Morgan Reine (Prefers being called Morie)Age:
Morie's pale-blonde hair is her most striking feature, and since she's slowed down on sports she's let it grow out, often tying it up in some fashion. Her sharp green eyes are subtly expressive, and capable of piercing glares as well as calming gazes. Her body is slender and athletically built thanks to her years playing volleyball, and stands at 176cm tall. Her fashion sense is fairly mundane, as she most often simply opts for a track jacket over an athletic shirt, along with shorts. When she is trying to make an impression, her usual go to is maybe replacing the shorts with a skirt, and wearing a loose top of some kind.
While a reserved and quiet soul, Morie is far from unsociable. Her usual tone of voice is confident and soothing, even if she's also often of few words. She's as happy around people as she is in her own company; A balance of these two is the key. Socializing is as fun as it is draining for the girl, so time alone is time to recharge. Her reservations come most from her strong desire to not impose on others--she is terribly slow to open up to any about whatever ails her, and does her best to not ask for help of any kind. At the same time, she's greatly interested in finding out about the issues of those around her and assisting them. She's a giver at her core, willing to do most anything at her own expense if it'll help another.
The girl makes an effort to not be overbearing, however, instead just making herself available. Coupled with her calm and somewhat motherly disposition, she's never had real issues in making friends, with a tendency of being a leader of sorts in her circles. And a useful friend she is, especially for those who manage to get her to open up, even a little. Having her genuine loyalty means having a literal ride-or-die partner.
Morie also possesses an incredible ability to direct near unbreakable focus, and a determination bordering on insanity to see that focus through. These traits are what has allowed her to excel in life, hardly ever failing at the things she's tried her hand at. With the few failures she has suffered, however, a fear of it has developed. Unknowns make her nervous, as they get in the way of success--and unfortunately, just about every activity in life has unknowns to varying degrees.
Always scared of coming up short and not living up to expectations, her naturally excellent work ethic is pushed even further to an often worrying degree, though of course she does what she can to conceal this as much as necessary to avoid concerning others. This fear has branched off and created a few more related mentality problems for the girl--mainly that she's terribly hard on herself. She harbors a belief that she has to be perfect. Perfect enough to always be able to offer help to others, and never need any in return. Perfect enough to be able to allow those around her to sit back and not have to exert themselves. An unattainable goal, and a set up for complete failure, but Morie fights towards it with her entire being.
Morie was pinned as a gifted child early in life, mostly due to an overwhelming knack for athletics. While she's tried out numerous sports in her life, the one that stuck with her most was volleyball--it grabbed her focus like nothing else, all but guaranteeing her success. Called a 'freak of nature' in one article published in a local newspaper about her, exceptions regarding rules on what leagues an individual could play in based on age and gender were made exclusively for Morie, leading to her playing on competitive teams with and against boys a minimum of two years older than her. While certainly a competitive individual, Morie didn't quite have the same fire inside her as others did--beating another team always felt a little bad, as she knew she had disappointed all the opposing players. Losing, especially in the higher stakes games, was always tough to take as well, and the feeling of letting down her teammates would eat at her for a while after. What instead allowed her to excel was simply the fact that she loved the game, and wanted nothing more than to spend all of her time playing and practicing--which is essentially exactly what she did.
Morie had always found schooling to be easy enough early on, letting her get great marks while still dedicating most of her waking life to volleyball. Being so well-rounded made her something of a celebrity in her home city, so some amount of attention was something she started to grow accustomed to. Plenty of it was negative, though--mostly from the parents of other volleyball players she shared the court with. Anger directed at the little girl taking away attention from the rest of her team. Lots of sneering dismissals. Choice words from the stands during a game. During practices. Often from people she recognized--family of teammates she considered friends. And of those she didn't.
The girl learnt to deal with it all, rarely allowing it to affect how she played or how she acted. It got better for a year or two as she got older and began to play at a national level with other girls--here, she was surrounded by players who were just as excessively skilled as she was. She did not stand out, which suited her fine. The girl was even made to be a substitution rather than a starting player at times. That was less fine, as it meant she wasn't doing what she loved as often. It pushed her forward to spend even more time practicing. She feared disappointing her parents, and proving everyone who had ever jeered her right.
Her grades began to suffer tremendously. Morie's new habit of skipping didn't help either--having to deal with the other students, especially those that had been connected to her through volleyball in the past--grew to be too much for her to handle. High school kids were vicious, in a word. Arguements with her parents became common. Through it all, Morie kept desperately fighting to get better at volleyball. In her mind, if she could just accomplish that, everything else would follow and straighten itself out--her grades, friends, parents, future... It'd all be okay if she just kept putting every moment of her life into the sport.
It seemed she had hit her ceiling, though. Six months before the end of her last high school year, she received a phone call that let her know she had been cut from the country's under 18 female volleyball team.
It was the most crushing moment of her life. Morie's first thought was that she had spent all of that time for nothing. Then came the fear of everyone around her finding out. The fallout was more than rough for the girl. She spent most of her time alone, coming to terms with it all. She began to realize that somewhere along the way, she had no longer been enjoying playing volleyball. That she'd let something she loved ruin itself and everything else that was important to her.
Morie picked herself up, not allowing herself to stay down for long. She used her newfound free time to bring her grades back up, deciding to direct her focus towards the goal she had always had in the longer term for herself: to become a paramedic and save lives. She also socialized more, helping alleviate the bullying issue by showing her classmates that she was more than just the volleyball girl.
Slowly beginning to appear as happy with her life as she had been years ago, Morie went on to college and continued to do excellently in her studies. It also grabbed her interest much more than high school and previous, as there was lots of practical work to be done. Of course, she works hard to make sure she does perfectly, as a failure in this line of work can easily lead to a life lost--something that stresses her greatly, though she doesn't bring it up.
Tied to a simple leather necklace that is long enough to reach Morie's chest.
- Morie is one of those people that can seemingly eat as much as she pleases and suffer no consequences. Her active lifestyle helps.
- She has a great tolerance for pain, and doubly so if she's currently focused on a goal.
- Is a lot less tough when it comes to matters of the heart. Physical pain is whatever, but love and feelings and stuff are way harder to get a handle on.
- She doesn't particularly have anything against being called by her actual name, Morgan. She just likes 'Morie' better. Calling her 'Morg' though will usually draw at least a protest.
- Might drop a theme for her here if I ever find one I like