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Celeste Xifeng Liu

"What do you want?"

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a character in “Are You Ready?”, as played by mortalcreator

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❝If it’s for Xiaolong, then there’s no telling how far I’m willing to go.❞

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Full Name: Celeste Xifeng Liu

Nickname:Xifeng

Age: 18

Gender:Female

Sexuality: Asexual Biromantic



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Hair Colour: Black


Eye Colour: Black


Height & Weight: 5’ 4”, 117 lbs


Distinctive Markings:
Scars: None significant enough to speak of.
Birthmarks: She has one on her waist that looks somewhat like a vestigial, misshapen wing.
Tattoos: None. They’re a waste of money.


Clothing Style: She tends towards comfortable and useful clothing, although of course she tends to buy cheap clothes, especially from thrift stores. It’s not that she doesn’t care about fashion (she would actually like some of the more impractical and/or expensive outfits), but simply that she can’t afford to care.


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Personality:
In three words: Tsundere Ice Queen. Xifeng isn’t good with her emotions, period. Part of this is from experience, since if she cares less about things she’s less likely to be upset when they go wrong (see her father for that one).
She has a short temper that flares up often and often doesn’t go out until a while later. The only person who she has never loses her temper with is her baby brother, so beware of touching a hair on his head.
When it concerns her brother, Xifeng becomes an absolutely devoted older sister. Woe betide anyone who decides they don’t like him.


Likes:
  • Her 3-year-old little brother: Dante Longwei Liu. She sometimes calls him Xiaolong, because it’s cute and he’s cute.
  • Toffee: Delicious. Sometimes if she gets a raise or if it’s a special day, she’ll buy a small amount and share it with her brother (she makes sure that he brushes well afterwards)
  • Money: Obviously. It helps her pay the bills and make Xiaolong’s life easier.
  • Music: She likes music a lot. It helps her stress levels go down, and it’s fun to sing along with her brother. Her favorite genre is actually punk rock (it helps her with her anger), and whatever her brother likes (which tend to be nursery rhymes and theme songs).
  • Flowers: She really likes growing flowers, and when they’re cheap she’ll buy some seeds or sprouts to grow in the apartment and the planter box. She also knows how to make flower crowns, a secret special ability.

Dislikes:
  • Her first name: who would name their Chinese child Celeste, really?
  • People who don’t like her little brother: There’s the door.
  • People who spend money like water: She works hard for every dollar she makes, so this irritates her a lot.
  • Child Protective Services (CPS): She’s generally had bad experiences with them.
  • Alcohol: Her father could be the textbook example picture for DARE programs

Fears:
  • Anything bad happening to her little brother: This is her biggest fear, actually.
  • That she’s going to end up being unable to care for her little brother to the satisfaction of Social Services: More specific, but this definitely has grounds in reality.

Strengths:
  • Determination: Xifeng is pretty bullheaded, which has helped her in the past.
  • Devotion: Once she decides she likes you (an arduous process) Xifeng becomes pretty devoted to helping you. She’s actually a total mother hen to her friends.
  • Intelligence: While this is sort of second to her determination, Xifeng is still pretty smart and can maintain good grades in school while juggling part-time jobs and her little brother.



