18 years ago - 6-year-old Suzy Black is decanted when Philip Sylvain's greenhouses are destroyed. She is saved from the fires by Flora Black, who begins manipulating her memories of Susan Linden Thorne.
7 years ago - 17-year-old Suzy, plagued by memories of Susan, confronts Flora in the remains of Sylvain's greenhouses. Flora tries to kill her in her madness, but in the end she sacrifices herself for her sister. Suzy becomes Ween's sole heir.
6 years ago - 18-year-old Suzy starts college.
2 years ago - 22-year-old Suzy graduates with her bachelors in business administration, returning to Weems Industries while continuing with Grad School.
now - 24-year-old Suzy becomes the new Black Orchid.
While Black Orchid is a longstanding DC character, the modern interpretations of the character really don't encapsulate the wonderful history of the character. There really are two versions of the hero that truly stand out; the magical, dreamlike version of the character by famous Neil Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, and the wonderfully original, gorgeous costume created by Tony DeZuniga. If we're going to incorporate Black Orchid into out timeline, it needs to be something that draws from both sources. The solution seems to be in a character that already exists; the young clone of the original Black Orchid, Suzy Black.
Because we're actually reflecting the passage of time, we can easily have young Suzy grow to a young woman, and because she has a connection to both versions of the character she can easily choose to take up the mantle of her mother and sister. We like to imagine that her usual method is to adopt the gorgeous costume once worn by Susan Linden-Thorne when she was the original Orchid, but that if she begins to TRULY tap into the full strength of her powers, then she casts away her more human appearance, looking more like her otherworldly sister Flora Black.
however you depict her, you're doing the character of Black Orchid a huge disservice to not include all the lush, elegant history and design that has made her such a long-thriving part of DC.