|I brazillian wax poetic so pathetically~ (taz_means_crazy) wrote,|
@ 2010-04-22 19:43:00
|Entry tags:||application, taz: to-do|
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HISTORY: The reason Arizona was given her name stems back to her parents first meeting. Both of their families were on vacation, at the Grand Canyon, and staying in the same hotel. Sparks flew for the teens, but it wasn't until, by chance, they both ended up attending university (University of Arizona for her father, Grand Canyon University for her mother) in the state a few years later that anything would come of it. Her father, Brian, was in school to become a doctor, her mother, Katherine, a teacher, so when they did meet again their relationship formed slowly. Eventually, just before Katherine graduated the couple became engaged, followed by the wedding not long after. With Brian still working toward his degree and Katherine starting her first teaching job, the young couple didn't have a lot of time to be together. Towards the end of Brian's residency, Katherine becomes pregnant, giving birth not long after he starts looking for a real job.
With a baby on the way, Katherine decides she would like move back home to be closer to her family, and so the couple moves to Birmingham, Alabama where Arizona is soon born. Her father gets a job fairly quickly, while her mother decides to stay home for the first year of Arizona's life. After which she gets a teaching job and leaves young Arizona in the care of her grandfather.
As a child, Arizona doesn't understand how wrapped up in her beliefs her mother is. Doesn't realize how prejudice she is to other schools of thought, or anything she deems as ungodly. So when her grandfather, who had been her near constant companion until his death when she was nearing 5, continues to visit her for playmates, she thinks nothing of correcting her mother on her assumption that she's just talking to a random, imaginary friend. Her mother, of course, does not take well to learning her daughter thinks she's talking to ghost and becomes even stricter with her.
Then, in her youth, Arizona makes the mistake getting caught mumbling to herself. Her mother's answer to, what she believes to be, her daughters growing mental instability? More church, more praying for her eternal soul, more punishments meant to drive the devil out of her, of course. Arizona didn't like being punished (because whether her mother called it saving her soul or not, it was punishment), so just as she had when her grades got her in trouble (her teacher was amazed by the improvement when her grades went from C's and D's to A's), she did what she could to appease her mom. She started ignoring the spirits, even though the effort of doing so gave her a constant headache.
Of course, even that couldn't be enough to make the woman happy. No, when Arizona was 11, Katherine came home early to find Arizona in the front yard talking to one of the neighbor boys. They were leaned in close, whispering (about his older sister, who was on his porch and would hear them if they were louder), and it set her off. She nearly yanked Arizona's arm out of socket pulling her into the house and had her father not come home only a few moments later, likely would have given Arizona a very personal examination to make sure she was still "pure". Even not knowing how much worse it could have been, young Arizona was mortified. But, more then that, she was furious. And thus, for the first time in her life, she started trying to figure out how she was going to get away as soon as possible. The first step she took? Listening to the spirits again. They weren't always helpful, no, but they were comforting to her since she had hardly no friends at school (even fewer once they heard about the incident).
There were two attempts to runaway over the next four years, the first was foiled before she could even get to the bus stop (after which Arizona spent nearly a two months being picked up and dropped off as school, brought home, then locked in her room until school the next day). She was barely 12 though, it's hardly surprising she had no idea what she was doing. Her second attempt, which was planned much better (she left in the middle of the night, had left what she hoped would be a misleading clue, hardly packed anything to take with her) went better. But she didn't have much cash, couldn't get very far, so before a week had passed, she'd been found (in Montgomery) and brought back home. The punishment this time was more severe (and, for the first time ever her mother, in her anger, actually slapped Arizona. Which of course made it easier the next time) and involved a week locked in her closet (it was alright with Arizona, though. It gave her time to think and her mom didn't talk to her the whole time).
When she was let out, she'd decided before she could really get away she needed cash. However, how she was going to do that wouldn't become apparent until almost a year later, the summer after her 15th birthday. They were at a picnic one of her fathers co-workers had thrown, when Arizona noticed an angry spirit hovering around one of the older doctors. The spirit kept threatening him, calling him rotten bastard, informing him someone was going to find out what he did to her. Then she noticed Arizona paying attention to her and before they went home, she had the whole story (right down to where he'd hidden her body).
Now she had information, something she knew she could use, she just had to figure out how. After much musing, the answer became apparent. Blackmail. Arizona packed everything she needed in a duffel bag, then headed to the hospital, careful to avoid her father. Of course, he'd laughed at her when she first came in, demanding money. But then she started the spirits story, started with how he'd bought her coffee, send her a bouquet of irises because they reminded him of the dress she wore when they met. He was clearly nervous, but told her to get out, so she started talking about that night (making sure to stay near the door as she did). How they'd had Italian (her Caesar salad, him Alfredo) for dinner, how it'd been raining lightly, even what song had been on the radio. She paused then, to tell him what she wanted ($1000), before continuing the story. Now, when she'd come in and started the story, he'd been expecting her to want something quite a bit more hefty then 1K. The low figure took some of his anger away, gave him a clear head to look over the young girl in his office. He noticed the duffel bag, the circles under her eyes, the light bruising around her left bicep, even the way she seemed to be on alert for any movement from him. Now that he was looking, it was obvious she was running away from something. It was that, pity for her, guilt for the girl he'd accidentally killed, more then fear of being caught, that had him making the payment and letting her leave. He wasn't worried she'd be back demanding more money, he was pretty sure she'd never step foot near Alabama again (after all, everyone had heard about Brian's daughter running away years before).
Money shoved away in her bag, Arizona didn't think twice about leaving. She got on the first bus out of town and kept going until she was in Illinois. She stayed there for a few months, living on the streets (occasionally staying in a shelter) before she headed for New York. It didn't take long for young Arizona to realize that if she wanted off the streets (she did, it was cold), she needed to make more money. The area she was staying in was full of people peddling their various talents (singers, musicians, card sharks, selling fake designer items) for spare change, so she decided to throw her hat into the ring. She set up a little table with a big, white candle on it, and told anyone who passed by close enough that she could commune with the spirits. Of course, for the first few days people ignored her, thinking she was crazy or trying to con them out of their money. About four days into it, growing increasingly frustrated by people simply walking by and ignoring her, she called out in a quiet voice (but loud enough to be heard) to a man passing by. Arizona told him his wife was glad he'd finally moved on, that she thought Mindy was a good fit for him, even if she had a ridiculous name.
After that plenty of people still hurried past her, but some stopped, and better yet, some purposely came to find her table. She never made very much, usually around 10$, but it was a start. It would also lead to her getting an actual job a few months into when a sweet woman, Vivian who'd recently lost her father, and was now trying to run his diner, stopped to talk to her. Arizona communicated with him, let her know he thought she was doing a fine job with the place and that she needn't worry so much. Vivian told her to stop by the diner later that evening for dinner, the two talked. Somehow Arizona found herself not only with a job (waitress), but an actual place to crash (Vivian's couch).
ugh, idek where i'm going with this anymore. it's gotten so long and out of control.
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