Son of Audrey and David deBenedict. Tom was a quiet kid who enjoyed hanging out with his friends and riding his bicycle. Tom grew up in a small town in the south-central part of Pennsylvania. After his parents founded the record company, Hanover Records, his life seemed to be getting interesting. About a year or so after his parents founded their record company, they moved to Orlando, Florida. By this time Tom was now almost 18 and his parents had a idea for his birthday. Most of his friends were either going away to college or to the military. His military friends would get him into firearms and he would eventually own a few. Whilst his college friends got invited him to parties.
Tom would eventually start smoking pot along with getting into metal, going to local shows when he could do so. Tom would meet lots of new people and get a small taste of what it really feels like to live. Tom and his parents went on vacations a lot. From Paris, France to Berlin, Germany to the Bahamas, Tom was still enjoying the rich life. But on a business trip to California his mother died in a plane crash over the Grand Canyon. After the funeral, David pulled Tom aside and told him he would now work in the company. Tom wanting to do other things with his life, tried to talk his father out of the idea. This of course failed and his father made a threat, “If you don't help with the company, I will kick you out and you will be on your own.” Though his father would never actually do this, Tom felt he was telling the truth.
Tom was now 20 years old and hating his job. Working in the record company was not what he's pictured himself doing for the rest of his life. Tom started going to big events, which was a risk, so his father hired a bodyguard (part time). Her name was Samia “Sam” Mallek and god was she good at what she did. Tom’s father loved her work, but Tim was a pain to her, running away from her sight any chance he got (but she would always find Tom). Eventually David hired her to guard Tom full-time.
David informed Tom of a business meet in Istanbul, Turkey on the 10th of July. This was also Tom’s birthday. After the meeting with few sponsors and lor2 up and coming artist, they went for a party cruise headed for Batumi, Georgia. This fine yacht was called The Riptide.
On the Riptide
On the first night Tom had drinks made for him by the bartender. He got so drunk he wandered into the yachts engine room. The engine room workers were very confused how how he got down there, but they called security and Tom was dragged back to his room for the night.
On the second night things really… sailed off for shit bay. As per the previous night Tom once again had drinks made. This time tough was different. Tom met Garrett Mercer, and they seemed to get along well. Garrett got tom to party harder than he ever did. Tom eventually passed out and was taken back to his room and Garrett did whatever he did after. Later into the night Tom woke up to screaming and Sam looked worried. She took a peak and quickly shut the door as she said “What the fuck are those things?!” following a loud slam into the our cabins door. She called on her radio to see what was going on and she got half an answer before the radio transmission cut out, with the person who was talking screaming like he just had his arm ripped off. After a few hours had passed, things started to quiet down a bit. So sam took another speak and heard a radio transmission that was quite that said “All who are willing and able to, we need help retaking the ship. Kill only and all sick or hostile beings. I'm sorry but if you are also injured we are hunting you too. We will meet on the ship deck after we cleared the yacht”. This voice was Garret Mercers.
After clearing the ship, only a dozen or two people were alive. Everyone looked at Garrett for advice. He gave everyone jobs to help the group survive. After a few days, they finally made it to land but didn't dock, well... crash the ship into the shore for a few days until the mayhem or land seemed to have settled down. After getting on land the group was ambushed by walkers and tom thought of this as the perfect opportunity to get away from Sam.