Brooklyn Grimsditch @brooklynheights o heart of hearts, the chalice of love's fire, hid round with flowers and all the bounty of bloom; United Kingdom Joined June 2043 561Following 14.3kFollowers
History @brooklynheights • Jan 5
History has always had a tendency to repeat itself, hasn't it?
For the Grimsditch family, it all goes back to the origins of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Like its non-magical side a century later, it was a government founded on the bones of heavy loss. As the result of the Salem Witch Trials, the International Statute of Secrecy was introduced, and with it, a new sense of secrecy that demanded a new governing entity for the freshly-formed society. Josiah Jackson was seen as a fit president, presumably embodying all the qualities the wizards of the region wanted in their leader: strong, courageous, and not easily deterred by the acts of aggression stemming from the Salem Witch Trials. Among the first tasks he and his new government undertook was the trial of the Scourers, but it wasn’t possible without the original twelve aurors. They’d required a body that would be able to protect and defend their rights and lives from those who means harm, and successfully found it when Robert Grimsditch and another 11 wizards volunteered. Knowing very well the ultimate sacrifice their job might require, they still undertook the responsibilities, thus earning them the respect of the rest of the country. That respect is still seen towards their descendants to this day.
Although Robert’s descendants were not as politically active as Gondulphus Graves’, they’ve all been careful not to tarnish the family’s reputation. Most pursued scholarly careers, preferring to teach over fight, create over destroy, and act instead of blindly promise. For well over three centuries, the Grimsditch family did well to avoid falling under the political limelight, but it all came to a screeching halt when Adam Grimsditch became of age. Though he was the son of two respected Ilvermorny professors, Adam Grimsditch was the kind of man who upheld the rules and always wanted to see justice served. He wasn’t rancorous, of course, but he was the kind of young boy who refused to let a problem go if he felt someone had been done wrong and it hadn’t been fixed. It often got him in trouble with his professors and his family. They wanted him to be like his siblings: quiet, well-behaved, malleable. He was unabashedly bold, and often spoke of his dream to become the Head Auror at MACUSA. While his family was disappointed in what he wanted to do with his life, they weren’t any less supportive of his aspirations than they were of his younger sister’s ambition to become the next Headmistress of Ilvermorny. Though she didn’t see complete success, only ever reaching Deputy Headmistress, Adam thrived in unimaginable ways. He joined the auror force at the young age of 17, freshly out of Ilvermorny. He didn’t graduate with the #1 spot in his class, only because he took two years in one and relied on summer breaks to cut ahead of his peers. Had he dedicated more time, the fruits of his labors would have certainly been a lot better. Still, ranking 8 of over 200 was definitely something good.
After successfully completing three years of training, Adam quickly rose through the ranks. By age 25, he was already Deputy Head Auror, but it wasn’t enough for the ambitious man. He worked diligently, arriving early and leaving late. His record was phenomenal. Eventually, his savviness as an auror caught the attention of Alexandra Wilkinson. She, like him, was a descendant of one of the original twelve, but she didn’t share their - and by extension his - respect for their “duty”. She was a politician through and through, working as Secretary of Foreign Relations. She was a force to be reckoned with, but she was still a big political target. When faced with a conference she needed to attend all the way in Ireland, she specifically requested him to be her security detail. Much to his chagrin, it was approved, and they were soon sent off to Ireland. Initially, they didn’t really mesh well. He’d been about to close a very important case when he was pulled to Ireland, and was thus very annoyed. Looking at her was enough to remind him and make him angry all over again. Meanwhile, she was offended by his very thoughts. It certainly made for some lengthy arguments. Nonetheless, as time went on, they found themselves bickering less and less with each other and instead getting to know one another better. By the time they’d returned, they certainly weren’t friends, but they didn’t want to get into a fistfight every time they made eye contact. It was progress. Following their return, they quickly realized they had some friends in common; friends who cheekily set them up on a blind date. Those same friends continue to be very smug about the fact that, three years later, they were married and already welcoming their firstborn child.
