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helen king
marine • 33 YRS
ESTP
Occupation
marine
Nickname
helen
Pronouns
she/her
Sexual Orientation
heterosexual
Status
single
Partner
n/a
Riding Style
Western
Dewie
is
Morning Dew

Breed
aqh
Gender
gelding
Age
10
Disciplines
trail riding
Application
is Offline


Age
26
Pronouns
she/her
Timezone
GMT-5
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pm me! | discord
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leader
Helen King
TW: references to war and war wounds, swearing, references to flashbacks, raised in a catholic environment

Basics


Full Name: Helen Adelaide Joan King
Nickname/Alias: Helen or King
Date of Birth: November 6
Current Age: 33
Gender: Female
Pronouns: she/her
User Group: wellwader
Sub-Group: leader

Appearance


Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 125 lbs (She would be 151 lbs with her leg)
Scars or Marks: Missing her left leg
Tattoos or Piercings Large tattoo piece on her back
Face Claim: Margot Robbie

Personality


MBTI Type: ESTP
Likes: truth, facts, being right, adventures, running, proving people wrong, longtime friends, participating in marathons, humor, laughing, being outdoors, motorcycles, other marines, fresh homemade lemonade, horses, dogs, animals in general, swimming, kids, working out, journaling, bonfires, honey, kayaking, beekeeping, when the seasons change, helping people, pushing people to their limits and watching them become/do something they never could have imagined possible
Dislikes: dishonesty, weak wills, Starbucks coffee, snakes (both figurative and literal), when people expect results from effort they never put in, laziness, grudges, words without action, sexism, when people make assumptions, loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks, slamming doors, bright flashes of light, flashbacks, disrespect
Strengths: resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, loyal, bold, original, perceptive, sociable, hard-working, strong, generous,
Weaknesses: insensitive, impatient, risk-prone, defiant, distrusting, jealous, secretive, sarcastic, pushy, paranoid, snappy
Fears:explosions, building fires, loud noises, heights, people screaming, watching more people die. losing another limb
Aspirations: figure out where it is in this world that she fits now

Relationships


Romantic Orientation: heterosexual
Sexual Orientation: heterosexual
Relationship Status: single
Significant Other: none

Lifestyle


Career/Occupation: marine
Education: EMS Certification
Dream Job: unsure
Home Town: Salem, Orgeon
Religion: Christian

Equestrian Life


Preferred Riding Style: Western
Disciplines: trail riding
Riding Strengths: gentle hands, good communication
Riding Weaknesses: poor balance, loss of limb, new rider

About Helen

» Helen is the second eldest of her siblings.
Helen was born two years after her older brother. While she wasn't an unwanted or unexpected child, she still managed to come at a bit of a surprise to the couple who hadn't gotten pregnant again. Her parents were happy to have a brother sister pair not too close in age, then they got pregnant shortly after her mother had her, with another boy. Some of her siblings are more spaced out than she is, but they were all born within 10 years.

» She grew up in a very stiff environment.
She grew up with very devout Catholic parents, and while she knew that they loved one another, her, and her siblings, there was an awkward stiffness in their home. It always felt like there was a sword swinging above all of their heads, and she struggled in this environment as the energetic, smart, perceptive, and daring individual she was while growing up. She was always the sort to prove people wrong, and this didn't go over well in her home.

»Helen grew up with a strong relationship with her grandmother.
Growing up, Helen was close with her Grandma Tilly. The woman was a real hoot, and while seen as a bit eccentric the more she got on in her years, she kept it together until the day she died. She never lost her mind, or her ability for independence.

She was a wonderful woman, and Helen has nothing but the fondest of memories of her -- not of a perfect sweet and innocent grandmother, but one that had a wicked sense of humor and adventure and who encouraged Helen's. Grandma Tilly was the sort of person to sit back at a family reunion and take a look at the sheer number of people while laughing and saying "All of these people are alive because I got laid.".

Helen was quite fond of her, and it broke her heart when her grandmother passed away.

» It was a shock to her family when she announced that she had enlisted.
Helen grew up always rising to a challenge. Some of it was that she was surrounded with mostly brothers, but it was also a part of who she was. She always wanted to be something and do something with her life, and while her parents had dreamed of college for her, it had never been her dream.

Her desire to join the military had been her own guarded secret, so when she announced that she had enlisted, it came as quite a shock to everyone in family, except for her grandmother. Her parents were furious, and determined to change her mind, but she was eighteen and there really wasn't much that they could do.

