A story of love and babies has been told over and over throughout time. Nareeena's life started much the same way as everyone else in this world, a man and woman fell in love, got married, and were suddenly expecting a tiny bundle of joy. However there were complications with Nareena coming a month sooner than planned causing the young girl to be born small and vulnerable, the start of her struggles really.
She was sickly as an infant due to her under developed lungs but as time passed she grew and thrived. Her doctors diagnosed her with asthma but were sure that as she grew there was a very good chance she would outgrow it. Her parents, however, worried incessantly and often kept her indoors with quieter games and books piled aplenty. Anything to keep the thriving little girl safe and from exerting herself. She eventually did outgrow her illness as the doctors predicted but by then her parents had kept her so clustered and sheltered she wasn't exactly sure how to interact with others her own age.
The smart little girl had devoured book after book and was a quick learner placing her further ahead in her studies than most children her age when she began primary school in Narragyambie. She took pride in being a know-it-all and was a bit of a snob which caused her to slowly become dislikes by a rather hefty portion of her peers. She quickly became bullied because of her bushy hair and know it all attitude causing her to slowly withdraw into herself. Her one solace was Jenny, her one and only friend in school. The two were thick as thieves and did everything together often standing for each other when the other kids tried to tease them. So what if Nareena was too smart or Jenny had a lisp? It didn't matter! They were happy together for a time until the awful day when Nareena and Jenny were cornered by Connor and a few of the nastier boys from their class. They pulled the girls hair and teased them mercilessly out on the playground until suddenly a tree branch snapped and flew at them knocking the boys off their feet. They weren't horribly injured, just some scraps and bruises but Jenny ran away screaming.
Nareena hardly remembers this incident but what she does remember is Jenny was terrified of her afterwards and was crying to a teacher about how Nareena had hurt the other kids. It was a confusing day as Nareena begged for her best friend to tell her what was wrong and she was eventually sent home early. Her mother was so confused and frightened as she tried to get any information but both girls were bawling their eyes out and the boys were little help not having seen what happened. The tree branch had snapped from behind them apparently and somehow traveled a good two feet horizontally before knocking them over. It didn't make sense and little Jenny was swearing that Nareena had done it somehow.
The confused pair made their way home only to find a man dressed in a pressed suit waiting for them at the door. The next few days were a blur to Nareena but what she did understand was somehow she had magic and was something called a muggle-born. All the kids would have their memories wiped and no harm would come from the incident, apparently kids were prone to magical outbursts or something similar as they grew. It took her family well over a week to handle the situation and without warning Nareena found herself suddenly moving to Melbourne with her parents and was thrust into a whole new school with all new people. She never did get to say goodbye to Jenny, not properly and to this day has had trust issues stemming from the incident though she barely remembers it properly.
She was enrolled in Whitlam Bilby Wing at Tallygarunga for her own safety and quickly began to adapt to the new magical world around her. It left her feeling a lot more grounded in her new world. The other kids were nice enough but the damage had already been done back in her old school. Nareena suffered not really making many friends and none she would call her best friend.
Time passed and the young girl graduated to Tallygarunga at the tender age of ten seeing has her birthday fit within the year. She was sorted to Flinder house and things weren't so bad at first. Things got worse when she slowly began to get flustered during class and her magic behaved in weird ways causing her to fall further and further behind her peers. No one was cruel about it, most were helpful even but Nareena felt incredibly self conscience about the whole ordeal and started to seek answers in books rather than face her friendly housemates. She withdrew further into books and as her Second and Third year passed she talked to the others less and less. She caught up to her peers easily enough especially with theory based classes like Charms and Transfiguration. She also wasn't horrible at potions as long as she didn't have to deviate from the written instruction but she eventually gave up on offense magic all together having been unable to master even some of the simplest spells without becoming stressed and messing up. Often her flustered emotions caused accidents that made her think too clearly about her accidental magical outburst and she became more and more fearful of hurting others. Books were simply safer.
This whole time she never really made friends, she was too preoccupied with catching up and too afraid to ask for help fearing that she'd be seen as some sort of failure. Fourth year passed easily enough and Nareena was established as a clever girl if not a little reserved because of her hard work and dedication she knew most answers when asked in class and her homework was usually perfect. Now she was in fifth year and things were looking like they'd pan out the same way as always, her skating by in the back of the class not the worst student but certainly nothing to brag about.