Danielle Estrada (born Ramirez, then Haynes) drew her first breath in London, UK. She was born in a magical shelter to a halfblood Spanish mother, Taya, and a British Dhampir father of Asian descent, William. It was war time - at least, for that particular sect of Dhampir. They were being wiped out due to a blood feud that didn't have much to do with them personally; as the families cannibalized themselves, all there was left to do to the innocent few was to run.
The Ramirez family traveled alongside the Owen couple - Reid and Lily. Despite not being related by anything other than creed and species, they became as close as family in their continuous escape. Both couples, with child in tow, traveled the world - sometimes they'd go to Spain where Taya's family resided, other times they'd go to USA, sometimes they'd go back to UK, other times they traveled through Asia, so on and so forth. Danielle doesn't remember staying in the same place for over six months at a time.
When she was six, the Owen family had a little child of their own, also a Dhampir. Also someone whom needed protection, and needed to learn how to fight the hard way. As travelling with two children became more and more difficult, things began to slow down. This eventually resulted in Lily's untimely death shortly after the child had been born.
The parenting trio eventually decided not to place either child in any formal education system. They didn't want their children's faces to be found out, and them to be chased as well. Instead they all opted to teach them during their travels to the best of their ability - that, coupled with the battles they were forced into on occasion, made sure both witches were capable beyond their years very early on, more than they had any right to be.
After a few years of running, both Taya and Reid followed in Lily's footsteps. It was up to William to adopt the now orphaned child and he loved her as his own, just like he always had before. The sisters became each other's constant as each adult around them sacrificed themselves and dropped like flies, until the point that not even William was left standing.
By a stroke of luck, they were temporarily sheltered by the Chinese side of their sect. Their faces hadn't yet been seen by the enemy, their existences mostly unknown - and now that they had no guardian, perhaps it was time to do what their parents never had the courage to. The sect decided to cast them out completely, relocating them to a far away location under new surnames, and hoped they wouldn't be found.
It's been hard adapting to a mundane lifestyle. Danielle considers herself well adjusted mentally, all things considered - but she can't shake the feeling the enemy is just around the corner. However, for now, she has to carry her sister through a full education. Somehow. She never had such a thing of her own, so she has no idea what the hell she's doing...
Upon her arrival, she immediately befriended one Travis Franklin, a werewolf who bothered to give her the time of day - even if he hadn't imparted the fact, her nose picked up on it fairly quickly. The kindness with which he treated her contributed to the blossoming of a small crush, and they kept indulging each other in conversations and movie days while he taught her about the Muggle world in general. At a point, however, she caught on to the fact he was sleeping with another Tallygarunga student; this broke her heart, although she never held it against him. Moving on over time, they're still good friends.
Her mind was occupied for that time via the approach of one of the Estrada sisters, displaying interest in adopting her and Faith, her little sister. She felt highly suspicious and on edge at the time, as the woman showing that interest was a Dhampir and she had been staying put in Tallygarunga for over six months without anything happening, but she eventually agreed to it all and moved in to the protected Estrada household for the sake of providing a normal life to Faith.
Things seemed to be simmering down but tragedy struck as Travis' mom passed away - sympathizing with the situation, Danielle took it upon herself to go check on the werewolf boy before something can happen. Hopefully she succeeds in being there for him...