𝑯𝒚𝒑𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂 on RolePlayer.me -
"You were my only star, my light in the dark. One drop in your wine and all this pain will fade away." | Serious & literate writer. Selective. Mature. Adult & taboo themes. Multi-LI. All kinds of crossovers adored.
24 years old
✗ FULL NAME: Miranda Wells (van Ryn) ✗ NICKNAME: Ranny ✗ DATE OF BIRTH | AGE: July 13th, 1826 | 18, 19 or early 20's ✗ PLACE OF BIRTH: Greenwich, Connecticut ✗ CURRENT RESIDENCE: Dragonwyck, near Hudson, New York, New England ✗ OCCUPATION: Governess to 8 year old Katrine Van Ryn (before marrying Mr. van Ryn) ✗ GENDER: Female ✗ ETHNICITY | NATIONALITY: Caucasian | American ✗ SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Heterosexual ✗ EYE COLOUR | HAIR COLOUR: Light blue | Red ✗ HEIGHT | WEIGHT: 5 ft 7 in (or 170 cm) | 53 kg (or 117 lbs) ✗ PARENTS: Ephraim Wells, Abigail Wells ✗ SIBLINGS: 2 sisters, 3 brothers ✗ PHOBIAS: Acrophobia (fear of heights), Anginophobia (fear of choking), Claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) ✗ PERSONALITY: Naive, adventurous, passionate, sensitive, brave, innocent, proud, loyal. Also known to be a loner (or introvert), bookworm and a day-dreamer.
From the writer:
AU version of Miranda Wells from the novel/movie Dragonwyck.
Selective | Mature | Multi-LI | Triggering Themes
Hello there! How kind of you to stop by. I'm a serious & literate writer mainly looking for (dark) romantic storylines, but I do love some drama, horror and adventure stories as well. I'm quite selective with whom I write with, but let this not scare you off. My version of Miranda is rather alternate universe. I've combined things from the novel and the movie together (since the two have differences) and put in some of my own ideas to create a more interesting version of Miranda. Also, all kinds of crossovers adored.
Writing length: Multi-para to novella.
Trigger warnings: Mature themes, large age gap relationships (love is love), taboo, abuse.
"He was all sin and mystery, and Miranda feared the pleasures he offered as she feared the fires of hell. Yet when she succumbed at last, it was not because her body was weak but because her mind was curious."
Peggy, hailing from Ireland, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to escape the Great Famine of her homeland. Crippled, she has a very hard time to find work. But fate decided to smile upon her when she met Miranda on one of her travels with Nicholas. The two women became soon close friends, against Nicholas' will, for Miranda was denied by him the friendship of other females. Despite this, Peggy came with them to Dragonwyck, becoming Miranda's personal servant and only female friend she was allowed to have.
Ephraim, well known in New England for his exceptional horses which he breeds himself, owns and lives on a farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Being a harsh, strict and sometimes pitiless man, he sees nothing wrong with beating his wife and children when he sees fit. He is known to be a strong believer of Protestantism and doesn't shy away from speaking his mind. Even if it gets him in trouble.
Struggling with an alcohol addiction, he's even a more dangerous man when he's drunk. Violent outbursts are something very common when he's under the influence, and it is often during those times people who are closest to him get to deal with his wrath. It so happened that Miranda's mother got violently raped in front of the children on multiple occasions. And that Miranda and her sister got molested by their very own father in their teenage years.
At one point, he got Miranda pregnant and forced her to keep her mouth shut about it. He also ordered her to get rid of the child. She succeeds by taking the Pennyroyal plant, but got very sick by it, almost dying. This leaves Miranda traumatized (perhaps for the rest of her life), to become pregnant and have children. Which might cause some interesting situations/conflicts in her future.
Born in Germany, Eduard emigrated to New York City in the 1840's to work as a language master. He's a professor who is skilled in many languages, although you hear his German accent heavily when he speaks English. He's a man in his forties who is known for his compassion, gentle nature, and his twinkling blue eyes. Eduard is very poor.
He and Miranda make acquaintance somewhere in the streets of New York, where she accidentally bumps into him after having quarreled with Nicholas. Miranda is distressed and in tears, but the kind man is able to conjure a smile on her face. They become friends from that moment on, learning they have the love for reading novels in common.
Gradually they become to know each other better, mostly over written letters, and whenever she's in New York, he calls on her. Miranda, so desperate for a friend and someone who understands her, opens up more and more to him. Soon she admits to him that she's very unhappy in her marriage. And he, realizing he's in love with her, tells her how he really feels, only to find out that Miranda shares the same feelings for him. They start having a love affair.
As we all know, such affairs mostly don't end well. They are able to keep it secret for almost a year and have happy moments together, but ultimately Nicholas learns of Miranda's disloyalty by stumbling upon and reading one of their love letters. Crazed, he starts to hunt down the man. And while confronting him about the situation, Nicholas is so out of his mind that he kills the man in cold blood with a shot from his pistol.
Miranda Wells is a naive country girl from Greenwich who is one day invited to train the daughter of wealthy distant cousin Nicholas Van Ryn. Though full of enthusiasm, her father is suspicious and travels with her to New York. Father Ephraim entrusts his daughter to Nicholas, unaware that he is a very arrogant and power-hungry man who mistreats his farm workers. Miranda optimistically begins her work as governess to eight-year-old Katrine, but she soon notices that something is going on in the huge manor called Dragonwyck. The service people are secretive and some claim to hear sounds that are not there.