» Her parents didn't speak to her for a month when she went off to boot camp.
Helen dealt with the first four weeks of boot camp alone. Her parents didn't send word, and while she heard other name called, she didn't hear her own. At first, she was angry with her parents, but she eventually came to accept that they just didn't understand, and she didn't need them to be her anchor, she needed to be able to make it on her own.

When the letter came, it wasn't only a shock to her, but also to other recruits in the room who'd never heard her name called before. At first she'd been concerned that something had happened, but instead she found a letter not from her mother or grandmother, but from her father.

» She is thankful that her Dad was an asshole.
The first letter from her father, and every one he wrote after, was filled with supportive and yet very obviously angry words. He didn't like the decision she'd made, but now that she'd made it and followed through, there was no turning back. Failure was not an option. She made her bed, and now she'd live in it. This was the future she decided on, her path, and she needed to be the best there was. Anything else wasn't acceptable.

»Helen worked as a military police officer.
During her time in the Marines, she worked as a military police officer. Her time in the military was quite enjoyable, and she was well into her career when the accident that changed her life happened.

»Helen was victim of a bombing while deployed overseas.
While deployed in Afghanistan, there was a bombing in the market, where she was assisting a young woman. It wasn't expected and took them all by surprise. Helen doesn't remember much of what happened, except for the flashes she gets. She lost her leg in the bombing, and also hit her head. She was evacuated out of Afghanistan and transported to Germany for surgery.

»Her grandmother gave her a kick in the butt about the loss of her leg.
According the Grandma Tilly, this was a risk that she knew she was taking, and while it was devastating, she wasn't allowed to let this keep her down. Because her grandmother was counting on her, and she was going to make her keep her promise to overcome anything.

»Grandma Tilly got to see her walk again before she passed away.
Overcoming the loss of her less was difficult, and then there was the physical therapy. None of it was easy, but her grandmother was right. Helen needed to move forward -- she couldn't wallow. So, she dedicated her time to getting back on her feet again. It happened just in time too, because she was able to walk across the room, without assistance, to her dying grandmother's bed side. And it was there that she told her "You were right. I could do it."

It wasn't just my leg ...

When Helen lost her leg, it felt like they'd taken so much more than that. Now that's she's back on American soil, walking, and participating in life once again, it's just not the same as it was, and she fears that she may never get it back. Because it isn't just her leg that's missing, but part of her heart. As she struggles to find her place again, she's going to be pushing herself, which also means pushing those around her. She isn't sure of who she is or what she stands for, but what she does know, is that she's going to find out.

Helen won't allow a disability to define who she is. She already overcome her missing leg in the physical sense. Now that she can both walk and run, it's about finding her purpose.

Not my husband

People have a tendency to see the purple heart dedication on her license plate of her truck or her over-sized marines sweatshirt and assume that both belong to her husband. Nothing infuriates her more. The fact that they make such assumptions is not only asinine but also incredibly offensive. Why does it have to be her husband that served? She struggles with this. It wasn't always easy gaining the respect of some of the men that she worked along side, but she managed to do it, but now that she's back in the states, she's struggling with civilians.

Most of them apologize and drop their head when/if they notice her leg and manage to put the pieces together. But being confronted with this so many times has left her frustrated.

What you see isn't always what you get

Helen works hard to keep up appearances. This was an expectation as she was growing up and it's one that she still holds herself to. So, while she does her best to appear okay outwardly, she's struggling inside with battles she can't even quite comprehend. She was diagnosed with PTSD and has been doing the best she can to cope using the tools she has, but it hasn't been easy. She doesn't do well with overly loud noises or sudden chaos. Because she does her best to hide it, it isn't always easy to spot that she's struggling until she hits a point where she can't cope anymore.

She's applied to TAV for a service dog, but was placed on a waiting list for 12 to 18 months, and is having to cope without one for the time being.

What do you mean your just popping by?

She's not quite sure what to make of her brother's arrival in Trader's Bend, and while she'd never admit it, she's just a little wary. The life of a traveling photographer means that he has the ability to pick up and go whenever he likes, but last she'd heard, he was talking of settling down with his wife and their baby, not anywhere near Montana. He says he's just popping by, but she doesn't believe it for a moment, and she's worried that he's going to attempt to try to tell her how to run her life, or that she needs to be closer to family -- neither of which are words she's ready to hear or fights she's ready to have.

