Charahub

Rebecca Calloway


By nscarmona

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  • Name

    Rebecca Calloway

  • Age

    17 (Birthday: 19th January)

  • Short Description

    Not an emo, goddamnit. (Tragic antihero waddup)

Biography

  • Setting

    Outskirts of London, UK

  • Nickname

    "Becca"

  • Gender

    Female

  • Physical Description

    (Played potentially by Jennie Jacques?) Pale brunette. Average height. Sullen resting face.

  • Birthday

    19th January

  • Zodiac

    Capricorn

  • Occupation

    Sixth former; Saturday job at the comic book store

  • Family

    Maureen Joseph-Calloway: mother. Overweight, depressed high school history teacher. Living her childhood dream turned out to be a nightmare.
    Joe Calloway: father. Head chef. Control freak.

    Thomas 'Tommo' Calloway: paternal half-brother (24). Genius with wasted potential. Got kicked out of Oxford for smoking weed in the bathroom. Now shamelessly entices Becca into following his path.

    References to 'many, many cousins'. Generally regards her family as terribly boring: "all they do is spawn and talk about their spawn".

  • Sexuality

    Ambiguous - refuses labels. Often very confused about her own sexuality.

  • Personality

    + witty, dependable, ambitious, creative, eloquent
    - stubborn, selfish, cynical, insecure, emotionally unstable

    "Anyone who knows Becca is aware that she's a little bit of everything. A pessimist with hopes; a bitch with (mostly) good intentions. She'll make you laugh and feel at home in her presence - and since she has high standards of who a person should be, that gives those in her company the added boost. So what if she's only pleasant to ensure no-one leaves? A good deed's a good deed.

    Rebecca's mostly very polite, but you'll want to be on your guard: there's a real mean streak running right down the middle of her. When she thinks she can get away with it, she pushes boundaries, and chooses her words /very/ carefully - making sure they eat at you. It's what happens when you're a creative writing prodigy who studies A-level Psychology."

  • Likes/Dislikes

    LIKES: creative writing, cider, Pearl Jam, red lipstick, 90s culture, Sylvia Plath
    DISLIKES: formalwear, pop music, sports, vegetables, stupidity, children

  • Back Story

    - Bipolar disorder, sees therapist bi-weekly + is closely acquainted with her English teacher, who has some level of mental health knowledge.
    - Not at all close to her dad due to his unhealthy relationship with her mum (yet until now, they'd always stayed together).
    - Near friendless from primary school until Year 9, where she was sorted into the same English class as Faye and Lukasz, her current best friends.

  • Ongoing Story

    - At the beginning of the series, Avani dumps her over text, which Becca doesn't take too kindly towards.
    - Parents have a messy divorce smack-bang in the middle of Becca's exam year. Terrible timing.
    - Begins going to Spectrum, bringing Faye and Lukasz... becoming an instant hit with those there. The validation she's always craved goes to her head. Starts more irregularly taking her meds to keep up with the parties, leading to a string of terrible decisions (headfirst into a huge relapse).
    - Decides to give Faye a 'social makeover' so she can be equally socially successful... it starts out with genuine good intentions, but Becca ends up getting carried away and tries moulding her into the 'perfect best friend'. This doesn't go down too well. (To therapist: "So sue me. I have no-one I'm comfortable around - there's a grand total of zero people I feel able to open up to; I'm only putting you in a job because my parents are forcing me to talk. So maybe if I make Faye into someone I can lean on... and if I can change her enough to get her a social life she can be happy with... objectively I'm doing something right. Right?")
    - Comeuppance in the form of being stood up to by Faye, brought back to reality. The group unanimously turn on her, save for Lukasz... though he's unimpressed, which in a sense feels even worse.
    Irresponsibly gets drunk on her meds while watching American Beauty and feeling sorry for herself. Hospitalised.
    - Series ends with Becca hosting an end-of-year bonfire party. She gives Faye a genuine apology, but is told that they need to stay away from eachother for a little while.

