Character Info: Full Name: Lucille Anne Davis Celestial/True Name: N/A Nickname(s): Lucy, Luce, Lou Gender: Female Species: Human House/Order & Faction: N/A PB: Sophia Bush Character Age and DOB: 24; June 21, 1987 Appearance: Lou’s around 5’6’’ and has a weight in the 120s. She has dimples when she smiles. Everything else about her appearance is subject to change based entirely on her whims. Her wardrobe looks like it was put together by three entirely opposing forces. There are the “tomboyish” outfits complete with oversized jackets and denim with oil stains; the soft, floral dresses that are just a little too low-cut to be proper; and there’s the “respectable” stuff her mom’s bought her. The last of which is worn the least.
It’s all for shock value. While none of it crosses over into the extreme that could seriously get her in trouble in her little town, it’s all geared toward crossing that invisible little line in the sand drawn by her mother. And no, Lucy doesn’t think 24 is too old to rebel. She has a tree of life with celtic knotwork tattoo on her back just below her neck. She got it on her 18th birthday, much to her mother’s horror. It’s a tone she’s set and doesn’t want to let go of.
She hasn’t tried to dye her hair any drastic color for a while so it’s a kind of auburn/brown. She’s never very fussy about it. It gets brushed and pulled into a ponytail or left down. At home or at work, there’s still a likely probability that there’ll be patches of flour somewhere in her hair or on her clothes she hasn’t noticed. Lou’s passion is baking and it tends to show, literally.
Her favorite possessions are her pocketknife (which she insists is a handy thing to have) and a pair of red sneakers. If she’s around, they probably are too.
Personality: Lou is a woman of extremes. While a majority of the time, she enjoys ruffling her mom by playing up her rough-around-the-edges exterior; there’s a lot more to her than can be gathered from first impressions. Despite her mother’s every fear, Lou attended the prom in a proper dress that was downright feminine. There are even pictures to prove it. However, she likes to keep her family on their toes – especially her mother – and that means playing with society’s expectations. Small towns talk and Lou’s determined to give them all the material they need single-handedly.
In a larger city, her antics would probably be seen as tame. After all, she’s not the first person to celebrate her 18th birthday by getting a tattoo. She’s just the only one of her mother’s children who has. (She was grounded for two weeks before she finally declared she was moving out and promptly did so.) Lou’s a very conservative version of any kind of rebellion by most people’s standards. She’s never done much with makeup, never worn anything with spikes, or even worn anything that was all black. The idea is to put people on edge, not get herself committed by her mother.
Yet, when she lets her obsession with driving her mother up the wall drop, she’s a genuinely caring, intelligent person who enjoys laughing and feeding people. She loves her job at her family’s diner. While not the best at talking, she firmly believes a hardy meal can fix just about anything and often shows her compassion through making sure people are well-fed. Lou never did well in school but she’s well-read – something she doesn’t want most people to know about her.
Lou plays at being a lot tougher than she actually is. Her step-father very generously calls it “eccentric.” She’s in overalls one day, tagging after a boy to get him to teach her to change the oil in her car; and the next day she’s happily dressed in something with frills and lace just to keep people guessing. It’s a life-long pursuit to get people to look beyond appearances, according to her. However, it’s more than likely also that she’s not settled as a person and really can’t make up her mind.
Her best, long-standing defiance is that she’s a practicing Wiccan. It started out as one in a litany of teenage rebellions, but it she found it suited her. That and her tattoo has her family convinced she’s hellbound.
Now that she’s in to her mid-20s, her family doesn’t really think any of this is “cute” any more. Her mother, particularly, would like to see her oldest daughter respectably settled down. Lou’s new goal is to keep that from happening.
Background: No two ways about it, Lou’s sure her biological dad must have been a total flake. She doesn’t remember him, but besides a couple of birthday cards he didn’t make an effort to keep in touch after Jennie divorced him. Yet, when Luce was six, her mom remarried Dan, who became a stable and caring father figure.
Luce grew up helping out at her stepdad’s small diner. Most of the time, she loves it, but there are some patrons that simply drive her up a wall. She gets pulled off waitressing duty to help with the other odd jobs fairly frequently, which is how she got involved with baking. No one’s ended up with a plate of meatloaf in their lap yet, but it’s been pretty close. Lou doesn’t stand for people talking down to her or treating her badly. Dan’s pretty good at reading the signs and smoothly redirecting her before a confrontation builds.
