Country: United States
December 18, 2018
06/21/2022 10:11 PM
Name: Noah Eric Brooks
Playby: Brad Pitt
Jacob and Eric have always had a very contentious relationship. When Jacob was born,
Eric was not ready to be a father, that never changed. Having grown up in a
violent household, Eric wasn’t taught patience – he raised his
children the only way he knew how, but Jacob has never found it in him to forgive his father.
Name: Cynthia Lee “Violet” Brooks
Playby: Nastassja Kinski
Cynthia and Jacob’s relationship leaves Jacob with more questions than
answers. Growing up, she was always much nicer than Eric most of the time,
but years of not protecting him or his younger siblings left Jacob somewhat jaded on their
relationship. He tries not to hang onto the anger he has for her, but it can be difficult.
Name: David Shane Brooks
Playby: Frankie Muniz
Connection: Younger Brother
Jacob and David were not close when they were children. Growing up, Jacob believed Eric was
easier on David than he was on Jacob, and right away resentment between the two formed.
When Jacob left home, David envied him for escaping. It’s only been just recently that the
two have begun working on their relationship.
Name: Mary Sarah Brooks
Playby: Conchita Campbell
Connection: Younger Sister
Jacob and Mary have always been close, from the moment Mary was first
brought home from the hospital. Both Jacob and David have
always been protective of Mary, and protecting her from Eric became the
only thing the two of them could put aside their differences for. Jacob
and Mary have kept in contact since Jacob left home.
Name: Lily Paige Brooks
Face: Mackenzie Ziegler
Connection: Younger Sister
When Lily was first born, Jacob was approaching high school, and able to assist
with her much more than his other siblings.
As a result, he was extremely involved in helping raise her, but the two have not had much
of a relationship since Jacob left home. She was only a baby when Jacob decided to leave for California.
Name: Reuben Williams
Face: Dimitrius Collins
Reuben plays rhythm guitar, and synthesizer in 24 Times Rock. Reuben first became acquainted with
the band when they were all contestants on the same season of Talent!. When they were first
looking for their backing musicians, Reuben came up right away as Jacob and Isaiah formed a close relationship with
them while they were on the show.
Name: Elijah Davis
Face: Andrew Perusi
Elijah Davis had gained a social media following by posting covers, original songs and
music tutorials. After connecting online with the band, Elijah sat in on a few shows,
and eventually became their core bass-player. Jacob and Elijah have always had
a lot in common – they bond most frequently on music and video games.
Name: Sophia Marie Langley
Face: Gisele Bündchen
Sophia Langley is a hotel heiress with a massive social media following and a thirst for drama.
Sophia was Jacob’s first serious girlfriend. As a partner, Sophia
was extremely jealous and controlling, and Jacob
usually obligedbecause it was what he was used to. Jacob eventually called
things off after beginning a relationship
with Lorelei Gray while on tour.
Name: Byron James
Face: Trevor Noah
Byron James has been in the music industry for years – all of his accolades made him the perfect judge for
Talent!, which is where he first met Jacob and his brothers. Right away, eh formed a special
connection with them, especially Casey. Once the show was over, and things began to come out about the
damage done behind the scenes by the Ballinger family, it bonded Byron to them more and he was asked to
manage the band. Without Byron, 24 Times Rock would never have gotten where they are.
06/21/2022 10:01 PM
terrible in storms. // drabble
Terrible in Storms
It’s nearing 8pm, on a school night – under any other circumstances, they wouldn’t have Jacob up this late, but the homework he wanted help with hours ago is trying them all. Cynthia feels guilty every time she sees his eyes fill up with tears as he tries to make sense of the words on the page he’s reading, but Eric feels enraged and makes him start over every time. He tries sounding things out – she’ll give him the answers and he forgets right away. Then he has to start over again, and Eric reminds her to ‘stop giving him the answers.’ ‘He has to figure it out on his own,’ he keeps saying, but the simple fact is – he can’t. Not with eyes full of tears, and a belligerent father screaming in his ear. Those words are right at the tip of her tongue, but it’s nothing she’d ever dare say.
