silvermaid: (olden times)
Anastacia O'Keefe ([personal profile] silvermaid) wrote on April 22nd, 2009 at 12:44 am
pull me out of the lake
Anastacia's timeline.

March 18th, 1924 - Falls through to our world in Vence, France, a small town set in the hills of the Alps Mountains.  She lands in a small pond, wearing a white dress.  Pierre Duval, (Henry Cavill from I Capture the Castle), age 17, was out there bathing, thought he was seeing an "angel".  Embarrassed the heck out of her, who had lead a very chaste, man-less life, and embarrassed him because he'd not had a lot of experience with girls, and she was so otherworldly beautiful, and, well, he was naked.  She spoke no French, only Celestial, so they had to work out how to communicate without words.  He took her back to his house, as he was a sensible boy, and introduced her to his mother, who solved the situation.

1924 - 1932 - Taken in by Pierre's family, which was actually  just he and his mother.  His mother, age 36, Simone Duval (Barbara Hershey), took her in as her "niece" (Pierre's "cousin").  Lived with the Duvals and helped them on their farm.  Learned French, quite quickly.  She took the middle name of Cosette, which was the name of Simone's first child, lost in birth.  The father of Pierre and Cosette had died about six years before she arrived.

March 18th, 1929 - Pierre gives her a necklace on the five year celebration of the day that she came through, and in a very awkward moment out by the pond, he kisses her.  She's too embarrassed to figure out whether or not she actually has feelings for him or not, seeing as how she's very unaccustomed to men.  She takes the necklace, but tells him that they shouldn't go any farther than that, or think about it anymore, because it would hurt his mother's feelings.  It's a crappy excuse, but she's terrified.  The necklace includes a picture of Pierre, who tells her that he never wants her to forget him.

late 1931 - Meets Carson Wagner (Jeremy Irons), who sweeps her off her feet with his exotic American ways, her mind finally accustomed to the notion of romance, after having dwelled on the kiss from Pierre for two years.   Carson is a  member of the Wagner family, clock and watch makers, a big company in New York run by his older brother, Conrad Wagner (Sean Penn), taken over from their father who has just died.  Carson starts to teach her some English.  She feels that she has really fallen in love.

1932 - Carson proposes to her, and she moves to America under the guise of getting married to him there.  Says her tearful goodbyes to Simone and to a rather heartbroken Pierre.  However, she is tricked and enslaved when brought to America, for although Carson really does love her, he can't marry her because of his social status.  He tells her she's signing a prenuptial agreement, when really, she signs herself into slavery.  Carson spends the next many years trying to win back her trust, insisting that it is an arrangement in name only, so that they can be together.  There's an icy few years where she will barely say two words to him.  He refuses to let her leave the house to go out on her own, or to go visit her family in France, because he worries about the dangers of the outside world and her naiveté. 

1932 - 1936 - Live in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia together, with a few other Shadowkind servants:  the elf Rhyneleaf, the snake blood Jericho Meyers, and the gnome twins Jek and Grek.

1932 - Attend opening of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (old PSFS Building), the tallest building Philadelphia at 36 stories,

1936 - After a few years, they move to New York, the Hamptons, because Conrad needs help running the business.  Conrad is really in lust with her, even though he professes to hate Shadow kind and has a family of his own.  He pressures Carson to sign her over to his family when he dies.   Conrad's wife is named Lilith, (Greta Scacchi) and his children are Gretchen and Daniel. 

1936 - 1945 - Lives in NYC with Conrad's family, strained living the society life because she now has to play the part of servant, so as to not jeopardize Conrad's position.  First taste of what her enslavement really means, and what prejudice is really like.  Conrad has a room that he will not allow anyone else into.

