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About Katherine Mercer

  • Storm Shelter LLC

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Annet Mahendru
  • Full Name
    Katherine Taylor Mercer
  • Goes By
    Kat
  • Profession
    Rancher/EMT/SAR
  • Rank/Title
    Trail Guide
  • Birth Date
    06/15/1990
  • Relationship
    Single
  • Height
    5'8"
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Dark Brown

Physical Description

kat-mercer-bio.jpg.e965b2d37c7b834f450b20ad51ef2108.jpgOf average build, Kat is slender but not scrawny, well-muscled but not bulky.   She has a fair complexion and dark eyes that have flecks of gold in them.  To her chagrin, she still has a few remaining childhood freckles across her nose and cheeks.  She has a fresh tattoo of a broken heart over her heart.   Her long hair hangs past her shoulders and as a general rule she keeps it pulled back or up so that it's out of the way when she's working. 

Clothing: Casual and comfortable!  Blue jeans, cotton shirts, boots, clean but not fancy, she wears a flat-brimmed cowboy hat and leather gloves when she is working with the horses. When she does need to be fancy, she prefers 'Boho' or 'hippy-style clothing, long, sweeping 'broom' skirts, romantic blouses....and comfortable, flat shoes. 

Accessories: Kat regularly wears a long silver chain that has several baubles hanging on it, including charms of the sun, a kitty, a hand of Fatima.  Her ears are pierced, two holes on the right and three on the left, and there are different earrings in each hole.  She wears bead bracelets, one has a small silver bell on it, and anklets with bells.  She carries a boot knife, not so much for defense as emergency, something her dad taught her...so you can cut reins, cinches or whatever quickly.

Grooming: As much as she can she tries to keep clean and well-groomed, he isn't obsessed with her appearance....she's not a make-up and fashion-conscious sort of person, preferring just to forego all that fuss.  Even so, she doesn't mind getting dirty.

Traits & Characteristics

Personality Traits

  • Loaner (+ -)
  • A bit of a risk-taker (+ -)
  • Curious (+)
  • Cautious (+)
  • Creative (+)
  • Caring (+)
  • Afraid of heights (-)

Personality Details

Generally, Kat is happy and curious, exploring the world around her and picking it apart to see how it works.  She has an adventurous streak, as a little fearless, and is tomboy who also loves romantic frills, loving to wear long full dresses and anklets with tiny bells that track her steps.  She is content to be alone, making up imaginary friends, keeping herself occupied with puzzles and games, although she can be open and flamboyant in social settings, perhaps a way of covering that she is a tad shy.

She loves to draw and write, but also loves being outside and climbing trees, swimming, digging up rocks, picking wildflowers...she has a talent for sleight-of-hand and wants to learn parkour.

Gentle and caring, she is tough as well, able to take a fall and get right back up and try again, only slowed down by good sense that would caution her before doing something stupid again, making her a bit reckless.

Carrying herself with confidence, Kat almost has a lilt in her step and she will readily look a person in the eye.  While not confrontational, she does not come off as someone who will back down.  Her expression is open and friendly and she has a bright smile that makes her eyes sparkle.

Employment

Current Employer

Storm Shelter LLC

Position and Title

  • Trail and tour guide for Storm Shelter
  • Volunteer Paramedic and SAR member

Details

Leads city-folk on trips into the 'wilderness', via foot, horse or ATV and does her best to bring them all back in one piece! Responds to medical emergencies and provided advanced life support during transport to the hospital.  Responds to Search and Rescue operations and assists with her SAR-trained K9.

Professional Skills

Associate Arts degree in general ed.  Is certified in ACLS, PALS, ITLS and is a CPR instructor.  Also has certification in Wilderness Search and Rescue, and Survival.  Horsemanship, skiing, swimming. 

