Now & Forever ABCs (Sarah)

I’m terribly sorry I didn’t get this posted yesterday, when I should have, but I was rather busy with work and pets while fending off a terrible migraine.  I’m better now and the workload isn’t as obscene so all should be well to wrap up the Ss, look for any more Ts, and so forth.

Sarah Esmerelda Theresa Boone

20 August 1996
Roman Catholic

Sarah is one of Lauren’s oldest friends; the two met while playing at the park together when they were three.

Sarah’s parents are corporate lawyers, something she finds horribly distasteful even if she does rather enjoy some of the benefits of the incredible salaries this provides them.  Especially she loves getting to ride in her father’s Ferrari.

Sarah herself is a bit of a whimsical child, and often comes off as barely much brighter than Allison though she is, quite possibly, the smartest one of the bunch.  Sarah just isn’t interested in school subjects.  She does well, she makes good grades, but she takes little interest in anything that isn’t her cheerleading as far as school goes.  For her it doesn’t matter how good or bad her grades are, so long as she gets the SAT or ACT scores to get into a decent school, and even if it does turn out to be important she has high enough grades she could jump several ranks just by deciding to do her homework more often.

Outside of her cheerleading, Sarah enjoys video games, books, movies, TV, and everything else you’d expect of a teenager.  She’s also deeply enamoured with the work of Mother Theresa, even taking Theresa as her Confirmation name, and while not seeming to apply herself very hard in school she is paying attention and learning — for the moment, at least, she hopes to become a doctor and work on The Africa Mercy hospital ship.

Now & Forever ABCs (Joe)

Josef Svenson

26 October 1985

Born Joséphine Svenson, Joe never much went in for girlish things.

By the time he started school he preferred to be called a boy, and to be called Joséphe.

At the time he started puberty Joe had, in every way he could, shed his feminine form, except features that he inherited from his maternal grandfather, which included a somewhat effeminate face – a genetic legacy that irked him. When puberty actually started to turn Joe’s body against him, he became rapidly depressed.

At this point Joe was seeing therapists, but as his body insisted on growing breasts instead of a beard he started taking drugs and engaging in other self-destructive behaviours – he preferred anything that could keep him from seeing the image in the mirror as it really was. His first menstruation left him in tears and a slight breakdown.

When he was sixteen, and living in Austria, his life began to turn around in little ways. His parents helped him change his name; he was now legally Josef Svenson (he had started using the German spelling and pronunciation instead of the French so it sounded, to him, less like his birth name). They also got him started on hormone treatments, and a hysterectomy – he would become depressed to the point of not eating on his periods. Also, in an effort to get him off of the drugs, by limiting his ability to get them and to avoid anyone attempting to force him to be female in any capacity, his parents home schooled him through private tutors.

Despite his best efforts to pickle his mind, Joe remained brilliant and had secured himself a place at Humbolt in Berlin at age seventeen. There he tried to better himself – by now he looked at least as masculine as his grandfather, Hrithik … not his ideal, but he could live with it – but as he tried again to start dating he found no end of trouble that put him back onto drugs. Frequently, upon finding out he was born female, and in fact still had a woman’s anatomy, women would dump him. Then word got around. He stopped being able to get dates with the better girls and found himself more and more with abusive predators who he couldn’t bring himself to dump; they at least pretended to think of him as a man. Eventually he quit school.

When he was nineteen, Joe had the last of the surgeries to make him male. This did a lot for his morale. Some deal, neither he nor they will discuss, was worked out between Joe and Hrithik & Theresa; whatever it was they paid his way though a technical school in Vienna, and he stayed sober. While there he cautiously tried dating again – it’s thought that his grandparents’ deal may have included them affirming relationships that lasted beyond a certain point, it’s known he was required to get back into therapy. Whatever the stipulation, he had better luck, fewer predators at least, but some worse heartbreaks … he had an uncanny knack for getting serious with women who couldn’t be with a man who could not give them children one day.

Eventually he met a young art student named Helen. And, along the way, she asked him to marry her. Joe’s life has steadily turned around from there. She works in graphic design, he in industrial design, and they are proving successful in their careers, both climbing the promotion ladder quickly. They’re even discussing children.

Joe still cannot see the handsome, exotic young man he has become. His home has few mirrors and there exist very few photographs of him. Their home is decorated in pictures of the couple’s parents, siblings, extended family, paintings, and many images of Helen. His wife lets him have that one, though she and many others argue constantly that he’s attractive, she lets him stay out of the lens of cameras on the condition that every few years he has one made or lets her take one of him just for herself. He agreed without hesitation.

Now & Forever ABCs (Hrithik & Theresa)

Hrithik Ayishah & Theresa Malena Ayishah née Feliciano

3 June 1953 & 19 October 1952

Ayyavazhi & Agnostic

Hrithik and Theresa are prolific and somewhat popular authors who spend much of their time travelling the world in various charitable causes.

Hrithik was born in Denmark to Indian immigrants, and Theresa in France to Puerto Rican immigrants.  They met while both of their families were on holiday in the Riviera.  The pair exchanged addresses and became penpals, and before long lovers, then married.

Initially the couple settled in Theresa’s home city of Riems, France.  By this point both had already written several short stories and novellas, she had two novels and he one.  They made a modest living, but Hrithik came into a sizeable inheritance, and the first novel the couple co-wrote became a bestseller.

Soon the couple were travelling the world.  Not extravagantly, though they had a fair sum to do it with, spending their time making and meeting friends abroad and seeing the world in a somewhat bohemian fashion, as well as living and working with people on the front lines of poverty, deforestation, and other causes.  To this day they spend much time reading to and helping feed poor children in third world countries and with them both writing multiple books a year under various pen names they often dedicate all rights and profits of entire titles and series to various charities.

They’ve had several children and, early on, agreed the children would be born in France and hold French citizenship — no one has ever been able to get them to say if they’re kidding or not that the reason is entirely because Theresa hates Danish foods, because it’s the only answer they ever give but never with a straight face.

(No He’s not named after this Bollywood actor — I’d chosen that name before I ever heard of the man.  Apparently he’s the only famous person named this, however, so it’s what matches for related articles)