About Helen

Helen has come to Brook Haven Ranch in search of new adventures. She's spent the last few years adjusting from deployed military life to that of a civilian, and it hasn't been easy. The task hasn't been helped by the injury that brought her back to the states, but after a kick in the butt from her grandmother, she's managed to really pull herself together. While she'll never be able to put the loss of her leg or the things she's seen behind her, she's eager to start moving in another direction, working with some kids that need people in their life to push and inspire them to not only do and be more, but to dream bigger as well, all while experiencing some amazing things that have been offered to them.

She spends a good deal of her time on the ranch, working with the kids and teenagers there, but when she's not, it's almost anyone's guess as to where exactly she is (her house on the ranch, her house off the ranch, on one of the running trails, in town, working with the horses, lounging in her office, etc.). If you need to get in touch with her, it's probably a good idea to call or text, or show up at her office during her known hours because you might otherwise spend the day simply trying to locate her. She's an active person that tends to keep herself busy as an attempt to keep herself from sinking too far into her own head, as she struggles with PTSD, and this isn't always a good thing.

**Note: Helen does not have a service dog yet. She's submitted her application but is looking at waiting about a year before she'll be up for one. Until then, she's going to be coping on her own.

Platonic

Helen can be an excellent friend. She tends to be fairly upbeat, though I wouldn't push it and chipper. She's a friendly face, and usually there to meet you with a smile. Those who get close to her will come to love her for their own reasons, but most find her to be incredibly driven, competitive, active, adventurous, and good with horses (she's sweet on them). She's loyal, and is definitely the kind of friend you want if you're looking for a fitness partner. She pushes herself hard, and she tends to surround herself with people that she sees as successful.

Those who chose to be friends with Helen will not only have to put up with her on her good days, but her bad as well. So it's only fair to mention that she can be incredibly stubborn, insensitive, risk-prone, jealous, and even too driven when it suits her. She's far from a perfect angel and she struggles with her own issues (some of which she refuses to admit too), and this can leave her in an agitated state from time to time. People who really want to be in her life will just have to bear with her while she gets it figured out and works on her own issues.

    Fitness Partner I'd love for Helen to make a friend that shares in her love of physical fitness and that can appreciate that she continues to push herself, rather than allowing herself to wallow. Missing a leg isn't a cop out, it's not a reason for her to use a pass to park closer (except on the particularly bad days); she's sees it as a challenge to the be the best her possible and a friend who can at least hold themselves to the same standards and be there on the bad days could make for a fun relationship, especially since you can bet that Helen will be there, dragging them out of bed on days they've decided to hide out from their obligations.

    The Getaway Friend Helen deals with PTSD on the regular. This include nightmares, aversions to loud noises, and unexplained irritability. Someone who understands that she can't handle the loud booming noises for celebrations and is willing to drop everything with her to get away. She's not really admitting to the PTSD part of her diagnosis, so this would have to be someone who really understands or even can relate and has a reason to care about her, and her about them.

    Unexpected Church Friend So, Helen is Christian. She was raised in an very strict Catholic household and while she does believe in God, she struggles with the faith that she was raised in. She knows her bible well, and has even gone to church a few times since coming to Trader's Bend, but it's not something that she's fastidious with. She's not an every Sunday sort of sort of Gal, so this would have to be someone she stuck out to, and someone who also has some other things to relate on -- because the bible alone isn't going to do it for her. This is a fairly loose idea, we can really do whatever we like with it.

Romantic

Helen is .... difficult. She's not particularly experienced when it comes to either long term relationships or sex. She's only had 3 sexual partners, and four boyfriends (including the one she had in high school who broke up with her because she wouldn't "go all the way"). Everything else with men has always been fairly casual, but that doesn't mean she can't flirt and doesn't enjoy a good time out.

Her mother keeps pushing her at finding a man and settling down, or at least working on it, and while she can admit that the idea of finding someone isn't unappealing, she'd need for it to be the right person, and she's not sure that she's in a state of mind to really make a serious commitment to just anyone. In her family's mind it's date, engagement, marriage, and for Helen it's different. She's always been confused by the idea you date someone for a few months, and you "get to know them on a super intimate level" by declaring yourself an item.

    The Blind Date I think this idea is pretty obvious. Helen isn't exactly against the idea of finding someone and settling down, so this could prove to be interesting. Whether he is aware that she doesn't know who he is, or if his friends (or family)set him up on a blind date too is up to you. We can work out what happens later.

