No more playin' puppet; no more strings attached
Laurel Di Martin was a young graduate from her local High School attending University of Washington. Kristopher McAlister was a young graduate as well, from a High School a few hours' drive away, also attending the University of Washington. He was heavily involved in the college's ROTC program, and one spring night, Laurel and Kristopher met through a mutual friend of theirs during a dorm study session. That one meeting kicked everything off, and after six years of dating, they found themselves getting married. However, after their marriage, they went four years without a family coming along, and much to Laurel's worry, she received the news that she couldn't become pregnant.
But Kristopher's work alongside the Air Force, working on redoing their flying cirrculum, caught the eye of the Goddess Athena. She was attracted to him due to his skill and creativity to incoropate new and unique situations and lessons into their training, and before he knew it, he found himself engaging in intellectual conversations with Athena. Before anyone knew it, he was returning home with a baby girl wrapped in a blue swaddling cloth and presenting her to his wife. All memories of Athena was pushed out of his mind as Laurel and Kristopher took in the baby after the years of disappointment.
They named her Ryleigh Grace McAlister, and she would grow up alongside other base kids. Growing up on base was always interesting for her, especially when it involved PT or other physical/mental activities. When she was five, her mother found that she was interested in mental games. And so, while most other kids ran about and played, Ryleigh could be found in high places with her nose buried in a book, usually a grade level or two above her own. Even in school, she had nicknames of 'Little Know-It-All', but she didn't let those bullies stop her in her thirst for knowledge.
When she was 10 and on a field trip with her third-grade class to the local caverns, she had her first monster sighting: that of a hellhound slinking into the shadows. Ryleigh merely noted the presence of the creature, but didn't tell anyone, immediately going for her research help when she got home afterwards. When she was 11, and in fifth grade, she had her first monster attack. Ryleigh was attacked by a Giant Ant, and luckily for her, she had a stick nearby, and stabbed it into the armor, giving her plenty of time to flee back home. She survived that attack, and told her father the same day. Kristopher signed her up for martial arts classes to pair with her gymnastic and dance classes, and she found herself thriving with all three of her after-school activities and all the school involvement as well.
Over the following months, she found herself being more attacked by various monsters from mythology, and making friends with a kid who used crutches almost all the time named Alexandre. After one such attack, she was immediately pulled by Alexandre to her parents' house, and found herself being explained everything. Her parents gave her permission to be taken to Camp Half-Blood, and she soon found herself flying to New York. Landing a day later, Ryleigh was driven to Half-Blood Hill, luckily not pursued by any monsters, and crossed the borders. She has been at Camp for almost two days so far, and was finally claimed by her mother, Athena, which didn't come as a surprise for her.