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Mariah Berkeley-Benton
Hufflepuff Fourth Year
Hufflepuff Fourth Year

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Birthday : 2011-02-17
Join date : 2018-06-22

PostSubject: Mariah Berkeley-Benton   Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:38 pm

Full Name: Mariah Aubrey Berkeley-Benton (Mariah Aubrey Davis)
Age: 14
Date of birth: 17 February, 2011
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Current home: London, England
Blood Status: Muggleborn?
Sexual Alignment: Demisexual
Wand type: 11 ½ inches, unicorn hair, willow

Hair colour and style: Long, dark brown, wavy, usually worn down and unstyled, sometimes straightened if she's in the mood.
Eye colour: Dark brown.
Height: 5’3”
Body type: Slender, flat-chested, not particularly athletic, but not especially weak either.
Dress sense: Whatever she happens to find in her closet.
Birthmarks: None, just a smattering of freckles across her face and chest.
Tattoos: None.
Scars: One on her left hip from when a foster mother hit her with a belt.
Piercings: None.

Likes: (3 minimum)
  -Daydreaming (It's how she escapes from her problems--she likes to fantasize about being a different person in a different place, and often forgets about the world around her.)
  -Writing (Creative writing, especially poetry, allows her to express herself and her feelings--though she would never let anyone read it.)
  -Nature (She used to enjoy taking long walks through the woods near her home in Wrightwood, California, and has a special love for trees, which she has been climbing for as long as she can remember. She finds activities like hiking to be peaceful, and she likes to sit outside to clear her head.)
  -Heights (She likes to climb up as high as she can and enjoy the view from the treetops. Heights never bothered her, and she often used to escape to her tree house when she was younger--it was her special place to be alone.)
  -Solitude (She enjoys the peace and quiet, and likes to be left alone to her thoughts so she can daydream.)
  -Authenticity (She loves people who aren't afraid to be themselves, and she admires people who allow themselves to be vulnerable.)
  -Classical music (She likes to fall asleep listening to pianos and violins, it makes her feel relaxed and inspired.)
  -Fantasy novels (They fuel her daydreams, and allow her to escape to distant lands with distant problems.)

Dislikes: (3 minimum)
  -Crowds (They're always so noisy, and it makes it hard to think.)
  -Gossip (She can't stand it when people say mean things about others behind their backs, and she hates idle chit chat because it feels insincere.)
  -Insincerity (She hates it when people don't say what they mean--she would much rather deal with blunt honesty than sugar-coating. She wants to know people deeply and intimately, and shies away from shallow, surface-level relationships.)
  -Being the center of attention (She is very insecure, and she doesn't like people looking at her.)
  -Seeing people in pain (She feels other people's pain deeply, and will often absorb the emotions of the people around her.)
  -Confrontation (She crumbles under any sort of confrontation, and will likely start to cry.)
  -Arguments (She hates it when people are upset with each other, and she does everything she can to diffuse the tension and mediate between people.)

Strengths: (3 minimum)
  -Empathy (It is easy for her to see from different perspectives and to understand people. She intuitively feels what other people are feeling, and this motivates her to be kind to everyone, and makes her a good listener, and adept at comforting people in need.)
  -Imagination (She has an extremely vivid imagination, in which she often loses herself.)
  -Climbing (She's always been good at climbing, it comes naturally to her.)
  -Writing (Though she's embarrassed to show it to people, she is actually quite talented.)
  -Charms (She has a natural affinity for this kind of magic, and is ahead of her year due to homeschooling.)

Weaknesses: (3 minimum)
  -Public speaking (She tends to freeze up under pressure, and doesn't do well as the center of attention.)
  -Paying attention (She often gets distracted by her daydreams, and loses awareness of her surroundings. This often causes her to miss important instructions, which leads to a lot of silly mistakes.)
  -People in need (She is unbearably compassionate, idealistic, and naive, and her mothers often have to restrain her from giving all of her money away to random homeless people--seeing other people struggling pulls at her heartstrings, and compels her to help in any way she can.)
  -Self-care (She often forgets to look after herself, as she's too busy caring for everyone else. She also gets so caught up in her daydreams sometimes that she forgets to eat, or attend to other basic necessities.)
  -Making herself heard (She has a naturally quiet voice, and has a hard time being assertive, so she has trouble getting people to listen to her.)
  -Potions and Transfiguration (She is easily distracted, and doesn't have the focus necessary for these subjects.)

Positive traits: (3 minimum)
  -Empathetic (She feels what other people are feeling, and thus treats them with kindness. She understands people’s emotions, and is sympathetic toward everyone.)
  -Compassionate (She cares deeply about people, and wants to help everyone and make people happy.)
  -Creative (She has a great imagination, and is good at creating characters and scenarios, which also allows her to write convincingly.)
  -Honest (She doesn't see the point in hiding the truth from people who want to know. Although she is not one to talk to people unprompted, if asked, she will tell the truth about everything.)
  -Selfless (She puts the wants and needs of others before her own, and is willing to sacrifice her own desires to help other people.)
  -Humble (She is modest and self-deprecating, and does not like to draw attention to her own accomplishments, but rather builds up other people instead.)

