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Bella Scrimgeour
“I used to walk into a room full of people and wonder if they like me. Now I look around and wonder if I like them.” — Rikkie Gale

Full Name: Annabelle Cecilia Scrimgeour

Nickname(s): "Bella" is the name she primarily goes by, though she might introduce herself as "Miss Draper" when she's trying to go incognito.

Birthdate: October 30, 1868

Age: 19

Occupation: Social Failure

Blood Status: Pureblood

Residence: Shere Inn, Shere, Surrey {Elsewhere}

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor Alumna ('87)

Wand: Hawthorn, 10½ inches, Phoenix feather, Hard

Argus Scrimgeour, Father [1824]
Media Scrimgeour (née Bulstrode), Mother [1832]
Julius Scrimgeour, Brother [1862]
Araminta Scrimgeour, Identical Twin [1868]

Charon Scrimgeour, Grandfather [1788-1871]
Arista Scrimgeour (née Bulstrode), Grandmother [1802-1880]
    Louisa Flint (née Scrimgeour), Aunt [1827]—and family
    Hadrian Scrimgeour, Uncle [1828]—and family
    Chrysanta Lestrange (née Scrimgeour), Aunt [1834]—and family
Gratian Bulstrode, Grandfather [1807-1877]
Regula Bulstrode (née Crabbe), Grandmother [1821]
    Florian Bulstrode, Uncle [1845]—and family
    Laverna Flint (née Bulstrode), Aunt [1849]—and family
Bella stands at the above-average five feet, six and a half inches tall, and a has a long, willowy build. She lacks natural curves, relying on extra padding to give her a more "feminine" appearance. She has long, auburn-brown hair that's usually in some sort of disheveled braid. Her eyes, which have often been described as her best feature, are bright blue and framed by thick brows.

She prefers robes to muggle dresses, feeling they offer her more room for movement. She's always preferred shades of blues, though has recently began to opt for darker outfits that are more difficult to stain. Her notable features include her numerous scars—especially the one tracing down her right jawline—and her missing left-hand middle finger that was lost to splinching. She is, unfortunately, left-handed as well.

St. Mungo's tea, which reminds her of work; the flowers in her Aunt Laverna's gardens, which represents the comfort of being away from her parent's home; and a familiar cotton scent whose source she can't quite identify.

Her father, wand raised and screaming at her.

She was never capable of casting one at Hogwarts and has failed in her attempts since, but is eager to learn how — eventually.

Bella is quite comfortable apparating, so much to the point where it's instinctual, even when it's not safe to do so. She doesn't consider portkeys a viable option because of the planning involved, but often used the floo network to and from work. Broomsticks are not an option because of her fear of heights.

Bella is strictly heterosexual, with the notion of same-sex relationships even proving frightening to some degree. She is a virgin, though did receive her first kiss within her first year after graduation (and not to a potential husband). Nobody knows this, though.

Her knowledge of sex is limited to what she was taught about in her internship — namely, the cold, medicinal facts about reproduction and whatnot. As such, she's somewhat repulsed by it, equating it to having her body used as a baby-making factory.

Bella can be a harmless flirt at times, but the moment feelings get involved, the likelihood of her making a fool out of herself drastically increases.

Skills & Misc. Info
Bella was raised under the Church of England, and though she never necessarily stopped believing, she hasn't actively practiced in years.

Bella's strongest subjects at Hogwarts were Herbology and Potions, and she's dabbled in both since graduating Hogwarts. She's not especially inventive, though has tried experimenting with new potions and plant breeding on occasions.

English is the only language she's fluent in.

She's never been an active follower of quidditch, though will name the Kenmare Kestrels as her favorite quidditch team if asked. She was, however, very enthusiastic about the Gryffindor quidditch team while at school and went to every match.

Bella retains her peasantly accent from her youth, never having mastered the posh RP accent a governess attempted to teach her in-between summers. Her language skills, however — at least in sentence structure and complexity — have much improved.
1868 | Annabelle and Araminta are born to the Scrimgeour family on the 30th October. Bella, the younger of the two, is far more rambunctious and is difficult to hush.

January, 1869 | At two months of age, Bella is kidnapped while the nanny walks her and her sister through the the streets of London. The kidnappers are a group of muggle criminals hoping to demand ransom for the child after her kidnapping is reported in the newspaper; however their plan goes awry when the muggle paper never reports on her disappearance. Unsure of what to do with the child, they talk her to a village outside of London where she's cared for.