Even when they started building a family together, Adam and Alexandra didn’t slow down in their careers. If anything, it was the encouragement they needed to work harder. If not for themselves, then to provide their children with everything they needed and cared for. This motivation is primarily what spurred Adam to work his way up to Head of the Department of Aurors, and Alexandra towards accepting a job as Chief of Staff. It wasn’t what she was used to, but it did set her on course to become Vice President of the United States, which she’s been told once or twice she was very good at. Over time, their family grew exponentially. What was just a family of two slowly became a family of fourteen. Twelve children was a lot, no doubt, but their shared wealth and the endless support they received from their likewise large families helped a lot. Even growing up in front of the entire country, Adam Jr., Alexandra Jr., Richard, Taylor, Siobhan, Noah, Wesley, Wyatt, Brooklyn, Lucas, Dansby, and Simon thrived - or at least that’s what everyone thinks. While we won’t go into the details of it all, some certainly fell by the wayside. But, for the most part, Adam and Alexandra juggled their children and careers exceptionally. In 2034, Alexandra campaigned with a Presidential Candidate as VP, and won the election. She served as Vice President until January of 2043, when she was forced to vacate the office as the law mandates. Sadly, the new occupants of the White House are, ah, unsavory people who will no doubt run the country to the ground, much like Alistair Fitzgerald did to the magical UK, and much like Donald Trump did to the no-maj United States. As hints of the fallout began to emerge, Alexandra and Adam, who by that point had already retired and taken a more “supportive husband” kind of role, began to send their kids off one by one to the United Kingdom, where they were hoping they’d have to deal with as little of their new problem as possible.
The plan, until now, is to wait until the next elections, at which point Alexandra will run for President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
Brooklyn Grimsditch was born February 14th, 2024, Valentines day. Her birth was squashed between her older sister, Siohban, and younger brother, Richard. She was a loud baby who cried a lot, leaving her parents with many restless nights. As soon as she was able to walk, she proved to be even more of a—as her parents nicknamed—wild child once she grew the habit of running off from her family when they were distracted. At least once or twice, aurors ended up showing up due to the emergency of a missing Brooklyn. She broke every rule her parents placed, and kept everyone watching her on their toes. Though, as much as Brooklyn was an unruly child, she was a brilliant one as well. As early as three years old, she was able to identify words and letters, eventually comprehending books for much older grade levels by the age of four. On rainy days, when she wasn't aloud to go out and get covered in mud (because she really would if it were an option), five year old Brooklyn would be found cuddled up near the fireplace with stacks of books filled with adventures she'd dive right into. They were always just as fun and exciting as the personal ones she created for herself.
When starting elementary classified for children of wizards and witches, which was after being home schooled for multiple years, teachers learned quickly to keep close eyes on Brooklyn. She was the child that ended up being gossiped about, whether it was complaining of her rowdy nature or boasting of her proficiency in many subjects. She had a lot of potential to be the top of her class, but placed no where near as close due to her lack of doing the assigned homework. Not long after starting the primary school, Brooklyn befriended a boy named Ethan. He grew up within a well-known, rich pure-blood family, where his parents were much stricter than any experience Brooklyn faced. Having a tutor and parents that assured him to keep up with his studies, Ethan also was a bright child in the classroom, but, like Brooklyn, shared a liking for deviousness and adventure all the same. Their bond grew quickly once introducing each other, but they didn't officially become the pair that many later knew them to be until summer after second grade. Brooklyn hadn't experienced her first sign of magic at the time, which was late compared to many of her siblings, but didn't hold any lukewarm feelings since Ethan hadn't as well. The two were exploring in the woods behind Ethan's large manor, and were quick to step off the ground to ascend into a group of tall, climbable trees. Brooklyn had won the race to the top, and, as Ethan gradually took his last step, he stumbled and fell down towards the hard dirt. Brooklyn had closed her eyes in that moment, refusing to watch her good friend break his neck or bones. Though, with a cheer breaking out, Brooklyn opened them to witness Ethan floating mid air. Brooklyn and Ethan argued the entire way home about who's first sign of magic it really was, but it didn't actually matter. From that day on, they were glued together like bricks on cement. They would both go home to brag about the incident in their own perspective with their families that night, but the true winner of the argument was revealed when one received their Ilvermorny invitation and one had not. Turns out, after so many exciting dreams of going to the school of magic together, Ethan would end up not attending for lacking any magic.
