Sorry it took me so long, Amy. . . Lost track of time and had to find my Quillbook journal. Happy Belated Birthday, I'll try to get you gift the moment I can. Promise.
One more week, and it's the last break before exams... I should get my Apparition license squared away ASAP. I don't want to handle that alongside studying for those things.
My body doesn't like Apparating too much but at least I got the process down...
@Meadow Richardsif you need a hand I can help you, I learnt a few tricks.
@Maxine WilliamsThank you, but, there's no helping it. The spell itself isn't what I have trouble with, it's just that my constitution is naturally frail, so no matter what I do my insides will always feel messed up when I do it.
@Meadow Richards I had some stomach issue when I started because I wasn't used to it, but your case is different. Sorry I can't be of any assistance.
I wonder if I can avoid going home during the third bream/exams. Actually, if it's up to me, I'll never step foot there again...
Exams are about to knock on our doors and I'm totally not anxious about it! Not even a little. Hahaha...
Better start to handle things late than never, I suppose. Here's hoping this doesn't backfire on me...
I should probably drop a few subjects next year to make room for my workload...
I'm not sure if the fact people actually pay for my tutoring these days means that I'm good at it or that they're desperate.
...Yep, this break spoiled me, I'm starting to dread Monday's arrival
Is this what I get for spending my vacations around here? Ow.
Is it just me or did this little break go by really quickly? Time to go back to the grind.
I've been reintroduced to the concept of 'resting' during this break... I feel spoiled now.
1st Year - Current: Tallygarunga, Flinders House
Meadow is a diligent and intelligent young woman whom dreams of becoming a nurse, just so she can prevent people from suffering through what she's endured all her life - or, at least, help them and comfort them. Knowing the path is extra difficult to take for someone as fragile as her, she works extra hard to ensure she's ahead of the curve and earns her spot out of merit rather than pity.
She is friendly in moderation, having no problem laughing and joking around her friends, although she doesn't like being loud, or reckless. Her speech tends to deviate from anything more than PG, and the company she keeps often reflects that. Despite this, she's very permissive in general as she knows the feeling of being shut down and told 'to behave as she's expected' all too well.
She is considerate of other's thoughts and feelings, finding that mental wellness is as important as physical wellness out of her own experience with both matters. As such, she goes out of her way not to put anybody down and is rather easy-going, so long as she feels comfortable with what's going on. Of course, this is occasionally overpowered by the inevitable snark she displays when irritated, or how defensive she can get when teased over something, which she greatly dislikes. This often causes her to come across as more strict than she intends to be.
Having been at death's door one too many times, she's grown a bit hesitant of endangering herself in any way. She feels like she's clinging to life by the skin of her teeth, she'd much rather cut and run to preserve it for as long as she possibly can rather than put on a brave face and become collateral damage. This is also true emotionally, as she's terrified of defying her parents' choice of a career for her.
She is very honest about her feelings - to herself, that is. Fear overtakes her divulging much about herself to anyone else, scared it'll spread and reach her parents' ears somehow. As such, while she's aware of them, she's mostly incapable of dealing with them due to depriving herself from their optimal outlet.
Meadow is a young woman who's met a massive growth spurt very recently. She was once known to be frail, weak, small kid whom hadn't seemingly gone through puberty despite her age; but once her sixteenth anniversary hit, pubescence hit her like a freight train. If people only saw her in the beginning of the school year, they wouldn't have recognized her at this point.
She stands at the average height of 163 cm and sports long, brown, rich wavy hair that's loose most of the time. She has blue eyes and smiles rather easily, although her cheeks are prone to go red due to shyness and embarrassment around certain folks.
She lacks fitness because of her health issues, although she tries to make up for this by walking everywhere. Said health issues seem to be under control at this point, so she doesn't look sickly in the least anymore, being able to pass for an able-bodied student with no trouble.
Meadow is a friendly girl (unlike a few specific friends of hers would have you believe) who tries her best to be considerate of others and help them as needed (but, if tutoring or healing is involved, that usually comes at a price). While it's fairly easy to befriend her, her tendency to stay away from social events, outings and the like makes it so she doesn't actually have many friends to begin with.
