don't you have spring break?
don't you have spring break?
Kudos to the lovely (but often crazy) Ru
Name: Kaya "Ky" Ardeen
Bio: Ky was a pageant baby. And the baby part of that is quite literal. At six months of age, the youngest that was allowed in her local pageant circle, her mother started competing her. Unfortunately, as an infant, Ky was quite easy to disturb and would cry through hours and hours of pageants. After three months with nothing like a win, due to Ky's horrible temper, her mother pulled her out of the pageants and determined that, instead, she would wait until Ky was old enough to appreciate competition... "unlike those crazy mothers who just think they should put their baby forward like a show dog". No, Ellen Ardeen, who worked only part-time as a teacher, was patient. If by patient you mean waited until Ky was three and had some proficiency at shutting up before placing her back into competition.
Though desperate to please her mother, Ky simply wasn't cut out for pageant life. Her mother was so enthusiastic and loving when she got a trophy that Ky began to believe she liked performing. What she really liked, though, was the positive attention she got. Fighting with other girls for a place made Ky anxious and unhappy and "mommy's little diva" often became irascible after she was able to go home from those confections of glitter and makeup. Her flipper hurt her teeth, spray tanning stung, and Ky was simply too shy to flop around shamelessly like the other little girls did. As if to exact a kind of revenge for her daughter failing more often than not, Ellen enrolled Ky in some fairly intense dance classes.
During this time, when Ky was about four and completely miserable, her parents also began fighting a lot. David Ardeen claimed that the expense of putting Ky though pageants was too much of a financial stress for the family and that Ellen needed to work more if she wanted to keep showing Ky, because he couldn't keep up with it on a bank manager's salary. Ellen rebutted that he was removing the joy of Ky's life and that he cared more for money than their daughter. Ky didn't like to go home after school.
It took another two years of sporadic pageant performance for Ky to start showing promise. At six, she had become a string bean of a girl, and possessed greater self-control and physical ability than a lot of the other girls, in part because of her dance classes, in part because left to her own devices, she probably would have become a socially inept bookworm. Happy, but not "shiny". However, it wasn't until the day, nearing Ky's seventh birthday, when she beat Nevaeh Jameson, another girl she'd long had a rivalry (more of a maternal rivalry, as Ky didn't care about Nevaeh and Neveah didn't know who Ky was) for the second place title of Mini Supreme that Ellen got serious. Really serious. Ignoring Ky's intellect in favor of her flexibility, Ellen Ardeen began shopping about for another husband. Ky didn't understand exactly what was going on, but she knew her Mommy told her she couldn't tell Daddy that Mommy left during her three hour dance rehearsals.
When Ellen, not attractive but oddly charismatic, "landed her man", she wasted no time divorcing David and marrying him, taking Ky with her. Ky missed her father horribly. She didn't like the new house, with the no pets rule and the new man. But her mother got full custody by claiming David had molested Ky. Though it went unproven, because Ky refused to testify, paternal rights were removed from her father.
For the next five years, Ky was both a dance competitor and a pageant girl. Though it was more of a money drain than anything, she did well, especially with her dance team, and Ellen couldn't get enough of it. Things progressed to the point where Ky didn't really speak much, simply allowing her mother to put all the words in her mouth. She did often have a book with her, but hadn't properly attended school in years. Ellen homeschooled Ky in order to save most of her energy for the things that "really mattered". Cared for by her mother only inasmuch as she could win, Ky began to wither like a flower in dry earth.
Because of that, Ky stopped winning. Around fourteen, her spark had been so dimmed by a life that she hated that she could no longer stand out from the other girls, who also had the physical control and experience she did, but who thrived on success. Disgusted with her daughter after a few abysmal failures, Ellen pulled her and moped around the house. Instead of putting up with that, Ky stopped coming home.
