olive braun, twenty, nanny
All her twenty years Olive Braun wanted her life to be like a story or a film. Despite having a generally normal upbringing, the most constant thing in her life were the stories that occupied it; whether it was the plays she saw with her grandmother, the fairy tales read to her at night, or the Disney movies that served as background noise while she played with her older sister, Alice. Those were the things she remembered when she looked back on her childhood or recalled any certain day. It became her home. More than her parents, her sister, anyone or anything else. She had her stories to keep her company, in her head and in her hands.
It’s no surprise that Olive is a dreamer and a great story-teller. She’d much rather live in her fantasy world than deal with the dullness that is day to day life. Her sister always picked on her in one way or another: eyes too big, too short when she was young, and too tall when she grew up. It increased Olive’s desire to be a character from her stories even more. In her head she was Olive-the-dramatized; a 100 percent better version of herself, but ever changing and adaptable to all situations (as long as she stood out). To this day she still acts as if she’s in a film, following a narrative unknown to her and dreaming up all the possibilities her tale can go. But in reality she lives a normal life as any in Walsh. She works at a local daycare where her flare for the dramatic and story-telling abilities are appreciated by the children she watches and their parents alike. After one day with her, most children openly speak of the wonder that is the great miss Olive to their parents. This make her a highly-desired commodity for outside childcare jobs. Olive accepts when she can and enjoys playing with the children very much, but she wants more.
A girl so creative could never have her sights set on anything less than the stars. She is waiting (and not very patiently mind you) for her moment to come; for her story to change and finally hit its stride. Alice tells her that she has her head in the clouds and to grow up, while her parents tell her to put her gift to use and become a children’s writer. But Olive has never listened to anything but her own strong will. The increasingly strange occurrences in Walsh are only encouraging her; reiterating the story-like quality of her life and making her feel involved in them.
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