Matthew Black was a graduate from Stanford University with a masters in biology and genetics. Back in school, he was constantly spending time in the greenhouses, working with plants and trying to figure out ways to make the flowers brighter or bigger by only looking at their genes. It was his interest in gardening that caught Persephone's eye and one thing led to another until Seraphina was born on April 19th in one of Richmond General Hospital. Matthew was just climbing into bed before he heard the phone ring. He sighed and climbed out of bed, and answered the call, before speeding over to the hospital. Sera was laying in her crib, crying non-stop, and the nurses had told Matthew that the woman with her vanished a few hours ago, which was when Sera started crying. This was the last time that either Matthew or Sera saw Persephone. She grew up, spending most of her time outside and in the garden with her father. Despite him being a single dad, Matthew absolutely doted on Sera, and seemingly had no idea or interest to look for a new romance.
As she grew, she developed the inability to sit still, causing trouble during normal class days for her teachers and classmates. Of course, upon seeing one of her report cards and reading the comments of her teachers, her father decided to bring her into the doctor to see what's up, and he was surprised to receive the news of her diagnosis of ADHD and a prescription to try and control her hyperactive behavior. She grew up normally until she entered fourth grade, and realized that she had trouble reading the thicker books they were assigned for class and all that. Matthew took her back into the doctor, and that was one of the final changes that happened to the Black family. Sera had dyslexia and ADHD, which made her one of the worst students in her class, but there was one class she aced easily: PE.
When she turned eleven, her father had decided to move up to New York City to start his own florist's business. Sera had to leave everything behind, and started sixth grade at one of the worst middle schools in the city. Besides feeling lonely and torn away from her home, she also felt like there was something always following her a few days past her eleventh birthday. It was one afternoon that she was walking home that her life changed during her eleventh year of life. For good. Sera spotted a huge black dog in the shadows of an alleyway one day, and continued spotting creatures all around the city, and occasionally being attacked by one, but they usually ignored her because of her blocked-blood scent by the smell of the school and her father's strong flowers that she spent most of her time around. Her first actual attack was by a bird-like creature, and she killed it by shooting a thorny vine from her hand. This happened when she was thirteen. It took a lot of her energy at that time to summon the vine, and she consquently blacked out. From there, the attacks grew in number until it was one almost every single year. After every attack and sighting, she would tell her father, but he didn't believe her and just sent her off to do more errands for him.
It was an attack close to her 17th birthday, and also entering her senior year of schooling, meeting another new student at her school with crutches and a mop of brown curly hair, almost in an afro and who always followed her aroundthat caused trouble, and luckily it was when she was hanging out with the boy in her class, and they were walking in Central Park, heading to where he lived, and before anyone knew it, a black dog-like creature came out of nowhere at them, lunging at Sera with teeth bared and ready to bite her. She somehow summoned a tornado of petals and grass, slicing the hellhound to dust just after it had injured her pretty severely on her arm and shoulder, effectively eliminating her from fighting at that point. The satyr, who she found out was actually named Cliffe, had to tell her about everything, and so, it was off to camp she went.
Sera and Cliffe made it safely to camp, whereupon just after she entered for the first time, she was claimed by Persephone. She has barely been at camp for two weeks now.