Once again, Eric makes Jacob start over again and Jacob makes the unfortunate mistake of fumbling the very first sentence. Eric shoots up from his chair, causing both Cynthia and Jacob to flinch as he screams, “Jacob, you JUST learned this!” She doesn’t have time to encourage Jacob to be quiet before he shouts an apology that only makes Eric angrier. The back of his hand meets her seven year old son’s face, and right away sends him into hysterics expected of a child who is in pain. Jacob yells, he covers his swollen face, and he begins to cry hard enough to break her heart.
Eric lifts Jacob’s face by his chin, points a finger at him and warns Jacob never to talk to him like that again. When Jacob nods, Eric lets him go and he sits down on the other side of him again. He makes Jacob start over, and they both listen as he struggles through the first two pages of Biscuit Goes to School. Eric allows him one or two mess-ups, and then finally he’s about to explode again. Instead of striking Jacob again, he gets up from the table, and he grabs his cigarettes. “Deal with this,” he says to Cynthia before storming out of the kitchen.
She’s terrible in storms, but she’s okay cleaning up the aftermath. It’s much easier to show her affection and not be punished for it when Eric’s not around. She reaches out and wipes the tears from her son’s eyes with her thumbs and then she smiles at him, hoping maybe he’ll find some solace in that. “Okay, why don’t we start as slow as you want to…okay?” She offers.
“Can we stop now?” Jacob asks, his eyes pleading with her.
She wants to let him off the hook – she wants to let both of them off the hook, but Eric will ask as soon as he comes back. She doesn’t want either one of them in any more trouble than they already are, so she places her hand on Jacob’s shoulder and she shakes her head. “I don’t want you to get in trouble, baby,” she says. He seems to understand, and without arguing, he starts over for her.
It’s going to take them all night, but no sleep is better than whatever Eric would do if she let him give up now.
06/20/2022 10:11 PM
The crowd is alive, filling up The House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada with a never-ending wave of sound. It’s the crowd reaction all the people who work at the venue joke about – it’s thunderous, and ear-splitting all at the same time, and yet it’s what Jacob lives for. He steps out from behind the drums, and he joins his brothers at the front of the stage and the crowd doesn’t stop. It somehow gets louder when they join hands and they bow for one final time, closing out the show. They split away from each other, and Isaiah begins tossing out guitar picks like he does. Jacob gives out his drumsticks to two people in the front row, and Casey gives away his setlist to the security guard because they all know someone is going to ask for it.
When they enter the backstage area, Jacob’s right away greeted by Lorelei Gray – the two share a kiss and he brings his arm around her waist while she tells them what a good show they had. “You too,” Jacob smiles at her.
“Us too, right?” Christian Thompson chimes in, earning some laughs.
It’s become tradition that 24 Times Rock, Lorelei and Sugarpill usually stick around for a few hours after their shows and sign autographs while the roadies take care of all of their equipment. The crowd in Las Vegas is just as wild by the fence as it was inside the venue. Isaiah comes out, then Christian and Casey together. Jacob leaves with Lorelei and the rest of Sugarpill is behind him. Jacob takes the right side of the fence first, and he starts signing autographs and taking pictures. What causes him to stop is the is his name being called in a voice too familiar to ignore. He straightens up, and he notices three familiar faces – two of which put a smile on his face.
Mary Brooks, David Brooks, and Lily Brooks – he’s assuming; his younger siblings he hasn’t seen since he moved out to California are standing in front of him on the other side of the fence. Mary’s the one who called his name, and she’s all smiles. She approaches him first, hopping up on the bottom rail of the fence and wrapping her arms around Jacob. He hugs her back, and then begins urging the crowd to move aside so Lily and David can get through. They don’t have the same confidence that Mary does to charge through a crowd without a single care. “Holy crap, what are you guys doing here?” Jacob asks.
“What’s it look like?” David jokes.
“I want to let them back here,” Jacob says to the security guard, before giving David his attention. “Dad let you guys come here?”