1945 - While they are living with them in NY helping run the business, Conrad tries to rape Anastacia, and gets in a fight with Carson who arrives just in time, and pulls a gun on his older brother.  Carson subsequently puts in place a contract that states that she will be freed upon his death.  Brett Wagner (Mel Gibson) is the helpful youngest brother, age 25, who comes to take over as partner with Carson, and who gives her a pocket watch as a gift to say goodbye when they moved away following this "incident".  The watch is inscribed with "With a brother's love" - a symbol of the way he accepted her as a real part of the family.  He too was originally from Philadelphia and had known her there as well. Carson & Anastacia now go live there again for a time.

1945 - 1959 - Lives in Philadelphia with Carson, rather happily, after awhile.  He does everything he can to make up for the horrible time that she has had in New York, but she is always heart broken that he cannot marry her.

1951 - Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" becomes Carson and Anastacia's song.

1959 - Carson dies, and she is released as is dictated by her contract.  Sing "Unforgettable" to each other on his deathbed.  She leaves Philadelphia and travels to Chicago.

1960 - 1966 - Big in the Civil Rights movements for African Americans for a time; close friends with Kierce Hammond (Djimon Hounsou) and Rose Martin (Rosario Dawson).  Moves around a lot with them doing sit-ins, protests, etc.

August 28, 1963 - Attends the March on Washington.   Inspired by MLK Jr.'s speech.  Saw Bob Dylan perform "Blowin' in the Wind" and Joan Baez sing "We Shall Overcome". 

Late 1965 - Kierce killed in a riot that breaks out from a protest in Compton.  Really hard for Anastacia and Rose, who decide to renew their efforts.

February, 1966 - Attends Mardi Gras with Rose, first time trying to just get out and do something fun since Kierce's death.  She is recaptured there in Louisiana, when Rose isn't around, when she professes to someone that she is shadow kind, thinking that they are part of a rights movement for her people.  In reality,   it is just Atticus Stuart, (Jason Isaacs) a rich southern guy who is looking for a present for his son, who is age 24,  not very handsome, not very smart, Hugo Stuart (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).  Meant to be kind of like his own personal courtesan, because he doesn't attract other women, his father's "present" backfires.  Hugo is disgusted because she is shadow kind and won't let her touch him.  Abusive, brands her on her shoulder with the family crest, and makes her into a slave. 

1966 - 1990 - Enslaved to the Stuart family.

1970 - Hugo marries Esme Delaney (Anjelica Huston), who is incredibly jealous of Anastacia.  Thinks that her husband is having an affair with her, which he would never do.  Esme tries to get her killed, arrested, fired, etc. on multiple occasions.  Raises two of her three children to despise her.  One of them, Lily, is a little slow, but she feels sorry for Anastacia.   She often helps her to thwart Esme's plans to get rid of her.  The other two, Rupert  and Jocelyn, tease her mercilessly, and lord themselves over her from the time that they are very young. 

1971 - Esme makes Hugo hire Martin James.  He is a human and will not speak to her.  She doesn't realize this is for fear of retribution from the Stuarts, (If he loses his job, he won't be able to feed his family, who is sending money to in another city) not because he doesn't like Shadow kind.  He actually feels sorry for her and will often do small things for her that she won't know were him, and usually attributed to Lily.

1972 - Rupert born.

1974 - Jocelyn born.

1975 - Lily born.

1982 - Esme sees Anastacia playing with the necklace that Pierre gave her, and even though she has worn it practically every day as long as she has known her, she freaks out on her and says that she "stole her necklace" and yanks it off from her, breaking the chain. 

1990 - Released from slavery 2nd time when all the Shadow kind slaves are released by government mandate; poor, helps others with the little money that she has.

