Name: Caleb Diamond
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Classic video games, skateboarding, chemistry, internet culture
Appearance: Caleb is 60 standing up straight, but he rarely does that, usually walking around hunched over which gives him the appearance of being around 59. He is an average weight of 150 pounds and though he is not fat he doesnt look very muscular either.
Caleb has dirty blond hair that is usually covered by a gray beanie, but on the rare occasion he is seen without it his hair is messy and reaches the middle of his ears. He has expressive blue eyes, a straight medium sized nose and straight teeth all on an oval shaped face. His skin is slightly tanned on the exposed parts of his arms, face, neck and past his knees. On the rare occasion he removes his shirt for swimming or changing, his naturally light peachy complexion is revealed. Like his hair his eyebrows are dirty blond. Overall his face would look cute in a boyish way if he didn't insist on frowning and wearing his ratty beanie.
He dresses very casually in t-shirts with slogans on them, jeans, or long shorts, and sneakers. His clothes will usually be clean at the insistence of his mother, but often look a bit worn or dingy. His general appearance is that of someone who doesn't put a lot of stock into how he looks. He doesn't see a point to it when there's already a cleaned up exact duplicate of himself wandering around. He tries to differentiate from his twin's appearance as much as possible so as not to draw comparisons between the two. Besides his clothes and expression, one of the ways he tries to further discourage comparison is with his lazy slouch.
Biography: Caleb was born 4 minutes after his identical twin brother Andrew on October 30th to William and Leena in Kingman Arizona. Their little brother James was born four years later.
Caleb, Andy and James live in a middle class area of Kingman and although their family must operate on a budget, they never wanted for anything. William works as the manager at a Bank of America and Leena is an electrician.
Leena has more flexible hours, working whenever there is a repair for her to do and spent more time with the boys than their father. Though he is busy, he loves his sons dearly and both parents are encouraging and try to treat their children like adults, making sure not to talk down to them.
Starting in elementary school the twins were very close, staying near each other most of the time. Eventually Andy began to be more adventurous and developed into an extrovert while Caleb was always more introverted. He tended to cling more to his brother and the strange sense of humor they developed between the two of them didnt translate as well to his classmates.
The boys didnt really have much interest in television since their parents didnt want to purchase cable. If they ever had a question about something, rather than tell them the answer their parents encouraged them to look the answers up on their own. Caleb and Andy became self-taught in many things, mostly having to do with history and current events. This continues today and was Calebs first foray into the internet. They were both very naturally intelligent had voracious appetites for knowledge. Seeing their aptitude for math and science in elementary school, William and Leena bought the boys all sorts of educational toys. Andy was inseparable from a toy set that tasked children with building a small clock while Caleb was fascinated by the childrens chemistry set. The volcano from the set is still in his room today.
Moving into middle school, their father realized that the lack of time he was spending with the boys was putting a wedge between them. He started to share his collection of old video games. Though all three siblings like gaming, Caleb was the one who became the best at video games. Moving into his teen years he developed very bad insomnia. It began gradually, with Caleb finding himself staying awake later and later at night. After two months he was only able to get 3 hours of sleep a night at most. The quality of his school work the later half of freshman year dipped. He became extremely irritable and after screaming at his younger brother for a minor annoyance and making him cry, his parents decided to take him to a doctor. Caleb was grateful for any thing that might provide reprieve from his insomnia and had a very good understanding of medications, so was not hesitant to be prescribed sleeping aids. His problems are resolved now and he sleeps the appropriate amount of hours. While dealing with the insomnia, Caleb playing Metroid, Zelda and early Final Fantasy games helped alleviate the boredom. Even though he no longer spend hours awake, but he still goes back to video games when hes bored because he likes having something to concentrate on and secretly likes the cute, pixilated aspects of the games, adoring Ricky the kangaroo from Zelda the most.