“Yeah, he wanted us to!” Mary says.
Once the fans finally clear out, the Brooks’ siblings stay behind and Jacob lets them onto the tour bus. As soon as Mary sees Casey, she goes in for a similar hug like she gave Jacob. After expressing excitement to see Casey, she begins freaking out over the tour bus. “This is so cool,” she says. She pauses when she sees Lorelei and Christian sitting on the couch in the tour bus. “Oh, Lorelei Gray – I’ve been a fan of yours forever, and – I started listening to Sugarpill just recently, they’re really good – “ she rambles and Jacob can’t help but smile.
“Okay, okayyyyy, loser, I think they get it,” David teases her, so she quickly elbows him in the side, causing him to grunt.
“Don’t be a jerk, David,” she complains.
“Okay,” Jacob interrupts. “Uh, Lorelei, Chris….this is David, our younger brother…and Mary and Lily, our sisters.”
It takes them a bit, but soon Mary gets to explaining how she asked Eric if she could finally go to a 24 Times Rock show, because Eric had been acting so much different lately. “Actually he wanted me to tell you guys he wants to see you guys, I guess…” Mary says.
“Why?” Jacob can’t help but ask. Mary shrugs.
“No idea,” she says.
“He’s been kind of a little bitch lately,” David says.
“’Kay?” Jacob raises a brow.
“Anyways, mom wants to see you guys too…I don’t – know about Jennifer really, sorry, Casey…but they were kinda hoping we could talk you guys into coming back home, since…you guys got a couple days off.”
05/22/2022 07:51 PM
hollywood daily interview.
IN: How are you today? Thanks, so much for taking the time to sit down and chat with us.
JB: No problem, thanks for having me. I’m doing good – I’m doing really good.
IN: It’s been awhile since you’ve done an interview; what have you been up to?
JB: Well, I have a kid now – I guess that’s not really news now, but you know…he’s getting so big, he keeps me and Cece pretty busy. [Laughs] The guys and I are working on a new record, that’ll be out here in the next few weeks.
IN: Oh yeah, can you tell us anything about it? We’ve heard the first three singles off of it, and a lot of people noticed they’re very different from each other, and from what you guys normally do.
JB: Yeah, we’re getting that a lot actually. But there’s a purpose, I promise. So we’ve been doing this together for a long time now, and usually when we work on an album, everything’s very much – a collaborative. And that’s not to say this record doesn’t have a lot of that in it, you know, but we kinda wanted to have….some songs on there represent more of Casey’s style. Some songs that represent more of Isaiah’s, and then some that represent more of mine. So like, the latest song that just came out, Don’t Let Me Down, I wrote it…and I kind of told everyone what I wanted with it and the guys did the same with me and the songs that they wrote. Because like – right now, each one of us is kind of on our own journey, and we kind of wanted a chance to tell our stories like…separately, but together.
IN: Yeah, you do have to do things to change it up. And you guys now are…you’re growing up, you’re going down separate paths, it’s understandable. Has it been challenging?
JB: Challenging, in the sense that like….woah, we all have a lot of issues. [Laughs] No but…yeah, it was challenging. I like to have a lot of humor to what I do – that’s what makes me happy, that’s what makes me want to create. But, trying to find that balance between humor and like…that all of these songs are coming from a really, really deep place, it’s been kind of a challenge. Normally, I have one of the guys to like…reel me back in if I start to go too off the rails, and now I have to keep in check myself. It’s – it’s tough, for sure. But it’s been really, REALLY rewarding. I think it’s going to be really cool to hear what people think of it.
IN: Did your singles get a good reaction from the fans?
JB: Well, like you said, they did notice some differences. And I’d say that’s a good thing – I think, generally the reception’s been really positive. We’re really lucky to have so many dedicated fans that trust us, even when we want to do something crazy. We just hope it’s worth all the hype! [Laughs]
IN: I bet it will be. So speaking of getting a little off the rails – I wanted to ask you…Casey Caverly, he was in the news the other day getting a ‘little’ bit crazy. And we saw some of your fans were very vocal about the incident. What did you think? Did you see the backlash?
