Thank you to @WarmNyota_SweetAyesha, @Mira_Jade, and @earlybird-obi-wan for the awesome reviews. That will piece was a pleasure to write and you will see more with that character after this next set. Dad The people of Hawkins, Indiana knew Jim Hopper. They had known him as a mischievous child, a gruff, but honorable teen, and as a doting husband and father. That was before Sarah passed. The Chief had changed then, reverting to the gruff, but less honorable boy he had been. He had not cratered entirely, but Sarah’s death had embittered him to a point that his wife could not console him. Their divorce was amicable, but it left Jim without a rudder. He continued to be the Chief of Police, doing a commendable job, but retreating into his grief and depression when not on the job. His reputation suffered when he began dating again, leaving a trail of scornful women in his wake. According to some, it was the case of Will Byers abduction that changed Jim Hopper; that revitalized him. Those close to the case said, he was doubtful at first, thinking that Will had simply stayed the night at a friend’s house. But when it became clear that Will as nowhere to be found, Hopper came to life with a dogged determination to find him. When Beyer’s body was discovered at the quarry, the Chief was seized by a peculiar grimness, laced with denial and a galvanized resolve discover the truth. A truth, that all but few was seemed obvious: Will Byers was dead. Hawkins was shocked when a couple of days later the was found, scared and weak, but otherwise unharmed. Accompanying his return were rumors of black cars and vans in residential neighborhoods, a strange girl (nearly bald at times, longer blonde hair at others) appearing at the school and local market, and the true disappearance of teenager Barbara Holland. Jim Hopper had changed. Though his gruff exterior was still in place, he seemed lighter on his feet and there was glint in his eye that belied a healing that he neither acknowledged nor speak of. 18 months passed, without incident, until the day Chief Jim Hopper appeared in Middle School administrative office with a new daughter and a nervous smile. Daughter The people of Hawkins, Indiana did not know Jane Hopper. She was an enigma to most on first meeting her. She was shy, didn’t talk much, and when she did, it was with as few words as possible. She was a pretty girl with natural brown curls and brown eyes which both welcomed and warned everyone she encountered. She was slight, but not awkward as some girls her age. In fact she walked with a purpose, even appeared the lean into her walk, showing excellent control. This was not say that she was self-possessed and ready to take on all challenges. Her awkwardness was social rather than physical. The good news was that she seemed to have a ready-made set of friends who would help her fit in. Jane arrived in Hawkins was a few months after the Department of Energy closed the doors of their local lab. Murmurs from local conspiracy theorists hinted at Psychic experiments using children as guinea pigs. Was Jane a cast off of the Hawkins Lab experiments? Discerning minds dismissed this of hand and had no reason to disbelieve the Chief’s story of a cousin out west whom had passed away leaving a 14 year old daughter without a parent or a home. With all eyes on her, Jane Hopper remained contentedly reserved and only seemed to blossom in the presence of her new father, local teen Mike Wheeler, and their close knit group of friends.