Xiao Mei (Taiwan) Aug 13, 2011 14:06:44 GMT -5
Post by xiaomei on Aug 13, 2011 14:06:44 GMT -5
!M E I – X I A O¡
° N-ame || Xiao Mei; Mei is her given name
° A-liases || none
° A-ge || 21
° G-ender || Female
° F-amily || No siblings; mother and father living elsewhere.
° S-ight || No, though she sometimes senses when larger creatures are near. She’s tense whenever this happens, not knowing if they’re friendly or not.
° E-ye color || Brown
° H-air color || Dark brown
° H-eight || 5’3.5”
° W-eight || 118 lbs
° S-kin tone || Creamy olive
° D-efining features || She has one strand of hair that stubbornly stays out in front of her face. The end is curled, as she has a habit of wrapping it around her finger if she’s bored or thinking; if anyone else touches that particular strand, however, she gets very uncomfortable.
° A-dditional features || Mei is slender, but not slight. She tends to wear pink or white more often than any color, though she’s been seen in reds, greens, and blues. She’s a vibrant person; she likes sticking to vibrant, light colors. She always wears simple clothing, though her sleeves and hem are more often than not decorated with lace or ruffles. In addition… it’s rare when she doesn’t have some sort of loose plant matter or dirt on her skirt or sleeves from where she was working in her greenhouse. She always wears at least one peony clipped in her hair; more often, it’s two.
° J-ob || Flower merchant
° R-ank || Middle/ lower class
° R-eason for current profession || Mei loves flowers. She enjoys growing them, arranging them, and so on. Once she realized that her entire house and yard were taken up by plants of various sorts, she decided to use her passion to make money. Even if it’s a modest living, she is content.
° H-ome town || Granor
° B-irth town || Cheelur
° P-ersonality ||
Mei is generally a happy, bubbly sort of person. She rarely sits still for more than five minutes unless she’s focused on a task, always has a smile on her face, and tends to giggle more often than one might think warranted. If she notices someone in a bad mood, she’ll be one of the first to try to find out what’s wrong and cheer them up: Mei doesn’t like when the people around her are sad. She’s a good listener, but would much rather do the talking, something that those close to her find out quickly. If she’s got to listen rather than talk, the best thing to do is speak to her while she’s gardening or arranging flowers – it’s much easier to keep her attention that way, odd as it might sound.
However, like anyone, Mei is prone to fits of bad temper and moods where she wants to see no one. Rather than force herself on company during these days, she stays home and does not open her shop. It’s worth a little lost money if she doesn’t lose customers completely, in her opinion.
Speaking of opinions… Mei has them. If anyone threatens her opinions or those of any other, she’s quick to speak up, and her tongue is usually very sharp. In her mind, that’s the thing about opinions. Everyone has them, and they’re all very different. There’s no reason to tell someone that their opinion is wrong solely because it differs from your own. That’s not to say Mei isn’t also a young woman: she’s easily overwhelmed and will often run away if someone were to yell at her or fight with her for too long.
Last of the major points, Mei is both a hopeless romantic and overly practical when it comes to matters of the heart. How? Well, she is a flower merchant – she sees her customers buying and receiving flowers nearly every day. This has sparked a romantic side that severely contrasts with her practicality – love is hard to find. True love, harder still. She dreams of it, but also would not turn down an advantageous marriage in hopes that she’d find love eventually. (At the same time… this is why she left her parents’ home. She wanted to look before settling down.)
° L-ikes ||
• Flowers of any sort. Her favorite are peonies.
• Singing, though that’s not to say she’ll ever sing when she knows there are people around.
• Being in her greenhouse in the rain. The sound is soothing. Really… anything having to do with rain that isn’t a torrential downpour.
° D-islikes ||
• Bugs around her flowers. Unless they’re the helpful sort: bees, butterflies, or ladybugs.
• Extreme temperatures – even with a greenhouse, too much of one thing is not good for the plants.
• Being alone for long periods of time.
