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Brooke18
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Hi, my name's Alex. I'm basically your average teenage girl. Well, except I'm stuck in a love triangle with two supernatural boys. Oh, and I'm also trying to help them and their families stop a group of supernatural hunters from destroying the world and killing people. So, maybe I'm not your average teenager. Aside from that, I'm quiet. I'm not afraid of telling you what I think if you get me irritated, though. I love to draw and paint. I dream of one day getting out of Cretice and becoming an artist/art collector. Until then, I have to decide which boy I truly love. Nothing like a little drama to complicate things...Anyway, that's me. 'Ordinary' me.
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You yourself are not a supernatural hunter, are you?
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No, I'm not. Thankfully [Cool]
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Mmm...perhaps if you said something about these boys. Who are they?...what are they? Does "supernatural" indicate points in common or are they completely different?
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They are both from families who recently moved into our small town. They are called Shifters. It's pretty self-explanatory. They Shift into a large beast. It resembles a wolf, in my opinion. Both them and their families are from generations of people who have abilities that couldn't be explained. Unfortunately, I only recently learned about them, so I don't know exactly where they come from or why they are...different.
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If you're the corner in the love triangle, Alex Cooper, at some point, you're going to have to make a choice---maybe a hard choice---between the two boys. The longer you string them both along, the harder the choice will be. (Look at Archie, Betty, and Veronica, and how long he's strung the two girls along in his love triangle.)

Or perhaps you could choose neither, but that remains to be seen. We'll discuss what's on your plate right now.

There's little to decide from right now---what you've said of the two, they're much the same. What's different?

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Yes, you're right. One of them, Jason, is arrogant, witty, and can very sweet. Already, he has surprised me with a gift. The other boy, Zayne, is also very sweet, energetic, and thoughtful. I find myself drawn to Jason's 'bad-boy' persona. However, I can't ignore Zayne's adventurous personality. They are nearly opposites at everything they do, with the exception that they are both Shifters. Because they are both Shifters, they can sometimes get along so well if they are facing the enemy.
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Looks like it's already a hard choice. It might come down to, say, linking up with one in order to save the world.
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Yeah, it probably will. I still hate to choose one over the other, but who knows. One of them will be my first love. [Smile]
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Of course you'll also have to find out how they feel about it all. (There was a TV show, years and years ago, with a love triangle. When they asked the girl which guy she preferred, she'd say, "It's between those two guys." The joke that went round---this was a long time ago, keep in mind---that the relationsip, indeed, was between those two guys.)
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Oh, I get it and yeah you're right. Hopefully one of them will feel the same way.
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One would hope two would feel that way...
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And then here comes the love triangle. Not that I wouldn't love for both of them to love me, but I hate to chose between one of them knowing that the one I didn't choose would be disappointed.
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You could also choose neither of them. By the way, are the two of them friends with each other? 'Cause choosing one over the other could bust up their friendship, too...
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No, not really. Jason doesn't have anything against Zayne but, for some reason, Zayne hates Jason. I don't know why. I do know that Jason and Zayne's moms were good friends.
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Kids sometimes resent being told who they have to play with.

Also by the way, you've said (at my prompting) a good deal about your relationship with Jason and Zayne. What about you? You're interested in drawing and painting, you've mentioned. Anything else?

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I'm sort of timid when it comes to talking to other people. If I get irritated with someone, however, I will speak my mind. Generally, I'm a nice person. I guess you could also call me a nature lover. An observer, perhaps. I don't have any friends, though. Part of that is because I keep to myself. I don't really feel the need to surround myself with my peers. All in all, I'm not as standard as I thought. Oh well, that complexity for you. [Roll Eyes]
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Might be difficult being in a relationship with two boys without some other social interaction. Parents? Their parents?
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Well, my dad doesn't really approve of me dating either of them, but he's not like super strict. Plus, I'm eighteen so he won't spank me and grounding never really worked anyway. Jason and Zayne's younger siblings are awesome to be around. I think Jessica (Zayne's older sister) and I are becoming good friends. The only person I don't really talk to much is Jason's older brother, but he doesn't talk much anyway.
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So you've got good relations with their families. What of your own? You mention your dad, but---not meant to be prying Alex Cooper, if this is a sensitive subject---where's your mother?
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My dad is an alcoholic. He was accused of killing a family five years ago, but I don't know if he really did it. He was found not guilty. I didn't go to the hearing though. My mom left after their divorce was final. Last time I heard, she went to New York to open an art gallery. Haven't heard from her since she left. I don't know why she hasn't called me or anything. I tried her number shortly after she left, but no answer.
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Exactly why are you concerned that you would "disappoint" one of them? They're big boys; they'll live. Everyone gets his heart broken now and then. And, as you said, you like one as much as the other. So it really doesn't matter which you choose. So why are you worried about it?
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(Aside to AndrewR: if it's their first relationship, all of them, how things break (or break up) will color any future relationships. It does matter.)

