Main Character: Entrust, Trust Fall
Birth name: Lenora
Hair: long, light blonde
Eyes: Medium yellowish green
Age at first appearance: 25
Residence: She shares a small house with Oliver Eisman in Morrow Falls, Ohio (fictional town).
Education: BA in Elementary Education from Morrow Falls University
Employment: Morrow Falls Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher. Lena wanted to go into early childhood education, because school was her safe place as a child and she wants to make a difference for children in honor of the teachers who went out of their way to help her.
Parents: Father, unknown. Mother, Jennifer Lenora Kline, was a drug addict with a history of abusive relationships. Lena was transferred to a foster home with Jim and Beth Eisman at the age of 10.
Siblings: No biological siblings. She considers the kids she grew up with in the foster home her siblings, particularly Oliver Eisman.
Characteristics: Due to her turbulent childhood, Lena is slow to trust and usually turns to Oliver as her confidant. As a teenager, she began cutting herself to deal with emotional strain, particularly after confrontations with her mother. After finding an ideal counselor in college, she learned new techniques to cope and expand her comfort zone. Usually finding social encounters to be exhausting, she would rather spend her evenings reading and unwinding, but Oliver often pushes her to get out and expand her social circle.
Favorite Animal: Penguin. She keeps a stuffed penguin near her bed that her foster parents bought for her during a zoo visit when she was eleven.
Lena & Ollie, teenage years…
“How’s my hair?” Ollie asked after coming out of the bathroom for the third time.
“What are you doing tonight?” I laid across the foot of his bed, playing with a stretched out hairband.
“Just having pizza and hanging out with this guy from school. Probably playing some video games.”
“Like… a date?”
“No.” He spun and stormed away, only to return a few minutes later smelling clearly of cologne.
I was barely fourteen, but I knew date prep when I saw it. He tucked in his shirt, pulled it back out, then started fussing with his hair again.
“Come here,” I said, climbing to stand on the foot of the bed. He was already well over six feet tall and it was the only way I could reach his head. I fixed his perpetual bed-head, but his curly strawberry-blond hair usually had a mind of its own. Then, I righted the collar on his shirt. “You look presentable, for pizza, and stuff.”
He grabbed me by the waist and swung me to the floor, half-messing up his shirt in the process.
“So, you like him?” I asked.
“I don’t know…” He went to fuss with his hair again, and I swatted his arm away.
“You look fine.”
“Are you going to say anything?”
“About you and the pizza? Scandalous.”
I shrugged and flopped back on the corner of the bed. “The only one I would say anything to is you, and that would be kinda pointless. We both know you like boys.”
“I like girls.”
“Yeah, but not with pizza.”
Ollie threw his hands in the air and paced toward his dresser and back. “Why do I put up with you?”
Because I’m the best little sister in the world. But I didn’t say that, because I couldn’t. He had a little sister once and I couldn’t be her. “Because, if you didn’t, I’d make your life miserable.”
“Uh huh. As opposed to what you’re doing now?” He ruffled my hair as he passed.
That night, I waited up until everyone else was in bed, then padded down to the basement. His door was open, probably because he knew I’d be coming. “Did you have a good evening?”
“Yeah,” he said after a long pause. “And that’s all I’m saying to you.”
“Why? Because I’m three years younger and can’t possibly understand pizza? Don’t forget, I saw much more than pizza when I lived with my mom.”
Ollie sighed and patted the bed next to him. “So, you’re fine with the whole, me not being straight?”
“Does it stop you from being my big brother?” I leaned my shoulder into his. “As far as I’m concerned it changes nothing. You’re not getting rid of me that easily.”
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