Negative traits: (3 minimum)
  -Sensitive (Her feelings are easily hurt. She feels things deeply and intensely, and often draws from the emotions of the people around her. This makes it very upsetting for her when there is discord and the people around her don't get along, and she often retreats into herself to escape from it, or else she'll likely start to cry.)
  -Insecure (She has an incredibly low self-esteem, and she believes that everyone hates her. She is not confident in her abilities, and is easily embarrassed.)
  -Naive (She believes that everyone's intentions are good, and wants to help everyone. This makes it easy to take advantage of her.)
  -Timid (She is easily intimidated, and really quite spineless. She won't stand up for herself, and tends to let people walk all over her.)

Veronica Davis was a homeless, unemployed, heroin-addicted, single mother in Sacramento, California. She was found one morning in late July, in the driver's seat of a half-submerged Audi, which she had stolen and accidentally driven off a bridge, crashing through the guardrail and passing out upon impact with the water. She had died of respiratory failure sometime during the night. In the passenger seat was her five-month-old daughter, terrified and crying, but miraculously unscathed.

The baby was immediately rushed to the hospital. Her mother was identified, but had no family or connections to whom the child could be sent. The only things the infant girl had were her clothes, two sizes too large, and a small, pink ribbon tied around her wrist, on which her name was stitched: Mariah Aubrey.

Mariah was registered into the foster care system, where she spent the next six years of her life bounced from home to home. A shy, sensitive child, she found it difficult to make friends, and the relationships she did form never lasted when she moved. Eventually, she found herself in a foster home in Redding, along with eight other children from the ages of three to eleven. The matriarch of the family, a dour woman they called Mrs. Carson, hoped to maximize her government check by taking in as many kids as possible, and spending as little money on them as she could. The children were often starved and neglected, and to keep them from talking about it, she made sure to beat fear into them from an early age.

An anonymous tip from a neighbor brought the police to the scene, and with them, a lawyer named Katrina Berkeley-Benton, who represented the children in court. Katrina bonded with Mariah over the course of the trial, and the little girl, who was now almost six, wormed her way into the woman’s heart.

Three months later, Mariah was invited to live with Katrina and her wife, Samantha, in their townhouse down in Wrightwood. Two years after that, she was officially adopted.

Now eight years old, Mariah Berkeley-Benton had a real family for the first time in her life. She attended an elementary school near her home, had a stable home life, and even made a few friends.

Mariah had two best friends: Carrie Ingrid and Marcus Fletcher. They met in the first grade, when they were seven, and became nearly inseparable, until they were nine. Then the weird things started happening.

On Mariah’s ninth birthday, she and her two friends were enjoying a day of playing together at the park. During a game of hide and seek, Mariah climbed up and hid herself in the branches of a tree. Intent on winning the game, she stayed as still and quiet as possible, which for her was an easy task. Marcus passed under her seven times without noticing a thing. Half an hour later, he was still looking, now with Carrie’s help. Mariah realized that they didn't seem to be having fun anymore, so she decided to give herself away. She called out to her friends, and Marcus looked up at the sound of her voice. He looked straight at her. Straight through her. She waved, but he clearly didn't see a thing. She climbed down from the tree, and stood in front of him, but neither he nor Carrie registered her presence. And then she realized. She was invisible.

Confused and scared, she fled the scene. They found her twenty minutes later, visible, but crying hysterically. When they asked her what happened, she tried to explain. They looked at her as if she was crazy, but comforted her to the best of their abilities, and decided it was probably a good time to go home.

That would have been the end of it, if similar things hadn't kept happening. Once, when she was thirsty, her empty cup filled with water of its own accord. One day, she was running late for school, and suddenly found herself standing right outside her classroom. One night, she slipped up when trying to cut bangs for herself, but when she woke up the next morning, it was as if nothing had happened.

Of course, she told her friends about all of these things. They hadn't been there, so they hadn't seen, but she recounted all of the incidents when they happened. Unbeknownst to her, they began to talk about her when she wasn't there. They didn't believe her stories. They thought she was either crazy, or making it up for attention. They weren't sure they wanted to be friends with her anymore.

And then, somehow, this spread throughout the class. People started calling her a liar. They didn't want to talk to her anymore. They started avoiding her when they could, and excluding her from their games. Eventually, Carrie and Marcus joined them.

Mariah didn't understand. She'd been happy for the first time in her life, and suddenly she’d lost it, and she didn't know why. She grew lonelier and lonelier with each passing day. Her classmates ignored her. She stopped trying to talk to people, because she knew they wouldn't listen. She could feel when she was unwanted, so she left them alone.

Instead, she went off by herself, and kept herself entertained by making up stories. No one else wanted to talk to her, so she talked to herself. She made imaginary friends to replace the ones she’d lost, and retreated to her safe space--the treehouse that she and her mothers had built over the summer when she was eight. She found comfort in her daydreams. So much so, that they began to seep into her daily life. She became increasingly distracted in school, increasingly neglectful of little details. She would zone out during class, miss instructions, and turn in unfinished or sloppily completed work.

