The break's just around the corner again... This year is going by very quickly.
The "horror" movies @Lexi Stewarthas me sitting through lately are so flawed the fear factor is removed through its very production... What am I missing...?
I've had the same one kit sitting at my desk for around three months now. Things sure have changed...
1st Year - Current: Tallygarunga, Sturt House
She's an open book regarding herself to anyone who asks, although she can keep a secret if asked to.
One could say Chloe is a very difficult person to understand, or to try to get through. Her perpetually blank and seemingly bored expression grouped with her bluntness is off putting to most, and rightfully so. While she isn't at all lacking in the emotion department, she finds it difficult expressing herself or even sorting out what she feels. As such, she opts not to show anything at all.
She's actually quite generous and easygoing for those who bother to get to know her - she's very permissive of others in general and is willing to go along with most things, even if a stranger asks, for the sake of doing something positive for them. She also displays somewhat of an overprotective side towards the younger children and creatures in general, finding it much easier to understand them than the deceitful nature of humans & company.
She has a true passion of studying, finding it fun to pursue knowledge and challenge herself to solving complex problems. Added to that is her somewhat obsessive compulsion towards her hobbies and interests, making it so she becomes quite solitary and unwittingly ostracized from her peers - her brilliance at whatever she applies herself to is ultimately her downfall, at least in her parents' eyes. This doesn't seem to bother her much, though that's mostly out of ignorance of interpersonal relationships than anything else.
She's exceptionally hard to anger, even if deeply wronged; the only known verifiable manner to the community at large is to jeopardize her younger sister in some way. That said, it's definitely not something one should try for fun.
Chloe stands at 170 cm, her height contributing positively to the various sports endeavors she's undertaken during her short lifetime - as a result, the body hidden under the Tallygarunga school uniform is quite lean. Said uniform usually consists of trousers, as she finds them more comfortable to move around in; a sleeved shirt with said sleeves pulled up to the elbow; and a matter of daily choice between the standard sweater or vest, depending on the outside temperature.
Being half-Japanese, she inherited most of their defining physical traits, such as slanted brown eyes and a long nose. Her hair, however, was taken after her father, being auburn in color (albeit every bit as straightened as her heritage demands). Her face fortunately isn't marred of any imperfection; she rarely bothers to put on any makeup as well, seemingly caring little about being pleasing to the eye to anyone that isn't herself. On occasion, she can be spotted with glasses for reading purposes, although it's not very common.
Her face is almost perpetually blank - she isn't very outwardly emotive. One can count with one hand the amount of people existent in the entire planet that have actually seen her smile, but animals and magical creatures seem to be quite lucky in that regard and spot that treasure far more often... Towards them, no less.
Chloe treats her friends the same way she treats most others - she is polite but mostly blank and deadpan, and as helpful as she can make herself be. Due to being an odd duck in general she's never had much in the way of friends and struggles with that very same definition, not exactly knowing whom she should call her actual friend or not, often submitting to other people's definitions of whatever relationship they may have.
Chloe gets along with most of her immediate family: they bond through their hobbies and indoor activities.
Her sister, Lexi, is her best friend. Glued at the hip since they were toddlers, one has never known life without the other; they have each other's backs whenever necessary (even when questionable). Although one can't help but wonder what caused the older of the two to be so withdrawn, and the younger so outgoing.
Her father was the one who initiated her into geeky hobbies and still enables her quirks to this day. She owes a lot to the man, and can't help but feel a little guilty that she never pulled much towards baking so to help him out in the family bakery. She takes comfort in knowing the man is proud of her no matter what she chooses to do with her life.
The relationship with her mother is quite tricky. The woman wants to ram socialization down her throat, and more often than not Chloe finds herself avoiding her. She's also under the extreme pressure that is succeeding her mother in being the head of their dojo, or even following in her footsteps and join MMA - both things Chloe isn't sure if she wants to do at all.
Chloe finds her maternal grandparents to be a very stifling duo and avoids the house whenever possible whether they're visiting her or vice versa. They manage to be much worse than her mother in her point of view, and they rank as the only two individuals on Earth she genuinely can't stand.
Both her mother and her sister frequently set her up with boys they believe to be good for her in an attempt to get her interested in romantic endeavors. So far they've both been quite unsuccessful in their quest - while Chloe generally accepts meeting with them out of sheer politeness, it rarely transitions into a second encounter due to the complete and utter lack of interest she seems to display outside of curiosity for one topic or another.
While she has never been romantically attracted to someone in her life, it's likely that the only way in which she would be would come about through routine - she'd need frequent encounters with this person regardless of importance to them and see them as a part of her life, and grow accustomed to them. In the eventuality that she does realize she has romantic feelings for someone, she's the type to just go for it and bring them up, figuring the other person deserves to know. When doing so, she wouldn't expect for it to be reciprocated in any way, and so a rejection wouldn't hamper her much at all.
