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PostSubject: Tess Marie Holmes    Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:03 am

Full Name: Tess Marie Holmes
Age: 24
Date of birth: December 12 , 1998
Birthplace: Paris, France
Current home: London, UK
Blood Status: Pureblood
Sexual Alignment: Straight
Wand type: 12”, Unicorn, Elder Wood

Hair colour and style: Long Brown hair, usually wavy when natural, but put together, it’s straighter.
Eye colour: Brown
Height: 5’4
Body type: Petite, medium build
Dress sense: Fashionable, every option if meticulously picked out.
Birthmarks: N/A
Tattoos: Blackbird on her calf.
Scars: N/A
Piercings: Just her ears

Likes: (3 minimum)
Books - Being a shy child growing up, books were the best place for her to escape and truly be as adventurous as she always wanted. It comforted her in the loneliest of times.
Ocean - The ocean has always brought her peace and she always found herself being lead to there in her darkest times. For her, her dream home would be by the beach so she can be at peace in her mind, body and spirit.
Animals - She has a soft spot for animals and always considered studying to be a veterinarian. Unfortunately, she knew the responsibilities would be too much so Healer was her choice of path. Still, she always find herself drawn to more animals than people.
Rhian - Her first friend has always brought her up to become a dreamer. Every time she felt down, or insecure her friend always tended to bring hope to her where there was none.

Dislikes: (3 minimum)
Crowds : Ever since she was young, the idea of being surrounded by a large crowd of people made her claustrophobic. She likes being alone for most of her time and only goes to crowds if absolutely necessary.
Arrogance : She has always disliked arrogance as her father oozed it growing up. She finds that the humblest of people should be heard over the boasters.
Insects: She has never found a bug that she did like. Even butterflies give her anxiety.

Strengths: (3 minimum)
Her Mind: She knew from a young age that her brain was a bit different than most. She retained information quicker than normal and got out of trouble using it.
Her Voice: Rather than concentrate on using brute strength she found herself being defended by a sharp tongue. A sharper tongue cuts deeper than any sword and she found pie in that.
Elemental Magic: Her family has always had a fondness for their element. Her family has used wandless elemental magic like the original witches and wizards. She uses it in combat rather than her wand if she had a preference.

Weaknesses: (3 minimum)
Physical Strength - She has never been too fond of using her fists to defend herself and so in turn, she is not as strong as she pretends she is.
Anxiety: From a young age she has dealt with anxiety over the unknown. The more control she has in her life, the less likely that a panic attack might occur.
Lack of Spontaneity: She has never been someone to run off and do something wild. From her conservative beginnings, she has always found herself being told that a person without a plan was a fool and she refused to be lesser than that. Even in her twenties she finds herself having a hard time removing her structure.

Positive traits: (3 minimum)
Intelligent: She has always been a bright witch and has known it. From books to magic, she excelled in everything she has tried because she HAS to. Imperfection meant failure in the eyes of her father.
Loyal: She loves and cares for every person that has made an impact in her life. She has never once thought that she wasted time on someone that was not worth it, for only a few people have gotten to her and she stands by them.
Ambitious: She always strives to reach her goal and so far everything has gone her way. The thought of failure is too horrible to even fathom, so she always pushes for more.

Negative traits: (3 minimum)
Ambitious: It is a double-edged sword. When she was younger, she was seen as a cold individual unwilling to back down and willing to push anyone out of the way if it meant getting her goal. This is still a work in progress.
Cold: She has always been seen as a little ice queen. Unapproachable to many, she found herself realizing that she was pushing people away before she even got to know them. Only a few have slipped through the broken ice, and have warmed her heart, but it’s not easy.  
Untrusting: It’s hard for her to trust anyone, especially her heart. She has found herself pushing people away before they got the chance to know her and she knows that the thought of getting her heart broken is ten times worse than being alone.

The Holmes family is a very complicated one. She is the second born from a marriage that was never truly considered real. Her father had married only because it had been arranged for political purposes. Aria D’Amour came from a French Background but came from America for her to marry Sherringford Holmes. She was promised as a pureblood family and as soon as her papers proved it, they were married.

