|“|| Me and Mary talked a lot about Silent Hill. She even showed me all her pictures. She really wanted to come back. That's why I'm here.
Laura is an eight year old girl who appears in Silent Hill 2. She is often seen wandering around the town. She is the only innocent human character in the town who does not hold any darkness in her heart, in contrast to James Sunderland, Angela Orosco and Eddie Dombrowski. Because of this, she does not see any monsters or serious abnormalities in the town of Silent Hill, including Maria. She is infamous in the series and to most players as being a very undisciplined and ill-mannered child, constantly insulting and belittling the game's other characters, leading James to remark that she is a "brat".
Laura is an orphan who befriended Mary Shepherd-Sunderland a year prior to the events of Silent Hill 2. She and Mary were patients of the same hospital and under the care of the same nurse Rachel. Like James, she appears to be searching for Mary and is unaware of her death. How Laura's parents died and why she was in a hospital is never revealed.
It is possible that Laura does not see anything strange in Silent Hill because of her connection to Mary. Mary describes Silent Hill as a beautiful place and shows Laura many pictures of the town. Laura's version of the town would, naturally, be the beautiful place that she saw in the photographs. It is also possible that Laura sees nothing in the town because her heart is pure, which is most likely due to the fact that she is a child and has not yet been tainted by any evils. She has no demons to be "exorcised" by Silent Hill. Laura may also be able to see the people of Silent Hill, such as inhabitants and tourists, as well as James and Eddie.
Laura is rude to James Sunderland and Eddie Dombrowski, the two people she encounters consistently during her journey through Silent Hill. With James, she is motivated by the belief that he did not really love Mary, due to the fact that he rarely visited her in the hospital.
As the game progresses, Laura becomes much less rude toward James. In the Lakeview Hotel, she gives him more details about Mary, and runs away to find a letter from Mary that she dropped. In Room 312, she immediately asks James to leave the hotel with her.
Even though Laura is first perceived as rude and bratty, it can be assumed that she acts the way she does primarily due to her having lacked parental guidance/a normal upbringing and is not at all malevolent-spirited. She could merely be looking for a role model to fill this hole.
Silent Hill 2
Laura somehow finds her way to Silent Hill, having apparently ran away from the orphanage, foster home, or hospital she was staying at. James first encounters Laura in the Wood Side Apartments, where she kicks a key out of his reach and stomps on his hand while mocking him before running away. After he leaves the apartment complex, he finds her humming to herself on a graffiti-covered wall. He confronts her in frustration and Laura taunts him by believing she 'may' have stomped on his hand. She then reveals to James that she knows of Mary, but then jumps off the other side of the wall before James can get anymore information from her.
She appears next at Pete's Bowl-O-Rama with Eddie, whom she met by chance on the way to Silent Hill. Eddie tells her that he is running from the police and Laura calls him a "gutless fatso" as he eats a pizza. Laura then confides that she too runs away a lot. She asks Eddie why he can't just apologize for what he has done, to which he responds by saying that nobody will forgive him. Once James appears, Laura rolls a bowling ball towards James and Eddie and then runs away.
Outside, James pursues her at Maria's request. Laura finds a way to Carroll Street by squeezing through a narrow space between Heaven's Night and a wall, then enters Brookhaven Hospital. Eventually, James finds her inside a room playing with teddy bears on the first floor. James accuses her of lying when she explains her connection to Mary. He then apologizes for his outburst. As James and Laura are about to exit the hospital, Laura asks him to pick up a nonexistent letter from Mary inside a room. When James enters it, she slams the door behind him, locking James in with several dangerous monsters.
Laura is seen again on Carroll Street through a hospital window. She makes her way to the Lakeview Hotel, presumably following Nathan Avenue which is blocked by a road-in. It is assumed that the road-in doesn't exist through Laura's perception of the town. In the "Lake Shore" restaurant, Laura hides behind a piano. When James enters the restaurant, Laura slams on the piano keys, startling him. It is worth noting that James used to watch Mary play the piano and this scene likely triggers James's memories. Laura then shows James a letter confirming her friendship with Mary, which she took out of their nurse's locker.
|“|| My dearest Laura, I'm leaving this letter to Rachel to give to you after I'm gone.