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History:Xifeng actually grew up as a well adjusted child in a loving home. Her mother loved her, her father loved her, and most of all her parents loved each other. So much so that as a child she was often left alone, or given to the care of numerous but trusted babysitters. Still, she was happy because her parents were happy.
At that time, Xifeng was a cheerful, carefree and perhaps slightly immature child. She got good grades, had a few good friends, and generally never wanted for anything. Life was good back then.
From elementary school to middle school to high school, she generally had a nice, normal life. In her second year of high school, things started to change.
First of all, her mother finally conceived and gave birth to another child. Her parents had been trying for years, and Xifeng got a baby brother at last (although her parents’ naming skills were questionable as always. Dante? Really?). From the start Xifeng and Longwei were inseparable. A good thing, because her parents were still flighty and relied on Xifeng to take care of Longwei when they took nth honeymoons and dates that lasted longer than ever. Still, it was a happy time.
The second change came about when her mother got into a car accident. Cliche, yes. But that’s what happened. It was such an open-and-shut case that you could get whiplash from it. Essentially, she had been carpooling with a friend when a distracted driver rammed into the passenger side of the car. The friend got away with a few scrapes and bruises and the image of Wei Liu shredded into human meatloaf amongst a tangle of metal.
The death of her mother hit Xifeng hard, yes, but it knocked her father into the ground, and he never got up. While her father had occasionally indulged in a small tumbler of alcohol when it had been a particularly stressful day, now he never seemed to stop drinking. When he didn’t have a bottle or glass in hand, he had a picture of his dead wife. Zhao Liu had never been an angry drunk, just a sentimental and sometimes rather silly one (especially at college parties). He never seemed to stop weeping, or staring off into the distance. After a while (i.e. when his company notified him that his vacation was coming to an end), he went back to work, but he was so changed and so gloomy that his company eventually cut down his job to one that he could work from home.
Even though she was also mourning her mother’s death, Xifeng had Dante, who was too young to truly understand death. He kept asking her when Mom was going to come back. Eventually, she explained that Mom had gone to a place in the sky, and they weren’t sure when she was coming back. But between school, Dante, and her own grief, Xifeng fell behind in maintaining the household. Her father wasn’t helping--in fact, he was making most of the mess, not bothering to throw away old bottles or empty TV dinner trays. In fact, he was barely there. Once, Xifeng actually tried to go to CPS, to get her brother and her away from her father, but she was told that because he was providing a steady income and wasn’t actually abusive, it would be very difficult to remove her.
So they stayed. Life went on monotonously, with Xifeng and Longwei trying to spend as much time away from home as possible. Finally, the siblings were granted a ray of hope when she was accepted into a college across the country with a full ride scholarship. Taking hold of that opportunity, she cashed in money that she had made in part-time jobs in preparation of either going to college or beginning work, and flew herself and her brother to New York City.

Family:
Her father, Zhao Liu, whom she refuses to recognize.
Her mother, Wei Ming-Liu, who is dead

Secrets: Xifeng keeps a lot of secrets, partially because she doesn’t want her brother to worry, and partially because of their financial situation.

So begins...

Celeste Xifeng Liu's Story

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Celeste Xifeng Liu held her 3-year-old brother’s hand. It was a crisp fall day, and Dante Longwei Liu was having a ball with all the crunchy (or damp) leaves fallen into the New York City sidewalks, giggling in his high, sweet voice and exclaiming things in a mixture of Mandarin and English.

“Jaijai!” he exclaimed, holding up a particularly brilliant red leaf. Jaijai meant big sister in Mandarin. “Jaijai! Look! Pretty!” Xifeng broke into a wide smile.

“It is a pretty leaf, Xiaolong,” she said, admiring it briefly. Xiaolong meant little dragon, a nickname of sorts for Longwei, which meant great dragon. Xiaolong still had plenty of growing up to do, before he could grow into his name.

“Take Mr. Leaf with us?” he asked, spinning it by rubbing his fingers on the stem. Xifeng sighed through her nose. On one hand, the leaf was probably filthy from all the exposure it had since it fell off the tree. On the other hand, Xiaolong was giving her the best puppy eyes she’d seen since he told her that he wanted a scooter for his birthday, and it was pretty educational to learn about leaves, anyway. And it was free, which was a big plus to her corset-tight budget.

“Alright,” she said, smiling. “Make sure you don’t lose it, okay?” Xiaolong nodded eagerly, chattering animatedly to the leaf, who seemed pretty pleased with the attention it was getting. In a leaf-y sort of way.

