Things are totally upside down this week, aren't they? I need a drink.
With so many people talking about getting pets, I confess I briefly thought about getting one myself... But then I remembered I already have @Jo Estradaso there's no need for more.
Going from buying groceries for one to for four overnight is a bit overwhelming...
After last night I think I need a new liver...
...I didn't expect such a small discount to have that big a customer turnout... I'm beat.
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It seems that my special brand of a guard dog broke into my debt keeping book again. I apologize in advance if she pays you a visit and advise you to skip town for a week or so.
One could easily make the case for describing Ashley as a conceited, self serving jerk that should get her tongue cut off from all the nasty remarks she throws at people she doesn't like; while someone who knows her would argue it's nuanced, they also wouldn't be able to prove you otherwise.
She most certainly keeps an outwardly harsh persona to deal with the world and others - it's her shield, and one she holds on to for dear life. Thoroughly influenced by the sister, Ashley doesn't pull punches when it comes to speaking her mind and isn't afraid of wreaking havoc to drive a point home, sometimes even taking pleasure in the ensuing chaos.
Despite her rather caustic demeanor, the woman has always been the very studious and diligent sort, applying her intelligence to mathematics and arithmancy from a young age. That work ethic made it so her store is very much a success despite her general reputation. Behind the counter, customers find a surprisingly amiable version of Ashley ready to help them; she pulls off customer service well regardless of snarky remarks.
Ashley feels the need to put up this wall against people due to having realized over time that, in her words, she feels 'too much for her own good' - while she exhibits impeccable self control, the woman is quite emotionally volatile. It applies not only to her own feelings, but with her capability of empathizing with others. Given the natural amplification of such things she typically avoids emotional situations as means not to feel too much: if one were to describe it, is as if she feels all the pain there is to feel in a long period of time in the course of merely a day.
Conversely, as she mentally parses through the sentimentality all in a row rather than over time, she's unwittingly able to move on from various matters astoundingly quickly. This has led various individuals to think she's quite coldhearted and callous, believing her not to feel bad about anything horrendous that might happen to a given relationship due to her just getting up again no longer than a couple days later.
She greatly fears ending up alone in her life, and this morphed into a need of companionship in general - whether it be hanging out with friends, or her sister, or the fact she has a list of exes that is nothing short of impressive. Given her type of behavior, finding someone to attend to this need in any capacity is a rarity; it makes her get too attached and overprotective immediately, and consequently afraid of getting hurt from having gotten so close to the person.
While generally viewed as a bad person, Ashley is certainly capable of acts of good - at least secret ones, or so she attempts to make them. Not wanting her reputation to be harmed, she anonymously donates her extra earnings to charity regularly, as well as performs covert acts of good towards assorted members of the community. She's quite the bleeding heart, but doesn't want anybody to realize the fact.
Ashley has an average height, capping off at 165 cm. While she is quite slender and light, she used to be more muscular in her youth due to having been a roller derby athlete. Complimented by proper posture and knowing how to dress for success, it's very easy for her to make a strong impression and catch people's attention. Her somewhat wavy black hair stretches down to chest length and her eyes are dark brown, all coupled with a skin complexion indicative of her Argentinian heritage.
It's highly common to find the woman wearing some sort of dress that accentuates her curves, whether it be floral in nature or only displaying a singular color. She enjoys dressing up and looking her best, craving the type of attention it warrants. Her thorough knowledge of fashion and skillful hand at makeup make up quite the combination, serving to attract customers that may be looking into more than just getting their items magic-proofed.
Ashley has never been one to have many friends, mostly because people slam against the brick wall that is her harsh demeanor. Those who do befriend her are still very much the target of her biting remarks, though these become more out of humor than unbridled malice. Even without many friends to speak of, it's not that uncommon to see a glimpse of what good she has to give to the world, which has inadvertently earned her a few allies throughout her lifetime one way or another (ironically, most of which within the Auror force despite her record).
Naturally shrewd, Ashley always found it in her own and her sister's best interest to stay on their parents' good side - despite her usual off putting behavior, she'd actually carry herself quite well when under their watchful eye, which led them to give the kids more breathing room than they should have. The act eventually became genuine and she fosters a good relationship with her parents to this day, and attributes this relationship to the reason why they enabled the pair's destructive behaviors so openly.
