♦ When someone tries to force her to speak - As she has selective mutism, anyone trying to make her talk just tends to cause problems.
Elysia Rose Dey
13 | Female | 4'9" | Heterosexual | Incoming Freshmen
♦ When her phone runs out of battery and she doesn't have anything to write with - Yes she knows sign language, but not many other people do so if she loses any way of easy communication she will become unnerved making it harder to speak normally.
♦ Being the center of attention - She is not fond of everyone's eyes being on her. She feels even worse about it when they are waiting for her to respond.
♦ Untidy Workspace - Elysia enjoys having everything being neat and tidy. She likes knowing where everything is at all times and bonus points for it being symmetrical.
♦ Team Sports - Playing a team sport tends to need communication, and Elysia has always been too scared to try and find a workaround.
Likes♦ Gardening - Her mother was an avid gardener along with one of Elysia's sisters. Despite not being very good at it the activity is good bonding time.
♦ Baking - Like with gardening this is an activity that Elysia mainly likes for bonding with family. This time with her other sister. Also, just like with gardening she is not good at it. She is just too clumsy.
♦ Drawing - She enjoys all kinds of art but you give her a few colored pencils and some sort of canvas and she'll be set.
♦ All Seasons - Winter gives the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with a cup of Hot Chocolate and a sketchpad. Spring is the best time to get the most beautiful sights in the garden with vibrant and wonderful flowers. Summer has people going out much more than usual for wonderful drawings of them having picnics or going to parks. Fall is when the leaves fall in their beautiful colors. Every season has something to offer.
♦ Anime/Games - Particularly the ones with beautiful visuals and colors that seem to pop.
skills♦ Hand-Eye coordination. From years of speaking through either ASL or typing on her phone, along with her artwork, Elysia has excellent Hand-Eye coordination and is generally able to easily do small difficult tasks with her hands like putting a thread through the eye of a needle with little to no effort. She also tends to be very quick and precise whenever she is drawing.
Observant. Being someone who is rarely at the center of a conversation Elysia has become a really good listener and people watcher. She tends to pay attention to how people are feeling a little more than she should and, if not feeling nervous, will abruptly stop what she’s doing and try to figure out what is wrong.
Good Visualization. This is something she can only really do when making some sort of drawing or artwork, but Elysia can look at whatever her canvas maybe and visual a large majority of what she wants to make. Through this, she can tend to jump straight into the piece without the worry of making a mistake in how she wants it to look. She rarely if ever needs to erase a line or cover up a portion with different paint. But since she does it this way she usually spends way too long just staring at her canvas before beginning.
gift♦ According to Elysia, her drawings are simply that. Plain average drawings that shouldn't cause as much fuss as they tend to. To others, they almost appear to take a life of their own. When they say that a picture can say a thousand words, well it's quite true with Elysia's works and even a little more. She started young drawing in coloring books as a coping mechanism to deal with her anxiety. She would spend hours of her day drawing in these books running through so many of them so quickly. She quickly upgraded to blank canvas' putting her all into them. She doesn't find them all that impressive, but that is because she already knows how she feels and what is in her heart and mind. Some have described looking at her art as if they were having a conversation with the girl and that's her gift. Like how an expert musician can play someone to feeling certain emotions or an actor can move someone towards the same thing, Elysia can convey her emotions through her artwork and have a better conversation with them this way than using her phone or writing ever could.
•p e r s o n a l i t y
Elysia is one of the quietest children you could come across, and she has no control over it. Anxiety is an awful thing and the young girl has lived with it her whole life. Despite this, she tries her best to be happy. Most of the time she succeeds. She still has issues interacting with people she's close to, let alone complete strangers but she has the determination to change her life. She has a love for the beauty of this world and of people. Even if she has trouble interacting with the world and people around her she'll try to find the good in anything and make a drawing about it.
In regards to her anxiety, it manifests itself in a disorder called selective mutism. Despite the first word in the name, she isn't entirely in control of the selection. She has found various ways to cope. The main one being her artwork. She has also discovered that working side by side with someone in some sort of task, and if she can keep quiet while cooperating with them and doesn't need to talk then she can start to feel more comfortable with them around. As long as the other person doesn't inadvertently increase her stress, this can produce a good relationship and she'll find it easier to speak to them. Although she still relies too much on sign language, her phone, and writing to communicate.
If she can get close to someone then she will be a great friend. A great listener to your problems, able to tell when you feel anxious, and being someone who'll drop whatever they're doing to help you are key characteristics she exhibits towards those around her. Especially her friends. She's shy, reluctant, and clumsy but she always tries to put on a smile no matter how uneasy it may be. Around school, if she is even seen out and about, she's either heading for class while keeping her head down, watching everyone doing their thing from a distance, or sitting on the ground somewhere staring at a canvas or rapidly drawing on it.
