December 21st, 1861
| In the shortest labor yet, Nathalie Cecile is born to Cecil and Brielle Jennings. The young muggle couple resides in Hampshire. Despite her short labor, Nat is born ironically on the longest night of the year, late in the evening.
| Younger sister Annabeth, is born.
| This July, a strange man shows up on the steps of the family home with information about a magical school that David has the opportunity to attend. Nobody has ever heard of it and the family rarely spoke of it, but it’s hard for them to deny that there have been quite a few inexplicable incidents around the home. Unsure, but willing to give it a chance, the Jennings send Steve and he comes home an enthusiastic student with enthralling stories about Hogwarts.
| Nat displays her first sign of magic, healing a fresh cut on Jim's hand after he slices himself on a nail in the fence. This sparks an interest in taking care of others for Nathalie and also seals the fact that she too will be able to attend Hogwarts like her brother! It however, sends Jim into a panic and freaks him out.
| Robert goes off to Hogwarts, having also shown magic.
| Nathalie finds an injured bird in the garden. The poor thing has a mangled wing and Nat adopts it, nursing it back to health, though the little bird never flew again, it lived in the family’s indoor atrium and greenhouse.
| It should be Jim’s’ turn to head off to Hogwarts, but no letter arrives for him. Secretly he is very pleased as the things that happen around their house kind of freak him out and he had little inclination to learn magic- how weird!
| Steve graduates from Hogwarts and takes an internship.
School Year 1873-1874
| Finally it is Nathalie’s turn to head off to Hogwarts. Steve and Robert both tell such adventurous tales of the school that she does not share Jim’s apprehension. Her quiet, inquisitive nature lands her in Ravenclaw. Nat is unsure of the placement, feeling like she is not quite intelligent enough to meet the standards.
School Year 1874-1875
| Nat starts to feel more at home, enjoying classes like Astronomy and Potions. She’s rather reserved and soft spoken, but find Hogwarts and all of its opportunities to be absolutely thrilling. Robert graduates.
School Year 1875-1876
| Nathalie chooses to add Arithmancy and Earth Magic as her electives.
School Year 1876-1877
| A heartbroken Ann is left distraught when no letter arrives for her from the school. The family had never seen her display magic, but Ann was still holding out. Bitter, she distances herself from Nathalie. It pains Nat to see her sister like this, but there is nothing she can do and the separation of school only widens the gap between the once-close sisters.
School Year 1877-1878
| Continuing to excel in school, Nathalie has proven an aptitude for Potions and Herbology, along with a nurturing heart, she is finally becoming a little more outgoing, though is still hesitant in social situations. OWLs arrive and Nathalie learns she is right on track to become a healer. The idea sparks a desire to see this through, though she is unsure as to whether or not her parents will let her pursue a career. The founding of Hogsmeade and its own hospital only add to her desires.
School Year 1878-1879
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS
HISTORY OF MAGIC
| With NEWTs upon her and like any good Ravenclaw, Nathalie buckles down academically. She strives to make a healing career happen and pushes herself to do well with her studies so she can prove to her parents she can do it. She chooses to only keep Arithmancy, Charms, DADA, Herbology, Potions and Transfiguration for classes.
| During a summer season event, Nathalie meets a shy muggle physician by the name of Deveraux Buckley. The pair hit it off, though Nat knows nothing can come of it for a while yet. She has never considered herself a romantic, but finds herself starting to think that way, endeared by Devereaux’s kind and generous nature. It’s tough to keep her magic a secret, but she carefully constructs a replacement boarding school for Hogwarts. She hates having to lie to him, but knows she cannot tell him.
School Year 1879-1880
| Seventh year brings about a set of very serious conversations with her parents. At Christmas break she informs them of her intentions to become a healer. They tentatively agree, but insist she will debut and wait a year before starting her internship. Nat agrees because she never imagined that she would be given even that much! Meanwhile throughout the year, Nathalie and Devereaux keep in touch by letter. His stories from the hospital only serve to deepen her wishes to work at the hospital.
| Nathalie debuts, though has honestly found herself smitten with Mr. Buckley. It appears her affections are returned as by mid-summer he has asked for formal permission to court her. Thrilled that she may avoid going to pursue a career and marry instead, her parents quickly accept.
| Tragedy strikes when Devereaux is killed in a terrible sailing accident. Word reaches Nathalie that he had already gotten permission to ask for her hand upon returning from his trip. Utterly heartbroken and dejected, Nathalie takes the loss very hard.
| It takes several months for Nat to come back to herself and she makes the decision to go on with an internship. She is accepted into the Magical Bugs ward at St. Mungo’s hospital, rather than Hogsmeade. The dedication to this new phase in her life drives Nathalie to be better and make the most of what she can do. In the year it takes her to complete her internship she does little else, driven by and focused on her goal keep her from dwelling on the past.
| After a year-long internship, she is made a full healer in the ward. Having something to look forward to every day has rekindled her vibrancy, though it is still quiet. To appease her parents after a year off from the social scene, she begins to attend events again.
| At a St. Patrick’s day event held by her mother’s side of the family, Nathalie meets a very charming wizard by the name of Kingston McAuliffe. Extremely hesitant, Nat puts him off for quite a while. She’s tried to harden her heart against any future heartbreak, but she cannot help but to be softened by Kingston’s extreme cheerfulness and constant attention.
| Naturally thrilled, Cecil and Brielle accept a courtship offer from Kingston, though Nathalie is still hesitant.
| It takes him a long while, but Kingston finally breaks down Nathalie’s remaining walls; his approval of her healing chief among the things she likes about him. Nat accepts his proposal, finding she cares for him, though cannot say she loves him
like she loved Deveraux. She insists on a lengthy engagement however, hoping that love blooms out of the affection.
| With her wedding set for the middle of the month, Nathalie is shocked and embarrassed to learn that her fiancé has run off with his own butler
just a week
before her wedding. Her mother does her best to stem the public attention it receives, but crushed yet again, Nathalie swears off of men completely, thinking that she will be quite content to be a healer and a spinster for the rest of her life.
| David decides to relocate to Irvingly, a little town settled after Hogsmeade. Nathalie decides to go with him, though it takes both of them to convince her parents to let her go. They hire a chaperon, though it is Nathalie who finds the middle-aged witch to accompany her.
| Nathalie is finding the mixed muggle and wizarding town of Irvingly to fit her very well indeed and continues to work at St. Mungo’s, entirely focused on her craft and nothing else.