I can't tell if having nothing happen in my life for a while now is a good or a bad thing. Stability is nice, but...
And no, moving doesn't count.
I've never lived with so many animals in my life. And none of them are mine...
I think I need to change that.
It just occurred to me that four former Flinders sharing the same house and resources is the most Flinders thing I've ever done in my life.
A raise might be on the way! I won't say no to that 😁
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If you need her, she's there. She's a dependable, empathetic and reliable woman whom learned the hard way what it's like to be on your own, and refuses to let it happen with others - especially with her step-sister, whether she likes it or not. She is very insistent on helping others, even if she has to go behind their back, lacking permission. She excuses this pushy behavior by stating 'an outside perspective is the best for a given situation'.
While generally cheerful and friendly, it's easy for her to sulk in the face of adversity and frustration. The high standard she's used to have due to her mother makes it so she suffers from anxiety with the possibility of failure, and so she prefers sticking to what she knows, it being mostly the reason why she stuck to baking out of school rather than pursue a higher education (much to everyone's chagrin).
She has a strong sense of justice and morals, and despite her strong opinions on various matters, she doesn't seem to speak up much on them - she detests conflict of any kind, and given the particular intensity of some polarizing topics, she opts to keep her mouth shut unless she's certain the person she's talking to can in some way relate and/or agree to what she wants to say. If not, she just bottles it all up for the sake of not making a mess of a given relationship.
She believes life is priceless, and as such she worships every such form of it - animals, humans, halfbreeds, and so on. She wants to protect them and care for them; the way she found of minimally contributing to such a desire was to teach self defense in the Dueling Club in Tally, which she frequently visits after work.
While she was mostly lonely growing up, she credits her newfound emotional side to her sister whom actually gave her the time of day at home. However, she has a bit of a tendency to hide her true feelings so not to upset people and foster togetherness among her new bonds, making it so she has a bit of trouble wading through the sea of bottled up emotions.
Natasha is a young woman standing at 167 cm, with an increasingly lean build due to practicing Judo for a solid year at this point. While she particularly enjoys letting her black hair loose, she's more often seen with it up in a bun as an occupational hazard, letting only her side bangs loose. Her eyes are dark brown and perpetually cheerful.
She sports a very small nose piercing at the side of her left nostril, which she constantly gets berated for by her family - it was her own little way of rebellion. Although she's in a good mood most of the time, her death glare is so intense it seems to strike fear in people's hearts on its own.
While she prefers flashy and fancy clothing, her job makes it so she's actually scared of staining it despite the apron - as such, during work days, she's most likely seen in more casual clothing, and turns to the other side of the spectrum completely during the weekends, as if having two completely separate wardrobes - which is probably true, given her propensity to buy that shirt she saw two hours ago.
Being sociable, reliable and kind, it's a given that Natasha has a variety of friends along various social circles - school friends, coworkers, neighbors, people from the dojo, so on and so forth. Her warm and cheerful personality makes it easy to break through barriers more introverted folks may have, and she's always had a remarkable ease forming solid friendships.
Having a rough family life growing up, Natasha would argue she's gotten unlucky in both sides of the equation.
She is wholly estranged from her father's side of the family due to her mother's tampering with the relationship upon gaining custody. Now that Natasha's minimally able to rekindle her relationship with her father, the man seems to be avoiding her like the plague. She's starting to think her only surviving brother is her only way in.
As for her mother's side, she and her new husband are too strict for Natasha's liking. She ended up leaving the house without much of a plan after graduation which put a heavy strain in their relationship. As far as her step-sister goes, she'd argue it's the only non-dysfunctional relationship she has within her family, as they remain close friends to this day.
Despite not having a whole lot of experience on the matter, Natasha does like going out on a mindless date every now and then - spurred on by her sprouting rebellion, she sees that as ticking it to her parents. However, since she's a bit of a hopeless romantic by nature, she often fantasizes about finding the right person; as such, she's more than motivated to make a move if she finds the one.
Outside of her own home, she's not used to having enemies regularly; save for butting heads with the Sturt Dueling Team Captain, Natasha can't name anyone at the top of her head who gets under her skin. As she doesn't take too kindly to adversity she's prone to lash out and find herself in arguments with people that may make her come off as a worse person than she is, but most of the time she tries to keep those negative feelings to herself when she does have them - only when provoked will she come out of the woodwork to face her opposition.
Natasha Trista Roberts is the third child of an Indian Muggle (whom is actually a half-Fae) and an Australian witch, born in Narrie. She followed two older Squib brothers, joining a fairly chaotic household with a marriage falling apart.
It did fall apart when she was around six years old - she can't remember the details too well, but she can say her mother decided to take her along because she had been displaying signs of magical talent (much to her father's displeasure), and the other two children were left to their father. With cut contact, the duo left to Melbourne.
Isolated from her siblings and heritage, Natasha soon found herself under the tyranny of her mother, whom was finally showing her true colors when it came to parenting. The only thing she cared about was for her daughter to be at the top of the class and be submissive. Her Fae blood certainly helped in that regard, and she made an effort to keep up with good marks in theory classes while enrolling in Penrose.
Eventually her mother remarried. The man was in a well respected position in the ministry and was divorced as well; in fact, he, too, had a daughter in the same age and school as Natasha. She found some relief in the fact she now had someone to talk to more personally, and a good reason to go back home. However they were both soon uprooted from Penrose as the man was assigned to another location - ironically, back in Narrie. At the start of the fifth year, they both enrolled in Tallygarunga, and they were forbidden to approach Natasha's father's family.
It was after this move that she learned that her oldest brother had perished during some sort of work accident - something about a gas explosion. She had never spoken to him since she left, having no connection whatsoever, yet it got to her. Heartbroken, she vowed to connect with that side of the family regardless of being prohibited from it.
She was finally able to take steps towards such an endeavor when she graduated from Tallygarunga. Having some money saved up from moonlighting as an apprentice baker in the local Stewart family-owned bakery, she moved out of her house on semi-bad terms and rented a room in a local B&B. She signed up to a local dojo (ironically ran by the same family as her employer) to finally get in touch with her father and brother, whom both taught Judo. Bit by bit she's trying to regain the life she left behind so many years ago, and making sure her familial bonds are never forgotten again.
As time passed she started feeling bad over being allowed to live for free in a place that was otherwise a room rental business; getting her contacts together, she eventually enlisted Cole Lin, Bella Mayfield and Mark Sandoval to move back to Narragyambie and rent out a decently sized house where each had their own room. As she is now forced to budget properly, will she make it through or will she crash and burn?