Name: Arava Yanagi Kazuki
Role: Waitress at Silver Bar &Hotel
Arava has no memories since before the time she was twelve— or at least, that’s how old the police assumed she was when they found her standing on the side of the road, barefooted and alone.
Her childhood consists only of a blur of one foster home to another, mostly due to her behavioral problems with both the caretakers and other kids. When she was first put into the care of the orphanage, she was quiet and unresponsive, ignoring any and all questions asked of her, and sitting by herself instead of interacting with fellow orphans. After a few weeks, she started to open up, but in a less favorable way than the adults had hoped for.
She had an explosive temper, and seemed to only know how to express herself with anger and violence. It got to the point that she was forced to stay in her room other than at mealtimes. That only seemed to make her anger problems worse (destroying every bit of furniture in the room, vandalizing the walls, etc), so they sent her to a different orphanage, making up some nonsense excuse, because that was what adults were good at doing.
This whole process of being sent off to one orphanage to another continued until she was eighteen years old. The government-funded program at her last orphanage offered a basic apartment plan for those that weren’t adopted by the time they became legal, with an official coming in every three months to do some kind of evaluation to determine if they were self-efficient enough to live on their own. Surprisingly, Arava passed all four of these evaluations perfectly, and with that, cut off all ties with the orphanage. Although her anger problems hadn’t improved much at all over the years, they didn’t seem to affect her ability to take care of herself. On the other hand, her misanthrope tendencies, if somewhat rage-centered, actually made her more independent than those that were used to having someone else to look after them.
She found a part-time job at a hardware store soon after she left the orphanage, and continued living in the same apartment for about three years. Outside of her dull, but decently paying job, and drinking at the local pub, and getting into the none-too-occasional barfight, Arava had no other interests. Everything was boring. Everyone was boring. Boring or just asking to have their teeth kicked in, which she was always glad to do. After about another year and a half of this repetitive lifestyle, (during which time she moved into a slightly roomier apartment but with little other change) she overheard someone talking about a quaint little town in the countryside one day. Silver Town, it was called.
It was on a baseless whim, but she thought a change of pace from the city might be a little interesting, so that was where she decided to go. It wasn’t like there was anything she was attached to in this city she could barely call her ‘hometown.’ Upon arriving in Silver Town, she picked up a job as a waitress at the inn, mostly just for a way to kill some time and the chance of free, or at least discounted, food and drinks.
The first thing to note about Arava would, undoubtedly, be her temper. While she’s able to control herself from yelling at everything and flipping tables and chairs over nowadays, (other than in extreme cases) it still doesn’t take much to piss her off. The slightest things annoy her, and try as she may, she almost always has either a disinterested expression or a permanent scowl on her face.
She also has a sharp tongue, quick to throw out an insult or sarcastic comment. (Although if you’re lucky, you’ll get that plus a nice fist to the face.) Often accused of having no sense of humor because of how easily she flares up over trivial matters, Arava is actually rather light-hearted. Teasing and some light flirting are favorite past times of hers, and though there are some rare exceptions, usually she does it to annoy people rather than a way to show affection.
Arava knows that her harsh, less-than-pleasant attitude makes it hard to befriend anyone, and more often than not, drives people away completely, but she doesn’t care all that much, to be honest. She’s been alone for all her life, so solitude has already grown on her by now. “I actually prefer it this way, with no one around to piss me off,” she would say. For the few that manage to put up with her long enough to gain her trust, she’s known to be extremely loyal and protective.
Birthday: July 14th
Face Claim: Yuri Kamanosuke (Brave 10)