I'm far away now. In a quiet, beautiful place. Please forgive me for not saying goodbye before I left. Be well, Laura. Don't be too hard on the sisters. And Laura, about James... I know you hate him because you think he isn't nice to me, but please give him a chance. It's true he may be a little surly sometimes, and he doesn't laugh much. But underneath he's really a sweet person. Laura... I love you like my very own daughter. If things had worked out differently, I was hoping to adopt you. Happy 8th birthday, Laura.
While James reads the letter, Laura draws a cat on the patio door. After he finishes, James asks Laura how old she is and Laura tells James that she turned eight last week, meaning that Mary couldn't have died three years ago. Laura then runs away again looking for "another letter" (most likely the final letter that Mary wrote to James).
In Room 312, Laura finds James after he learns the truth of Mary's death. She becomes furious with James when he tells her that he killed Mary, shouting that she hates him. James tells her that the Mary they know isn't in the hotel and Laura silently leaves the room.
In the "Leave" ending, James leaves Silent Hill with Laura (how he found her and convinced her to leave Silent Hill with him is not revealed) and they travel through Toluca Graveyard. James follows Laura, who then stops and waits for him to catch up to her and then leaves the town. They vanish into the mist, one after the other. This ending could mean that James is possibly intending to carry out Mary's wishes to adopt Laura.
Laura does not appear in the game's other three endings, so it is not revealed to what happens to her. However, since the town was never dangerous to her, it is assumed that she leaves Silent Hill unharmed.
|“|| Her name is taken from the non-fiction work "No Language But a Cry" by Richard D'Ambrosio, the story of a young girl's search for happiness while struggling to overcome the scars of abuse.
- "I don't know. Maybe I did."
- "Huh? Are you blind or something?"
- "None of your business! You didn't love Mary anyway!"
- "So what'd you do? Robbery? Murder?"
- "But if you did something bad, why don't you just say you're sorry? Well... I guess I run away lots, too."
- "Ha! You're just a gutless fatso!"
- "That big fat blabbermouth!"
- "I was friends with Mary. We met at the hospital. It was last year."
- "Ha ha! I tricked you!"
- "Why you... you... You fartface!"
- "Did I scare you?"
- "She's here, isn't she? If you know where she is, tell me. I'm tired of walking."
- "So there you are, James. Did you get the letter? Did you find Mary? If not, let's get going already, okay?"
- "Liar! That's a lie!"
- "You killer! Why'd you do it?! I hate you! I want her back! Give her back to me! I knew it! You didn't care about her! I hate you, James! I hate you, I hate you, I hate you! ...She was always waiting for you... why... why...?"
- In the Lost Memories DVD, there is a photo of Laura and Maria sitting on the wall.
- In Born from a Wish, Maria comments that Laura loves teddy bears. In Brookhaven Hospital, James finds Laura playing with teddy bears.
- Laura appears to enjoy drawing (especially cats and bears), as she draws on the wall and on the patio door of the Lakeview Hotel. This may allude to Cheryl Mason, as Cheryl loved coloring and also had imprints of kittens on her dress.
- Laura is, appearance-wise, somewhat similar to Cheryl Mason from the first Silent Hill in that they both wear dresses with shirts or jumpers underneath.
- In the song "The Reverse Will", when played backwards, Laura recites a popular bedtime prayer: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray The Lord my soul to keep. If I should I die before I wake, I pray The Lord my soul to take."
- In one of the Silent Hill 2 trailers, Laura is sitting on the wall, singing "Ring Around the Rosie" before James approaches her.
- It is possible that Laura and her actions and motivations are related to the "Little Mermaid" music box found in the Lakeview Hotel, most likely due to the fact that, despite that she knows many things about Mary, she never explains them to James, fitting the music box text "Seat of the Princess who spoke no words" and "Even so I still want to believe she was happy", paralleling Laura's desire to know what happened to Mary. The player also meets Laura in the hotel's restaurant that stares at the lake.
- Laura makes a cameo in the "Surprise" ending in Silent Hill: Downpour.
- Elle Holloway from Silent Hill: Homecoming was originally supposed to be an older version of Laura, but the idea was scrapped during production.