By now she was ten, in the fifth grade, and her teachers expressed some concern. They brought the situation to her parents’ attention, and they agreed to speak with her. They had noticed that she spent quite a bit of time by herself, and she didn't seem to have any friends to speak of.

When they confronted her that evening, she burst into tears. She said she'd do better, she was just a little distracted. Yes, she was having trouble making friends, but she didn't mind so much, she liked her own company. Katrina pressed her for details, and Mariah proceeded to explain everything. All of the weird things that happened around her, that were still happening occasionally, but that she no longer told anyone about. They listened, worried and uncertain, but loving her all the same. When she finished, they didn't know what to do besides be there to support her.

A few months later, she received a letter from a school on the East Coast, inviting her to come there to learn witchcraft and wizardry. Things began to make sense. She knew what she was now, and that she wasn't alone. But she couldn't accept the invitation--she couldn't bear to live so far away from her mothers, and they were reasonably skeptical about pulling her from school to learn magic somewhere across the country. So she declined the offer, despite her desire to learn more about her powers.

Instead, her mothers worked together to find her a private tutor, there in California. After much digging, and several failed attempts, they finally found a real wizard who was willing and able to teach her. His name was Klaus Weber.

They met three times a week for lessons. He had a wand made for her, and she practiced in the woods behind her house, narrowly skirting the laws imposed by the Statute of Secrecy. He taught her charms and practical magic, as well as a few curses, despite her mothers’ hesitation. She flourished under his tutelage, finally seeing her magic as something to be proud of.

And then Samantha was offered a position at The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and invited to lecture at University College London. Initially, she was set to decline, despite the enormous opportunity. She considered what would be best for Mariah and Katrina, and decided that moving overseas would be too difficult for their family. Mariah disagreed. Unwilling to keep her mother from her dreams, Mariah encouraged her to accept the position, and Katrina was supportive as well. After much deliberation, Samantha took the job.

The move was far more difficult for Mariah than she let on. She kept up a cheerful attitude so that Samantha wouldn't feel guilty, but moving to London meant leaving Mr. Weber, and the woods, and the home she'd grown to love. She didn't know what she would do without her tutor--she was fourteen now, but she still had much to learn.

They moved to London in the summer. Mariah’s mothers looked for a new solution, aware that learning magic was important to her. Eventually, they decided to enroll her at Hogwarts, as long as she promised to keep up with her non-magical studies as well as she could. She transferred into her fourth year at Hogwarts, and began her first formal magical education.

It was hard, being new. She had never been good at making friends, and the way she had lost everyone in elementary school had made her wary of social situations, and vastly unsure of herself. She couldn't shake the belief that everyone hated her. She continued to fall back on the habits she developed when she was nine, and isolated herself, preferring to live in her imaginary world where she could pretend to be better than she was.

   Name: Veronica Davis
   Age: 22 (at death)
   Living or Deceased: Deceased
   Blood type or Species: Muggle
   Occupation: None

   Name: Unknown
   Age: Unknown
   Living or Deceased: Unknown
   Blood type or Species: Unknown
   Occupation: Unknown

   Name: Samantha Berkeley-Benton
   Age: 38
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Muggle
   Occupation: Neurosurgeon

   Name: Katrina Berkeley-Benton
   Age: 39
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Muggle
   Occupation: Lawyer

   Name: Charlie
   Age: 1
   Living or Deceased: Living
   Blood type or Species: Hamster

Katrina Benton and Samantha Berkeley met at a support group for LGBT teens, which Katrina had organized at their high school. While Katrina’s parents were supportive of her sexuality, Samantha had a rocky relationship with her parents, and was verbally, and sometimes physically, abused. The two quickly became close friends, and by their senior year, Samantha spent more time at Katrina’s house than her own. Katrina and her family opened their doors to her, and she often slept over on their couch when she didn't want to go home.

Although they attended different universities, the two remained close and kept in touch, Facetiming or Skyping almost every day when possible. By the time they'd both completed their undergrad programs, they'd decided to move in together, renting an apartment in LA so they could both attend their respective graduate programs at UCLA. As Samantha worked to finish med school and Katrina completed her law degree, the two realized they'd never be able to live without each other. Somewhere along the way, they'd fallen deeply in love.

They married soon after Samantha graduated, before she started her first year of residency. Katrina had been practicing law for over year at that point, and was making a steady income. When they married, the change was barely noticeable, as they'd been living together for years already--even as wives, they were still best friends above all.

Katrina’s career kicked off soon after that, and as Samantha finished her residency and became board certified, so did hers. Samantha began to climb the ranks, becoming an acclaimed neurosurgeon locally, then nationally. Eventually, she drew international attention as well as she made connections with others in her field. Katrina supported her every step of the way, while also making her own name for herself as a lawyer. They bought a big house in Wrightwood, away from the city, their combined incomes making life comfortable. They’d talked about children from time to time, but hadn't made any plans until Katrina met Mariah. After she introduced Samantha to the girl, it had only taken a short discussion to make sure they were both on the same page before they went ahead with the adoption process--Mariah had stolen both of their hearts.
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