Leanna Evans' childhood was spent cowering from her abusive father, caring for a mother who spent all of her days so depressed she couldn't get out of bed, and hiding the strange things that used to happen around her from the other children at school as best she could. The only things that got her through those early years were the regular visits from her Uncle Richard, her father's brother. When they received the letter and a visit from someone at the Ministry of Magic on her 11th birthday, her father refused to send her to a school for freaks uncle Uncle Rick stepped in and said he would foot the bill. Leanna was a surly kid, prone to fights and hard to befriend, unless you were particularly bubbly and stubborn and could see the hard exterior. But she excelled at her classes. She threw herself into this new world, desperate to escape from the one that had only caused her pain and suffering. Eventually, she warmed up to a few people and found her love of Quidditch, which she discovered she was extremely talented at. Sometimes, she was even happy.
And in her fifth year at Tallygarunga, her world was turned upside down again.
See, for most of her childhood and teenage years, she thought her father's hatred and her mother's chronic depression were the direct result of the strange things that happened around her, and later, the fact that she was a witch and attending a magical school. She thought her father's brother, Richard, funded her education at Taly and supported her through everything simply out of the goodness of his heart. But when she was 15, her Uncle Rick visited her at the campus and broke the news to her: he was her biological father, the parents she had known her whole childhood had disowned her, and that he would take her in if she would live with him.
Leanna was angry and hurt. That she had been subjected to that abuse all those years when she could have lived with her uncle. That she had been lied to. She refused to go with him and instead spent her summers living on school grounds and working part time at Mrs. Kempsey's. Her grades fell as she withdrew from the few friends she had managed to make and threw herself entirely into Quidditch. She trained and worked herself to exhaustion. She helped bring both her house and school team to victory many times her last three years at Tally, but it resulted in her nearly destroying herself. During Leanna's last year at Tally, her friends' support finally managed to get her out of her rut. She didn't quite manage to graduate with flying colors, but she still came out with decent grades.
Due to her stellar Quidditch career at Tally, she was offered a full ride a position on VMU's team but she refused it at first. Instead, she moved with Richard Evans, her biological father, to Japan for a year. She spent the year living with him and his new family, a wife and young son named Eli, doing her best to heal from her past trauma and connect with her new family. By the time they moved back to Melbourne a year later, she had learned to call him Dad.
When they moved back, Leanna started at VMU. Her dad paid for half, and she got her old job at Mrs. Kempsey's back and paid for the other half. Her place on the VMU Quidditch team was long overdue, and this time she truly earned it at their tryouts. That first year, she made her debut in the semi-finals when one of the main Beaters was too injured to continue and she helped bring them to victory. The next year and Quidditch season, she had earned her place as one of the team's two main Beaters. The next year, the Australian Quidditch Team recruited her as a back up Beater, and she made several shining appearances in various games her last two years at VMU. By the time she had graduated with a degree in Magical Education with a Minor in Magical Sports, she had made a bit of a name for herself internationally. Several other national Quidditch teams wanted her on their team, and the Australian Team finally offered her a permanent place on theirs. She could've played for one of the top teams in the world, the kind of teams that played in World Cup games every year. But for her, the decision wasn't a hard one. She wanted to stay in Australia with her family. And with the generous compensation the Australian team offered, it was a no brainer.
It's been a little over a year since her graduation from VMU and accepting her permanent position as a starting Beater on the Aussie National Quidditch Team. When she isn't training or at a game, she's either spending her time with family or doing work for the charity she recently started for disenfranchised Muggleborn children with closed minded families. It mainly works toward funding their education and providing a front so that they can attend school, as well as providing shelter and homes for those that have been cast out for their magic. Between all of that, there hasn't been a lot of time for keeping up friendships or romance, but she's been lamenting that fact recently. With her charity finally off the ground and the Quidditch season slowing down, she's trying to make more of an effort to be social.
Yeah. That should go well.