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Posted: Jul 28 2015, 08:20 PM
EST; Sohpie Turner; AIM: hope.matters
I am your mind giving you someone to talk to
Jean was born the younger of two daughters to Professor John and Elaine Grey. Growing up in the small town of Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, she had a very happy and quite ordinary childhood. That is, until she was ten years old and her best friend, Annie, was struck by a car and died in Jean's arms. At that moment, Jean's telepathic abilities emerged and her mind linked with Annie's, causing her to feel Annie's death. This left Jean traumatized and the happy, energetic girl grew withdrawn and sullen, shying away from everyone and everything she had once loved.
Her concerned parents took her to see therapists and specialists, had psychiatric evaluations done and even considered admitting her for testing. It was during this time that Charles Xavier caught wind of this young girl and her plight. Sitting in on a session with a colleague, he observed Jean and realized what had happened to cause her catatonic state. He approached her parents and explained to them that their daughter had an extraordinary gift and that he was able to help her with that gift, if they would allow him.
Relieved that they finally had some answers, although not entirely sure what she was capable of, they allowed Xavier to treat Jean. He built walls in her mind, blocking her from using her telepathy until her body and mind were more capable of handling it. She began improving immediately and soon, was the girl that she had been before the accident. Xavier continued to see Jean on a regular basis as her therapist and it would be a few more years before her mutant powers emerged permanently.
At thirteen, Jean began to show signs of being a telekinetic and at fifteen, her mind accepted her telepathy. All the while, Charles continued to work with her, teaching her how to shield and block the thoughts of others out of her mind and how to utilize her telekinetic abilities. She helped him to calibrate his first versions of Cerebro and was able to experience what it was like to have the machine enhancing her abilities. By the time she graduated high school, Jean had a good handle on her powers and went off to New York University ready to take on this new challenge in her life.
With her telepathic abilities, she excelled in college and surpassed nearly everyone in her class, earning high praise from professors and administrators alike. Jean has spent the last three years taking a huge number of classes to try and graduate early with a BS in Psychology. She only has a few more credit hours to finish before that first degree is in her hands and she plans on graduating after the next fall semester. In the meantime, she has finished her Junior year and decided to move to the Xavier University instead of going home. Jean has claimed that she wishes to help out Professor Xavier's students with the crisis that is going on but the real reason is that she has lost her confidence in her abilities and once more is seeking out his help.
Jean is a compassionate woman whose love and affection to those she cares about runs very deep. She would love to be able to save everyone, whether from themselves or those who wish to harm them and while she realizes this is incredibly unrealistic, she still tries. No one has ever been deemed too far beyond redemption in her eyes and it is sure to cause some friction with those who are more...cynical in nature. She believes that forgiveness is healing and to hold a grudge is unhealthy.
She thrives on routine. Waking up at the same time every day, she sets forth a pattern that allows others to know pretty much where she's going to be at any given moment. While not exactly welcomed, breaks in routine are met with grace and poise. At least outwardly. Jean rarely shows any negative emotions unless she is highly stressed or agitated. The best way to get her to unleash her temper is to threaten those she cares about.
Then there is the fear. It isn't debilitating by any means but if left unchecked, it certainly could be. She does enjoy her abilities as a psychokinetic but there are times, especially lately, where she very...overwhelmed by her powers. Thoughts are beginning to leak past her shields, no matter how tightly she holds on to them. She has been misgauging her telekinesis, making the sorts of mistakes that she made when she was fifteen. Jean thought at first that she was simply overworked given her tendency to take on a lot of classes at once so she spent the winter semester dropping down to a more normal course load and things are not improving. In fact, they are getting worse and now instead of graduating this spring, it has been put off until after the fall semester. She hopes that by coming back to her first tutor and mentor, Charles Xavier, they can discover why her powers seem out of sorts lately and she can return to NYU in the fall to finish up her degree.
At least, that is the plan for the moment...
Posted: Jul 30 2015, 08:44 AM