Name: Laney Barrow
Appearance: Laney has the appearance of being the all American girl. She has long golden hair, stunning blue eyes, a dusting of freckles across the bridge of her nose, full pale pink lips, long neck, and delicate features, everything one would expect from the pretty girl next door. She just about always has a sweet smile always on her face.
Her build is that of a classically trained dancer, long and lean with a small waist. She is very well toned and graceful and strong. She stands at 5’7”, 120 lbs.
Occupation: College Student, Dance Teacher
Sexuality: She is unsure, but is attracted to both sexes.
Virginity(yes or no): Yes
Personality: Laney is a sweet, but shy, girl. She always has a friendly smile and word for anyone who approaches. She doesn’t go out of her way to make friends, but is graceful and charming when addressed. If she were more outgoing she could probably have been one of the most popular girls in school. She tries very hard to not make mistakes and to be as perfect as possible. Laney wants to make her parents proud, but everything she does is met with the attitude that her accomplishment is something that she should have done anyway, and nothing special.
Laney doesn’t have many friends, and hasn’t dated. She gets along with everyone fine, and has been asked out many times, but up until recently she devoted all of her time to school and ballet, leaving no time for a social life. Because of this, she had gotten the rep of being a bit of a snob. She is always nice, but many say she is fronting.
The thing is, Laney is fronting, but she isn’t hiding what people think she is. She is hiding depression and low self esteem and the fear she’ll never be good enough to make her parents happy. The one joy she had in life has been taken from her, and she is struggling to find inspiration. But she hides it all.
Laney’s life is not too abnormal. There are no deep skeletons in the closet, and too all outsiders it appears to be an ideal home. Her family is heavily middle class, with the three bedroom house and two cars. Both of her parents work, her father in construction, and her mother as a secretary. There have been no traumas, other than a trip to lake that ended badly with her almost drowning, leaving her with a fear of large bodies of water.
Both of Laney’s parents grew up poor, and both immigrated with their parents from other countries. As such, have made Laney work hard for anything she has gotten. She teaches dance to children for spending money, but only if it does not interfere with the plans her parents have for her future. Ever since she was a small girl they have made it very clear that she would be going to an ivy league school and she was going to be an engineer. They really want the best for their daughter and love her very much, they just believe they know best, and her wishes do not matter at this point in her life. They have taught her German and Dutch, and have required her to learn Spanish.
Laney has worked very hard to meet her parents high expectation of straight A’s in upper tier classes. She is a smart girl, but not a genius. The good grades take a lot of work and effort, and they do not come easy. She receives no praise for her efforts, as they are an expectation, not an accomplishment.
As hard as she has worked on her grades, she had worked harder on something else. Her dancing. In the efforts to raise a well-rounded child, her parents enrolled her in many activities when she was small. From her very first ballet class at the age of 5, Laney knew what she was born to do. Even at that young age she felt she was put on the earth to dance.
At first her parents were quite pleased at the dedication their young child could show a hobby, but it soon became apparent it was more than a hobby, or even a passion. It was an obsession. They tried pulling her from it, but she showed her only force of will, and refused to eat for two weeks, and would have gone longer if need be. They took her to a doctor, but it didn’t solve the problem. Eventually they agreed she could dance if, and only if, her grades did not suffer, and that she understood she would be going to college to be an engineer. Period. She agreed to their terms, and both she and her parents have held up their end of the agreement.
But over the past year, something happened. Laney started to feel pain in her right ankle. Extreme pain. She did the best she could to grin and bear it and not show her teacher or her parents, but soon she was unable to walk more than a few feet. A trip to a specialist revealed she had injured herself severely, and the added stress had damaged the joint. She could no longer dance.
Laney’s world fell apart. Her parents were relieved to see the distraction of dancing go away, and expected things to be smooth sailing in the course of their daughter’s life from there on out. Laney received shallow sympathy, but was told to deal with it and keep up her serious endeavors.
Not being able to dance has torn Laney apart. Unconsciously she has resorted back to the tactic of not eating when not being allowed to dance, and has started dropping weight. It is possible she could be becoming anorexic, though she denies it. She feels that she isn’t not eating because she doesn’t want to, but because she has no desire to. She eats some…but far less than she should. Some part inside of her is afraid of gaining weight and not having the ideal dancer’s body she is supposed to have.
Now she is left floundering. She works on her classes, and does what minor dancing she can in the privacy of her room and while teaching, but it hopelessly depressed. She does not share this with anyone, and put a good face forward, as it is just simpler that way. She has vowed to recover and dance again, but knows time is limited. If she hasn’t apprenticed with a company by age 20, it will be too late.
Items): Purse with the usual make-up/toiletry items a woman carries, key, gum, wallet, money, note-pad and pen, blackberry, and her Ipod Touch. A book-bag with textbooks, pens/pencils, paper, scientific calculator, bottle of water, and a trashy romance novel. Her dance bag with dance gear to wear while teaching.
Late Night: Suburbs