1990 - 2005 - Dyes hair red, gets the hell out of Louisiana.  Lives kind of a Bohemian lifestyle, traveling from place to place, mostly through the midwest, farm to farm, trying to get away from Louisiana, on a quest to "find the unicorn".  Lives in Chicago, for a time, searching for Rose & Kierce again, settles in with a roommate, Cheryl (Brittany Murphy), who gets her a job working as a waitress in the front room of a gentleman's club (she has no idea what her roommate is doing in the back room or what the place actually is).  When Anastacia walks in on the backroom and finds out her roomie is a stripper, she excuses herself to go home early, quitting work. Cheryl has to walk home alone, and is mugged and killed in an alleyway.  Grief-stricken, Anastacia hops a ride out of town with a Shadow-hating woman, named Libby Madison (Meryl Streep), who is on her way to deliver a check to her estranged son's widow, who is about to lose her son's farm, due to a law that claims Shadowkind can not own land without paying a heavy fine.   Anastacia finally tells the woman that she's Shadowkind, and changes her views on her son's elven wife.  The woman has a heart attack and dies on the way, but Anastacia takes the check and sets out to find Daisy Mae's farm and deliver it.

1990 - present - Police extremely wary of dealing with shadow kind; dealt with them in larger groups

2005 - Anastacia goes to a farm in Kansas, to help Daisy Mae Madison (Charlize Theron) and her many children get back on their feet and fight off the governmant money-grubbers; goes out for a walk one night, full moon, sees something in the woods, sees a unicorn for the first time in this world and it touches her heart with its horn,  something rustles in the bushes behind her,  and she turns to look, and then the unicorn is gone, but an article is stuck to her clothes about Brett's son taking over the Wagner business, which prompted her to return to New York.

late 2005 - Returns to NY and finds the Wagners.  Brett is an old man (age 85 now) but allows her to stay with them.  She doesn't know exactly what called her there to New York but she sees that it is a highly troubled city and decides that she wants to make a difference there.  She gets a job as a waitress at a greasy diner under the table.

2005 - 2011 - Lives with Brett, and his son's family in New York City.  His son, Kyle Wagner (Dan Hedaya) and his wife Minerva.  Daughter Kylea. 

early 2011 - Brett passes away at age 91; leaves her enough money to really get started on her own, but she ends up giving a lot of it away to charity or to different causes that she picks up in the next few years, so she still lives on meager means.  She can however, finally afford to really get her own apartment that isn't crappy or packed with about 10 people.

early 2011 - Meets Lucas Grant (Breckin Meyer).  He helps her get a fake ID and paperwork, which she had not officially had until now, since she had mostly been considered property, and still was not considered "human" - her paperwork begs to differ.  Wink, wink.  The two really hit it off, and he sees that she is looking for a place to stay.  Offers to let her move in, if she'll do most of the cooking, and not mind his mess.  This temporary arrangement ends up becoming much more permanent.

2011 - Begins rooming with Lucas - artsy photographer, quirky, involved in some mostly harmless underhanded businesses, including a fake ID racket, ticket scalping, pawning stolen merchandise, smuggling pro-Shadow rights literature in from more liberal countries, etc.  He gets freelance jobs doing legitimate photography for some lesser known magazines on occasion which means he sometimes gets to travel, and takes Anastacia with him. 

2011 - now - Does a lot of charity work whenever she can, working at soup kitchens or various other places.  Known as a regular at a lot of such locations around NYC.  Most notably, spends a lot of time at the Gift of Lethe soup kitchen.

2013 - Goes to Nepal with Lucas

2014 - Goes to Hawaii with Lucas

Early 2015 - Goes to London with Lucas

2015 - Shadow kind fully acknowledged and given rights; she gets legitimate ID, which identifies her as Shadow Kind, and exactly what type in government records; she joins the Police Academy and graduates quickly, mostly because her police trainer is trying to score a date with her.  By the time she's graduated Academy, she can still not drive a car, and hardly knows her way around a gun.

2016 - Receives a mysterious note handed to her by a stranger, that prompts her to take a life-altering helicopter ride.  [The diverging point from character's original timeline, as the note she's handed brings her to the Crowded Hour castle, rather than the note that begins Heart of Innocence, leading to her joining the Shadow Division of the police]

 
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