Card (Ace of Spades, but, shhh, that's a secret)
Alice in Wonderland
Getting what she wants
Designing (color schemes, arrangements, etc)
Weilding her butcher knife
Slicing and dicing
Her sweet tooth (It's almost impossible for her to resist cupcakes and the like (baked goods only, though, not so much candy)! She's easily distracted by them.)
Moodswings (You never know what will trigger a murderous rage from her, and neither does she.)
Dirt (She still has difficulty overcoming her hatred of being dirty, though she's trying.)
Greed (She is still weak when it comes to the idea of getting money.)
Bella's soup (She literally can't control herself from eating it.)
Butcher Knife (It's almost as big as she is, but it can shrink to normal size for use during cooking, and also make it really tiny.)
Her new family
Baked goods/sweets (ex. cupcakes, cake, brownies, etc...)
Her butcher knife
Being told what to do/Authority
People who don't like her
People not listening to her
Lacey is a very...unpredictable girl. Generally she is very sweet, cute, and simply adorable. She is just a little chef that likes to do her work and make others happy with her food. She's innocent and dainty and honestly, you wouldn't think she could hurt even a fly! Sure, she has a couple of flaws--she likes money a lot and has a huge sweet tooth and doesn't like to listen to orders, but nobody's perfect. Yet, when you piss her off--though it's not often easy to tell what will actually piss her off--she snaps. Bossy, violent, loud and dangerous--a new girl, but still the same. Though, if her butcher knife grows, I suggest you run, because while she may hate getting dirty, murder is just too fun to rule out, and with a sweet smile that now seems so malevolent, she'll be the last thing you see.
[[EDIT 2/4/13]] As Lacey meets more and more people that she bonds with and is reintroduced to the idea of 'love', she tries to gain control of her instability and now tends to fight against her breaking points, as she wants more people in her life and doesn't want them to find her, well, frightening. (This doesn't mean she's harmless, though.) If you can convince her that doing something she doesn't want to do will result in her befriending others, she's much more likely to comply. She is selfish when it comes to the affections from her friends, but does her best to give them space.
[[EDIT 5/10/13]] Lacey was bought into Fabula earlier than the rest. As far as everyone else knows, she just vanished out of the blue. Not even Lacey knows what happened while she was missing--all she knows is that when she woke up in the forest, her outfit was torn up and she was covered in dirt--it looked as though she had been to hell and back. And Lacey never lets herself get dirty. What could have happened? Lacey doesn't remember at all, and it's messing with her head. It hurts her horribly that she is no longer in Wonderland--she had a life there, and she wanted to wait there until her chefs came back for her--but now she would never see them again. Now all hope was lost. She gave them time, she waited for years, and they never came. Lacey has never felt so much pain over an incident in her life--not since she was left in Wonderland in the first place.
But now that she is here--now that she is no longer waiting--now that she has nothing--all bets are off. Lacey is a different girl. She sheds her cute dresses, she throws away her heels, she lets herself get dirty, she lets her clothes get torn, she rids herself of everything that she clung to--everything that connected her to her first family, everything that they loved her for--everything that she thought would make them come back for her. But they abandoned her, and she won't behave for them anymore. She won't let anything get in the way of her and her new found life, for she is a new girl with a new anger. An anger that doesn't make her butcher knife grow, but an anger she has never felt before. An anger that leaves her in control. An anger that just always hurts, deep, deep inside. An anger she can't ignore--an anger that she channels into finding what Fabula requires of her: finding her new purpose. Will Lacey somehow discover that she is the Ace of Spades? Who knows, but it seems like anything can happen in Fabula...
The woman who brought Lacey to life when she was just a simple card--the one who named her "Ace"--the one who was supposed to look after her and care for her until she could survive on her own--left when Lacey was an infant, to follow her love. Lacey was left under the care of her "mother's" previous lover, though the man was not prepared for a child. The man never asked for it. He especially didn't know how to raise a card as strong as the Ace of Spades. The woman had been with him for his money, money that he, out of cowardly weakness and a hope to help the card and get her off of his back at the same time, used to hire many servants to take care of the girl. He then left, and never returned, and Lacey never saw him again.Relationship Status:
Lacey didn't know who or what she was. None of the help spoke to her or talked to her or bonded with her, though they all waited on her hand and foot and did anything and everything for her. Confused, and knowing that this girl was indeed the Ace of Spades, but knowing that this information had been kept from her up until this point, they didn't know how to approach her. She acted differently with just about everyone that interacted with her, hoping that one way of behaving would gain her love, but nothing ever worked. Just a child, she was lonely, but she thought it was the way things were. She didn't know different. She didn't even have a name.
