Mackenzie Barlow | 18 | FC: Emily Browning | Open
When Mackenzie first met Landon, the new kid, she just knew it was fate. They bumped into each other and as her many books fell from her arms, it was as if something inside her snapped and the wedding bells in her head just began ringing harmoniously. Ever since then, Mackenzie has always had this crush on the ever mysterious Landon Hart. She did everything she could to get closer to him and, by luck, she succeeded. The two became wonderful friends easily. Their friendship was the kind that went through every single phase possible. It went through the early awkward stage, the more-like-siblings-than-friends stage, and, of course, the friends with benefits stage. One phase it didn’t go through, however, is the one where they both fall in love with each other. For Mackenzie, it was love at first sight. But for Landon, it was simply a great friendship.
As a part of the Barlow family, Mackenzie grew up unable to take no for an answer. And even from Landon, she never has gotten a rejection or denial. She’s never told him about her feelings, anyway. Things get rough when he tells her that he’s leaving the country, though.
For so many years now, the two have been absolutely inseparable. Though Mackenzie was quite the popular student and was chased around by a lot of guys, her eyes were only for Landon. She followed him wherever he went. She joined clubs he was a member of. She started eating lunch with him instead of her other friends. She became the outcast among her group of friends while she and Landon soared to the top of the food chain together. And it was all for the sake of her so-called love. Landon, on the other hand, has barely noticed this.
Mackenzie did her research and quickly convinced Landon to put her name in as his Connection. Things were going well. She gets to visit him in the House of Eovi once a week and they’re still quite the inseparable couple. But what happens when Mackenzie realizes that Landon is slowly falling for someone else? A contestant, no less. Will Mackenzie be able to resist her urges and let Landon be happy? Or will she sneak inside the House one night and simply rip the other girl’s head off? Figuratively, of course.
Elizabeth Rowe | 19 | FC: Carly Rae Jepsen | Open
Ever since they were freshmen, Matt’s always had this crush on Elizabeth. He was a transfer and one look at Elizabeth, he knew. Transferring was definitely a good decision. Plus, it was about time that he moved one from his last breakup and just ask this beautiful brunette out. Little did he know that a worse heartbreak awaited him.
Elizabeth never loved Matt. In fact, she’s always thought he was too clingy. But he was cute, so she kept him around. Plus, he was a bit of a heartthrob among her group of her friends. She loved the attention that being with him gave her. She loved the gifts he would shower her with. She loved that feeling that so many other girls would die to be with Matt, but he chose her. She loved it all. Matt, himself, though… Elizabeth would much rather talk about homework than her feelings for her lover. She just didn’t like him. Period.
Two years and seven months after Elizabeth first officialized their relationship, Matt found himself simply staring at the wall in his room. Elizabeth broke up with him. And she did it over the phone. He could even hear the voice of another guy telling Elizabeth to hang up already. Matt felt like shit. He’s been hearing rumours about Elizabeth cheating on him, but he never believed any of them. His love for her blinded him. But he was done now. He didn’t long for revenge or anything of the sort, but he needed to leave. And leave he did.
Elizabeth has no insecurities, emotionally-scarring secrets, or anything of the likes. She’s simply a bitch. She’s beautiful, and she knows exactly how to use that to her advantage. As a kid, she competed in pageants. She always won. She’s part of a financially blessed family, and she sure isn’t a hypocrite with her opinions about money. Elizabeth has always known what she wanted. Frankness has always been one of her favourite weapons. She’s always lived a simple, no-nonsense life. She might be a bitch, but she definitely does not deny it. Being fake has never been Elizabeth’s thing.
All this changes when she finds out that Matt was accepted as a contestant in the House of Eovi. Regret flooded her whole being. Had she not broken up with him, she would most definitely have been his first choice as his Connection. It would’ve been instant and certain fame for Elizabeth. But as it turned out, Matt didn’t put a name in the blank space next to ‘Connection’ in his application form. It was her chance. She contacted the producer and made sure she would get to be Matt’s Connection. And, of course, she got exactly that. She is Elizabet Rowe, after all. Elizabeth Rowe always gets what she wants.
Jacob Morgan | 19 | FC: Josh Hutcherson | Open
As siblings, it’s safe to say that Jacob and Jessie’s relationship isn’t exactly perfect. They teased each other, took each other’s lunch money, hid each other’s things, tricked each other into doing the other’s chores, embarrassed each other, and even wanted to kill each other occasionally, but that’s just the fact that they’re siblings. And those things died out when the two become teenagers, of course.
Jacob and Jessie still insult each other teasingly a lot, but they’ve definitely been a lot more controlled than when they were kids. While Jacob likes scaring off guys who like Jessie, Jessie likes befriending Jacob’s girlfriends and ruining their perfect image of him. These things never work, though. Jessie’s never had very many suitors in the first place, but those who do try to get to know her are actually very determined. And though Jacob is a bit of a jerk sometimes, his girlfriends always love him too much to ever care about the Jessie’s childhood stories about Jacob.
Jacob is a jock, but not the typical kind you see in movies. He’s their school’s most valuable player, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he only dates the cheerleaders. In fact, his girlfriend as of the moment is quite the science geek. And Jacob loves that about her. He’s not a judgmental person and he always tries to see the good in everyone, even if he has to strain his neck in doing so. He can be annoying and quite proud, but he is still a person with flaws.
