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Winifred Wilde

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Winifred Wilde

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Call her Freddie, because calling her anything else might get you hit.

Carries a surprising amount of knives hidden on her person. Also has a small hand gun (and knows how to use it). She’s only ever pulled the gun out on someone once, and the situation definitely warranted it.

Freddie is an animal whisperer– as in, she freaking loves animals and she will make friends with every animal she comes in contact with because fuck yeah, animals are more awesome than people.

She rides a motorcycle that may or may not be stolen.

In fact almost everything Freddie has on her was probably stolen. She only carries enough stuff with her that can fit on her bike. So ever so often she has to get her hands on some new clothes or toiletries and that tends to involve some petty shoplifting or stealing people’s laundry off a line.

She never wastes money on hotel rooms and chooses to just camp outside. Freddie has a sleeping bag and a durable popout tent for when it rains. when she wants to clean up, makes due with gas stations, rest stops, and if she’s feeling fancy; breaking in to someone’s house when they’re not home.

Brief History

Freddie was found in a basket at a State Park in one of the picnic areas wrapped in a blanket pinned snug with a note. It read: Please take care of our little Princess Winifred. There was also a bit of gold and a few items in the basket, but those “mysteriously” didn’t make it to the orphanage along with the baby.

When no one claimed the infant, they dubbed her Winifred Park (after the location she was found) and made arrangements to get her adopted. Generally, babies are very easy to place in good homes, but Freddie did not seem to have the best luck. She had a few health issues that required hospitalization, (ex: pneumonia) likely from her who-knows-for-how-long basket camping in the woods, and adopting couples struggled to deal with it. During her child years she spent her time in and out of foster homes or group homes.

Around 10 she was adopted by a wonderful couple that she adored very much. For the first year everything seemed to swimmingly, but then the cracks in the facade started to show. The couple had adopted because they thought it would help their marriage. (Children was a big issue, but she never really had a chance to find out why.) When they got divorced, Freddie was used as a weapon and tugged back and forth between them. Eventually social services stepped in and back in to foster care she went. They never even bothered to check in on her again. It’s something she’s still burned about.

By 13 she just stayed in a group home with other teens. They were supposed to go to school, get part time jobs, and learn to support themselves… but Freddie had a few not too good influences. Getting in trouble was the cool thing to do. Vandalizing, stealing, partying, being wild in general. Through a few mistakes and moments taken too far (some even landing her in kid-jail), Freddie learned a lot about surviving bad situations and what she considers is right and wrong. She doesn’t pretend to be a good person but there are things you just don’t do.

During these escapades, she had a sweetheart she thought the world of. Many foxy things happened and then something went terribly wrong. DID SHE GET PREGGERS? I DON’T KNOW GUMMY, PERHAPS OR PERHAPS NOT?

Freddie took off on her own around 16. Did not graduate high school, did not collect 200 dollars. (Okay, she did, but she stole it because she needed the bus money.) She got herself a fake new I.D. and changed her last name to Wilde instead of Park. These years were kind of a mess of choices. A lot of events had her thinking about where she’s been and where she was going in the future. Freddie began to wonder more seriously where she came from.

Personality

Freddie is light and airy marshmallow on the outside with a bitter dark chocolate center. Growing up an orphan kind of messes with your self worth a lot. She had parent issues because they abandoned her practically in the woods. Parent issues because of the people who sent her back to the orphanages. Parent issues with all the people who skipped past her. Relationships have been a problem too. Lost ties with potential siblings and people from schools she never stayed at for long. Fake friends who got her in to a lot of bad situations and then bailed when it was convenient. Pseudo-boyfriends that were jerks or only interested in going to pound town. These things all contributed to making her feel like a person who wasn’t really worth the time.

Somehow, though, there is a little light of hope in her. Maybe because there were a few precious moments where she did connect with someone. Moments where she was happy and hopeful about life. Any time her thoughts start going dark or life looks bleak, she holds on to that feeling and pushes through whatever is going on. Freddie still doesn’t believe she deserves a happy ending, but the hope is still there deep down that it’s possible.

On a day to day basis, she’s a clever and charming girl. Charm can get you just about anything if you know how to use it.

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