Once upon a time, Leah Rippner, a young Muggle from Sydney, attained the opportunity of enrolling in college in a prestigious British school. Shortly after making the trip she met Reinhold Kempf, a German wizard whom happened to be in the country to aid the UK Ministry of Magic with unspecified affairs - with whom she fell in love. They had a steady relationship build throughout the time of her study, to the point the woman got pregnant by the end of it; however, unable to immediately find an occupation, visa troubles sent her back to her hometown. It was here that Laurie was born and would spend the first few years of her life in - alongside her mother and grandparents.
When she was around four, Leah and Reinhold finally married, which helped her stay in England. It was after they moved that the girl started displaying magical abilities - much to the surprise of the mother, whom had no idea such a thing was even possible. Reinhold, however, was over the moon. He soon told her about all sorts of history regarding her talent, taught her basic skills in various areas, and told her about the school she'd most likely be going to, Hogwarts, as well as its significance to recent history. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be, as when the time to embark on her magical journey was approaching, Reinhold's work was finished. He was told to return back to his homeland, and he took his family along. Much to her chagrin, Laurie ended up going to the Durmstrang Institute instead.
Suffice to say, Laurie hated Durmstrang - it wasn't Hogwarts, so it wasn't good enough. She didn't like the discriminatory stance the school took upon Muggleborns either given that her mother was a Muggle. Nevertheless, she continued her education without giving her parents much fuss. Their jobs were already troubling enough, and they didn't need their daughter getting expelled from a seemingly prestigious school - she'd just have to play nice. Not saint levels of nice though, of course, as she was never against pranking and snark was always present.
At the end of the Fourth Year, the students were informed that they could apply for exchange programs to schools all over the world. Laurie rushed to make an application to Hogwarts. However, fate conspired against her - due to an error based on her genealogy, the school thought she was applying for Australia instead. Lacking a program with the Balcolyn Institute of Magic, they went with the next
most readily available best thing: Tallygarunga, in Victoria.
It wasn't where she wanted to go, but it was at least a victory - she was away from Durmstrang's stifling environment. Resigning to her fate and understanding she'd never step foot in Hogwarts, the girl decided to make the best of her situation and explore the perks of being in an underfunded, free public school that gave her much, much more leeway than her original school ever did. That, coupled with her father deciding to travel through Australia that year to see if it was a country worth settling down in for the sake of not uprooting Laurie the upcoming year again, seemed to be working in her favor...
She felt far more relaxed in her Tallygarunga stay than she used to back in Durmstrang, at least in part - she didn't have anyone breathing down her neck and telling her to behave, and she'd even argue her natural behavior was encouraged on campus. She quickly befriended her roommate, Maxine Williams, and the two soon became thick as thieves. However, unfortunately, the redhead seemed to grow anxious as time went by, becoming increasingly aware that Laurie would finish up with Tallygarunga and leave back to Germany at the end of the year - not something that went too well with her abandonment issues.
Of course, the distress of this situation only served to remind her that she had left friends behind before, the Auclair sisters, and that time she didn't pay much mind as to how they could potentially feel about it all due to not staying around long enough to see their reaction. Laurie had made a grave mistake, and while she became increasingly pressured by that very notion along with Max dancing around some questions she occasionally made, said sisters arrived to Tallygarunga to make all hell break loose in Laurie's head.
She had an easy time patching things up with Gwendoline, the younger of the two, but the same couldn't be said for Colette. Now she's in a race against time, to prove she adore all three of her closest friends beyond what words can describe before she has to leave just so she can reassure them she isn't gone permanently.