With clear blue eyes and a pale complexion, Elsie hardly finds herself attractive. Her face is a soft heart shape, with long lashes and subtly pink cheeks and lips. Her long, chestnut-colored hair won't hold a curl, as the current fashion demands. She tends to leave it plaited, though tendrils escape of their own accord. She tends not to pay attention to the fashions of the day simply because she is too busy reading; she wears what her mother gives her and goes by what her older sister wears. She's been told her appearance can be rather alarming, especially when she turns her round, wide eyes on you over the cover of a book. She's slender, though of a little below average height (5'0'), neither of which are really to her advantage. She feels that she is drowning in the few nice dresses she has, but looks like a boy in her every day frocks. It'¢s a wonder to her if somebody will ever find her attractive enough to court her. She smiles and blushes easily and likes to laugh, which lights up her features. She is right-handed for both writing and wand work.
: Stella Walsh marries Vincent Beauregard in a small family ceremony in Liverpool, England. Vincent manages a small felt of ships for an international shipping company from the port and Stella has established herself as a local governess.
December 6th, 1861
: The couple welcome their first child, Bentley Maurice.
February 14th, 1863
: Adella Alice joins the family as the first girl.
May 13th, 1866
: Another girl joins the Beauregard family, Elsie Violette is a shockingly quiet infant, her wide blue eyes always observing her surroundings. She is a fairly easy baby, though does not always like to sleep.
March 12, 1867
: A second boy joins the family, Harvey Vincent is a much louder and rambunctious babe.
: Elsie displays her first sign of magic when she assists her pregnant mother in putting up the Christmas decorations by levitating a candle into its place on the tree.
May 23rd, 1871
: Twins join the family, Owen ---- and Charlotte Jane are the last additions to the already large Beauregard family. Shortly after the twins are born, Stella starts tutoring Elsie and Harvey in basic reading and mathematics skills. Elsie shows a quick aptitude for reading and begins to absorb as much information through books as she could. Elsie had always enjoyed listening to her mother or older siblings read aloud to her and became even more enthralled with it once she could do it herself. She developed a sincere affection for fairy tales from an early age, though eventually found a fondness for non-fiction as well.
: Shay Ross becomes a late addition to the Beauregard family as a ward. He was disowned from his own muggle family for his magic and the Beauregards take him in as their own. He heads off to school in September of the same year where he was sorted into Gryffindor.
: Bentley goes off to Hogwarts and is sorted into Gryffindor with Shay. The two had become fast friends in Shay's short time in the family and Bentley enjoyed having another boy his age around.
: Adella follows Bentley and Shay to Hogwarts where she is sorted into Hufflepuff. This year Vincent takes on a more involved position in his company and begins traveling more often. Elsie takes this harder than most of her siblings as she had always been a bit of a daddy's girl.
: Upheaval in the magical community causes the Beauregards to reconsider their living situation and the family relocates to Hogsmeade just before Elsie starts school.
School Year 1877-78
: Elsie joins her siblings at Hogwarts, in a surprising turn of events in which everybody expected the bookworm to be sorted into Ravenclaw, Elsie joins Shay and Bentley in Gryffindor. She is at first baffled by the Sorting Hat's decision and feels very much an outcast in red and gold. However, she excels at her schoolwork, as expected and eventually settles into her house, despite her original hesitation.
School Year 1878-79
: Harvey enters Hogwarts and is sorted into Hufflepuff. Shay graduates and begins his auror-in-training program at the ministry. He moves to London.
School Year 1879-80
: Elsie adds Ancient Runes and Arithmacy as her electives. She excels in her classes yet again, even with the enormous workload. Bentley Graduates and begins an apprenticeship on High Street with a local craftsman.
School Year 1880-81
: Adella debuts and graduates from school and finds a job at Twilfit and Tattings as a seamstress. Her first season does not produce a courtship, but she is unperturbed, enjoying her new occupation. Lucinda also graduates from Hogwarts and begins a position at the Post Office.
School Year 1881-82
: Elsie starts off the year very much the same as the others. She does very well academically and not so well socially. Somehow she manages to catch the eye of Somerset Agrippa and the two become tentative friends, though Elsie is oblivious to his original intentions. Things become tricky that December when Grip is accused of rape and subsequently expelled; Elsie does not believe this is true and continues her friendship with him despite what anybody else might think. That winter Bentley's friend Winnie falls very ill and spends quite a bit of time at the Beauregard house while she recovers. Bentley proposes to Winnie in February and the two start an adorable engagement. Shay's auror position pulls him abroad, though he often writes home. Els also befriends another housemate, Tybalt Kirke that spring and the two are fast friends, despite having been in the same house for five years, though Elsie still struggles with knowing when Tyb is teasing her (which is almost always). Her owl Grades come out exactly as she expected, after a ridiculous amount of studying.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS
HISTORY OF MAGIC
: Bentley is drafted for the Hogsmeade Trail Expedition, he and Winnie struggle personally and ultimately their engagement dissolves. In August Grip causes a huge fire in Bartonburg which engulfs an entire house. He decides to leave the country and Elsie gets one last letter from him before he's gone. Elsie spends most of the summer volunteering at the Hospital where she meets Adam Parker.
