Near the beach on the south side of the island is a very nice house that's all whites and blues and glass. It has a great view that peeks at the ocean from behind a pool and slide and a massive garden. It's nestled between a few lime trees and a well-loved pomegranate tree. From the street, it looks perfect with its white irises and immaculate lawn. This is where Ceci grew up with her two sisters, brother and parents. It was a miserable life. Tycan, the eldest, left when he was eighteen, nose bloodied and carrying a sobbing fourteen year old Cecilia. They left behind a seventeen year old Nestelle and a six year old Sara, the favourites. They would always bitterly miss Sara and regret being unable to take her with them. They also left behind a very drunk Maren Norelle, their father. Their mother was only six months dead and Alvira, also known as That Bitch, had been only three hours moved in.
For the next ten years, Ceci and her brother would live with their great-uncle Lyndsay, a famed baker, and life would be good. Ceci would drop out of school but nurture an immense love and talent for cooking, particularly baking, and study obsessively about biology and folklore. Tycan would go on to college overseas and return during the holidays with presents, stories and a sense of joy about him that Ceci had never seen when they lived with their father. One day, he would return with a girl named Navutrise when Ceci was seventeen. When she saw them together, she felt as if he was alive for the first time and she was happy for him, if terribly jealous. Tycan would get his Ph.D in Comparative World Literature and return to the island to marry Navutrise and live happily ever after as a teacher with a beautiful cottage home and a son on the way. And Ceci would be happy for him, if a bit lonely on movie night.
When Ceci was twenty-four, she would be alone for the very first time. Uncle Lyndsay would die in his sleep at the age of eighty-seven when the cancer that he'd battled for four years would finally take him. She saw her sisters for the first time in years at the funeral. Her father had declined to attend. Nestelle would look beautiful and proud and perfect in her black pant suit, severe even for a lawyer. Sara would look like a ghost of her former self. The once treasured princess was a doll smeared with make-up to hide the bruises that Ceci could see by the way Sara moved. Looking at her sister, who still had her mother's fey green eyes, Ceci wept more for her than her uncle's passing. After the service, Sara would be swept away by her beautiful guardian who never once acknowledged Tycan or Cecilia's presence. Tycan offered to have Ceci live with him and his family but she shook her head, hugged him and drove back to the loft apartment that had been the only real home she'd ever had. She then cried herself senseless for the better part of two hours. In the morning, she would wake up feeling empty but strangely refreshed.
And so, Cecilia came to be a baker, particularly a wedding cake maker. Her uncle bequeathed to her the loft, just enough money for her to pay off the mortgage, and the bakery. She would eventually hire two regular guys, Tristan and Nathaniel, to help keep the place tidy and run the store. She'd then hire a somewhat silly girl named Jessica to take care of the front end and adopt Tristan as her pet, confidant and assistant in the kitchen. Nevermind that he was a full foot taller than her and twenty seven, she topped him. She got a cat to help ease her growing loneliness and then another to ease his during the day when she was at the bakery. Ceci would end up spending Thursdays at Tycan's to see her nephew and help a very pregnant Navutrise, make them dinner and they would all enjoy a movie before bed. Life would be simple and sweet again and she would be happy. If a bit lonely.
Ceci isn't really mean, just easily annoyed and very vocal when she is. She actually has a great deal of patience considering she goes from neutral to annoyed in under a second given the right string of words, but has never chewed anyone out that didn't really deserve it. It's not about how long it takes her to get annoyed; it's about how long it takes her to get angry. Ceci rarely actually gets angry, or even frustrated. She's an insane perfectionist and extremely hard on herself but not others and does her best to be fair. She's a bit of a snob when it comes to her areas of interest. She's been called uptight and a stickler for rules, but can loosen up given time. Ceci is the Queen Sarcasmos and a big fan of inventing creative insults and threats but she really can't take criticisms or any kind of heat and a lot of off-hand comments get under her skin. She embarrasses very easily for someone who doesn't mind telling people everything about herself. Secretly, she's a sweetheart and puts a little extra love into all of her cakes. Secretly, she's very lonely and wants to fall madly in love with someone. Secretly, she cries all the time in private.
Empathy: superior (rank 2)
Empathic powers that sometimes translates into some vague form of clairvoyance. Having no formal training or ever having tried to hone her powers, Ceci doesn't even really know what to make of her ability to know what people want better than they do. The clairvoyance generally scares her and makes her a bit timid about people touching her. It's generally very subtle and her uncle and brother always encouraged her to use her "intuition" to help her when she was cooking. So far that's gone very well for her.
Emotion Control: standard (rank 1)
- Ranged Attack
- Area Affect
To a small degree, she seems to be able to project her emotions on to other sensitive people. She hasn't noticed this very much but she seems to be able to channel into Tristan and Marcus. Mostly likely this is because Tristan is around her near constantly and Marcus is only a baby. With Tristan and sometimes Tycan this seems to happen even when they are apart.
Acrobat: standard (rank 1)
A bit wild by nature and in need of an exercise routine that didn't force her to do laps, Cecilia ventured into amateur parkour and has had relative success. She was once a gymnast and she finds it very rewarding when she manages to overcome a new obstacle map planned for her by Tycan. She's trying to get Tristan to try it. Purists have called her a free runner due to her tendency to do flips for the sake of fun, rather than being perfectly efficient.
Sense Fear and Pain
Danger Sense: standard (rank 1)
Fear and Pain are two of the most intense easy to recognize emotions for Ceci, probably due to her childhood experiences. While she can sense all of the emotions fairly well, these are the only two she can sense from a fairly large distance. For example, her family lives across the city from her but if one of her sisters was in a panic, she'd probably be able to sense this. In a way, it allows her to know when the people she's most keenly attuned to are in trouble.