Midnight Masquerade Skeleton: The Nosy Maid
Name: Annette Girard
Marital Status: Single
Personality: Annette is a bit of a gossip monger. She enjoys knowing bits and pieces of peoplesí lives and sharing it with others to discuss the possible ramifications and benefits. She wants to always be the loop. For Annette, knowledge is power, and she wants it all. Annette is also proactive and constantly keeps herself busy, because she absolutely hates to be bored. She always tries to busy herself with something, whether itís cleaning or chatting, as long as sheĎs doing something, sheís happy.
History: Annette Girard comes from a typical middle-class, American home. She excelled in school, because she immerged herself in her studies to stay occupied. She graduated high school with honors and finished college early at the age of twenty-one with a double major in Folklore and Sociology. However, due to government expenditures, there was no grant money for sociological research for Annette or any of her colleagues. After more than a year trying to get a job with any government agency, Annette was reduced to being a maid for the Blackwell.
Despite Annetteís reservations to becoming a maid, she found herself fascinated by having an insiderís perspective on the world of the rich and fabulous. When it was opportune, Annette would take advantage of listening to the masterís and mistressís conversations. She was positively entranced by their decisions. Annette realized that the rich followed specific set of rules and ethics, but the mores of the rich were radically different than the rest of the society. In the United States, neglecting onesí children was punishable offense, but it was an every day event in the Blackwell household, along with white collar crimes and near-open affairs.
Day after day, Annette became more fascinated by the family, attempting to analyze their behaviors and responses while keeping a diary of the household events. For Annette, the Blackwell become her own secret experiment group. She would reveal the ideology and behaviors of the extraordinarily wealthy lived, a secret strongly kept away from most Americans.
However, last Halloween, Annette was pleasantly shocked to be invited to the Halloween Masquerade as a guest and not as a waitress. She couldnít even begin to hypothesize why Ms. Blackwell would even suggest such an idea. She assumed that the Ms. Blackwell was going to try to humiliate her in some sort of way; they never really got along very well. Ms. Blackwell seemed always suspicious of her, but it was practically open knowledge that her husband was having an affair. Annette attributed Ms. Blackwell suspicious nature as a defensive mechanism sense it was obvious that her marriage was falling apart at the seams, but Ms. Blackwell never allowed herself look anything but content with artificial happy smile across her face.
During the Halloween party, Ms. Blackwell did attempt to humiliate and elude to Annetteís low status work, but in polite society, it didnít continue very long. Annette had excused herself for some fresh air when the master and mistress of the house were murdered. She wasnít exactly shocked or sadden by their deaths, considering everything both of them were doing, it was only a matter of time before someone took matters into their own hands.
With such high profile individuals, Annette was sure that they would declare a murderer, but not even after months was a murderer claimed. Annette continued to work in the house, collecting her precious data on the twins and their reactions to the murders, but life continued as if nothing dramatic had happened. The death of the parents were treated like a business transaction, impersonal and polite, as the names on bank accounts and estates were transferred into the twinsí names.
A year has past since the event, and Annette was shocked to find another little white envelope sitting her mailbox: an invitation. There hadnít been any talk of a party or a ball this Halloween. The twins were becoming more inventive and secretive, she concluded. With the mysterious murderers still hanging in the air with hundreds of unanswered questions, this yearís Midnight Masquerade is sure to be the most interesting yet. Annette could hardly wait to watch the show.