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“Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”
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Spring of 1876 | Mary Elizabeth Tremlett - both a part of her first name, for she has no middle - is born to hardworking muggle parents, Timothy and Chastity Tremlett (née Bardsley). She was the couple's second child, having had a daughter the year prior - the ever sweet Sarah Jane - and was given the nickname "Eliza" for ease of use.
Summer of 1878 | Eliza and her older sister are joined by another sibling, a third girl named Amelia Louise. Much like her older sisters before her, she is given a shorter version of her name, which was "Amy".
Year of 1879 | Eliza displays her first act of magic by levitating a few feet from her bed whilst sleeping, having been dreaming that she could fly. Naturally, her mother came in to check on the girls, startling young Eliza to fall back down. This marks the beginning of Chastity's worries about her daughter's normalcy.
Baby Meg is born in the fall of that year.
Year of 1881 | After discovering that she was pregnant for the fourth time, Eliza's mother becomes a full-time housewife. This leaves her more of a witness than ever to Eliza's concerning bouts of accidental magic, and her rising paranoia lead her to often distance Eliza from the other children in their village. She was simply told that, as one of the eldest, she was needed more at home, and she spent most of her days daydreaming, helping her mother with household chores, and looking after the younger ones.
(Late) Winter of 1882 | Much earlier than anyone expected, Chastity went into labor with her fourth child one wintry night in January. Due to severe weather, a midwife could not be fetched fast enough, and by the time Mr. Tremlett had returned home with one, it had been too late. Little Anne Marie Tremlett, just as frail as she was tiny, had lasted all of two hours before taking her last breath in the wee hours of the morning.
Spring of 1882 | With their father busy with work and their mother in recovery after Anne Marie's death, Eliz and her sisters were sent to live with their Tremlett grandparents in Liverpool indefinitely - and Eliza had absolutely loved it there. It was where she formed her love of fiction literature and learned how to read and write. It was where, for the first time in her young life, she had made friends who didn't find her curious and strange.
Year of 1883 | The girls were rather surprised to learn that their grandfather had a living sister when she one day came to town to visit. Josephine Fitzhugh was clearly a bit more well-off than they were, and she had brought with her a rather subdued female companion who could not have been more than fourteen- or fifteen-years-old, but the most curious thing was her intense interest in Eliza. She had observed her every move with a hawk-like quality that had unnerved Eliza, and it was only when said discomfort caused her favorite grandmother's vase to crash to the floor, that the woman seemed satisfied with what she witnessed, and had left the next day.
Summer of 1884 | The reason for Great-Aunt Josephine's visit was revealed when Eliza's father dies as a result of a work day gone awry. With a deceased father and - by all accounts - a mentally ill mother, the girls were then legally entrusted into the care of their grandparents, and Thomas thought it would be much easier for everyone involved if Eliza was sent to live with her great-aunt. And summer saw Eliza tearfully leave behind her sisters and everything she knew for the quaint little town of Irvingly.
The other girls and her grandmother were simply told that her great-aunt had chosen her to provide a good education for, which wasn't too far from the truth.