Amanda is straight with a current preference for effeminate, lean boys. She can find girls attractive but has never thought much more about it.
The only thing about her that can be described as a 'kink' is the occasional vanilla porn-watching, which, she does once or twice a week.
Quirks and traits
Amanda bears the look of an insomniac without being one. She is relatively healthy (for a computer nerd) and gets a decent amount of exercise daily (for a computer nerd), but she has a very sickly look about her -- especially around her sunken-in eyes. She also speaks in a deliberate, calm and dry manner; purposefully not showing any emotion in her tone to disguise how much of an emotional person she is.
Going up and down Amanda's forearms are many deep self-inflicted lacerations from a suicide attempt now scarred over. She tends to wear long sleeve shirts nowadays mostly in part from adults frustratingly trying to console her, despite the fact that the scars are now years old. Amanda can also become exceedingly embarrassed when her peers point out her scars.
Amanda is often mistaken for being much older than she is because of her calm demeanor and tired, mature eyes. She welcomes this mistake, though.
Amanda is from Trouville City, in the island country of Lavender Hill. Specifically, the middle-northern portion living in an apartment in the economic shopping district.
Relevant Friends, love interests, and nemesis
Due to spending an enormous amount of her time either working in her parents' thrift store or working on rebuilding old computers, Amanda does not have any physical friends. She, however, has an assortment of people she talks with on a retro computer restoration forum online that she considers to be 'practically' best friends. Though, she disguises her gender from them.
Amanda has a few people that she plays online games with, some from her forum, but none of which know her real identity or that she's even a girl, but she would still consider them friends.
Recently, she had encountered a rather charming shrew named Piper Brooke at her little brother's birthday party at Patty O' Patrick's Pizza Parlor. It was her time opening up again and she felt it went... decently. They even intended on sharing contact information but were interrupted -- she, however, ended up finding out his name which was enough to look him up online.
The aforementioned interruption was brought on by a golden retriever named Aria McBride, Piper's assumed girlfriend. Amanda has very rarely ever really pissed anyone off in person -- but it seemed she had pissed Aria off somehow. Amanda made it a point to hopefully avoid Aria in the future.
Family Relation, Home, and Financial
Amanda and her family own and operate a thrift store and, while not super successful, does okay for itself. It is located in the lower end shopping district but far enough away from real trouble.
Despite bearing scars from her suicide attempt, these were not a result of her family whom are a close and loving unit. She has a supportive mother, a strict but fair father and an obnoxious but lovable little brother who all live in a medium-sized apartment. Fitting that her taste would be all things retro and wood grained, because the apartment looks like it used to be a shag pad from the 70s.
Amanda has her own bedroom and bathroom which are located on the opposite end of the apartment so she can enjoy a consistent seclusion which allow her to be able to use her gigantic sound system. A fortunate feature of their apartment is that the unit is located right above their thrift store; making getting to work everyday all that much easier.
Amanda loves her family, apartment and everything in it.
Her family still struggle with their very erratic income, partially from inconsistent stock, and so she had taken to using her hobby of rebuilding retro computers that had been donated and selling them to high-end collectors. Along with that, she is treated as an employee (without pay); helping man the counter, doing inventory and cleaning up.
Interests, Hobbies and Likes
From a very young age, Amanda has been fascinated with video games but is loathed to be a called a 'gamer girl'. She adores retro technology but is still absorbed in current gaming culture as well.
Amanda also loves collecting, but not the typical fare; choosing things like bigbox PC games from decades passed, bizarre computer accessories and old, used floppy discs that hopefully have cool stuff in them (which has resulted in her having a very eclectic porn folder).
The hobby that dominates most of Amanda's time is rebuilding old computers that were sold or donated to her parents' thrift store. Most of these computers were broken and far beyond repair but she taught herself how to rebuild them with help from an online retro computer restoration forum. Whenever she rebuilds an old and dead computer, she is filled with what she could only describe as a 'faux motherly pride'.
Even though Amanda sells most of her rebuilt computer stock to collectors online, there are still 3 machines that she would never sell, the Triforce -- having built them to near mint-condition.
One gaudy weakness Amanda has, which causes her remarkable shame, is she is a sucker for unnecessary and nostalgic retro toys (action figures from characters in obscure PC games, PVC piggy banks shaped like weapons, helmets and monsters from old games and even stupid large-headed deformed dolls which hardly looked like the things they were supposed to be).
Even though it started as a coping mechanism for her (going onto forums and talking about computer stuff), she, herself, has now gotten into the habit of getting other people online into the hobby; helping new people rebuild their own computers like she was some sort of old pro now.
Because of her suicide attempt and recovery procedure, she has an emotional connection with all of this computer and retro stuff.
(Amanda is also very fond of pineapples and coconuts and has been known to smack a bitch for disagreeing but not really)
Distastes, fears and anxieties
To this day, Amanda is riddled with anxieties: is she too fat, is she too quiet, how ugly is she actually? However, she has found that the best way of silencing these is by working on old computers. Still, if she goes a long period without doing anything revolving around fixing computers, she becomes very jittery, nervous and depressed.
She has a logical but irrational aversion to older teenage boys and men due to a long series of online sexual abuse that occurred to her several years back. She never talked to her parents about what actually happened, but she also fears that she would be judged harshly if they found out the details.
Amanda has horrible trust issues; going so far as to refuse to let anyone know what her gender is online anymore. Sometimes, when she is behind the counter at her thrift store, she tends to give customers, who are older men, a fake name like Sarah or Hailey (which are her two go-tos). Boys her age, however, she's not quite as aversive to.
She can't handle any form of physical confrontation and will immediately back off if instigated. She never wants to get in a fist fight with anyone -- no matter how much they may have wronged her.
Amanda has to see several therapists and psychiatrists due, mainly, to her condition. This, fortunately, has waned off the worst effects of her depression and trauma. Occasionally, things like sleeplessness, nightmares and being haunted will bleed through but are they are mostly manageable now.
After spending so much time in her shell, Amanda has a short-term goal of branching out just a little bit. She wants real friends, someone to hang out and she needs to get over what happened to her before -- perhaps by getting a nice boyfriend.
She also hopes that if she does good in her (special) Jr. High (for kids who have had 'incidents'), that she'll be able to go to normal High School with normal kids.
Also, because of how lucrative it is becoming, Amanda would also like to open her own business doing retro computer repair and restoration -- and even though the people on her forum know her as a boy, it would mean the world to her to someday meet the people who technically saved her life... or at least be honest with them.