Abel Sterling was only 19 when he sneaked in to a popular night life bar in New Orleans, Louisiana. He worked as a mechanic at a small town auto shop near by the bar and was going with some older friends to hang out. He'd had a fake ID since he was 16 and used it to get admitted entry to the bar. Like many boys his age, he was looking to get into any trouble he could and maybe pick up a girl along the way. The girl that he inevitably picked up, led to events he couldn't have predicted.
The woman that Abel met was gorgeous, everything that he could have dreamed of. She told him that her name was Eris, but would only say that she was from out of town and adventuring through the states. This was mostly true. Eris had gotten bored and was stirring up trouble in minor ways all across the US. Abel didn't think too much of her story, they got a lot of weird tourists in this part of Louisiana. Their relationship continued over the course of a few weeks, remaining mostly physical, though the pair did manage to have some fun causing trouble for local neighborhoods. By the time that Eris decided to leave, Abel had been falling for her.
Determined to get over his summer mistress, Abel continued working at the auto shop, and causing trouble at local bars. Some time later, Eris returned, in the most inconvenient way possible: very far into a pregnancy and ready to give birth at any moment. Abel panicked and was ready to call an ambulance, but Eris stopped him insisting it wasn't needed. Within a few hours, a squalling baby girl was born and while Abel's back was turned, Eris had left a note and fled the scene.
The note, described in detail who she was and why she couldn't stay or keep the baby. At only 20, and barely capable of taking care of himself Abel did the only thing he could think of: he called a family friend that lived nearby, Lorena Lacroix and explained the situation. He felt that Eris must have been crazy, not believing a word the letter said. He told Lorena that he didn't know what to do with the baby and didn't care if it was his, he just wanted to be rid of it.
Lorena was young herself, around the same age as Abel, though she wasn't as skeptical as he was. She had always believed in an ancient higher power, something beyond her knowledge and understanding and believed that sometimes, those powers left gifts. Against her better judgement, Lorena offered to take the baby in as her own. Abel agreed, leaving Lorena the baby, the blanket that she was wrapped in, and the letter that Eris had written. Lorena took the baby to the hospital to be registered and looked at and then took her home. She named her Margeaux Grace Lacroix and had a feeling that she was destined for greatness.
Margeaux was a fairly kind child, but had a knack for getting into mischief. When she was three, the only mother she had ever known, Lorena, got married to a not so nice marine by the name of Gregory Costello. Margeaux didn’t like Gregory in more than just a toddler’s sense of this person is new so I don’t like him. She didn’t like how horribly he treated her mother, but there was nothing that she could do about it being only 3.
Age five was a big year for Margeaux. She gained a baby brother, Seth, and Gregory was stationed in Hawaii. Lorena chose to follow him, so the family packed up and moved to Oahu. A few weeks later, on her way home from school, Margeaux ran into a boy about her age, being beat up in an alleyway by a few older boys. This angered the young girl and she took it upon herself to save the kid. Despite her petitness, it didn’t take much. She learned that the kid’s name was Lucas, but not much else as he didn’t talk much. He looked skinny so she took him home and sneaked him food while her mother wasn’t looking.
This continued for quite a while, and Margeaux eventually learned that Lucas was a foster kid, and often went without food and had to hunt for it on his own. So Margeaux kept bringing him over after school to sneak him a meal or whatever scraps she could find. This wasn’t meant to last however, as Lorena soon found out. Gregory forbid other children in the house as he felt it was not his responsibility to take care of another’s child even if it was for only a few hours, but Lorena took pity on Lucas. She told the two kids that they had to stay in the yard, but that Lucas could still get their scraps and a hot meal as long as Gregory didn’t find out.
Gregory worked a lot and it was a rather long time before he discovered Lucas’ presence. When he did, he attempted to scare Lucas off the property in the hopes that he would never return. Margeaux was severely punished for breaking rules, but this did not dissuade her. She was friends with Lucas now and that meant something. She was also determined to make Gregory’s life difficult no matter the cost. Her mischievousness rose, in the little ways such as mixing salt in with the sugar jar, disrupting morning coffee, moving the kitchen table three inches to the left, hiding all of Gregory’s left shoes, tying all of his ties together, and flushing the toilet while his shower was running, among other things. Margeaux also sought out Lucas again and they continued their friendship.
At age 10, Margeaux’s life got a little more turbulent. Her brother, Seth, who was 5, started to become a target for Gregory’s anger. In typical fashion, Margeaux decided that this could not be allowed. Other than causing more mischief at home, she decided that it was time to step her game up. She started taking fighting lessons after school, to learn to defend herself and her brother. Margeaux was a fast learner, and excelled in combat, more quickly than she gave herself credit for.
As things got more chaotic at home, and Seth started school, Margeaux spent a lot more of her time with Lucas out of the house. Around age 11, she and Lucas were confronted by a Telekhine while walking along the beach, though they didn’t know it at the time. Between Margeaux’s fighting skills, which she was teaching to Lucas in their free time, and Lucas’ growing brute strength, the Telekhine was taken out with minor scrapes and bruises received. After that, Margeaux and Lucas ran back to her house, with the former in a frenzied panic.
Luckily, Gregory wasn’t home at the time. Lorena took time to calm Margeaux and listened to the kids’ story. It was at that time that Lorena decided Margeaux should know the truth. She tried to send Lucas home, but he refused to leave. The older woman decided her energy was best spent elsewhere and Lorena brought out the letter that Abel had given her 11 years ago when Margeaux was born and told her the real story of her birth. The letter itself, Margeaux learned told the story of how her birth mother, Eris, apparently the Goddess of Strife and Discord, met her birth father, Abel. It also told her how she was born and where to go if things got chaotic. According to what Eris said, there was a place for kids like her, demigods, in Long Island that was designed to protect and train her kind, but that meant leaving all she had known, her mother, her brother, and Lucas.
Margeaux refused. She had taken down the Telkhine with ease, and decided that she could keep training to get stronger in case other monsters showed up. If things got too hard, well, the camp would be there later. In the meantime, no matter how much Lorena begged, her daughter refused to leave her family.
This plan worked out splendidly for the next 5 years. Attacks didn’t come that often, once, maybe twice a year, but she and Lucas took them in stride. They were fortunate enough that most of the attacks they encountered were away from the house. The year that Margeaux turned 16, she was attacked three times. The third time, was at the end of the summer. She, Seth, and a stealthy Lucas, were camping in the backyard as a before school tradition. As they were sleeping, a Scythian Dracanae, swooped down on them and almost dragged Seth into the air. Seth claimed later that it had been a rabid bird that had attacked, but Margeaux and Lucas saw it for what it was. At the end of the fight, Seth had been knocked unconscious and Margeaux and Lucas were at the end of their ropes energy wise.
At that point, Margeaux’s resolve broke. She knew that the attacks were because of her, and now that her brother had been hurt, she didn’t want to endanger him even if it meant leaving. The next morning she packed to leave for Camp Half Blood. Lucas insisted that he go with her, despite the fact that he wouldn’t be allowed inside the borders. She knew it was useless to try to persuade him, so she agreed.
Lorena bought them a pair of plane tickets with emergency money that she had stashed aside and 9 hours later, Margeaux and Lucas landed in New York. At the border of Camp Half Blood, Margeaux stopped to say her goodbyes to Lucas. She insisted that this is where they had to part because mortals couldn’t cross the border. Lucas snorted and walked across just to prove that he could, unexpected to both of them, Lucas made it across and Margeaux’s jaw dropped in surprise. Both of them are currently at Camp waiting to be officially claimed.