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#1 Zander Russo

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 08:04 PM

Zander sat in the local restaurant waiting.  He was glad the decision had been made to meet here; as the man was honestly a little tired of cafeteria food.  This was one of those casual eating places, akin to Applebees or Olive Garden but not exactly a chain; though he had heard that another one of these places had opened about two towns over.  Perfect atmosphere for many things but Zander was really just here to meet a friend and possibly discuss a few things.

 

A few people around him, at the bar, ordered drinks.  He had a coffee, Zander rarely drank.  The table would be ready in a few minutes but wasn’t yet.   The TVs’ above the bar showed various sporting events; basketball, hockey….things that didn’t really interest him.  Instead, he pulled out his cell phone and started going over various e-mails; one from his moms, a few from friends and a number from people needing tech help or tutoring. 

 

Soon enough, the table was ready and , rather than possibly losing the table, he got seated, switched from coffee to a Coke and went back to reading his e-mails while he wanted for his dinner partner to arrive.  

 

 


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#2 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 19 March 2016 - 10:28 AM

Sasha had been deeply engrossed in her reading for her Mandarin Chinese class. She was falling in love with yet another language, which surprised her since learning this language had just been an afterthought since she felt far too advanced to take any introductory classes in her other tongues. Still she was engrossed in the rich cultural history that had shaped the language, the same way she had been with French, German, Spanish and Italian. The difference now was that she had never been to China, at least not yet, but now she really wanted to go and immerse herself in the culture and language. 

 

If it had not been for Cortana, the personal assistant program on her phone, telling her it was time to go, she would have been even later. It had taken Sasha a few minutes to gather her books, but another ten to get across campus to her car. She had a tendency of running delayed on time, she never claimed to be late, for anything that wasn't class or cheer related. This however was not a typical event, at least not for Sasha. It was a job proposal, though Zander didn't know that yet. She'd just said that she wanted to ask him something over dinner, wanting to personally persuade him a friendly manner. 

 

Showing up this late, or rather delayed on time, was not her usual standard, but she still put on her game face as she entered the cafe. She'd chosen this casual space so that they would both be comfortable while she enticed him to give up his summer to be her right hand. Lots of girls in short shorts and skirts would probably help too, but she needed an edge to her camps if she wanted this to be the success she had sold the school, which had finally dedicated a full dorm to the program. Smiling she walked up to the table, ready to use the full force of her Campbell charm.

 

"Hello Zander, thank you so much for meeting me. I hope you weren't waiting for too long. I got caught on a good textbook. I'm sure you can understand right?" She hoped her twinkling smile and apology would work. She could think of one Russo who would feel slighted if she had shown up late. 


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#3 Zander Russo

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 11:05 PM

Zander spoke several languages himself, though, only knew a few words and phrases in Chinese. He attributed very little of his knowledge to practically genius level intellect.  Instead, he would say it was just becaue he grew up Vegas surrounded by a variety of cultures and would spend time at his family’s casino.  Zander was , well, the type to just be able to learn things very quickly, there was little difference in his mind between learning a new spoken language or writing in code  He knew Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic and Japanese.  All necessities, at least from what Zander had experienced, though he would count Chinese as necessary, as well, he just hadn’t gotten around to learning it yet.  The culture in those places; was another story, it wsa important for Zander to know enough to not come across as rude but he didn’t go into the history or culture beyond that.  He was just more into other subjects.   However, Zander didn’t let most people know how varied his knowledge went , outside, of the computer, math and science areas.

 

He sat in the restaurant waiting but not unoccupied though he wished he had brought a tablet with him.  He just thought that would be rude; it was just easier for him without the temptation there.  His phone he could put away when she got there; far more easily.  He had never been overly attached to his cell though why that was he couldn’t say.  He did wonder why Sasha had wanted to meet him but figured he would find out when she got here.

 

When Sasha approached the table, Zander stood up.  He would have pulled her chair out but the host had already taken care of it.  Shaking hands would be a little clumsy over the water glasses and his drink , so, the man took his seat after Sasha took hers.  ”Not long at all.  And I understand completely.” He had certainly lost himself in several books in his time.  ”What where you studying , if you don’t mind me asking?”  He, certainly, would be curious about such a thing.


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#4 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 06:54 AM

"Just getting lost in my Mandarin Chinese Textbook. It's really interesting to learn the history behind character based languages, it has a lot to do with imperialism and ancestry." Sasha was a very focused student, already achieving a 4.0 grade point average in her first semester. Some subjects came as natural as breathing to her. Like all of her business classes, which was just a refresher from her years learning from her parents. She did enjoy her literature class for the discussions, and world cultures was just a required class all students had to take. However her Chinese class was her favorite, maybe because it seemed to be the only class where she actually could feel like she was learning something. 

 

Sasha had found that there had been many changes in her life over the last year, some still waiting to come, some right on the brink and some that had already happened. In some ways Sasha had hardened, mostly as a response from the scrutiny that had come from her parents divorce, and keeping those who had expectations for her at arm's length. In other ways she had softened, such as reuniting her best friend and experiencing her first crush. Sasha was learning to allow quality people into her life, and her stone walls had gotten a security gate installed. 

