Fighting with her parents over cookies before dinner
Type of Childhood
"Yeah, I'm going to need a drink for this bit."
Bianca Matilde Leitao's father is an asshole, let's start there. Every ounce of respect she held for that man died the day he gave up her little sister for adoption - her only sister. It wasn't exactly surprising, but it was at the same time. Before that fateful day, Bianca's family had been drawn together, very close above all else and loyal to one another. Though she had an older brother - Gabriel - and a younger brother - WIP - that enjoyed constantly teasing her, she still held love for both of them. It's not like she'd be able to get rid of them, as much as she'd once wanted to, and they would be the only thing she had left once her parents grew old and ultimately passed.
Bianca was eight when she first experienced magic firsthand. She'd heard stories about it, about the times her mother dabbled in magic, but she hadn't actually believed she had it in herself to do it. But alas, she did, and Gabriel wound up with his face caked in makeup. It was a great moment, one she didn't plan to forget, but ultimately did. It was a year later that her mother found out she was pregnant with what would be her fourth and final child. Leonor & Beatriz Leitao were over the moon excited. Both had a soft spot for children, especially their own, and they'd been trying for a long while to have another child.
Their belief that it was a gift died out nine months later, the exact same way Beatriz Leitao died in childbirth. Complications had arisen, when they discovered in the pelvic exam that she wasn't crowning, so much as that the baby's foot and cord were what could be felt. Beatriz's orders had been clear: save the baby before her. Despite Leonor's insistence to ignore her pleads, the doctors complied to their patient's wishes above all else. Thus, Calista Leitao made it past her birth, but without a mother to love her and, in essence, a father.
Bianca only ever held her sister once, and she has a picture of that moment thanks to Gabriel. It's a picture she'd carry with her everywhere, because in the end, she wasn't able to hold or see her sister again. Leonor grew bitter and angry that the love of his life was killed by what he deemed a monster. Calista wasn't his daughter. He regretted recognizing her and not giving her up on the spot, but he'd thought he'd be able to raise her. He was wrong. Just a few short weeks after her birth, Leonor gave her away and subsequently lost his children's respect.
Bianca never really got over the loss of her little sister. She calls the moment she lost her the moment everything began to go downhill for her. Despite receiving acceptance to Beauxbatons and beginning to study magic, losing her mother and a few weeks later her sister really affected her. She never really withdrew into herself, but she wasn't able to make friends either, so she found herself going through Beauxbatons alone and miserable. She had her brothers with her, but they had their own friends and it really just wasn't the same. She blames her lack of developed social skills on this.
On seventh year, tragedy struck. Or at least that's what her father would have wanted the incident to be described as. He always felt he made the right decision. He never got over Beatriz's death, though, and lived in a constant state of grief. He basically lost all the respect his children held for him, and though he says they never betrayed him by looking for Calista, he claims they were - and still are - ignorant. He doesn't get how they were alright with their own mother being murdered by a child. Bianca didn't really take well to the claims, it's why she didn't suffer when she found out mid-seventh year her father accidentally ODed. As far as she was concerned, her father died when she was ten years old, with her mother.
Bianca graduated with decent marks. Nothing over the top, but just enough to get a good job back home, in Portugal. However, Gabriel was the one who suggested a move to England. Maybe, just maybe, they'd be able to feel a connection to the mother they lost too soon. It was her native country, after all. Bianca agreed, because honestly - it's not like she has anything going for her back in Portugal anymore.