When she is there she is instantly attracted to and intrigued by the rich, mysterious Nicholas, falling head over heels in love with him.
Not everyone welcomes Miranda to Dragonwyck. Nicholas' corpulent and lazy wife, Johanna, sees Miranda as a threat, and tries to keep her from her husband. Soon, Miranda encounters kind Doctor Jeff(erson) Turner, a skilled physician and a passionate anti-renter who believes that rich Patroons, like the Van Ryns, should give up their large estates. Van Ryn and Turner instantly dislike each other, and because of his views, Miranda is baffled when Nicholas asks the doctor to attend to his wife, who has a cold. However, while Dr. Turner is at Dragonwyck, Johanna becomes violently ill and dies. As Dr. Turner leaves, wondering what caused such a sudden death, Nicholas asks Miranda to marry him. She accepts.
Married life to Nicholas Van Ryn is far from what Miranda imagined. Despite him brutally forcing himself on her on their wedding night, she finds herself making excuses for him and staying by his side loyally but foolishly. As the story moves on, Nicholas's true mental state and his egotistical thirst for power become evident. After their newborn son dies, the relationship between Miranda and her now opium addicted husband withers.
Although the marriage then enters a potentially promising phase, this proves to be short-lived. Miranda's suspicions are aroused by Johanna's secret diary found in the attic and Dr. Turner eventually confirms to Miranda that Nicholas poisoned his frightened first wife with oleander resembling nutmeg on a cake. They confront him then plan escape, but Nicholas catches up with Miranda on a steamboat traveling down the Hudson River. The steamboat gets caught up in a race, catches fire, and crashes. Miranda is rescued by Nicholas, but he dies having rescued other passengers from the steamboat.
becoming a ghost
Upon Nicholas' death, Miranda inherits all his properties, including the Dragonwyck manor. It could have gone to his daughter Katrine, but since he has no male heirs Miranda inherited everything instead.
Now widowed and feeling all alone in the large gloomy manor house (despite having multiple servants still on her disposal and enough money to last her a lifetime), Miranda finds herself becoming unattached from the world and the people around her. Slowly she's losing the will to live, becoming more and more depressed and not taking good care of herself any longer. She spends more time in her bedchamber then anywhere else, staring at the walls like a lifeless doll. Peggy, her dearest friend and lady maid, does all what she can think of to make Miranda better. But to no avail, alas. Just a few months after Nicholas' death, Miranda commits suicide by drowning herself in the Hudson river at night, joining Nicholas in the afterlife. Or so she thought she would.
Her spirit, now separated from her body, watched her lifeless figure sink into the deep green waters, where Nicholas' own remains must lay about somewhere too. On those first hours of death, she searched and searched for his body. But she never found it. Not knowing what to do or where to go, she went back to Dragonwyck, haunting it and it's grounds forevermore. Searching for the one she loved the most, but who had been her doom.
Things to know about Miranda.
- Miranda's favorite hobby is reading.
- Is skilled with the needle and likes to sow things.
- Owns a diary she regularly writes in.
- Miranda's favorite type of dance is the Waltz.
- Miranda's favorite beverage is port wine.
- She suffers from insomnia and depression (after she marries Nicholas).
- Her zodiac sign is Cancer.
- Being born in a religious family, Miranda believes in the Christian faith. However when she's married to Nicholas, her belief has its ups and downs. Nicholas is atheist.
- Miranda is crazy about tall, dark, handsome, mysterious, mature men, and this is most likely the type she falls easiest in love with (no matter the age).
- Miranda loves the color green. She is often spotted wearing her signature green silk dress, which is one of the many dresses Nicholas bought for her.
- Living in America, Miranda has more privileges as a woman. When a young child, she was send to an academy for girls (despite being born in a farmer's family). There she learned to read and write among other things.
- Miranda has a distinctive scent that is a pleasant mixture between flowery and fruity.
- Miranda's father is a horse breeder. Therefore Miranda had the benefit of being taught horse-riding when she was old enough. On becoming Nicholas' wife however, she had to learn to ride sideways in skirts and tight corsets like a proper lady. This took away most of the pleasure she had on horseback, and she finds herself not going out as much anymore to ride. Trousers, which she loved wearing for the sport, became forbidden for her to wear as well, since it's not proper for a lady, according to Nicholas.
- Likes going to the opera and the theater.
- Miranda's favorite fruit are raspberries.
Meeting this mysterious, tall and handsome stranger for the first time at one of Nicholas' grand masked balls, Miranda feels instantly drawn to the man by his mannerisms and way with words, which were so very different from her tight-lipped husband Nicholas. Sharing a dance with him, she comes to learn she too had caught his interest. And it might take just a little while for her to come to realize that he had captured her heart that night, for he never left her thoughts from that moment on. He showed her respect, which Nicholas rarely did. She had also forgotten how joy felt and Johann made her feel alive again. Alive like she never felt before.
Madly in love, she spends every day from the moment she met Johann craving something she can't have and is forbidden to her; being together with him. Perhaps there is a way, but it is a dangerous one. It's a sin. Nicholas may never know of it, nor anyone else. For if he knew, nothing would stop him from killing the one that took his wife to bed and humiliated him like no one ever dared before.
Adultery is a punishable crime and is forbidden by her beliefs, but she can't help herself with what she feels for Johann. She would gladly take the cost of ending up in hell if it meant she could spend the rest of her life with him and be happy.