 

The camps were a bit of both, starting as her wanting to dedicate time to build up the skills of the girls she was mentoring with the local cheer team, and it had snowballed. Her cheer camp was one of the most coveted programs in the country, accepting only squads who showed they could rise to the challenge of a rigorous program featuring the best coaches available. This wasn't just some fly by night project and Sasha put hour upon hours into making sure everything would run smoothly. Her sheer determination had grown the five two week camps into something quite enviable, and she wanted to keep it that way. That is why she needed Zander. "I have to confess that I have an ulterior motive for inviting you to dinner. Have you nailed down your summer plans, or do you have a degree of flexibility?" 


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#5 Zander Russo

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 11:12 PM

Zander had to admit the more he got to talk to Sasha the more respect he had for her.  Not that he had thought that she wasn’t intelligent before, he would never just classify someone on stereotypes.  As far as he knew there were a number of intelligent cheerleaders.   ”That sounds interesting.  I’ve not gotten a chance to study much Chinese.” He also wasn’t the type to go around saying his academic accomplishments; people just knew he was intelligent he felt no need to brag.  ”Is it part of your major or did you just want to take it?” He was just asking because he tended to take some classes because he just wanted to, hence, all of the science classes he already had under his belt.

 

He wasn’t really certain why she had wanted to meet him; Zander got along with everyone who was friendly towards him but that didn’t mean that everyone liked him.  Some didn’t just because he was a nerd and liked what he liked.  Others though were friendly enough but they certainly didn’t run in the same circles; Sasha was among those, or so he thought. 

 

There had been some talk of the camps that Sasha was going to be running in the summer but Zander didn’t really know that much about them.  So, when she spoke up again he was a little surprised at the question.  ”I didn’t really have any plans for the summer.  Normally, I just travel or spend time with my family , helping out with the IT department of the business but certainly nothing that can’t be changed.” Well, she hadn’t needed to know all of that but it was just the truth.  ”What was your idea?”


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#6 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 02:13 PM

Sasha had mapped out her college career as soon as she decided which school she would attend. She was an ambitious girl, and had chosen a school that would continue to allow her to be a champion. She had always excelled in school, that was the easy part, but since she wasn't able to become a dancer like she wanted to be she needed to be at a winning cheer school. Their school wasn't quite there, but there was a lot of fertile ground for her to mode and cultivate like she had her old school. At least that's what she thought when she had made her decision, she was right of course, but it was so much bigger than a single college team that she really was seeing more than just taking the right amount of credits as part of her future.

 

"I took Chinese as a filler class, already had AP credit for all the intro classes for the languages I already know fluently, figured I'd taken on a bigger challenge...." Sasha hadn't expected to fall in love with yet another language. It was exciting to devote time to learning the culture, and she was determined to find some time to visit the country once she had a passing fluency. "It's definitely different from all of my other tongues, but at least it's not Parseltongue..." Sasha said making a quick Harry Potter reference, figuring that he would know what she meant, no one could have been later to the HP party than she was.

 

The camps had grown tremendously and Sasha was seeing this as a launching board for her brand. She had always wondered how she would make her mark on this world, prove that she was indeed a Campbell. Even though she knew wasn't a Campbell by blood she still felt like that made her have more to prove. All of her family had turned their passions into empires. Now she had basically stumbled, or rather tumbled, into something she cared about. It had the potential to be big, and her parents had taught her that to get to the next level you needed the right people. Zander was one of those people, Sasha was sure of it. From their brief encounter and her inquiries she knew that he had the skills to pay the bills. 

 

"I don't know if you've heard of Tri-C, the Campbell Cheer Camp that I'm hosting here for five two week sessions this summer. This is an expanded counterpart to the one I ran for the last three summers at my high school. It's all about building the better cheerleader, squad, and all around person. I've grown it so much that the school has not only given me full use of Graham hall, but if we produce positive results I can also use this as my senior project. I've been given permission to offer a paid internship position outside of the counselors and coaches, and I'd like to offer that position to you." Sasha said as she pulled a job profile out of her portfolio, a little anxious to know what he thought of her offer. 


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#7 Zander Russo

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:51 PM

Zander , actually, had a difficult time deciding between computers, science or math as his major as he loved all three but computers had ultimately won out.    He still took a number of science and math courses on his own so , it wasn’t as if he was really missing out on anything and the thought to come back, after he graduated,  and get degrees in all of them had tempted him a time or two. He would get , most likely, end up in graduate school, no matter what he decided to do. 

 

The man could have talked about languages or really any academic subject for a long time but that wasn’t why they were there.  Zander never was much into business dealings and tended to not do well with this part of things.  Laughing softly as she mentioned Parseltongue.  He had read all of the books, seen all of the movies,  at least twice but wasn’t nearly the huge fan of the franchise that some of his friends were.  While he like H.P. ,  he really had a leaning towards Star Wars.  ”Now, that would be quite the class, though.”

Zander still wasn’t sure why he was here but then Sasha spoke up.  He had heard something about a cheerleading camp but it wasn’t the kind of thing Zander would have paid much attention to.  He continued to listen and then was truly surprised at her offer.  ”I’m interested.  What would you need me to do?”

