Jenna Lynn Fairfield (née Baker) always had a hunger for knowledge. Even in childhood, one would find the girl upon her father's old, imprinted chair, eyes darting from page to page, eagerly satisfying her learning thirst. An excellent student in school, she was the pupil that her teachers raved about, praised even, and it was in late adolescence did one of her teachers enlighten Jenna to become a teacher herself. At only twenty years old, Jenna became an elementary school teacher, where she taught children twelve and under in various subjects that the Board of Education didn’t find blasphemous. She especially specialized in vigorous Bible studies with her students, enforcing the hand of God upon their young minds and how often they should serve Him.
At the age of twenty-five, she was promoted to teach older students, specifically fifteen and up, and kept her regular curriculum as she would have for the younger children, albeit more lenient.
When Jenna isn't partaking in lectures, keeping watch for cheating scamps, nor having a few bites of the apples her students leave on her desk, she is often found at home that she shared with her husband, Pete Fairfield, where she enjoys preparing home-cooked meals, attempting to catch the next scene of her favorite soap opera in the process, while relaxing with a cigarette (no harm, no foul, what really is tar, anyway?) or two after a long day's work. Due to her seemingly warm goodness, most of the residents in Probity can find her participating of functions within the town; fundraisers, bake sales, but most importantly - church events.
Like many other civilians, Jenna Fairfield is seemingly a woman of God, attending every Sunday sermon or religious broadcast. There has never been a day where the woman will not have a smile spread across her lips and could best be described as gregarious in nature.
Children often go through phases, whether it be their choice of style, or questioning their religion (heathens, mostly). Yet it leaves the question as to how long those phases actually last. In Jenna's case, her personal phase lasted into adulthood. It isn't known if the woman was born with a condition such as the one she has, nor if she developed it later in life, but one thing is certainly clear - Jenna Fairfield lacks any form of empathy.
Everything about the woman is nothing more than a facade. She has no interest in the well-being of her students, nor can she stand the sight of them. She does nothing but regurgitate what she is meant to taught, and cares not if they learn anything from it. The fact that she is "blessed" with them during the weekday is an exhaustion of its own, leaving the woman drained by the weekend. As far as she is concerned, teaching is nothing but financial gain, something to keep her bills paid and put food on the table. If it means her own survival, Jenna would do whatever it takes - even if someone is hurt along the way.
She feels no love, no closeness, no sympathy, and cannot fathom the thought of them. She wears a "public skin" during the day, only shedding that off once she is in the comfort of her own home. She has become a master of deception as far as her demeanor goes, but after being accustomed with such an act for so long, it leaves the woman wondering as to how it will affect the only safe space she has. Sleep is the only peace she receives and if she could, she would sleep forever.
Pete Fairfield - Husband.
Eighteen-year-old Jenna Baker became Mrs. Jenna Fairfield under quite an unusual circumstance: a mutual agreement that would favor both she and her husband, Pete. He would grant his mother’s dying wish of an upstanding, Christian wife and refine his questioned sexuality, and Jenna could keep the desire of upholding her public persona. While she does have an understanding with Pete and tender moments with him at home and — most importantly in public, — Jenna does not love the man. The two seemingly work well with a tolerance for the other at best. They both can hold conversation well enough, and the fact that her husband is equipped doesn’t hurt either, to which she finds satisfaction should she ever become in the mood for her own needs.
Speaking of needs, Pete’s adultrey has not gone unnoticed to his wife. Given that she holds no attachment to her husband and cares not who he’s fooling around with, Jenna has often become the brunt of her husband’s alibi when it comes to his adultrey, assisting with getting him out of sticky situations should they arise. One would think that the two are seemingly a team when it comes to surviving in Probity, yet one would be wrong.
Their relationship can turn cold, for Jenna’s disdain for her husband has increased over the years. If careless, Pete has the potential to ruin her public facade, one she tirelessly works for day by day, just because he fancied a doe-eyed neighbor down the street. Jenna desires to avoid gossip and tarnishing of her name at all costs in order to be the perfect embodiment of what a woman of Probity needs to be.
Vera Baker - Mother.
After her no good, two-timing, bastard of a husband left her for another woman while pregnant, Vera Baker has clearly dealt with some hardships throughout her life. A single mother, forced to raise Jenna on her own, Vera had no other choice but to work odd jobs to keep both herself and her daughter fed. The two do not share a close bond as a normal mother and daughter would, and that was all due to the "phase." As much as she tried, Vera could not understand Jenna, which lead her into a spiraling depression. She believed her daughter's odd behavior was punishment from God and would become tormented by Jenna's detachment.
It seemed she would continue to suffer, however, as she became stricken with cancer, leaving no one other than her daughter to care for her in her final years. While in Jenna's care, she became fearful. Jenna keeps the old woman locked away in a room, where she is only allowed to leave should Jenna permit it, and the only form of communication her daughter allows is in the form of a ringing bell; the certain number of rings indicate just what Vera needs. Alone and dying, Vera swears that her daughter has the means to quicken her death, often noticing limited medication, and has even awoken to finding her pillow pressed firmly upon her face (though her daughter informs her that it was only a dream). She understands that her daughter is tactful, logical, and detailed - furthering her suspicions that she will not die of her illness but from her own flesh and blood.
Because of that, Vera often makes the mistake of warning Pete of Jenna’s sociopathic tendencies. Having taken a liking to the young man given his pinch of compassion when it comes to her illness, Vera’s fondness only grows for her son-in-law despite the two not having a close bond. Though she does not voice it to Pete directly, she firmly believes that once she finally succumbs to death, Pete will become the next person for her daughter to torment.