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« on: November 03, 2019, 10:14:55 PM »

“sit.” the command was followed by a long breath of silence. roman stared down at the black dog who stood and looked up at roman, seemingly unfazed by the command. his tail wagged excitedly, as if expecting roman to praise it for - doing absolutely nothing. all the man could do was have a staring contest with him, gazing into those goddamn eyes before breathing a quick sigh. sit,” he tried again, pointing at the ground as if that would change pookie number two (shadow? killian? … coca cola?) and his stubborn ways.

looked like roman had finally met his match. it wasn’t some other person, but instead came in the form of a small pup, unable to be trained. he figured if the pooch was going to stick around for the long run, he might as well teach the dog some new tricks. however, it seemed like it was easier said than done. all the dog knew how to do apparently was stalk roman until he fell for the damn thing. he kept eye contact with the dog that remained unmoving, aside from a short wag of his tail. then, he gave up, shaking his head and turning his gaze away. what a failure…

and, of course, only when rome decided to give up did the dog sit down, head tilted. unaware of his achievement.

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 12:42:59 PM »
      Brock once had a dog. A malnourished and quite frankly scraggly looking Alsatian named Baron. But, whilst the hound appeared sickly from the time Brock found him until his untimely passing, he was always so loyal and always so protective. If fearing Brock was not enough, then fearing a dog which would fight to its death for its wicked owner was petrifying.

Wandering over with an amused gleam in his eye, Brock studied Roman trying to command the dog to sit down. Huh. Not even a dog could take the son of a bitch seriously. So much for trying to be sly and devious with his ways, Roman was only a snake with a very temporary run of good luck. But, Brock knew that the high of ❛winning❜ this time against Brock would be a fleeting moment for Roman - only until Brock can throw him off his high horse, which would be pleasing to see.

❝ I'm afraid you're confusing the poor feller. ❞ Brock pointed out firmly as he grinned a fake smile towards Roman, arms folded across his chest. ❝ I could teach you about assertiveness - you're going to need to know how to act as a leader if you ever want anyone or anything to take you seriously. ❞ Perhaps words sounded too biting when out of context, but Roman knew what Brock really meant. They both knew well.

Spoiler: tags :: updated 11/07 • show
basics.
♘ brock van den bergh // no known nicknames
♘ male // he/him
♘ forty seven // ages real time // born third january
♘ member of bluestem prairie // formerly traveled with family and confidants
♘ led a gang with his closest confidants and colleagues before his wife died
♘ group unraveled during his grief, so he and his son soon left for BP
♘ joined BP april 2039
♘ took over as leader sept 2039

appearance.
faceclaim - jeffrey dean morgan
voice claim - jeffrey dean morgan [tw. violence]
♘ 6'0ft // strong, well-built frame
♘ dark chocolate brown eyes and salt and pepper hair
♘ physical health - 100% // current injuries: none
♘ mental health - 100% // N/A

personality.
♘ has anarchistic worldview // wants a world free from rules and regulations
♘ very well educated and therefore eloquent in his ways
♘ pro-individualist idealism forms charisma that attracts following of deviants
♘ has a kind, caring and playful disposition // very encouraging
♘ confident and sees himself as a sort of mentor
♘ shows a genuine compassion for allies // full of compliments
♘ his fearlessness often overlaps into recklessness
♘ very driven by vengeance and his own ego
♘ scarily charming and charismatic
♘ behavior has grown more aggressive, violent, and erratic recently
♘ often gaslights people to have things his way
♘ gets under people's skin using his charm to control them
♘ acts like the group's father and mentor // it's merely manipulation
♘ there is no ❝ real ❞ brock // he changes based on who he's with
♘ hypocritical // every ideal he preaches, he ends up breaking in some way
♘ he cares for himself over everyone else // driven by his own ego
♘ distances himself from conflict unless he knows he’s well guarded
♘ every decision of him is for self-preservation first and foremost
♘ terribly selfish // he only genuinely cares when it's convenient
♘ he would martyr anyone for his cause and has no shame in it
♘ takes in those in need of it, but not without his own ulterior motives
♘ only helps people as he knows these people will ❝ owe ❞ him after
♘ carries himself with the vigor of a much better, and mentally stronger, man
♘ picks pretty words and weaves them together, but is shallow all the same
♘ fashioned himself into something of a robin hood-like figure in the past
♘ he still thinks of himself in this manner // a vigilante