 

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Doug had gotten a date with one of the freshmen cheerleaders, a Beta sister and barely 18 hot girl, in his eyes.  He had been eyeing her all season and at every party and upon finding out more about her…no siblings to gum up his work…talked her up,  did things for her and pretended to be her friend all for a shot at this.  He had every intention to get her into bed tonight and maybe a few more times before he was done with her.

 

Crystal was the type that was just naïve enough to think   that the rumors about Doug couldn’t possibly be true or maybe she thought she could change him; Doug wasn’t certain at this moment which it was and it didn’t matter.  He could use either to his advantage.

He decided to take her to dinner , of course, someplace nice enough but not too nice.  The man figured that the young woman would just be happy to be on a date with him and as it turns out , she was.  He drove them to the restaurant, they got out of the car but the moment he stepped into the restaurant his eyes directly locked on to one table….his brother with Sasha Campbell.

 

How could it possibly be that Zander was on a date with the woman that had turned Doug down?  Doug just thought of himself as better than Zander, so, this kind of thing never happened.  The man sat down at his table with his date; pretending to listen to whatever it was that she was going on about.  His eyes kept glancing at the other table , however.

 

Drinks first; he slipped the waiter a hundred and ordered a bottle of wine for the table.  The waiter didn’t bother to check ID’s.  Getting his date  a little drunk; was a step in his plan.  The wine came; they both drank and had appetizers.  Doug still pretended to be paying attention to Crystal, while, all along the other table was getting him more and more bugged.  Three glasses of wine in; Crystal had the same before they ordered another bottle and their food.  

 

 


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#8 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 03:16 PM

Sasha had just read the Harry Potter series last summer while she was traveling. It was one of the first things she had downloaded on her Kindle. At first she hadn't started the series because she was too engrossed in reading the classics, and stories about people she was sure was nicer than her current friends. Her only fantasy forays had been The Chronicles of Narnia, but that had been when she was much older. By the time she had truly aged into the series, all of the books had been published, but her reading list was exhaustive. Then she had gotten secretly hooked on romance novels, and the rest was history. Oh how she had been missing out, she had been truly hooked on the series from the moment Harry had stepped foot on the 9 3/4 platform. "Can you believe that I just finished reading that series last year! If only I had started earlier, I could have been fluent in Parseltongue by now!" Probably an exaggeration, but Sasha did like how she found Zander relaxing. 

 

"Everything is lined out in the job profile, the internship salary is about 30% higher than the average summer salary. This has been adjusted due to the fact that we'd hope you'd take on programming and administration responsibilities. We've even outlined potential salary increases for next summer, and possible part time position during the school year should you choose to retain the position." Sasha was in her element, almost as if it was in her blood, though Sasha knew that was not possible since she was adopted. Still she had seen both of her parents operate like this before. "I've gotten some cheer tech sponsors to really invest in this program, and we want to completely change cheer training. We want to move to the forefront of it being recognized as a sport, be a driving force for change and building better athletes!" 

 

Sasha had briefly noted that Crystal had entered, she was after all also on the cheer team and in her own pledge class. Unfortunately she seemed to have tumbled her brains out a little too much, if her date was any indication. Something about Doug just made Sasha's skin boil, she found herself scoffing at him drinking with a minor in public of all places. This guy was truly unbelievable, and she felt sorry for Crystal. Just like Sasha, her father had been an Omega man, who she hero worshipped. If she had the kind of father Sasha had, she would have been able to see through Doug. It was the same with most of her sisters, they unfortunately had too much respect for their brother organization. Taking into account the pedigree, but not realizing that dogs had pedigrees too, and they were more loyal! "No accounting for taste." Sasha thought she muttered to herself.


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#9 Zander Russo

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 08:02 AM

”Actually, I know a number of people who waited to read them.  They wanted to wait until all of the books were published before starting on the first on.  It’s kind of the way I feel about Game of Thrones.” Though, at this point, Zander wasn’t certain if the Game books would ever be finished.  ”It might be kind of interesting to be able to talk to snakes.” He said with a light tone.

 

The man looked over the proposal; it paid well, not that he needed the money nor was that what had his interest, no his eyes went straight to what the position entailed.  Right there was the things that got him wanting the job; it was more responsibility than he would have at his family’s casino and it was doing something different in computers.  He certainly had the skills for the position.  ”Well, I really would like the position.” It might have sounded odd, that he jumped on to it so quickly but the job was right with what Zander would want to do for the summer.  ”I really think your ideas are good.” Which he wouldn’t have said had he not believed it. 

 

Zander hadn’t noticed, at first, his brother entering the restaurant with a date or maybe he had just trained his mind to ignore it.  Still, it’s hard to not notice when someone looks in your direction enough times or the hairs that came up when Sasha made the comment about taste.  It can’t be. The man thought to himself, hoping to be right and even though he knew better he turned his head slightly and saw his brother at a table, looking back at them. Zander turned back to Sasha and sighed, praying secretly that Doug just stay where he is but locking eyes with his brother was like tempting a wolf.

