I'd have to say, things have been anything except teadious lately.
The last few days have been quite tiresome, haven't they? For once, I really want to go to steep...
Today's festeavities were tearrific!
Cold, calculating, manipulative, power-hungry, sadistic, obsessive, vindictive. Almost anyone would laugh at the thought of those adjectives being used to describe Evelyn; little do they know that it is nothing but the truth.
Her presentation paints a very pretty picture - a youthful, well-mannered, friendly Auror whom seems to befriend everyone with her charming smile, an easygoing laugh, understanding and caring behavior, and harmless teasing quips. It's rare to witness her going for too long without making a tasteful joke, even if a situation is serious, just to amuse herself and others. She is quite often successful in this endeavor. She's also the embodiment of serenity, with very few things seemingly fazing her on a daily basis.
A natural born leader, Evelyn is very charismatic and finds it easy to rally people to her cause or to contain a given situation. She is able to keep herself composed when unexpected things happen, and she has a knack to twisting situations into a way they'd benefit her the most. Despite her need for self preservation, however, she doesn't seem to have much of a habit of leaving behind those whom contribute to her in any way unless they blatantly betray her.
She is very much a wordsmith, tactful and cautious about every word that leaves her mouth. It comes across as concern for others, but it's more out of concern of what can be used against herself. She makes sure to be on everyone's good side, make them relaxed and off guard around her. It certainly makes them more malleable, more likely to impart information, and if all else fails, more susceptible to Legilimency.
She is, in truth, someone who's become everything she once detested and every bit her father's daughter. She is out for herself and her immediate family, perceiving everyone else caught in the blast a casualty she has no business concerning herself over. The world's motto is 'survival of the fittest' and she's making sure she stays at the top of the food chain.
Her core was shaken by fear for very many years, and that fear shaped her to become what she is today. She feared her father and his torture, which caused her massive problems early in life; as she grew up, she grew enough confidence to defend herself, to the point she accidentally killed him. The fear of someone became the fear of powerlessness, and she erroneously perceives as becoming stronger for overcoming him, when she became weaker; even broken.
This fear spurred on a very sudden change to her personality - the second brutal change in a row. While she retained most of her first change in a social manner - friendliness, flirtatiousness, and so on -, the person borne out of overpowering fear became deeply distrusting of others, obsessed with being in a position where she wouldn't be hurt again. Power for the sake of power, with no true direction. Her darker tendencies manifested and she closed herself off completely from everyone save for a few. Manipulation and deception became the words of the day, all behind a friendly smile. Sadism came to life as a means to take out the suffering she endured for so long on others. Coldness came as a lame justification to self hatred, as people are only tools and life has little value.
But maybe, just maybe, she's not beyond saving.
True to her Veela ancestry, Evelyn certainly turns a lot of heads - some say she greatly resembles her late mother with her mildly wavy golden hair, deep hazel eyes and smooth skin, almost as if she was fully Veela herself. Her often modest wear hides a fit and lean frame, although she isn't at all afraid to show a little bit of skin if the situation calls for it. Her expression is perpetually jovial and her demeanor very calming and tastefully playful, and very few ever caught her with anything but an amused smile on her face. She stands at 168 cm.
While she lets her hair loose more often than not outdoors, at home she actually prefers to wear her shoulder length hair on a ponytail or a bun, a small detail privy only to her family. She seems to have a taste for fashion despite her modesty, and consequently she's always well dressed. Her inheritance certainly helps with that.
Many people would claim to befriend this charming half-Veela: always having a friendly smile on her face, kind words and a willingness to help out, she's gotten on many people's good sides and they see her that way. Evelyn finds it to be in her benefit to string them along and make them believe she cares about them, if only to ensure she has allies to watch her back down the line.
She can count the true friends she has on one hand. While her outward demeanor towards them doesn't change so much, what does is what she's capable of making herself do for them. They enjoy a layer of protection others don't, and become (mostly) immune to her scheming ways.
Her family became everything to her the moment she realized there were more living beings willing to care for her in such a way past her excuse of a father. She treats them the same as everyone else but goes the extra mile to ensure they are safe while at the same time not keeping them too close to comfort - her extended family, that is.
When it comes to her immediate family, it's a different story. Her husband is her best friend and partner in crime; even if their marriage is a sham, they function like a well oiled machine and confide in each other for everything. Their 'happily married' act has been able to fool people for years and they plan on keeping that up for as long as they can.
Ultimately, her daughter is the most important person in her life. She has a hard time grasping the concept that she'll have to let go on the subtle vice grip she has on the girl as her teen years go by, and is willing to throw her own career under the bus if it were to benefit her. If anything, her devoted parental love for her child is the proof she's not yet too far gone, for as misguided as it can be at times.
From a certain point in her life and onwards, Evelyn has always kept plenty of these - all of them purely physical, at least in her eyes. Whether it be for fun or with a laced second intention, it's not common for her to pursue a conquest or two at any given point in time despite being married. As for those she pursues for the sake of career advancement and information, she's not above stringing them along romantically to get what she wants, not having to employ her natural charm to know exactly what to say and do to make them give in to her. Once they've outlived their usefulness, she's partial to erasing the memory of the little affair.
