Cordelia Brightman Harrisford Wright Manning
She’s got dark blonde hair and brown eyes.
She’s actually a very beautiful woman, but the stress shows on her features.
"You know how sometimes (okay, a lot) of powerful people are related or connected to one another in some way? Like that. In this case, it’s pretty far off—Cordelia got the Brightman name because her grandmother (thus, Logan’s great-grandmother) re-married into the Brightman family (husband died in the war, apparently). So her last name became Brightman, and so did her kids’. Then Logan’s grandmother (Cordelia’s mother) married a Harrisford. So, Cordelia Brightman Harrisford.
So technically, not blood-related.
And…I hope this makes sense.
This is why Legacies are important. XD Keeping track of the family trees. But you see why it’s important for the Wrights to stay close to the Brightmans—political campaign funds don’t come out of thin air, you know."
Cordelia Harrisford-Wright (well, just Harrisford now) is a woman who has endured quite a bit from Senator Wright. The fights, the arguments, the money problems, the political problems, the scandals—and when Logan was in elementary, she just couldn’t take it anymore. She has basically fallen out of John and Logan’s lives, trying to live a quieter, less complicated life.
Michelle is a better mother to Logan than Cordelia is.
Logan has never spoken of his mother, but it is generally understood that she is hardly a part of his life any longer.
She still talks to Logan once in a while but is very distant from his life.
She wants nothing more to do with her ex husband and she believes that everything wrong with Logan right now that neither of them can handle is the father’s fault.
Cordelia doesn’t know Logan goes to Dalton Academy.
Cordelia misses Logan.
She is re-married and has young children.
Her son is Austin, who is a freshman in Stuart house.
Cordelia married Austins father when he was still young, so she's the only woman he knew to be his mother.
Cordelia and Austin
Austin has seen his real mother, the delicate lady in the photograph his father still keeps in the bottom drawer of his bedside table, the one with the dark hair and purple eyes, but he looked nothing like her and it rather disappointed him to realize that he might not have gotten anything from her. His father seldom talked about her.
And then Cordelia got to go on the photographs and the soirees, and Austin got to stay home, and with the arrival of a little sister, he found himself staying at home and enjoying his peace. But Austin did wonder, over and over, about the little boy he saw in Cordelia's old photographs of her old life. He was blonde with green eyes and he wondered what he was like. On the date of the photograph, it would seem he must be older now.
Someone different from the photograph of the smiling little boy. He wondered, as someone who never knew his real mother, what could compel Cordelia to leave her son? What was he like? How did he grow up without her? Austin assumed he was raised well enough by Cordelia herself--he called her mother, and sometimes when she was staring into empty space and he'd call out to her, she'd look up and seem to not recognize him, looking for another face maybe, and then she would wake up and smile at him.
And he wondered sometimes if she thought of the other blond boy in the photograph. He wondered who he was. Because he was kind of his brother, wasn't he? He wondered...how different was he to this other boy?