 

Doug was debating whether to just leave the other table alone but the more the wine flowed the more that idea didn’t seem likely, then Zander noticed him.  He hated when Zander , well, really had much to do with him at all and it might just be like his brother to try to warn his date to stay away from him, at least that was what was going on in his mind.  Doug had a rule for Zander, to ignore him and that hadn’t happen so he wasn’t going to leave them alone any longer.

 

Zander didn’t need to turn back around, he knew his brother was about to come over and make his life hell.  Zander looked directly at Sasha.  ”I’m sorry for what’s about to happen. “ That was all he got out before Doug appeared at their table.

 

”Well…little brother…why don’t you tell me how you did it?  Huh? “ Doug glanced at Sasha.  ”Or maybe I should ask you….Sasha….really?  You turn me down but go out with this nerd.  I figured you had more style than that.”

 

Zander had never been good at standing up to his brother and, he never deceived himself, he was well aware that Doug could beat him up if he wanted but he also couldn’t sit there and let anyone be bothered by his brother just because they happen to be sitting together.  ”Doug , you’re drunk.  Why don’t you go back to your date or better yet, I’ll call you a cab and you can go home.”

Doug laughed at his brother.  ”So, you two gonna hook-up tonight?  Cause I think my little bro here might still be a virgin….Cause you know bro…virtual reality doesn’t count.”

 

 


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#10 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:30 PM

Sasha was beyond the moon that Zander was interested in the position. Things just seemed to be falling perfectly in place for the camps. There was a lot of work involved, but she already knew it was worth it. With Zander's help she would make her camp, and her brand, stand out against not just cheer training programs, but also against athletic programs nationwide. "I want this training program to be like a living being. Which means the technical aspects need  to be as user friendly as possible. Some of the coaches are a bit tech challenged and stubborn like Al, but we'll have student counselors who can help input data." Some of them were the very best in the business, but even worst than Al when it came to technology. Thankfully they all loved Sasha, and had agreed to adhere to her program

 

"I want campers to be able to track their progress on a daily basis and be able to choose which workshops they want to enroll in for the day. This will require discretion as well, so that campers information is only available to them and the staff. This will involve a great deal of flood control, to make sure that campers who really do need the workshops are able to sign up. Also that the right campers are in the right workshops, such as a tumbler can't sign up for a flying/base workshop just because that's where all the cute boys are." Sasha had a clear vision of what she wanted for the system. She had heard great things about Zander, and she was sure that he could help her build this technical program to their specifications. The fact that she actually liked him as a person helped a great deal as well, after all they would be spending a lot of time together. 

 

It became clear that Zander knew Doug when he turned around and saw who was staring at them. Sasha assumed Doug was staring because he still had some woefully misguided interest in her. She knew that most of the girls in her house had fallen for the the charming veneer of Doug, but she could see right through him. When he stood to come over she openly rolled her eyes. She did not need another experience with inebriated Doug, or regular Doug. Doug in general was literally the person she probably thought the worst of. When Zander apologized she was confused, why was he apologizing? "No I'm sorry, these Omega jerks never leave me alone." Which was true, and Sasha was once again cursing her parents. 

 

"No puede ser" Sasha stated incredulously when Doug called Zander his brother. How could this be possible? How could two men so different be related. How could someone as decent and smart as Zander be even of the same evolutionary chain, much less gene pool, as a Neanderthal like Doug. Then she recalled Doug saying his brother having substance, and it all clicked into place. Like the same last names that she had previously dismissed as coincidence. She couldn't believe the older guy would be so outright aggressive and belittling to his own brother. Sassy snapped into play quickly. "Doug, I told you I prefer substance, and as you said, your brother has substance. I just had to meet him after you gave him such a glowing recommendation." She cast a sparkling look at Zander, hoping he could see the mischief in her eyes.

 

Sasha hoped that Doug would take his brother's suggestion, to leave them alone, or even better yet, leave Crystal alone. Still no so luck, and more venomous words poured from his mouth. Sassy rose to the challenge, feeling the need to defend Zander, who's only fault seemed to be that he was related to this idiot. If she wasn't so into Mario she wouldn't mind this being a date, it would was more preferable to spending time with an Omega brother. "Inexperience isn't a problem for me. I plan on spending a lot of time with Zander, and making some unforgettable memories." She was embellishing the truth, but Doug deserved it. He thought he was so much better than Zander, but she'd prefer the younger Russo any day of the week.


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#11 Zander Russo

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:37 AM

”I can certainly make what you want as user friendly as you need but having some counselors who already know about data input is a great idea.   The computer program you’re wanting seems easy enough to implement and train people on.  Do you think there is any hope that he will be better with the tech stuff when he sees how easy it is?” Maybe, even a glimmer of hope would help because it would certainly be useful to have someone to the level of Al, at least, a little alright with the new system.

 

 

”Well, I’ve had a great deal of experience in encryption and fake hacking computer systems to find the bugs and make certain they are secure,  so,  discretion shouldn’t be a problem. “{/b] The discretion was the biggest thing, making certain that people were going to the right workshops was far easier.

