The circumstances of her birth and early childhood were uneventful. Natasha Jones and Napoleon Quinland met in England while she was studying abroad and a quick romance brought about the birth of Penny, and at the age of three, her parents were married, and they all moved to Australia to take Tasha back to her parents and a Ministry that offered her a job. As such Penny Quinland grew up loved as any child should be, by parents, that while not entirely compatible, made an effort to make it all work for the sake of their daughter. And so, as she began her education at Tally, she had as solid of a foundation as she could have.
When she was fourteen though, tragedy struck, and during a spring afternoon while penny was on break from school. Her father, eager to show off his new (to him) car to his family, he lost control and hit a tree. Her mother went to call for help. Penny had hesitated, and she heard her father call for someone. Despite the grisly scene in front of her, she could see his face, and an arm reaching out. It was only a few minutes, but Penny held tight until paramedics arrived. By then it was too late.
The next couple of years for both Penny and her mother were rough. Combined with puberty and coming to terms with seeing the death of someone she looked up to, Penny was not the most level headed she could have been. There were many arguments. And lashing out at people that she previously had good relationships with. She withdrew and wasn’t as vivacious as she had been.
The Summer after her fifth year, Natasha took Penny along with her on a trip to France in order to complete some necessary research work. She spent the summer being tutored by all manner of wizards and academics and made a few friends, learned a new language, and started to figure out what she wanted to do with her future, and more importantly, how to not be as much of a moody teenager as she had been doing.
Only a small handful of things of note happened to her during her last two years at Tally. Kristen James came into her life. A year older, but still, they both felt as if they were kindred spirits. Best friends since childhood, although they only met that year. And Penny met Michael Grant.
Now, at first, it did seem that their relationship would be long lasting. They both made an effort to talk about any problems that arose. Say how they were feeling instead of letting it fester. That lasted for a short while, and even after Penny found out that she was pregnant, they were talking about moving in together, him being there for their child, and then one day, he disappeared without another word.
Her daughter was born on Christmas eve in 2009 and for three years, Penny worked part time jobs and figured out how to be a mother to Lily. She put her own plans on hold, but vowed to return to school. To eventually become an Auror.
Trying to balance home life and school was difficult. But determined and stubborn, Penny made it out in four years. Opting not to follow an already set path, but to create her own. She found herself better suited for Magical Law Enforcement. And she also found that there was a lack of support for at risk magical children. Kids who were living in neglectful and abusive homes. She worked with her advisors and the Aurors and Magical Law enforcement to create a course program that would suit this line of work. No one would be without help from now on, if she had anything to say about it.