Raven Martin was a woman with great dreams for herself and her family. She’s been working hard for her dream ever since she was still a student, her dream to become the heir of the family company. Raven has always wanted the opportunity to run the company but her older brother seems to be the first choice of their father.Raven met Yeleina’s father while she was at a masquerade ball that was held because it was her younger sister’s birthday. For some odd reason an outsider got into the party and was tricking and playing around with the guest. Raven was outraged and marched over to the man then started to reprimand him for doing such things to the guest.
“I’m sorry, miss, I don’t think we’ve met yet. I’m Alexander” He had said with a smirk that ticked Raven off for a reason she could not seem to find.
The whole night was spent on Raven bickering with the mysterious Alexander until the party was starting to come to an end. But that wasn’t the last time Raven saw Alexander again, it was just the start. Alexander kept knocking on Raven’s door, calling for her in her office and sending her the most ridiculous letters. She wondered why on earth this man she barely knew would do these things. To Raven’s surprise she found herself replying to the letters and actually spending time with him before she knew it Alexander was her best friend.
Eventually the term best friends became boyfriend and girlfriend and on their 1 year anniversary Raven got pregnant. She was afraid to tell Alexander because she feared he’d leave her but he found out in the end. He seemed somewhat happy about it but he told Raven he had to go, it was urgent and really important. Raven begged for him to stay but he simply said he couldn’t, she lost hope in him. All memories of him were pushed to the back of Raven’s mind until Yeleina was born.
Yeleina was a very curious child that would wander around a lot. She once accidentally pulled on a dog’s tail almost getting her arm bitten by the dog if it weren’t for her mother. Yeleina found comfort as a toddler in music and books, she’d rather read than play outside with the other kids since she didn’t seem that confident around people. But as she gradually grew that slowly change and her confidence slowly increased she learned to be around people and enjoy it. Yeleina grew up in the city of Ohio, where she and her mom moved to since her mother’s family doesn’t approve of Raven having a child at the age of 24. Her life was pretty standard, everything she needed was provided, pretty simple life. But as she grew older things were getting more complicated
Yeleina was 13, on her way home from dance practice with her crew, when she saw a girl about the age of 20 getting beat up by gang of street kids. Immediately she runs over with her friends defending the girl. They manage to drive away the street kids with much effort. The girl that was being beat up was named Trisha, she said she’s crippled (she indicated her crutches that were thrown aside in the ambush) and was an easy target for those kids. Trisha was gladly accepted into her crew and since then they became really great friends.
A few months after that incident the two girls were heading home from school when Yeleina, in the middle of showing Trisha a dance move, tripped and tumbled into an alley. Trisha was instantly alert and helped the other girl up. But they weren't alone in the alley there was a straydog that caught sight of them, it had unusually dark fur and red-ish eyes. Yeleina believing it's only a small dog runs over to help it but Trisha grabs her shirt dragging her bacwards. It certainly was not just a dog.
Suddenly the dog went running towards them and lunged at Yeleina but Trisha was faster, she tackled the dog to the side making it hit the wall. It growled, then as if woken up from a dream Yeleina sees the hellhound bare its teeth at them. Trisha pulled out a knife from her back pack and charges at the animal, Yeleina could seem Trisha running perfectly fine--well galloping was it? Yeleina was paralyzed in shock but her friend's cry of alarm echoed in her ears. Trisha gets injured in the shoulder and Yeleina ran over snatching the knife from Trisha then slashed it at the monster trying to make it retreat. But the hellhound only gets annoyed then tackled Yeleina to the ground, the knife skittered to the side. The only thing the girl trapped under the hellhound could do was thrash wildly to try and give the creature a hard time. Trisha then picked up her knife then throwed her weight into a tackle that unabalanced the monster, when she saw the chance she drove the knife deep into the hellhound's body. The monster starts flailing around like crazy but with a surprisingly strong kick from Trisha the dog slams onto the wall then goes limp, gold dust soon follows.
Together the two friends headed over to Yeleina’s house to heal Trisha, there the truth was revealed. Trisha and Raven took turns telling Yeleina about Greek Mythology and its gods and goddesses then finally the topic demigods came up. The shock on her face registered the moment her brain processed that fact that she’s a demigod and also that Trisha’s a satyress. Raven knew it was going to be harder now that her daughter knew the truth, more monsters will be able to smell her and more attacks will come but Trisha reassured her safety.
In line with Raven’s expectations there were a few more monster attacks that came. One was an encounter with an empousa disguised as a saleslady in a boutique, which ended up with them in the police station for traumatizing the other saleslady with them wrecking the place because of the fight. They managed to kill the empousa with the help of Yeleina’s new weapon, a gold charm bracelet that changes form into a sword once taken off the wearer.
Ever since that day Raven has to constantly switch schools since her dyslexia and ADHD kept getting in the way of her grades and there were also some monster attacks that followed, two of which were wild harpies and a chimera. But Trisha and Raven, by then, were getting better at fending off the monsters. As always there were still people who bullied her for her dyslexia and ADHD.
But then there was an attack that made Raven wake her 15 year old daughter at midnight to pack up and leave. Yeleina was utterly confused but followed as her mother told her to. Trisha was already in the living room by the time she finished packing. Raven quickly explained to Yeleina that she believed that a laistrygonian giant was after them. Yeleina was bewildered that her mother was able to see the monsters when she’s a mortal but Raven only sighed and pressed an envelope into her hand. Before she could read it loud footsteps came from outside the house signalling that the giants was going to make its move. Raven sends the two girls off instructing Trisha to bring Yeleina to camp saying she’ll distract the monsters. That was the last time Yeleina saw her mother.
The journey to camp was mild with only one monster attack, which involved in racing down the sidewalk with a gryphon hot on their heels. Yeleina felt more emotionally drained that physically, she left her mother behind with those monsters without doing anything to try and save her. She barely said anything to Trisha unless it was really necessary. When the two girls finally reached the camp Yeleina fainted from fatigue, the trip to camp exhausted her and the lack of water and food in her system did not help at all. When she woke up the first thing she saw was the envelope her mother gave to her. She tore open the envelope reading the letter.
I apologize that I have to leave so suddenly but I must. One day you will understand why I had to leave you and our child, I believe you will. Take care of our daughter and raise her to be the person you and I would be proud of. We will meet again, my love, you have the Sight in you. I love you to the moon and back.
There was another letter but this time addressed to her.
I have so much I want to say to you, sweetie, but I’ll do my best to keep it short and simple. Ever since your first monster attack I knew I had to make a decision if I should send you to Camp Half Blood or not. The right choice was to send you to camp but I couldn’t let go of you just yet, I’ll miss my little dancer. But when I saw the giants near us a week ago I knew I had to send you to camp. You may wonder how I can see them, I’ll tell you a little secret: I have the Sight. Remember the Greek Mythology tales Trisha and I would tell you? The one about mortals being gifted with the sight to see beyond the Mist? I have that Sight, sweetie. It’s difficult having it but I have it for a reason. We’ll probably never see each other again for a long while but when I do reunite with you I will welcome you with open arms. I love you, Yeleina. Always remember I’m right there when you need me.
With all the love in the world,
Your Loving Mother, Raven Lilac Martin