Linda
by MRS Jeevas

Linda

Linda
© Jenn
*** Personal Data

True Name: Sharon Gabrielle Haif

Birth: March 9th 1991
Israel

Height: 5ft 2"

Weight: 14 stone 7lbs

Likes: Jonny; art

Disikes: Disappointment; censorship; ugliness

Basic Data

One of the children raised as possible heir to the L name. She was 10th in the Wammy's House rankings. In the Kira case, she helped Japanese officers, not realising that the information would be passed straight to Kira.

Since leaving Wammy's House, Linda has concentrated on her artwork. Her portraits are sought out by celebrities and fashionable society; she has also created several music album covers.

She considers herself in the debt of Wammy's House and has returned there on numerous occasions, usually to teach art to the children. She also works, occasionally, on cases originating from the Watari Network.

Backstory

Sharon Haif was born, on March 9th, 1991, in Denya, Hadera, Israel, as the only child of Issac and Gabrielle Haif. On June 17th, 1994, Issac and Gabrielle assisted the suicide of Issac's mother, Eva Haif, at her request. Eva was in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis and wished to die with dignity. The couple were arrested two weeks later, after a doctor reported his suspicions to the police.

With both parents imprisoned, Sharon was taken into care. She lived with a foster family during the trial, but was transferred to a state orphanage once a sentence was passed on her parents. On April 20th, 1996, Issac Haif died, whilst in prison, due to complications with his diabetes.

Sharon was investigated by a Wammy's Group representative in the summer of 1998, but her non-orphan status meant that she could not be taken to Wammy's House, in England. A request was lodged, then granted, for her to be removed to an Israeli Wammy's Group orphanage in Nazareth, where her education would be pitched at a more advanced level.

On February 28th, 2001, Gabrielle Haif was sectioned. A nervous collapse, caused by her circumstances, led to a diagnosis that she would be unlikely to recover. With the change in status, Sharon was able to be transported to Wammy's House, in England. She later took the name Linda.

Why Linda?

Linda was at Wammy's House during May 2002, when pseudonyms were being chosen. Nathalie expressed the opinion that, if she was to be known by a new name, she wanted one that was 'ordinary'. Some of those hearing her agreed and so chose names accordingly.

In Estonian mythology, Linda was the wife of Kalev. Jonny smiled at Linda when she mentioned the name as a possibility, in full knowledge of its Estonian meaning. Linda therefore chose the name to impress Jonny.

Personality

For much of her life, Linda was known for her positivity and ability to raise morale amongst her peers. She frequently tried to include the House's loners into fun activities and was the first with a cuddle, when things went wrong. In the isolationist atmosphere of Wammy's House, this rendered her an object of confusion and suspicion. Nontheless, it was this charisma which initially (and eventually) forged the links of friendship amongst the majority of the alumni. Nathalie, Deontic, Lamond, Hollow, Luigi and Jonny all pulled together because of Linda's tireless building of bridges between them.

In early adulthood, one too many knocks have finally eroded Linda's happiness. Approaching her 20th birthday, Linda has become bitter and angry, verbally lashing out at anyone and everyone connected to the Watari Network.

Abilities

Linda is a brilliant artist and extremely competent detective.

Quotations

~ Collated by Spoiled-kitten and MRS-Jeevas

"Mail, I saved your life. Please."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 05 – Alumni

"Mello, coming in here like a force of nature demanding answers is not going to get them. Use that accursed mind of yours that you're so arrogant about and get out there and find them."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 16 – Gothic

"Mihael!" The artistic genius barked. "Do not yell! Do not jump up like that! Do not tantrum! Do not stand over Near with that look on your face! Sit down on that seat and... oh! And above all, don't you dare look at me like that."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 17 – A Motley Crew of Freaks

"Nate, you little shit, put the Tarot cards away and find something more Catholic-friendly to work this out with. You've made Mihael cry already, so it's game, set and match...."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 17 – A Motley Crew of Freaks

"We're trying to solve a case, not pussy-foot around your love-life."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 18 – De Profundis

"You really are quite tired, aren't you, Mello?" Linda chided. "So you live within twenty minutes motorcycle ride from a verifiable place? We'll all be round for tea when this is over."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 20 – Brainstorm

"You are another human being. Just one person denying your existence takes on a meaning greater than the sum of that person's individuality. It's not that you personally matter, it's bigger than that. It raises questions. It makes you ask how could someone ignore you. How could someone deny that I'm real? It eats inside. It makes you question your own reality. It destroys your self-esteem."
Linda, The Mello Code: Chapter 43 - TYVM for 3000 Hits

"It's like seeing someone fading in and out of view. The stripes. My eyes want to slide off you."
Linda, The Mello Code: Chapter 43 - TYVM for 3000 Hits

"You know what's quite impressive here? No-one is trying to pull a 'I'm more tragic than thou' act. Just the stories being told, though there's no guarantee that anyone is telling the truth."
Linda, The Mello Code: Chapter 44 - TYVM for 4000 Hits