Julia Clark

Julia Clark: Backstory​


Julia Clark, was born on the 5th of October, 1995. The child of a drug-addled prostitute and her pimp, she was no stranger to the adversities of life from a young age. She spent the first five years of her life on the streets of LA, surrounded by gangs, crime, and trauma that no young child should have to endure. Through all of the pain that she saw, she learned how to survive and cope in the streets, and learned how to get what she wanted or needed from others however possible. Through the pain and hardship she endured while she was young, she gained scars, both mental and physical, that to this day still have not fully healed, and continue to plague her mind well into adulthood.

Through either luck or what she thought to be some sort of miracle, when Julia turned five she was adopted by a family who brought her out to San Diego. A wealthy white family who she thought would surely spell the end of her troubles, would finally bring her peace in her world. Sadly, this was not entirely the case. While her life no longer had the same set of issues it once did on the streets, she faced a new set of challenges with her new family. Her new family struggled to resonate with her, to connect and feel a mutual bond with her, and as such took to attempt to “control” her behavior. The rebellious and free spirit she had from all the years of having to fend for herself was replaced with having family who attempted to control how she dressed, who she talked to and HOW she talked to them, what she ate, her behavior, and even forcing her down a path that they approved of and deemed acceptable, not taking any regard into what she felt. Despite the change in scenery and the change in parents, she lacked one thing in her life that she truly desired above all: The desire to be loved and accepted. Her family attempted to buy her love with expensive toys and baubles, but none of this was what Julia truly desired. The only thing she truly wanted was unconditional love, and the constant attempts to bribe her for kindness just left her feeling devoid of happiness. The only saving grace in everything was her grandmother, the one person in her life who truly made her feel loved and welcomed.

After a few years, her parents separated and moved to Oregon, where things sadly, only got worse for Julia. Her strained relationship with her parents grew worse, to the point of toxicity. She was sheltered from the world, sequestered away from anything her parents didn't wish for her to see, and constantly put down. “You'll never amount to anything. You're a nobody. You're not gonna do anything special unless with your life unless you do what we say.” These words filled her head day in and day out as she struggled for just that fleeting hope of happiness and joy. The only thing that kept her sane and on track through all those troubling days was her grandma, the woman who gave her all the solace, love, and motivation in the world she needed to try and make something of herself. Her grandmother felt like more of a mother than any other woman in her life ever did, and with the motivation she gave Julia, she made it her life's goal to prove her adoptive parents wrong and show them, “I WILL become somebody, I'll make it on my own out here, and I'll NEVER end up like either one of you.”

She worked hard, studied even harder, and pushed herself through college, years of arduous work was about to come to an end, with college graduation just on the horizon. Though suddenly, tragedy struck her life: Her grandmother had passed away, mere months before her graduation was to occur. Her heart was flooded with grief and rage, all she had wanted was for the one woman who meant the most to her to be able to see her walk across the stage and get her diploma, and now it's all gone; the opportunity would never happen. Julia used this rage and sadness to push her across the finish line instead of faltering, telling herself that she can't throw it all away now, not after everything. At twenty-two years of age, she graduated, top of her class with a double major from UT, finally achieving her goal of proving her adoptive parents wrong, and becoming someone that she was proud of. Despite achieving her goals, though, this did not quell the feelings inside of her. Anger, spite, abandonment, all the pain and hardship she endured, it all still lingered. She was confused, angry, and upset, all these raw emotions and no idea what to do. It took some time and some reflection, but she mulled it over and made a decision. She needed to let go of her past, forge something new, somewhere else, anywhere else. This place held too many memories for her, too much pain. She heard stories of people making it big out in Los Santos, and decided to take a chance. With that, Julia bought a one-way ticket and never looked back, embracing her new future on the horizon.
 
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Life in Los Santos​


After getting off the plane, Julia was confused and unsure of what to do with her life. Only the clothes on her back and a small pocketful of money, she was unaware of how her new life in this strange place would fare, and where she would even go or what she would do. This did not stop her determination and her desire for knowledge though, as she attempted to meet new people and get a lay of the land, figure out what was needed for herself. She met a taxi driver named Barney, who helped get her squared away towards some kind of work to get her a paycheck. She started working at the mines way out in the country, gathering stone and minerals for sale to the big companies and jewelers of the city. The work was backbreaking and arduous, and each day felt like a grueling slog, but she knew that it would all pay off one day, she just had to keep working, keep trying, and one day she could make a name for herself. One day, after her shift, she met a man named Jay, and Jay would show her a whole different side of Los Santos: the street life. Riding along with him in her own vehicle, thanks to his help, and seeing all the different important locations: Who the big players were, where to pick up anything that was needed “off the books”, how to spot colors and what neighborhoods to be careful in. She was like a sponge, soaking in all this new information that she was being provided, and subsequently Julia ended up making a long lasting friendship with Jay. However, as time went on, people strayed apart, ventured onward for bigger and better things, and Julia was left alone, just like she had felt so many times in the past. Uncertain of her future yet again.