Always a stubborn child, her family thinks that her teenage years did nothing to improve her personality. She started hanging out with “the wrong crowd.” If there was a line drawn, Lucy would dance on the edge before crossing it. She broke curfew, hung out with boys, even got in a couple fights. The way her mother saw it, she’d become nothing but trouble.
She wouldn’t listen to any excuses and Lou wasn’t forthcoming. If Jennie had found out the whole story, at least one of the fights had been in defense of a friend. The girl’s boyfriend had started treating her badly and spread rumors, and Lou just couldn’t stand for it after seeing her friend cry. But since no one knew the details, she was the one who wound up in trouble. Again.
After getting punished for doing what she considered to be the right thing, Lucy looked for a new way to strike out her mother’s idea of “proper.” Through some research, she found Wicca. It started as something shallow, nothing more than one more rebellion; but it quickly became something really important and fulfilling to her. It’s not what most people in her hometown would have done, but she liked the more solitary path that at least attempted to avoid the political nature that seemed to impact even church organizations.
Lucy turned 18 shortly after just scraping by high school. Having been severely disappointed in her daughter’s grades, and in the fact that she’d practically had to bully the principal into letting her graduate at all, Jennie decided her daughter didn’t need a fancy party for her birthday. While Lou knew she deserved it, old habits die hard. And she was an adult and decided she’d celebrate just how she’d like, which meant a tattoo. She has a palm-sized tattoo on her back just below her neck of a Celtic knot-work tree of life. The conflict with her mother escalated until Luce moved out a few weeks later.
Moving out marked a new point in their relationship. While they still fight, there was a lull that’s given all arguments afterward a kind of nostalgic feel. Jennie hasn’t given up on her daughter and never will, but even she had to grudgingly admit that her daughter stands on her own two feet. Of course, she’d be happier if those feet would spend some time at church or maybe with one of the ladies’ group’s fundraisers.
Strength(s): Lou is stubborn. It’s a fault but it’s a strength too. She’s tenacious and doesn’t give up when it comes to protecting the people she really cares about, and she really does care even though she doesn’t know the right way to express it a lot of the time. Lucy likes taking care of people. Her insecurities stem from her fear that she might not be very good at it and that people she cares about will leave just like her father did.
Lucy’s an intelligent young woman. She’s well-read and does her best to stay apprised of all things that interest her. It can be an eclectic mix with odd gaps of knowledge, but it sometimes surprises her friends the random tidbits she does know.
Lou really is good at baking. She has a knack for it. It’s also one of the times when she doesn’t put up as many defenses to keep people out.
Weakness(es): (Please review the races/guidelines list when putting this together - this can also include personality weaknesses) Whether she knows it or not, Lou’s incredibly driven by her fear of losing the people she cares about. It’s why she’s in constant conflict and always pushes people away. The degrees to which she’ll go to make her point often shows her worst aspects of self-centered, immature, and flighty. Just because she’s legally an adult doesn’t mean she knows how to behave like one.
Lou’s tendency to be self-centered feeds her need to have things her own way. In fact, some of it borders on obsessive. Some of this got better when she started living on her own and didn’t have to worry as much about other people changing the order and organization she’d established.
Abilities Due to Species: She just has regular, human-level abilities.
Talents and Hobbies: Lucy enjoys baking and knitting, but she’s only good at the former. The latter’s a guilty pleasure. She tries not to let on that she knits – it might give her mom ideas. Her scarves always come out lumpy and tangled, but she does it because it’s something she enjoys. Her pies, tarts, dumplings, and cookies come out much better. She sometimes bakes for the diner her family runs. It’s something she enjoys though she can be controlling about it. She likes to have things her way.
Family and Friends: Lucy’s mom’s name is Jennie. Her stepdad is Dan. She has two younger half-brothers: Billy and Kenny. Luce has lots of casual acquaintances and people she knows through work, yet she has few very close friends.
Residence: Luce lives in a tiny apartment on her own.
How long has your character been in Babylon?: Lucy’s been there all her life. She was born there.
