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natalie erika corvino
cakes were never natalie's thing. it never mattered that mai was into it, the girl simply wasn't interested. it apparently was part of the whole family thingy, her grandmother owned a cake place for crying out loud, but nat had never allowed herself to care. she let her older sister do most of the decorating, customizing the cake with pretty swirls, and patterns. there should have been at least slight fascination with the colours, but even at such a young age, nat knew that her heart wasn't into it. but instead of becoming outwardly being impassive, the girl had always been a little shy, and disliked things that were out of the ordinary. they freaked her out. mai was six years older than her, and she preferred to let the other girl do the work. nat had never liked working with other people anyway, the bashful little introvert that she was, and always wandered off alone. her parents were good, kind loving souls, and mai was an excellent older sister. she appreciated them, really.
at her age, nat nad really no idea what she wanted to do in life. she was more focused on trying to make friends in school, and finding a place among her peers, as typical as an elementary student would want. she relied heavily on her older brother and mai for support, and they in turn, showered her with plenty of attention. their parents were often working, and although they were all always looked after by their grandmother, it was mai that made sure the house was clean, and that she had enough to eat. her sister was motherly to the point that there were times that nat accidentally called her 'mom', and had to look away to flush in embarrassment.
it was also during these golden years did she meet a boy called hiro, and the two of them became fast friends. she hung out with him often, when school was done, and they would play together. hiro watched out for her, just like how mai did, and she him. over the years, their friendship remained strong, even perhaps bordering on love at one point, but although hiro made her heart skip abnormally sometimes, she never acknowledged it until many years later. she'd gaze up into the stars at night with him, sitting in silence, feeling completely at peace.
she was only twelve when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and because she was still young, was not told the seriousness of the condition. she was told that mom was a little sick, and was going to be in the hospital for a while. natalie despaired really, not liking the thought of her mother being so far away, but mai was there. the house was now under her care, and nat helped out with the chores whenever she could. she even told hiro about her mother, her knowing that she could not always run to mai all the time, and he had told her to be brave, and be strong. her older sister did become a second mother, looking after the house, and her siblings. she made sure everything was neat and tidy, made sure there were enough food on the table, and helped her out with her and her brother's homework. natalie thought herself to be strong and brave, telling herself that her mother was going to be alright. independence was born, and grew slowly inside her.
two years later, her mother had pulled through, and the family was momentarily lifted from the darkness that had shadowed it. mai had returned to cake decorating as well, and was now going to college. overjoyed, she was excited to tell hiro about the good news, but her face fell when he told her that he was moving away, and wouldn't be back. naturally, natalie was upset, on losing one of her very closest friends. she texted and called him from time to time, but eventually, they lost all contact. she had never heard from him again ever since.
high school came and went, and those times were distant to her. as far as she could remember, though she graduated with average grades, it was a bore. but yet throughout those years, she had developed an interest in drawing manga, particularly shounen ones. they kept her sane, really, from the harumscarrum of high school, and gave her something to do. she named the characters after her family, but did not put her own name down. she struggled to make friends as usual, during her time in there, but her socializing skills had improved. though the woman didn't grow to become the life of the party, she did end up with a few close ones.
her mother relapsed when she had turned nineteen and died a year later. natalie was only beginning her junior year in university, majoring in the arts. the blow was hard and rough, but together with her family, nat persevered. she was a little too old to be mothered around by mai, but old habits died rather hard. she found herself going to mai when she felt vulnerable and lost in her grief, and because she did not have hiro anymore to help her move on, she had to rely on her friends and family.
but life had to go on eventually. natalie, after months of grieving, picked up her pencil, and began to draw again. she started slow, first drawing sketches of her characters, before going straight into drawing them. stories once again took the form of art, and while she balanced her hobby and her assignments, she applied what she took from there to her work. the universe in which she had based her manga out of expanded, and she made several improvements to her work, ironing out the mistakes. she was slowly putting the past behind her, and carrying on.
the moment she was out of university, the young woman proceeded to send all her work under a pseudonym to shueisha in japan, the publishers of the jump magazines. the response was positive, and her manga was to be serialized immediately every week. she was to send her scans through email to them when she was done with each chapter, and was paid handsomely. natalie's work revolved around a spirit world, and a young girl getting lost in it, and having adventures to save her family, and eventually, the world. the girl was kicking a lot of ass, naturally as one would see in a shounen manga, but she was also secretly in love with the boy she had met in that world. it was very familiar to her, for some reason, but she figured that it was because she had created the world herself, or so she liked to think.
her sister was now married, and had moved out. she remained with her brother and father in their house, taking over the housework and cooking, and making sure her brother does his share. nat didn't like the thought of her father alone, and because she worked from home, was always there to accompany him whenever he came back from his own. despite everything she had been through nat has grown into a strong woman, braver than she had thought she would ever become. the times had been hard on her, but from those experiences, she has grown, and learnt from them, making her the person she is today. life was actually going pretty good for her. and she could not ask for anything else.
though she wouldn't mind seeing hiro again, for one thing.
chihiro ogino from spirited away
occupation: manga artist
birthday: 18th june
face claim: yui aragaki
Combat, Nat here is wonderful. The death of her mother is so sad!! Poor girl. But, at least she has her occupation to help get her through that difficult time. I also really like that she is a manga artist. That is just awesome and something I have a certain respect for. I can't wait to see her around the site! Don't forget to make your claims, dear!