I think I need glasses.
Since everyone's ditching, I guess I just have to go out more.
This apartment feels so empty nowadays...
Is Narrie giving out free candy to new home owners/renters or something? I don't see why everyone has such a hard on for the place.
First Cole, now Jamie. Seriously now?
Latrobe College of Art & Design - Graphic Design
Despite having mellowed out over the years and being considerably calmer, Alex is known for having bursts of rebellion when the mood strikes her. Alcohol occasionally goes hand in hand with this.
She has very deep trust issues based on her father disappearing - as a result, she's grown skeptical of new people she encounters, and skin deep friends take a much longer while to get to the meat and potatoes of a friendship with her than they do with her twin brother. Even then, she can't say she trusts any given person fully outside of her immediate family.
She's particularly inept at dealing with her emotions, which she always bottles up - they always end up blowing up in spectacular fashion. Once realizing this occurs or is about to occur, she opts to take long walks to calm herself down and only returns home when she can breathe easy.
Alex is very much a workaholic, working three different jobs at once while finishing her degree - professional drumming per commission, taking care of children, and actually trying to get a foot into the art world early on. She deliberately avoids being associated with the fame of her father in her art, not wanting to be in his shadow.
To the people that manage to get through that thick skin, she's the most loyal of individuals, deathly afraid of breaking any more bonds. She bends herself backwards to make sure the people she likes are okay, and even if she's not the best person to give advice, she always offers a listening ear.
Alex is 172 cm tall, and very flexible overall. She keeps herself fit through a strict gymnastics regimen, mixed in with CrossFit. Like her brother, she sports dark brown hair and blue eyes. While she used to wear her hair short, she's let it grow during college.
She doesn't like dressing up much, keeping mostly to casual styles of wear - hoodies, beanies, jeans, etc. While she can definitely dress well on occasion, she doesn't seem to care much half the time.
One could easily argue Alex isn't one of many friends, given the hostility she often displays to people she doesn't know that much; however, over the years, through the connections of her family members, she's built quite the solid social network. She's more lenient when it comes to people introduced to her, being on more of a 'leash' so to speak when it comes to interacting with them for the sake of their mutual connection.
She has a big problem regarding trusting people in general, making it so she's highly resistant to having whatever friendship she does form reach some sort of deeper level. She's afraid of being wounded and abandoned, like she has been before, and thus consciously softens the blow by ensuring she's not too close to any given person. She has to actively fight her own tendency of getting attached as well.
She feels like she has to often prove herself as someone worth her friends' time, and as such she tends to be a bit too selfless for her own good in that regard. She has very little notion of what a relationship balance is due to her warped perspective and needs someone to take her down a peg every once in a while.
Due to past events, she is very attached to her family members and highly biased towards them, and strives to remain close to them - in particular to those in her age range. She keeps a friendly relationship with her mother, uncle and aunt (even if she can't relate much to them, being a Squib).
Her brother Jamie and her cousin Cole are her best friends - one could argue they're her platonic soulmates, such is the devotion she has to the pair. She'd watch the world burn for them if needed, and wants to shield them from harm to the extent she feels physically ill if any is to come to them in any way (in particular, if she's the cause).
Lastly, there's the matter of her father - his departure left a hole in her life she has been entirely unable to cover up. He was the most important person in her young life prior to his departure and the only family member she could relate to as he was a Muggle with many of the same talents. Nowadays, given she doesn't know where he is, their relationship is non-existent and the departure wound up coloring the way she sees the world and relationships. Though, secretly, she wishes he would return.
Alex has never been romantically attracted to anyone, and it's getting on her nerves - given that her dream is to settle down, marry and have a family, having nobody to do that with throws a bit of a wrench into her plans. While she's open to dating casually, it never really gets past the first date because she gets bored. Whether someone can break through this apparent mental wall or not is unknown.
As for flings, while she is someone with a very low sexual drive (and, consequently, rarely goes out to look for anything), she's open to someone she finds attractive flirt with her in that manner and to have something happen, regardless of frequency: she often adapts to the other person in that respect and keeps an open mind. Luckily for her, she's always been the popular kind in that realm.
It's likely she's earned plenty of these with her hostile attitude, even if Alex didn't intend to make them; there's also the chance that her general unwitting popularity has made it so some women are jealous of her and try to sabotage her.
Being the vocal type, if someone rails against her in some way, Alex calls them out on it and isn't afraid to pick a fight, verbal or otherwise. It's perhaps for the best that Jamie and Cole can keep a leash on her when they're around...
Alex Melody and Jamie Devin were born in Melbourne, Australia. They had a pureblood wizard mother whom dropped everything to be together with their Muggle father, a cartoonist residing in that city. Alex is a squib, and Jamie is a wizard.
There isn't much to speak of regarding their early childhood - the only thing of note is that she was enrolled in gymnastics as means of dealing with her energy, as it was the closest physical activity to their home. Wanting to make her father proud, she gave it her best and proved to excel in it - she was even considered for actual competition by her trainers.
It all came to an end, however, when the twins were 8 years old. Their father left without a trace, and a severe economic burden followed. While Jamie managed to escape that hell due to his magical abilities by enrolling in Tallygarunga, Alex was forced to live through it with her mother. They had to pull out of gymnastics because it was too expensive, and she soon had nothing more than her father's pencils to spend her time with.
She didn't take this well at all. In fact, it spawned numerous anger and behavior issues which her mother was having a very hard time quelling. They only got worse when she was ripped from her hometown and brought to Narrie, the saving grace being that, over time, she gradually opened up to the cousin that she met there.
Somehow, this cousin got through to her. Somehow, Alex found that she could trust someone again. Over the years this gave her enough of a solid foundation to calm down, mellow out and start over. For once in her life she was content, wanting to do things for herself and her family rather than out of spite for someone whom wasn't even there. Her art became impeccable, and she focused some time on a drum kit her uncle had purchased for her. For once, she actually had skills that could serve her well.
Eventually, as Jamie went to play for the local Melbourne Quidditch team, she moved out of Narrie alongside him to pursue her art studies. Just about to graduate, she is hoping she manages to break out sometime soon - whether it be in drums, or in cartoons.
As graduation from college rolled around, Alex started feeling like most of her life was collapsing in one way or another - she was stuck in unemployment, everyone was busy with their own lives, and her cousin was actively pondering in joining the Auror training program after an invitation, something Alex wanted to rail against; but, did she truly have the right to?
Halfway through the first six months of 2019, an old friend returned - or, at least, she thought it was, as her brother kept the fact hidden from her for a while so they could make sure that Alex wouldn't flip out when it came to meeting this friend again. While she did get angry with the whole thing, she ultimately forgave both - perhaps an indicator she's ready to work on her personal issues regarding abandonment in one way or another.
Said indicator was put to the test recently - as she got a job she hates and became further isolated, both her cousin and her brother decided to move back to Narragyambie. She doesn't like the town at all and refuses to go there. Despite knowing the logic behind their decision, the cartoonist can't help but feel like she's being left behind by her own family. Was that the fate of every Squib? Was that why her father left? Why didn't he take her with him?