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Audrey Reyes; Production Value
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Name: Audrey Reyes
Gender: Female
Age: 16
Grade: Junior
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Theater, films, filmmaking, reading, video games

Appearance: Audrey is a fairly short girl of average weight, standing at 5’1 and weighing about 120 lbs. She has a healthy build, one that is closer to slim than anything else, though she certainly has a little fat - especially around the abdomen and thighs. However, she lacks muscles of any sort and views herself as something of a weakling, being unable to do even a moderate number of push-ups. Her complexion is clear and her skin tone is a light tan.

Her face is oval-shaped with round and rosy cheeks, a wide nose with a flat bridge, and thin lips that look constantly pursed. Notably, she has a small scar on the top of her left ear that she received when she was pounced on by a cat at a young age. She has jet black, somewhat short hair that is styled in a sort of wild pixie cut, though her hair still extends down the back and sides of her head to about chin-length. Despite its relative shortness, her hair is thick - though not thick enough so that she can’t run her hands through it. Her wide eyes are almond-shaped and a bright hazel in color. She has been diagnosed with astigmatism, which she corrects with colorless contact lenses. She often keeps a pair of wide-rimmed glasses on her person in the event that she loses her contacts. By all accounts, Audrey is attractive.

She enjoys a wide array of different clothing styles, ranging from extremely girly to almost tomboyish. Her tastes vary day by day and she often wears what she perceives best represents how she is feeling. She does have a proclivity for wearing skirts, oversized band tees, tank tops, and sneakers. On occasion, she’ll also don short shorts, hoodies, and boots. Both of her ears are pierced and are usually occupied by small earrings. Regularly, she puts on some light makeup, usually just eyeliner and light pink lip gloss.

On the day of the kidnapping, Audrey was wearing a white tank top underneath a tight-fitting light blue hoodie. She also wore a short denim skirt which accompanied her cream-colored Converse sneakers.

Biography: Audrey Reyes was born on October 5, 1998 in Manila, Philippines to the young married couple Rafael and Katherine Reyes. She is an only child as her parents decided it would be too difficult to support any more children. Rafael was a construction manager overseeing urban reorganization in Metro Manila, while Katherine worked as a maid. Neither job paid particularly well but few jobs did in the Philippines, and in comparison to other families, Audrey’s was fairly well off. Nevertheless, Audrey spent much of her childhood in the Philippines. She was raised in the Catholic faith and for many years of her early life was fairly devout. She was enrolled in a Catholic school starting in pre-Kindergarten where she made a good deal of friends and performed well academically.

From a young age, Audrey’s fascination with all things creative was clear, especially films. Katherine loved movies; in fact, Audrey was named after Katherine’s favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn. She shared this zeal for the moving picture with her daughter, who embraced it wholeheartedly. Audrey would spend hours upon hours watching old films on her family’s large, rickety television. She constantly badgered her mother to rent VHS tapes of a wide range of films from Top Gun to Aladdin to Star Wars. Her personal favorite was Jurassic Park. Soon enough, Audrey found herself imagining stories of her own, often playing them out by using her various dolls and figures as surrogate actors. Few of her friends shared her enthusiasm her passion for movies as many of them lacked a television. Furthermore, Audrey’s interest spilled over into the realm of literature. By the age of five or six, Audrey was already reading books far above her age level.

In 2005, Audrey’s father received a job offer from the American branch of the company for which he worked that afforded him an opportunity to work in New York City. It also paid a considerably larger amount of money than any job he could find in the Philippines. Needless to say, the entire family was elated. They were packed and ready to move by the end of the year. Audrey was excited. She’d seen New York City countless numbers of times in movies and television shows. To see it in person would be spectacular. But to live in the city of her dreams? She considered it a godsend. What Audrey was uninformed of, however, was that the job offer her father received was meant to be temporary, and a renewal of a contract with the American branch would likely mean a relocation elsewhere in the country, as the necessity of Rafael’s position in the company was contingent on provisional factors.