Once a bond has been established, depending on how much she cares for the person in particular, she inadvertently veers into the 'mother hen' and 'tough love' territories - she's afraid of having something so precious to her suffer and/or being taken away, and so she tries to look out for them almost like a helicopter parent, even over minor things. This sometimes leads to arguments during which she affirms she's behaving the way she is for the other person's own good.
The relationship Meadow has with her parents is toxic, to put it lightly. She has grown to resent them greatly due to them forcing her to carry herself in certain ways and attempting to curtail her future so to have her pursue specific things only they away, as well as put severe restrictions in her social life and activities. She's starting to show some defiance to this, even if indirectly. Even if she feels very negatively about them, however, she can't bring herself to hate them, even going so far as to worry about whatever may happen to them and how they may feel once she's gone.
Given the fact her sister left and was subsequently cut off and disowned, Meadow never had much of a chance to bond with her throughout her upbringing. Only recently they've regained more contact with each other, as the Flinders wishes to break from from their parents' grasp and Issy is attempting to gain legal guardianship over the teenager.
Meadow has no experience whatsoever when it comes to anything physical or romantic. While she crushes very easily on people (for short periods of time too - it's common for her to have multiple crushes in one year), she lacks the courage to pursue it and they inevitably fizzle out over time. As far as more physical things go, she's a bit against the gratuitous nature of flings in her point of view, wanting to save herself for a relationship; and even within one she'd find herself having a hard time going through the motions due to heavy personal insecurities.
While she's quite amicable, it's not uncommon for her to have an enemy or two - whether they be people who put those whom she cares about in harms way, or bullies. She's an easy target due to her cowardly ways, and perpetrators aren't likely to see much of a response unless one of her 'pitbull-like' friends (as she likes to put it) happens to be nearby and witnessing the problem.
Given her mostly passive way of dealing with these people, she often resorts to simply avoiding them and hoping the problem will go away with time.
Meadow Amy Richards was born to a prestigious pureblood family. She was the second child, and, unfortunately, was considered the disappointment out of the two due to being very sickly from the moment of birth. It's a miracle that she survived, and that doesn't even speak for how tumultuous her healthcare was throughout her life.
Due to this, she was confined to her bedroom most of her young life. Her body couldn't withstand going to school - instead, she was home schooled. Still obsessed with status, her parents pushed her in this education, often too hard. She came to crave fleeing and leaving Melbourne behind, but she couldn't. That was, until her body started to get better.
Her body managed to strengthen itself just enough by the time she could enroll in a proper magical education. While her parents were momentarily considering not letting her go, they soon became keen on the thought of having someone else deal with the responsibility - they didn't want to be permanently thought of as 'that one couple with the pathetic daughter'. She was sent there and told to stay in the dorms after making a laundry list of behavioral demands she was too scared not to comply with.
Being enrolled in Tallygarunga gave her a much needed medicine she had never been given before in her short lifetime - pure, unbridled energy. She visibly improved both physically and mentally when exposed to something outside of her bedroom's walls, and speech that didn't sound like either parent's berating voice. This also meant she could meet with her sister more often, whom was at the tail end of her studies herself. She fit right in with the crowd, and found her calling very quickly - nursing.
No matter how involved she became in studying and friendship, however, there was always a voice in the back of her mind - she can't be a nurse, or she'll be disowned. She can't befriend a good portion of people in the school, or she'll be disowned. She should focus on finding a fine suitor to marry, or she'll be disowned. This inner conflict affects her every day reasoning, and she sorely needs to find a source of courage to finally defy the Richards family once and for all.
After the debacle that was accidentally revealing Travis' condition to her own roommate during the 2018 Winter Ball, Meadow was forced to return home without having much of a chance to make up for it. Upon her return, she and her best friend had a much needed argument (which involved her barging in through the Bourke Common Room and into the boys' dormitories) which led to her doubling down on the need to create an effective potion to help him cope with his condition.
Another argument erupted not too long after, during the first break of her academic career wherein she made the case to stay in school (and succeeded, no less). This one led to a change of mindset - instead of suffocating Travis with her need to watch over him, she'd be there for him every step of the way to be his light and lifeline when need be. Afterwards, she decided to become a frequent helper in the nurse's office, not only for the extra points, but to be able to nurture her natural healing talent and improve on the potion that would help Travis out with his plight.
As time went on, she's displayed bits and pieces of occasional bravery rather than cowardice. One could argue she's changing fundamentally, and preparing herself to take on her parents and her worst fears.