joanna burns found herself jobless, partnerless, and living in her parents’ double-wide with two young children when she was only twenty-two years old. left behind by her children’s father, (who her parents always said was a piece of shit anyway) she was pretty much without purpose. she was working two or three jobs at once (sometimes jobs that weren’t legal or decent) just to get herself a dingy apartment in downtown portland.
meanwhile, noah pickard had a nasty divorce with his no-good, cheating, raging bitch of an ex-wife. he and his three elementary-aged children moved into a townhouse - all he could afford on a public school teacher’s salary - in, you guessed it, downtown portland.
they didn’t get together right away, or even in a particularly timely fashion. their kids grew up playing together, they offered babysitting when the other would work or go out, and slowly but surely the two families - and the two parents - became rather codependent on each other.
no one was particularly shocked when jo ended up pregnant - with noah’s baby, nonetheless. the merger of the two families was pretty seamless. the kids were all in middle or high school at that point, and had become practically family by then.
when bailey was 17, they found out his little sister had leukemia. everyone, but particularly jo and bailey, learned to pitch in a lot more during that time. they were all truly convinced she was going to die, and were both fighting as hard as they could to keep her alive while also saying sad, painful, stupid goodbyes. money got tighter, everyone was exhausted, and even though they’d been thinking the worst, somehow she pulled through it and has been in remission for years now.
ANYWAY there’s the whole sad thing, they’re all a little rough around the edges, grew up pretty poor (though i have a headcanon that the pickards’ mom remarried rich and so they get these lavish gifts on christmas and then probably don’t hear from her for the rest of the year), depend on each other for absolutely everything in life, and really just love each other even if they get in stupid fist fights occasionally???
(i will… probably edit this when i get home bc i’m writing this in a rush but pls love me!!)
- bailey burns, 26, logan lerman (morgan)
- – burns, 23, odeya rush (anna)
- – pickard, 29, open (alias)
- avery pickard, 28, dominic sherwood (bri)
- irene pickard, 24, saoirse ronan (lily)
- josie pickard, 13, npc*