She becomes more conscious of doting over her partner during a relationship, even if feeling awkward about it due to her lack of experience and know how over relationships of any kind, let alone something with such high stakes. She'd be inclined to let the other person take the lead and learn from what they do, and potentially imitate them.
While she accepts invitations to dates out of politeness, it's likely that there would be a hint of excitement bubbling within her if it were a woman that was the one to ask, much to her own confusion - not that she'd show it, but it would make her more nervous at the prospect. She is also not against flings with no strings attached, it's just that nobody has made a pass at her before in such manner. If anything, it would appeal to her more curious nature, and would be something she'd certainly wish to explore. For science, of course.
Chloe doesn't understand why people dislike each other, let alone why would someone dislike her - this would likely make her more interested than defensive and she'd try to look into things, and make any amends necessary to fix the issue.
She has, however, punched a bully in the face before, as they were bullying her sister. This is a really quick way to make her dislike someone really quickly. She will resort to avoidance in such instances, but would be open to talk it out.
Chloe was born to an Australian father and a Japanese mother in Narragyambie, making her a natural of the small town Tallygarunga's located in. The two decided to move there before her birth due to cheaper land, as they wanted to migrate their businesses: her father owned a small time bakery, and her mother wanted to open a multiple martial arts dojo, wanting something closer to home and wanting to retire from her competitive career so to take care of Chloe. The fact that there was so much youth around their general area because of the Academy made it so their businesses minimally flourished and they never faced much of a financial burden ever since.
Chloe was soon followed by a younger sister, with barely a year's difference in between them. The two were inseparable from then on, even if Chloe took over the role of overprotective big sister more than anything else. Despite her solitary ways growing up, she always made time to either tutor her sister in school (whether it be muggle or wizard) or to spend some quality time with her, regardless of how busy she made herself at any given time.
She proved to have quite a bit of energy to waste as a small child, which led her mother to enroll her in the few combat sports and martial arts her dojo actually taught. Chloe seemed to pick up on all of them instinctively; the apple did not fall far from the tree. However, unlike her mother, she didn't seem to present a competitive edge at all. Rather, she liked to exploit, study and perfect the art and never really bothered with wins and defeats. Frustrations aside, her mother concluded it wasn't meant to be. Chloe agreed to continue practicing regardless, actually liking to have a sound body.
Her magic developed not too long after, and so did her sister's. Their parents opted to let them conclude elementary school first despite repeated pushes from the school to let Chloe skip grades. They didn't listen as they saw their child developing what seemed to be severe social issues, and didn't want to separate her from her peers and make things worse. As such, she only reached Tallygarunga to take on the first year, skipping everything that came before completely.
Growing up she demonstrated an aptitude for logic and mathematics, and eventually technology, having access to plenty of it within her own household - her father was a bit of a geek himself, and allowed her free reign over his devices so long as she was supervised. When she eventually proved to be competent enough to handle things, he got her a computer and she requested programming books. This only increased her parents' worry, as she'd spend days upon days closed off in her room during break periods just to tinker with the machine.
The next step to help their daughter was to send her to the dormitories during the third year, even though they lived within walking distance of the school (or walking distance for Chloe anyway, as she rather enjoys to walk). She was given a magic-proofed smartphone so to keep in touch with them, but outside of that she wasn't given any sort of technology whatsoever to keep. This frustrated her greatly as she was only allowed home during days with no classes, and so she took on a second hobby - model making. She would sneak her figure to school during week days to assemble, and once that was achieved she'd bring it back home to paint and finish. The idea backfired and Chloe isolated herself further.
As the years went on the parents seemingly got desperate as they didn't know what to do for their daughter anymore; but Chloe is far more concerned with other things. What does she actually want to do? Programming? Teaching? Join the MRI? Or dive into her newly developed passion for magizoology? She could only hope the last two years in Tallygarunga would send her some sort of sign towards what she should do before it was too late.
Through the influence of Alexander Winfield, Chloe made the decision to join the local Nature Reserve as a trainee; luck wouldn't remain on her side, however, as the work load she was subjected to increased from all sides as the year rolled over to 2019. A combination of pressure from the incoming SPIDER exams, the work at the Reserve, and the newly acquired responsibility of instructing Muay Thai to newcomers of the dojo, along with more students to tutor on top of that, made it so the Sturt is constantly exhausted and prone to falling asleep in class.
At the end of May, her grandparents came to visit from Japan. The strict duo has made her and Lexi's life unbearable for the extended duration of their stay, and, for the moment, they seek out every potential excuse they can get to avoid their household: in Chloe's case, even socialization. She started paying much more attention to QuillBook, increasing her activity on the platform deliberately, and started hanging out with her friend, Tyson McKennis, more than she normally would - the fact their stay coincided with his break from college greatly benefited her.