My daughter has just informed me that my cooking is terrible. She has claimed that it is so bad that she is going to phone both her Father and her Grandfather too inform them that I need to go to school too learn how to cook properly!😟😟😕😮
Saffron goes back to school today. I shall contain my sadness at her growing up. I wish she'd stop
Why did I decide to do the moving thing on my own?
Graduated: Tallygarunga (Sturt)
Dropped out: VMU (Studying Magical Criminology)
Knows the identity of her biological father, though hasn't told anyone else.
Suffers from both depression and anxiety, though is on medication and considered high functioning by the healer/mental health team who see her.
Holly is a little bit like Marmite. People tend to either love her or hate her, well, a less extreme version of that. She is self confessed over achiever and tends to value her own self worth on how much she knows, how high her grades are and how much she is managing to get done. If she were to fell in the ridiculously high standards she sets for herself, it has a knock on affect with her mental health. This tendency to judge her by a high bar is something she does to other people as well and often finds herself judgmental of people who are more interested of coasting through life than actually doing any hard work.
She sometimes finds these judgements are to keep to her and has been known to upset her classmates through the various years together and unwittingly insulting them without fully knowing their own personal situation. Holly routinely sets herself weekly, monthly and yearly goals and will almost single-mindedly follow these goals even if the route her life is taken makes a change. Despite this almost boring sounding exterior she is also a deeply passionate person about other things and has on more than one occasion given money to support a cause she feels deeply about and has even been on marches and protests. Her way to relax is by exercise, though she can fly well she is not overly fussed about Quidditch. So her ‘sports’ tend to be running, usually around the Qudditch pitch when not in use and Yoga.
Though she is interested in a more hands on sport such as kick boxing, though as yet to find somewhere this can be done. That isn’t too say there isn’t a softer side, a side that has a sense of humor though it tends to run on a slightly more satirical track than many others or that she lacks kindness. It’s just that she is so focused on the future that she often forgets to live in the present. That is, until the present bites her in the ass.
Holly is considered beautiful by general standards, in a plain way. She also has no really defining features, weighing in with a healthy BMI for her height. Her height is also average, coming in somewhere at the 5ft’5 -5ft’6 range. The hair she possesses tends to come down to just before her shoulders, remaining her natural darkest brown colour. Her hair itself has a curly aspect to it that she usually straightens when it isn’t in it’s even more common ponytail.
Her eyes are blue and her eyebrows are thicker than she would like. Over all, she has the same coloring as her Mother but there are some defiant features of her biological father present as well. Clothes wise, if Holly isn’t in her school uniform, her work clothes or the clothes she uses to work out in. Then she tends to like to dress in a more modest fashion but wears a range of colors.
Holly Katherine Bennett is the product of a roughly week long relationship between her Mother, Nadya Roundtree, and a local man. Though brief Nadya found herself pregnant and when confronting the father was told he had no interest in her or the baby. So for the first year of her life Holly only had her Mother, she doesn’t really remember this though as the Wizard her mum eventually married, Albert Bennett, treated her like his own. This section of her life was good, full of love and stability.
Shortly after starting at Tallygarunga Holly’s Mother became seriously ill with the Dragon Pox. Despite the skill of the healers attending to her and being given all the care given to people with the illness, sadly Nadya never recovered and the disease took her life. Holly’s Father could not cope with the loss of his beloved wife or raising a child and eventually the child services got involved.
After many meetings and several steps to help the grieving widower and his child the decision was finally made that Holly would do better within another environment and taken from the home she had known all her life too that of a strange foster family. The last gift from her step-father was a tiny baby Ferret who she affectionately called Clive; the idea was that she would never be lonely with Clive by her side.
Holly was placed with several foster families during this period, some good and some not so.
This new change in her life caused the young girl to focus on her studies deciding that she would work and work hard to make something of her life and to rely on no one else but herself to make it so. Life went on and because of the status she was often left at Tallygarunga on the holidays, expect the summer ones. She found a way to make life work for her. Things rarely stay the same, though, and the two things she learnt on her seventieth birthday are a testament to this.
The first was from her foster family. Since she had turned Seventeen and was considered an adult by the wizarding world, she was promptly told that at the of her seventh year she would have to make her own way in the world, that she would no longer have a home with them or any other family. The second came from the legal team that had dealt with her mother’s will and estate. It was a simple letter from her Mother detailing information about her biological father, including his name and where she might find him of she felt the need to look. It also contained a key to the vault where some money had been put back by her Mother for her.
These announcements were bittersweet, but it gave her the keys needed to starting a life outside of Tallygarunga, and perhaps, even discovering her paternal family