relationships.
♘ horatio van den bergh x tanya van den bergh // both deceased
♘ two sisters, one older and one younger
♘ heterosexual, heteromantic
♘ widowed when his wife, alexandra, was shot and killed
♘ father of jamie van den bergh
♘ once owned a dog named baron who has since died
♘ owns a horse named prospector // adores him

interaction.
bio // playlist // pinterest
♘ physically: very hard // mentally: hard
♘ very insensitive and brutal when it comes to harming others
♘ he'd even harm/omit to help his own allies if it does not benefit him
I HAVE A PISTOL PARTY AND I KILL 'EM ALL
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 12:23:21 PM »

“i’m afraid you’re confusing the poor feller.”
he turned his gaze and saw quite frankly the last person he ever wanted to see coming his way. the smile plastered on brock’s face was so fake it didn’t even seem to reach the man’s eyes - instead, there was just a gleam of amusement in their depths. amusement at roman’s current failure at training his dog, no doubt..

“i could teach you about assertiveness - you’re going to need to know how to act as a leader if you ever want anyone or anything to take you seriously.”
for a moment, roman pictured how perfect it would look for someone’s fist to collide with brock’s jaw - it wouldn’t be his own fist doing the action, but it was still quite the thought to entertain. none of brock’s words made sense when it came to dog training, instead a bit too biting for ro’s tastes… c’mon, brock; he was better than that bullshit.

“how have you made it this far, then, brock?” well, shit, guess roman wasn’t above that sort of talk, either.  the words were stated so plainly, however, that it was almost confusing as to whether the dig was malicious or simply a joke. but oh, it was a definite bite back. he turned his head and looked towards the dog. “take your best shot. try and get him to sit.”

« Last Edit: November 13, 2019, 09:50:15 AM by roman. »
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2019, 09:33:08 AM »
      Roman probably was expecting anyone but Brock to approach him training his dog. But, here Brock was, immediately sauntering nearby with those ever-judging eyes. His existence alone appeared to frustrate Roman, the other man always staring over so stoically. But, his eyes told an entire story. He hated Brock, detested him with passion. Brock couldn't blame the young man; Brock wasn't here to be liked. He was here to be listened to.

Words were biting, laced with a wicked sourness that could make anybody's stomach flip with unease. Now, Brock would tear Roman apart with his teeth, snarling each vicious and demeaning word as if they were the truth. A low, menacing chuckle passed his lips at Roman's sharp comeback, the simple few-worded reminder that Roman was as bad as Brock. Easy. You buy yourself a boat. Then you rock that boat, and instinctively everybody holds on tight. After that, you've got their attention... I have your attention. ❞

He pointed out smugly, quirking a brow before eyes wandered over towards the dog. Oh, so now Roman wanted Brock to do all the dirty work? He began to chuckle with disbelief, leaning back in his place as he peered up at the sky, arms folded across his chest. And then, he stalked closer in subtle confrontation, looking down on Roman as if he was worthless. No, no... I was just being... Silly- ❞ He shriveled his nose up with a toothy smile, though eyes were dark and menacing as they glared at Roman.

Brock finally reached out to pat Roman's shoulder. As if they were good friends. ❝ You take life too seriously, my friend. Now, lets see how you're training this mongrel. ❞

Spoiler: tags :: updated 11/07 • show
basics.
♘ brock van den bergh // no known nicknames
♘ male // he/him
♘ forty seven // ages real time // born third january
♘ member of bluestem prairie // formerly traveled with family and confidants
♘ led a gang with his closest confidants and colleagues before his wife died
♘ group unraveled during his grief, so he and his son soon left for BP
♘ joined BP april 2039
♘ took over as leader sept 2039

appearance.
faceclaim - jeffrey dean morgan
voice claim - jeffrey dean morgan [tw. violence]
♘ 6'0ft // strong, well-built frame
♘ dark chocolate brown eyes and salt and pepper hair
♘ physical health - 100% // current injuries: none
♘ mental health - 100% // N/A

