Clara was born on March 10th to Priscilla Middleton, a human and Oscar Middleton, an air Elementalist. She also has an older brother, Ashton, who basically acted liked her parents, in saying that he was a combination of their prissy mother and power-hungry father. From when she could first have her own thoughts, Clara hated her family. So she directed her domestic anger into a passion of dancing.
Her first dance teacher, Anna Nomaniuk, was almost more of a parent than her mother or father ever could be. The only reason Clara wouldn't run away was because of this dance teacher, who taught Clara how to be a beautiful and social girl, someone who could push through the pain.
Meanwhile on the family front, Clara's parents started having friction, mainly due to Oscar's powers. And one day, when Clara was eight, her father ran off for good, leaving Priscilla to raise two children. And that's when she made the decision to move her family to England. The day Clara had say goodbye to her dance teacher was to date, the saddest day in her life. But, as her mother insisted, the Middleton family went out to take on the world in England.
One day, Priscilla Middleton met a charming name by the name of Amory Barnes. Within six months, the couple was married, and Amory and his daughter, Eliza, moved into Priscilla's house. Clara despised her new step-father, as she reminded him so much of her birth father. However, Eliza and Clara became very close with one another after Eliza saw Clara practicing a strange form of magic. Clara soon learned that Eliza had fire powers inherited from her father. Clara also learned that Eliza despised her father, as well as her new step-family with the exception of Clara. So the two of them hatched a plan to rid themselves of the evil in their families once and for all.
The plan was simply to trap Amory, Priscilla and Ashton in the house, and then destroy the house and make it fly away with Clara's powers. So the two of them got work, and set their plan into action during a family meeting in the living room. During this meeting, Priscilla and Amory wanted to move away from their house and move back to America. Ashton accepted the idea, Eliza and Clara rejected it.
Amory was suspicious of the girls, and the three of them got into a heated argument, and Amory's psychopathic side came out again as he accidentally choked his step-son, Ashton, causing him to die. His step-wife, horrified, tried to call the police, but before the call could get through, Amory burned her to death with several fireballs before turning to the two girls. Eliza started facing her father one on one, while Clara started creating a cyclone. Eventually, Eliza was running low on energy, and with one more fireball, she would've disintegrated from energy loss. However, Clara made her cyclone rage through the house as the two girls ran for their lives, weak and weary. As the house and Amory were destroyed in the cyclone, Clara passed out from exhaustion.
About two years later, when Clara was 12, she woke up and found herself in a mental institute. Apparently, someone turned in Clara, as she claimed to be raving and insane, as she could make herself fly. So, for the next two years, Clara became at home with the institute and her roommate, 14 year old Ross Genova, a boy diagnosed with anxiety issues. Throughout their time together, Clara taught Ross how to overcome his fear of anxiety and be braver.
One day, Clara made up her mind - she was going to go search for her step sister. Before she left, Clara said goodbye to Ross, saying how they made each stronger. In response, Ross gave her a quick kiss on the lips before saying goodbye to Clara. A little shocked at the action, Clara ran off and accidentally set off the alarm. As Clara barely made it out of the facility alive, Ross wasn't so lucky. He had a panic attack, and when the police put him under, they use too much of the serum, causing him to fall asleep forever.
The first building that Clara arrived to was the Academy, and she settled in the school, wanting to make some friends, get some answers, but most of all, she wanted to see Eliza again.