90s mean girl.
Mental Attributes: Perception 2, Intelligence 1, Wits 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Charisma 2, Manipulation 3, Appearance 2
Mental Skills: Investigation 1, Law 1, Occult 1, Rituals 1, Instruction 2
Physical Skills: Alertness 1, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Dodge 1, Intimidation 2, Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 2, Kailindo (Punch) 1
Social Skills: Drive 1, Etiquette 1, Leadership 3, Stealth 2
Backgrounds: Allies (mage cabal) 2, Kinfolk 1, Pure Breed 2
Merits: Perfect Balance, Animal Magnetism, Concentration, Iron Will
Flaws: Short Fuse
Gifts: Persuasion, Razor Claws, Salmon Leap
Physical Description: Annie is 5’6", lithe and toned from how much time she spends at cheer practice and competitions and working out when she’s not with the squad. She’s rarely seen without her blonde hair in a tight high ponytail, swinging from side to side as she struts down the halls. Usually she wears her cheer jacket and an A-line skirt, and typically wears blindingly white tennis shoes. Her wardrobe is mostly pastels, particularly pink, with the occasional neon pink item slipped in for sneaking out. Deceptively sweet voice. Smells like Tommy Girl.
Personality: Annie is skilled at manipulating the people around her — teenagers or the adults they spend their days with. She’s ambitious and eager to get out of Rockaway on a cheer scholarship, but that’s not the only reason she’s the prototypical mean girl. Annie is struggling with a deep-seated fear that she’s not like everyone else — in a bad way, not a good one — and it’s the fear that her peers will realize this that prompts her to lash out. If she’s clawed her way to the top, no one can tear her down — right? (Nature: Bravo; Demeanor: Alpha)
Habits/Mannerisms: Snaps a hairband against her wrist when impatient and/or trying to calm herself down. Digs her nails into her palms for similar reasons. Smokes when trying to relieve stress, which these days is often.
Background: Annie has lived her whole life in Rockaway, California — same town, same street, same house. The room is mostly the same, too, though the decor changes every year or so as she gets older.
In elementary school, Annie befriended Ashley, Brittany, and Melissa, and quickly became the leader of their little gang of four. Annie first felt her taste for blood on the playground when she realized other kids were bullying Ashley over her weight; Annie took it upon herself to become Ashley’s protector…less because she cared that much, and more because it was a way to satisfy the anger and blood-lust without looking totally wild. She was pulled into the principal’s office more than once, but always maintained that she had been acting to defend her best friend.
To try to give Annie an outlet, her parents forced her into sports: gymnastics, soccer, softball, martial arts. She liked gymnastics best, and in middle school, joined the school’s cheer squad. Her natural leadership (and intimidation) rocketed her to captaincy in 8th grade, and by that time she’d dropped all her other sports, dedicating herself solely to cheer. She dragged Ashley, Brittany, and Melissa with her, though she took it far more seriously than the other three did.
When they got to high school, naturally, the four of them made it onto the high school cheer squad — well…three of them did. Ashley, despite a great tryout, was excluded; the then-captain said she just wasn’t good enough, but it was obvious it was yet another weight thing. Rather than beat her up on the playground, Annie chose a different tactic: fear and intimidation. She fought hard and dirty to get Ashley onto the squad, and in the end succeeded.
Thanks to the squad’s work at football games, Annie began to get to know Jason Johnson, who had been her neighbor for years but whom she had never really spoken to. He thought she was hot; she was flattered by the attention, and knew the fastest track to high school popularity was to be cheer captain and date the football captain — and she had a strong feeling that would be JJ sooner or later. When he finally asked her out, she reacted with pleasant surprise rather than excitement, but the two have been together since.
Of course, this is the thing: between 10th and 11th grade, Annie went to cheer camp. One night, her cabin snuck out to a clearing in the woods with illicit alcohol. She drank, and was dared to kiss one of the other girls. Though she found the idea totally disgusting and protested profusely, she did it — and suddenly her lukewarm feelings toward JJ made sense. Annie is still coping with the discovery she’s made about herself — specifically, her realization that her long-lived fear that she isn’t like everyone else…is real. But being a lesbian is wrong, and unnatural, and Annie is trying to stamp it down once again, to persuade herself that she loves JJ and wants to be with him. And she does love him — just as a friend. But ever since that night at cheer camp, the anger has been coming back up. Annie is less in control of her emotions than ever, but now she’s cheer captain, and so she has to maintain a tighter ship than ever. Sooner or later, though, she’ll crack.
Internal Conflicts: Lesbian but terrified of admitting it to herself. Cares a lot about JJ, but is afraid to hurt him.
External Conflicts: Pissed at Ashley for vying for the captaincy that Annie believes was always rightfully hers — she sees it as ungrateful. Also, most of her peers don’t really like her!