Hair: Short, Dark Brown
Build: Slender w/ Muscle Tone
Extra: A number of tattoos.
Attire: Usually undershirts or t-shirts, jeans, sneakers or boots, leather jackets, leather flat caps.
Personality Positives: While Tessa is not overly chatty or throws herself into big social situations like parties, she is very chill and friendly and easy to approach. Being one who loathes prejudice, she gives everyone a chance and tries her best to treat everyone equally (unless they give her a good reason to be pissed at them). She does stand up for those who are victims of prejudice, letting them know there is a voice for them out there. Tessa is also a musical soul. She loves a variety of music, and she loves playing it with or without an audience. Music makes her feel alive, and temporarily wipes away her bad memories. Finally, Tessa enjoys a healthy, vegetarian diet, at least when it comes to what she eats. She sticks to fruits and veggies, as well as low fat milk products. She is also one who tries to make a habit of yoga and exercise.
Personality Negatives: Tessa is often haunted by memories of her past. Living with an abusive father has scarred her a good bit. Often she tries to drink away these memories when she's not trying to play music to do so. The nightmares she allows in keeps her from getting a decent night's sleep most of the time, and it tends to make her quieter and a bit more anti-social at times, despite her chill nature. While she has a healthy diet when most that she consumes, she does enjoy a lot of coffee and booze. She is drawn to more than her fill of each on a daily basis, and seems to care little that it conflicts with an otherwise healthy lifestyle. She is also big on smoking marijuana, partaking in it on a whim when she's had a bad day. Finally, her chill nature can be turned into being royally pissed off when someone strikes a chord like prejudice. She will lay into someone if she has to when that occurs.
Tessa Walker was born the younger of two sisters in Sydney, Australia. Her father, Isaac, was a former alcoholic who had held it together while her mother, Sharon, was alive, but when Sharon died of cancer, Isaac went off the deep end. He drank constantly, and was a monster around Tessa and her older sister by a year, Melina. Tessa often didn't know what version of her father she and her sister were going to walk home to, the man who was sad and tried his best to be a decent dad, or a fiend of a man who would verbally... and occasionally physically abusive of them.
When Tessa was twelve, Isaac had lost his job, and had no choice but to take the girls to New Jersey, where their grandparents lived. Tessa's grandfather had dementia, and her grandmother did little to control Isaac's drinking and rage due to her mild personality. A few years after, both grandparents had passed on, leaving the house and their money to their only son. When Isaac drink that money away too, and took out trying to hold together a job at a gas station on his daughters, Melina and Tessa, then eighteen and seventeen, had enough and fled from home.
Tessa and Melina lived in a small apartment in Maine for a few years. Melina managed to find work in a small office complex as a receptionist, and Tessa worked in a restaurant. Tessa's manager grew fond of her quickly, and the two became friends. Tessa would make odd, but tasty juice cocktails on her lunch breaks, and her manager recommended a reasonably priced bartending school, and even helped Tessa pay for it. While in school, Tessa began casually dating another of the female students, who taught her how to play the guitar. Tessa enjoyed it, and it helped get her mind off her past. Up until then, drinking and her new infrequent habit of smoking marijuana did that.
Melina soon got a promotion, but found she had to move to Lochland Grove. Tessa found that there was a gay and lesbian bar called the Odyssey Club that was hiring bartenders. Tessa had gotten her license, and decided to apply. With the job secured, joined Melina once again. Tessa managed to adapt to things in the town quickly.
Five years later, Tessa is working at the bar, and working on her music. She and Melina have managed to buy a house as well. Tessa and Melina have recently found out that their father died of a heart attack, but Tessa still has nightmares about her father, and still finds ways to get rid of them. However, on the plus side, Tessa's otherwise chill nature has earned her a few friends on town since moving there.
Fruits and veggies: Tessa is a dedicated vegetarian, and this is a primary part of her diet.
Alcohol and Coffee: Tessa can be a heavy drinker of both at times..
Marijuana: She doesn't smoke it all the time, but Tessa does hit the whacky weed now and then.
Leather: Tessa loves wearing leather, be it boots, hats, gloves, jackets, etc.
Music: Tessa loves a variety of it, and tries to learn to play and sing as much as she can.
Meat: Won't eat it, doesn't even like to look at it or smell it.
Soda: While she enjoys coffee and booze, she hates soda. She won't even make her cocktails with it.
Spiders: She will kill one on sight. Hated them since childhood.
Homophobia: Tessa is highly proud of who she is, and won't give anyone who defies that the time of day. She might give them a right cross though.
Politics: She hated them back in Sydney, and doesn't want to discuss American ones either.
Pet: Iguana named Big Jimmy
Melina Walker- Sister/Roommate