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The all did have very distinct and different personalities, however. Both Evan and Jace realised they were gay around similar ages, but Peter was straight, married young, and has already given his parents two lovely grandchildren. Where Evan was the wildchild, promiscuous and harbouring a massive ego with a lot of self-assurance, Peter was the quiet, studious one who went on to become an accountant with a school teacher wife. Jace was more the chilled, relaxed, free-spirited kind of guy and liked playing with dolls or dressing up as a princess or a fairy, joining ballet class, and dreaming of being a cheerleader or a ballet dancer. His effeminate nature was obvious from a young age, and his family never tried to stifle it. Even his strict military father embraced the fact he had two gay sons, and if anyone didn’t like it, they could fuck off (and with a threatened rifle up the ass… he was strict and also scarily protective of his family).
But when Jace was 11 and Evan 18 and poised for Med School, things took a scary turn when Jace was hit by a car. The driver was high on drugs and had alcohol in her system, she didn’t stop at a pedestrian crossing near the school when Jace was crossing the road. He suffered multiple injuries, most of which eventually healed, but the brain injury was something that would come to impact on the rest of his life. It was impossible to tell what the long-term outcome would be for some time, but during his long stay in hospital where he missed over a year of school and ended up being homeschooled by his mother, he began to have these weird turns where he would seem to abruptly haze out on people, stare into space, seemingly catatonic. Doctors initially thought it was post-traumatic stress disorder, but Jace had no actual memory of the accident and he never would either.
It turned out that Jace had a form of epilepsy caused by the brain injury. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy with Complex Partial Seizures which were unlike the general understanding of what a seizure is. He doesn’t convulse or shake, he just goes into a catatonic-like state, almost like sleep-walking. He is unconscious to his surroundings, and never remembers them once they happen. In the early stages, they were quite severe, and with Evan having a massive protective streak and soft spot for his little brother, he took a heavy blow seeing him so incapacitated. Where he was scared at first whenever Jace had the seizures, he soon came to be an expert in the condition and it was what led him to choose Neurology as his medical specialty.
After the accident, Jace had some learning difficulties and struggled with his schooling. He only just brushed a pass to graduate high school and had to give up the physical things he loved like ballet, and he never had a chance of being a cheerleader because he was homeschooled for the rest of his school days. It did, however, draw out quite a creative talent in him, and he was draw ink designs all over everything, or sketch beautiful patterns with a simple medium like coloured pencils. It was what ultimately helped him strengthen his brain after the injury, but he wasn’t ever destined for college. Once he graduated high school, he moved out of home to go live with his brother in New York, just to give him more options of figuring out what he wanted to do and how that balanced with what he could do. For his 19th birthday, Evan shouted him his first tattoo, and it was there they met Joanne Sinclair who was extremely impressed with Jace’s original design. That was how he came to decide he wanted to be a tattoo artist.
He is now a fully qualified tattoo artist and works a few days a week with Jo at her own inking business. He found doing the job full time would exacerbate his epilepsy, even if it was controlled by medication, and it turned out the lighting in the parlour had a lot to do with it. He shortened his days and took a second job as a Design Assistant, working at Rian Ambrose’s label, Ambrosiere with her newest designer recruit, Austin Shaw. Joanne put him in touch with Rian when she saw that his illustrators gift for unique and often unusual patterns and illustrations could well be used elsewhere.
Mostly, he just assists Austin with constructing his designs or being a sounding board for potential creations. But he also designs bespoke fabrics specifically to fit the designs. It’s a very calming job for him and it has kept his epilepsy the most controlled it has been for years. However, with Austin’s new husband, Beau, falling ill with Leukemia, Austin has taken a leave of absence and he has been doing more inking and working closer with Rian to develop inspiration for his art.
Jace is mostly a friendly guy, but he definitely had an inner bitch. He’s always well-groomed and presents himself well, with a pretty keen fetish for ink and leather. He loves wearing leather, he loves other people wearing it, especially hot guys in leather pants, and he loves tattoos. He is single and still lives with his brother, Evan, who is every bit a best friend to him as well as a brother. Unlike Evan, though, Jace can’t trawl gay bars for hook-ups because the strobe lights can trigger his condition. He’s more of a coffee shop, park, and library kind of guy, if only for the people-watching and enjoyment of the New York culture. He doesn’t really know ‘what’ he is, but he thinks at least knowing ‘who’ he is is a good start. He has made some close friends in New York who don’t judge his condition and he knows he couldn’t live without his big brother around to take care of him.
Jace is an Original Character with no fandom affiliation. For RP purposes only. His PB is Nick Roux, who belongs to himself.
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