Expertise

Education and Languages

Associate Arts degree in general ed.  Is certified in ACLS, PALS, ITLS and is a CPR instructor.  Also has certification in Wilderness Search and Rescue, and Survival.  Can speak some Spanish

Self Defense
Sharp wit?  Can shoot handguns and rifles and has a conceal carry permit

Hobbies and Interests

Writing, drawing, astronomy, sleight-of-hand magic.  She can ski, snowshoe and operate an ATV and keep it upright...most of the time!  Plays the concertina, dabbles in herbal medicine.

Aliases / Nicknames

Kat (short for Katherine)

Residense(s)

Current Residence
Mercer Ranch

Kodiak Station, Kodiak AK

Place of Birth

Sonora, CA

Kith & Kin

FAMILY

Father: Raymond, insurance trainer, lives in Sonora, CA

Mother: June Taylor Mercer, teacher

Brother(s)

  • Jacob, 35, National Park Ranger, Redwood Nat'l Forest, CA, married, has two kids
  • Isaac, 35, carpenter, Oakdale, CA, single

Other Family
Auntie Griselda, deceased

CONNECTIONS

Friends
Dunno yet

Foes

Dunno yet, at least locally

Life Events

Family History: Kat's folks were just middle-class nice people, living in the California's Gold Country.  Her dad was born in San Francisco and her mom was born in Illinois, moved to California when she was eight.  They are school-sweethearts and have been married 37 years.

Childhood: Born in Sonora, in California's Gold Country, Kat was the youngest of three, having twin brothers who are five years older than she.  Her childhood was pretty much 'normal', free of major cares or drama, except for a little episode when she went up on the roof of their two-story home, was afraid to come down but too stubborn to ask for help, so she just did it herself and ended up falling and breaking an arm.  Consequently, she isn't too thrilled with heights.

While she did relatively well in school, she didn't much feel challenged there, and did the minimum she could to get by, keeping her grades in the 3.0 range.  But it was in other, self-taught areas that she thrived.  They lived on a small bit of acreage abutting a national preserve, so she had nearly unlimited areas to roam, and a horse to do it on.  More often than not, she was out riding, hiking, swimming (in shallow water), and goofing off with her brothers, who taught her, much to their amusement, how to fight and shoot.  Winters were spent sledding and building forts for snowball fights.  She had a few friends, but was happy on her own.

Personal History
After graduating high school, she started into Jr. college without a particular goal in mind.  She loved writing stories and drawing, but had the good sense to know that you couldn't make a career at that, and was thinking about maybe teaching English, but there was time to decide, since there were all those pesky pre-reqs anyway.  But when she was part-way into her second semester, her father (an insurance salesman) was transferred to Billings, and she had to decide -- stay and get a job flinging burgers, or go and remain in school.  Realizing the importance of an education, she went along with her parents, leaving behind her brothers, one of whom was a married Park Ranger and the other who was a carpenter, and her best friend.  But her horse and assorted critters went along with her, so she was content.

It was when they were newly arrived in the small town of Ballentine, outside Billings, that the volunteer fire department approached her Dad about joining, but it was Kat who took them up on it.  Almost immediately, she knew she'd found her niche.  She loved the training, loved being active and outside, loved the excitement, and soon she had her EMT certification, then went on to become a paramedic, taking a full-time position with a company in Billings.

A year later her Dad was transferred back to California, but Kat has decided to stay, since she had the job and loved the country.  She rented a small home on an acre of land so she could keep her horse, and in the next few years acquired another horse, a dog and a few cats. 

Interested in SAR, she took classes and she and her mutt-dog Hammy trained for K9 rescue.  The wilderness training came easily, since she had grown up in the mountains, and during that training acquired a curiosity for herbals.  It was at this time that she also met Daryl and the two hit it off and were soon dating.  But it was quickly evident that Daryl was more than just a little possessive and nuts, something she wasn't going to tolerate...

Only, bad things can happen...

Around that time, Kat's Aunt Griselda died and left her ten acres of property outside Kodiak, and Kat took that as a perfect escape.  She arrived a few weeks ago and has been cleaning up the twelve-horse barn and old two-bedroom cabin.  She loves it in Kodiak and is applying to Storm Shelter as a trail guide.  She has also joined the local VFD/rescue.