    Fetish Guy This guy has a thing for women with prosthetic, which would, in all honesty, freak Helen out. The idea that someone was into her only because she WAS an amputee would make her skin crawl.

Antagonistic

Helen can be hard as nails one moment, and soft as butter the next -- it really just depends on a lot of factors. Underneath the shell she shows the world is a giving heart, but when that heart gets trampled on, out comes her temper. This is how she make enemies for herself. Someone accidentally hurts her feelings and she slices at them, then shuts them out entirely. This can make for some pretty big messes.

People she is most likely to make enemies with are anti-war and anti-military people. Anti-muslim people. Racists. Sexists. And basically people who just happen to step on any of her major trigger points such as women in the military, the kids at Brook Haven, P.T.S.D (not being real), or able-ism.

There's also a chance that, for whatever reason, they don't get along even though everything points to yes. Because sometimes that sort of shit happens, to quote Helen.

    Sunday School Mom Helen swears. She swears more than she probably should and she doesn't apologize for it. This puts some people off, and while she is by no means particularly vulgar in her usage of these taboo words, it's understandable why this might make some people uneasy. For this request, I'd love to have a women somewhere between the age of 22 and 42 that doesn't like this trait of Helen's and decides to launch a campaign against her and her methods with the kids on the ranch. Perhaps she launches a formal complaint that could potentially lead to an investigation.

    Anti-military Hippie So, despite no longer being active in the military, Helen is a big supporter of our troops and the good work that they do overseas. Someone who isn't, and is anti-military and anti-war isn't going to get along well. I'd love for this person to be the kind of guy/gal who sees the military as the ultimate bad guy in this situation (or just too stupid to "get it"). This type of person could be the perfect ticket for some great antagonistic threads and relationship.

Familiar

Her relationships with her family are complicated. She struggles with them because they absolutely infuriate her and yet she still loves and would do anything possible to help, all while preferably keeping them at a distance. Between her mother's pressure to settle down, her father's "I told you so's", her brothers' looks of sympathy, and her sister's clingy nature, she's in need of some space, and she wasn't even in their general part of the country for long. It was a good family, but she's always been a little different than them, more like her her grandmother (as her grandmother would say). She loves to be able to love them from a distance, it's her best way of being close without wringing anyone's necks.

Other

When it comes to her students, she's hard but fair. She doesn't cut them slack where they don't need it, but she also isn't a big believer in the concept of person screwed up so the whole team pays for it either. Helen believes that personal responsibility and team responsibility are two different things, and that there is a time and place for both. While she is aware that this isn't typically how things are handled on the ranch, and that it might even interfere with some of her co-leader's methods, she plans on giving it a shot.

None of this means that she won't push her group, come down on them (individually or as a whole), or work them until they feel like puking. She will do all of that and more, all while working with them and helping them to gain some perspective. So many of these kids have come from rough places or have made poor decisions that got themselves there, and there are consequences for that. Lucky for everyone, there's also second chances and opportunities to experience things they might never have imagined.

So, there will be mornings she pulls them out bed to watch sun rise from the end of a run, and there will be mornings she pulls them out of bed before sun up to run the obstacle course because someone snuck out of their bunks.

Her hope is to be able to communicate with these kids, but at the end of the day, she'll settle for keeping them all alive.

First Impressions

I didn't know amputees could run like that.

Every morning, Helen runs, and while she typically wears longs pants of jeans, this is a time when it's more likely that not that she's wearing shorts. What that means it that her prosthetic running leg would be on display for the world to see, so people who've met her before or even those who've simply seen her in town could become quickly aware of her amputee status. But that status isn't something that Helen lets hold her back. She's in terrific shape and keep up with some of the best.

What a firm handshake.

For many, firm handshakes are a thing of the past, but this is one of those traditions that Helen still believes in. Nothing sets the tone of meeting someone like looking them in the eye and giving their hand a firm shake. Some people may appreciate this gesture, while others might find it odd, or out place; either way, it's just the way that Helen does things.

If she doesn't tell it like it is.

Something people quickly pick up after meeting Helen is that she calls it like she sees it and she doesn't hold back. So, if you're being a jerk, she's not going to sugar coat it, she'll tell you and she might even pat you on the shoulder and tell you that it might be something you want to work on. This can make for a baffled crowd of people who are shocked or laughing, and could easily be the cause of more than a few enemyships.