She had toys and imagination, but eventually she became so lonely that in order to spite them, she refused to eat, and she wouldn't explain why. The chefs were called forward to deal with the matter. They were the first people to actually engage her in conversation and try to understand what was wrong. Not wanting them to leave, Lacey kept saying the food wasn't good enough, and they continued to come back every single day. The chefs bonded with the "picky" child, and Lacey bonded with them happily--though she was never happy with their food.
Lacey approached one once, asking why they all had names but she didn't. Feeling horrible for the little girl, the young chef went to spell her name out on the fridge using magnets. They all knew it, and this chef thought it was time that this little girl knew her name, too--Ace. Yet, another servant caught her in the act and furiously smacked the magnets away and pulled the chef away from the little girl. None of them knew how to deal with this child now--let alone how to deal with her if she knew she was the Ace of Spades. Confused and upset, the little girl tried to make sense of the magnets on the floor. She tried to find her name. The next time she saw that chef--which was a while, as she was told to stay away from the child, she asked her if her name was L-A-C-E-Y. With a heavy heart and only wanting to make the child happy, she said yes, and thus Lacey was born. She loved her name.
With a name, a new girl was born--happy and adorable and sweet. She no longer complained about the food, but instead refused to leave the sides of the chefs. She followed them everywhere, and they started to teach her how to cook. She caught on very quickly. Though hidden beneath this happy little girl were all the masks that she had worn as a child--so many of them, and, unused but not forgotten, they all combined into one horrible, thick mask, that would never go away. When Lacey was merely twelve, the money for the hired help started to dwindle, and slowly the ones that had been with her for her whole life started to go away, taking her lavish lifestyle with them. Soon only the chefs were left, and they didn't tell Lacey that the money no longer came at all. When news came to them that the man had passed away, Lacey was confused. She shut down, not knowing how to deal with the emotions she felt. Confused and frightened, the chefs told Lacey that she had to grieve the passing of this man--that it was natural and the right thing to do. Lacey did not feel sadness for this man, though. She did not know him. Yet, wanting to please these people who named her, Lacey tried to bring forth the intense emotion they sought, but beneath her happiness, all she could find was that mask. So she put it on.
Lacey experienced grief, but not for her "father", but for herself. That grief turned to anger, then to fury, and all too quickly, that turned into madness. She was angry, she was bossy, she was violent, she was controlling, she was loud--she wasn't the girl they knew, and they didn't know what to do at all. She demanded back the servants that would wait on her hand and foot. She needed back the people who pampered and spoiled her while she was in her madness, but the chefs told her that they would not be coming back. This only managed to infuriate her. When she started to get out of control, they attempted to restrain her, and Lacey attacked them with a butcher knife. One of their lives was taken by the little girl. Most of the chefs fled in horror, except for one--the one who named Lacey. She watched as the little girl stared at the body and attacked it again and again with the knife, out of the rage and confusion of a little powerful girl that was never loved.
The power of the Ace of Spades fused her extreme rage--her essence--with that butcher knife, making them one--something that would allow the child in the future to control the shape and size of the knife. After she exhausted herself, she stopped, and she fell to the ground, and she cried, once again the little Lacey that the chef had named.
The chef ran to her and threw the knife aside and hugged her, held her, not sure what to do. She felt she had created this--keeping the truth from the child, isolating her from others, never giving her love. She felt that they were all at fault. Lacey cried into her chest, and the woman comforted her. The next day, the chef told her to grab her things together. All Lacey took was the butcher knife. The chef didn't want to question it, and instead fled with the girl far away, to a place where she could work on her own as a chef, and then, with a tearful apology that Lacey didn't understand, the woman who named her left and told the girl not to follow her.
That abandonment set Lacey's mask in stone, and made it darker than ever before. She worked as a chef under restaurants but she quickly became good enough to work on her own. She acts often as the Lacey that gained the affections and attention of the chefs before her break, the sweet, adorable, innocent doll of a girl, yet, her mask slips on sometimes, but Lacey doesn't complain--for once you take one life, what's the fault in taking many others?
Lacey's 'mother' (who named her Ace) abandoned her when she was an infant to follow her true love. Her 'father' abandoned her shortly after because he had no idea how to care for her. He left her in a big house with just her and a bunch of servants. Trying to gain the love of the servants, she changed her personality frequently. They rarely bonded with her--they never even told her her name. They also didn't know what to do with the Ace of Spades. She refused to eat in order to get their attention and quickly bonded with the chefs, who taught her their ways. One of the younger female chefs who cared for her particularly gave her the name Lacey.