It's unknown how she'd behave when it comes to a true significant other - even to herself. She has never fallen in love in the past or dated anyone other than her husband as an arrangement of mutual benefit. It remains to be seen whether she can or not, and if so, how strongly her controlling urges would manifest towards that person.
As with everything else, her act isn't perfect and her activities/apparent selflessness may have attracted more than a few watchful eyes. She always treats her enemies with faux politeness, going as far as referring to them as friends, feigning innocence and continuing her game of manipulation and deceit - if she manages to work on them to bring them back to her good side she wins, and if not, she can always use their paranoia to entertain herself, making her win as well. When she perceives the person who dislikes her is too much of a threat, she has them handled one way or another.
Evelyn was born in a pureblood household, daughter of Seth Alfred McCarthy, a very prominent and powerful Ministry figure. Her mother was his wife, an unnamed Veela woman whom passed away during childbirth. She is left unnamed because Seth never told Evelyn anything about her, and instructed his house elves to do the same out of a sick, sadistic sense of revenge.
She was blamed for her mother's passing by a mentally unstable father, and lived as the remembrance of what she had taken away ever since - and certainly was treated in such a manner. As she got into elementary school age, that sadism morphed into the occasional employment of the Cruciatus curse. In moderation, of course - wouldn't want the girl to get too damaged to continue this little game.
The house elves were sworn to secrecy, and Evelyn grew too scared of her father - if she didn't tell anyone, perhaps she wouldn't set him off even more. She was a very quiet child, keeping to herself and her books, studying magic on her own. As the sadistic behaviors escalated, her father decided to move to a slightly more isolated town - Narrie - so he could continue his deeds unpunished. This, however, provided her with the opportunity to attend the local dojo. Her father had the presence of mind of making it seem like Evelyn had a normal life, and knew she had to look the part - he didn't think too much about enrolling her once she requested it.
Her activities in Hapkido and Krav Maga, as well as the friendliness of people she met at school as a Sturt, both combined to make her feel more confident about herself slowly over time. As the years went by, she started showing that confidence more and more - she grew an excellent sense of humor, made many friends, became flirty, took excellent care of her looks and wear, and near the end of her academic life she seemed very far removed from what a Sturt should embody.
Of course, this also meant she came to resemble her mother too much. At home, things got worse - her father started to beat her up physically rather than just settling for watching her squirm, needing to take out the violent anger bubbling inside from watching the woman that took the love of his life away also take away her looks and personality. It all came to a head when one time, near the end of her last school year, she accidentally killed Seth in self defense.
At first, she was shocked - not that he died, but that she killed someone. But then, she realized she didn't feel particularly bad about it, such was the hatred she harbored for the man. Able to keep her cool due to lack of attachment, she eventually came to a conclusion: if she was to come out and claim her father abused her, her name would be devalued and she would be looked at with pity for the rest of her life. If she made it look like a robbery, she could turn it into a redemption story that kept the name strong going forward.
And so she did. Shedding away as much evidence as she could, she made sure to change the elves' memories before she reported the incident. When questioned, she employed her incredible Occlumens skill as her defense. It all went very smoothly and the people whom knew her rallied behind her, wanting her to succeed. It was her first taste of manipulation, and she rather liked it.
It was all downhill from there as she descended further and further into these mannerisms and behaviors as time went by. Her excellence in magic made it so she was actually a candidate for Auror training, which she aced - she became a full-fledged Auror as soon as she was able, and made sure her competence was always on display just so to allow herself an easier climb up the career ladder later down the line. She arranged her marriage to someone whom had the same intentions, and whom also had reasons to keep themselves hidden. She became a close friends to her husband in reality, and a very loving couple to everyone else. They don't love each other, and they're perfectly okay with the fact.
The only speck of hope in her life came in the form of her adopted daughter, just a few years after the life changing incident. While traveling to a location that was protected from Apparating, Evelyn had gotten lost and wound up in a small town in which a tween was being chased to death due to fear, due to being magical. Her parents had died and her powers had revealed themselves on accident very publicly. Evelyn decided to take her in so to save her, out of an unknown urge; she has grown to care for the girl very deeply ever since, even willing to give up her power so to ensure this girl is alright. Perhaps this is a sign of Evelyn not being too far gone.
With the Auror force in complete disarray, Evelyn found herself swamped with work over the course of several months - it threw quite the wrench into her own career plans and became the source of constant stress for the woman, and she ended up taking it out on newfound affairs for the purpose of fun rather than advancement. Inadvertently, she wound up befriending the main one: it was odd to care for someone that wasn't a family member yet it also wasn't the first time, exactly, so she decided not to worry about it.
Her responsibilities to the local school were heightened as well, and everything cost her the time she used to spend with Travis Franklin; although she's starting to consider to actively pursue such a thing, if only to teach the boy Occlumency. The last thing she needed was for a halfbreed to run around with certain secrets locked in his brain for less savory folks to peruse if they so wished.