Eventually, Julia found a new community of people she could call her own, the Los Santos Truckers Union. She met many of the fellow truckers there, and became close to all of them as time went on. Her nature of cynicism and desire for the streets was masked by the veneer of the camaraderie and innocent work of hauling cargo throughout the city. By day she would make her routes, make small talk with the other truckers, and cash her paychecks, but by night she was a whole different person. At night, she explored the streets, began socializing with gangs, attempting to gather as much information about that life as she could in the city so she could begin to make her moves. These actions did not come without risk, though, as she was kidnapped and even tortured on several different occasions, only further adding to the scars that plagued her. Eventually, her associations with the seedier side of life became more and more known to the rest of the LSTU, and conflicts with her personality combined with her “Night life” eventually lead to her being exiled from The Union. Crestfallen at yet another opportunity that had fallen apart, she attempted to find new work, still determined in her dreams to make a name for herself in the city.

A new chapter opened up for Julia in her life: Mirror Park Autos as a car dealer. She met a man by the name of Mikey Truth who gave her an opportunity to do something she felt good and comfortable in. She sold cars, told people about all the wonderful features, and put on the best appearance she could, and in turn, she made a healthy commission. This gave her many different opportunities, both in meeting new people, and in building her own wealth. Shortly after finding her new job, another act of serendipity: the Italians had taken an interest in her. In time, and through effort, she earned a place with them, and learned more and more about the streets, learning about back alley deals and whispers in smoke-filled rooms as her web grew and grew. The Italians were the first organized family she had ever been with, and while she was not the most capable in a firefight, she proved resourceful in other ways. Dragging people from furious shootouts, the sound of bullets piercing against car doors and flesh, of furious screams and the smell of gun smoke and fresh blood, Julia would help get people to safety, making sure they were “presentable” for the hospital so the cops wouldn't ask too many questions. This made Julia an invaluable asset; However, it also made her a target when she decided to leave. She had known so much about the family: names, places, people, business. Her decision to leave left a permanent stain on her name that she would carry with her throughout the city from that moment on.

Attempting to wash herself clean of the mark of the Italians, Julia began doubling down on her efforts to research and gain additional information from the city, and making new connections. From high ranking crime bosses to Chief's of Police, she began making her presence known with everyone throughout the city, wheeling and dealing and attempting to get on everyone's good side for the sole purpose of finding the best opportunities for herself. This made her come across as duplicitous, as untrustworthy, possibly a hazard. As time went on, Julia understood the importance of a divide between the open light of legal work, and the darkness of the seedy criminal underworld. She kept her affiliations divided, and only showed the side of herself that was needed at the time, isolating everything else. With this, she was able to build solid connections in many more facets of her life, most notably with the Department of Justice and Police Departments.

As time went on, someone by the name of Tully attempted to recruit Julia to El Camino, but her eyes were set elsewhere. She saw groups like Rebels or Bratva, and wanted to be a part of them, wanted a taste of their life. Despite her disinterest in joining them, Julia still saw an opportunity in learning more from them. She spent time around El Camino, learning more about their members, what they were up to, who they worked with and who they considered friends. She soaked in this information and savored every opportunity she could to advance herself, constantly telling herself “One day...one day I'll have everything I need.”. As time passed, a meeting was arranged between Julia and Ruslan, the leader of Bratva. Julia lamented for her desire to find a new home, to feel like a part of something once more, and to prove her worth. Ruslan pondered her words, and took them to heart, feeling for his friend but understanding that business and friendship are two very different creatures. He explained to her that in order to have a chance with Bratva, she would have to prove her worth. Gaining trust with everyone in the family, proving that she is capable and fearless in the face of danger. She had to be useful to the family and not a burden, or worse, a hazard.
 