Spring, 1869 | It isn't too long before they all begin to notice strange occurrences that only seem to happen when the baby is upset. After putting up with it for a few months, one incident spooks them into abandoning the baby in the village park. Bella's cries are quickly noticed by a passing couple, who brings the child into their home and, after days of trying to find her mother, assume she's been abandoned and vow to raise her themselves. She is given the name "Matilda Draper", but Bree will henceforth still refer to her as Bella as not to confuse the reader, and most importantly, herself.

1877 | Muggle riots take place as word of the magical world manages to find its way into their small village. While unsure that their daughter fits the description of a "witch", the Drapers are aware of Bella's abnormalities and ensure she is hidden during the period of the uprising.

Summer, 1880 | Bella's family is approached by a man—a very odd-looking man—who claims to bring important information regarding Bella and her future. He brings answers to the years of questions the family has; Bella is not merely an unusual girl who brings unusual activity where she goes, but instead a witch.

September, 1880 | Bella goes off to Hogwarts. While she does expect her life to change, she could have never imagined how much it does. Upon beginning the sorting ceremony, she discovers another girl who looks nearly identical to her in appearance. While Bella has little clue what it means, the other girl surely does. It is revealed that Matilda Draper is in fact Annabelle Scrimgeour, the daughter of Argus and Media Scrimgeour who had been kidnapped almost twelve years prior. While initially expecting to be welcomed into the family with open arms, both her natal parents—and all her natal relatives that come to see her—look upon her with cynicism due to her upbringing in the muggle slums.

October, 1880 | As her twelfth birthday approaches, Bella is informed of the death of her grandmother, Arista Scrimgeour. While she isn't exactly given a reason why, she swear she can hear mumbles about "the shock of the girl's return was too much for her".

Winter, 1880 | When Christmas break comes, Bella is not allowed to go see the Drapers and instead is picked up by the Scrimgeours. Their insensitivity towards her situation becomes clear when they make it clear that she will not be returning to her muggle family.

Spring, 1881 | Unlike most muggle-raised students who spend their first term excitedly exploring the magical world, Bella becomes withdrawn and asocial. She does not make friends very well apart from the few Gryffindor girls in her year—such as Cora Van Helsing— that show her kindness. She tries her best to bond with her identical twin (who does her best to greet her with bubbly chatter and kind smiles), but Bella ends up viewing her twin as what her biological parents wish her to be.

Summer, 1881 | Her first full summer with the Scrimgeours is not at all ideal. She learns more about each member of her family, and much of what she learns does little to comfort her. Her father, a former auror who retired after being tortured, is emotionally unstable and has a tendency to resort to threats and verbal attacks when angered. Her mother, though not mean on her own accord, does little to defend her children against their father's wrath. Her identical twin sister does little to defend herself, and her elder brother seems to always be away from home. Bella gets into trouble on multiple occasions for back-talking and disobeying her parents, leading to the beginning of a tumultuous relationship with her parents.

1882 | Bella enrolls in Arithmancy, Divination, and Earth Magic as her electives. The second proves to be her favorite of the three, and though she has no "inner eye", she's good at giving answers the professor wants.

Summer, 1885 | Bella takes her OWL examinations and later chooses to continue with the following NEWT-level classes: Alchemy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration.

Autumn, 1885 Alchemy is the biggest pain in the ass class Bella has ever taken—even more so than the Flying class she swore was going to end her life before her first year.

May, 1887 | Bella takes her NEWT examinations and graduates.

Defence Against the Dark ArtsEE
Earth MagicA
History of MagicP

June, 1887 | After spending less than a month at her sister's side as a debutante, it's obvious the stress of society, combined with the constant conflicts with her father, is not well for her health. After speaking with her mother (who in turn speaks with her father), her parents decide to send her to live under the care and supervision of her maternal aunt, Laverna Flint, in Dorset. Her Aunt Laverna, though carrying  a surname that intimidates Bella, proves far easier to handle than either of her parents, even convincing her parents to allow her to work as a healer with the explanation that allowing her some freedoms would likely make her far more agreeable. As such, she takes up an intern position in the Potion and Plant Poisoning department of St. Mungo's.