Alex Cooper, sounds like you've got some problems at home that need to be dealt with. If you don't know whether your father committed this crime, you should find out---but it could be dangerous.

I remember, some years ago, a husband-and-wife were executed for a crime. (Not going into detail, but you can make educated guesses.) In the social circles their children wound up in, it was an article of faith that they were innocent. Whether or not the children actually believed they were innocent is uncertain---in one fictionalized account of the incident, at least one child did entertain doubts.

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Wow, I guess I didn't think much about it. I guess, between the strong evidence against my dad and the fact that he was found guilty, I never really investigated it. I just accepted the fact that the family, the Parsons, were dead and that my dad was in the middle of it. I always just thought that I was separate from it, despite my peers thinking the opposite.

Even though my dad drinks a lot, he has never really displayed much anger. At least, he never physically abused me. That's the part where I don't think he killed those people. Wouldn't it make sense that if he can get so drunk and not result to violence, he couldn't possibly have killed someone?

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Some things have to be dealt with before one can move on. Denial can be a powerful tool---say, a fixed determination that one willwalk again in the face of uncurable paralysis---but it's best to go through all five stages of grief rather than be stuck in the first stage.
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Maybe, but what if it's better not knowing? If he did kill them, wouldn't finding that out change how I view him? If I ended up hating or fearing him, what would I do? Move out--where would I go? To New York with my mom?

Rather than plow through these stressful questions, why not acknowledge the possibility but distance myself from the situation--choose to ignore it if it doesn't affect our relationship.

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The situation might boomerang back on you if you choose to ignore it---you mention your father disapproving of your dating either of them (or anybody else?) and this might lead to brand-new unpleasantness built on the old problems.

If you've got friends in the families of Jason and Zayne, you might have a port of refuge available to you...

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Ugh, I guess that's probably a good point. Right now, I'm all my dad's got left. As for Jason and Zayne's families, I'd rather not burden them.

My father's a real mystery when he's not drunk. He actually talks like he's very educated and intelligent. He's always been a realist though. I can't imagine how he would react if he ever found out about what Jason and Zayne were.

At the same time, I feel like my dad just got caught up in the alcohol but maybe he knows more than he tells me. If so, we've got even bigger problems.

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Definitely a point in favor of finding things out. (Knowledge is power.)
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This means I need to have a talk with my dad. I will find out the truth, one way or another. I'm also going to find out the real reason why my mother left.

While we're on the topic of knowledge, what should I do if I know that someone close to me is keeping a secret from me? I'm a little worried that it's about Jason or Zayne, possibly even the Raeders. If more people know about any of them, it might not end well.

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Well, somewhat in contradiction to what I've said above, you do have to trust somebody---take them at face value---otherwise, as is said, you might as well just find a hole, crawl into it, and pull it in after you. You may learn better later...
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You're right. I do trust that person.

That's another thing. I'm learning all this Shifter-Raeder stuff. I guess that makes everything else seem so trivial, but I shouldn't ignore my relationship with my dad, the Parsons, or even my mom.

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You should talk with Rachel Stanson, who has similar trust issues.

I'm at a loss, or am missing a post or two in a quick scan. I know who the Shifters are, but who are the Raeders?

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Oh, that's probably my fault. The Raeders are the ones who are hunting the Shifters-Jason's kind.
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An unfamiliar term must be defined---at some point.

Somehow overnight I got to wondering more about your life, Alex Cooper. Things like how well (or badly) you're doing in school...and your financial status (whether or not you have a job and income)...

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I'm doing okay in school. I got all A's and B's. I do have a part-time job that pays minimum wage. Unfortunately, some weeks I work and some weeks I don't.
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So what is it that you do? Does it give you enough pocket money? And, perhaps to the point, is it something you can throw over easy if you, say, get involved in the fight between the Shifters and the Raeders?
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