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Feb 11 2018, 01:01 PM
Iola: A girl's name with Greek origin meaning "violet dawn"
Shafiq: The Arabic word root شفق (sh-f-q) occurs in Arabic words whose meaning centres on "mercy", but one such word means "twilight".
Udadisi: Curiosity in Swahili, it's the nickname her boyfriend and her friends from Uagadou call her oftentimes.
Songbird: Pretty obvious this one and people stuck with it because of her being in Ravenclaw and in the choir.
Ash: A short version of her name, it also means Ash tree as well as, well..., just plain old ash.
She hastily made her way over and sat on the stool. The hat covered her sight of the Great Hall and she nearly jumped when she felt the hat talk in her head. "Well aren't you a ball of nerves, relax lass. It will be over soon enough." The Hat chuckled in her head and she felt it sift on her head. "That's easy for you to say. How are you even going to sort me?" She projected her thought to the Hat and she swore she could feel it smirking at her. "A curious little one aren't you? Besides you seem to have already figured it out for the most part." It commented just as Ashley considered the possibility of Legillimence. She didn't like that thought. Her thoughts were her own. "Don't worry, this is between you and me, no one will ever know." It assured her and continued to look into her mind. "Going through changes I see, a sharp mind and curious as to how the world works. No hesitation to help others and highly opinionated with the proper conditions. Intuition, hmmm, creativity... yes...." The Hat said, stopping Ashley from stating her disatisfaction for this inspection. "RAVENCLAW!" It announced and Ashley was allowed to join her new housemates, the colors of her robes changing to blue and brass.
Pacifist: She doesn't believe in that fighting can solve problems. In her experience most of the time it only makes things worse. Conflict breeds conflict, is what she often says when confronted about it. However that means that she has a higher threshold before she snaps than most people do. If push comes to shove, she will fight.
Dedicated: When presented with a task, whether she finds it interesting or not, she will dedicate herself to complete it to the outmost best of her abilities, no matter how long it might take or how frustrating it can be. However if she does find it interesting then it will be done faster than if she disliked it.
Creative: Ashley is a girl filled with ideas about solutions to the world's problems, or those of her friends and family. Sometimes those might not be at all practical, but Ashley is willing to give them a shot and see how far she can take them. That's when she becomes really pationate and people begin to wonder what happened to the quiet and self-conscious girl they knew.
Self-conscious: Ashley is extremely self-conscious and doesn't take being judged and measured very well. While she has really high expectations to meet when it comes to her father, she hates it when she is measured and found lacking. That means she is has a hard time loosening up unless she is with her friends, horses or in her animagus form. She is easier to be seen completely relaxed when she is around people she trusts and knows that won't judge her. Because of that, she is a hard girl to get to trully know.
However when Ashley turned seven, her father's career skyrocketed. He had been offered the position of Head of International Magical Office of Law and he had to return to London. That's when the fighting began. Eloise was not willing to give up her job and home for a housewife life in London and Marcus was not willing to give up on Ashley. He had seen signs of weak magic from his daughter and he would be damned if he allowed her to be raised in a muggle household that was more like a ranch than a house befitting the Head of IMOL. His daughter would not end up a peasant. Not on his watch! The divorce eventually settled things as Eloise was thrust into a world of magic with the very real threat of losing Ashley for good if she didn't agree to Marcus' terms.
Ashley would remain with her mother until she was old enough to be accepted at Hogwarts and she would make friends with kids her age that were from magical families Marcus knew of or, as Eloise putted, approved of. After that, she would live with Marcus during the school year and with her mother during the summer. With all that arranged, Marcus left for London and the only contact he had with Ashley and her mother was during holidays or Ashley's birthday. After her father moved out, Ashley no longer had to figure out how to navigate the double standards her mother and father had. She grew up in a carefree and less restricted environment than she had before. Her mother introduced her to horse riding and Ashley never looked back on that. She had been able to ride with little supervision by the age of 11. Of course, Eloise kept her side of the deal and so Ashley met with various kids from respectable wizarding families of across Africa, whether muggleborn, halfblood or pureblood of origin didn't matter to Marcus, as long as Ashley grew up with magic in her life. That's how the young girl made friends with several Uagadou students and eventually met her boyfriend, Vurugu.
Meanwhile, Marcus had remarried to Victoria Fawley, a mediwitch who was capable of being the wife of a politician such as Marcus Shafiq. It was not to say that there was no love between the couple, on the contrary. But when Ashley had to live with them in London, there was a long period of adjustment for both sides. Ashley honestly couldn't see what the big deal was if she attended Uagadou instead of Hogwarts like she wanted and Marcus had high expectations and standards from her. Standards her 'unruly mother' had failed to instill on her so he had to do it all over again. On Victoria's side, the woman had worked dilligently at becoming friends with Ashley, making a point that she was not there to replace Ashley's mother, but rather to support the girl while she was in England and not in Ethiopia.
It took a lot of effort, but eventually Ashley learned to deal with her father's high expectations and pressure and the summers were a breath of fresh air and freedom. Being gifted a Two-Way mirror as a birthday present when she had been accepted at both Uagadou and Hogwarts helped considerably with the process as Ashley was able to talk with her mother often while she was at school.
However being as stubborn as she was and having a boyfriend that could already change into a cheetah animagus form, soon led Ashley to try and become an animagus herself. Under the guidence of one of Uagadou's professors and the help of Vurugu, Ashley managed to finally shift during the summer at the age of 15 on her third try.
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