Oh no, I've made excess cookies again on accident... I think my brain's trying to tell me something 😆
Who wants them this time? Free of charge! Well, mostly. You might have to hang out with me for a little while in exchange.
I need to find a pocket of free time somehow so I can go climbing soon. It's been a while... Since Just Do It June, I think? If you can call that climbing...
Ah, sorry for the double post! Speak of the devil, Harvey also gave me a magical pencil! Is someone missing theirs?
Harvey just gave me a stick... I don't get it.
1st Year - Current: Tallygarunga, Bourke House
Sammy is an ultra friendly, fun loving girl with a penchant for helping others whether they want her to or not. She's very lively and can quickly inject energy into a room, and her smile is contagious. This excessive kindness might make a few people uneasy, but she means every last bit of it.
She faces things head on, very impulsively at times, even if she's terrified. She's quite adventurous and doesn't hesitate much when it comes to her own well being, but is quite caring and cautious when it comes to others since all she wishes is to naively spread love and happiness in the world. This is a double edged blade, however: her naiveness and willingness to believe everyone has a good side to them makes her highly susceptible to any type of charm that might take advantage of her.
Her natural talent is to read person's body cues and facial expressions, something she does unconsciously, and acts accordingly. As a result it's hard to lie to her, and she gets hurt very easily when someone does that to her due to how trusting she is of everyone.
She has quite a few self esteem issues, mostly stemming from her lack of an academic success (due to an undiagnosed learning disability) and the fact most approach her romantically only due to her Veela heritage. She feels like she's just another pretty face in the crowd and has little worth to provide to the world. As such, when she is competent at something, she tends to feel too embarrassed to do it in front of everyone despite her courage in most other things.
In a group, she often takes up the 'mother hen' role and is quite happy to do so.
When she enters the room, it's like the whole place lights up - her smile so large and bright one could mistake it for a metaphorical sun. It does not seem to ever go away, complimenting her Veela-accentuated looks.
Much like her mother, she has bright blue eyes that seem to bewitch most staring into them (unwittingly, at that); but unlike her, she has the deep brown mane that's familiar to the Hammond wizarding family. She's also on the tall side of things. She's not the most sporty individual in the world but she makes sure to stay fit for the sake of health.
When outside of her uniform, she's very fond of summer dresses, frilly blouses and skirts, but she's known to experiment in a variety of styles - not only with her clothing and shoes, but on occasion with her hair as well, liking a change every now and again, be it dyeing or a new hairstyle.
The fact she's a half-Veela makes it so her looks are rather accentuated as unnaturally beautiful, and very captivating to those attracted to women. From her generation in particular, she's the Hammond sibling whom has benefited from this the most (although she'd say it's a curse) - to the point the eponymous 'Hammond Challenge' started because of a combination of her looks and consistent rejection of suitors.
Samantha likes thinking of herself as someone capable of befriending everyone. She's a cheerful individual always armed with a kind word to impart to the other person, and actively wants to spread happiness and joy to others, at least as much as possible of it without discriminating.
Unfortunately she is plagued by the issue that is her passive half-Veela charm; even at a minimum, it does damage. As such, she prefers to befriend people who aren't affected by it, or are and refuse to do something about it.
Samantha is very close to her family - brought together by a common secret, they're all very protective of one another. She's particularly close to her brother Zeke, whom she sees as her best friend.
She is frequently seen with Amber, her cousin, and the two are inseparable on school grounds; she even trusts the Spencer with the care of her dear Pygmy Puff, Harvey. She also often goes to visit her nephews Michael and Jason over in Whitlam Bilby and is apparently on good terms with the Parsons side of the family. When Keira comes to visit, despite them being apart for most of their lives, the two seem to get along very well despite completely contradictory personalities.
Samantha is quite afraid of being judged by them as someone not worth their time and patience due to her academic failures, despite knowing they wouldn't just cast her out of the family; she simply does not want to disappoint them.
Being a half-Veela - and genetically gifted when it comes to their charm, at that -, Samantha has always been one to attract suitors wherever she goes, completely unintentionally. She's known equal parts for her beauty and track record of rejecting suitors left and right. This has led to a bit of a game with a few students in the school pertaining who'll finally be able to break through this student's shell, something that deeply upsets her.
Being very skilled at reading people, she can tell these suitors' intentions at first glance which contributes heavily into her rejecting without a second thought. Coupled with the fact she's a hopeless romantic, Samantha's built quite the high standard for herself that few can ever hope to match: as she knows people won't be able to consciously resist the charm unless she actively lets them know she's a half-Veela, she's grown fearful of never meeting someone who will love her for who she is as opposed to what she looks like and what the passive charms tell others to think.
On the flip side, should she ever be romantically interested in someone for any given reason, she's the type to chase things down herself so to see if it's a good idea at all with her own eyes.
It's not uncommon for Samantha to unwittingly draw the ire of girls around her age whom she happens to outshine due to her charms. Despite any harsh treatment she may receive from them, she refuses to stoop to their level, showing compassion and kindness instead. Unfortunately, being disliked makes the girl quite self conscious as she already does her best to befriend everyone - what did she do wrong? And if it wasn't her fault, how can she help the situation?
Samantha Michelle Hammond is the last of four children to be born to a rather quirky and gigantic Pureblood family whom are historically known for their size. Her mother stuck to tradition and decided to have a child every four years, give or take.
Her degree of closeness to her siblings varies - Keira, the oldest sister, left the house when Sam was only 4. This meant they never spent a lot of time together despite being on friendly terms. She is closer to her other two siblings. However, due to her undiagnosed learning disability, she demanded a lot more attention from her parents - this made it so they wound up somewhat neglected, a fact Samantha will never forgive herself for.
Mental issue aside, her childhood was mostly uneventful - she was always social and friendly, and passed through all her grades, even if with some difficulty. Instead she watched the convoluted life of every other person in the house and quickly acquired the skills to comfort them and read through them in a trial by fire, contributing to her social butterfly ways of present days.
She isn't entirely sure if she'll pass to the sixth year, and is hoping not to disappoint her parents and friends. In the meantime, all she can do is keep studying hard.
Barely squeaking by into the fifth year, Samantha found herself worrying too much about whether she'd even make it to the sixth grade or not. Confiding in Travis Franklin, she was able to minimally open her mind to the possibility of having some sort of mental issue preventing her from achieving her full potential; though, after much consideration, she still felt quite ashamed and didn't bring it up to her family. Instead she threw herself at school work tenfold.
As her birthday rolled around with the new year, Samantha decided it was time to get herself a job - not having the guarantee on whether she'd graduate at all some day or not, she knew that learning some sort of trade was the way to go so to ensure an income in the future. She managed to get hired by The Sweet Tooth bakery as a trainee, and, with a new mentor, her baking expertise reached new heights; at least she could do something in her life she didn't feel too poorly about...