ST. JOHN, PHOENIX Mar 5, 2015 0:21:14 GMT -5
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Phoenix Emrys St. John
Though Phoenix has only lived a short ten years, in that time her individual personality has managed to shine through to all those she encounters. Having been brought up in a loving, relatively normal family, Phoenix was taught to dot her ‘I’s and cross her ‘t’s and that’s exactly what she does. She’s incredibly polite for a girl her age and is quite articulate. Through her love of reading she has managed to acquire an interesting vocabulary and loves to add more words to it every time she has the chance. She is constantly questioning the world around her, wishing to know more about it at every turn. Due to her relatively sheltered life the past few years, her thirst for knowledge has grown and continues to as long as it isn’t met. From wanting to know how a technology works to wanting to know everything about her shift animal, Phoenix has a desire to learn. Most likely this has stemmed from never really having a chance to go to school.
The other trait that may come from simply being tossed into shifter life so early is her innate shyness. While she is more than happy to talk to people she already knows, Phoenix isn’t particularly fond of anyone she doesn’t know. She trusts Bear to be a good judge of character, and chooses her allies based on that. For the first little while knowing someone Nix will remain incredibly quiet and only ever speak when she has a burning question or thought. It takes her a long time to warm up to people and trust them completely, but once she does they have her complete loyalty. Even then, however, she still isn’t incredibly talkative unless on a topic she’s very passionate about. Phoenix is instead introspective and prefers to be left alone with Bear and her thoughts.
The rest of this young shifter’s personality is yet to be discovered and developed in the latter years of her life. There is certainly a lot about Phoenix that is waiting to be revealed but that will all come with time.
Phoenix Emrys St. John was born the youngest of nine siblings to a couple in New Zealand. She would never have thought that her parents, Bronwyn and Avery, loved her any less than they loved any one of her siblings, though they did have love her for less time. Majority of her younger years were spent simply following around Meade, her older sister, trying to adopt whatever tendencies the elder girl had. To Phoenix, Meade was perfect, and therefore she was the elected role model. She chose Meade over the eldest sister Honora simply because there was less of an age gap. The thirteen years between herself and the eldest sibling made it difficult for Phoenix to connect to her, though she loved her older sister dearly.
Being the youngest, it was only normal that Phoenix gained a higher level of attention from both her parents and siblings. Everyone seemed to dote on her and whilst Phoenix loved it, she did also enjoy having some time to herself. She instead made them into useful sources of information and kept everyone entertained with her endless stream of questions. Her siblings were more than happy to oblige and keep the youngest informed.
She was perhaps too young to really notice Aunt Helena’s fixation on Honora, though she feel somewhat jealous of the attention. At that age Phoenix had wished to have everyone paying attention to her, even if only for brief moments, but Aunt Helena was completely disinterested. When frustrated by this, Phoenix would find herself at their next door neighbour’s house, playing with the girl there who was only one year her senior. She and Rosie got along like a house on fire and in those young years they grew close. Rosie was an only child and the large family intrigued her, just as Phoenix wondered how it felt to be the only one in the family.
At four years old, Phoenix was simply too young to understand where the other baby had come from. At first she thought it was her younger sibling, but it soon came to her attention that the baby was something called a nephew to her, and he was Honora’s child. Whilst she didn’t understand what it all meant, she thought he was cute and figured he was permitted to stay in the family. When she voiced this to Meade, her sister laughed and told her it wasn’t Phoenix’s decision, but the young girl thought otherwise. Surely everyone in the family had to agree if they wanted to let someone else in.
Her sweet innocence was soon torn away from her sooner than Nix would have ever thought. She was young when it all happened and the memories are not completely clear. She remembered it being incredibly tense in the house and everyone talking in dull whispers. Then the house was on fire and they were all gone. She followed the others into the new house and waited for her parents.
They never came.
They had to go again but Phoenix was tired. She had no choice though. Sometimes her brothers would take turns carrying her when the terrain was particularly difficult or she became too tired to continue. Nix had no idea where they were going or why and for reasons unknown to her, no one would answer any of her questions properly. Eventually she just stopped asking and did what she was told.
She shifted for the first time during that period of time. Her thoughts had run away from her and consumed by panic over everything that had happened she found herself in an entirely new form. No one acted surprised, they simply told her she needed to practice shifting so that it would be easier. That only made Phoenix even more scared.
She was just starting to get used to everything when Aunt Helena became very ill. Phoenix heard her siblings call it pneumonia and it sounded bad. She found out later that it was just that. Aunt Helena passed away. Phoenix didn’t cry, she simply held Meade’s hand and closed her eyes until someone led her away. Phoenix silently wondered if her aunt had even really loved anyone other than Honora. It didn’t matter though, she was gone and Nix only had her siblings.