Tess does not remember much about her early childhood. Her grand-mère simply waves it off saying that it's a mere coping mechanism and she's too afraid to disagree. From the pictures that are still left over, his mother truly loved her. Most of her baby pictures are with her, and the only one she does have of her father is the family portrait taken for the estate. Her mother did not last long with them; her older brother Mycroft was born five years before her and was a successful child. After three miscarriages, Tess was born and many cheered for their was more than one child to be heir. Tess was only three when the true nature of her mother was discovered.

Her grand-mère was the one to realize that Aria had been stealing money from the Holmes family to her own. As it turns out she was pureblood, but a poor American family. She had been promised as a rich pureblood so she could have a good life in Paris. Her father, in a rage, killed her mother. Her grand-mère assured her that was not the case but Tess did not believe her one bit. The rest of her life was filled with orders, expectations and goals that she had to achieve. Her father was a high member of the Ministry and had the power to cover anything unsightly blemish in their family. Her brother is a success in his own right and he is the perfect child. He was Headboy in his youth, aced his exams and now works in a minor position within the Ministry.

Tess on the other hand had a bit tougher road. His father did not want to look at her at first. Not only was she a girl, but she looked like her mother, at least that’s what her grand-mère said. He sent her to live in Paris for the 10 years after her mother’s death with her grandmother, so she went to Beauxbatons during that time. There she camouflaged herself behind the silk uniforms and the air of propriety that kept people out of her business. She thrived there, having some resemblance of childhood until her father was convinced that she be moved back to London. People asked questions and when she was at an adolescent age, and marriage began to be talked about. Thankfully for every prospect that was sent her way she shunned them. Her grand-mère taught her a way to shun them without it being obvious that it was her doing.

Her only escape in all of this was Hogwarts where she was placed in Slytherin. That was the first time that her father told her he was proud of her. She glowed in glee for the first few days as she walked through the halls with her head held high. In her fourth year she met Rhian and there the bond was cemented. She found someone that balanced her cynicism and hear her insecurities without shaming her. When she graduated, her father had made a point of telling her there were positions in the ministry when she wanted. She shyly told him no that she preferred to go to college. While he was mad, her grand-mère  supported her and told her to go. There she studied to be a Healer and has just recently graduated. Her father is not happy with her decision, but nonetheless he’s relieved she has a job as a junior Healer at St. Mungos.

   Name: Aria D’Amour
   Age: 30
   Living or Deceased: Deceased
   Blood type or Species: Halfblood
   Occupation: N/A

   Name: Sherringford Holmes
   Age: 52
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Pureblood
   Occupation: Ministry Head

   Name: Mycroft Holmes
   Age: 29
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Pureblood
   Occupation: Ministry Worker

   Name: N/A
   Living or Deceased:
   Blood type or Species:

   Name: N/A
   Living or Deceased:
   Blood type or Species:

   Name: Luna
   Age: 8 months
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Arctic Fox found by Rhian and being nursed by Tess

Family History
The origin of Holmes began with the name coming from  someone who lived next to a holly tree, from the Middle English holm. It was one of the oldest pureblood families in England. Their biggest rise in power came with being in the Wizarding Round Table, bringing the ideals of Enlightenment and wanting to educate those who needed it. But they were intelligent enough to want to teach it for a price. By the eighteenth century they were a force to be reckoned with, being big in their governmental work. Many were seen a brave Aurors or intellectuals who became scholars and/or analyst within the ministry. By the time of the first war, they were seen in the community being as active as possible. They worked their way into being themselves as equals to other purebloods if not higher. They were very adamant about being very selective of their breeding. During the second wizarding war, they moved to France, they did not want to take part of the war, and the growing power within the unclean community was enough for them to seek exile. But while they did not fight with wands, they fought with words. They exceeded in politics and shined by being the voice of reason. They were good enough to make everyone think they got what they wanted. Trickery at it's finest.

Current Family

Her current family is still heavily involved in politics and are very close to one another. Sherringford cares for his children in a detached sort of way. His love is shown in the form of money and what they have to show in society. He is proud that Mycroft is in politics and his bachelor style while frustrating, he finds charming in his sort of way. His frustration comes more from Tess who looks more like the lying wife he once had. Still, he cares for her only because she will one day be tied down and her pretty face will earn their family more power.