Stranger Impressions

Wow, did she really say that?

As I mentioned above in the first impressions, Helen calls it like she sees it. That goes as much online as it does in her real life. While there's a bit more anonymity on the internet, which might leave people in a position to be more likely to agree with her, or voice their own opinion on the subject, it leaves a lot of folks going "Wow. I can't believe she actually said that."

That's impressive. I didn't know amputees could do that.

Pushing the extremes is something that she's always done. She loves to do things that people think she can't (it's actually partially how she wound up in the Marines), and that drive hasn't stopped working just because of loss of limb. Helen is determined to do all she can, and not let the loss of her leg stand in her way. For this reason, she is likely to fascinate some as she goes off on one adventure and then another.

Proud Marine.

Proud doesn't even effectively describe Helen. She's strong, determined, sometimes a little bit arrogant, but that's something she's working on. She believes in the good that she and her brothers and sisters have done on and off American soil, and while some people believe that we shouldn't be fighting a war, she is of a very different opinion -- she believes that we (Americans) have been over seas for a very good reason and that there is a purpose in this war. These traits and beliefs make her come across as a proud Marine to strangers who don't know her, and they wouldn't necessarily be wrong.

Friendly Impressions

I wish I had her drive.

Helen works really hard to give the world a certain impression of her. She doesn't like for people to see her when she's weak, and so she pushes herself further every day -- body and mind. She's almost always active or working on some sort of project. She allows for very little empty spaces in her schedule. She works hard to be productive, not just because she wants to be, but because she can't handle things that creep up in the moments that she isn't. Most of the world doesn't know that, they just see this active and incredibly productive person.

What is she up to now?

She's always up to something. Seriously. She's always got some sort of project going on.

She's so sweet with them.

Helen's always loved horses. Growing up, her parents told her that it was the "idea of a horse" that she liked, but as it's turned out, it really was horses and they seem to like her too. She's sweet on not only her horse, but any others that she comes across.

Let's go on an adventure!

If an adventure is what you're looking for, Helen is definitely your gal, and her friends definitely know it. She loves to go out on a hike just to see what she'll find.

Give me a chance to keep up!

Like I've mentioned above, Helen is incredibly active and while she doesn't actively think about it this way, sometimes she leaves her friends in the dust.

Familiar Impressions

Head in the clouds.

Her parents have always been a little bit hard on her. They've always been under the impression that their daughter had her head in the clouds, and it doesn't seem like there's anything that Helen can do to change that opinion -- other than do exactly what they say (and that just isn't her). She doesn't accept limits and the fact that they want to put them on her has left her agitated, which leads to her doing her thing. And 'round and 'round they go.

She needs more religion in her life.

Growing up, Helen was raised in a stifling Catholic environment, and while she completely understands that it doesn't have to be that way, that's her experience with religion. As a result, she doesn't really go to mass all that often, which is a point of contention between her and her parents, and even some of her siblings.

She should listen, we're only looking out for her.

Helen has this was of ignoring things that don't suit her, and it tends to grate on her family, especially since most of them seem to believe that they know what's best. The way she sees it, she didn't go home for a reason.

I wish she wouldn't keep me at arms length.

Helen has a way of keeping people (her siblings especially) at arms length. She doesn't think that they can understand what she's dealing with, and there are some things that she doesn't want them to know. So, she distances herself.

She needs a man in her life.

Finding a man isn't on the list of Helen's top priorities. But the way her mother sees it, she's getting older and losing limbs, so she really should get on it before there isn't anyone left that's interested. This has caused some serious tension. Obviously.

Pushing a little too hard.

Her siblings are concerned that she's pushing herself too hard, and that it might lead to injury or even worse. Those who've spent any time with her recently are concerned that she's not really dealing with her issues or limitations and that it might lead to bigger problems later.

Rival Impressions

There's a spark in her eyes.

People who enjoy good competition can sense and usually quickly notice others that do too. Missing leg or no, Helen hasn't lost that spark in her eye when it come to a contest or game. She loves to win, but more than that, she loves the challenge.

It's just a game.

Helen can sometimes take games just a little too seriously, and her rivals are likely to notice. She's incredibly competitive when it comes to competitions and the like. Sometimes it might do her a bit of good if she took a deep breath, and reminded herself that it's just a game.

High horse, much?