 

Zander was certain Doug was staring at them more because of him but he knew his brother to know something or someone must have triggered it ,so, when Sasha spoke up and mentioned about the Omega jerks not leaving her alone, the man instantly knew that she must have had her own run in with his older brother. 

 

 

Both brothers knew Spanish quite well so they both glanced at Sasha, Doug grinned and Zander took a deep breath.   ”So, apparently he left out that little detail.   Yup, Zander here is my brother.” But then Sasha went on to insult him.  ”I wonder what your sisters will have to say about this.  I’m certain that Crystal  will love to go back and tell them all about this.” Zander looked in Crystal’s direction , who looked more mortified than anything but hadn’t moved from the table.   Right then Zander knew;  Crystal might be a fixer…thinking she could fix Doug, well, she was in for an unpleasant surprise but usually there was no talking to women like that. 

 

”Doug, you’ve insulted me worse than that in the past.  Must be losing your touch.” He noticed Sasha’s look and had an idea of what she was up to.  ”And not that it’s any of your busness but Sasha’s right,  we’re going to have a wonderful time together, as a matter of fact, we’re going to spending much of the summer together.” Which was the truth but he also knew Doug would take the wrong way.

 

Doug then got close to Zander’s face as if about to threaten him but a voice and tap on his shoulder made him stop.  ”Come on Doug, let’s just go.  I can drive or we can take a cab.” Doug backed up and turned to Crystal.  ”Sorry, darlin’ just trying to keep someone in his place.  I’ll get us a cab.” Noone drove his car.

 

”I’m sorry, he’s drunk…I don’t…”Crystal seemed at a lost for words.

 

”You don’t have to apologize for him.” Which sounded odd coming from Zander but he did feel sorry for the girl.  ”And you don’t have to go with him.  I’m sure we could find you another way home.”

 

[b]”He’s not usually like this.  I mean he’s been so nice, I just think he’s …he needs me.”

 

Those were the words in the coffin, so to speak.  He needs me. If these girls just knew but Zander knew he wasn’t going to change Crystal’s mind, he just shook his head and sat back a little in his chair.


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#12 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 10:00 PM

Sasha knew without a doubt that her entire life had led up to cheerleading being the center of her brand. While the camps had happened at first as just an afterthought, no one was better equipped to build an empire on happenstance and social media. From growing up with business moguls, to the strenuous and character building(breaking) year she spent in Switzerland, everything had led up to her being someone who would be at the helm of the most advanced summer cheer experience the world had to offer. At least that was the plan,so long as everyone else complied. "Al has always been supportive of me, but some of these coaches are worst than he is. Their stubbornness is both a blessing and a curse. They teach skill and 'tenacity', but convincing them to use my system was difficult." She had to tap into every ounce of Campbell charm to get them to buy into her vision. Thankfully the majority of the master coaches had egos to match their skill levels.

 

"The regimens that the participants will go through will be evaluated on a standard scale, though each coach will vary in their level of expertise and difficulty. Your programming skills will be the backbone of the training programs. While I don't have any programming skills, I know the data that should be readily available, and the tracking system that I think is essential.This will hopefully be the first of many meetings to discuss and build the technological side of the camps. Don't worry, I won't make you go watch all the Bring It On movies to bump up your cheer acumen" They would have to spend a lot of time working together to input and adapt the values to fit the coaches training regimen.

 

Sasha could tell that both men had understood what she said, which was interesting, but further proof that they were brothers. Sasha was still incredulous about this discovery, unable to believe that she could have such polar opposite feelings about two siblings.She also couldn't believe that Doug could be so antagonistic to his own brother. Was the man really that arrogant that he could not see what Zander had to offer. Sasha was not at all short sighted, and she didn't care to bow to social standards. "Count me as a rebellious legacy, but I really don't care what my sisters have to think. I will entertain the company of whom I choose. Obviously the company of some is more enjoyable and less crowded than others. With Zander I don't have to make room for his ego..." There was a bit of venom in Sasha's words, and she was unapologetic about it.

 

"What can I say Doug, I need the right man by my side, and Zander is the perfect fit..." Sasha cast adoring eyes in Zander's direction, just to dig at Doug. Of course Sasha was talking mostly professionally, though if she didn't like Zander in general it would make the job practically impossible. Sasha was actually very closed lipped about her personal life, even with her sorority sisters. None of them knew who really had her attention, so this little meetup will probably give rise to gossip, and maybe it would make her look a little less sterling to her sisters. Sasha didn't care about any of that, she didn't like the pedestal her pedigree put her on in the first place, she wanted to earn recognition, not inherit it. 

 

"Crystal I can always drop you back at the dorms." Sasha offered politely, even though she knew that was a moot point. Crystal thought she could tame and claim Doug, not realizing that some dogs just needed to be put down. Sasha felt sorry for her, and well the lot of her sisters who may eventually end up like her mother, miserably married for years before a very bitter and public divorce. Or worst yet someone the Omega men felt like they could just play with before tossing them back in the toy chest. Unfortunately if she didn't become more calculating and shrewd this would happen to her many times over. Hopefully she was a 'fool me once' kind of girl. 

