TAYLOR, Elijah Cole Oct 1, 2018 8:48:07 GMT -8
Post by Elijah Taylor on Oct 1, 2018 8:48:07 GMT -8
Elijah Cole Taylor
<Played by Stern>
Full Name>> Elijah Cole Taylor
Date of Birth>> 06/05/03
Staff or Student>> Student
House>> Blue Ribbon House
Face Claim>> Tyler Posey
Personality>> Eli is a master at balancing the fine line between a pain in the ass, and not quite bad enough to suffer serious consequences. He takes things up to the line often, crosses it occasionally, and doesn’t care either way. He’s a big joker and prankster, although he does his best never to affect others negatively (a quick laugh is one thing. Injury or real upset is another, and not his goal). When he’s not in class, or when it’s just him that’s being affected, he’s far more willing to push things, and often does.
He enjoys being surrounded by friendly people, even if he never has anyone to really call a best friend. He doesn’t really engage in arguments with peers unless he has to – He’s surprisingly non-confrontational with peers, compared to with adults who try to rein him in. He’s affable and gets along with most people, at least, those that he doesn’t annoy with his loud joking.
He does have a protective streak around his younger sister, but he hates the expectations people have for him around her. He sees himself as her protector, but he doesn’t want everyone expecting him to be her protector, the one to keep her safe. It’s something he struggles with himself, it doesn’t make sense to him, so trying to explain it to others is also really hard. That’s one of the main reasons he wanted to go to Blue Ridge – To find out who he’d be without her always around.
Likes>> Old spaghetti western movies (although, honestly, he enjoys most movies), parties, appaloosas, ice cream (it's a special out-of-house treat), postcards, fantasy books
Dislikes>> Soy milk, cereal, rats/mice, heat, sunburns (and he burns easily)
Fears>> Losing his sister (It's complicated), being stuck in the town he grew up in
Hopes>> To become his own person while at Blue Ridge, to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He's also love to travel more - It's never really been an option
Secrets>> He pretty regularly imagines life without his sister, or with a "normal" sister. He's also not sure which of those two fantasies is more shameful to admit to
Appearance>> Eli is right in the middle of a growth spurt right now – He stands at 5’6” right now, but will top out at 5’10” when he’s done. He’s lean without being too scrawny. His somewhat pale skin needs a lot of sunscreen to convince it to tan, and not burn – He burns really easily, and he doesn’t like it. So, if you ever need sunscreen, he probably has a tube or two. His dark brown, almost black hair is kept long enough to look artfully messy, and probably takes the longest of his prep time in the mornings. In terms of clothes, a button-up over a blank t-shirt and jeans are normal, anything else is dressy. He’s not one for screenprinted t-shirts – He’s not a fan of the feeling of the printing.
Markings>> Minor scars, nothing very distinctive
Medical History>> Nothing major. He had allergy testing done when Hattie was diagnosed, but nothing came of it
Full History>> Elijah was born and raised in Michigan. His mother was an EMT prior to his birth, but went to being a dispatcher after returning to work, and his dad was a higher-up in the automobile industry. He doesn’t really remember life before his sister’s diagnosis, and so doesn’t remember the panic that his parents felt around that time – Just the aftermath. From his point of view, it was just a hassle – They never went out to eat, they never got to go on spontaneous trips, and despite all of that, vacations were all too often punctuated with visits to the emergency room, because all of those safeguards weren’t enough. When he started reading, he practiced on ingredient labels, learning what was allowed in the house and what wasn’t.
Even just in elementary school, he was a little troublemaker. He got calls home often enough, although the school administration was familiar with his sister, and didn’t push things further. They tried to support him, but it was never enough, and in an effort to make friends and distance himself from his sister two years under him, he started turning into the class clown. He learned quickly to strike a balance – Enough to get the laughs of his peers, but not pushing the line to annoy them, to disrupt class too much, because then they would be resentful.
When he was almost eight, he got dragged along to his sister’s birthday party – No one had bothered to ask him if he wanted to go to the barn to watch his sister and her friends prance around on stupid horses. The answer would have been an emphatic “NO!” He managed to sneak away, though, while everyone’s attention was elsewhere, and stumbled across another corner of the facility – The horse in this ring wasn’t prancing, it was running flat out, spinning around obstacles and then sliding to a stop. As the rider noticed Eli, Eli found out that it wasn’t a prissy girl riding at all, but a teenage boy. He was dressed more like a cowboy in the old western films that Eli enjoyed, and that made Eli speak up, asking a question, and as that was answered kindly, a flood of them.
When his mother finally found him, he was sitting on the back of that horse, being led around the arena at a walk, looping around barrels and being told about rodeos and other “western” riding disciplines. His mother, finally glad to have found something constructive that the boy apparently enjoyed, was all too happy to sign him up for classes. Only later did Eli find out that those lessons were at the same time as lessons his sister had been signed up for anyway – Lessons he would have had to attend and sit around at either way.
As he grew older, Elijah started resenting his sister more and more, while still struggling with the fact that he continued to care for her and wanted to protect her. It was confusing him, and he started acting out more and more, finding ways to disrupt class just so that his parents would pay attention to him - Even if it was a stern talking to. Finally, noticing the tension that was building, the barn manager where Elijah rode mentioned Blue Ridge as an option. All parties jumped at the opportunity, and Elijah is excited to redefine himself at a new school, without his sister.