Neopolis Academy: After being assisted by the Gods and realizing her powers really could be useful, Odie put more effort into harnessing them. While she would never, no matter how hard she worked, be the top of her class, her grades did see an improvement. She continued working her butt of for June (by mid second year her journal post were 90% full words and there was a great reduction in her usage of exclamation points. By the time she graduated everything but IMs and text messages were capitalized, too), playing soccer, and participating in the Theater club both years. During this time she mellowed out slightly on the crush front, only getting them half as often (instead of on every single person who was remotely nice to her), though she still blushed when talking to them.
Next 08 Years: After graduating the middle of her class, Odie wasn't really sure what she was going to do with her life. The next two years, while she figured it out, were spent helping Emma (her older sister) and June out whenever/however she could (there was lots of volunteering at She's a Hero), and a boyfriend (whom she would finally loose her virginity too after her 21st birthday, and yes, they were both a little tipsy when it happened), until finally a call would lead her to the east coast. It would be here, in East Orange, NJ, that her help to solve a murder (via her ability to talk with the dead) would get her a second mentor (though she was still keeping in touch with her first). Vivian, an under the radar but, quite powerful psychic caught wind of the story and tracked Odie down. The next five years would be spent learning under Vivian and further harnessing her powers, though she would stay in touch with the older woman even after moving. The next two years she becomes heavily involved in the Forgotten network, helping to solve previously unsolved murders all over the country with her skills (which still worked through her cellphone most of the time, but were no longer completely out of her control).
Next 10 Years: Odie (because even as an adult she'd kept the nickname) continued to help out the network and local police, getting help from Vivian occasionally to keep trying to expand her control over her abilities and tap into new ones. Years of volunteering at June's shelter prove to be valuable; Odie finds herself not only helping find these peoples loved ones and solve their murders, but comforting them as well. About mid-2022 her particular skill set catches the eye of a film crew looking for the next big documentary, and then they meet the sweet, bubbly woman behind the stories they've been hearing and are completely sold. If people won't watch her bringing people the answers they've been searching for, well, they're not going to watch anything else they planned to put out. They follow her around for a little over a year, she tries to use the opportunity to promote embracing who you are as a person, volunteering, the healing power of hugs, and the Forgotten Network, and not make it into some big, tacky thing. The documentary does well (later in late 2026, early 2027 she'll do a second, then a third in 2031).
November of 2023 Odie travels to Colorado to meet with the Steward family, who's son had been killed in a hit and run. Hit and runs weren't Odie's best cases, as even the spirits themselves didn't always have much to go on, but she gave it her all (and managed to get the cops a few more licenses plate numbers). While there, she met a woman, a friend of the family, named Savanna. The two instantly hit it off and even after she had done as much for the case as she could, she found herself lingering around, crushed out on Savanna in a bad way. And just like at the Academy, she found herself blushing whenever they talked, but unable to make a move. Luckily Savanna took pity on her and asked her to dinner, making it clear her intentions went beyond friendship.
With no real home base at that point (long stretches of off time she usually stayed with Emma, or headed back to her parent's place), Odie decided to stick around Colorado. She got a small apartment (her first!), even though she was still traveling to help with cases (though she slowed down some, doing more over the phone, only staying as long as she was needed). While in town, Odie and Savanna took to spending pretty much all their free time together (Odie's lease on her apartment was pretty much pointless since she never stayed in it). And when Odie wasn't in town, they ended up talking on the phone for hours at a time. Then, November 18th, 2025, after about a year and a half of dating, Odie proposes. Savanna, surprisingly enough, says yes.
Neither girl is interested in a very long engagement, so when the small church Odie loves has an opening March 18 (2026), they take it. Throughout most of the planning, Savanna pitches in some but mostly lets Odie have what she wants. Which is a small, intimate ceremony, catered by a local restaurant they both love. They only invite near and dear family and friends, can't stop smiling the whole time, and have their first dance to Ice Cream by Sarah Mclachlan. It only takes them about a month (during which they stay in Savanna's small apartment) to find the right home (two bedroom, split level, decent sized yard). The second documentary begins filming not long after the two women settle in, and Odie ends up traveling quite a bit for it. Though, much to her delight, Savanna does fly out to see her during one of the longer stretches.
