Some things never change. Oana's personality among them. When high school started for her, she could barely speak to anybody, was extremely passive, and was basically the type that would wind up being everybody's bitch if nobody stood up for her. Over the years, she changed only a tiny bit. She's gotten a little better about sticking up for herself, and can talk to people almost-normally (can't start a conversation, and gets nervous if the topic changes to something she's unfamiliar with) now, but in the end, she's still the same old Oana with the same bottomless appetite.
: You know how sometimes you hear about some odd story and you go "No way it happened" at the end? Oana is kind of like that, only it did
She was born in Romania and already proved small in infancy. Yes, she was a tiny little person indeed, with a ravenous appetite. Short of her stature and appetite, most of the details of her life are unknown. For her height, some say she had a growth defect that kicked in once she passed the four-foot marker. Others say she just got morbidly unlucky. The world may never know. Some people chalk her appetite up to malnutrition as a child, which could also explain her height, while others believe she eats in an attempt to get bigger. Another thing we just won't be able to figure out. What is
known is that, apparently, her parents did a lot of traveling for their job. At age nine, she and her parents were going to take a month's vacation in France. Whether her parents got there, she doesn't know. All she knows is that she got lost, followed a pair of heads that looked like her parents, and wound up on a plane bound for California instead of Paris. Ironically, the plane she was supposed to get on crashed not long before reaching France, and all the passengers have been reported dead or missing.
This led to a situation best described as "You're screwed, kid." She found herself in America with a less-than-skillful knowledge of the English language, no money at all, and her only possessions being what was in her carry-on bag. Which included absolutely nothing to prove her identity. Even then, she just sort of left the airport, unsure what to do. In her defense, if you were a nine-year-old kid who accidentally wound up in a country where you barely spoke the language, you'd probably freak out and your judgment would be a little clouded. So that was her story for six years. She was small, hungry, and dependent on the goodwill of others. Which, to say the least, sucked. Sometimes, if the door was unlocked and nobody was home, Oana would sneak into a place, chill out for a few minutes, and get something nice to eat. It sucked, sucked, sucked. Until she snuck into an apartment and got caught the summer before her freshman year.
Not only did the person owning the apartment not kick her out, she heard
Oana out. To the best of her ability, Oana recalled her awkward story, albeit very disjointedly and rather lacking in sense since it was the first time she'd really spoken to a person in six years. The end decision was adoption, which required a bit of lying on the part of her new "family" and a bit of acceptance on the part of Oana. It sure beat the streets, at least. In another bizarre stroke of luck, the building she snuck into every night to sleep was demolished in the wee hours of the following morning. From that day forth, Oana lived with one Filomena di Rocca, who she still resides with to this day.
Over the school years, she made a few friends (enough to count on one hand) and not long after graduation, managed to get one last growth spurt! ...rather than being 4'1" like in she was back in the day, Oana now stands at 4'6
" and still has no friggin' clue what she weighs. Following in Filomena's footsteps (and because she likes rhythmical things anyway) Oana decided to try her hand at seriously trying music for her living. Until just recently, she hasn't had much success because of her social skills, or persistent lack thereof.
What they've done since Highschool: Several, several several
attempts to become a musician have been made on Oana's part. Nobody's recognized her for it (except Filomena) until just two weeks ago, in which a talent scout said "Hey, this kid's not half-bad." Oana is still caught up in the buzz of being praised by a talent scout.