Olivia Pendelton

Description:

This is a work in progress and I am re-wording/re-working some of my aspects. I’ll have it done by Sunday though! (Updated Saturday May 28, 11:34)

Skills:
Perception 3
Streetwise 2
Academics 2
Occult 1
Survival 1
Larceny 1

Stress:
Wealth 3
Health 3
Composure 3

Aspects:
Alone but never Lonely
Everything in Its Place

The writing is on the wall.
The meek shall inherit

If these walls could talk
I love a man in uniform

You made this mess, now clean it up
Home sweet home

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
One to bring home to mama

Bio:

Phase I:
No memories of her father. Hears stories later about how he left for some dirty whore. Olivia’s mother had been working overtime to help pay bills when he started his affair. Olivia’s mother felt that if she had been a better “woman”, a better housekeeper, cook, organizer, provider, that he would have stayed. From that day forward, Olivia’s house was spotless, bleached, minimal, stark. Olivia became friends with the kooky old lady down the street. Kooky Old Lady’s house was fun, like an indoor playground with something new around every corner. It was full of pillows, stuffed animals, art, newspapers, broken things that no one else wanted. Olivia went to school and came home to the cold, empty house as a latch key kid, while her mother was working. Instead of staying home alone, she would go down the street to visit Kooky Old Lady and became good friends with her. Olivia began to go on adventures in the neighborhood trash cans to find presents/goodies for Kooky Old Lady. When she came home smelling like trash, her mother would put her in the bathtub and scrub her with bleach. Her mother had strict standards for decorum and would put Olivia in her place swiftly and brutally. None of the other children went to Kooky Old Lady’s house as there were rumors of it being haunted.

Aspects:
Alone but never Lonely
Everything in Its Place

Phase II:
High school in Englewood was uneventful. She kept to herself. Had a 4.0. Did not talk to very many people. Was very interested in history, especially the history of objects.
Olivia’s 18th birthday present was getting kicked out of her house by her mother. Olivia came home to find all of her things neatly packed and stacked on the front lawn and a “sold” sign outside. There was a meticulously written note from her mother reading: “Do not forget to put the trash on the curb.” She stayed with Kooky Old Lady and decided to just live with her, in a little hidey hole that she was able to carve out. A few months later neighbors called the police when the newspapers outside began to pile up and they had not seen anyone come in or out of the house for over a month. When the police came, Olivia snuck out. They found Kooky Old Lady, deceased in her favorite chair, dressed, and made up. She looked as if someone had applied makeup post mortem, had brought her several plates of food that had not been touched, and determined that the house’s owner had been deceased for almost three weeks. The house was temporarily condemned and when Olivia inquired with authorities about it they informed her that they were looking for the person named in the will to inherit the house. Olivia was that person. It was court mandated that she clean up the house so that it would pass inspection, and she would be allowed to live in it.

While single-handedly cleaning up the house, Olivia found Kooky Old Lady’s stash of money from her social security checks. Olivia was able to clean the house without getting rid of very much. She put everything in plastic totes so that she could see what was in it and put detailed labels on every tote that listed everything that was inside of the box. She also took pictures of all of the stuff and made photo albums of it. With everything organized and all of the trash cleared out, the house became like a storage vault and it passed inspection. Olivia had used a good portion of the cash stash to clean and organize the house and needed to find a job. She began working as a night housekeeper at Alpha House Cleaning. She applied for and was accepted to Wright Community College into their history program. She began to delve into the history of many of the items she had catalogued in Kooky Old Lady’s house. Though many things were of value, Olivia had physical anxiety about selling the items. She also found that she needed to have a regular schedule of procuring more items or she would begin to feel lost and alone. She was feeling very comforted and settled in to her new surroundings, like she never had before.

Aspects:
The writing is on the wall.
The meek shall inherit

Phase III:
Achieving Dean’s List status in college, Olivia was invited to partake in an internship at the Chicago History Museum. She became very interested in a memorial exhibit for [Cory’s Character’s Family] that was displayed in honor of the death of [Cory’s Character’s Mom’s Name], an upstanding socialite of Chicago. With her paid internship she was able to leave the cleaning company and focus on school and work overnights at the museum. The rest of her time was taken up researching the [Cory’s Char’s Family and keeping up on her own collection at home, and sleep was a priority far down on the list. She begins to create a shrine to [Cory’s Character’s Family] in a cleared out corner of a room, especially dedicating a portion of it to [Cory’s Character].

