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Meredith's earliest memories are of the orphanage. Some nights, when the darkness takes hold of her mind, she will try and remember her parents, what they looked and sounded like, but all she can bring to mind are memories filled with pain and horror and the sounds of children sobbing softly in the night. The sobbing never stops.
Life in the orphanage was harsh. The building was old and dirty. Wind would blow in through windows that wouldn't shut properly. The food was simple and unappetising. Tough, uncaring nuns who would beat the children for the smallest of indiscretions filled Meredith's nightmares throughout her childhood. The conditions forced her to become tough, to bear the harsh surroundings, to stand up for herself and the other children. Canings were regular for Meredith, a result of her continued battle against the nuns, and a scar on the back of her legs serves as a permanent reminder of her struggle.
It was shortly after her first caning that the strangeness began to happen. To begin with it was disappearances. Over the course of several years, two children and three more nuns simply vanished without a trace or explanation. Fearful for their safety, Meredith tried her hardest to find the two orphans. The nuns she couldn't care less about. One, a little girl, she managed to track down to a nearby park where she was sleeping in a groundskeeper's shed; the other she never found. Sometimes, objects would begin moving around rooms of their own accord; windows would smash for no reason. The other children were scared so Meredith tried her best to calm them. She was pretty sure some of the nuns could have done with her help too.
At Fifteen, Meredith decided that she too needed to escape the orphanage and during one stormy night she climbed out of her bedroom window and disappeared into the night. She moved from town to town taking any kind of low skilled work she could find. Waitressing in diners, cleaning out toilets, whatever it took to keep her fed and safe at night. She didn't know what she was moving towards but she knew what she was running from. And she never forgot the little boy that she failed to save.
Wherever she goes in the country, though, she always comes across cases of strange goings on that the police have given up on. Of young men and women who have disappeared right from under the noses of their loved ones, of frogs falling from the sky, and strange noises during the night. She reads about them in the papers or overhears chatter between mothers drinking coffee. It's become a kind of hobby of hers, piecing together snippets of information and chasing clues and trying to find the answers during her lunch break at the diner, or during her nights at the hostel before she passes out from exhaustion. The fact that she hasn't found anything yet doesn't dissuade her from trying. People are scared and they deserve someone trying to help them, even if it is only a homeless teenage girl. Talents:
Can withstand cold and a certain amount of physical pain well. Strong reasoning and problem solving skills. Can brew a mean cup of coffee and makes amazing pancakes.Flaws:
For all of her outwardly projected toughness and bravado, Meredith is quite fragile inside. She is haunted by her experiences growing up in the orphanage and sometimes feels the stress and fear overflowing inside of her until it becomes too much to bear. She is a kind person but her kindness could be taken advantage of.Notes:
Meredith is a heavy sleeper.