Job/Career/School: (if your character will be owning/operating a business, please provide a short description, hours of operation and an image at least 200x200.) Lou works at her family’s diner called “Dan’s.” It’s a small establishment. They’ve got home-style food and fresh baked goods until they run out. There is the family along with a small staff to do the cooking, waitressing, and cleanup. Lucy grew up helping out there doing odd jobs. Now she waitresses and does the baking. The diner is open 6 am-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 6 am-10 pm Friday-Sunday, and is closed Mondays. http://restaurants.uptake.com/blog/files/2008/11/diner-shot.jpg
3rd person post: “But that’s who I am,” she muttered vehemently under her breath as she grabbed her jacket in one hand and stormed out. Her fist crushed unnoticed imprints into the wrinkles of the fabric as the shutting door rattled the windows behind her. It wasn’t often that Luce did a full tantrum any more, but in her mind today merited it. It had all just been one lecture too many. Constant nitpicking and backhanded compliments so that she felt more tattered than an old quilt.
She personally didn’t care of her bangs were “a little long” or if her dress was lovely but “a little short for this time of year, don’t you think?” So it was a summer dress. She’d worn layers. And if she wasn’t cold, then it did no harm. There’d been no doubt in her mind that the dress was going to be trouble when she put it on this morning, but she’d done it any way. The doubt that was there, eating away at her fraying edges just as much as her mom’s nitpicking could, was the fear that if she actually did try, she’d meet with the same disapproval. So she’d put all her time and effort into failing spectacularly.
The light fabric of the skirt swished as she took long strides further and further away from the building, the little edging of lace tickling her skin. She fumbled for the keys in her jacket pocket. One good rev of the engine and she was going to be long gone. See if she came back this time. She huffed to herself even without the audience. It was a frequent drama that played out. And yet everyday she came back, swearing that this would be the last chance she’d give them.
It wasn’t until 8 miles outside the city limits that she finally sighed and tugged her hair down, running her hand through it. Without someone there to shove back, she felt deflated and tired. She pulled the car over into the muddy side of the road and stopped it. Grabbing her jacket and keys, she slid out to go recharge in the sunlight for a little while.
The field was fallow. No one would complain, or better yet notice, if she kicked off her shoes and stayed here a little while. Lou stretched out flat on the bit of grassy surface she’d found and just became one with the flora. It would be nice, she thought, if she could just be this way - grow roots and live entirely as a sun-worshipping leafy green without the pressures that came with trying to live up to expectations. She closed her eyes and concentrated on breathing in and out, hoping that little bits of chlorophyll would form under the skin so that she could stay.
Sample 1st person post: (Screened to Michelle) The Top 10 Reason You Shouldn’t Date Gary: 10. He smells. I’m sorry, but he really does. There’s nothing wrong with spending all day farming but would it hurt him to try bathing before he goes out? Or at all? Ever? 9. His family. If you date him and end up marrying him, they’ll become your in-laws. You will spend the rest of your life at family gatherings where his sister talks about her cats and his mother belittles your cooking, no matter how good it is. She’ll always find fault. 8. His brother’s cuter. 7. If you settle down here, you’ll never get to see any big cities in your life. What about your dreams? 6. He will always care more about his horse. Always. 5. OH, come on. Do I really have to right this damn list? The bottom line is he doesn’t treat you well. 4. He swears at you. 3. He puts you down. 2. You two are completely incompatible. 1. He’s a moron. AND HE DOESN’T TREAT YOU WELL.
Look. You know that that’s the only one that matters. You deserve better than this. I know it’s a small town and there “aren’t a lot of options,” but anything’s better than letting him get into your head and make you think you’re worthless. So dump the bastard. Run off to the city. Live your dreams or just come back in a week with a ton of great stories, ok?
In what ways would you like to see your character grow in this game? I would really like to challenge my character to grow and become more of an adult with less centering on petty dispute. I’d like to give her opportunities and tough decisions to make that will help her see beyond her own needs and insecurities. While I don’t think people change entirely, I think she has room to develop. On the flipside, I think it would also be interesting to see what would happen if she continued to indulge in her childish behavior and what damage that can do. I seriously doubt that she will always make the “right” decisions and I’d like to see what comes of that.