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PREMIUM - MATURE

The town seems like any other town. Simple, quiet on the exterior but digging beyond the surface will reveal a whole new world of deception, lies, and most of all, power. This is where the rich come to raise their families. But they all have their dirty little secrets. Isolating themselves from the rest of the world is the norm here, weeding out the 'bad seeds'. The children are raised with a sense of 'being privileged' and their parents encourage this. They go to private universities where they are taught to rule the world.

But there is one little problem...

The government says they have to allow a certain number of scholarships every year to the underprivileged kids or risk the closure of their schools. On the far end of town lives the poor, the down-trodden, and the downright scum of the earth, or, at least, that is how the upper class sees them. Mana Marrow tries to hide this embarrassment in their town but now, with the government intervening, they will have to allow some of these young adults to mix with their own precious, spoiled, and pampered offspring. The town comes together to form 'The Hetaireia', a secret society for the Elite, and figures out a way to make this work in their favor, however, and soon the lucky chosen underprivileged youth begin their university studies only to find that all is not as it seems. A hierarchy is born and they find themselves at the bottom rung, treated as less than second class citizens.

Will you be one of the privileged students that seem to rule the schools?
Or will you be one of the poor, who struggle for the acceptance that they may never find?
Or maybe you will be an adult, working in the town, the schools, or at the factory that supplies jobs for little pay and hard labor?

The choice is yours, so choose wisely!


Definitions:

Strata:
1) A level or class to which people are assigned according to their social status, education, or income.
2) A group into which members of a population are divided in stratified sampling.

Mana
A word found in Austronesian languages meaning "power, effectiveness, prestige", where in most cases the power is understood to be supernatural.

Hetaireia
1) Meaning 'Secret Society' in Latin.
2) A term in ancient greek for a corps of bodyguards during the Byzantine Empire. It means "the Company".

mana mar.
LOCATED: somewhere in the us
set in may, 2018
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Jae Lee
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He/Him/His
Cafe Worker - Barista
7 POSTS
Kayla
AKA Prince Charming
SEXUALITY: Demisexual
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single/Unplotted
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~ Commoners ~
He was in a hospital, strapped to a table, his screams unheard, or simply ignored by the man he loved standing in the hallway. He was just in view, when the one he despised had revealed himself. Taking Jae's lover by the waist, the bastard pulled the man in for a kiss. Jae stopped screaming a moment, then screamed louder, before retching all over himself. Every fiber of his being felt like it was on fire. He can't do this to me! You're mine! Mine! His whole body was trembling in anger. Gritting his teeth, he arched his back, trying to get free of the restraints. Mine...

Back to reality, Jae heard someone talking and waving a hand in front of his face, making him blink and clearing his thoughts. His dead eyes brightened as his frown upturned into a smirk. He recognized the guy; he was one of his coworkers. "Sorry, I zoned out... You said clear table 7?"

Evan Levitt



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Evan Levitt
22
he / him
baker / game designer
7 POSTS
Alyoshka
AKA
SEXUALITY: Bicurious
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
PARTNER:
~ Commoners ~

through the night til we're twins again
stripped down to our skeletons again
Working in a cafe wasn't exactly Evan's dream - his dream was something more along the lines of his art or his game getting successful and him ending up getting somewhere in life because of it - but it was alright as a stopping point. He had a good time baking. But, you know, with all good things like that, there had to be something boring about it. And that was generally waiting and preparing tables. Gosh, did he hate doing that. So dull. At least he had someone to do it with him, although, right now, his coworker seemed pretty distracted.

"Table seven, yeah," Evan answered, glad his hand wavings had earned a reaction of some sort. He didn't really like interrupting people's daydreams, it seemed awkward, so he was happy when there was a reaction without fuss. "Twenty minutes 'til we open for lunch. If you could just fix up tables seven through twelve and I'll handle the other ones?" It was easy enough that they'd manage well before time.

jae lee
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Jae Lee
23
He/Him/His
Cafe Worker - Barista
7 POSTS
Kayla
AKA Prince Charming
SEXUALITY: Demisexual
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single/Unplotted
PARTNER:
~ Commoners ~
Another day, another meaningless task...but at least it kept him distracted. He nodded his head as he answered, "Sure. No problem." Grabbing the dirty dish bin, some spray cleaner, and a wash cloth, he headed over to the table without complaint. Jae cleared away the dishes and silverware left there into the bin, and started spraying down the table, before wiping it down. Going over to the other tables assigned to him, he made sure nothing was amiss, and if there was, he attended to it quickly and meticulously. He took everything he did very seriously— there was no room for error. And Jae couldn't let those daymares get to him, otherwise he'd ruin his own plans for revenge. Breathing in, he quietly exhaled before heading back behind the counter and into the kitchen with the dish bin. After scraping the food off the dishes, he placed them carefully into the sink full of hot water before he returned to the tables to grab the things he had left there, and put them in their rightful place. Giving his hands a brisk wash, he went back to his post, and began cleaning out the espresso machine. He glanced over at Evan.
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Evan Levitt
22
he / him
baker / game designer
7 POSTS
Alyoshka
AKA
SEXUALITY: Bicurious
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
PARTNER:
~ Commoners ~
through the night til we're twins again
stripped down to our skeletons again
"Cool, cool, thanks," Evan grinned at the other guy, appreciating that he was snapping himself out of his daze for this. It wasn't like he cared all that much when people were lost in their own world - Evan spent something like 90% of his time in his head in a myriad of fantasy worlds, it wasn't like he was going to criticise someone who did the same thing.

Going about his own tasks, he wiped down each of his own tables, chucking out any leftovers and making sure everything was more or less set out nice and neat for opening time, Evan made his way back into the kitchen to check on the tray of cookies he'd put into the oven a short while earlier. Aside from art, baking was basically his life, and he did appreciate getting to work in a place where they let him do just that, even if it could be a little restrictive at times. Either way, the cookies weren't ready yet, so he leaned back on the counter, glad there was nothing to do for a moment, and glanced back towards Jae, who seemed to be looking at him in turn. Maybe a bit of super awkward small talk was in order.

"So, good weekend?"

jae lee
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