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During her attempts to win the favor of Bratva, she managed to find some fortune in a different side of her life. She found another opportunity, not as much quenching her thirst for knowledge, but fulfilling her desire for love. This came in the form of a biker named Norse, head of the Old Ways Motorcycle Club. Their relationship blossomed and flourished until finally they were married, offically taking on the last name Holiday. After the wedding, she inherited the moniker of “Old Lady” of the MC, and helped manage Old Ways, occasionally even leading it at times, as well as helping manage other MC's across Los Santos. Through this time, sadly, the love between Norse and Julia began to wither away. While the two did not hate one another, the love they once shared had slowly started to fade, and eventually Julia decided it was best to file for divorce. Despite the divorce, she is still cherished and respected by other MC's in the city, and her name is still known well from her time as “The Old Lady of Old Ways”.


Julia found a valuable opportunity in hanging around John Cosme, a dealer for Bratva. While spending their time hanging out front of the Viceroy, Cosme would help Julia gain all sorts of valuable insight into the city, including on her old connections with El Camino. As time went on she began meeting more people, Alyssa Rhodes and Lora Davis. Through the nights they would run wild until daybreak, making memories and causing all sorts of havoc, the way only Julia knew how. These friendships ran stronger than blood, and to this day remain with her as fond memories in her time in the city.


Julia's fortune and good times wouldn't last forever, as she eventually ended up getting roped into a rough situation. Yuri Pepegov, a well-known terrorist, had decided to kidnap an officer by the name of Evelyn Cale. Evelyn was the second-hand to John Gambino, a high ranking member of the Los Santos Police Department, and as such Yuri saw a good opportunity in kidnapping her. According to Julia's story, Yuri had threatened to strap a bomb to her and kill everyone she knew if she did not comply, and so for her safety she felt no other choice but to help. During his kidnapping, Yuri decided to hold a “Kangaroo Court” of sorts, with Julia serving as an impromptu judge and jury for the trial. If guilty, Evelyn would face unspeakable horrors in the form of torture until her body would finally succumb from the agony. In a move that shocked everyone, Julia voted that she was guilty, alongside the other judges in the trial. Even more shocking, Yuri spared Evelyn's life, managing to strike a deal with her that saved her skin, both metaphorically and literally. Through all this, Julia ended up making one critical mistake, one that would cost her dearly: she spoke with Evelyn. Julia had thought in her heart that this would be safe for her, considering that Evelyn had once helped her out in a tough situation, but it ended up costing her.
 
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Eventually her actions that day caught up to her. One day, out with her friends at Yellow Jack's, grabbing a drink and having a good time, eight squad cars surrounded the building. Stepping out of one of the cars was none other than Evelyn Cale herself. In full view of her friends, she was held at gunpoint and forced to surrender, as the officers dragged her away. She was charged with Kidnapping, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. At her trial, she made sure to stick to her story, and worked to try and get a reduced sentence. Her actions, however, in the eyes of the city were unforgivable, and the verdict was passed: Guilty on all counts. Her sentence was 33 years in Bolingbroke State Penitentiary. Life seemed like it had ended before it had truly gotten a chance to begin. As with all things in life though, opportunities come by, and thanks to her behavior, she managed to serve a reduced sentence.


After spending so much time in prison, life had seemed so much more different for Julia. Hardened by the system, and ready to carve her place in the world, no matter the cost, she got right back into finding out what she could to help Bratva. Her first major tip came through: El Camino was attempting to make a move under Bratva's nose, cutting them out. Her first real assignment from the family was to figure out where and when it would be happening, and report back. Despite her best efforts, however, Julia was unable to complete her task. El Camino disbanded and closed up their operations shortly after she began. Julia was troubled, if she failed this assignment, how would Bratva ever be able to trust her, would she have what it takes? From the Vendetta with the Italians, to her stint in prison, it felt like her name had a black stain smeared across it. It seemed like all was lost, but a glimmer approached on the horizon.


Despite everything Julia had been through, all the adversity and hardship, despite the black mark on her name, and despite failing her assignment, Bratva decided to welcome her into the fold with open arms. The surge of emotion she felt was overwhelming. From feeling like she would never amount to anything as a child, to being welcomed by a powerful family in Los Santos, it felt like someone was finally giving her a chance. A chance to prove her worth, to show her best, and to become the best person she knew she could be. Julia's story has been fraught with chaos and hardship, but she hopes that this will finally be the place that she will be able to lay down her roots and form a home. Julia knows that if people will give her a chance, support her, and have her back, she can soar to new heights, and bring those she works with up with her.


After all, if there's one thing Julia's learned in her whole life, it's this: Knowledge is Power. Those who know everything, can do anything.
 

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Good read!