|Alice Kennedy (rosemary_thyme) wrote,|
@ 2037-03-08 17:56:00
Glenn Kennedy and his wife Gaby moved to the Washington, DC area shortly after the pair’s wedding, which happened on the heels of their graduate school graduations. Both Glenn and Gaby work in the federal government--Glenn at the National Archives and Gaby at the Department of Interior. They have four daughters--Alice being the third--and live in relative comfort in Historic Anacostia in southeast DC.
Growing up in the Washington DC region with the last name of Kennedy has a tendency to hang on you. From birth, the girls had the expectation that they were meant to make their name known and worthy. They have no actual relation to the infamous JFK, but that doesn’t stop comparisons. Alice’s eldest sister Mary was a high school sports legend and her second eldest sister Grace was valedictorian. Hannah, the youngest Kennedy daughter, was making her existence remarkable and well-known in another way--through trouble making and allowing herself to be babied by her parents. This left Alice in the middle, striving to make herself known but often finding a lack of guidance as her family was too wrapped up in what they were doing.
Alice’s friendship with Brittany Bernard helped Alice realize her own potential. The girls were incredibly close and Brittany’s bright personality was always the confidence boost Alice needed. In high school, Alice realized she truly enjoyed photography and visits to the national parks her mother worked for, but also the meals she often was stuck cooking for her family became not a chore but fun, and she had a particular knack for making sweets. As Brittany became obsessed with social media, Alice found she had her own little corner of the internet, albeit less noticeable than Brittany’s antics, in the form of a food blog where she’d share pictures of different meals she got when out and about with Brittany, or baking adventures she did in her parents’ kitchen.
Amongst all of this, Alice searched for the specific notice and attention of the romantic sort. In ninth grade, she had her first chance at romance when going to dinner with a classmate (Tsukuyomi no Mikoto). However, the date was a set up. The boy planned the trick with his friends, leaving Alice to sit by herself as she waited for her date that would never come. The boys watched from afar, recording her inevitable tears as she sat alone before she eventually called her sister Grace to pick her up. The boy and his friends continued to torment Alice--bullying her in school and on social media. This continued for most of the year until Brittany got involved. Taking to the school newspaper, Brittany exposed that the boy was actually dating two girls at the same time, thereby labeling him a pariah by the girls in the school. He left Alice alone after that.
Throughout the rest of her time in high school she had short stints with numerous boys that always ended far too quickly. While her family’s focus was on her older sisters getting married, Alice couldn’t even find dates to the ceremonies. Instead, she took Brittany, which was certainly fun but Alice still found herself desiring a romantic relationship.
After high school, Alice left Washington DC in favor of New York University where she studied writing and photography. Once she got her degree, she found she was sick of the east coast and the constant snooty business attitude, as well as the snow. Still in contact with Brittany, who was now permanently located in California, Alice was eventually convinced that she should set her sights on the area as well. With the support of her family, she packed her bags and headed west. It was a comfort that Brittany was already out there and situated--her best friend would surely make Alice quickly feel at home.
Out in California, Alice found her rhythm with writing and photography. She rebooted her high school food blog and began to focus solely on her own cooking adventures. The blog began gaining a lot of attention and through sponsorships, she reached a point of being able to have a living solely from blog profits. It was at this time that she decided to make a somewhat risky career move--to open a cupcake shop. Rosemary & Thyme Bakery is located three miles from Pax Letale on a quiet side street on the Balboa Peninsula. The shop’s small with some cozy seating, and books and knick-knacks on white bookshelves that line the walls. Alice fell in love with the location because of the large window in the front of the store as well as a nice, well lit window and skylight in the kitchen where she continues taking food photography.
Now she is making enough money at the shop and through her cooking blog that she is able to afford to hire two more employees--one to man the register and another to help with baking needs. She’s also able to settle into Pax.
When she originally moved to California, Alice was drawn to the building, and now that it has reopened and Brittany is there, she’s eager to make it her home. Grabbing a mid-level apartment with gorgeous views has helped a ton. The natural light helps when she photographs her food and she somewhat likes being the only current tenant on her floor since her cooking adventures often leave the floor with a sweet scent.
