Angry Youth has given way to bitter adulthood for the underachieving and cynical Curt. A walking cocktail of mood stabilizers and anti-depressants, he slogs through life unsure of what he wants.
After a sheltered and relegious upbringing, Curt was introduced to sex, punk rock, and an entirely different outlook by Naomi Valentino. The two of them began a strange, mutually self-destructive relationship resulting in an ongoing codependency neither seems able (or even willing) to pull out of.
Naomi Jennifer Valentino
Naomi always tries to live by her own rules, on her own terms. Her smoking, substance abuse, and promiscuity may seem casually self-destructive, but every move she makes is deliberate and once she decides what she wants, little can stop her from getting it.
In high school, she noticed the quiet, awkward Curt Hawk and took him on as a sort of project, trying to teach him to stand up for himself and take control of his situation. What followed was a torrid, toxic relationship that neither can quite walk away from.
Nicholas Theodore Scott
Becoming Curt's roommate through drunken happenstance, Nick has remained a true friend and reliable source of entertainment.
Seeming to lack even basic impulse control, he lusts tirelessly after Naomi, drinks with abandon, and may actually vibrate, even when standing still.
He claims to have been canonized a living saint, having "freed the Pope from a white slavery ring," but that's probably not true.
Jessica Evelisse Murtagh
As the youngest child, Jess grew up spoiled and doted on. By high school, she was very popular, a member of the cheerleading squad and dance team, as well as a straight-A student. Her good looks, courtesy of her Puerto Rican and Irish heritage, earned her plenty of the attention she loved.
Adulthood was a rough transition, as she found it difficult being a "face in the crowd." She struggled with insecurities in college, finally reconnecting with her old study partner, Curt Hawk, by phone during lonely nights in the dorms.
The two may have something special, even if neither wants to see it.