Renee Adams was born to Jesse and Cindy Adams in a blistering hot August evening in Tucson, Arizona. Her mother was still in high school at the time of giving birth but decided to keep the child; Jesse was a couple years older and decided to stick with the two, despite being unemployed himself past a couple odd jobs. Given that Cindy came from a fairly well off household, she was left to foot the bill on various things - Renee's upbringing and education, her own college major in Journalism (which, bless them, her parents covered for most of it), and Jesse's deadbeat self. The little toddler grew up unaware of the toxic environment at home for the most part, but she picked up on the habit of being quiet in general early on because she thought her father's yelling was absolutely terrifying.
Growing up, she was never a problematic child past the occasional witty response that would escape her lips before she could think twice about it. She had a healthy amount of friends at school, and books at home - they were her escapes as her mother was busy studying and working while she was subjected to her excuse of a father's constant presence around the house, as he refused to do much of anything. The older she got, the more confused she became with the fact Cindy allowed this behavior to go on. However, just as she turned eleven, she was shipped off to Ilvermorny. It made it so she was far away from an abuser and gave her some much needed air.
Her first year in the institution was an eye opener - she was allowed to be carefree and do whatever she wanted within reason, and was able to make good friends and form happy memories. With her new social acuity came a developed sense of humor and the strength to stand up for herself, as well as the ability of thinking more critically about things instead of taking her mother's complacent words as law.
When returning home from the first year, Renee realized that, with herself gone, Cindy had been the sole receiver of Jesse's abusive and manipulative behaviors - she looked like she was on the palm of his hand. Becoming more outspoken throughout the break, she frequently stood up for her mother despite the potential harm that could come to her own person. It eventually did as Jesse slapped her in the last few days prior to having to leave.
As she made her way to the school with a newly acquired bruise on her face, she realized she didn't feel so angry about being struck as she did with her mother subjecting herself to the man. It fueled her more rebellious antics - she was angry that she was stuck in Ilvermorny for a whole year while her mother was helpless to fight the man inhabiting their house, and she had to take out that frustration somewhere. It occasionally resulted in highly inflammatory remarks and vandalism towards student body and staff alike, which marked the once studious girl's descent to a dark path.
She came home from the second year to the unexpected news that her father had been arrested - for tax evasion, of all things, during the Winter. Her mother had captured that as the opportunity to free both of them from the grasp of the man, having concluded divorce proceedings. The first thing she did was to change her own child's surname to Hawthorn, her own maiden name; the second thing she did was to tell her that they were departing to Australia, as she found employment there - a means to get away from Jesse with little chance for him to find them, even if she didn't state it that way.
It was a change Renee was wholly unequipped to tackle. She didn't get to say goodbye to her friends and her whole life was being uprooted overnight for reasons she wasn't entirely aware of. All the girl could do was comply and take on the awfully long flight to Melbourne, and travel to a city out in the sticks. Having six months prior to the new school year start to let that confusion and frustration fester, Renee soon started getting in all sorts of trouble for the sake of venting.
Her academic career in Tallygarunga has been questionable at best thus far. Despite having naturally good grades in the subjects she enrolls, it's a coin toss on whether she actually attends any class on a given day to begin with. She's gotten herself in more trouble than she should, to the point a local Auror has caught her in the act (petty vandalism) and gave her a free pass if in exchange she does better. Having been granted access to a warehouse to vent when needed and having earned the attention of a couple adults to watch over her, will Renee finally cool down? Or is she too far gone?