BALESTRERO, Daniel Jonah Sept 12, 2013 23:50:38 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on Sept 12, 2013 23:50:38 GMT -5
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OH, HAI THERE! I'M ALEX AND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO MEET YOU. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 5 YEARS I THINK SO I KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU NEED TO TALK TO ME? HIT ME UP AT PM ME FOR DEETS AND I'LL TRY TO GET BACK TO YOU.
FULL NAME Daniel Jonah Balestrero
BIRTHDAY May 16
Many would describe Daniel as someone who carries himself in a presentable fashion. Although, he is often said to be wooden and noticeably worried of his appearance. Perhaps not conscious of his hair or if his shirt matches with his pants but of his posture. Daniel has decent posture, more decent than people of his age and his walk is slow and recognizable. If one knows him well enough, they will also know how to distinguish his back, especially while walking. He's the type of pedestrian that loves to stop and smell the roses. Hardly ever walks in a rush and if that was ever the case then he must have needed to be somewhere important.
Despite that Daniel is self-conscious of his posture and stance, he doesn't worry much about his clothing style. Although he's not careless, he knows what goes well with what and whether or not something is most likely too unclean to wear again. Daniel is an outfit repeater and he might be wearing the same shirt he wore the day before again if he doesn't think it's stained or smelling bad. His style is described as comfortable and neat. A typical outfit Daniel would wear, would be a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Very simple and effortless. Cold, winter days are Daniel's favorite times because he adores wearing his trusty wool coat and layers of clothing. He feels most comfy sporting on a warm number of clothing items, he feels safe. One thing also is that brands are really not taken to account by Daniel.
A distinguishing feature of Daniel would be his strong jawline. His eyes are big, green (sometimes confused for hazel) and his hair is blonde, a slightly deep shade. A broad nose, full but straight lips and low, thick eyebrows that compliment and frame his face.
> Long walks
> The ocean
> Smiles from strangers
> Singing (he's no Frank Sinatra)
> Summer (although he loves the state in which he was born in)
> People who judge others strictly for their appearance
> Hot water
> Sour food
On the contrary belief that Daniel is stuck-up and suave, he's not. As a child, his parents had always ordered him to sit straight and have proper etiquette. His manners aren't much of a task, but more of a habit. Daniel is just like any other guy his age. Although he is said to be wiser, he simply knows to think before saying or doing anything. He's careful, to say the least. Cautious of the words he decides to put out or actions he wants to commit. Daniel is gentle and most of the time allows sympathy to dominate his feelings. He believes that going with one's heart is the best way to go and the feeling of the gut is more important than the logical. Many people who don't know him very well would think the opposite. Animal spirits used to describe Daniel are: the owl and bear. He has the evident wit of an owl but the warmth of a bear. If he were to be sorted into Hogwarts, he'd definitely be tied in with Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff.
Daniel was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in a comfortable home. His father, James Balestrero was an accountant to many restaurant owners around the city and his mother was homemaker by the name of Louisa Balestrero née Tolstoy. The family owned their living in a humble manner and never turned down a noble pay. Due to James and Louisa lacking the sufficient money to raise a family of 3+ kids, they only had two children: Daniel and Harold. Daniel was the youngest of the Balestrero brothers but unlike most young ones, he never received the special treatment. He learned to value others equally and to also value himself. The feeling of being loved was never absent in Daniel's life, he had an amazing relationship with his parents and normally treated each other like siblings.
As a youngster, Daniel hardly knew what he wanted to become as an adult. Every other kid in his class had an idea but when it came to him, he had no clue! His parents assured him that there was nothing wrong with that because such things came naturally and not forced. Daniel stayed true to himself and never lied and said something spontaneous like president slash rocket scientist slash prince of the united states because it wasn't what he wanted. It wasn't real and Daniel, well, he was a very realistic kid. He kept in touch with the beauty and ugliness of life. He admired the way mud tended to stick on his shoe after a rainy week or even took the time to count the spots on the back of a ladybug. That didn't mean he was a bitter child but he took things without a whimsical explanation. Always informed and aware of his surroundings. Daniel was bullied for being so gosh darn real and being lame, but, sassy mouthed Balestrero never held back a snarky remark that costed him a big bench ticket outside during recess.