Audrey arrived in New York in December, just in time to catch the city in the midst of a blizzard. The cold was intense, the winds were ferocious, and snow was everywhere. Fortunately, Audrey’s family had rented an apartment in Brooklyn where they didn’t have to worry about needing to clean up the snow. They also lacked a car at the time, which worked out fine as both Audrey’s new school and his father’s area of work were within walking distance of their new apartment. Despite the winter’s largely negative effect on the New York populace, Audrey relished the coolness and softness of it all - taking as many opportunities as she could to play in the snow. The memory of her first snowfall remains fondly remembered.

However, Audrey’s school life would not prove to be as comfortable and happy. After being enrolled in the nearby public school during the middle of the school year, Audrey suddenly found herself out of her depth. While she excelled in her academics, social situations suddenly proved to be an unexpected challenge for her. She struggled with interacting with her fellow students as she did not yet have a full mastery of the English language like her classmates. While she was perfectly competent at understanding it, it remained a second language to her. She would, on occasion, fumble with her words or mess up an idiom or mispronounce something. Due to this, she was often perceived as awkward and would be laughed at or made fun of. Though she still managed to gain a few friends, they reached nowhere near the volume of what she’d previously attained. All of this drove Audrey to the depths of frustration and caused her self esteem to plummet.

As a result of her nerve-wracking experiences in school, Audrey retreated into a self-made shell constructed from whatever movies and books she could find. Instead of talking to other students at recess, she would sit in a corner reading books. She would rush home after school to take up a new distraction she’d found, video games. She’d spend hours upon hours mashing buttons on her Playstation 2 as opposed to interacting with others of her own age. When she didn’t feel like playing video games, she would saunter down to the nearest Blockbuster Video and rent a movie to watch. This all led to Audrey developing a very real case of social anxiety and social awkwardness as she lacked any meaningful interaction with children her age.

Throughout grade school, Audrey would spend hours practicing her English, speaking into the microphone of an old laptop her parents had bought her. She would listen to her voice, constantly annoyed at its seemingly irreparable accent. She listened to old radio plays or closed her eyes while listening to movies, just taking in the nuances of American accents. She focused specifically on actors and actresses that hailed from New York and held a distinct Manhattan accent. She would speak with her few friends, constantly asking them to critique her voice and how she spoke. Eventually, after months of doing this over and over, muscle memory had kicked in enough that she began speaking in a more distinctly American accent. It wasn’t perfect and it still isn’t, but the vast majority of her Filipino accent has disappeared under the weight of her somewhat forced accent.

A largely negative aspect, however, of her newfound accent was its effect on Audrey’s parents. Her mother and father were both fairly conservative and valued their national identity as Filipinos as being important. They did not, and likely will never, consider themselves to be American - not out of any discontent or malice towards the country; they simply consider themselves Filipino and not American, even after they and Audrey gained citizenship. Audrey, however, was different. She held little, if any, love for her home country. This lack of love for the Philippines came about for many reasons. She had a desire - a deep burning passion - to fit in and be just like everyone else. She blamed her home country for her inability to do that; circumstance had forced her into a seemingly unwinnable situation. To be Filipino in America was to be different and to be mocked, especially with her accent. She rationalized that in order to live in America, she had to be American. That would come with the additional boon of one day no longer being mocked for who she was - because then, she wouldn’t be who she was; she would be someone else. Considering her predicament, she found losing her old self to be a reasonable sacrifice.

This change in Audrey’s attitude towards what it meant to live in America riled her parents up greatly. There were large gaps of time when Audrey’s parents would refuse to speak to her because they were simply outraged and offended that she would put so much effort into, in their minds, discarding her home country. This upset Audrey, but she decided that she would keep practicing her accent. Her parents loved her - she knew this to be true. If they really did, then they would have to get over this part of her. Furthermore, this wasn’t the Philippines. Audrey believed that she had no obligation to act Filipino. She was American now, for better or for worse. Of course, Audrey knew there was no escaping being Filipino - her appearance would make sure of that - but she didn’t need to. She believed she could be racially Filipino, but still be mostly culturally American. It was a long time before her parents finally grew tired of resisting Audrey’s attempts at Americanizing herself - but they did and things steadily grew back to normality in the Reyes household, even if there was a lot more English being spoken at the dinner table than they would like. Still, this was the first of many conflicts between Audrey and her parents that would plague her over the years. The scars from this particular occasion never fully healed, but the Reyes family trudged on - simply hoping to never bring it up in conversation, lest there be ire raised about the issue again.

