Zach is a writer and reader. Primarily he writes science fiction adventures, but he also enjoys westerns, mysteries, and paranormal thrillers — and writes in all of these. He hopes to make a living at this, and so is looking to earn a Journalism degree so he can get a day job writing for a magazine or newspaper while he works on his novels and short stories.
He’s lived his whole life behind and to one side of Lauren’s backyard, so the two families have known each other for years, and the two kids — only a couple of years apart — have always been friends, reinforced by the fact that Lauren is also friends, from church, with Zach’s cousin Allison.
His tastes and interests vary. He likes art, history, books, movies, music — anything that might reflect life. Jazz is his favourite music, especially improvisational jazz, as he finds it to be the most deeply personal and emotional of musics; through this love of jazz he took up playing saxophone, and has both a baritone and tenor sax which he plays for himself, as a stand-in for a few friends who have small time jazz bands, and in Immaculate Conception’s Jazz Ensemble class. He has many friends through his mother, who is a professional drummer, in the local music scene and so has spent much of his life frequenting concerts and gigs of various sizes and calibres with her or them, and — now that he can drive — with himself.
Bertrice, better known simply by B, is one of Immaculate Conception’s more notorious gossips. She enjoys having the choicest news first and being the one to tell the dirty little secrets of the school to those who’ll hold still long enough to hear.
She’s a very tiny girl, smaller than Lauren even, and without the musculature with incredibly pale skin due to her insistence on constantly protecting herself from UV rays to somewhat ridiculous extremes.
She’s musically somewhat skilled and fairly talented. She plays piano very well and is in the school’s Jazz Ensemble class, and is in her church’s choir. Though her dream is to marry an insanely rich man, or to design Haute couture fashions.
Bertrice’s mother was a huge fan of Bertrice Small‘s novels and named her for the author and her favourite book, Skye O’Malleyher parents had actually bet each other over the sex of their child when learning Tasha was pregnant, the prize being naming rights. Bertrice has actually been known to begrudge her sex because of this, firmly believing she’d rather be named Felix Aragorn.