• Having to travel so far to see her parents, or for them to travel so far to see her; she’d much rather they were closer, but neither will leave where they’re settled.
• Rude people. If you’re rude to her first, she reserves the right to be rude right back.
° F-ears ||
• That she will one day be unable to support herself.
• That something will happen to her parents.
• Snakes. They’re the reason her plants are, for the most part, in pots in a greenhouse.
° L-esser known facts ||
• Mei loves heights. Mei is also terrified of falling.
• Mei is prone to prolonged bad moods. When this happens, she will not open her shop, and instead stay home gardening.
• Were she not a flower merchant, Mei would likely be a governess. She likes children.
° G-oals ||
• To one day have a small chain of shops around the world.
• To meet someone and fall in love.
• To hybridize a peony plant and create a flower all her own.
° H-istory ||
Mei was born in Cheelur in the spring. At least, that was how her parents would always explain her fascination with flowers. “Oh, daughter, you were never so happy as when we had you outside.” Her father tells her to this day. Her mother always agrees, going further to say that her first word wasn’t the usual “no,” “mama,” or “dada,” but was instead “flower.” Mei’s not quite sure she believes this last bit.
Regardless, she had a happy, somewhat sheltered, childhood, playing with all of the children in her neighborhood – and when she wasn’t playing with them, she was playing in the dirt in the garden. Mother gave her a daisy plant when she turned five, with promises of more only if the flower lived through the summer. The flower not only lived, it thrived; that was how much attention Mei gave to it. As she grew, so did her small garden.
It broke her heart to leave Cheelur when she was fifteen, to go live in Granor with her parents; she’d have to leave her flowers and her friends behind. However, what Mother and Papa said was what occurred, and so she took cuttings of all of her favorite plants and began anew. And this garden far outgrew the last. By the time her parents were tired of the city life, resolving instead to return to Cheelur, Mei was old enough to tell them she was staying – and what’s more, staying in the house. She’d worked small jobs for others enough that she had some money saved, and offered it to her parents with promises of more somehow. To her surprise, they denied the money, telling her to keep it for herself – that she’d need it someday, living there.
A year later, when she turned nineteen, she decided that, since she had so many flowers and enjoyed arranging them – sometimes leaving them on neighbor’s doorsteps if she heard they might be in need of cheering up – she should open a shop. With that money she’d saved, and added to, she bought a tiny store in the outer middle of Granor – and thus ‘Mei’s Blossoms’ was born.
° R-oleplay example ||
((From APHP; if this is not long enough, I can write a different one.))
"C'mon, Lovi. I don't know why you're not happier about this." Mei cajoled, walking beside her Housemate toward the empty classroom Ya-ya had indicated to her earlier. "Don't you always say you need the help? And now you've got Ya-ya pretty much to yourself..." Really, she didn't understand. Any other student would be happy to get these one on one lessons with her Ya-ya. She loved her Charms lessons with him.
And- and if Lovi was worried about other people seeing, well! It was only her and Ya-ya. She wouldn't tell anyone else. And Ya-ya was always supportive if... well. Nevermind that. Sometimes Ya-ya could be snarky. Maybe it was a good thing she was here. Granted, she didn't realize that she could sometimes be just as snarky. It was probably for Lovino's benefit that the pair of them were there. They'd likely balance each other out.
"We're here." Mei stated to the boy beside her a few minutes later, before shoving the door open. "Ya-ya!" She bounded in, all energy and excitement. Hey, he'd promised to teach her something new at the end of all this... though what, he still wouldn't say. She didn't really care. It was more time she got to spend with one of her favorite people in the entirety of the castle.
She all but skipped over to her Ya-ya, hugging him and leaning up to kiss his cheek quickly before going to hop up on one of the desks as a seat. Hey, this wasn't actual class... and he hadn't told her what she was going to be doing yet. Might as well be comfy, right?
° U-sername || XiaoMei (Also Lili here)
° A-ge || 23
° T-ime zone || GMT -5:00
°W-hat is the secret word from the Rules? || (As the author, roses. As Mei, peonies~)