This dedication to further bettering herself proved to be one of her greater strengths, although it also reveals one of her most deepest-seated flaws. She judges herself and her worth based almost entirely on the opinions of others. She becomes increasingly neurotic, nearly to the point of obsession, if she finds that she is not what she believes she should be. Despite her new accent dominating her old, she found that she was still awkward in social situations and her relationships with her fellow students failed to improve. She discovered that she could only make friends with new students, though if they ever spoke to or became friends with those who didn’t like Audrey, she would quickly lose those new friendships. This, of course, did not help her self esteem.

When Audrey was eleven years old, she discovered something in which she would eventually find great interest. Her parents brought her along to see a production of Guys and Dolls on Broadway. As she watched the show, Audrey couldn’t help but feel amazed and inspired. When she walked out of the theater, she raved about it to her parents. Upon arriving at home, she immediately set her imagination to work envisioning a film that would follow up on the events in the musical.

The next big change in Audrey’s life happened when Rafael renewed his contract with the American branch of his company. However, this renewal of his contract required that he move out to San Diego, California. Audrey was once more elated. She took this as a sign that she was finally going to get out of the rut in which she had found herself while in New York. Though she loved the city, she would not miss those who’d made her school life and much of her time in the city absolutely miserable. This was a fresh start in Audrey’s mind.

So, while Audrey was in the middle of seventh grade, she and her parents moved to San Diego. Life in San Diego proved immensely different to life in New York. She once again enrolled in a local public school, but her interactions with other kids proved much more positive. For one, there was never any mention of her accent at all, of which Audrey became incredibly proud. Secondly, her ability to make friends seemed to increase by an incredibly large margin. Some of this was due in part of her conscious efforts to be less awkward. However, an even bigger reason for why she began to be more accepted was puberty. Audrey had always been very short; she was almost always the shortest in her class. While she is still short, she shot up quickly in height after celebrating her twelfth birthday. Not only that, but it became increasingly clear that she was blossoming into an attractive young girl - which surely did no harm in ensuring a more active social life.

Audrey was still somewhat awkward, however, and leaving her initial shell was an incredibly long-winded process. Her new friends would often look at her sense of fashion and dismiss her clothes, dragging her along to stores to buy new ones, which is where her interest in a variety of clothing styles sprung from. Similarly, they would bring her to concerts, movies, and other such events. As these sorts of things happened more and more, Audrey became more and more confident in herself. She became more sure that she was finally leaving the awkwardness and uncomfortableness that had dominated her life for so many years. No longer would she have to shove her face behind a book and pretend that she couldn’t hear what people were saying about her. No longer would she bathe herself in the light of a Nintendo DS rather than the light of the sun.

Audrey’s development continued as she began absorbing more and more about the world, rather than simply gorging herself on a glut of movies and video games. Due to various conversations and a large amount of reading, her devotion to Catholicism slowly began to diminish. She is still technically Catholic and prays on occasion, though her actual views shift closer to agnosticism than anything Christian. Audrey suspects that she would be even less Catholic than she is now were it not for the fact that her parents still drag her off to church every Sunday. Additionally, when Audrey turned thirteen, she suddenly came to the abrupt realization that she was attracted not only to boys but to girls. Audrey never made a huge fuss about her discovery of her sexuality, though she never told her parents that she was attracted to girls. She feared of what they’d think, considering their conservative nature. They were very devout Catholics - the sort of Catholics who were pro-life and against gay marriage. They weren’t homophobic by most definitions, but she knew that there would be misunderstanding upon misunderstanding if they found out that she was bisexual. They would come to accept it in time if they found out, she predicted, just like her accent. However, she would rather avoid any unpleasantness unless it was truly necessary, lest things end the way they did when she started forcing her accent. Still, Audrey had always been fortunate enough to never have been in a situation where it caused any problems.

Audrey’s life would take another swerve, however, when she discovered that her father would once again be relocated. She would have to move again almost immediately after graduating from eighth grade. At the time, this caused many problems between her and her parents. She was upset that the life that she had been steadily building in San Diego with her new friends was suddenly being swept under the rug. Still, there was little that Audrey could do. She still maintains contact with her friends from San Diego, however, over social media.

