Lael was born two minutes before her twin brother Kellan on Stardate 236610.24 to Adelynn Rosek in Cedar Springs, Michigan. She never met her father and, due to her mother's silence, knew very little about him. From a young age, Lael showed a talent for Mathematics and her curious nature led her to a passion for taking things apart to see how they worked. She spent much of her younger years in fields, studying the local wildlife, even to the point of keeping a nature journal. Though she was bullied in her younger years due to her Al-Leyan heritage, her easy-going and compassionate nature won her many friends.
As she grew older, she sought more adventurous pursuits, chief among them being sailing, cliff-diving, water skiing, rock climbing, and swimming in local ponds and lakes. When she wasn't hanging out with friends, she spent summers on her Uncle's farm doing chores and helping to care for the animals. This became a passion for her and at age 14, Lael joined her school's FFE club (Future Farmers of Earth). Lael's mother was determined to train her in lady-like arts. When Lael was 15, she began attending a finishing school course her mother taught at the local country club. Lael learned social graces, various dancing styles, and how to play the piano.
Lael began her freshman year at Cedar Springs High School on Stardate 238108.12. She was a member of her school's National Honor Society and participated in such school sports as Track, Cross Country, Basketball, and Dance. In her senior year (Stardate 2385), she was nominated for Homecoming Queen and lost by only three votes. The idea of Starfleet had fascinated her since she'd attended a camp there at age 14. She spent most of her adolescence dreaming of a career as a Starfleet Officer. Following her graduation from high school on Stardate 238505.25, she took the Entrance Exam and began her first day as a cadet on Stardate 238508.07 intending to follow the Command track.
She did well academically and was excelling on the Command track until the holovideos and graphic descriptions of torture caused her nightmares and PTSD. She was forced to undergo counseling and drop out of the Command track. Her twin brother convinced her that she would do better in gold than red, and Lael began studying engineering, operations, physics and communications. Her first romantic liaison occurred during this time, with one Ivina Genestra. The two were together for about a year before Lael's nearly-fatal rock climbing accident, which resulted in near total paralysis. Through controversial nanite therapy she managed a miraculous recovery and once again resumed courses at the academy. Following her third year at the Academy, she was selected to participate in the Starfleet Academy Field Training Program and was assigned as an Engineering intern aboard Starbase 118. There she met the man who would later become her husband, ending in divorce six months later. In 2392, she graduated with a dual major and a minor in physics before receiving her first posting aboard the USS Victory in engineering.
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