Timeline

  • 1990: Born
  • 1996: Fell from the roof and broke her arm, took up sleight-of-hand as part of rehab
  • 1998: Started playing the concertina
  • 2008: Started classes at Columbia College, earned a general ed degree
  • 2010: Her dad was transferred to Billings, MT, Kat moved with her folks
  • 2010: Joined a local VFD and rescue, started her EMT certification
  • 2013: EMTP certification/Parents moved back to California
  • 2014: Took formal SAR and wilderness survival classes
  • 2017: Aunt died and left her property.  Relocated to Kodiak

Character Notes

[ GENERAL NOTES ]

Kat has a red and white beat up '57 Ford PU and an old but well maintained double horse trailer

[ ANIMALS & PETS ]

  • Rebel, Appaloosa gelding
  • Doc, Morgan gelding
  • Hammy, mutt dog, trained for SAR
  • Cats...Walter, Buster, Skitter, Frankie, Molly...assorted barn cats...you asked!

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  1. Katherine Mercer
    "Ohhh...yeah, I know that place."  Well, no, Kat didn't, but why pass up a chance for some teasing?  "Yeah, no running water, generator for electricity, outhouse...and no internet!  Good luck out there.  But I do think you'll be pretty safe, no one would think of looking for you there, it's nearly uninhabitable."  She munched on a piece of pizza.  "Good luck.  I'll give you a couple extra blankets in case the generator doesn't work!"
     
    @Wayfarer
  2. Katherine Mercer
    "Coke!  I'll take a coke please!"
     
    "Got it!"  She poured soda over ice and set it out on the table, then poured herself some iced tea. 
     
    "Ugh, I can't stomach cold pizza..........or warmed over pizza...........it's gotta be fresh and hot or it's not pizza,"
     
    "More for the rest of us!"  Kat grinned, knowing that not everyone liked cold pizza, and glad that the girl was happy with salad...otherwise, it was peanut-butter and honey, there wasn't time to cater to whims.  She could put more effort into dinner.
     
    Grabbing another slice of cold pizza, she continued with making sure there were plenty of paper plates, cups and ice for everyone, as well as a few bottles of HooDoo Stout Ale.
     
    Thanks for everything. This is a cool place. And I'm sorry you got dragged into this mess but most of that was the fault of my .............employees. "
     
    "I don't mind."  She shrugged, then grinned.  "Well, kind of I do, but it's barely an inconvenience, and it helped to keep you safe."  She would have hated for anything to have happened to Steph, and wouldn't have wanted her anywhere else.
     
    "I know you didn't go into the motel room back there but one of my uncle's thugs really beat up my friend Louis. He threatened both of them. And little Ava is like the nicest mousiest girl you'd ever meet.  She is the exact opposite of me. I hate that almost everyone I know gets sucked into this death struggle with my Unky Mason. It's bullshit."
     
    "Sorry..."  It sucked that her uncle made her feel guilty by dragging her friends into this.  "Are they all right?  Do they need a place to stay?"  Her grin widened.  "I have plenty of tents for over night trail rides, and there's the barn...top-notch accommodations, and a shotgun...Uncle Mason won't get here."
     
    She headed for the front door and called out, "Lunch is on!"  With her 'helpers' fed, they would work more efficiently, and soon the place would be in order.
     
  3. Katherine Mercer
    "That's all right, I can get it."  Kat shrugged as she started to rummage through the fridge, finding some leftover pizza and pre-mix salad makings that she set out on the table.  Not gourmet, but filling and easy, and Steph could nuke her pizza if she wanted it warm.
     
    "I have iced tea and Coke," she called, "or water..."  She grabbed a piece of the pizza to munch on as she set out plates and cups, then dished some of the salad onto a plate for herself.  The pizza would be enough, but the salad was 'healthy', and she was trying to behave.  She'd scarf it down quickly and be on her way, so she might have some free time in the evening to go for a ride.
     