JB: Okay, well…listen. [Laughs] Casey, he’s – I just don’t know if I’m the right person to ask this, ‘cuz we have conversations all the time about how much we hate the paparazzi. [Laughs] And I get where our fans are coming from, but I think it’s really easy, sometimes to forget that we’re human, and we have moments and bad days. It’s like – it’s just our bad moments are all over the internet and stuff. I don’t know. I get it, but I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing on a ‘bad day’ too.
IN: Yeah, it’s tough. It’s hard to be in the public eye all the time. Is that harder to manage now that you and Cece have a baby?
JB: Yes and no. It’s hard like, when we go out and we take August somewhere and paparazzi wants to like…rush to snap pictures of us with the baby. But at the same time, like…I dunno, there are so many cool things about being a dad, I forget about like THAT aspect of it sometimes.
IN: So, you took to ‘dad life’ pretty well?
JB: Yeah, well…I always knew I wanted to be a dad, so yeah I was just happy when it happened. There are gonna be a lot of moments that are really hard, but for the most part it’s just…something really special to be a parent, I’ll gladly take the bad for the good.
IN: That’s amazing. Okay, Mr. Brooks, we are just about out of time. Do you have anything else you want to say?
JB: Thanks for having me. Everyone buy and stream Color Theory when it comes out, May 20th!
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04/26/2022 11:49 PM
sky. // drabble
tw: heavy suicide mention,
mental health issues, child abuse
After living in Los Angeles for so long, it was easy to forget that the sky is actually something extraordinary. He’s been surrounded by LA city lights for so long, he forgot about the stars. That’s the only thing Pahrump, Nevada will ever have on the city he now calls home. It’s nearly 8pm on a Saturday evening and Jacob’s walking across the dimly lit Wal-Mart parking lot. The full moon in the sky is more helpful than the few streetlights there are in lighting his way up to the sidewalk. He’s approaching the sidewalk, when he begins to notice someone sitting at the edge of the sidewalk. He’s in denial at first, as the man’s features become more and more familiar – he’s got David’s hair and the same exhausted expression. He’s got on the same black vans and neon green T-shirt Jacob saw him in earlier that day.
“David?” he finally says, to put an end to his disbelief.
“Oh hey, Jake,” David says casually.
“What are you doing out here, dude?” Jacob stops beside him, putting a halt to his soda run for now.
“Roommate kicked me out,” David says. Jacob then sits beside him, but David doesn’t look at him. He’s staring into the endless sky above.
“What for?” Jacob asks.
“I was two months late on the rent…I knew it was comin’,” David shrugs. “What’re you doing?”
“Linda didn’t have anything to drink at the house, so…you strapped, or what?” Jacob asks, declining the opportunity to change the subject.
“Yeahhh, money’s been pretty tight,” David says.
When Jacob looks at David, he still sees that obnoxiously loud, unnecessarily competitive brat that terrorized him and Sarah throughout their childhoods. But tonight, there’s something about him that’s breaking Jacob’s heart. He apparently hasn’t spoken to their dad in awhile – he seems to hardly speak to his mother anymore too. Sarah and Lilly like him a little, but now it seems he doesn’t know anyone outside the family that wants to help him. “I…know things kinda suck between us, but I’d help you out, David,” Jacob finally says.
“I don’t even care anymore honestly,” David confesses. “You ever just thinking about, like….saying ‘f*** it,’ and going…?” He then adds. It’s vague, but it’s the same language Jacob would use to describe that feeling. Jacob remembers that ache all too well – that nagging wish that everything would stop. There was a time when Jacob wanted to die. He remembers being so young, but so tuned into the hatred he had for himself. He remembers feeling like he was turning into everything his father had always told him he would – nothing. He remembers the Hell on Earth that feeling was, and now David’s there.
Jacob stops looking to David, and looks to the sky instead – where David wants to be. He remembers wanting to be there too. The memories cause his heart to ache for the person he was when he was David’s age, but he stays candid – or at least as candid as he can handle. “…Yeah. A long time ago now, I guess, but yeah…”
“Not anymore?” David asks.