personality.
♘ has anarchistic worldview // wants a world free from rules and regulations
♘ very well educated and therefore eloquent in his ways
♘ pro-individualist idealism forms charisma that attracts following of deviants
♘ has a kind, caring and playful disposition // very encouraging
♘ confident and sees himself as a sort of mentor
♘ shows a genuine compassion for allies // full of compliments
♘ his fearlessness often overlaps into recklessness
♘ very driven by vengeance and his own ego
♘ scarily charming and charismatic
♘ behavior has grown more aggressive, violent, and erratic recently
♘ often gaslights people to have things his way
♘ gets under people's skin using his charm to control them
♘ acts like the group's father and mentor // it's merely manipulation
♘ there is no ❝ real ❞ brock // he changes based on who he's with
♘ hypocritical // every ideal he preaches, he ends up breaking in some way
♘ he cares for himself over everyone else // driven by his own ego
♘ distances himself from conflict unless he knows he’s well guarded
♘ every decision of him is for self-preservation first and foremost
♘ terribly selfish // he only genuinely cares when it's convenient
♘ he would martyr anyone for his cause and has no shame in it
♘ takes in those in need of it, but not without his own ulterior motives
♘ only helps people as he knows these people will ❝ owe ❞ him after
♘ carries himself with the vigor of a much better, and mentally stronger, man
♘ picks pretty words and weaves them together, but is shallow all the same
♘ fashioned himself into something of a robin hood-like figure in the past
♘ he still thinks of himself in this manner // a vigilante

relationships.
♘ horatio van den bergh x tanya van den bergh // both deceased
♘ two sisters, one older and one younger
♘ heterosexual, heteromantic
♘ widowed when his wife, alexandra, was shot and killed
♘ father of jamie van den bergh
♘ once owned a dog named baron who has since died
♘ owns a horse named prospector // adores him

interaction.
bio // playlist // pinterest
♘ physically: very hard // mentally: hard
♘ very insensitive and brutal when it comes to harming others
♘ he'd even harm/omit to help his own allies if it does not benefit him
I HAVE A PISTOL PARTY AND I KILL 'EM ALL
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Offline roman.

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 10:15:12 AM »

someone needed to tell brock that his witticisms made next to no sense. half the time it felt like artificial garbage. garbage that, if someone didn’t hang on to every word and see it for what it was, could actually leave someone feeling mildly inspired. they’d feel like they should be inspired but truly have no lesson or wisdom to cling to. every time brock opened his mouth made roman feel sick to his stomach.

the man was bad news. he was dangerous. a bullet laced with venom. everyone else who thought they had the man figured out probably would see it best to leave him alone. don’t get close to something or someone who could so easily harm you. however, roman tended to get to close to the fire. he loved to see everything burn- even if he got singed in the process. brock had his attention? he pursed his lips slightly, adding an unconvinced, “if you say so.”

he hated it when brock was right.

he looked at rome as if he was worthless, as if he could get rid of him so easily if he made a wrong step. roman blinked, unfazed. turning his gaze away, he looked over towards the dog-- who was slowly starting to meander away. “hey! pookie two,” he called, the dog seemingly not responding to the name. “c’mere pooks.” the dog wandered over seemingly for the attention, and not so much because of the name. seriously, he had to think of a better name for this thing.

kneeling down, he gently petted the dog’s soft fur. “c’mon. let’s show brock what you’ve got.” then, pointing a finger, he said, “sit.” the dog stared at him unfazed. sit,” he said it slowly. the dog’s tongue lolled out of his mouth. he sighed.

guess brock won this round.
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Offline BROCK.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 01:25:01 PM »
      Maybe Brock was bad news, yet still he remained undetected like a rattlesnake in the grass. One could hear him before they saw him, and tended to see him for what he was a little bit too late. Before anyone could have time to react, he'd lash out and ruin them in the process. And maybe Brock had gotten Roman's attention, and Roman was next to be harmed by Brock's venomous ways.

He wasn't complaining. In fact, he was overjoyed at the thought.

His gaze shifted from looking down on Roman to peering over towards the dog, curious to see if Roman could actually control any living being. Brock didn't expect him to - Roman lacked the strength to be a leader - and so he folded his arms comfortably across his chest as he waited for failure. And, sure enough, the dog wandered over and actively ignored all of Roman's commands.

Brock began to chuckle.

❝ You tenacity never fails to impress me, Roman. ❞ He pointed out nonchalantly, leaning backwards ever-so-slightly as he observed Roman's feeble attempts. He flitted his gaze over smugly, a crooked smile sat on his lips as he watched Roman's features. Cue the humiliation on that arrogant mongrel's face - and he wasn't talking about the dog. It'd make Brock's day.