Audrey’s newest abode would be located in Kingman, Arizona and she would be enrolled in Cochise High School. The town was a far cry from the places that Audrey was used to. She had grown accustomed to the hustle and bustle of big cities. In comparison, this was a quiet and small village, and the silence that she sometimes experienced whilst in the town was almost deafening. Almost as consolation, Rafael and Katherine bought Audrey a video camera for her fourteenth birthday. Audrey was quick to make use of it. She would go around town, filming scenic vistas and passing cars just to get a feel for her new device. During freshman year, she was also swift to join many of the clubs pertaining to films and books.

Despite her initial distaste for the comparatively tiny Kingman, Audrey found that she quite liked Cochise High School. Grades-wise, she did very well as she had always done. Socially, Audrey discovered that her experiences in New York and San Diego had helped her become a much more well-balanced person that she was before. Her social awkwardness had not completely disappeared, as she sometimes still feels a little uncomfortable in social situations that are particularly intimate, and there still exist small traces of her old accent that Audrey tries very hard to stamp out when she notices them. In spite of these, however, the Audrey of Kingman was practically a social butterfly in comparison to the Audrey of New York.

Audrey also ended up joining Cochise’s drama club in her sophomore year. Though she had initially attempted to audition for a role in one of the plays, Audrey found that she was better off the stage than on. After she was rejected from the audition, she joined up with the stage crew, where she works with props and constructing sets. Additionally, Audrey also works with some of the tech, assisting with the lights and sound. Although she’s not had any success yet, Audrey wishes to petition the school to let her write and direct a play of her own. In addition to her involvement in theater, she’s also been active in the film clubs. Specifically, she’s been interested in making movies of her own and has recruited many of her friends - along with anyone who was interested - to be part of her cast and crew. She has filmed many amateur films in this way, and has presented a number of them to the film clubs.

Audrey has never had much of an interest in sports or anything to do with physicality. As such, she tends to steer clear of anything that has to do with them, especially since the kids that had picked on her the most in her youth were mostly boys who played sports. This has led to her weak physical form, as Audrey still largely prefers the indoors and doesn’t make too much of an effort to exercise.

Audrey had always found herself too focused on either improving herself or worrying about what other people thought of her to have ever formed a serious relationship any time before high school. Once she started going to Cochise, however, she began to open up a little more. Since then, she’s only been in two relationships, neither of which had ended particularly well. She has yet to be in a relationship with another girl. She is currently single. In the midst of Junior year, however, she has certainly been focusing more on acing her tests than finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Advantages: Audrey is certainly quite smart, having received high grades consistently her whole life. She is also very determined; if there is a problem that needs to be solved, Audrey will do all that she can to solve it. Additionally, she is quite creative and this may lend itself well to dire situations. She is also friendly and well-liked, lacking enemies of any sort.
Disadvantages: Audrey is not very fit, having trouble performing simple push-ups. Despite her progress in this regard, she still has subconscious fears regarding social situations and what people think of her. She can also get easily frustrated and angry if there is something that she cannot or fails to solve.
Edited by kervin555, Jul 24 2015, 08:16 PM.
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Hi Namira!

Pretty sure I cleared up all the issues that you wanted more details with. I added two extra paragraphs expanding on the effect her accent had on her parents (which contains some more stuff like Audrey's perception of her racial and national identity), as well as packing more detail into the paragraph that explains why she thinks it'd be a bad idea to tell her parents about her sexuality.

Thanks!
Virtua-SOTF - F05: Renee Murphy - The Broken Bird - "Until we find out, you're going to need me."
Threads: Holding Out For A Hero > Inexplicable > Rebel Without a Clue > While Rome Burns > Far From Home > Breaking Point > Swan Song > Still Red > Last of the Alderbrooks
Virtua-SOTF - M16: Patrick Reynolds - The Ingenuine - "Um, I think we're lost."
Threads: The Funniest Joke in the World > I Can Hear the Bells > From Where You're Kneeling
SOTF V5 - Bradley Edwards - The Spare - "Call me a cynic..."
Pregame Threads: Debates and Discourse
Meanwhile Threads: Above it All
SOTF V6 - Audrey Reyes - The Dedicated - "Get the camera!"
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