School Year 1882-83
: Back at school Els tries to move on from losing her friend and dives right back into her NEWT classes. Elsie discontinues taking Runes and Astronomy. She is taking the maximum amount of NEWT classes, but figures her lack of a social life and ample studying time allows her to work harder at her academics. She and Mr. Parker exchange a few letters and see one another a couple times, but things fizzle out despite her crush on him.
School Year 1883-84
: Bentley is lost in an apartment fire in Boston, sending the entire Beauregard family into a deep mourning. Elsie breaks down, relying on her friends for support as she tries to pick up the pieces. Mixed with her grief over Bentley, Elsie realizes some unintentional feeling for her best friend Tybalt Kirke. She tries desperately to bury them but things culminate in a post-disaster Coming Out Ball situation in which they reveal mutual feelings. Graduation leaves her working at her close friend, Odira's (or her husband's rather) bookshop while she puzzles out starting a teaching career.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS
HISTORY OF MAGIC
: Elsie begins working at her friend's bookstore after graduation to avoid being an actual debutante, much to her mother's chagrin. It suits Els though as she loves books. She also starts shadowing her mother in her governess position in hopes of soon finding her own.
: A misunderstanding between herself and Tyb on New Year's Day sees them fighting and not speaking for months. Elsie blames herself of course and tries to bury everything, though she misses her best friend. They reconcile in the spring and find themselves in a very tentative and even more secret relationship.
A pregnant Odira goes missing! Elsie is worried sick for her friend, for months on end. She is found (and gives birth!) in October of that year, though she has no recollection of who she is or even that she's a witch! Elsie very tentatively and patiently tries to rekindle her friendship with Odira in the hopes that her friend will be alright!
Marianne elopes with her beau, Jesse Hatchitt in October as well! Elsie is the witness for the nuptials and could not be more excited for her friend, though she will miss having her best girl friend living with them.
November and some (innocent!) irresponsible decisions have Elsie telling Tyb she loves him. It's very important, OKAY?
: Elsie, inspired by Odira, changes her career path and takes on a junior librarianship at the Crowdy Memorial Library in London and she couldn't be happier with that.
Adella marries Philip Calendar in May!
A New Year's Eve snowstorm leaves Elsie trapped for several days at Tyb's house. It's very... confusing for Elsie. On one hand she thoroughly enjoyed getting to have all that time together, but on the other it makes her miss it more than she would have expected. It gives her a glimpse of what they could
have, but Elsie is entirely unsure about that being even a remote possibility for her...
: Els continues to work at the library and is very quietly content with her life... for now.
incredibly bright; studious; a bit shy and a little naive; awkward; caring; loyal; selfless; hard-working; protective; often insecure; natural worrier; warms up to people slowly; likes to laugh; true friend. ISFJ on the Meyers-Briggs.
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Elsie let out an involuntary chuckle. Forgiving him was far too easy, she really out to get better at giving him a hard time about teasing her like that, but she knew she'd never be able to. Of course she blushed thinking about something ridiculous as a plaque or a statue. No, she rather liked her quiet corner of the grounds very much as they were. Drawing attention to them would lessen the magic and the memories in her opinion.
"It's mine, I don't want to share it." Well that wasn't entirely true, she would be very picky about who she shared it with and that was restricted to her present company. "I think a plaque would just invite people to be rebellious." She glanced at him with just a hint of mischief in her blue eyes. There really were a lot of fond memories in this very spot. Elsie had always wandered that way to read or study when she just needed to be by herself. Then of course there was that time they went splashing around in the shallows and her debut after that. As much as it had been her spot, it had slowly slid into becoming their spot, before they were actually a thing. Just thinking back on those memories made her smile wistfully, looking out over the lake again.
Glancing back up at the glow of the party, she thought that the last thing she wanted to do was go back up there, not when they had such a wonderful opportunity to spend time exactly where they were. She wised every event could be a masquerade, the anonymity made things so much easier! With nostalgic idea in her head, Elsie set her mask aside and easily slipped out of her shoes. They may as well make the most of it!
Gathering up her skirts, Elsie pushed off the ground, thankfully partially obscured by her beloved willow trees and waded into the cold water of the lake, letting out a little huff of shock. "Well, are you going to join me or not?" It wasn't the first time she'd said that to him and she suspected she already knew the answer.