Lauren Brannock hadn't gone by her real name since she was still a small child. Her mother had run from her father when she was 6, and they had changed their names to protect them from discovery. Years passed, and Lauren graduated high school, going on to take a menial job to help support their 2-person household. Having always been smarter and more observant than her peers, Lauren had never really fit in or made friends. It wasn't that she didn't like people, it was just that it took a great amount of mental strain to continuously 'dumb herself down' to fit in with them. Because of this, her mother had not only been her only family, but also her only friend. Until her mom got sick and couldn't shake it. The diagnosis was cancer, too advanced to treat. All they could do was make her comfortable during her last days. A brief 13 days after the diagnosis, her mother was dead. Lauren was alone. At least, she thought she was. She was soon to learn that, not only did she have another family member, but that she had been born into another world that lay under the surface. A world hidden from humanity for the sake of its survival. And she would learn that she was the key to breaking two family's curses.