  • Strengths/Weaknesses

    + Becca wins writing competitions to contribute to paying off household debts.

    - Honestly, though, she's kind of useless. She can't run, cook, or swim, and takes several minutes to do her shoelaces. If it's necessary in a zombie apocalypse, she can't do it, and would probably be the first to die.

    - A parallel with Faye is that Becca fears mediocrity and will do anything to avoid it. Clinging to writing, the one thing she's the unquestionable best at, she devotes her spare time to getting better and being good... but when faced with competition, her first response is to panic and break down. She can't handle not being superior at the only thing that boosts her ego.

  • Extra

    SIGNIFICANT/QUOTABLE LINES:
    - "Do homework. Revise. Get eight hours sleep and eat vegetables. Vegetables! What good will any of it do if I'm incompetent? Do they expect me to pull knowledge out of my arse? Well, I apologise for being unfathomably dense."

    - "Ah, sixth form. Another year of tears and poems and parents' evenings where my mum's told that I could be a prodigy if I 'only tried harder'... as if my free time isn't spent entering nationwide writing contests so she can pay the fucking bills. it's all bull. The education system, the government, everything; and my household is at the very middle of the dartboard."

    - "It's not enough to just be nice, if you want friends. Proper friends. You can sit around and be utterly unproblematic, keeping your head down in your little sketchbook and not saying anything: but that interests nobody. Be witty. Be deep. Carry around an air of mystery... that's what they call a personality, and a bloody good one."

Images

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    Description of Becca and Avani's past.
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Questions

  • Favorite artist?

    Pearl Jam. Also rather keen on Garbage.

  • Kind of clothing?

    "Dainty goth hooker" - crystal chokers, Docs, fishnets, always a skirt. Occasionally pretty provocative. Velvet. Lace. Denim.

  • Favorite animal?

    Kittens will forever be in her heart. She strokes every cat.

  • Least favorite animal?

    Dogs, due to a bad childhood experience.

  • What element would they be?

    Though born an earth sign, she feels more connected to fire signs .

  • Theme song?

    The Dresden Dolls - The Perfect Fit.

  • Deadly sin that best represents them?

    Envy.

  • Which animal would they be?

    Probably a crow... pretty much just a goth pigeon.

  • Blood type?

    A.

  • Patience level?

    The lowest of the low. No tolerance for the stupid, or the overly-nice, or the boring, or the mean, or the... nobody. She likes no-one. Literally terrible.

  • Favorite place?

    Camden. She feels at home there.

  • Role model?

    Shirley Manson: in her eyes, the most badass thing to ever hit the nineties music scene.

  • Favorite foods?

    Sweet chili everything.

  • Favorite book?

    'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath - she also has a fondness for 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov.

  • Dream place to live?

    Canada or central London. Somewhere rife with business opportunities.

  • Pets?

    None; they can't afford any.

  • Most appropriate TV trope(s)?

    Cool Loser, Deadpan Snarker, Enraged By Idiocy

  • Smells like?

    Eucalyptus shower gel, mostly.

  • How do they feel about love?

    Bullshit. It's all bullshit. (She kind of wants it.)

  • Least favorite color?

    All neons. Either be pastel or be dark; don't be obnoxious.

  • Makes a living by?

    Setting up Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments and selling comics.

  • Fears or phobias?

    Dogs, being hated, dying alone

  • Music they listen to?

    Everything nineties with a guitar. Garbage, Hole, Babes in Toyland, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden.

  • Bad habits?

    Being an edgelord and justifying it with "hey, stupid people are edgy. I'm smart so it classifies as being deep and complex."

  • Pet peeves?

    Stupidity, arrogance, unwarranted hostility

  • Religious and to what extent? Any spiritual beliefs?

    She has this secret conspiracy theory that aliens created Earth. If they can survive on other planets with completely different characteristics to this planet, the aliens can do things human can't. Perhaps it involves genesis of cosmic life.

