SHEPARD, vera michelle [done] Apr 9, 2013 22:21:34 GMT -5
Post by VERA MICHELLE SHEPARD on Apr 9, 2013 22:21:34 GMT -5
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OH, HAI THERE! I'M ummm don't ask don't tell?
rachelAND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO MEET YOU. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR quite some time now SO I KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU NEED TO TALK TO ME? HIT ME UP AT pm AND I'LL TRY TO GET BACK TO YOU.
FULL NAME Vera Michelle Shepard
BIRTHDAY April the third
OCCUPATION Homicide Detective [potential CIA agent]
- hair: Vera has thick, light brown hair that comes down to just past her shoulders.
- eyes: Her eyes are a deep hazel green that has a tendency to change depending on what color she is wearing.
- build: At 5'9," Vera is above average for a female. For the most part, she is all legs, and her chest is relatively flat. She weighs approximately one hundred thirty pounds and is incredibly fit from her days working out at the gym.
- attire: Her clothes are rather ordinary and simplistic. As a Detective, she doesn't want to stand out from the crowd, so she usually sports a pair of jeans, a cardigan or nice top, and a pair of sensible shoes. When she's going out for a special occasion, Vera certainly knows how to dress herself up appropriately.
guns, reading, running, the batting cages, solving cases, fencing, dancing, crime movies, the lord of the rings novels, animals
failure, idiots, bad liars, jerks, non fiction, thinking about her dad, injustice, seeing innocents suffer, bad parenting, raw broccoli
strong, quick on her feet, a good shot, intelligent, excellent at talking
bottles her emotions, doesn't open up to others, pretends everything is alright when it isn't, obsessive
When she is on the job, Vera is the absolute definition of a strong, intelligent woman. She prefers to get answers through talking and will only use brute force when absolutely necessary because deep down she has a bit of a pure heart. Ver's dedication to her job makes her ideal to work with, but at times she can let her work get to her. If there is a case she feels connected to, she can become a bit obsessive. In fact, often times she will put her work above her personal life and it has suffered a great deal because of it.
The woman is a true servant to the public, and she'd honestly do anything to help those in need which is one of the reasons she decided to go into her job. Vera is just and noble. She can't be corrupted by anybody and despises colleagues of hers that do take bribes, etc. Despite her desire for justice, however, she is also merciful. Vera can sympathize with people, and she often uses those skills to get answers when needed. She stands for honest, fair justice that still understands that life is sacred. Vengeance is not justice, and she constantly advocates for that belief.
Vera has a strong habit of getting lost in her own life. She bottles her emotions constantly and pretends to be alright when she really isn't. Her work and past has hardened her, and she hardly ever lets down her guard for anyone. To her friends, she's a wonderful listener and great giver of advice, but she will never partake in such sharing. Nobody really knows what her 'story' is and she's fairly mysterious because of it.
Unbeknownst to her colleagues, Vera has a huge soft spot for certain things. She loves to cuddle up and read a good book, and she enjoys volunteering for the local animal shelter whenever she has free time. Vera adores animals, and she claims her dog is her best friend and confidante.
Vera Michelle Shepard was the first and only daughter to Miles and Lillian Shepard. When Lily found out she was pregnant with a girl, Miles was extremely disappointed because he wanted a son. However, when Vera was brought into the world his heart was stolen by his daughter. The Shepard family lived rather humble lives in Wentworth, Rhode Island. Miles was a professor of literature at the University, and Lily was a photographer. Most of Vera's childhood was spent with her father. The two of them did so much together, and she could definitely say she had grown to be a daddy's girl. Miles taught Vera how to catch and play baseball, and one of their favorite things to do together was watch the big game after an evening at the batting cages. Vera used to tell him she was going to be the first female baseball player.
When she was eight years old, she caught pneumonia and was stuck in bed for quite some time. Her father took off work to look after her, and he read The Hobbit to her along with The Lord of the Rings. Miles told her that they were his favorites and that it was important to have creativity in the world or else it would be a very dull place. Those days of her father reading to her are her favorite memories. He always managed to make even the most horrific moments in her life magical and wonderful.
As the years went by, Vera grew up. Soon she was to begin middle school, and she was very nervous. After breaking the ice with a group of girls that she became good friends with, she realized it wouldn't be so bad. Ver loved middle school especially English class. Unlike many of the other students, she liked the reading assignments the best because it allowed her to apply the lessons her father had taught her throughout the years. She was a very hard worker, and got the idea in her head that she wanted to be a writer.
In the ninth grade, a tragedy happened that changed her world forever. Miles had bought tickets to take the family to New York City for a Yankees game. It was something Vera and her father had talked about doing ever since she was a little girl in T-ball. He managed to acquire excellent seats to the game, and Vera couldn't take her eyes off the field for a second. After the game, it was nearly impossible to find a cab, so Miles insisted that the family take the subway. Lily insisted that the city was dangerous, and she didn't want to risk anything. Along the street, the family caught a man threatening to shoot another man. Miles got in the middle of them and tried to calm the fight. Vera could had cowered against her mother in fear, and just when it appeared the confrontation had been resolved sirens went off. The man with the gun was surprised and a shot went off, hitting Miles.
Vera doesn't really recall much from that night. She remembers her fear, her overwhelming grief, and anger but that's it. When the doctors at the hospital said they couldn't save him, Vera's world came to a halting stop. Lily put their house on the market and moved the family to a small town in New York. Vera's mother was never really the same after that, and the girl had to learn how to take care of herself.
She finished high school with high grades and attended college for criminal justice at NYU. Vera wanted to go into the force to avenge her father's death, and she wanted to find the son of a bitch who killed her father and bring him to justice. Her mom opposed her decision, but Vera was past the point of caring. After completing college, Ver became a homicide detective. She was very good at her job, and she moved up the ranks pretty quickly. Every time she was given a case to the Bronx she prayed she would find her father's murderer. It consumed her to the point of obsession, and when she eventually found him and brought him in for mugging she still felt empty inside. His imprisonment wouldn't bring her father back, and that killed her.
After working with the NYPD for three years, she turned in her badge. Vera was terrified of what she had become, and she moved back to Rhode Island to 'rediscover herself.' She got a job working as a homicide detective with the Rhode Island Police Department. Not long ago, she sent in an application for the CIA. One of her friends told her to do it for fun. She was accepted, but she has yet to decide whether or not she wants to join. Ver loves her job, but she feels like she needs a change at the same time.