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Posted: Jun 10 2017, 05:34 PM
Age / 23 | Height / 5'10"
Pronouns / they/them
Blood Type / Unknown
Hometown / Greylock
Post Count/ 96
Grace | she/her
Full name: Kaira Jane Baxter
Blood type: Unknown
Previous Ilvermorny house: Pukwudgie
Wand: Hawthorne, 11 1/2", Unicorn tail hair, unyielding
Hawthorne makes a strange, contradictory wand. They are complex and intriguing in their natures, just like the owners who best suit them. The hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil. When a hawthorne wand it handled badly, their spells can backfire.
Unicorn tail hair are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner. They are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.
Kai stands at 5’ 10”. They’re thin, though don’t look gangly or disproportioned. Their short brown hair is often styled so that it poofs up. However, sometimes they’ll comb it down with a side-part. For clothes, this varies a great deal. Most often, they dress androgynously, but they will also wear dresses and a bit of makeup when they feel like it. Or sometimes their clothes will look very masculine and they can easily be mistaken for male.
“C’mon, just leave her alone.”
“Leave her alone? Isn’t that her whole problem? Everyone’s left her alone,” The boy laughs at what he perceives to be his own cleverness.
Kai picks themselves up off the ground from where he has pushed them down, glaring at the boy. They wished they had a cutting retort, but how can they deny the truth?
They had been in foster care almost their entire life, abandoned at just 2 years old. They couldn’t even remember their parents and they knew nothing about them. Over the past 5 years they had moved through a few foster families and group homes, with nothing ever working out for the long term. The truth in the boy’s words, however, didn’t stop Kai from wanting to get back at him for what he’d done and said. They couldn’t do anything in that moment, as they were outnumbered. Later that day, though, the boy would find that the pages of his math workbook had been glued together.
”You can’t eat that. That’s mine! You have to eat the other ones.” Kai hears Dylan from the kitchen. They look in the door. He’s standing over André, who has a bowl of cereal in his hand. “I said you can’t have that one!” Dylan bats the bowl out of the other boy’s hand, sending it skidding across the floor as milk and Lucky Charms splash everywhere.
“What are you doing?” Kai demands, stepping into the kitchen. Dylan is the biological son of their current foster family and an absolute nightmare.
“Teaching a lesson,” he snarls. “None of you are allowed to touch my stuff.”
Seething with anger, Kai stalks forward. They want to push him down, but before they even reach him, his feet have seemingly been pulled out from under him. He falls into the puddle of milk, floundering.
“You’ll get in trouble for this!” he yells, jumping back up.
“You didn’t even touch him,” André says, but looks more scared than thankful.
Kai’s magic began to show more and more as they got older. They had always struggled in their placements, but things got worse at this point. Many believed they were a liar and others believed there was something wrong with them. Kai’s outbursts typically happened when they were angry and were directed at other people. It scared them too, because they didn’t understand what was happening. They were labeled “difficult” and “hard to place”.
”Kaira, we have to leave now. I’m so sorry.”
“No, please. I don’t want to. Please.” Kai desperately holds onto their foster mother, Kathryn Samuels, as the adults try to gently loosen their grip.
As they are guided out to the car, Kai sobs. They thought they had finally found a family. They look back, tears stream down Kathryn’s face as she clutches her husband.
Kai had been with the family for over two years. It had been their best placement by far and the Samuels were looking to adopt them. Things didn’t work out, though, and the application was rejected. They were removed from the Samuels’ home for reasons that Kai didn’t understand. Things got worse after that. As they got older, Kai had more problems in their foster families and in school. They got bumped around different homes, often getting kicked out for their behavior and magical outbursts. Kai had always had a strong sense of justice and if they decided that someone had done something wrong, that person would be punished. Sometimes this was for legitimate reasons, like poor treatment from foster parents, but other times this undermined the parents’ authority over the entire household, making Kai difficult to control.
”You have things worth saying, Kai. And you’re talented. You deserve to have your voice heard.”
Kai shrugs, unsure how to respond to the praise. Mrs Dues was their writing teacher and had called them up after class to talk. Kai hadn’t been very interested in writing at first, but now they find they like it. They have always had trouble expressing their feelings, but somehow it is easier through writing. It was hard to let anyone read what they wrote, but Mrs Dues makes them feel comfortable to share.
Although Kai eventually left that school, Mrs Dues was immensely influential. They still write, keeping a journal in which they try to work out their feelings. They are still not very comfortable with sharing, Mrs Dues was special, but she did make them feel that there were people out there that they could trust enough to open up to. They still think these people are few and far between, but at least they know that people like Mrs Dues actually exist.
”So… I’m going to a magical school. For people with magic.”
At 11 years old, Kai’s entire world changed. After failed foster placements and constantly getting into trouble, they finally find an offer that sounds promising, a place at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although sometimes a struggle, Kai felt more at home at Ilvermorny than almost anywhere else. They clashed at times with the more mild-mannered Pukwudgies in their house, but they did feel like it was a place they belonged. They made friends, friends they got to keep for longer than their short stay in their latest foster family. Although not an outstanding student, they did do well in their classes for the first time in their life, benefiting from actually being able to stay at a school.
”Sooo… do you want to be a boy now?” Lizzy asks. She was Kai’s best friend. The closest friend they’d ever had, really. Making friends wasn’t easy for Kai, but Lizzy had stuck by, not letting Kai’s bluntness scare her away.
Kai runs a hand through their now short hair. They had wanted to have short hair almost as long as they could remember. They had gotten it cut recently. The short hair, with their generally androgynous clothes, had gotten them mistaken for a boy several times already. It made them feel good.
“I don’t know…. “ Lizzy was the only person Kai felt comfortable enough to talk to. “I just know I don’t really want to be a girl.”
For a few months that year, when they were 14, Kai tried presenting as a boy and using male pronouns. However, being referred to as “he” didn’t quite feel right and neither did “she”. They didn’t really know what to make of this and felt lost and alone. Eventually, they came across the term “non-binary” and learned about “they/them” pronouns. Finally they felt like they weren’t completely alone in their experiences and feelings. It made them feel validated. Even though they feel far more comfortable being referred to this way, things were still hard. Dorms are divided by gender and they were placed with the girls. They’ve encountered a lot of people who simply refuse to call them by their pronouns or by their name. Kai tries to shrug it off, but it does get to them to be so thoroughly dismissed.
”So, what do you want to do now?” Lizzy asks. The two friends sit in a café in Greylock, having just graduated together from Ilvermorny.
“I really don’t know.” After the stability of seven years at Ilvermorny, Kai once again feels lost. They’ve turned 18 and have therefore been booted out of the care system, leaving them feeling like they have nowhere to go. They are currently staying with Lizzy and her parents, but don’t want to overstay their welcome, despite her insistence that they shouldn’t feel that way.
After Ilvermorny, Kai decided to travel. They had spent so long having no control over where and when they moved, that they wanted to make their own decisions about where they went everyday. They had essentially no money, which made things more difficult, but through an old school friend, they managed to get a position contributing a newspaper travel column which helped. Magic also made traveling on a budget easier, fortunately. Kai went all over the country and the world, visiting wizards in different cultures and writing about it. It was an enjoyable and eye-opening experience. After three years, they decided it was time to go back to the US. Feeling as though Ilvermorny was the closest they’d had to a home, Kai decided to return to Greylock. They took an assistant position at the local apothecary to make ends meet, primarily running errands, and continue to write. They are not yet sure what they want to do in the long term. They have ambitions to somehow make changes to the foster care system. They don’t want more magical children to get lost in the system like they did.
Thank you, Ayla!
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