  • Kind of student if they attend/were to attend school? (e.g. class clown, straight A)

    'Cool loser' sums it up. As for grades, she's smart enough but scraping passes by the skin of her teeth. Suffice to say she's not coping.

  • Role in a Disney movie

    She's probably that evil pixie in the Tinkerbell spinoffs.

  • Outlook on life?

    Utter shit - though it has its moments.

  • Most important person in their life

    Herself. Come on, the only person who will look after you your whole life is yourself.

  • What was your character like as a child?

    Very shy. Very precocious. Hung out with teachers because very few would play with her.

  • What (if they can) does your character eat?

    A lot of pasta. A lot of chicken. Bit of a sweet tooth.

  • What is something other people assume about your character?

    That she listens to pop-punk. She might be edgy, but she's not /that/ kind of edgy.

  • Do they like the name they were given?

    Rebecca's fine. But having Elizabeth for a middle name kind of sucks, and she fully intends on dropping it.

  • Nervous habits?

    Bouncing her leg, or tapping rhythmically on the table, or - y'know - panic attacks.

  • Languages spoken

    English and semi-fluent Spanish.

  • Wears jewelry?

    Chokers, always. Occasionally a ring.

  • Have they ever wanted to commit suicide?

    Pffft. She spends every minute wanting to, but not acting on it.

  • As a child, what did they want to be when they grew up?

    A princess, then an artist, then a writer... then an artist again... Rebecca has spent her whole life being this indecisive.

  • First kiss? (when and with whom)

    Anita, her ex, when she was sixteen.

  • Belief in an afterlife?

    She's ambivalent on this one. Half of her says "afterlife is a comforting construct since we can't get our heads around the idea of not existing anymore"... half of her believes that if a deity exist, they've created an afterlife to spite humanity.

  • Views on gambling, lying, killing, etc...?

    Morals are a social construct; do whatever the hell you can get away with. But if you get caught, you deserve all the consequences you get.

  • Do they stand up for what they believe in?

    Depends on how scary she finds the opposition, and how willing she is to cut them down.

  • How much do they value money?

    One should always be smart with it (though in her manic episodes, logic kind of clouds that). Save it up, then when you've got birthday and Christmas money and wages all in one full-to-bursting pot, go on a lavish spending spree. Buy anything and everything you want. Feel on top of the world.

  • Wants to get married?

    Maybe for financial purposes.

  • Wants to have kids, raise a family?

    No, no, nope. That's a dealbreaker. No kids in any shape or form: cats, on the other hand...

  • Passive, agressive, or defensive?

    Defensive, almost definitely. Everything she does is an act of self-preservation.

  • Cat or dog person?

    Anti-dog, pro-cat.

  • Sworn enemy?

    She has about twenty of those.

  • Is there one fictional character (print/stage/screen) you could compare them to?

    Veronica Sawyer meets Daria Morgendorffer.

  • Most traumatic experience?

    The entirety of primary school until Year 7.

  • What brings them the most joy?

    Being around friends comes with feelings of validation.

  • Are they ticklish?

    VERY. DON'T GO THERE. DON'T. DO NOT.

  • Do they play any instruments?

    Sadly, no. She tried learning the electric guitar and failed miserably... keys are hard.

  • Coke or Pepsi?

    Pffft. Without a doubt, Diet Coke.

  • Hogwarts House

    Slytherin through and through - though in primary school, she was Ravenclaw as hell.

  • If they could have one thing in the world?

    The knowledge that everything would be alright.

  • Would they dare kill someone?

    No. Actions have consequences, and it's too risky. Anyone who deserves to die will inevitably receive it. They'll crash and burn.

  • Body modifications? (Piercings, implants, tattoos etc.)

    Fuck no; she cries at injections.

  • Can they speak any accents?

    She's quite good at them. Cali girl, Scottish, Irish...

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