The only true love that Tess knows is of her Grand-mère. Her prominent traits are her sharp wit, high cunning and intelligence. A politically astute woman, she has been in politics (behind the scenes) since she was young. She has a very dark sense of humor and likes to mock those around her, including her own family. Despite this, she clearly loves her family dearly, especially Tess. Tess' admiration for her grandmother is genuine and as she's been her longest standing supporter Tess does not know what she would do without her.

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PostSubject: Re: Tess Marie Holmes    Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:29 am

Summer Love

Tess prided herself in being independent, so when Rhian told her that she was going to Training camp during their summer out of Uni, she pretended not to care. She even helped her pack and pushed her out. It was only when Rhian left that she realized she was spending six months alone.

She was never clingy, but in so many years of spending time together, Tess just knew that her summer would involve six months of her doing her internship, and looking at muggle telly that Rhian got for them. She was never social and she figured it was too late to find friends at this day and age. Nineteen was an awkward time.

Two Weeks Later…

She was dying. Muggle telly only soothed her loneliness somewhat, but she was itching for the sunlight. Looking around she realized she had already read through everything on their shelf. This called for a mission. She had never gone to the Muggle bookstore without Rhian, mostly due to her anxiety over what might occur. As much as her father drilled in her head about the importance of avoiding the muggle world, the literature called out to her in a way where she could not deny it. Rushing to her room, she slipped on a sundress and some heels before leaving towards the unknown.

She smiled once she saw the bookstore. It was a tiny thing from the outside, but as she pushed the door she sighed taking in the smell of old books.

“Good Morning Tess, it’s nice to see you again” the bookkeeper said.

The old man knew her well and she smiled before heading to the classic section. She had a soft spot for Shakespearean romance and as she traced the spine of the books, Tess finally felt at home.

While perusing, her hand went towards Twelfth Night, that is until someone’s larger hand covered her own.

“Oh!” they both said at the same time.

Looking over she saw what was probably the cutest man she had ever seen. He was not traditionally handsome, but with his lopsided smile and his scruffy hair, something in her flipped. She pulled her hand back immediately and flushed at the mere contact with him.

“I’m sorry” they both said.

She didn’t know what to do. She prided herself in never being awkward, but when they had touched she felt something that she’d never felt before: a spark. He seemed just as unassuming and she felt safe over this.

“I didn’t know there were others that liked Twelfth Night” she murmured softly as he handed her the book.

“I’m Damien” he smiled charmingly at her, “and we are a rare breed of people”

The question in his eyes was clear. Even someone as socially awkward as her knew those signs. She would usually ignore anyone else, but something told her to go for it.

“Tess” she breathed out. “My name is Tess”

“That’s a gorgeous name” he grinned.

She flushed and muttered a thank you before she began to walk away. It was when she walked to the register that she realized he was following her.

“I don’t mean to be intrusive…but would you like to go get coffee. If you’re not busy”

“In this heat?” she couldn’t help but grin as he faltered

“No..I mean…um….”

“Some lemonade would be nice”

“I know a place!” he said in a volume louder than expected. She jumped but knew that this was a very good sign.

“I’d like that” and she realized that she did.

When she went to pay, the bookshop keeper only winked as she paid and she was mortified at him. Still, when they got outside and began to walk, she wondered just where they were going.

“Is it far from here?” she asked.

“Six or so blocks” he smiled.

She was going to ask why they didn’t just apparate there, until he began to tell her his line of work. He was a journalist for a Muggle newspaper chain. She somehow did not realize that this man was a muggle himself until now.

She shook slightly as he took her hand as she had never really spoken to muggle before, that is if not the book keeper himself. The Muggle world was forbidden for a reason and now she knew why.

Still, as they spoke, she found herself smiling more and feeling like she had known him all her life. Lying was really the hard part, but she kept it vague; her father worked in politics, she was in nursing school and that her friend was a vet. He laughed at her jokes and she laughed at his. This was definitely a change she was not expecting.

Four Months Later..