July, 1887 | Bella continues working at the hospital and strikes up a friendship with her cousin, a former Hufflepuff who was in her year. Though the two girls had known of each other's existence, a close bond had never formed between them while at school.

Autumn, 1887 | As the year progresses, it's apparent that her Aunt Laverna was right—being given freedom to make decisions of her own has made her far less moody and far more friendly. She manages to befriend many of her coworkers, and proves more sociable as events with her cousin.

Spring, 1888 | After a series of Witch Weekly articles regarding her rumored relationship with Reuben Crouch, Bella finds herself actively choosing to pursue the relationship by running off with him for an evening in Ireland. There, share touches and kisses that would have her labeled a whore by society in an instant if anyone were to find out. (Art Pettigrew apparently does, but that proves to have little impact on things.)

Her father takes the tabloid rumors too seriously, and, after confronting her at her Aunt Laverna's home, attacks her — and, unfortunately for Bella, leaves lasting scar damage. She runs off to stay with the MacFustys and is subsequently fired for not showing up to work for a week. Fun.

After writing to the aurors to inform them that she is indeed alive, she's taken to St. Mungo's and her father is arrested. Rather than reconcile with her family, she runs off to Shere, Surrey—the village where she was raised—and takes up residence in the local inn. After refusing any further connection with her family (and thus, giving up her social and financial support), Bella fell to the working class.
❧ Her... she's fairly notorious at this point.

❧ She has an identical twin sister named Araminta, who is exceedingly more proper than she is.

❧ Bella was kidnapped from her upper class, pureblooded family at the age of two months and was raised by working class muggles. She was only reunited with her biological family after being sorted at Hogwarts.

❧ She went MIA between April 23rd, 1888 and May 11th, 1888 after being tortured by her father. She was subsequently discovered alive and her father was arrested for "aggravated assault" (1) against her.

❧ She freely wanders the streets of... everywhere without a chaperon on a regular basis.

❧ Bella was fired from St. Mungo's in late April of 1888 after not showing up to work for almost a week.
❧ She and her family are generally assumed to have a tumultuous relationship.

❧ She's been suspected of having a scandalous relationship with Reuben Crouch (1 | 2)
❧ Most of Bella's life is an open book, and while she may claim to keep secrets, just an ounce of prodding, a trustworthy demeanor, or a little bit of alcohol in her system is enough for her to spill her secters with you.

Except that the rumors regarding her and Reuben Crouch were largely true, and that she ran off with him to Ireland where she received her first (few) kisses.

❧ Her father was a former auror, and his own torture by a dark wizard led to his early retirement. Sadly, the incident left him unstable.
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❧ I prefer faster-paced threads, as some of my character's plot-lines move quickly enough to where the outcome may make no difference if it takes too long. I tend to respond quickly; if you feel I'm taking too long, don't hesitate to nudge me!

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Terpsichore Van Helsing

Bella's best friend from Hogwarts.

Regina Lacey

Bella's other best friend from Hogwarts.

Tilda MacFusty

One of Bella's school friends. Her family took Bella in when she was tortured by her father in April of 1888.

Gemma Simpson

One of Bella's school friends.

Clarissa Cosgrove

One of Bella's school friends.

Richard Gladstone

Bella's (now former) coworker and the gentleman she's been crushing on during the last year.

Reuben Crouch

Bella's ex-something. They weren't really together, but she gave him her first kiss. He called her "Rebel".

Arthur Pettigrew

The best friend to the above, and a particularly annoying one. He calls her "Irish". She poured her drink on him and he stuffed her splinched finger in a jar afterwards. It was fun.

Fletcher Langley

Bella's (now former) boss at St. Mungo's. Their relationship turned awkward after he confronted her about the romantic feelings he thought Bella had for him.

Charles Jameshill

Bella's former "boss-boss". He fired her from St. Mungo's when she failed to show up to work for a week.

Araminta Scrimgeour

Bella's identical twin sister (and arguably the better half of the two).

Argus Scrimgeour

Bella's abusive father whose decision to torture her led her to flee home in April of 1888.

Julius Scrimgeour

The only member of Bella's natal family she actually loves enough to miss while away from home.

Lucille Flint

Bella's maternal cousin, best friend, and pseudo-sister over the past year while she lived with the Flints.

Bella Scrimgeour's Signature
I burned the bridges without regret.