College Dropout Turned Scientist
(Major Character, Realistic Fiction)
Mr. Grant, Vic
Victor Edmund Grant
Two faint but visible scars; one on his forearm and the other across his palm.
Tall, lanky, skinny, long-legged.
Very pale, due to lack of sunlight and also just naturally.
Low ponytail, occasionally a bun
Almost all sciences, surprisingly decent chef, fluent in French.
Asperger Syndrome, PTSD, anxiety
- Stands with his back very stiff and straight
- Nervous habit of rubbing at his wrist
- He keeps his shoulders almost crunched together, generally looks like he's trying to take up as little space as possible
- Speaks fairly formally, and has a soft voice
To make it through college with Henry by his side
Doormat, very quiet, tends to make poor decisions, shortsighted, almost always tired, apathetic at times, outlandish ideas at bad times, independent to a fault (i.e. not telling people when he needs help, or feels sick)
Subconscious prejudice against older men due to his father.
Writing poetry, trying to make his half of the apartment look nice, tending to his succulents.
Victor was considered a gifted child in his school days, and the pressure from that has absolutely not helped him. He's incredibly smart; if you talk to someone who's interacted with him, that's the first thing that they'll say, probably followed by "but I had no idea what the hell he was talking about." He's very earnest, and throws himself headfirst into whatever "project" captivates him at the moment, often without any regard for his well-being. He's generally a bit shy unless he's in a situation where he desperately wants to gain approval (such as when showing off a project to a teacher), in which case he's obnoxiously showboat-y. He doesn't make friends easily, and generally struggles in social situations, often gravitating towards the sidelines or towards more mature adults to talk with. He often struggles with putting his thoughts and feelings into words, most of his notes would make sense to no one but him. He took a special interest in science at a young age--specifically chemistry--and it has captivated him ever since; he's taken just about all of the high-level science courses offered and is proficient at most of them. In fact, he would use AP level science courses as something of a coping mechanism since staying after school to study kept him out of the house and away from his father. He gravitates towards science since it has stricter rules than classes that are more based on explanations and interpretations. He has a very strong desire to be self-reliant, based in a fear of abandonment, and often refuses help on the basis of that. Despite that, however, he still tends to be a bit clingy. Unintentionally (most of the time) self-neglectful. He's a bit of a neat freak, especially with regards to his lab. God-awful sleep schedule. An odd mix of being both arrogant in his abilities and insecure about himself; he knows that he's bright, but his anxiety and his general fear of rejection make him feel like he has to downplay everything he accomplishes, no matter how proud of it he is. Absolutely terrified of losing those who are close to him, something that Dr. Flynn uses against him. He's a bit of a pushover, especially to his superiors, and doesn't really fight back when someone is berating him, something that annoysto no end.
Victor is the oldest of two children, with his younger sister Claire being born when he was seven. His mother was quite distant, and his father focused more on work than on his family. Luckily a family friend stepped in via Aaron Lowe, whose oldest daughter Alice was Victor's closest friend throughout his childhood and teenage years. Being a gifted (though very quiet) student, Victor was offered multiple scholarships, which he turned down to instead stay in Bell Creek to protect Claire, due to their father's growing temper. During the final project for his freshman year, Claire aided Victor in the presentation of how magnesium burns in dry ice. Distracted by meeting his idol (Dr. Calvin Flynn), Victor ignored Claire's questions on what supplies she was supposed to grab and used the wrong thing, causing a small explosion that burned her hands and forearms. This enraged Victor's father, who saw it as a damaging of his favorite children, and he disowned him. Victor then moved in with Henry Harrison, his other closest friend (Alice was studying abroad in England), who he later realized he was in love with.
Elaine and Edward Grant
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