Posted: Mar 3 2016, 11:25 PM
Stela Maria Lăzărescu
Stela M. Lăzărescu
Stela had a relatively normal upbringing. Born in Romania, she didn’t move to the United States until she was sixteen. As the oldest child of eight, most of her time was spent taking care of her younger siblings, ranging from two to fourteen years younger than herself. As the oldest child she had a lot of responsibility, but she also had some leeway. Despite the fact they were poor immigrants, Stela had a passion for dance and it was something that her parents worked hard to make sure she was able to pursue it. In return Stela had to have a job, keep her grades up, and watch her younger siblings. It wasn’t her favorite task, but she did it none the less. She knew she would have to keep her grades up to get any scholarships to colleges anyway.
Growing up the oldest was tough, growing up with the three closest siblings to her age being males was just annoying. With the gap between her five youngest siblings and herself starting at six years and increasing from there, it was often hard to think of them as siblings as less as little children. The amount of pranks that had been pulled in that household had been crazy, and Stela learned with the best how to throw a punch. Alec always told her he didn’t want to worry his big sister was off somewhere and couldn’t protect herself.
It wasn’t until she turned seventeen that Stela realized something was off about her. Weird things began happening around her, be it a fire here or something moving when she wants it to; things that shouldn’t be possible for a regular person to manage. After three months of hiding it, she eventually was found out. In truth, with such a big family and such a not so big house it was very surprising that she’d managed to hide it that long. It had been her youngest sister Sofia who had run to tell their mother, in that phase where she enjoyed getting everyone in trouble and thinking Stela had done something she shouldn’t have. Terrified, she expected to be kicked out from her home and she prepared for the worst. What she wasn’t prepared for was for her mother to sit her down and explain a few things. Her mother explained that Stela was her child from another man, and that other man had been a gypsy witch. Those were her mother’s words, and while she was unsure if they were true it was almost as if her mother had expected this to happen one day. It was weird, entirely too much for her to handle, and she had spent a few days processing it.
Regardless of what it meant for her, Stela was glad that her mother was so accepting. She realized at the time when there should have been one hundred and one questions about her biological father there wasn’t. She did spend some time angry at her mother and step-father, the feelings eventually past. Stela’s mother admitted she wasn’t sure if she would be able to find Stela’s father, and she herself wasn’t sure she was ready to handle or want to see him anyways. The only problem it left was her basically having no one to tell her what to do, or having any resources. She trained herself enough to not be a risk, and went about her daily life as she had before. Pretending she was normal.
When she graduated high school she had to take a year off to save for college, and in that year she taught dance while continuing her own lessons. It was a tricky slope, but eventually she managed to save enough to feel comfortable applying to colleges. She was damn good at what she did, and she was confident she could get in anywhere. Her confidence paid off, netting her admittance into Julliard. The only problem was her family couldn’t pay for it, and so she chose the school that offered the biggest scholarship. The University of New Orleans. Stela packed up her stuff and headed that way, completely unaware of what she would be walking into.
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