|“||Hey. Can I ask you a question? I'm looking for someone.||”|
— Richard to Hardin
The estranged father of Tessa, Richard left the Young women when his daughter was still young and never returned. Tessa has been estranged from her father ever since. His abrupt departure shaped how Carol treats their daughter.
Richard married Carol and they had a daughter together, Tessa. The couple was unhappy together and one day, Richard left the women and never returned. Tessa claims that after her father left she only had Noah as her friend.
During her freshman year of college, Tessa meets the troubled Hardin Scott and opens up to him about her father. She claims that after her father left, she could only rely on her now ex-boyfriend Noah to support her.
That winter, a seemingly homeless man wearing a large sweatshirt, jeans, and dirtied boots approaches Hardin Scott who has been sleeping in his car on the outskirts of town. The man is really Tessa's father, who wants to get in touch with her. He taps the boy on the shoulder asking if he can talk to him, but Hardin tells him to "piss off". Richard tries again by saying that he's trying to find someone, but Hardin angrily tells the man again to "piss off", so Richard lumbers away.
During her winter break from WCU, Tessa returns home and is greeted by Noah, who asks how Tessa feels about the thing with her father. Tessa is confused and Noah realized that he messed up as Carol hadn't mentioned it yet. Tessa talks to her mother who eventually tells Tessa that her father reached out and wanted to get in contact with Tessa, but she scared him off. Tessa is angered by her mother's actions and hangs up, returning to her apartment. She tries to find more information about her father online but doesn't find any results.
A little over a month later, Tessa and Hardin are walking down the street together when a man touches her shoulder, calling her "Tess". Tessa is scared by the man's presence and Hardin reacts protectively by angrily slamming the man against a brick wall. Tessa instantly shouts at Hardin but then freezes when she sees the man's face, recognizing him as her father. Hardin is surprised at this and repeats the sentiment in shock.
After We Fell
Richard is a middle-aged man with a rugged appearance. He first appears to Hardin as a homeless man with a long beard and dirtied clothing. He approaches Tessa in the same clothing, though it is dirtier.
Not much is known about Richard, except that he wasn't happy in his marriage with Carol and easily abandoned his family.
Notes and Trivia
- Richard was credited in After We Collided as "Homeless Man", though his real identity as Richard Young was released by Stefan Rollins.
- He was mentioned by Tessa in After, though not by name.