“It’s been awhile,” Jacob says. “A long…long time to get it out of my head that I wasn’t this…loser f***-up…”
“’Cuz of all that sh*t dad used to say, right?”
“Dad’s a d*ck,” David muses, almost laughing as he does so.
“I know…I didn’t know you knew,” Jacob admits.
“No, I knew,” David replies. “I just didn’t say anything ‘cuz he scared the sh*t out of me.”
“That makes two of us,” Jacob says quickly.
“You never seemed scared.”
“Trust me, I was…” Even still, there’s a part of him that can’t handle the dread he feels when Eric’s around or mentioned. He likes to pretend he has control over the raging emotions Eric inflicts just by existing, but he doesn’t. He’s a grown adult who still feels like a child when he’s reminded of what his father put him through. The only thing that helps him push that fear aside, is when Eric terrifies someone else even more. “I only stood up to him because I knew he’d go after Sarah if I didn’t.”
“Never stood up for me,” David says – he’s maybe joking, but it’s true.
“Yeah…” Jacob agrees. “You didn’t stick up for me either though.”
“Yeah…it was easier to let him smack you around than it was to like…argue with him, I guess…” David admits. Jacob can’t fault him for that – not anymore at least. Because Jacob had been known to shift blame to avoid a beating at David’s expense. They’re both guilty in that regard, and they spent a lot of time blaming each other for it. “I’m sorry,” David says, now looking to Jacob. It’s the very first time Jacob’s ever heard those words from his mouth, without influence from a scolding parent.
“I’m sorry too,” Jacob says – also without influence, for the first time. “Sucks, we probably could’a kicked his ass together if we weren’t busy fighting each other.”
“Right?” David finally laughs, but then he takes in a deep breath and lets it out slow. He looks at the sky again, and Jacob does as well. “Can I borrow some money for a room or something?” He suddenly asks. Without hesitation, Jacob nods.
“Yeah…I got you, dude.”
author's note: this takes place during a blog
roleplay going on between me, Cece and Casey. :)
01/10/2022 01:47 PM
letters to the kids. // musing
I was there the morning your dad decided to break the news to everyone. I celebrated with him, and your mom. I helped paint the white walls of your nursery to a pale yellow because your mom hated the color pink. I was there to drive them to the hospital, because your mom wanted your dad in the back with her, and Isaiah wasn’t around. I had just gotten my driver’s license and couldn’t wait to jump in and save the day. I was there in the waiting room, giving Isaiah a play by play over the phone while he made his way through the worst traffic jam ever. I helped welcome you into the world and took the first picture of your parents as they held you with tears in their eyes—happy tears.
I was there the first time your dad made you laugh with some funny face he made, and my heart was almost as warmed as his was. Only almost though, because no one could ever be as happy as he was in that moment. I was there when your mom bragged to everyone about your first word – it was ‘mama,’ and she swore it was because you guys had a special connection. And I could tell, she absolutely meant it. I was also there when they needed help getting you through your first steps. Your dad and I would take turns holding your hands and helping you walk across the living room floor. Pretty soon, you were taking off on your own and running back and forth between us. I was there to see Casey tear up as he watched you go, and I wondered what it was like to create and love someone the way he obviously loved you.
I was there for; the first bike rides—with and without training wheels—the first swimming lesson, the first trip to the playground. I was there and I loved every second of it. I was so grateful for you, and all the light you brought into your dad’s life. I think you were the first person to teach him just how important unconditional love is.
To Jackson and Noah:
I was there the day, Jackson, your nursery was painted blue. Me, and your dad, and uncle Casey in the middle of your bedroom floor, brainstorming ideas on how to cover your walls with stars. We settled on ordering stickers from Amazon that were supposed to glow in the dark, and we ended up having to take them off because they kept you awake. I was there when he brought you home, and I swear to God you did nothing but sleep. Your parents watched you sleep and went on and on about what a good baby you were already. Isaiah had been so afraid when he first found out you were coming, but now he was trotting around like a pro. I’d never seen him so confident.
