Name: Isabella (Issy) Clemens
Date of Birth: November 21
Parents: Jonathon Clemens (Deceased) Michelle Clemens
Siblings: Trent Clemens (Deceased) Kolby Clemens (28) Ariel Clemens (22)
Profession: High school student
History: Issy is what the rest of the surviving Clemens children call the 'accidental baby'. Shortly before her birth, their father Jonathon was killed along with the oldest Clemens sibling in a hit and run accident. Michelle managed to hold it together, but the loss of her husband and child took its toll on her mental stability. For a few years, Michelle’s mental instability was brushed off as quirks and the two eldest siblings ignored it. No one was being hurt, Issy was still being taken care of, and everyone was happy for a time; until Kolby turned 18 and joined the Marines.
After her only remaining son left for the military, Michelle began to change. She became controlling of Ariel’s every action, refusing to let her daughter leave the house except to go to school. Issy, however, wasn’t quite as fortunate. Unbeknownst to Kolby and Ariel, Issy was kept in the house along with her mother, who developed a severe case of agoraphobia. On the few occasions that Michelle had to leave the house, she would leave Issy locked in a closet with a supply of snacks to hold her daughter over until she returned. The only thing that spared Issy a life as a complete shut-in along with Michelle was the state. When Michelle failed to provide the necessary school work done by Issy to prove she was being properly homeschooled, the state forced the woman’s hand. Issy was enrolled in school, a year behind all the other children her ages and completely socially awkward.
Elementary school proved to be a complete nightmare for Issy. Between her mother’s constant insinuations that Issy would be killed in the world outside the house and the harassment she dealt with from her classmates due to her awkwardness in social situations, Issy shutdown completely. She refused to talk, even when spoken to. She would not go outside unless she was given no other option, and she absolutely refused to make friends. When the state stepped in again, it was Kolby who became Issy savior. Taking his sister from their mother and becoming her legal guardian, Kolby got Issy into counseling. It took years of therapy to get her to overcome her paranoia and fears, but gradually, Issy began to adjust. She never became comfortable with people her own age, but she did learn how to socialize with other people, although she usually opted not to.
Life was beginning to work out for Issy when the news that would turn her world upside down came. Her brother was being deployed overseas, and he could not take Issy with him. It was decided, that rather than sending her back to their mother and risking all of the progress she’d made, Issy would live with Ariel and her fiancé. The situation was hardly ideal considering the strained relationship between Ariel and Issy, but it was the only way that Issy could be protected. Now at the age of seventeen, Issy is a junior in high school, still clumsy and awkward around her classmates, but managing all the same. She found an outlet in photography, using her camera to express herself without words. Most of her teachers and even Ariel find her a joy to be around. She’s quiet, well-behaved, and avoids trouble like the plague. Her classmates consider her a freak, unworthy of friendship by anyone other than the outcasts of the school. Issy was never troubled by it. Instead, she found companionship with those older than her when she isn’t outside with her camera.