With being forced to leave her closest friend behind, many of Brooklyn's first experiences at Ilvermorny were tainted by their lack of Ethan. After the first ceremony with all the new students, she landed herself in the horned serpent house. Her first couple years were nothing short of—well, the words she always picked were repetitive and lackluster. Her grades mirrored the ones from elementary. She wasn't the most convivial student alongside her classmates, but never found herself in many unintentional lonely situations. Her presence was often found, when wanting to be, with a large group of friends; people who weren't the best influences on Brooklyn, but nothing that led her into grave danger or life-risking. Third year was the start of where she was given more options on elective classes, in which she decided to take Mythology on random. She hadn't expected to enjoy learning about it as much as she did, and certainly not research more on the topic when she didn't have the class in between each school year. Though, nevertheless, that was what had occurred and Brooklyn fell into a deep dive on mythology or mythology-related literature, classes, and websites. It was the professor who headed the class in fact that taught Brooklyn on potential careers relating in the mythology realm, and it inspired the Grimsditch to try harder in her other classes. Her grades rose tremendously and, once OWLs came along for both fifth and sixth year, her extra hard effort led to much above average scores.
During the winter holidays, Brooklyn would always come home along with her siblings from Ilvermorny to spend Christmas with her family. She'd always make time to see Ethan too, who was working multitudes of jobs and avoiding his family most everyday. Even without seeing each other months at a time, the two never had any awkward meetings or reunions. When they were together, it felt like no time had been loss. Though, in reality, the two also had a silent agreement to avoid mentioning Brooklyn's school-life and Ethan's dysfunctional family to avoid jealousy or pity between the two, and, whether considered healthy or not, that was up for debate. Mid seventh year, with Brooklyn coming back to Peachtree for winter break once again, the two best friends decided to go out to the movies. So they did, and he drove there and back, although the roads were covered in icy from the cold weather, and the headlights on all the passing vehicles were blinding contrasted with the pitch black sky. It hadn't been their car's fault in the crash though, and instead it was another speeding car, but it was them who received the hardest impact. The car jerked, swerving off the road. By the time it had stopped moving, Brooklyn was unconscious and didn't wake up until a few minutes later. Her initial first instinct was to look next to her at Ethan, pulling out her wand (taken for emergencies such as this) and performing spells once realizing he wasn't moving nor responding. She tried every spell she knew from school, relating to healing or helping, but by the time the aurors—alerted by an underage student using magic—and police—alerted by the surrounding people who watched the scene occur—had come, Ethan still hadn't awaken. So unlike the time she had saved him from falling off that tree in their second grade, Brooklyn had to face the reality that she wasn't able to save him this go around.
Brooklyn spent a couple weeks in the hospital, having broken or fractured multiple bones, and spent a lot more time with a physical therapist afterward. She was also involved with other talking therapy to help with the PTSD. Needless to say, Brooklyn didn't go straight back to Hogwarts to finish seventh year after the incident. When she was required to help out with expenses and also pay for the items she didn't want her parents knowing about, she started working register for a grocery store. She drank a lot of alcohol to feel better when she felt her worse, but safely hid the problem from any of her family members or friends. For many months, she spiraled between taking a few steps forward and sometimes taking a few steps back. After half a year, she was in a state where she was finally considering taking her NEWTs and use those for a wizard-related, higher pay job. Then her brother Adam was kidnapped, and for every minute he was nowhere to be seen, Brooklyn feared that she was going to lose another person she loved, and there'd be nothing she could do to fix it. It felt like the universe was taunting her, and she was starting to lack any energy to fight back. He was found though, and she coped with all the reintroduced anxiety by drinking some more, and then finally Brooklyn started studying hard for her NEWTs at home. She took them right before turning nineteen, and received scores that she was all and all very proud of. Not long after that, her mother finished her term as vice president, and the new president turned out to be a person the family didn't happily agree upon in the slightest. They made the decision to move to England, and Brooklyn came as well with another hope of getting a fresh new beginning as an adult. She located herself an apartment in London, instead of moving back in with her parents, and applied for an interview as a Gringotts Wizarding Bank cursebreaker.
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