February 27, 2006 at 6:06 pm #1808LordKnyghtParticipant
Appearance: Lily has the possibility to be beautiful, but due to her diet she's a little too underweight to be anything but simply pretty. She tries her best to keep up with the latest fashions due to the demands of her job, but she finds that in order to do that she must sometimes sacrifice in the clothing that no one else sees. This is probably one of the reasons that she regularly suffers from illness, as she's never quite warm enough. She is still in the final stages of mourning, so all of her outfits are in lavender, grey, white and black. Her hair is a dark chestnut brown, and her smile is very sweet and warm. Dark blue eyes seem to warn a person that she's quite easily daydreaming again.
Background: Lily was born in the suburbs of London in a place called Paradise Prospect to the middle class with the last name of Horton on March 4th, 1848. She is the youngest of six surviving siblings: Four boys and two girls. Lily's mother, Grace, unfortunately passed away two days after delivering her youngest daughter. Her father, Luther, remarried eight months after his wife's death to a Unitarian woman named Amelia, and so the Hortons had a new family along with a new religion.
Lily's education was spent in a small private school for girls and her evenings the education continued at home with needle work and religious education until the age of nine. At nine she began working in the local millinery shop and by eleven had began an apprenticeship under the watch of Mary Adams, wife of the owner. This is where she met Roger Adams, the son of the owner.
Roger and Lily began courting when he was eighteen and she was sixteen. At seventeen she became engaged to him, and at eighteen they were married. Roger had earned enough money to start a millinery shop within the city and so the young couple moved to London, living in the flat on top of the new Adams' Millinery and Haberdashery.
Financial stress meant that Lily worked long hours as the only actual milliner until after the shop closed for the evening, then Roger would help once the books had been properly worked and orders had been made. Lily's work began to attract a few of the wealthy wives in the area, and so the store prospered.
Within four months of moving to London, Lily became pregnant with her first child. The girl was born healthy and named Sarah. Barely a year after Sarah's birth another girl, Grace, was born. The family grew and the time that Lily spent in bed was still used being useful – making hats and managing the bookwork that Roger now needed her to do.
Then in the summer of 1869, Roger came home from an evening out to complain that he wasn't feeling well. Soon Roger, Lily and their two daughters developed typhoid fever. Roger was the first to die, leaving Lily all of his possessions, including his store, and making her a widow at 21. Sarah and Grace followed soon after.
It was during this time when she was still in deep mourning that she became interested in Spiritualist literature that had been given to her by one of her brothers. Then when she had a portrait done while still in mourning, her husband's spirit holding their daughter appeared in the print. This was the catalyst for Lily's conversion. She began to attend one of the Spiritualist congregations that had sprung up throughout the city during her lifetime. She gathered her strength from this religious outlet in her life and took a great interest in the ability to contact those that had passed.
Her period of deep mourning ended, having lasted six months longer than what had been expected of her. After that year, she removed the veil and reopened the store, having been told through a medium that this was the wish of her departed husband. The problem seemed to be that the store was failing miserably, and Lily's health seemed to have weakened. During the year the store was closed fashions in hats had changed, and competition had moved into the area in both the areas of hats and all the things that a haberdasher supplied.
But still there were those few loyal customers that helped the Widow Adams however they could. They found the young woman in black quite curious for not selling the store and moving back home with her family, but the work she supplied was always very fashionable and offered at a modest price. It was just that she couldn't quite seem to draw in the business like her husband used to.
She only stayed in the second stage of mourning for six months. It was during those six months that she managed to catch the attention of Abraham Channing, a rather wealthy business man that would come in to buy the latest Parisian fashions in bonnets, new shiny buttons, or the most expensive silks for his wife. At first the interest was innocent with Mr. Channing helping her double check her bookwork and making sure that she wasn't taken advantage of by those who supplied her store's stock. When the store fell into debt, he paid it off for the young widow. Then again, never asking for anything in return, at least nothing proper that Lily would admit to.
Currently she is continuing on with her religious education and attempting to develop some sort of accuracy as a medium while simply keeping her shop running.
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