For some reasons, some people (rivals especially) seem to be under the impression that Helen's a snob. While this couldn't be further from the truth, it keeps happening repeatedly. While she takes great pride in her accomplishments and the accomplishments of those important to her, she doesn't feel like this makes her a snob. Sometimes, other people have a different opinion though.

Enemy Impressions

Always so intense.

Helen can be quite intense, or laid back, depending on your take. People who don't get along with her are more likely to stumble across her worked up (or get her that way) at which point, they're going to see this fierce "take no shit" sort of a woman.

She sure does swear a lot.

Some people don't like it when other people swear a lot, especially if they have a position of authority. Since this isn't something that Helen is likely to change, it could cause some tension. She figures it's okay for people to not like her because she swears, just like it's okay for her to not like them because they're fake.

Grow up. It's just a little thunder.

Not everyone understands PTSD. Some still seem to be under the assumption that because she's female she didn't serve in the military, or that only military veterans can have this. While she's not a big believer in "only our military suffer from PTSD" she has to admit, that's where she got hers, and loud noises can cause big problems for her. People who don't know and don't like her might simply think she's over reacting to just a little noise, when in fact, it's causing a major flashback for her.

Authority Impressions

She marches to the beat of her own drum.

Helen has her own way about doing things. She can be creative in how she handles the students, while still expecting them to work with her and not taking any crap. She likes to figure out a way to work with the students, instead of constantly budding heads, but she also believes in keeping them active, and on the go as a means of keeping them out of trouble and getting them to work together. Some of this doesn't exactly follow the ranch's protocol, but so long as it works, those above her really have little room to complain.

One heck of a role model.

The fact that she's an amputee and pursues life with all of the fierceness she can muster is inspiring to adults, let alone to students who've suffered their own sorts of setbacks. She's the kind of person that's likely to hold these kids to a high standard and not take any crap from them because she wants to be that person who pushes them to be the best version of them possible; physical, mentally, and emotionally.

I'm worried about her ability.

Some people might be concerned about her ability for the same reason that she could be an excellent role model to students on the ranch. Her disability could potentially put the ranch at risk, were anything to happen. And besides, what can an amputee teach these kids? And how will she keep up?

Coworker/Partner Impressions

Let's push a little harder.

Helen tries to really be there for the kids in her group. She goes out of her way to make herself the approachable sort. While she's serious about holding them to a standard, she doesn't necessarily think that pushing them even harder is ALWAYS the answer. It's important, to her, to know when to give them just a little slack. There will be times people see her as giving the students too much room to breathe or for error, and would prefer that she push them harder.

She sees their potential.

It's easy to look at a teenager and dismiss them as "just a kid", but it's important to Helen to look at each of these kids individually (as much as possible) and really try to get a grasp of where they're going or would like to. She wants to push and inspire them to be all that she can be, and even if they don't yet have big dreams for themselves, she's insistent that they will one day and being able to achieve those things (or believe that they can) is important.

You don't have to be so hard on them.

Helen can be hard on the students, especially her students. She isn't going to cut them any slack when it comes to what they can do, because she fully believes that these kids are capable of more than they imagined, and that it won't be until they shelve their protests that they'll even begin to scratch the surface. She doesn't cut them slack, and while she's more than happy to listen, she won't buy the excuses. They can either do the work they're assigned, or they can do even more for their protests. This leaves some people on the ranch with the impression that she's just "too hard" or that she "pushes the students too far" -- after all, this isn't military school (talk about making Helen laugh).

Lover Impressions

She's got so much on her plate.

Busy. Busy. Busy. People interested in a relationship with her will pick up on this fact pretty quickly, and they might even have to find a way to meet her halfway if they're really interested.

Not so committed.

Helen's a little bit of the "go where the wind takes her sort". She's disciplined, and if she really commits she can be in a committed relationship, but until the moment that they talk about it, it's not necessarily a thing. This is something people involved with her are likely to pick up on. She doesn't hide that she might be spending time with more than one person because it isn't a dirty little secret.

Will she ever settle down?

She can be a bit wild, and this leaves a lot of people asking the same question. "Will she ever settle down?"

Self-Impressions

I want to make a difference.

Helen would love to make a difference in the world. It's this drive that had her joining the marines, and it's same desire that led her to the ranch to work with these kids. Not everyone gets these sorts of opportunities and she doesn't plan to waste it. She looks forward to seeing their dreams come true and their lives improve.

Only results, never excuses.