All of the siblings skate board, since it is something both of their parents share. Sometimes the entire family will go out on the weekend to the skate park and do tricks. This started when the twins were about nine. Caleb is decent at it and enjoys it as the one somewhat physical activity he does better than the average person at. He doesnt care particularly about showing off tricks, but he likes wheeling around as a fast mode of transport and if hes on a family outing, he enjoys trying new tricks to have another move for his skill set. These days he can often be seen skateboarding to and around school, or pushing himself leisurely while walking with someone.
During the summer between middle school and first year of high school two events simultaneously occurred. His uncle Jerry, the brother of his father, came to stay with the family for a few weeks following a trip to rehab for heroin addiction. A few days later Caleb fell off his skateboard and broke his leg. He was reduced to spending most of the time inside while his brothers went outside and his parents worked. During that time he bonded with his uncle and the two played videogames. One morning the family woke up to find Jerry gone and some expensive electronics missing. It was nothing that couldnt be easily replaced, but Calebs was hurt deeply and his expectations of people in generally significantly lowered.
Going into high school he was separated from his brother Andy more than ever by having completely different class schedules. Caleb dedicates himself wholly to chemistry and is known for doing peoples chemistry homework in exchange for a free lunch. He's good enough at chemistry that it's little strain to him. In addition to that he is terrible at putting together his own lunches while also being a big eater. Left to his own devices, Caleb will make himself two pieces of bread with butter to take for lunch, so he's highly susceptible to food bribes for homework. If he strongly dislikes someone, he will refuse to do the homework even when offered a food payment.
He has a very prickly exterior and will greet most people with an insult. Some people find him to be mean, but those that know him better know that hes joking and find him to be pretty funny. However, even those people who know him well say it seems like hes always kidding around. Caleb uses this as a way to protect himself and rarely tells people if hes feeling down. He has poor self esteem because he feels that hes not as popular as his more outgoing twin and isnt willing to open up much to other people for fear of betrayal.
Now that he and his brother are older they still spend a lot of time on the internet, but their learning is now coupled with going to different blogs and internet communities. Caleb spends a lot of time on 4chan and reddit, mostly looking for things he thinks are funny and trying to post funny things himself.
Now that they are done with junior year Andy has proven himself very adept at mechanical engineering while Caleb leans more and more to chemistry. Caleb finds it fascinating as ever and feels that people should know about the things around them and how to manipulate them. He hopes to go to the University of Las Vegas and aspires to doing pharmaceutical research.
Caleb has a decent amount of friends, but nowhere near the broad group his brother has. He often looks slovenly to contrast his brothers preppy style and is always slouching. He appears to be selfish at first, rarely offering to help with anything and being the first to declare Not my problem but if pushed, he will help a friend in need. He has had a few crushes on girls here and there, but finds it too frightening to open up enough to form a relationship.
Advantages: He is intelligent, agile and not swayed by sentiment. He is not likely to do something risky to protect someone else. His knowledge of medications might be useful. He doesnt trust others easily and is skeptical.
Disadvantages He suffers from insomnia and without his medication after three days he becomes irritable and isnt likely to make as good decisions. He may not be well liked among peers who find him to be rude. He isnt very strong. There arent many people he feels he can rely on.
wrote:They were both very naturally intelligent and had voracious appetites for knowledge.
wrote:The quality of his school work in the latter half of freshman year dipped.
wrote:Even though he no longer spend hours awake, but he still goes back to video games when hes bored
wrote:All of the siblings skateboard,
Can we just get a bit more elaboration on the incident with his uncle? Why were the family kosher with letting a recovering drug addict stay with them? Did it not make anyone uneasy? Was this the first time that Jerry had gone around robbing people? It's a bit of a dramatic turn in an otherwise low-key profile, so I wouldn't mind just a little more elaboration on it.
What kind of funny things does Caleb try to post on 4chan and reddit? Witty comments? Amusing gifs? I'm just curious about his sense of humour.
Also, why pharmaceuticals in particular, rather than just flat out chemistry?wrote:aspires to do pharmaceutical research.
Could you just rephrase this to remove the quote for me?wrote:and being the first to declare Not my problem but if pushed, he will help a friend in need.
Finally, how's Caleb's relationship with James these days?
That's it for now, so let me know when you've made the edits and I'll give Caleb another look. Thanks!