Alice is an early riser, partly because she has to get up early to get baking, but also because she’s always found she favors the day more than the night. Although, if she were to pick a form of night she likes, it’s when it’s a new moon--you see more stars that way. She often wears her red hair loose unless she’s cooking, then it’s pulled back. She’s thin, flexible, and very pale--her Irish heritage leaves her susceptible to sunburn very quickly which is a shame because she loves sunshine. She has a tendency to bite her lower lip when she’s thinking and is quick to smile. Her wardrobe is bohemian and filled with bright, sunshiny materials.
She has a tendency to second guess herself and relies heavily in impressing the people she cares for. She has a type A personality--she’s always trying to do the best she can and if the end result is anything less, she feels horrendously guilty and beats herself up over it. She gets mad at herself and can become snippy with others. This mentality and emotional reaction transfers into her relationships (romantic and otherwise) as well--she will take a fight or end of relationships very personally, often blaming herself for it all even if she’s not at fault. However, Alice also can be a little bit of a walking door mat. She rightfully will get mad at people, but she typically forgives. She has a long fuse though, and if the irritation continues for a long time, she’ll eventually be set off. Her brand of anger is yelling, crying, and shutting down and giving the cold shoulder until she feels a little better.
Alice is also introverted, which helps her from having to deal with too much family and relationship drama. Her extroverted friend Brittany was the one to push her a little out of her shell when she was a teen, which helped Alice get more comfortable in her own skin and therefore more comfortable with social interaction.
Alice enjoys providing for others through her cooking and blogging. It makes her happy to see people enjoy her photos and how content people are after eating her baked goods. This is all the same with her personal relationships, too; she enjoys feeding her friends and family members. She also loves nature and what nature provides in the form of food, it’s not unheard of that she’ll use flowers and herbs in her creations. She has a green thumb and a sixth sense of knowing what flowers and herbs pair well together, but she isn’t cocky about this knowledge.
:: Future Plans
Alice’s cupcake shop is doing well and she, of course, hopes it continues in that fashion. However, she secretly has been having talks with publishers about possibly publishing a cookbook. She’s very shy to talk about this with anyone, despite how excited she is, because she’s worried she’ll jinx herself and the plans will fall through. Brittany doesn’t even know about it.
Alice finally feels proud of herself and realizes that she doesn’t have to rely on the attention or praise from her parents as much as she once thought she needed. With her career being somewhat consistent, she’s now also beginning to desire a little bit more in life in the romantic category. After a number of failed relationships, she’s looking to put in the time and effort for something real.
Uke Mochi prefers to keep Alice just the way she is. Uke Mochi feels that if she remains looking like Alice, then Tsukuyomi no Mikoto may not recognize her. She’d prefer for her murderer not to find her again. So at times she will be present in Alice’s body but still appear as Alice, as it’s her preferred state.
However, sometimes it’s necessary (or beyond a goddess’ control) to fully take on your previous form. Even then, Uke Mochi avoids her form from when she was properly alive and instead transforms Alice’s body into a walking mass of grain: her head is millet, her eyelashes and hair is long strands of grass, her torso is made out of rice and her legs of wheat. In this form, she is able to let herself go, collapsing into a pile of what she is made of (the millet, grass, rice, etc.). Even if this pile of grain is disturbed and separated, Uke Mochi can pull herself together again--either as the woman-shaped mass of grain or into Alice’s human form.
Alice has always been capable of creating a sense of calm and relaxation that most people feel after having a full meal whenever people eat the food Alice cooks. However, when Uke Mochi is really putting forth her powers, she can create the sense of laziness, sleepiness, relaxation, and a feeling of content at will. All of these emotions will settle on individuals either near Uke Mochi or those whom she directs this reaction towards. This ability has long unknowingly appeared in Alice; when Alice would make dinner for her family, it was the only peaceful moments in their otherwise chaotic house, and if an upset friend would eat Alice’s treats, they would soon feel better about their situation.
Uke Mochi also helps Alice with her ability to pair ingredients together to create nice, tasty meals. Alice’s sixth sense of finding what herbs and flowers are best paired together is entirely influenced by Uke Mochi.
Rosemary & Thyme Bakery primarily serves cupcakes, but also pies, cakes, and morning baked goods. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are always available throughout the day as well. It’s open primary in the morning, but every other weekday (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) it stays open until 8 at night. The shop is still new and primarily only getting notice from locals, but income is consistent and pays the bills.
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