Helen pushes herself hard. It's not only the students that she doesn't accept excuses from, it's herself as well. Every day she pushes just a little bit harder, just a little bit further, all to prove that she can and to build herself just a little bit stronger.

Struggling and hiding it.

Helen knows that she's struggling it, but she does everything she can to hide it. Tasteful make-up covers the tell tale circles underneath her eyes that could easily indicate a lack of sleep. She removes herself when possible, and is more willing to simply walk off an take a break when she needs it. Just because she's hiding her symptoms, doesn't mean she's doing well, and despite having therapists galore on the ranch, she's not sure that's the right step either. She doesn't really want to talk about it, certainly not with people that don't really understand. So, for now, she's going to keep pretending like every thing is okay.

Broken. Does everyone see it?

Helen works hard to not feel sorry for herself, but she does have difficulty not seeing herself as faulty. This isn't helped by her mother, who means well but keeps telling her that she should really start working on finding a man that's interested, since there's likely to be less now. While Helen has NEVER allowed her self worth to be defined by a personal or sexual relationship before, that particular dig leaves her wondering how many people don't look at her and see this broken person. It's part of what drives her to work harder and to be able to accomplish more. She doesn't want anyone to go "It's okay for her to sit this one out. She's missing a leg and all."

Post-Mortem Impressions

Friend. Mentor. Lover. Mother. When Helen passes after a full life, she will be remembered by those closest to her to as someone who pushed herself harder, and took no crap. She will be remembered by those she put her time into, those that she pushed harder. Her funeral will be a relatively small affair in which a few people come up and speak words which most can relate to, including that she didn't tolerate excuses. On her headstone there shall be these words: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

Mun Impressions

I absolutely adore Helen. She's an incredibly inspiring character that not only wants to push those around her, but herself as well. She's convinced that there really isn't anything she can't do now, that she couldn't have done five years ago, and she pushes herself not to only be capable, but excellent. I think she's going to do really well in this environment and I'm really interested in seeing how this all plays out.

Friends

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Enemies

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Lovers

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Family

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Other

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Habits

Cataloging

Every day, following her morning routine, Helen takes a moment of silence to herself and runs through all of her body and notes down what is hurting, and makes a note of what she can do/has done to fix that problem. Figuring out where the problems are helps her to finds solutions to them.

Nightly Prayers

Growing up, nightly prayers were "required" and as an adult it's a habit that she can't break. Every night before bed, she prays.

Double checks

Helen always double checks with important things such as head counts at night, that her doors at home are locked, that everyone is present, or even what she sent in a text etc. It's one of those things that she's gotten into habit of over the years to make sure that everything is correct and as it should be.

Quirks

Chews Pencils Tops

Typically, Helen's active person and so this isn't something that a lot of people pick up on, but it's one of those things she does when she has a pencil handy. This is usually a sign that she's worried about something.

Annoyed by Twiddling

People who twiddle things really annoy her. She can't explain it and she's given up trying. Students who have this habit may find themselves being given something to do if they do it in her presence.

Prefers a typewriter to a computer

Maybe it's a little out there, but there have got to be others, right? Helen isn't a big fan of computers at all, but she certainly prefers the look, feel, product of typewriters over that of computers.

Hobbies

Beekeeping

This is a new hobby for Helen, but she's done her research and has been in touch with enough people that she has a really good idea of what she's doing. She loves her bees, the honey that they produce. It's one of those activities that gives her a purpose, and it's really important.

Renovation

When she moved to to Trader's Bend, she had decided to go with a fixer upper, and while most of the fixes as aesthetic, it's turned into a huge project for her. She didn't realize how much she was going to enjoy it when she started it, but she's glad she did, even if she's stuck to living in one room and taking her meals mostly on the ranch for now. She looks forward to each project, and the results that they bring. She has no doubt that it will all come together, but with just her working on it, it's going to take a while.

Physical Exercise

Pretty self explanatory. Not only does she need to work out every day, but she enjoys it. She really tries to push herself each and every day to try something new, different, or even something a little more difficult.

Wood Working

This is one of those things that she always loved to watch her father do, but it wasn't until she had agreed to help a friend out that she really got into it herself. She's looking forward to incorporating this hobby into her new home as well.

Hiking

Helen loves to be out in nature, and hiking is an easy way to do that. She's always loved to go to remote places, and being at Brook Haven makes that possible most days.

Skills

Hand-to-hand combat • Expert

Helen is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. She was trained in the marine corps, and can be quite deadly. Her loss of limp has put her back some, but it's something that she's been working on again as it's one of those skills that can prove quite helpful.

