SeparatedPrevious (Or current) Profession:
Owner of Trinkets & Tomes
, a rare book and antique shop
Thick, mahogany and curlyEyes:
Silver nose ring, though not always worn, navel ring, and a notable, rich South African accent layered through a voice like smoke and shadow
Kaya is a brilliant, enthusiastic girl who never lost the wonderment of her youth. Every new discovery is met with amazement, and every beauty in the world is meant to be fully enjoyed and appreciated. She can often be seen sitting in the small park across from her shop during her lunch break, eating her meal and watching the pedestrians, or the squirrels, or simply gazing up at the clouds in the sky. One side-effect of her utter wonder at the world is a distractability, and she has been known to cut off in mid-sentence, or wander away from a conversation altogether, simply because she noticed something that caught her attention. There have even been scares where she has unintentionally wandered into traffic, because she was staring up at the sky, or had her nose stuck in a book, and simply didn't realize she was walking into the street. She's energetic, and kind, always ready to lend a hand to those who need it. Her greatest pride is her shop, and she works very hard to make certain that it remains profitable for herself and pleasant for her customers.Background:
Kaya Solomon was born in Cape Town, South Africa to a fisherman and his wife. She was the fourth child of what eventually became seven, and she grew up with a strong sense of hard work, family and love. She was an average student, far more interested in going out and experiencing things, than sitting in a classroom and learning about them, even though she was quite clever. However, she tried her best and managed to make decent enough grades, and eventually graduated from high school at the age of eighteen.
She met her husband, James Sharpe, while he was lecturing at the local University. He had a PhD in Philosophy and Sociology, and was taking a sabbatical from his normal teaching job to spend a year in South Africa. The two hit it off right away, despite their fifteen-year age-difference and seemingly disparate personalities. They spent nearly every day together during the remaining eight months of James' stay, and the week before he was scheduled to return to America, James asked Kaya to marry him.
It was hard for her to leave her family, and her country, but the adventure of embarking on a whole new life with the man she loved was sufficient to quell the pain and fear in her heart. They returned to America, and James went back to work, while Kaya began to take business courses in order to realize her dream of owning her own shop. She believed that books and beloved items held within them the memories and emotions of those who had owned them, and she wanted to have a shop where she could help those cherished items find new homes with people who would care for them and add to their stored experiences.
James and Kaya's wedding was small, held just a couple of months after their return to America, with only a few of James' friends and family in attendance. And their marriage was a happy union...for a while. Kaya began to changes as she experienced a life apart from her family, and South Africa. America offered so much more freedom, and so many new things to learn and experience. Her personal growth began to put a serious strain on her relationship with James. He felt as if she were pulling away from him, and so he began trying to hold onto her tighter. This resulted in him lashing out with jealous accusations, irrational demands and emotional blackmail.
Kaya couldn't understand why her wonderful husband had changed, but she didn't like the person he'd become. She had only just discovered this new strength and freedom within herself, and suddenly he wanted to take it all away. He wanted to keep her from exploring her new life, and had even begun suggesting she should quit her classes. Two years after their marriage, when Kaya was 23, she and James separated when she packed a bag and walked out on him after a particularly awful fight. It was the first and only time he'd ever gotten physical with her, and though he apologized profusely immediately afterwards, the damage had been done.
She got herself an apartment, finished her classes and bought a small antique shop in the gentrified district of Glenside. She and James are still separated, and she has no plans to get back together with him for the moment. She dates other people on occasion, runs her shop and generally loves her life.
Of course, a few weeks back she got her flu vaccination, and then spent several days curled up in bed, cuddled into her fuzzy blanket, drinking chicken soup and feeling quite unpleasant. Once she recovered, she was right back in the store, feeling just as good as she had before the vaccination. She has yet to realize that shadows seem to shift around her, and twitch when she gestures. So far the manifestations of her symptoms are quite subtle, and since she doesn't watch the news, on account of the fact that it's always doom and gloom, and she avoids the paper for the same reason, the only information she'd gleaned on the disappearances and strange happenings in town are from customers and her employees. And she doesn't pay enough attention to small talk and gossip to have anything but the most vague awareness that people might be missing and something odd is going on.Symptoms:
Darkness Manipulation - SL1Hobbies and Interests:
Bookbinding - Part of her job as the owner of Trinkets & Tomes is to repair any damaged books that she feels are salvagable, and worthy of being saved. She's taken some classes to learn how to do the repairs herself, since she felt it was more interesting, and cost-effective, than hiring someone else to do it.
Cooking - Kaya loves to try out new recipes and she has her own small garden on her apartment balcony where she grows herbs and fresh produce and fruit in pots. She also has a knack for cooking off-the-cuff, as she calls it, which means grabbing various ingredients that look good and combining them into something delicious.
Running/Swimming/Biking - Kaya doesn't own a car. She's well aware of her own distractability, and knows that getting behind the wheel would likely be a very bad idea. So, she generally bikes to places she needs to go, or takes a taxi. Luckily, she lives in the apartment above her shop, so getting to work is never a problem. Even if she could
drive, she probably would still ride her bike, since she loves the feel of her blood rushing through her veins, the wind whooshing past her face and her muscles getting warm and tingly from the exercise. For these same reasons, she spends at least two hours a day running in the park across from her shop, or swimming at the gym.
OOC Ons and Offs: Check my O/Os in my signature. Kaya's tastes will run similar to my own. She's only ever been sexually active with men, namely her husband, but she is open to experiences with women. She's very inexperienced, due to being raised in South Africa and only ever having been active with her husband, who was rather vanilla. But, she's eager to experience new things and is a quick study.