At last, my brainchild is ready...
Just in time for Halloween too!
@Colette AuclairAh shoot, I forgot! I promised you you'd get to see it before anybody else.
Good thing it's yet to be shown! Come meet me when you can, you'll get the VIP tour.
I decidedly need to find me a Poltergeist.
Nobody is really sure how Brooke's become the social butterfly that she is, given her family history - her energy and need for socialization have branded her as the odd duck of the Outerbridge family, a label she wears with pride and conviction. She is the type to know everyone in town at least indirectly, and can quickly recognize people without having met them before based on word of mouth comments - with astonishing accuracy, too.
She's the type to jump in head first and ask questions later, and that sort of brave (or fearless?) behavior has gotten her into trouble before, although she seems to be mature enough to know when to stop. This halting usually comes when she realizes her fooling around is endangering herself or others.
From a young age she's learned how to be independent and self-sufficient, and she rarely hesitates to get her hands dirty when the situation calls for it, even coming up with creative and unorthodox solutions to various problems. However, she is also of the school of thought of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' - this sometimes leads to complacency and to have her problems grow and spiral out of control before she even realizes there are any problems to take care of.
Once Brooke sets her mind to something, regardless of what it may be, not only is it borderline impossible to change her mind, but she ferociously pursues that goal until it's achieved. Unfortunately, this tenacity hasn't been something she's enacted to tackle Quidditch or her school grades, in which her performance remains average at best as a result - one could easily make the argument that her priorities are switched.
She's an optimistic and cheerful individual whom greets others, be them strangers or friends, with an upbeat attitude and encouraging grin. Unless the situation calls for some sort of seriousness, it's hard to bring her down from that general behavior. Her bubbliness usually has a twisted sense of humor sprinkled it to it, ranging from silly and cheeky to sarcastic and morbid and anything in between. Despite her friendly disposition she's quite blunt about her opinions and has no qualms flirting with someone she finds attractive, but doesn't go overboard with it.
Her positive mood switches when she's alone - in the rare circumstance that she has no contact with others for any given reason, she becomes somewhat anxious. She needs some sort of connection at all times, even if she's doing some sort of solitary indoor activity: even if it's just regularly petting her dog, or texting back and forth with a friend. It's very much a drug to her and she actively recognizes it as such even if not admitting it openly.
Her lack of life experience has led her to become naive and a bit too trusting of others. While she still hides behind the shield of common sense, her naivete makes her a good target for emotional manipulation, or worse.
She lacks a sense of personal shame and exudes confidence in her words and actions, all of which is reflected as an odd type of charisma. While not abundant, it does its job when needed and she's never had much trouble making friends with the roughest of people. Unfortunately, her confidence walks the fine line with arrogance and occasionally crosses it. She might unconsciously reach sadistic levels as well, depending on what sort of joke or gag she pulls on people to test out their reactions.
Brooke stands at a steady 165 cm and is quite happy with her height (or lack thereof). She has a fairly slim build and a dark skin tone. Her hair is dark brown in color and somewhat wavy, though she occasionally straightens it out (although it never lasts long). Her eyes are dark brown as well. Having a very expressive face, it's not too hard to tell what she's feeling at a given time, though most of the time it has a good humored grin spread upon the lips.
Her clothing style is rather simple, influenced by the family not having too many funds to make use of on top of keeping the store and their house afloat. Simple designs adorn her clothes and she's not too picky when it comes to them in general, though she does know how to mix and match the little she has to make herself look better than she normally would.
Brooke is the type of person to know everyone, even if they don't know about her - she always keeps an ear out to hear about who's around town, who's of interest and whom should she befriend. Being the social sort, she insists on meeting with those she calls friends often, engaging in various activities with them and help them out with their issues. This is a double edged blade, as some approach her just to be connected with her obnoxiously large network of people. Given her naivete, it might take her a minute or two to catch on to being used in such a manner.
Despite being the odd one out in her family, Brooke still strives to maintain a good relationship with each and every one of them. From helping her parents out in the store, to doing chores for them, to babysitting her younger brother John every other day, for as erratic as Brooke can be one can never take away from her devotion to her family.
While she doesn't have much experience in the matter, Brooke's not one to feel embarrassed of any affections she might have towards someone and is prone to go after them full steam ahead. How she'd act while in a relationship proper remains to be seen.
The very idea of there being people who dislike her bothers Brooke greatly - being someone who strives to befriend people and get on their good side, she often opts to ignore the fact they may not take kindly to her at all until that smacks her right in the face.
If she doesn't like the person in return, however, she can become passive aggressive towards them, and if in a particularly foul mood, she might actively want to obstruct whatever it is they're trying to get done just to get under their skin.
Brooke Outerbridge is the first of two children from Christopher and Jaiden Outerbridge, the local owners of a small shop that buys and sells magical items and artifacts. Even though the store didn't net them a whole lot of money, such was the nature of the beast, nobody in the family ever lacked anything throughout the years; not even after the added expense that was Brooke's upbringing, or later, her little brother John's.
While the family has always had a track record of being discreet and private, and not going out of their way to engage with others (within reason), Brooke subverted expectations and became quite the social butterfly at an early age. Her parents were completely unequipped to handle someone with so much energy and frequently joked between themselves even their dog, Peach, was lazier than the child. They failed to realize she was only active out of a pure need for socialization and let her do her thing.
Eventually John was born as well, and Brooke promptly offered to babysit the little boy whenever needed despite being young herself. As such, she's learned to be self reliant early on, taking on chores like cleaning and cooking to help her parents deal with the child, or sometimes being allowed to look after him (much to her glee) instead of just watching the dog. It helped grow a sense of responsibility in the otherwise random and energetic girl, but somehow that didn't make much of a dent in her social ways.
As the years went by, Brooke found that clubs catered to her needs quite nicely - she joined the school's LARP club and her House's Quidditch Team with no actual interest in the subjects, but in the people practicing them. This makes her satisfactory at best in both activities, though it's not something she seems to mind. At the same time, she struggles to find her own place in the world - the older she gets the more unsure of what she wants to do she becomes, and the more complacent she is towards running Magical Collection once her parents retire.