When she was 12, the payments for the servants stopped coming and they all left except for the chefs. News soon came that her 'father' had died. Lacey didn't care, but the chefs told her she should mourn. She tried to bring forth emotion for them, but all that surfaced were the terrible feelings she kept hidden. She went mad, wrecking everything in sight. When one of the chefs tried to restrain her, she killed him with a butcher knife. Her Ace of Spades power bonded her with the cleaver and she can now control it. All the chefs ran away except for the one who named her. She comforted the child and the next day ran away with her and brought Lacey to a place where she would be safe--Alice's Kingdom--and left her there.
Liore: Liore is the closest person to Lacey, even though they haven't known each other for very long at all. Liore showed Lacey what she believes to be love--compliments, closeness, trust. She instantly bonded to her with this showing, and agreed with Liore to be in each other's lives forever. Liore also taught Lacey what a promise was--the promise that she will always love Lacey no matter what, even if she loves her boyfriend, too. She truly helped Lacey grow in realizing that it is possible to love more than one person at once and she is one of Lacey's most favorite people. Lacey would like her to be a part of her family. Liore discovered Lacey in the forest of Fabula, and their bond grows stronger than ever as Liore witnesses Lacey break apart, but doesn't leave her.
Mad: Mad is a wonderful person that Lacey is delighted to know. It is quite easy for her to speak with him, and she respects him as he respects her. He likes her food a lot and compliments it in ways that make her so happy. She loves it when he visits and hopes that she gets to serve him food for the rest of forever because he appreciates it so. He's her favorite kind of person. Lacey finds herself acting differently around him, wanting to make him happy, and also finding it easy to relax around him. She feels things around him that she simply doesn't understand.
Pierrot: He called Lacey stupid when she was trying to give him some love advice, and she took some offense to that as she was taking great pride in her smarts, but Liore likes him so that gives him some points. She doesn't mind him terribly.
Bella: When Lacey was in a bit of a... rough patch, Bella comforted her and made her some delicious soup. Not used to being fed by others, Lacey is normally picky with food that isn't her own, but she adored this soup. Lacey connected being fed by others when she was in such a vulnerable state with the way the chefs would make food for her when she was younger, so she now has quite an affliction for Bella. Her bond to her is quite strong, and she would like her to be a part of her family.
Ovis: She comforted Lacey and also helped her to open up a bit among the others. Lacey likes her and her opinions on things and would like to get to know her better.
Kai: One second he is a total jerk and the next he is nice. Lacey really doesn't understand him, but can sort of see why so many people want him dead all the time. All that aside, she has some hidden respect for the fact that he is so uncaring about others opinions--not that she necessarily likes that about him, though.
Valentine: Lacey finds this messenger to be a hard-to-please jerk. She also tends to want to prove him wrong when he makes assumptions about her. He got her dress dirty once and she will never forgive him for that, but he has really nice wings and she frankly loves those and respects his respect for his wings, and she also really likes it when he sings.
Adora: Lacey appreciates the fact that this girl was slightly less morbid during a situation that upset her during the Slumber Party. She still finds her kind of picky and doesn't view her as the funnest person to spend time with, but she is growing on her a bit, and Lacey has formed slight trust with her. (She handed over Bella's soup. Good way to get on Lacey's good side.)
Shikyo: He's dating Liore. That is the first thing Lacey knows about this boy. While she feels a bit of jealousy towards him, for now, as long as things go well with Liore, he's okay with her.
Bastinda: While Lacey was giving love advice, Bastinda listened to her and asked a question and then agreed with Lacey's answer, unknowingly stroking her ego a bit. Lacey thinks well of her.
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She always has her butcher knife on her, it is practically a part of her being. She wears it on her necklace, shrinking it to the size of a pendant.
When she can, Lacey actually prefers to serve the food she makes for her customers on her own.
Lacey will never deal with poison, as she cherishes food too much.
Lacey takes pity on those who are hungry.
It is NOT common knowledge that Lacey is the Ace of Spades. Not even she knows. She also keeps it secret that her weakness is sweets.
One of the only things Lacey doesn't sell at her restaurant is sweets of any kind.
I RP in comments and notes, and over Skype if we're friends! I'm also in the chatroom when I can be. I can do script and paragraph style. Please contact me, Lacey would love to meet you!
Lacey Bay, Story, Art © *GoddessInProgress, ZK