    @Wayfarer
  4. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh,  great," Kat muttered, slumping in the back seat, although there was a hint of humor in her tone.  "Never been part of the rumor mill before, this should be fun!"  Not that she expected trouble with her employer, the ambulance service and PD were tight, and she knew things had been explained and smoothed over, and she'd even come out of it with a few gratis days off, courtesy of a guilty Lucian.
     
    For now, she could only wait until she got home, and in the mean time make a list in her head of all the things she had to get done, not the least of which was a long ride in the mountains!
     
    Reagan stopped herself as Lucian and J.D. piled out of the SUV with Stephanie. She had been on the verge of lecturing them about causing trouble. Starting the inevitable argument at that moment just did not seem like a good use of her time. Instead, she turned in her seat to face Kat with a genuine smile on her face. "Hang with my brothers very long and you will become accustomed to it, sorry to say. I was sorry to hear about your aunt, Kat. Griselda was a good friend of the family."
     
    "Thank you." Relaxing. Kat smiled.  "I remember her from summers when I was a kid...I always loved coming here, the horses, of course, but her house, too, was just a mystery of eclectic...things."  She chuckled.  "So was she, I guess.   I just wish I had appreciated her more."  She shrugged.  "I was too wrapped up in the place and the fun to really have time for her, but I think she understood that, and that's why she left the place to me."
     
    "I think that is normal for all of us when we're young. We love our families and the adults in our lives, but somehow we don't appreciate them totally," Reagan smiled at the younger woman. "I know it was brought home to me hard when Mom and Dad were shot. I have been so wrapped up in my career, my kids," she paused and then added wryly, "my divorce."
     
    "Yeah, guys can be...a pain in the ass, I'm just glad that I figured that out before I got too involved...and that I had a chance to move a few thousand miles away."  She shrugged and smiled.  "I guess things just worked out for me, and I'm glad for that...and I'm sworn off men!"
     
    She glanced over at the woman.  "Sorry, didn't mean to imply that your husband is horrible."  There were a lot of reasons that relationships fell apart besides abuse and psycho partners.  "How old are your kids?"
     
    "My husband is not a bad man and he's a great dad when it's convenient. He calls the kids daily, sends them gifts, cards, visits here once a year and we fly them to Florida for part of the summer. But, he chose to move there, so it's been tough at times," Reagan replied, finding it nice to talk to someone that was not family for a change. "He just did not like being hitched to the CEO of Coldwater Holdings who earned three-times over what he did."
     
    Reagan sighed and grinned ruefully, "Such is life. My twins are fourteen. Lily and Micah." There was a pause before she added, "Not all men are horrible."
     
    "Yeah, I know."  Kat shrugged.  She wasn't so in a hurry to snag a man, though, that she was willing to take the first thing that crawled along, like some of her friends and done.    "But I have horses, who needs more?"  She grinned at that, then added,  "And dogs and cats...rabbits, chickens..."   She was joking, some, anyway, but she did have to wonder about breaking up a family just because you didn't want to live in the same place.  Maybe it was just different values, but if where you lived was the main argument,  she thought that she'd just suck it up and deal with it.  Probably more to it, but it wasn't her business.
     
    "You and your girls are welcome to come out and visit the place sometime, ride horses..." she laughed, "I can teach them the value of mucking stalls and gathering eggs!"
     
    Reagan laughed, her eyes sparkling, "The twins are ahead of the curve on that one. Whenever they visit, their grandfather and uncle make them work. They have helped with the inland eco-tour camping trips and out on the tour boats. They love being outside. Lily is the more outgoing of the two. Micah, my son, is the eldest, more studious, and probably, the hardest worker. I will bring them out. They love riding."
     
    "Well, I'm looking to revive Aunt Griselda's tour business, so I'd be open to suggestions.  I think I'm going to just do some day trips at first, but I wouldn't mind getting into over night trips.  There's just a lot of logistics involved with that."  It was a dream, though, especially the chance to show 'city folk' the beauty of nature, and of the night sky, the Milky Way and the Aurora.  "Lucian is boarding some horses there, too...oh, here!"
     
    They were pulling into the drive of her property, and two eager dogs and a curious cat were jogging over to greet them.
  5. Katherine Mercer
    "I'm game."  Kat shrugged.  She didn't care, whatever got her home, she was tired and famished and still had a lot to do, and now that the excitement had died down her energy was draining along with it...
  6. Katherine Mercer
    "I don't mind," Kat commented with a shrug when Lucian apologized, "I'm glad I could help...really, Steph, you're welcome any time."  Then she frowned.  "But if they find out you're here..." she looked around for cameras, glad to not see any, "if no one knows about me," she commented to Lucian, "if she needs a place to hide, no one will take a second look at the help on a dude ranch, right?  Get her out of those pretty clothes and all that make up..."
     
    It was a suggestion, anyway.  Then she added, "I think officer Cooper was going to give me a ride home, but yeah, I guess you guys need to get out there too, to get your car."   She shrugged.  "Whatever works, I'm easy."  She was famished and had a lot to do, now that her routine had been interrupted, and she wanted to find some time to just ride.
     
    @Wayfarer; @Stormwolfe; @Flip; @Longshot
     
     
  7. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh hey, proof the justice system works, right?"
     
    "Well, yeah,  guess so..." Kat grinned, "until they change their minds!"  Not that she thought that would happen, but Kat knew that she'd be on edge the next couple of weeks, expecting someone to call and bring her back in.
     
    "Anyway, if you don't have a place to go..."
     
    "Thanks for the offer but.....I really really wanna get back to the motel and see my friends, Louis and Ava. They must be all worried....if for no other reason that I'm paying for the room and I paid for them to get to this place and would need to pay for them to go back home again too," she explained.
     
    "Oh, sure, all right."  That made sense, except...
     
    "And....before you say anything, yes, I AM capable of having friends," she grinned.
     
    "Hey, I didn't say anything!"  Kat laughed, but then hesitated.  "So, you think it's safe?  I mean, wasn't all this about someone trying to hurt you?  Maybe you should talk to Lucian first?"  After all, what was the point of 'saving' her the night before just to let her loose alone again?
     
  8. Katherine Mercer
    "There she is!"  Kat glanced at Officer Cooper, grinning and shaking her head as Steph shouted about her freedom.  "I'm gonna see if she needs a ride or anything." 
     
    Pushing out the door, she trotted up to Steph, giving the girl a quick hug.  "Good to see you beat the rap!" she declared with a grin.  "Me, too!  Fools!"  She laughed, then commented, "I have a ride home, if you're ready.  I won't even make you do chores, you can just sit on the porch and sip tea or something."
     
    @Wayfarer; @Flip
  9. Katherine Mercer
    "Sure, thanks." Kat smiled and gave the man a nod.  "I'm not sure what's going on with Steph, so I'd like to hang around in case she needs a place to stay or whatever."  She grinned.  "Besides, her clothes are in my dryer!"  She'd kind of like to talk to Lucian, too, but he was more capable of looking out for himself.
     
    @Flip
  10. Katherine Mercer
    "Sounds good to me."  Kat grinned as she gathered the papers and followed him to the desk.  It was going to be near lunch by the time they got home, and she still had a ton of chores to do, and she doubted that Miss Steph would be in the mood to muck stalls with her.  No, this was going to be a long day.  But maybe...
     
    "Hey, do you know what happened to Lucian and his friend?  Did they get locked up?"  She could guilt the man into helping with the horses, maybe, or he could send someone.  "Can we just wait here for Stephanie?"  She didn't know why she was assuming the girl was coming home with her, but it just made sense, considering she was apparently in some sort of immediate danger.
     
    @Flip

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