Xifeng hummed. They were walking back to their little apartment from the subway station, where they’d gone to a few daycare centers. Although there was one on the college campus where she was going, she figured that she shouldn’t just settle on any old place for Xiaolong. Luckily for her, though, the college center was better equipped and overall safer than the other centers she had gone to, and best of all they were hiring students to help out.

She snapped out of her musings when she felt Xiaolong tugging a little on her arm. His head was down, and he was dragging his feet a bit. With another, fonder sigh, she grasped him under his arms and hauled him up with a grunt. He was getting pretty heavy, to the point where it was hard to walk long distances holding him. She could remember when he was just as big as a loaf of bread…

And today’s award for sentimental old women goes to Xifeng Liu, she thought sarcastically.

“Are you tired already?” she asked even though she already knew the answer, looking around to see if there were any cafes or fast food restaurants around where they could rest for a bit. She was pretty thirsty anyway, and a cup of hot chocolate that didn’t originate from a Swiss Miss or Nesquik powder was a nice treat after a long day.

Spotting a cafe, she walked faster, as Xiaolong blew wet raspberries in an attempt to make helicopter noises, which the leaf now was. She clumsily opened the door and walked in. There were several couples chatting sappily over mugs of overpriced coffee, but also several empty tables. Xifeng walked over to one with two chairs, setting Xiaolong into one and taking the other. A pretty blonde waitress went around taking orders and generally looked pretty busy, so she decided to wait for a while, talking quietly to Xiaolong (partially about what Mr. Leaf was doing and partially telling him about the information she found about the leaf from her phone) and Mr. Leaf (who had become either a Pokemon or a Pokemon Trainer) in turns.

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Annika sees someone sit down and bustles over, wishing her shift would just speed up. She darts over to the young woman with a little boy and shoots them both bright smiles.
"Can I get anything for either of you?"
She flicks a strand of hair behind her ear, her other hand feeling in her pocket for her notepad. Hopefully the order wouldn't be too difficult to write down. Her hands and head have started to feel weak, her thoughts a little foggy.

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Annika smiles back, jotting it down on her pad of paper.
"Brilliant."
As Xiaolong calls up to her, she glances down, and her tired, forced smile instantly becomes completely genuine.
"Hello!"
She waggles her fingers at the little boy. He was a sweet little kid - and he reminded her painfully of her brother in his manner. There was barely anyone around. Annika glances round before crouching down, grinning. She gestures to his leaf.
"What've you got there, then?"
She beams at him, her head cocked to one side.

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Xiaolong absolutely beamed at being asked a question by the pretty waitress, like he was a grown up, and Xifeng smiled with him.
“It’s Mr. Leaf! He can fly! And he likes chocolate too!” he said enthusiastically, holding the leaf up for further inspection. He nattered on for a few more minutes about Mr. Leaf and looked ready to talk for hours, so Xifeng intervened.
“I’m sure Miss...Annika has things to do, Xiaolong,” she said gently, sneaking a look at the waitress’s nametag. “Besides, you want your hot cocoa, right?” After a minute of consideration, the little boy nodded solemnly and smiled at the waitress.
“Can we talk later?” he asked curiously, and Xifeng paused, unsure. Part of her was excited that Xiaolong seemed to be adapting well to New York, even if his first acquaintance was a waitress easily 5 or 6 times his age, whereas her jealousy was starting to rear its ugly head. She squashed it down.
“That depends on what Miss Annika says,” she answered, looking at the waitress with a neutral face.

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Annika beams at the young boy, tucking her little notepad into her apron.
"I'd love to. You can tell me all about Mr Leaf."
She glances down at the young women, swapping her smile for an expression more serious.
"If that's alright with you, I mean."
She lowers her voice slightly to talk to Xifeng. She's not sure whether she's the boy's mother, sister, or just a friend, but whatever their relationship, she doesn't want to come across as predatory or domineering. She's just a waitress, after all. In all honesty, she's really craving human company, and while talking to her back in England is lovely, it's just not the same as talking to someone who's actually there.