 

"If you need anything, call me" Sasha said giving Crystal a small gentle pat before turning fierce eyes on Doug. "Do something different for a change and be an actual human being. You might surprise everyone, including yourself..." Sasha said in a steel tone, though she knew that the words probably fell on death ears. She worried about Crystal most of all, since she was her sister twice over, both in cheer and in the sorority, it was sad to see that she had been charmed by someone who was obviously a snake. 


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#13 Zander Russo

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 10:22 PM

It all seemed like a good idea to Zander, not that he knew anything about cheerleading but it seemed like something that would work and moreover something that Sasha seemed passionate about.  Zander was a firm believer in doing what you love and the rest will fall into place, well, for most people.  He smiled at the comment about the Bring it On Movies.  ”Well, I certainly think this is workable.  It shouldn’t be that hard to implement what you want.  There will need to be a training set up for the other people hired to do the data entry work.” His mind was already working in code to determine the best way to write the program she wanted.

 

It could be so tiring being Doug’s brother, at times, and now was one of those times.  He was just glad, though not particularly surprised that Sasha was able to handle herself when it came to his older brother.  He was also glad that it didn’t seem like Sasha was holding him responsible for Doug’s actions, which seemed to happen a lot more than people might think.   The man just let Sasha say what she will and didn’t bother letting Doug know anything more than what he was already thinking.  Which wasn’t’ accurate but Zander knew that Doug would believe what he wanted to anyway. 

 

The pleas to Crystal were pointless; Zander had stopped his and just listened to Sasha’s before Crystal proceeded to have her hand grabbed by Doug who turned to her.  ”Don’t bother with them….let’s go.” Running his hand up her side he kissed her hard, as if he was trying to proof his alpha status.

 

Crystal turned towards Sasha.  ”It’s fine.  I’ll be fine.  Thanks for the offer though.” Zander wasn’t sure who Crystal was trying to convince, herself or Sasha and Zander.   Doug told Crystal it was time to go and then led her out of the restaurant but not before stopping at the table they had been at and throwing some money on the table. 

 

As soon as they were gone; Zander took a breath.  ”I’m sorry about that.   If it helps any, I know he won’t be around for most of the summer.” He was hoping his instinct was right and she wasn’t going to hold Doug against him.  


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#14 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 03:31 PM

Something primal had grabbed a hold of Sasha, who until this year had thought she was destined to be a lawyer. Now she was on the hunt to take out the competition, to win on a level higher than just trophies, award money and bragging rights. She was on the hunt for her brand, and she would be relentless until she had acheived it. 'I am a Campbell, I am a Campbell' she was constantly chanting to herself. She was out to prove that she had earned her last name, though she didn't know who she was trying to convince, her secretive adoptive parents, or herself. What Sasha did acknowledge was that finding out she was adopted made sense why she always felt like she didn't quite fit with her family. 

 

"Honestly, I want this to last for quite some time. To evolve to include other disciplines, like gymnastics and dance. How cool would it be if in the 2020 olympics we had one or more of our girls competing! I don't know if that's really a commitment you're ready to make just yet, but if you help me build a successful program this year, we can both turn our 'summer jobs' into a legacy." Was she being a bit idealistic, maybe...But Sasha had already put years into building the program, and she was willing to carry this project without the help of anyone. If Zander was willing to buy in, to be her technical partner, he could turn Sasha's brainchild into hard data, and really prove that her system really did improve and help focus athletic ability. 

 

Sasha wasn't who she felt more sorry for...Crystal for her hope of a successful reformation of Doug, or Zander who had the misfortune of being related to Doug. Despite her general dislike of all Omega men, Sasha knew that they were not all created equal. Not all of them were like her father, Doug being the most like a reincarnation of the house/campus legend. Crystal's father was most likely a lot closer to a decent human being, and that was her downfall. Sasha knew that she was sometimes distant from her sisters, but she would be there for Crystal when the inevitable occured. "I'll see you later Crys. Be good, or something good adjacent." Sasha bid her farewell with a typical salutation, resigning herself that for the moment Crystal was a lost cause. 

 

Upon their departure Sasha turned a tight smile to Zander, feel a little off kilter since they had been interrupted. She was still suspended in disbelief that the two men were siblings. Maybe there was a chance that Doug's children would not inherit his pond scum DNA, and instead the general decency had just skipped him over when he swam in the gene pool. "I think summer may just be my favorite season." Suddenly Sasha wished it was at least twice as long."I think I heard something about him trying to work with my father or something...I'm just wondering if Vegas is far enough away?" It would have to be, because Sasha did not have enough time to worry about the elder brother now, much less during her activity packed summer vacation. 

 

Sasha looked Zander up and down, tilting her head to the side, still trying to put two and two together, but she still seemed to be coming up with 2. Zander was worth a lot to her, not just professionally, but she could tell from the way he had treated Crystal that he was really decent. Someone worth investing time in, and more importantly trusting her brand to. Doug she saw like cotton candy, he may look sweet and tasty, but in the end he was really nothing good for you. "So...Doug's your brother. I'm sorry for you lost..." It seemed like encounters such as these were not singular events, and Zander must do a lot of apologizing for his brother. 