Tess didn’t know what happened, but she actually felt like she loved Damien already. He was smart, charming, kind, goofy and made her laugh. While she was scared over the fact that he was a muggle, he seemed to take every quirk of hers in stride. For example, he never pushed why he couldn’t pick her up from her home, but she insisted that she was always out. She didn’t dare yet tell him her secret of being a witch. With every question, she merely distracted him.

And those kisses really were distracting. When they kissed she felt her heart speed up and her toes curl. She had actually gone to his flat and  enjoyed spending lazy summers snogging him on the couch. She never let it get too far, in fear that her father found out. She muttered that she was waiting for marriage and he didn’t push her.

It was that night when they pulled away from a snog that he muttered the words that she wasn’t expecting.

“I think I love you” he ran his fingers through her hair and kissed her forehead. She felt safe, warm and most of all loved.

“I wouldn’t mind if you did” she whispered with a smile.

“I’m glad” he smiled himself before kissing her once more.

He was not someone she ever expected to fall for. He was a blue collar muggle who went from paycheck to paycheck and had no knowledge of the world she lived in. She was scared to tell him, to expose a world that seemed like fantasy. But as he kissed her collarbone, and trailed his hands down her naked back, she knew she had to. She didn’t know what his response would be, but she had to try to legitimize all of this.

“Damien? Would you love me if I was different?” she whispered.

“Of course, that’s what makes you special” he kissed her neck.

“You promise” her breath hitched.


She wanted to tell him then and there, but as he continued to caress her and making her feel loved, she didn’t want to burst this bubble.

Two months later...

“You’re a freak” he hissed at her.

She didn’t know how this turned out this way. Everything seemed perfect; he had showed that he was serious about her and she had let him into her heart without even thinking it over. Yet when she had told him that she was a witch, and showed him her magic he looked at her with so much disgust.

“I’m not! Damien” she moved closer only to have him moved back scared for her to even touch him. “Please…I thought you loved me” her voice cracked. “You…you told me it was okay to be different. You promised!”

“You’re a freak, you…you shouldn’t exist! God, what if I don’t even love you? What if…did you put a spell on me?”

“What?” she wanted to yell, but the accusation was too much. “I would never….”

“I knew it was too fast…the way I felt for you was rushed.”

“No, please…please believe me. I didn’t fake anything” She began to cry at the thought of him thinking this wasn’t genuine.

“I hate you…you faked this, all of this. God, how could I let you do this? I hate-“

Without thinking she lifted her hand and pointed it at him.

“Obliviate” she cried out.

Tess made him forget her, forget their love, their kisses. She then had him pass out while she let herself cry. Falling to the ground she sobbed over her biggest fear being realized. She knew from the beginning this would end badly but still she foolishly let herself fall for him.

She rushed out of his flat, refusing to apparate in fear of splicing herself in this emotional state. She wanted to forget, forget his promises and allow herself to just not feel. But she knew it was dangerous to do the charm on herself. So she did what was best. Rushing to her townhouse, she pulled out her cauldron and began to mix. She threw in everything refusing her hands to start shaking over her emotions. When the blue liquid bubbled, she took out a ladle and sipped it.

The potion immediately dulled her emotions. Her heart was broken, but this potion would make it numb. She put the rest in vials, her hands no longer shaking for everything was fine. It was when she hid them in the room that she noticed the pictures she had there. He had invaded her world and she was not having it. While Tess couldn’t bear to throw them out, she threw them in a box at the back of her closet.

The next morning, Rhian came and found her on the couch reading a book.

“Hello! Aren’t you excited to see me?” she waved her hands around to get Tess’ attention.

“Of course I am” Tess smiled lazily, “I was just reading”

Rhian huffed.

“Is that seriously all you did? You read?”

“Yeah…” Tess trailed off. The potion thankfully stopped her from any intense emotion.

“You left Twelfth Night on the ground.”

“Oh…throw that away.”

Rhine looked confused.

“You don’t like the book? You love Shakespeare!”

“I just really hate that one”

Rhian shrugged and did as told throwing it in the back of the bookshelf. She was unwilling to throw any book out.

“So wanna hear about my summer?”

“I’m all ears Rhi”

And with that the older girl began to chat and Tess forced herself to listen Slowly but surely she moved on, never willing to allow herself to be weak again.
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