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User Image - Blocked by "Display Image" Settings. click to show.Name: Melanie Reynolds
Nickname(s): Mel
Age: 16
Sex: Female
Birthday: October 20
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Gemstone: Opal
Origin: Celeste-born and bred!
Bloodtype: B
Height: 5'3"
Bodytype: Short and skinny, but starting to put on a little weight. She's not in good shape.
Hair: Brown and short, a little bit in her face, like #257 here
Eyes: Round and blue.
Fashion: Modified second-hand stuff, with a sort of retro feel to it. She likes to wear a bit of makeup, too, sometimes - usually a bit of eyeliner and bold red lipstick. Funny, because she seems to try to hide behind her hair.

Personality Traits:
[+]Creative - Mel is good with her hands and has enjoyed making little crafts since she was a young girl. Since high school, her focus has become primarily buying second-hand clothes and modifying them, and has started trying to learn to sew her own things from scratch. Her room is still filled with piles of beaded thingies and folded paper trinkets and so forth. Melanie likes to collect little things where she can, and her creative mind helps her figure out how best to incorporate her findings in to her art projects. With non-artistic projects, Mel is capable of thinking outside the box, and while she may not always come up with the most efficient solution, her approach is certainly unique. Her shyness keeps her from stepping up to lead creative projects, but if a call goes out for people to volunteer to help with something for drama class or some school spirit decoration, Melanie is there.

[+]Kind - Though she is shy, those who do earn Melanie's friendship are often recipients of little baubles and gifts. She enjoys giving away little things she has made, and is not someone to expect anything in return. Things Mel offers are not always of use, and those who have known her a while can expect to accumulate all manner of little trinkets, but she does go out of her way to at least make sure the fused plastic bead coaster is all your favorite colors. She has not quite reached the level of confidence to pick up Starbucks tabs for random strangers on a whim or try to inquire if something is wrong if someone she does not know looks upset, but she will smile and hold doors at the very least.

[+]Low-maintenance - Not just a good trait to potential boyfriends (or girlfriends?)! Melanie is generally fairly self-sufficient in day-to-day tasks, and while she is not fully independent yet, still being in high school, her grounded, practical nature hints that she will likely have an easier time than some transitioning to adult life. She takes care of most chores without complaint, and does her own laundry. She also gets by just fine in clothes from second-hand stores, and wears little jewelry. Mel is simple in her material needs, and would get by just fine on a camping trip without gadgets or tons of material comforts.

[+/-]Sentimental - If you give Melanie something, she will treasure it forever. She does not break friendships easily, especially after how long it can take her to really warm up to someone. The woven friendship bracelets she got in middle school are still greying and fraying from her wrists. She may not like fancy things, but Mel likes having things, as reminders of places she has been and things she has done. The family refrigerator is covered with magnets she bought on various vacations, and her keyring has more keychains than keys (even with the recent addition of a car key!). On the plus side, her habits mean that Mel always seems to have a number of interesting things to incorporate into art projects, or is more likely than some to have whatever oddly specific item you might need. On the flip side, she has a hard time getting rid of old toys, throwing out old papers, and giving up old clothes (especially because she likes to have things on hand for scrap in her clothing mod adventures), and Mel also has a difficult time just letting go. She took most excellent care of Mister Bubbles when he was alive because that betta fish was her first pet, but seven-year-old Melanie spent a good two days crying when he moved on to fishie heaven. And if human friends slight her, she remembers not because she carries a grudge, exactly, but because she has such difficulty moving past the fact that the friendship is over.

[-]Sensitive - Mel can take criticism, but in small doses, and certainly not if it is overly harsh. Too much or too often upsets her. She also does not take well to loud people, or anyone who comes on particularly strong. Overwhelmed by large crowds, Melanie tends to be a shy sort of loner most of the time; most of her trouble making friends is not so much that she takes a long time to warm up to people so much as she generally just shrinks away from social interaction. Her shyness is not any sort of phobia relating to being outdoors or interacting with others - she has her anxieties, but she can still function in daily life. Mel tends to be a bit more softspoken, but she will ask for help if she finds she really needs it. Mel can also deal with tough situations as necessary, but prefers to avoid them if she can - she will still do her Christmas shopping at the busy mall if she has to, and would feel too bad to skip out on a group project - but she becomes an extreme wallflower. Going along with her low-maintenance virtue, Melanie operates under the assumption that if she does a good job taking care of her own part of the project, or works efficiently through shopping, for example, that she will more or less be left alone. Anyone who really rides on her, though, will almost certainly get tears.

[-]Unconfident - Her poetry is crap, her doodles are crap, her writing is crap, her sewing is crap.... Mel does not have a whole lot of confidence to speak of, because she excels primarily in art, but is decidedly mediocre in her other school subjects. Her frustrations manifest through self-deprecation, as she feels her inability to immediately master math or memorize history makes her stupid. Still, this does cause her to pour her heart into artistic things because she worries that it's the only thing she'll ever be good at, but also feels that it is kind of a useless skill. Mel does take personal pride in what she does, but her shyness and low opinion of herself rather hamper her ability to really strut her stuff. Compliments on her outfits are treasured and appreciated, but Mel still remains humble. A bit of success with sewing and jewelry-making has boosted her opinion of herself somewhat, as she has been able to actually sell a few pieces, but she still has quite a ways to go on the confidence front. Her parents try not to discourage their daughter in her ventures, and have always helped her take art lessons, but they have made it known that they are somewhat concerned about the idea of pursuing art as a career. Not because they think it is a bad idea, necessarily, but they really want their little girl to think long and hard on it before she goes off to art school.

[-]Disorganized - It would be inaccurate to say that Mel is an utter mess, because she does keep things like beads and thread and needles and pins neatly sorted and in boxes. Her method of sorting is just one that only she understands ... and is based essentially on remembering where she put something after the last time she used it. And that utilizes the entire floor of her bedroom. Melanie is one of those girls who can't remember what color her bedroom carpet is, and who has been known to lose papers and assignments in the depths of her binders. She tries to sort things better, really! Just the last time she cleaned her folders out, she ended up filing away an assignment that she hadn't turned in yet, and then of course she didn't have it when it came due.... Melanie hates it when people move her things without telling her, but is, of course, generally too mousey to really complain about it.

Hobbies:
Secretly, Clothing modification. Melanie likes to buy up things second-hand and make them her own, but she is sort of shy about the fact that she does a lot of the work herself. She also has little experience at sewing from scratch, but has tried a bit of it and seems to have a knack for it. Mel is also sort of unsure if she should be ashamed of her tabletop gaming habits ... but those are obviously hard to keep too secret if other people are required to play. Her best friend Serenity also totally counts as a hobby because they love doing everything they can together, sharing secrets and so forth. 'Ren is Melanie's best friend in the universe, and as soon as they are both 18 and their parents can't say no, they are getting matching tattoos.

Art is something else that is very important to Melanie. She writes lots of poetry and attends readings, but still has yet to muster the courage to step up in front of the mic herself. She also sketches and has dabbled a bit in painting, but for now, usually just sticks to her art classwork and various pictures for her tabletop games. She would like to go to art school when she finishes high school, but at the same time dreads it - Mel likes to thinks he has a knack for the creative, and she really does, but she is kind of intimidated by all the competition she expects to find in an art college.

Favourite Food: Sausage, because there are so many different kinds.
Least Favourite Food: Probably Thai cuisine; she does not like her food spicy, and she's allergic to peanuts, so Thai food is more or less the worst of both worlds.

School: Celeste High School
Grade: 10th
Favourite Subject: Art, or English if we're only talking about non-electives.
Least Favourite Subject: Math  

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