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.