Six months later the family was torn apart. Phoenix was only aware of her non-shifter siblings being led away somewhere by Isaiah, but then Honora and Meade were gone. All she wanted was to see Meade. Osborne and Nolan tried to get her to stay back but then she was aware of Osborne being thrown somewhere. She saw him fall in the snow, limp and unmoving. Tears filled her eyes and she couldn’t see through the blur. Then Nolan was no longer beside her. Once again the fear gripped her and she was a bird, then she was flying but she struggled. At six years old she barely knew her human form; flying was difficult.
The next thing she new Nora was beside her and then they were back with Meade. But then Nora left. Phoenix cried out for her sister but Meade told her to follow instead. Turning away, she flew after Meade, her heart pounding, everything in her being telling her she was to blame for Honora being taken. It was her own idiocy that took her sister away and split the family. Now all she had was Meade. When she was younger that had been all she wanted, but now she longed for her entire family, even cold Aunt Helena.
The pair house hopped and tree hopped for a while, mostly staying in their shift form. Meade shoplifted food and taught Phoenix how to do the same. The younger girl was useful since no one thought she could be capable of theft. However their luck soon ran out and they were caught. The owner of the shop, Maya Sergeant, questioned Phoenix, completely in disbelief that such a young child could be proficient at such an act. Overwhelmed by everything Phoenix broke down and spilled every detail, leaving out the key piece of information. Despite being young, she had a feeling it was the family’s strange talent that had caused all their strife.
Thankfully Maya was kind enough to take both Phoenix and Meade in. She was unable to have children but had always wanted them, despite being a single forty year old. Within six months the pair had been legally adopted. Phoenix was given the chance to officially go to school, though she was older than the students in her grade since she had started so late. Unfortunately, she withdrew a little and due to her shyness was unable to make a large amount of friends. She mostly gravitated to Meade whenever she could. If this annoyed the older girl, she kept it well hidden from Nix.
Phoenix loved living with Maya. She got all the attention she craved and Maya even gave her a computer so that she could research all she wanted on anything she wanted. It delighted the young girl to no end and she absorbed knowledge about the strangest things in the world. She researched all about her shift animal too, wanting to know just what she might be capable of. She wanted to be able to fly properly, not like that day on the mountains.
Meade agreed to help her in secret since they still believed they couldn’t tell Maya. They trained whenever they could and Nix slowly got better at shifting and flying. The wonderful bliss continued up until just before Phoenix’s ninth birthday. Their happiness was cut short when Maya caught they practicing. She had come home from work early to surprise them, but instead found two strange birds in her back yard that abruptly turned into her two beautiful girls. Meade and Phoenix tried to explain, but Maya interrupted, telling them it was okay and she would keep their secret.
UNIT came that very night. Stolen from their beds Phoenix cried out. In sheer panic she called each of her siblings by name but none answered. She cried out for Maya and Meade then but even as her world went black she heard no answer.
Testing hurt. Phoenix could never quite tell how long she was in a cage or being poked at, but she remembers it too well. It was during that time that she met Bear. He seemed to be working for the keepers, but the kind dog took a liking to the little girl in the cage. After a while the keepers simply couldn’t get him to leave his post in front of her prison. He would growl when they approached her and he even tried to bite one of the scientists as they went to open the door.
During the night Nix would stick her hand out of the bars and stroke his long, soft fur, hearing him murmur kindly in response. She knew Bear couldn’t hurt her. That’s what she had named him, because the Newfoundland was brown and large just like a Bear. He protected her too, and he was her only friend now.
Perhaps the keepers thought it would be a fun experiment, or perhaps they really did have consciences. Either way, after months of testing, Phoenix was released into the dome with Bear right beside her. The dog barked harshly as the keeper transported back to the labs, and as soon as he was gone Bear turned expectantly to his friend. Phoenix was unsure what to do, so she did what her family had done so long ago, she walked.
Phoenix didn’t know how long they walked for. When she got tired Bear would let her shift into her bird form and sit between her shoulder blades. He seemed to sense that she didn’t know where she was walking to so he simply walked where he thought they should, all the while keeping her safe from harm.
It was only a few days after being dropped that Phoenix and Bear were found by two rogues. It was lucky too since Nix would’ve been about to starve to death. Angel and Gabriel took a liking to Nix and felt obliged to help her. She was fed and given some clean clothes and some water. Bear watched them carefully but he seemed to trust them enough so Phoenix did the same. The pair became like surrogate parents to her, caring for her and teaching her how to stay alive in the Menagerie. They explained it all to her and for once in her life she understood. The pair felt that there was no point in keeping secrets from her, it was safer that she knew it all.
Now ten years old, Phoenix and Bear have been travelling around the dome with Angel and Gabriel for about three and a half months. Nix has come to the understanding that it’s very likely all of her siblings are dead, but she still lives in some kind of hope. Whatever the case, she and Bear feel safe with the pair so that’s where they’ll stay until Phoenix has found any of her remaining siblings. Despite the safety of being with the rogues, being with family is far more important to Nix and she knows that’s where she truly belongs.