•h i s t o r y
The circumstances around Elysia's birth were unfair. The whole pregnancy was difficult and then she came earlier than her expected due date. After the birth was over she had to be instantly admitted to NICU and it was unsure whether she would make it. Despite this, her parents Ryon and Mira Dey along with her older sisters, Eliza and Adelinde, waited for her to pull through certain that she would live. But Elysia wasn't the only one to have a rough time after her birth. Mira was also in dire straits and unfortunately didn't recover. The family was in a somber situation. The matriarch had passed and despite their initial hope, the fear for Elysia's life was still there. It was a long and arduous journey but eventually, she pulled through.
The situation affected each member differently. Ryon became depressed from his wife's death and feared that something may happen to Elysia. Eliza who was much older took it upon herself to get a good education and job to provide for them all, as Ryon's job wasn't very lucrative being a construction worker. Adelinde being a child wanted something to blame for her mother's death and that blame unfairly fell on Elysia. As a baby, Elysia was unusually quiet. She cried when she was hungry, tired, or needed to be held but as she grew older the usual babbling that one associated with babies was not there. She didn't say her first word until she was two when most babies would combine words randomly at this age. It was determined that she didn't have a learning disability so the family went on as normal. She began talking a little more easing the worries of those around her but that ended around when she was 7. She got in a big fight with Adelinde. In reality, it was more like Elysia kept trying to help Adelinde in the garden but messed everything up and was yelled at. Crying she ran off when Adelinde or Eliza weren't watching. She knew where her father worked and went where he was for comfort.
When she got there she watched from outside the fence waiting to see her dad. When she saw him she called out to him distracting him from what he was doing. In a lot of places getting distracted can be dangerous. A construction site is one of them. Cutting all the details out he got injured. He was no longer able to work and Eliza had to leave college to work enough to provide for the family. This is around the time that Elysia stopped talking almost entirely. Things were hard and the anxiety within the young girl didn't help. She would spend the next year in her room hiding from everything. She even stopped drawing for a while. The only time she left her room was for school or to grab something to eat. She was too scared to interact with anyone.
For a while, after her mutism showed, she'd often get in trouble at school for 'refusing' to speak despite her extremely obedient behavior in every other aspect. Kids were cruel and bullied the quiet girl. Some of her friends stuck close but others thought that she didn't want to talk to them despite her trying to find ways to communicate. It was hard. But eventually, someone thought to ask the question 'should she be taken to a psychiatrist?' It took a while but the psychiatrist was able to determine that she had selective mutism rather than autism. Making the correct diagnosis and Elysia realizing what was wrong was the first step to recovery.
They tried various methods to help her. It took a few years but Elysia found herself being able to talk to her family a little bit more. The main thing that helped was her family telling her that they didn't blame her for what happened. Even Adelaide apologized for how she had treated her. She was still having difficulties as the road to full recovery is long and arduous, but she was doing much better. She began learning sign language, she started using her phone and writing to communicate, and she began drawing again putting more effort into it.
When she became a teenager she was more determined than ever to improve so she brought the idea of applying to Wellington to her family. They were initially against it as this would mean she'd be so far from the rest of them for a long time. But she was certain that she could handle it. She also knew that despite her own beliefs that people thought her artwork was amazing. She knew that Wellington would be a good place to go to improve her skills. Both of her goals could be achieved by going there so she convinced her family to allow her to apply. She was surprised and terrified when she found out that she was accepted.
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•what did you pack?
Phone, Many Notepads, Picture of Family, Multiple Packs of Colored Pencils, Paintbrushes, Paint, Canvases, Sketchbooks, Basic Necessities, three stuffed animals(A bear, bunny, and dog), an old laptop previously used by Eliza when she was at college, a book with information on various plants(written in the margin by Adelaide is information on the best way to care for some of the plants), and a recipe book on baked goods.
Jeremy Zucker - Scared
She has two nicknames Ely (Ellie) and Lysi (Li-Sea). Ely is the more common nickname while Lysi is used by those that are really close to her.
When she talks through her phone she uses an app that uses a generally better version of text-to-speech. It was made by the recommendation of her psychiatrist. The voice is her own but it still flubs a few words and when the mistake is discovered Ely rightly turns red and will spend the next few nights trying to fix it by adding words to the dataset.
Almost always is looking down towards the ground. She still sports an uneasy smile while doing so.
She tends to pull her knees up to her body when sitting down.
Outside of required attire, Ely tends to wear hoodies as she can pull the hood far over her head when nervous.