He slowly turned to look back towards the dog, nodding his head over towards it. ❝ Loyalty, Roman, it ain't- ❞ He paused with pursed lips. In thought. And then, he changed the approach. ❝ With loyalty you will find obedience. The dog trusting in your command. Perhaps some day... Pookie... Two will be less fickle towards its boss. ❞ Like dog, like owner - Brock pondered as an afterthought.

Spoiler: tags :: updated 11/07 • show
basics.
♘ brock van den bergh // no known nicknames
♘ male // he/him
♘ forty seven // ages real time // born third january
♘ member of bluestem prairie // formerly traveled with family and confidants
♘ led a gang with his closest confidants and colleagues before his wife died
♘ group unraveled during his grief, so he and his son soon left for BP
♘ joined BP april 2039
♘ took over as leader sept 2039

appearance.
faceclaim - jeffrey dean morgan
voice claim - jeffrey dean morgan [tw. violence]
♘ 6'0ft // strong, well-built frame
♘ dark chocolate brown eyes and salt and pepper hair
♘ physical health - 100% // current injuries: none
♘ mental health - 100% // N/A

personality.
♘ has anarchistic worldview // wants a world free from rules and regulations
♘ very well educated and therefore eloquent in his ways
♘ pro-individualist idealism forms charisma that attracts following of deviants
♘ has a kind, caring and playful disposition // very encouraging
♘ confident and sees himself as a sort of mentor
♘ shows a genuine compassion for allies // full of compliments
♘ his fearlessness often overlaps into recklessness
♘ very driven by vengeance and his own ego
♘ scarily charming and charismatic
♘ behavior has grown more aggressive, violent, and erratic recently
♘ often gaslights people to have things his way
♘ gets under people's skin using his charm to control them
♘ acts like the group's father and mentor // it's merely manipulation
♘ there is no ❝ real ❞ brock // he changes based on who he's with
♘ hypocritical // every ideal he preaches, he ends up breaking in some way
♘ he cares for himself over everyone else // driven by his own ego
♘ distances himself from conflict unless he knows he’s well guarded
♘ every decision of him is for self-preservation first and foremost
♘ terribly selfish // he only genuinely cares when it's convenient
♘ he would martyr anyone for his cause and has no shame in it
♘ takes in those in need of it, but not without his own ulterior motives
♘ only helps people as he knows these people will ❝ owe ❞ him after
♘ carries himself with the vigor of a much better, and mentally stronger, man
♘ picks pretty words and weaves them together, but is shallow all the same
♘ fashioned himself into something of a robin hood-like figure in the past
♘ he still thinks of himself in this manner // a vigilante

relationships.
♘ horatio van den bergh x tanya van den bergh // both deceased
♘ two sisters, one older and one younger
♘ heterosexual, heteromantic
♘ widowed when his wife, alexandra, was shot and killed
♘ father of jamie van den bergh
♘ once owned a dog named baron who has since died
♘ owns a horse named prospector // adores him

interaction.
bio // playlist // pinterest
♘ physically: very hard // mentally: hard
♘ very insensitive and brutal when it comes to harming others
♘ he'd even harm/omit to help his own allies if it does not benefit him
I HAVE A PISTOL PARTY AND I KILL 'EM ALL
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Offline roman.

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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 09:28:23 AM »

roman felt humiliated. the dog wouldn’t even try and listen to him; would that play out the same way with other people like brock alluded to? he kept his gaze intently on pookie two, knowing that if he looked at brock then the man would find something in his gaze to feel victorious about. even behind that big, blank wall of emotion, a couple things could manage to slip beyond the cracks.

he shook his head, mind reeling for a reply, something to say. he crouched down and beckoned for shadow/pookie two to come over. “c’mere,” he uttered, and the dog did just that. roman scooped him into his arms, holding him so tightly. who would’ve known this dog would cause roman to falter?

“everyone roots for the rebel,” he stated then, eyes lingering on pooks. “maybe the leader is the one who needs to change.” his eyes wandered over towards brock, watching him for a moment longer, gaze blank yet still just as intense. then, he turned to leave. he’d be a dead man if he decided to stick around and let brock get the best of him any longer than he already had.

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