▸ born the only son of a runaway bride and her lower-middle-class lover, dean was never the black sheep of the family. rather, he was born into the
black sheep family. things became even more complicated when his mother, formerly lovestruck but now hit by the unfamiliar reality of near-poverty, decided to up and ditch her lover and their newborn son.
▸ as a regular student in a regular public middle school, dean had the tendency to spread himself thin amongst different social groups. he was considered as the 'class clown,' and was constantly looking for the attention that his father and stepmother were too busy to give him, now that a half-sister, scarlett, was in the picture. as a result, dean realized just how easily people tend to accept him for acting like a fool; he was by no means the most popular kid, but it was almost surprising how fast guards were let down after a few jokes.
▸ not quite a 'troubled youth,' but dean has never been a very good student, either; his father didn't care much as long as what he did remained relatively legal. however, things changed during dean's last year of middle school. with dares came stupid decisions, and with stupid decisions came yet another self-discovery: he liked stealing and smuggling things into/out of school grounds, and was actually rather good at it. maybe it was the babyface. or maybe it was the fact that most people thought little of his intelligence (who would've known that playing dumb could get anyone further in life?). but regardless, it was an efficient way to earn extra cash; he was too young to get a part-time job back then, and whatever help his father asked for at the family bakery wasn't exactly going to garner him much of a steady income.
▸ and so, he sold things. physical things, like small doses of illegal substances, exam papers, etc. or if someone was willing to fork over the sums asked, he could even take on whatever role they needed for a situation: the side-bitch in a breakup, or the jealous ex whose main purpose was to spark jealousy. as long as there's money on the table, dean was more than willing to play along.
▸ entering high school, dean naturally made use of his usual social strategy. though he continued to maintain a reputation as the 'sidekick' that seemingly failed to take anything seriously, he was quick to establish an alliance with some of the delinquents in the school. all for the sake of his small 'business.' at least until he was finally caught and sent to juvie halfway through his high school sophomore year, anyway.
▸ his thieving habits never died down however, and he went straight back to it upon his release. even though this was enough to banish anyone from a clique like the fringes, dean persistently and shamelessly reinserted himself; sure, he could very well just fit in with the delinquents, but the attention and connections that the fringes had with the elites were enough to keep him interested. no amount of shunning or threatening seemed to back him off and he was eventually (albeit reluctantly) accepted back into the clique. kind of. then again, who were they to complain anyway when he was the one that provided them with the goods? if nothing else, he too had the dealing records to turn on anyone that wanted him gone. and that's a fact.