The process started with a ridiculous amount of sleepovers. Ky would ask her mother if she could stay over at so-and-so's house. Without fail, Ellen allowed it. So Ky got braver. Eventually, Ky didn't ask and offered no excuses, just stayed out - with friends, at jobs, even hiding in the school she'd started "attending"... as in, doing other people's homework for a fee. Ky never slept on the streets, she'd come home before that, but she fed herself and took care of herself, like a stray dog. As long as she showed up for dance class every day, Ellen honestly didn't care what her daughter did.
Over the summer, Ky negotiated to be allowed to go to school. Reluctantly, her mother agreed, and signed her up for the closest public school, as scummy as it was. The exchange for this allowance was that Ky would either return to pageants or begin modeling. Reluctantly, Ky agreed that she would rejoin teen pageants if they didn't interfere with school. However, she was only able to attend (and, unfortunately, win third in) one pageant before Eden Academy indicated that they would take her. Ellen would not allow it until she spoke to someone who assured her that Ky would be able to continue in pageants. Secretly, Ky hoped that she'd be able to do anything but. Despite that, she said nothing.
Personality: Ky is a pretty retiring person. She never chooses to confront anyone if she can avoid it. Instead, if she's angry at anyone, she acts passive-aggressively towards them. Might not talk to them. Or avoid them. Or just be late. Really, she just won't actually talk to anyone about anything that bothers her whenever anything bothers her. Otherwise, Ky is passive. She just lets people walk all over her and doesn't ever oppose the things that people do to her, even if they upset her. All of her emotions, in fact, she keeps bottled up inside, a result of her childhood brainwashing. Ky feels as though she has to smile and make everything okay, but when push comes to shove she doesn't actually like anyone. What she's been taught is that her true feelings are worthless and the only thing she can show is a happy face. Ky believes it.
On the inside, Ky is actually quite intelligent. She enjoys talking and philosophizing, and would be more than willing to get into it with someone if she wasn't so scared. Actually, the basis of a lot of her personality is fear. Ky is so scared of messing up, of being too loud, of being hated, of not being liked, of pretty much everything that she seems blank, sometimes. Like she doesn't even have a personality. She doesn't come across as fearful, because all of her anxiety is inside. Just as though she won't even really interact. Ky just smiles and you don't find anything out about her. She does it as a defense mechanism.
On the inside, Ky is a total team player, very supportive and uncompetitive. She really just wants everything to be okay for everyone, and she doesn't enjoy any kind of arguing, fighting, discord, or anything else of that description. Thus, when she's doing schoolwork, even when people are paying her for it, Ky actually does less than her true ability, not wanting anyone to want to fight with her. When in a situation of stress, such as fighting or loud noise or crowds or anything, she completely shuts down, won't speak, tries not to think or listen. Just completely blank. Unresponsive. It's Ky's coping mechanism.
Assuming that anyone were ever able to make Ky open up, she would be quietly sunny. Not loud and all over the place, but always willing to smile and the kind of friend who would lean against your shoulder and simply laugh. Completely loyal and a little silly. One of Ky's life goals is to melt crayons on a piece of paper with a magnifying glass. Another is to actually have a friend she can talk to. Ultimately, Ky just wants to be a normal person, but she feels as though she's stuck in this persona that her mother has created for her. She's a bit resentful, but like every other emotion she has, she shoves it deep down into herself. Eventually, it's hypothesized that Ky's going to explode all over everywhere. A time bomb, of sorts. But not. quite. yet.
Extraordinaire: We're still discussing your character sheet, but for now, I believe you'd be accepted. Though, it would be interesting to read about Cici's reaction to being accepted to Eden Academy in her character sheet? Also, the last name, "Rhodes" wouldn't garner being related to Mikhail
Since Banned is taking a break for a few days, I'll get to recruiting people and reading over character sheets when they're posted.
o.e Wait.. you're bringing this masterpiece back?
May I return? This was by far one of my favorite role plays.
When I turn to see you, with eyes glowing red, do you fear?
spring break was last week but hey...
Imma join. Expect a char possibly tmrw