: Taylor BirchNickname
: Tay, 'Bitch' (as an insult, playing on his surname and the assumption that he's homosexual)Character's Birthdate and Age:
May 12th, age 18Place of Birth
: New Brook, LouisianaCurrent Residence
: Two-bed apartment above his parents' hardware store in the town center. During the summer, he has to share the room with his brothers, so he has very little private space.Occupation
: just graduated highschool, accepted into college for the following term.Hobbies
: Reading, especially fantasy and non-fiction; bit of a fascination with history, especially social history; fashion and sewing (repressed currently but he's still naturally drawn to any opportunity). Plays baseball (more as an attempt to 'rectify' his image than an actual enjoyment, and he's pretty average at it).
: Chestnut brown, kept short, slightly longer on the top. He lets it get to the length where it's dangling in his face and he can hide behind it before his dad makes some comment about being a hippy or a nancy, and he promptly gets it cut.Eyes
: Light brown and slightly narrower than the average caucasian shape. Framed by heavy, dark lashes.Height
: 5'6Physical Description
: He has a slight build with a rather efemminate appearance. Baseball and running away has helped hone the muscles in his arms and legs, but he still remains on the weaker side of average. Low self esteem means that he walks with a bit of a stoop, head down, as if trying to melt into the ground beneath him. He generally appears pensieve, distracted or just plain sad. When he's happy and relaxed, though, Taylor's whole face lights up with his smile and his eyes can take on an almost michievous glint.
His features are generally small and delicate, his movements a little awkward and uncomfortable. He tries to avoid anything in his appearance that would be too girly, generally copying whatever the other guys his age are wearing and trying to mimic their mannerisms, but it never looks natural.Distinguishing Features
: He has no tattoos or piercings. A few large freckles break his pale complexion, especially over his shoulders and thighs, with a particularly large freckle on his inner right hip. He has a few small scars, nothing too obvious, although one through his left eyebrow and one just below the left side of his mouth are noticable, especially in the summer when his skin tans a little.Character Model
: Francisco Lachowski
- Taylor is naturally friendly and accepting. He dislikes confrontation, so tends to be overly agreeable, choosing not to disagree outloud for fear of a negative reaction. He wants to please, make others happy and mostly he wants to be liked.Loyal
- Once Taylor makes a connection with someone, he is intensely loyal and dedicated. He'd defend his family at all costs, even though his brothers especially haven't made life easy for him, still he is loyal to them.Hardworking/Dedicated
- He puts effort into things, even those he doesn't have a passion for. The most obvious example of this is baseball. He holds no love of the game and was terrible when he started playing, but through hard work and regular training, he's managed to get himself to a half-decent level. His schoolwork was always completed on time to a good standard and he's happy to help his parents in the store when they need him.Quiet
- Taylor won't speak up unless he's called on. He's happy to blend into the background and go unnoticed and finds solace in peace and quiet.Insecure
- He feels incredibly uncomfortable being himself, to the point where he denies himself any hobbies or likes that are 'inappropriate'. He is constantly afraid of rejection and being hurt. Constant bullying have left his self-esteem practically non-existent and he feels that he's a disappointment and an embarrassment to his family. If someone came up to him offering some kind of cure to make him 'normal', he'd leap at the chance.Sensitive
- Taylor is not at all thick-skinned and takes everything to heart. Every little insult stays with him and it's not uncommon for him to give in to tears. On the positive side, this means that he's sympathetic and empathetic towards others and able to appreciate things that others possibly take for granted
but he sees his sensitivity as a feminine trait that he shouldn't have and puts himself down for it.Submissive
- He is naturally submissive. Happier obeying and letting others make decisions for him. Partly because it's easier and (he thinks) safer, and partly because his natural instinct is to just go along with others. It's because the authorities in his life have educated him that homosexuality is wrong and unnatural that he believes he is an abomination, an embarrassment and so he desperately tries to hide that part of himself, rejecting anything that might suggest that he's gay.History
: Taylor's parents, Reg Birch and Beckie Barber both grew up in New Brook although because they are ten years apart, it wasn't until Beckie had graduated high school that the pair met properly. Beckie was looking for a summer job before heading off to college and took a position in the Birch's hardware store. Reg was already taking on much of the handling of the store as his father's health deteriorated, and was impressed by the straightfoward girl that seemed just as comfortable advising customers on tools as she was dressing up to the nines and going out dancing with friends. She'd been accepted on a partial scholarship for an Engineering major, mainly because she was one of very few females to apply. However things at home weren't simple, money was problematic, and as the summer stretched on it seemed more and more unlikely that she'd be able to afford college that year. Reg offered her a fulltime position at the store for the year so that she could earn and save. Beckie never did end up going to college. Before long a romance blossomed between the two and Beckie settled for working at the store and later raising her family.
Taylor was the youngest of three boys. His childhood was fairly average, growing up between the shop and his grandparents' houses. The hardware store was a way of life for the family and although Taylor never held any passion for it, he naturally picked things up as he went along. But he never took to the rough and tumble that his older brothers enjoyed. Nor did he show much interest in sports. If left to his own devices, he'd have prefered dolls and dressing up games to trucks and war play, but he never was left to his own devices. Despite the fact that his mother pushed gender boundaries, and shone in a typically male outlet, Taylor parents, and indeed the wider community, asserted that certain toys and hobbies just weren't suitable for boys, and Taylor, wanting to please, went along with that.
