|“|| She was never a mother to me. She was just a person who carried me and gave birth to me. Uncle Cameron and Aunt Ebony are my real parents|
– Cleo Zlatko
Growing up, Cleo formed a hatred to her mother for leaving her and not caring and vowed to not become a Huntress. But soon word got out that Alyson had a child and pretty soon pressure began to come to her which almost caused her to snap.
Her mother went missing when she was around six years old, but Cleo didn't care much, since her mother abandoned her she always thought why she should care. While she didn't care about her mother's disappearance, Cleo did care about the Dragon's Heart since it was a family relic. At age 13, Cameron gave Cleo Phoenix Soul - the last of the Zlatko family weapons - and began to teach her how to use it both with and without using the Zlatko family Semblance, Burning Light.
One day, the pressure of her becoming a Huntress like her mother got too much, and she broke down and told Cameron about it. He helped her out saying she didn't have to go because of Alyson, she could go for her or for the Zlatko family. A few days after her breakdown, she decided to go to Signal - not for her mother - but for Cameron and Ebony and the Zlatko family. Like her mother, Cleo excelled and graduated early letting her go to Beacon Academy a year early.
Forming Team CBLT
Following the Beacon Academy Initiation, Cleo was partnered up with Garnet Tyler. Together they were partnered up with Fanus partners, Seth Blaine - King Cobra Fanus - and Lyla Lapis - Wolf Fanus - and formed Team CBLT with Cleo as the leader, though she had tried to decline adding that she was not leader material and that she was the youngest member. With help from her team and Professor Ozpin, and her uncle, she accepted her position.
Just a day after, rumors began to spread as people had heard of Alyson disappearing but some thought it was her fault, the people not knowing that Alyson was her mother.