Slip inside the eye of your mind Don't you know you might find A better place to play You said that you'd never been All the things that you've seen Will slowly fade away
Don't Look Back In Anger, Oasis
Brendan Jeremy Drake is the first born child to on-again, off-again couple Lisa Drake and Jeremy Prewitt. They lost their virginity to each other when they were 15, Jeremy being the typical bad boy at school and Lisa the rich daddy's girl from the wealthy Drake family. She was an only child until her younger brother Caden arrived five years later, but since he was more animated than her copious amounts of Barbie dolls, she loved him from the start. Lisa was never really in love with Jeremy, she just hung around with him for a thrill and fell pregnant to him when she was just sixteen years old with Brendan. It was a disappointment for her parents, but they stood by her when she wanted to keep the baby. It wasn't long after she fell pregnant that Jeremy got thrown in prison for twelve months for larceny, but once he was out, he came back to Lisa and professed his undying love for her and wanted to help her raise the baby.
The reunion lasted until Brendan was two, and at 19, she fell pregnant again. This time, never having been able to keep a job, Jeremy skipped out and Lisa never saw him again. It left her with Brendan in the midst of his Terrible Twos that were about to turn into the Terrible Threes, and a new baby sister for him, Maisy. Her mother helped her raise the children and Caden loved being an uncle. In fact, Brendan was always close to his Uncle Caden, even when Lisa moved to London with her son and daughter, they still kept in touch. Lisa chose to move to England to pursue her love of drama and acting. Theatre was in the family's blood, their father from a long line of Broadway Producers and their great great grandfather was a Producer on the West End in London. It was Caden who was destined to follow in their footsteps and Lisa desperately yearned to be in the spotlight rather than behind the scenes.
She had a natural talent and as Brendan and Maisy got older, she managed to work her way up to being a West End star in her late 20s. It wasn't long after that when Maisy was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when her school grades really slipped and she began having periods of deep depression. It lead to her trying to commit suicide by overdosing on her meds when she was 16 and Brendan was 18. Her odd moods over the years drove a wedge between her and Brendan, who was more the quiet brooding type. Maisy started to target him, picking on him, verbally abusing him, and then, in the wake of her suicide attempt, she got into a physical altercation with him and pushed him down the stairs.
Brendan really struggled with his sister's illness. He wanted to help her and be understanding, but when he was the first person she targeted during her episodes, he started to withdraw and ended up going to live with his grandparents in Surrey, England, at their large manor home. Brendan loved music and his link to the family business was that his ambition was to become a Theatre Musical Director, the person who teaches the music to the performers, rehearses the band, and usually conducts the performers during the show. He completed two years of a Bachelor of Music at Cambridge University. Things had healed between him and Maisy, with her condition controlled on medication and she, too, enrolled in unversity to study Costume Design. But in the summer following Brendan's second year at university, Maisy had another severe Bipolar episode where she threatened to kill Brendan, and it was just finally too much for him.
He quit university and after a long talk with his uncle in New York, Caden invited Brendan to come live with him there and aim to pick up in another New York college to finish his degree. He also offered Brendan a job working on the music for his upcoming Broadway production of Footloose The Musical. Though, by the time Brendan made it to New York, the musical had been put on indefinite hiatus due to the lead male star, 16 year old Justin Campbell being hospitalised and the entire cast fired due to drug involvement. Brendan wasn't aware at the time that Justin, too, had Bipolar and it was a lot to do with his hospitalisation. Caden wanted nothing more than to help his nephew get back on his feet and encourage him to chase his dreams.
Brendan seems to be a bit of a reserved guy, but it is more factored to him being quiet and shy. The only time he's not is when he's working with his music, which gives him a confidence he lacks in other parts of his life. He's never dated and at 20 years old, he's still a virgin. He would like a relationship, but he doesn't really know what he's looking for in one. He's not a fan of girls who come on strong with him and try to get in his pants right off the bat, and he's teetotal. A lot of girls tend to think that makes him a buzzkill, but his experiences with his sister had just made him averted to alcohol in general. He misses his sister, but he knows things are better off with some distance between them for now and he's hoping he really does have a chance at a fresh start in New York.