cw: criminal activity, relative in prison
[name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] " [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] " [name_f]Estelle[/name_f] Helmland (27) is [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and Wendy’s mother, as well as the sister-in-law of [name_f]Melody[/name_f] [technically, she and the father of her children aren’t legally married]. A photographer who specialises in weddings and birthday parties, getting pregnant at 18 wasn’t something [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] anticipated, however she’s always been pragmatic. This stems from her having a lot to contend with in the form of her older brother. Only 15 months her senior, Jazzs’ brother broke rules, tested boundaries and fought against authority from the age of 12 onwards. When his sister proved disinterested in joining him - [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] is like their father, preferring to keep a low profile and looking ahead - the siblings became fairly estranged. They moved in different social circles, pursued contrasting hobbies, and even at home, their paths seldom crossed. Her brother was usually out late at night, avoiding family dinners, and when he was around, rows between him and their mom dominated the household. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] knew her mother was desperate for him to stop being reckless and immature, but her pleas, and later shouts, fell on deaf ears.
The pregnancy was a turning point for the family. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] became the centre of attention, thanks to all the preparations and decisions that needed making, never mind communication between her parents and her boyfriend [the Galliss’ were unsurprisingly absent, given their self-interests always coming first]. This made Jazzs’ brother even more prone to behaving badly, as he thrived on the fact his parents were constantly fretting and debating what was going on with him, a string of petty crimes followed [Jazzs’ brother having begun breaking into cars when he was 17 alongside some friends], and - while he was waiting on bond following another attempted car theft - it culminated in him attempting to rob a local convenience store with a hunting knife.
Thankfully, no-one was hurt, however her brother was immediately arrested and this time, their parents refused to bail him out. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison total: 6 years for the robbery and an additional 4 for breaking the conditions of his release as well as the earlier string of crimes. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] managed to put this behind her with Audrey’s birth, and dedicated her time to raising her, then [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and now Wendy; while getting back into photography as a hobby. She’d stopped for a while when her brother attempted to steal and sell her camera, but the assurance increased her confidence, and people noticed the laidback, easy natured [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] was returning; whereas during the trial she’d been consumed by anxiety, struggling to sleep and exhausted with the changes pregnancy bought on top of emotional stress.
With her brother’s release date having now been given though, this has spelled conflict between [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] and her partner, resulting in the arguments [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and [name_f]Clara[/name_f] are aware of. Her parents have been insisting she makes some sort of contact with him, however Jazz’s partner is absolutely against this: he doesn’t trust his brother-in-law at all, and worries what the girls’ could be exposed to. While [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] ultimately agrees with him, she knows the conversations with her parents will be difficult, and the fact they’re so forgiving and hopeful leads to rows between the couple; as their children are the one’s whose wellbeing has to be prioritised. It’s frustrating but [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] also knows why they’re so desperate for her brother to have changed, and doesn’t want to completely give into despair, even if she can’t let her brother back into her life yet.