I was there in the living room when Ginger came out and announced Noah was coming. I watched your dad light up like a Christmas tree and pass out high fives because he just couldn’t wait to have a baby again. In two years. Watching Isaiah finally feel proud of himself and knowing it was all because of you two was something I lived for. I couldn’t wait until I would know what that felt like.
I was there when each of you got your names picked—me and Uncle Casey both, and we had naming parties because your mom loved that sort of thing. Your parents had never been happier together, and your dad had never been happier, period. Even in the tougher moments, you guys were the thing that gave him strength. Every single day, he found it in him to keep going, doing his absolute best to give you guys the world and it was because he had you guys to think about.
11/06/2021 09:30 PM
It was astonishing how warm Nevada could be, even this late into the autumn season. If this were anywhere else, there would be beautiful golden leaves to look at as the road stretched on, but in this state, things were just a faded green and a sandy brown. This state—as far as Jacob was concerned—could disappear and Jacob would feel nothing. So long as the sparkling city of Las Vegas could become official California property, he didn’t think anyone would care really. He had vowed so long ago to never return to Pahrump, Nevada unless he absolutely had to, and now there he was. He was seated in a car, with Cece in the passenger’s seat beside him, and Casey and Isaiah in the backseat. The first three hours had been lively and full of discussions to pass the time, but now that the four-hour drive was coming to its inevitable end, they were quiet. Cece had never SEEN Pahrump, Nevada before, but for Casey and Jacob, it was unfortunately the place they used to call home.
The home was still on the same street—West Hickory Street. It was astonishing how many things hadn’t changed since the last time he had stepped foot in that home years ago. It was still shrouded in ugly fake clapboard painted the most inauthentic shade of ‘wood’ that existed. Eric had painted it himself and that was something he perhaps should have left it to the professionals. Jacob remembered the depressing pale green color of the entire downstairs, and how everything was pulled in to match with it rather than distract from it. Had they changed that yet? The more he thought about that hell house, the more his stomach began to twist and turn until it was in knots. He was filled with so much dread, but he wanted all of this to work out in the long run.
Was Mary’s room still pink? Would Lily even remember him or Casey? Jacob pulled into one of the empty spaces by the house and he sighed heavily before glancing between Cece and Casey. “Guess this is it,” he said, opening his door. The four got out of the car and began grabbing bags out of the trunk of the car. Now that they were standing, the home felt so small. He thought back to a time when Casey had lamented this house had been the biggest house he’d ever seen, and he couldn’t help but laugh a little. That would never be the case now.
The four walked up the steps leading to the front door and Jacob knocked on the door. The door opened and Linda smiled at them and welcomed them in. On every wall in the living room, just like when Jacob was growing up, there were religious pieces. Everything was pristine, and sterile with only a hint of clutter but organized clutter. There were a few more pictures on the wall of his younger siblings on various school picture days and sports events they were hauled off to in order to make David happy. From top to bottom the place was more like a doll house than a home; everything was so fake. In order to make amends for his past behavior, Eric had taken to hanging religious décor on every wall rather than making any self-improvement. He was still vile and evil, but now he felt like he had the church on his side.
“I’m glad you guys could make it out here.”
They all sat at the kitchen table while Linda poured coffee into coffee cups for everyone sitting there. No one had asked for it, but it was one of Linda’s default settings. “Cecilia, thank you for making the trip out here in your condition,” Linda said finally taking a seat across from the other three. The entire time they sat there, Jacob held onto Cece’s hand. He hated to unleash the full effect of his disastrous family on Cece when her body was in such a delicate state, but he also didn’t want to be too far away from her while she was pregnant either. Besides, Eeric only left town every so often, and Mary had begged for her brothers to come down and see them while Eric was out of town.
“By the way, Casey, I got a call from your mom. She heard from David that you guys were coming,” Linda announced. “She did say she wanted me to tell you she hoped to see you.”
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