During their time apart, the two women again spend a lot of time on the phone. They talk about the silly things that happen to them, and what they're going to do when they see each other again. After particularly hard days, Savanna comforts a sobbing Odie, or Odie soothes an irritated Savanna. They work it out so they even manage to watch two movies together over the phone. And between all this, they talk about getting a dog, maybe moving somewhere in Arizona, and about having kids. Actually, the topic of children is one the two women find their way back to many times. First whether they both want kids, then how they'd go about it (in a manner of minutes they both agree, adoption), if they had a big enough house, if they lived in a good school district. Finally filming was done, Odie was home, and the McKing's started the adoption process.
November 17, 2028 they finally became the proud parents of a gorgeous little girl. Maya whose parents had been in a car crash (her father dying before EMTs arrived, her mother in the hospital two weeks later) was nearing four and fairly shy with them. But they both instantly loved her and did everything within their power to make her feel safe and loved (Odie even cut her travel time down, leaving every couple months, at most, instead of every couple weeks). Maya's first birthday with them passed by with a small dinner and lots of presents, her second however was a full blown, big deal. All Odie's family, all of Savanna's family, all their friends and neighbors, plus just about everyone from the daycare Maya went to twice a week (for early socialization with other children) was there.
Aside from the joys of Maya, Odie was having some adjustment issues with how drastically different her career had suddenly become. She was thrilled to be home, to see Savanna and Maya all the time, but she felt like she needed to help as much as possible still. She worked over the phone, did video conferences a few times, and basically turned her and Savanna's bedroom (and the dinning room, and sometimes even the kitchen) into a mess. There were case files, notes, and full blown histories strewn all over the house.
After That: Realizing they couldn't live like that, and that Odie really wasn't getting half as much done as she could, Savanna decided to talk some sense into the blonde. Before long they've worked out that Odie needed an office to set up and work out of. All the work she did with the Forgotten network and different police stations could be handled there. All the paper work could be kept there, from the case files she received from the police to help with, to the ones she put together herself from random calls she received. Meetings with people who wanted her assistance could be held there, and, even better, she could put to use the secondary skills (further expansion of her psychic gift; she's really quite gifted with tarot cards) Vivian had helped her get in tune with, into use.
They were in the process of trying to find a building to lease when Odie got the call about a third documentary. She told the producer how things were different, expecting he wouldn't be interested anymore. However, hearing about the new twist her career was taking, he found himself even more intrigued and proposed this documentary follow them as they set up and started the office. And so, in 2031, her third, and final, documentary began filming. In the end the whole thing had a more personal feel to it.
Spectral, the office, isn't the busiest place in the world, but it has plenty of business to be worth the venture. Especially once Odie started selling tarot decks, smelling oils, and other things of that ilk. Maya, who had already begun to open up due to her tumbling class, starts school and flourishes into a social butterfly. Odie and Savanna continue to be hopelessly in love with one another (especially with Odie's papers no longer taking over the entire house). Basically, Odie finds a happy ending 1,300 miles away from Neopolis.
People (spouse & child):
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Savanna McKing (née McCoy) b. September 8, 1989
When her friends, the Steward's, announced they were calling in a psychic to help solve their son's murder, she was the most skeptical about it. She expected the psychic to be some sleazeball with an elaborate scam meant to hurt her friends and/or rob them blind. In fact, when the two first met, Savanna had no idea Odie was even remotely involved with the psychic crew, let alone the psychic herself. Which, honestly, probably worked in Odie's favor, since Savanna instantly liked Odie the person (Odie the psychic probably wouldn't have been welcomed anywhere near so warmly).
Savanna is more logical then Odie, she's levelheaded, thoughtful and uses Pro & Con list to help her settle big decisions. She was born and raised in Colorado and loves the great out doors, so much so that she became a Park Ranger. She tends to be the stricter parent, but she balances out Odie's carefree cheerfulness perfectly.
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Maya McKing b. March 10, 2025. Adopted November 17, 2028. Boulder High, Class of 2033
When they adopted Maya, she was almost four and shy. She took a while to warm up to the two of them, and even longer to warm up to strangers after that (as a child, she was very fond of hiding behind one of her mom's legs). With as much love and encouragement as a person could ever hope for from her Mom's, Maya blossoms into a bubbly, active teen. She goes to a perfectly normal, public high school and uses her gymnastic skills to land a spot on the cheer leading squad and maintains at least B's with less trouble then Odie ever had as a teen. She falls in love with fashion (and boys, lets be honest) and eventually ends up opening her own small, but popular, clothing boutique. She never wishes she had her mom's powers (because she's heard about the bad stuff from Odie's teens, and seen the after effects some calls have on her even as an adult), despite getting a kick out of Neopolis the few times the McKing girls make it out that way.
Emma & Lori's dress & bouquet:
Savanna's bouquet, Odie's bouquet & the wedding band: