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This feather symbolizes that even though I've been afraid to be alone for a really long time, I want to be free of that fear.
Shaunee Cole in Destined
Shaunee Cole
Shaunee

Nickname:

  • Twin
  • Nubian Princess (by Erik)

Gender:

Female

Age:

18

Hair Color:

Black

Eye Color:

Brown, almost black

Occupation(s):

Relationship Status:

Taken by Erik Night

Family:

Mr. and Mrs. Cole

Pet(s):

Beelzebub

Enemies:

Interests:

Shopping

Affinity/Ability:

Fire

Education:

Loyalty:

Status:

Alive

First Appearance:

Marked

Last Appearance:

Loved

Shaunee Cole was a fourth-former student in the Tulsa House of Night. She was Erin Bates' "Twin," a member of Zoey's Circle, and the Nerd Herd. She completes the Change at the end of Redeemed. Currently, she and Erik are living at the New Orleans House of Night where is the High Priestess.

Her Friendship with Erin Bates

Shaunee Cole and Erin Bates thought of themselves as "Twins". They arrived at the House of Night on the same day at the same hour and they both have the same cat who choose both of them. They were roommates and finish each other's sentences. Despite the difference in their appearance, they are thought of as twins by the entire House of Night because of their likeness.

However, due to certain circumstances, mainly feeling empathy towards Rephaim due to their shared daddy issues, Shaunee has decided to stop being a Twin as she realized that she had lost a part of herself in becoming a twin, and start thinking for herself. She came to realize that in order to truly be part of the world she had to stop being wrapped up in being part of someone else.

This freedom from her codependence actually serves to strengthen her, as she had given up so much of herself to Erin.

Personality-

Whilst a twin, Shaunee is vain, obsessive, sassy, smart and consumed with the physical. She is basically a nicer Aphrodite. However once she separated from Erin, her truer personality came out in full force showing her to be a leader among her peers but also a drastically more interesting and complete person.

Fill with insecurity, shame, love, passion, empathy, focus, anger and a desire to be more. She gains a drastically more focused confidence despite everything and actually cuts Aphrodite to size gaining the meaner girl's respect. However it is also clear that she lacks or forgot how to interact with others who grieve or show depth of feeling having been shallow whilst with Erin. This only served to showcase her empathy and growth as it was her attempts and understanding of Aphrodite's success to cheer up everyone during the preparation of Dragon's funeral that led her to use her powers on a more subtle but potent way.

Relationships

Erik Night

Shaunee has had a crush on Erik Night for a while, but Erik doesn't return her feelings due to his infatuations with Aphrodite, then Zoey, then Venus. However, at the very end, he sees her inner beauty and strength, previously clouded by her intense friendship with Erin, and falls for her. They end up as a couple.

Zoey Redbird

Zoey is Shaunee's High Priestess and close friend. They've been through some rough patches, but managed to fix things after things got rough.

Damien Maslin

Damien is her close friend. The two have a very deep conversation after Shaunee is upset from her "twin’s"' sudden change of character.

Aphrodite LaFont

Aphrodite was originally her enemy, but once things got out of hand and they started to work together, they became unlikely friends (mostly frenemies). In ‘’Destined’’, they start to get along better and talk more frequently.

Kalona

During the events later in the series, these two spend some time together and became friends even. Kalona's usual impatience with people is suddenly nonexistent around Shaunee. These two have grown to be friends.

Appearance

Shaunee is a mix of American/Jamaican descent with long dark glossy waves, cappuccino with milk colored skin, and dark eyes. She has curvy, pouty lips and high cheekbones that made her look like an African princess. Her adult vampyre tattoo are twin phoenixes rising from the flames.

Abilities

Shaunee has been gifted by Nyx with an affinity for fire. She has used her ability for many purposes such as:

  • As a light
  • To start a fire
  • Offensive purposes (such as throwing fireballs)
  • Creating warm heat
  • Creating warm water
  • Set her candle alight when called to a circle
  • Summoning a red aura around herself
  • Not be burned by fire she conjures herself
  • Can sense not only fire, but the properties of said fire. For example, she could tell that Anastasia's pyre was sacred from a distance long before she knew Anastasia had passed. She felt its pain, the power that radiated from the flames.

During and because of her work with Thanatos' protection spell, Shaunee developed a greater connection to her affinity able to control it on a scale surpassing even Zoey's innate powers. She can even draw on its strength, augment it's power all while casting difficult spells.

Likes and Dislikes

Favorite Books

  • Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Kushiel's Dart by Jacquelin Carey
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley

Favorite TV Shows

  • Heroes
  • Nip/Tuck
  • America's Next Top Model

Favorite Movies

  • First two X-men (the third one sucked)
  • All of the Spiderman movies
  • and of course, 300

Music

  • Nina Simone
  • Sting
  • Corrine Bailey Rae

BFF

Erin "Twin" Bates

Movie Star Crush

  • Josh Hartnett

Quotes

“Thanks for asking, Kalona, but no thanks,” Shaunee told him. “No one ever leaves a Council Meeting saying, ‘Wow! That was fun! I can’t wait to do it again!’”
— Shaunee Cole To Kalona in Redeemed.

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