Puberty was unkind to the boy. Where his peers started bulking out and shooting up, Taylor remained short and weedy. Unable to really relate to the boys he was expected to befriend, and steering clear of befriending girls to please his parents, Taylor ended up spending much of the time alone. He wasn't a genius by any means, but he gradually gained a reputation as a nerd, purely because staying in the library was easier than failing at football and books were kinder companions than those in his classes.
His first crush did not come as a surprise and was rather a crushing confirmation of something that he'd already always known but resisted. Being gay simply wasn't an option and so Taylor tried as hard as he could to avoid the stereotype that he'd already been turning into. Suddenly his clothes became more masculine, he signed up for a baseball team and began trying desperately to fit in.
It was too little too late. Now, not only was he a nerd and a fag, he was also a fake and a suck-up. Nastier members of his peergroup took to humiliating Taylor at every opportunity and it seemed the harder he tried to fit in, the more they sought to hurt and degrade him. His brothers found the whole thing hilarious. They'd always found Taylor's presence in their lives an embarrassment, so they made no move to protect him, even joining in from time to time in the relentless bullying. Taylor's parents were either oblivious, or just acted like they were. Taylor often thought that his father believed that Taylor 'deserved' this treatment or that it would somehow toughen him up and make a man out of him.
The only light at the end of the tunnel was the possibility of college. Beckie encouraged that dream, always having felt that she'd missed out by not going, and the pair had saved a college fund for all three of their children. Both of Taylor's brothers got sports scholarships, and business at the store was good, so there was money left in the pot. It would be tough, but Taylor couldn't wait to leave New Brook behind and find like-minded souls somewhere where he could be himself. Whatever that was. Sometimes he wasn't sure he even knew anymore as he tried so hard to be someone else.
Having just finished his Senior year and recently celebrated his 18th birthday, Taylor is working in the hardware store to earn as much as possible over the summer and looking forward to a fresh start in the Fall.Family
Father - age 54, Hardware store owner
Reg is a nice enough guy, but Taylor can't help but feel he's an embarrassment to his father. He tries desperately to please him, wanting to make him proud, but the relationship that they have is completely built on lies. Taylor is never himself around his father.
Rebecca 'Beckie' Birch nee BarberNPC
Mother - age 44, Part-time store employee, has been secretly thinking of persuing engineering again now that her children are flying the nest.
Taylor is slightly more comfortable around his mother. At times she seems sympathetic to his plight, and Taylor has tried broaching the topic with her, pointing out that she herself does not follow gender norms. She claims it's different for girls and tends to back up her husband out of habit.
Dean 'Duke' BirchNPC
Older Brother - 21, College with a football scholarship
Taylor sees Duke as the typical jock - everything he wishes he was and can never be. Duke has always teased Taylor, occasionally lashing out violently to keep Tay 'in his place'. In recent years, Taylor avoids Duke as much as possible.
Andrew 'Drew' BirchNPC
Older Brother - 20, College with a football scholarship
Only a year younger than Duke, Drew is always fighting for attention, trying to live up to his brother's reputation. In some ways, he's even more likely to pick on Taylor to justify his own status, distance himself from his brother and boost his own reputation. Again, Taylor avoids him wherever possible.
Grandfather (paternal), age 79 - retired hardware store owner. Has suffered two strokes and has deteriorated health, mainly bed-bound and finds it difficult to communicate or do anything for himself.
Taylor always liked his paternal grandfather and used to spend a lot of time visiting as a child. But Tony's health has never been good and Taylor hasn't had a chance to get to know the man really because of that.
Grandmother (paternal), age 76 - her husband's fulltime caregiver and a part-time volunteer.
Taylor has a good relationship with his grandmother although, again, she doesn't really know the real Taylor.
Maternal grandfather - deceased (cancer)
Beckie's father passed away from cancer shortly before Drew was born so Taylor never knew him.
Maternal grandmother - 68, relocated to Florida
Beckie's mother moved away from the area soon after her husband's death. Taylor doesn't see her very often and they aren't in regular communication.
potentially Roxy? Roy?
: Books, especially fantasy and history; Time alone; fashion, especially high fashion; being liked and feeling appreciatedDislikes
: Bullies; Being gay; confrontation; sports, or more so the almost religious aura that surrounds them, the games and the fans.Fears & Phobias
: public humiliation, physical harm, rejectionWorst Memory(ies)
: Being publicly humiliated in class/beaten (details?)Best Memory(ies)
: Spending the day with his grandparents before his grandad got so sick, baking cakes and sitting in the garden with a jug of cold lemonade and fresh cream sponge cake; receiving his acceptance letter for college and knowing he'll be able to get out of New Brook and have a fresh start.Favorite Animal(s)
: uhm.. dogs?O/O's
: Taylor's Ons: romance, a stronger and protective partner, feeling needed and wanted. Taylor's Offs: girls, anything rough. Things like dirty talk tend to embarrass him more than turn him on. Ice's Ons: NC, powerplay. NOTE: I am happy to torture Taylor with a NC scenario, heterosexual pairing or rough sex. He'll hate it, but meh I'm a little sadistic when it comes to my characters.