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MARK JACOB FLYNN
CIRCA BREWING CO.
Mark Jacob Flynn was a happy surprise for his parents. Already the Flynn family had five children but Saoirse and Eirnin always knew they wanted to have a big family. After their fifth child they were told Saoirse would not be able to carry another child to term and the likelihood of a miscarriage was high. They couple made the decision they would not have another baby for the benefit of their current children. After all, there were five of them and the couple felt they had been blessed. Alas, by happy accident, Saoirse became pregnant once more and she couldn’t bare the thought of terminating the baby growing inside of her much to the chagrin of her doctors. It was not an easy pregnancy and Saoirse spent much of it ill and put on bedrest but she was determined to be strong enough to bring this last little miracle into the world. Saoirse developed eclampsia and the only way to cure it was an emergency c-section. So little Mark was born six weeks early on June 6th. He spent several weeks in the NICU before his parents could take him home to the rest of his family.
Though Mark was born prematurely and his parents worried his development would be delayed because of it, they would learn those concerns were unfounded. Mark never suffered any sort of delays and hit every milestone babies and children should hit. He was a bright-eyed and happy child with a love for make believe and music. Mark would often make up stories about a place far away and a moving castle. About a wizard with no heart, a creature made of fire, and a girl who had been cursed with age. When his parents would ask him where he came up with such tales Mark would tell them he dreamed about them. He was a child with a big imagination and the other children he played with followed him around as though they enchanted by him. Even as he grew older Mark had an uncanny talent of getting away with things that would likely find him in trouble. People found him instantly charming and when he was old enough to realize he could use it to his advantage, he did. Not that Mark ever did anything too terrible but he could easily slip out of predicaments. The dreams that inspired his storytelling were a constant from the time he could recall dreaming at all but around the time he reached puberty they turned darker. Mark began to dream of a darkness that swallowed up everything his dreamself knew and loved. So many nights he would be startled awake and drenched in cold sweat after the darkness wrapped him up and stopped his heart. Mark could never really make sense as to why the dreams had become nightmares and he was never able to fall back to sleep after them. It began to affect him during the day. He was tired all of the time and could barely stay awake in school. Mark’s grades suffered and he started to become withdrawn from his circle of friends and family. Noticing the drastic change in their child, Saoirse and Eirinn sought the opinion of their family’s pediatrician who referred them to a child psychologist. Mark began therapy once a week and confessed to the dream that plagued him so often and was eventually diagnosed with Nightmare Disorder though the origin couldn’t be determined. After all, Mark had never experienced anything terrible in his life to warrant such a disorder. Wishing to avoid the use of medication, Saoirse and Eirnin opted to try hypnotherapy for Mark though after weeks of trying they discovered it didn’t work. They would have no choice but to use medication for Mark’s condition and though they didn’t like it, they found it worked. Within a few months, Mark no longer needed therapy and he was sleeping soundly. Life returned to normal and as time went by the dreams of moving castles and the nightmares of darkness were a distant memory.
For most of his life, Mark had had a special love for music which his parents supported completely. They paid for guitar lessons and he was part of both the band and choir in his school. Mark never had any trouble performing. In fact, he loved it more than anything because there was something about making people smile that made his heart feel full. Any opportunity to perform and Mark took it. He always knew that he would move away from the small town in Ireland in which he’d grown up and move to a place where he could make his dreams come true. When he was in his eleventh year of high school, Mark began to apply for universities in London, California, Chicago, and New York, and was pleasantly surprised to find how many acceptance letters he received, giving him the choice to make. Ultimately, Mark chose to take a chance and chose NYU, and moved to New York City a few months after graduating. Admittedly, Mark experienced quite a bit of culture shock. New York City was big, loud, and vastly different from his hometown. It took him a long time to figure out how to navigate the city but he didn’t regret it one bit. Mark found a serving job to help with his school expenses and after his sophomore year, chose to leave the dorm life behind and find an apartment. He moved into a small apartment in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from where he currently works.
Ever the go-getter, Mark will often perform around the city in bars, clubs, and during open mic nights. Though he’s attending college, what he really hopes for is a chance to break into the music scene.
Mark is determined, capable, and charming. People have referred to him as being not just charismatic but charming. He likes to be the center of attention and furthermore, loves to be adored. Mark can be a bit of a brat when he doesn’t get his way. He takes it very personally when someone doesn’t like him despite knowing that not everyone will. He’s a talented musician but he is also still quite the storyteller.
Mark struggles with the fact he is bisexual. Having come from a rather conservative family who believe in the sanctity of marriage, all if his exploits with those of the same sex have been lowkey. Mark often has a girl on his arm to cover up the fact he’s also attracted to other men.
With enchantment, Mark is able to manipulate situations so he can make them work to his advantage. He is also quite talented with glamour and he always looks good with little effort. Though he’s known about his ability for quite some time, he’s certainly out of practice. He has the potential to enchant objects and people but he hasn’t quite grasped how to accomplish that.
Even with Mark’s dreams, he’s never realized that they were actually memories from a past life. Currently, he has no idea that there was a life before this one or that the people in his dream were once real.
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