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#15 Zander Russo

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 03:05 PM

While Zander loved his mothers and did want to visit with them; the idea of doing something new and different this summer and being away from Doug did make this job proposal even more attractive.   The man nodded to Sasha’s comment about the future of the program.  ”That would be great.  Why do I think you already have in mind who might be the people to run those other programs.” It was said with a smile but, also, a great deal of respect.  He liked how forward thinking she was.  Zander was a little more of the here and now type but the two types could easily work together.  ”But yes you have me for the summer and we can see where it goes from there.” Which meant he wasn’t opposed to the idea of future jobs working for her program.

 

Zander felt bad for Crystal but knew there was nothing to be done for the moment, she’d find out soon enough there was no reform for Doug.   While Zander didn’t particularly like Doug, he certainly didn’t like the way he acted but he was still the man’s brother and he did care about what happened to him.  He actually worried about Doug for as much as Doug seemed to be able to take care of himself, really only Zander knew what kind of trouble he could end up in.

 

Zander paused for a moment; ”It’s far enough.  He has no plans of coming back until football training starts.” Which was the last two weeks of summer break before the fall term began.  He really didn’t know Doug’s plans beyond that.

 

”Most people are completely confused about us being related.” Assuming the same must be the same for her.   He was never really certain how much to tell people about his brother.  

 

 


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#16 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 10:29 AM

Sasha knew that choosing Zander for a partner, which was really the role that she invisioned him in, was a smart decision. He was more than some computer nerd to her, he seemed to understand the people side of things just as much as he understood computers. This was a rare find, and one Sasha could not overlook. She had thought of having two different positions for the summer intern, but was more than happy to roll that into one for Zander. Adding some of the savings to his salary was sure to be an incentive as well.

 

"You know me so well, I guess you're a quick study...I have already done some minor research and tested some of the waters for possible expansion should the program be a success for cheerleading. And if the facts match the vision, we could make a name for ourselves in athletic and entertainment training." Sasha worked to quell the excitement in her voice, but she really was passionate about the project. She wanted this to be her life's work so badly. Sure there was time for her to do something else if this didn't work, but when something felt so right... "Maybe we'll be driven completely mad by all those teenage girls, or we will have a summer to write a made for tv movie about!"

 

Sasha paused for a moment so shake some of the bad vibes she always had in the wake of an encounter with Doug. She'd admit to herself that while she was bias against most of the men in Omega, Doug was really the one that made her avoid them at all costs. He was such a caricature of all her negative thoughts that he just made it easier for her to blame the house for his entitled behavior. "Figures he'd be arrogant enough to think he didn't have to train and condition with the new team members most of the summer. At least he won't be in my hair. I'll have my hands full enough and won't have time to do a proper detanglement." Sasha said with a light chuckle. 

 

"Oh I'm still not sure about you two being related. Was he always like that, or is demon possesion still an option?" Sasha laughed at her own joke, knowing that ego was a powerful thing to try to exorcise. She was grateful that her chosen favorite Russo male was the polar opposite. Computer skills would not be enough to put up with the attitude. She'd get enough of that from the cheerleaders. 


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#17 Zander Russo

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 02:31 PM

Zander was glad that Sasha seemed nice; determined but there was never anything wrong with that.   He had to understand people, feeling it was important, though he knew plenty of computer nerds who didn’t.  He certainly considered himself a nerd , he loved , not just computers, science and math but also RPG’s and sci-fi and all of those things that people tended to see as nerdy , he just seemed to have missed the part of it that would make him unsocial, which might have been a good thing.

 

”Well, I don’t mind being behind the scenes, either.  I leave the credit given to how ever you’d like to do it.” It was true.  IT people didn’t get glory; they tended to be more the person that suddenly showed up when you needed something done.   Zander was used to it, by now.  ”Well, if there is ever a movie, I hope there is no songs about fixing a computer glitch.” Just because that would probably be awful. 

 

Zander had met enough of the Omega’s , besides his own brother, to understand not having a high opinion of them.  They were the same guys who liked to bother some of his , less social, friends.   Of course, guys like the Omega’s never seemed to realize that it was people like Zander’s friends who could actually make their life hell by simply messing up their computers or hacking info on them.   Not that Zander’s friends would do that but they could and really the Omegas’ only thought they had the upper hand.   ”Oh, he had to get special permission from the coach to not be here but I think the coach felt it was fine for him to come later to practice.” Zander wouldn’t get into all of that but there were reasons for his brother not being here this summer.

 

[b}”Always. “[/b] Zander answered. ”To be honest he was actually worse in high school but I had to be around him more often then.”   He knew she was still confused by how different the brothers were but he felt like he didn’t know her well enough to tell her the whole story, yet.


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#18 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 01:08 PM

While both her mother and father were shrewd when it came to business dealings, Sasha considered herself more like her grandparents. Both Roger and Sharon Campbell were known for choosing the right people to work for them, building a winning team and acknowledging their entire firms advancements to the levels that they had reached. Richard Kenton was similar though very independent, his ideas was far more practical. "My grandfather always says give credit where credit is due, saves you from spending too much on litigation..." Those were literally the words that he had said to her in one of his teaching moments about how to deal with business.