One night while she is cleaning the exhibit, she dresses up in some of the heirlooms. She begins to have visions of [A FAMILY SECRET]. She is caught “in the act” and during her “vision”, and is speaking rubbish and blathering about what she had seen. She is examined and admitted to psychiatric care for sleep deprivation, given sedatives, and she sleeps for 3 straight days.

She is fired, in debt from her psychiatric stay, and put on academic probation from the history program at the college.

Aspects:
If these walls could talk
I love a man in uniform

Phase IV:
In debt from her psychiatric stay and no longer receiving federal aid for school, Olivia begins working double shifts at Alpha Cleaning. She develops a strong friendship with Marge, her elderly supervisor who has been cleaning for 50 years. Marge reminds Olivia of Kooky Old Lady, who she misses very much. Her friendship with Marge satisfies some of her loneliness and she is not acquiring as much items as usual during this time, but is still constantly maintaining her stock.

One night, Olivia’s attention is caught by something in the dumpster outside of office building she would be cleaning. She knew Marge would already be inside working, as Marge showed up a half hour early every night. None of Olivia’s watches or clocks worked (though she had over 25 different clocks and 50 wrist watches), and so was lucky to ever be on time, never mind being early. Marge never minded and always covered for her if she was late. Marge said Olivia was like the grand-daughter she never had. That night, Olivia knew Marge would be hard at it already, but she could not resist the urge to check what treasures might be held in the dumpster that had caught her attention.

Finding a broken picture frame, Olivia was satisfied that the delve was worth the trouble and tucked it into her apron pocket as she opened the door of the building with her key card. As she topped the stairs she called out for Marge, saying that she was sorry that she was late, but she had found something wonderful and wanted to show it to her. She found Marge, what was left of her, slumped against the wall, shot.

Unable to deal with the grief, Olivia experienced an odd reaction. She began to clean. She knew that Marge would hate to have left such a mess, so her years of professional cleaning obsession, personal issues and childhood scrubs with bleach all compounded so that when the police showed up almost an hour later, Olivia was still cleaning and scrubbing. The security cameras had come back online and all of Olivia’s cleaning was caught on tape. She destroyed much of the evidence and the culprits were never caught. The guilt of that piles on top of the rest of her issues.

She was taken in for questioning and held for several days in jail. It was a filthy environment and Olivia spent most of her time rocking to herself and trying not to touch anything. At times it looked as if she was listening/watching things that no one else noticed and would sometimes react, but did not speak to anyone or anything. After several days she was given a full psychiatric evaluation, and compounded with her admittance for sleep deprivation a few years earlier, it was deemed that she was not mentally stable enough to participate in the preliminary trial. She was released from jail to the psychiatric ward for a two week stay. After her two week stay she was brought before a judge for her court hearing.

The judge ruled that Olivia be released to her own house to be put under House Arrest for the next 6 months. Her mother was at her hearing. After not seeing or hearing from her mother or even knowing where she was, Olivia felt that her mother was coming back for her in her time of need. Her mother sneered at her while she was being led out and pointed at Olivia and snarled, “You made this mess, now clean it up!” Olivia wasn’t sure how she was going to do that, but did feel compelled to, hopeful that if she could, her mother might come back, and this time, might love her.

Aspects:
You made this mess, now clean it up
Home sweet home

Phase V
Most currently Olivia is on disability. She completed her house arrest and continues to have weekly sessions with her therapist that was court appointed during her house arrest period. She has court mandated community service to help her socialize and she volunteers at a neighborhood thrift store to fulfill that service. Though money is at an all-time low, her need for security and items is increasing. She finds herself tucking away items at the thrift store before they get catalogued, because those people wouldn’t appreciate them anyway, and she wants to give them a good home. She has also begun to shop lift small items from garage sales, flea markets and $1 stores.

She is becoming obsessed with her middle-aged, semi-attractive, court-appointed therapist and views their counseling sessions as dates, making meals, and dressing up, etc. for them. She is not improving much, but is intelligent enough to “fake it” through her sessions. She is becoming more and more heavily medicated by his direction and has quite the cocktail of government sponsored prescriptions.

Aspects
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
One to bring home to mama

Olivia Pendelton

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