Characters Name: Sophia Bethany Solace
Played By: JP
True age: 33
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
She's a kindhearted person, but harder than one would expect
from her appearance. She can be argumentative when it's called for. However, she
can also be very understanding when the need arises.
Born and raised in a middle class family in Arizona, Sophie was an
average young woman, going to school and staying out of trouble for the most
part. She started dating at the age of thirteen when she met Greg, a charming
young boy who cared about her as much as she cared about him.. or so she
thought. At fifteen, Sophie found herself pregnant. When Greg found out, he became
suddenly scare. Sophie's parents were caring people and although disappointed,
they would not even dream of turning their daughter away. Both of them were
present and helpful throughout her pregnancy and the birth of her son, Malcolm
Jacob. Sophie finished high school by attending at night and grew up quite
quickly after Malcolm's birth. She got a job the day after her graduation and began
working as a secretary for a mediocre salary, however, coupled with the money
she got from child support, she managed to find a nice apartment for her and
Malcolm to live in.
For the next eighteen years, Sophie raised Malcolm as best she could. She
ceaselessly drilled it into his head that college was very important and
girlfriends could come later, but when he graduated from High School in mid-June of
2002 and wanted to take a trip with his friends to Costa Rica, she told him if
that was how he wanted to use his extra graduation money, that was his choice.
He left on the 17th before the news of the flu was breaking. By the 24th of
June, there were reports in Mexico of people growing ill and the United States
had numerous outbreaks. Malcolm had called her at 2:00 pm to say he was fine
and getting on a bus to come back home on the 27th. The airports were now
closed. She promised him she'd pick him up at the station and began to say good-bye
as her son began to cough. It was then that she demanded he go to the
hospital. He promised he would and she told herself he'd be home soon. It was the last
time they spoke. Her mother died later that day and her father two days
later, on the 27th. Preparing to bury them, she waited at the station all day.
Malcolm never came and convince he might still be alive, Sophie, after failing to
reach him by phone, set out from Arizona to Costa Rica.
Strange dreams came featuring an old black woman, protesting and telling her
she was headed in the wrong direction. The old woman said it would become more
difficult and unsafe to travel the longer Sophie was away from Colorado, but
she had to find her son. Darker dreams came then, dreams that showed her
Malcolm, still as death, laying on a motel bed, alone.
Military police and border delays kept her moving at a slow pace, but she
reached Costa Rica by the ninth of July. She headed to the hotel where her son
was staying. Most of the city was still, dead. Those that were alive were
burying people in mass graves. Reaching the motel, Sophie discovered the inn keeper,
a man named Hector Barbosa who spoke very little English, was the only truly
healthy person there. Without delay Hector led her to her son's room, but
warned her the last time he had seen the boy, he had been ill. He told her he'd
called for a doctor, but no doctors came.
Malcolm was in room nine and already cold when she found him. He had died
probably the night before. She buried him with Hector's help. The Hispanic man
spoke of odd dreams as well - some dark, some of an old black woman and how he
was headed to Colorado.
Too upset to be left alone, Sophie took Hector up on his offer to travel with
her. She wasn't sure she could trust him at first, but it was better than
going it alone. The streets outside had become dangerous.
Over the next three days, the pair used a gas pump to fill up her car,
Hector's truck and several containers that rested easily in the truck of her car and
fill both vehicles full of canned goods and other items they would both need
Hector lead the way, with her following. Obstacle after obstacle met them
with resistance, but by July 23rd, Hector and she were 100 miles below the border
between Mexico and New Mexico. That was when Sophie noticed a car not too far
behind them. At the same time, a dog rushed out into the street, Hector
swerved, causing him to lose control. His truck skid and then rolled several times,
causing fatal wounds. Hector said the last words he would ever utter as the
car pulled up to the scene.
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