 

"Not a fan of musicals? I thought the 'Glitch Sitch' was going to be a grammy winner..." Sasha said laughing to herself feeling her comfort level with Zander grow. It wasn't the same as being around Mario or Rose, but it was still a good feeling. Considering the amount of time she was proposing, it was best that they got along, otherwise any animosity would grow into festering resentment. "I think this will work out well for the two of us." Sasha said smiling at Zander, feeling really proud of her choice. Sure she could have easily paid a firm to develop the software for her. She had even considered the idea, until she had been offered a university sponsored internship. Even though it came out of the camp's budget, she was still very grateful for the support that the University was giving to the program. She knew that was because she wasn't just any ordinary student, but she wanted to pay that support forward to a fellow student.

 

Part of Sasha wished she would have more time for the cheer squad to train and to hold tryouts, but knew that she couldn't push the girls anymore than she did now. Most of the girls had commited to being part of the staff for the Campbell Cheer Camp, and that was a more or less a ten week commitment. Cramming in two weeks of full time training would be exhausting, and she could not imagine trying to force all the conditioning need for football into that span. "It's his funeral I guess. I kind of like the idea of an out of condition Doug getting tackled by a lot of eager freshmen vying for a starting spot in the first game." Unfortunately the cheerleaders would be practicing inside or at the track field for the most part. The big stadium was off limits so they wouldn't be a 'distraction'.

 

Sasha cringed at the thought of Doug being worse. She gave Zander an intense look, trying to see if it got under his skin. She still saw the good natured guy who she liked and thought of as a friend, but a new appreciation had formed. "Worse must have been really hard to swallow. The fact that you seem to handle it well is no small matter. I think you deserve a Nobel Peace Prize!" Sasha said giving him a nice smile. She could tell that Zander was a real gem in a pile of costume jewelry.


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#19 Zander Russo

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 02:32 PM

”I’m guessing your grandfather has been in business a long time then.” It just sounded like a wise person , when it came it such things.  ”My grandfather would say to take the credit as there are enough people in this world, that don’t want to give you any.”  Giving a small smile but it was something that his grandfather had told him on occasion, never really understanding why such things were never a big deal to Zander.

 

”Don’t think I could ever look my gaming group in the eyes again.” Obviously, over acting about the trauma the song might cause in his life.  ”I would agree.  I think we can make this work.” It seemed like, they could be friends and especially business partners, Zander liked the idea.   His mind already starting to plot out the computer side of things.

 

 ”Well, I hate to disappoint you but I’ve never known Doug to be out of shape.  He’ll work out all summer; he’s too egotistical to let his body go.” Doug spent a lot of time and money on himself to look the way he did.   Zander didn’t feel, he could say much about the idea of freshmen tackling Doug, while part of him felt amused by the idea,  he more knew, it would never happen.

 

Zander shrugged.  ”There wasn’t much I could do about it and I guess I learned early on that he wasn’t a sibling I could count on.” Maybe, the man was too used to the way Doug was by now but he also knew his brother wouldn’t change.   Not even, all the trouble Doug got into in high school had made him change.


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#20 Sasha Campbell

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:23 PM

Papu, as Sasha affectionately called her mother's father, had turned his father in law's struggling hotel into one of the premiere vacation spots in Barbados, expanding to over five different islands states and a cruise line. After the lost of his wife he had thrown himself into turning his father's small shipping boat into the top shipping company in the Carribean. "He says that tenacity and stubborness is his business model. What he really taught me is that passion can make all the difference. It can drive you crazy, but you will always enjoy the ride." Though he projected a tough exterior to the business world Sasha had always been able to see his soft heart that held fairness and loyalty as precious gems. 

 

While Sasha didn't think that they had the next Facebook in the making, she knew that she would absolutely love the work they were doing. It would be worth all the endless hours they would spend both in planning and implementation. The partner in the endeavor was important as well. "I did my research on you, and I know that you're hard working, honest, and a problem solver. Given that I've seen you literally in action calming down a frantic cheerleader. I honestly think this job was made for you...and it was!" Sasha said with a bright smile, her obvious admiration of her dinner partner obvious in her eyes. She really did have him in high regard. Even Al had grumbled less than usual after Zander had worked on his computer system. 

 

Sasha was already ready to be done with Doug, and hoped that if he did work for her father that he would be doing a lot of golphering and paper pushing. It would certainly knock the ego down for someone who was very much in need of deflation. "All the same they tell me it's important for a team to build chemistry before the season, and there is not a lot of breathing room for that to happen if they don't congeal during the summer. Not that Doug strikes me as a model team player." She had heard that he had skills, but she only had eyes for one guy on the Football field, who would hopefully be playing opposite of Doug so she could ignore him altogether. 

 

Sasha thought about having a sibling like Doug, who seemed more like her father than she was, and she shuddered inwardly. She hadn't really thought of the possibility of having a sibling who could be verbally abusive, and someone else she would need protection from. She had always thought of herself as the protector, and had been grateful to be an only child. "My heart goes out to you. Maybe you do know a thing about tenacity and stubborness after all. If you can deal with Doug, there is probably no cheerleader you can't handle..." Sasha said giving Doug an appreciative smile. 


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