As for her sister Jo, she's her best friend - she sees herself and her sibling as two sides of the same coin. Despite the constant pranking and insults being flung back and forth, their bond is nigh indestructible and they'd go through hell for each other without a second thought. Ashley fears something might happen to Jo due to her career of choice, but at the same time understands why she pursued it to begin with; and even if she shouldn't enable that sort of thing, she does.
Despite her unfriendly reputation, Ashley's proved herself to be quite the smooth talker in more than one occasion - being one who needs companionship constantly, it's not uncommon for her to be nicer to people she finds attractive and plans to pursue in one way or another. This has resulted in her having an abnormally large list of exes in a variety of forms: one night stands, flings, friends with benefits, random dates, and even long term relationships. It's rare when the woman is completely alone as it has a self-destructive effect she'd rather avoid.
When it comes to actual relationships, her more charming (and one could argue romantic) side shows quite easily. She knows how to uplift a person's mood with carefully placed compliments and devotes herself to the relationship, growing attached a bit quickly. She's the type to want frequent dates and physical encounters, though her brand of attachment might lead her to becoming overprotective or even jealous.
She's attained the unfair reputation of not actually 'feeling as she claims', as she apparently gets over things too quickly for other people's liking - it only takes her a few days to get her back on her feet, which has irked a substantial amount of exes over the years.
She's made many enemies, directly or otherwise. It only adds fuel to the fire to oppose Ashley - she doesn't pull any punches when it comes to people who give her a hard time (or whom she may dislike for any given reason) and they become a living target for any kind of derogatory remark she may think of, either in their presence or in QuilBook: it's as if she has no filter.
Ashley is a second generation immigrant - her Argentinian parents made the trip to Australia prior to her being born, settling down in Narragyambie where they ultimately conceived their only biological child. The pair sustained themselves by opening an establishment that took full advantage of the family trade - magic-proofing Muggle technology - and, coupled with the fact there wasn't much competition to go around and it was located near a magic school, business took off easily and quickly enough that they could soon afford making a family.
When Ashley was around four years of age, she first met her new little sister - taking pity on a Dhampir residing in the local orphanage, her parents decided to adopt her as well and raise the two as sisters. Much to their delight (and other people's chagrin) the two became inseparable early on, and the best of friends: if one were to spot Ash they'd know Jo wouldn't be far behind and vice versa, and typically they got in trouble together and covered for each other when they didn't.
Despite her studious nature, Ashley's personality growing up was greatly influenced by the discrimination she saw halfbreeds endure and the need to protect those close to her as a result. Along with the fact neither sister was the best of influences to one another, it contributed to Ashley not having many friends in her younger years, and even being despised by some due to her sharp wit and deadpan delivery. She opened up a little to interactions throughout her Tallygarunga years, however, conscious of having to take up on her family's business at one point, and that catalyzed her ascent to local heartbreaker.
The older the sisters became, the more serious the trouble they got themselves in - from destruction of property to robbing horses, it seemed that every single thing the two did was based on a whim with reckless disregard for consequences. There were a handful of times when they ended up in Muggle jail. Their parents ultimately enabled this behavior by bailing them out every time and not speaking much of it, and it lasted well into their VMU years.
Having always been the mathematical sort and the planner of the two, Ashley ultimately decided to pursue Arithmancy and Magical Business for a college degree. Post graduation, her parents told her to have a hand at anything she'd like prior to having to assume command of the store sometime down the line; Ashley applied to teach Arithmancy in Tallygarunga, and, for reasons entirely beyond her understanding, she was accepted into the staff. She occupied the position for four years before stepping down.
As their parents decided to retire and leave Narragyambie behind, it was finally time for Ashley to employ her mathematician skills in leading the store - coupled with having to display an unnaturally friendly face when it came to customer service. It was a two edged sword, certainly, but she now finds she really doesn't mind her new occupation. The ship seems to be holding steady with her at the helm, and she didn't feel like docking anytime soon.