More than he’s ever showed, Jacob really loves his sister. The over protective way that he glares at her occasional lovers is usually translated as him trying to scare the guys away, but it’s actually his own way of being a good brother to Jessie, even if she doesn’t see it that way at all. When she announced that she was entering the House of Eovi, Jacob practically jumped in joy that his sister wouldn’t be there to interrupt his moments with his girlfriend anymore. But when he found out about each contestant having a Connection, he also jumped at the opportunity of being able to keep an eye out for his sister.
Jonathan Atwood | 18 | FC: Evan Peters | Open
Ever since the two could remember, Jonathan and Daisy have always been the best of friends. Their mothers were childhood friends too, so it wasn’t a surprise that the two have known each other since they were in diapers as well. They used to fight and quarrel a lot as kids, but all that has been forgotten now. Sometimes, during nights that the other’s family would spend dinner in the other’s house, their parents would remind them of how they used to practically kill each other for the last cookie. These were the nights that equalled smiles even until they got home.
Things changed when Daisy met Neil. Jonathan still hates himself for having introduced the two. He and Daisy grew apart as she began hanging out with Neil’s group of friends more. She began smoking, drinking, and abusing drugs. She rarely ever came home. There would even be times that Daisy would be found on the streets with a bottle of alcohol in one hand, staggering in heels that could kill a person.
Jonathan, of course, was completely aware of how Neil was only using Daisy because of her undeniable beauty and whole-hearted trust. One night, as they were having some fun in a nearby club, Neil dragged a very drunk Daisy out to the dance floor and began practically undressing her in front of everyone. Jonathan finally snapped. He tried to make Daisy leave the place with him, but she only shouted at him and told him that he’s ruining everything. They never spoke to each other again.
Many months later, Jonathan got news of Daisy’s not leaving home. Her mother visited their house one day and kept nagging him to make up with her daughter already. Jonathan was hesitant to talk to her at first, but, of course, he knew it was his fault that she was being this way anyway. He got there just in time before she left for the House of Eovi. Barely any words were exchanged. Daisy kept trying to apologize, but their meeting mainly consisted of hugs. Jonathan didn’t want to let her go away, but he did. The only assurance he got that they’ll be keeping in touch was Daisy’s promise. Little did he know that he’ll be getting to visit Daisy inside the House once every week.
Simply putting it, Jonathan is one of those people who always have a smile plastered on their face for some unknown reason. He’s cheeky and an all around happy guy. Even when he and Daisy had their major misunderstanding, Jonathan tried his best to not let this get him down too much. Just the way his smiles didn’t reach his eyes after that, however, is already a huge change for people.
Not once has Jonathan even thought of having a more-than-friends relationship with Daisy, but ever since that time he last hugged her before she entered the House of Eovi, the idea’s been playing around his head more and more. Will he finally be able to put his feelings into words? Or will he be the coward he sees himself to be and just watch Daisy strain her neck to find the One?
Nicholas Thrupp | 19 | FC: Hunter Parrish | Taken
One summer day somewhere in northwestern Europe, amidst the quiet streets of a tiny village was ten year old Adeline and her dog. She carried a list of things that her grandmother asked her to buy, but was having a lot of trouble finding the market itself. She stood still on the very middle of the street, reading things out from the list. A crowd of kids only a few years older than she came running towards her and Addie only froze on her spot. The next thing she knew, she was on the floor with a strained ankle and a ruined list. Only one of the kids who crashed into her came back to apologize.
Nicholas, then thirteen, was playing tag with his friends. He wasn’t even aware that their group had already hurt someone with all their running and hiding. When he saw the fallen girl on the ground, not even crying, Nicholas quickly ran over to help her up. The only problem was, she couldn’t. Introductions were pushed aside and the extremely distraught Nicholas immediately asked Adeline where she lived and carried her there. No complaints were heard. Adeline didn’t even get the chance to tell him that she was okay. But ever since that day, the two couldn’t remember a time when they were apart for more than a day.
Nicholas grew up caring for Adeline like a younger sister. He got angry whenever Adeline hurt herself in any way and would scold her for not wearing at least two layers of clothes during winter time. He was over-protective and would usually glare at the boys who even tried getting close to Addie and the girls who teased her for being strange.
During the time after Adeline was sexually assaulted by two seniors, Nicholas was in rage. It was him that Adeline came running to immediately after the incident, but he had to leave her for a few hours to make sure that those two seniors would need surgery to get their bone structure back to normal again. He quit school and went back to the province with Adeline the very next day.
Nicholas is basically a fun-loving guy with an open mind and a loving heart. In both of his high schools, he was the heartthrob who was flirty but simply unreachable. Needless to say, Nicholas was abashed when Adeline told him about her acceptance into the House of Eovi and lectured her about safety for two long hours, but let her go nonetheless. He didn’t know about each contestant having a Connection, but was glad to know that it was his name Adeline put in her application as hers.
Whenever inside the House of Eovi, Nicholas tries his best not to be too wary of the male contestants. He befriends everyone and is really quite the popular one, but his eyes always somehow drift back to Adeline. Will Adeline falling for someone else finally make him realize just how much he loves her? Or will jealousy get to him first and evoke an argument between them for the very first time?