless he's essentially alone. He's great at grounding himself and knowing where he is in this moment (i.e. that he's not reliving the thing that has happened to him in the past). The only time that he can't control this is at night when he's asleep.

Deductive Reasoning • Excellent

West is an SVU officer, hoping to make detective soon. He is dedicated to learning how to understand as much as possible about those situations that affect the most vulnerable people in society -- the people who he works with every day (children, the elderly, and victims of sexual assault). He's one of the best people on the force at doing this job, and he's looking forward to the opportunity to do more good.

Interests

Child Trafficking

West used his own story -- the one that he won't tell -- to inspire him to help children who have been through similar things. It is through this interest that he learned more about child trafficking throughout the world. The numbers are shocking and West wants to do what he can to help to save children from lives of sexual slavery.

Fostering and Adoption

One day West would like to adopt children. His wife has struggled to get pregnant (which is common in her family) and he wants to be able to help kids who are like he was when he was a teenager. It's important to him to be able to provide that for a child or children, and so this is something that's important to him.

Ranching

While his brother Liam grew up on the family ranch, West didn't get the opportunity. He's recently started to learn more about bison ranching so that he can help out on the ranch whenever possible. His brother might not be friendly about it, but West wants to be part of the family that was denied to him for so many years.

Desired Plots

Helping Hand

West is already a volunteer at Brook Haven Ranch. This isn't about his opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the majority of the students on the ranch but the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of three specific students who I will be requesting. Each of these young people has experienced a similar abuse to what West went through, and one of them was literally sold into sexual slavery -- which is what West is spending his time fighting against. This is an important desired plot for West and I would love if it you could check out the upcoming want ad for these characters. There are two girls and one boy!

Coming Out

It's nothing new for West that he's interested in having a relationship with two different people at the same time. He's attracted to both males and females (at least romantically) and since he married Cailean, he's attempted to dismiss his feelings for other males, and in particular the desire to have a polyamorous relationship. This is something that is eventually going to need to come out into the open, and he's going to have to confront these feelings for other people -- as well as explaining to Cail the way that he feels about being with someone as well as with her. He's sure it won't go over well with her brothers, but he might wind up being surprised.

Coming Out... In Another Way

Eventually everything's going to have to change for West. He's going to have to tell people what happened to him when he was younger. He's not ready right now, but this is going to have to come up with Cailean and potentially her brothers Callum and Aindreas as well. At some point he's going to need to get some help for the post traumatic stress and the way that he's dealing with his feelings about what happened to him when he was too young to put a stop to it. This is likely to come tumbling out in one of the worst possible ways, and he's going to need his family to understand what happened to him.

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Likely Triggers: positive adoption language, abortion, miscarriage, needles, graphic, bloody violence. if you tag these, i should be okay!

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karl sanders
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West & Karl
I guess Karl is the obvious place to start. Karl's big on supporting the troops, and the police - and he has a positive impression of West from when he was a student. So he's quite friendly right now. Indeed, West and Cail should expect an invitation to dinner sometime this summer.

If West's interest in polyamory comes out, though, Karl will turn on him, and fast.

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When people look at Nick, they tend to see a big dumb bully. For all most people experience of him, they might as well be right. At heart, Nick is a smart, sensitive kid who’s learned to act tough because it keeps him safe, but that’s buried deep enough that plenty of people will never encounter that side of him.
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West & Nick
Obviously, Nick is going to like and respect West because he's ex-military.

It's a ways off, and I don't know how publicly West is going to talk about his history of being abused, but finding out about that would make a big difference to Nick. Nick is in total denial about his own sexual abuse, and doesn't really even conceive that it's possible that he could have been abused. Seeing someone he respects - especially, again, someone ex-military - come out about that would be hugely eye opening to him about what's possible, and what it means (and especially, doesn't mean) about what he can do with his life.

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