While she hopes to never have to use this skill, it does help to calm the smallest portion of fear that gnaws at her from the inside.

Persuasion • Excellent

Helen is excellent at persuading others to do as she likes. It's one of those skills that she's always been particularly good at, and she really can't explain it. Some people say that it's simply her stubbornness and others say it's a natural gift. Either way, it works.

Playing the Fiddle • Good

Violin was forced down her throat by her parents at an early age. They preferred that she play classical music, and this caused endless confrontations, as she preferred to play folk music as a fiddle player. She loves to be able to kick back and have fun, and this is always a neat trick to bring to the table.

Strategics • Excellent

Helen loves coming up with plans in an effort gain what it is that she wants or move her or others toward a specific goal. This is something that she was able to focus on in the military, and something that she uses in her day to day life. Being skilled in strategy can help with anything from working with the kids on the ranch, to playing a game, and so on. If something isn't working, she's more likely to try another approach than she is to keep hitting someone over the head with the same method, insisting that it will work.

Interests

Jazz Music

While Helen isn't the type to just sit around and listen to music, she does like to have it on as a background noise when she's working on projects. Jazz music is a lot of fun for her and something that she enjoys listening to.

Fostering and Adopting

Helen did her homework before showing up in Trader's Bend. She really likes how Brook Haven works with these kids and appreciates that they reach out to those that might not have any place else to go. At some point, she'd like to be able to offer a permanent and personal home to the right kids -- though when and who depends on quite a few variables. It's something she needs to do a little more research and talking about.

Homesteading

She has her house, her land, and her bees. One day she'd love to really make a go of a homestead, but for now, she just wants to learn more about how to really make that happen. She thinks that it would be awesome to one day be self-sufficient, or at least mostly self-sufficient.

Desired Plots

Small step in the right direction

Helen doesn't attempt to tell her students what they "have to do" when they come to her. She pushes them, hard, both physically and emotionally, but when it comes to their own personal choices, she won't tell them what decisions to make. I'd love it if one of her students came to her and admitted that her refusal to tell them what they should do has only made them feel worse about (a poor decision on their part), and she was able to say something along the lines of "Good. It's sounds like you're making a small step in the right direction."

This spot reserved is for Veterans

Helen doesn't like to park in handicap spots. In fact, she actually keeps the placard hidden in the middle console of her truck and only pulls it out on the very bad days and incredibly rare occasions that she actually needs it. However, with so many veterans in town, there is some reserved parking for them for certain establishments, which is what leads me to this desired plot.

I think it would be neat if someone, male or female, called her out on having parked in spot reserved for veterans in Trader's Bend. This could lead to quite the entertaining thread since Helen is a veteran, and might lead to a very nicely tense thread between two characters in a somewhat public setting.

You're too hard on them

It could be interesting is an adult who doesn't have much interactions with the students on the ranch (trainer, financier, etc.) approached her after seeing her come down on one of her students and attempted to tell her that she was being too hard. Helen isn't the type to correct in public, unless she has no other choice (meaning it was a big deal sort of misbehavior). This would start a tense conversation that might even turn into an argument about them telling her how to do her job and what's best for the student she knows a heck of a lot better than they do.

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Likely Triggers: I just ask that people tag triggering topics so I know what I'm in for. With that said, what I can't handle is people making light of mental illness or using it as an excuse for their kid to act like a complete brat.

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When people look at Nick, they tend to see a big dumb bully. For all most people experience of him, they might as well be right. At heart, Nick is a smart, sensitive kid who’s learned to act tough because it keeps him safe, but that’s buried deep enough that plenty of people will never encounter that side of him.
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A woman marine. Nick is so, so conflicted. Particularly since the ways Helen is "laxer" than some of the other group leaders - being less willing to tell students what to do, and being less into group responsibility - are the "military-like" things that Nick likes about Brook Haven. So, as usual, Nick, conflict with group leaders, etc. etc. In terms of possible threads, I have one specific idea. What would you think of Nick eventually getting frustrated enough with her that he basically accuses her of not really being a marine? Probably not literally, but basically tells her he doubts her credentials because she's so far from what he thinks a marine should be? Helen can obviously shut him down about that, which would teach Nick something, and maybe would be a chance for Helen to explain why she does things the way she does.
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Karl would like to volunteer to confront Helen about parking in a reserved spot.
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