Aside from the ass kicking Daniel received (and in gratitude gave back) he lived a pretty good childhood. Life did toughen up during his teenage years, especially after being accused of a crime he did not commit. It all happened in the boys locker room where Daniel was putting away his shoes and physical education uniform. He heard a series of screams echoing through the rows of lockers, coming from behind the room. Daniel slowly took steps forward, he heard faint agonizing and cheering closer than he had before. Before he could even blink his eyes, three boys passed by him, smudging blood onto his bright green shirt as they pushed him out of the way. Disgusted by what had been marked on his shirt, Daniel rushed to the back of the locker room. What he found horrified him to a point where he had trouble breathing correctly.
His classmate was stabbed to death in the stomach. Everything that happened after that scene was a blur. Even the interrogation by the police made Daniel shutter. They found him suspicious and left him in jail for three days. The Balestrero family plead and demanded for their son to be released. There was no immediate proof that Daniel had committed the crime but authority believed that the fifteen year old had murdered the boy and the blood smudges and three boys running past him were all illusions. It infuriated Louisa to think that the law thought something so vile of her child. After everything was clarified and Daniel was found innocent, the family moved from the state of Louisiana.
Daniel felt embarrassed about going through a series of trails when he was sure he was innocent. Sure? Positively correct. He only had the support of his parents because his brother Harold was attending UC Merced in California. The news surprised Harold but he believed his brother's innocence. Due to the fact that Daniel's criminal record had been stained by his trials and convictions, many people were weary of him. How was the law so sure about not freeing another murderer from incarceration?
Despite the judgement that others had upon him, Daniel continued to lead an easy-going life. He met a couple of people who believed in his word and became friends with them. In the process, Daniel figured out what he wanted to be in the future. He currently attends Wentworth University and declared himself as a biochemical engineering major.
"A bird?!" Holden asked in exclamation. After noticing that his sudden stop caused Olivia to almost bump into him, he apologized, "Oh, I’m sorry." before continuing their rather small journey to the pawn shop. He shrugged his shoulders and kicked a small rock on the ground. It went flying swiftly forward but it did not get very far. Birds naturally knew how to fly and were free. Leaving home, and ending up dead a few days later made Holden realize that he didn’t know how to fly. Therefore, he shook his head and gave a pout to his lips before saying, "You mean a helpless penguin in a blazing, dry desert." he nodded, agreeing mostly with himself. Bentley was both a blessing and a curse to Holden.
Why you ask? Well, it wasn’t everyday one died and made more friends than one had while they were living. Second, Holden never gave thought to the afterlife and had never expected to become a spirit in hostage. The curse, needless to say, was indeed a curse. He just had to learn to live by it. It wasn’t wise to mess with a witch, ghost so ancient. 1945 did not seem very distant from the present and Holden found more interest in the much more older periods of time but, still.
Had Olivia… Just squeaked? Holden rose an eyebrow, turning to look to her. His head tilted to the side but soon moved straight. “I’d be lucky to have a dog. You flatter me, Olivia.” he chuckled softly. Ever since he was a child, Holden had wanted a canine companion. Every kid in his neighborhood had one, except him. All he had was a stack of books sitting on top of a table, paper and writing utensils. “That was a silly question. I just- I sometimes let my tongue dictate my thoughts. Why I was thinking of a ghost dog specifically, I have the slightest clue!” he exclaimed, lightheartedly dismissing it with wave of his hand.
Holden opened the door to the pawn shop, letting Olivia in before him. He looked inside, his brown eyes inspecting the items sitting on the shelves and such. It would have been a miracle to find his Nikon sitting there, unharmed and filled with profound and beautiful memories. He knew if he had his hands on it, he would burst into tears. His stomach began to churn, he felt like puking and it was as if his heart sunk.