Melody is the child of River and Kazimir (Alex) Jourdain. A lithsexual, Mel is gender-fluid and will go by Melody when feeling male, Mel when in-between, or Melonie when feeling feminine. Basically, just ask their pronouns before guessing. It serves a better purpose. They dress as they feel, but tend to keep to flannel and jeans, and they'll sport hoodies and sweats, if not a skirt in some instances. In-between, Mel will sometimes just go with their nerdy outfits... which they tend to obsess over. Quiet, often seen as the oddball of the Jourdains who're more outgoing of sorts, Mel is more often spotted at coffee joints and sleeping at their computer at home.
N'Orlans is home to many types, and Melody is rather... of that same group. While they weren't happy about the takeover, well... Mel didn't have a place to say much, seeing as they kept their head down long before that and kind of grew to like being honest about who and what they are. Melody is a computer programmer (and dabbles in 'legal security' when they need extra cash), a surrogate for families who can't have their own young, and parent (Zaza) to young AndromedaAndy Jourdain. She's barely five, but quite easily the sweetest child Mel's ever met.
While her father isn't really in the picture (as far as Melody is aware), Mel has asked Dodger to not call himself Andy's dad in her presence, and he's somewhat agreed. Neither wants to bring back the hurt and explosive anger that followed the bairn's birth, and while Salvatore loves children, he doesn't love Melody the same way the younger feels. Plus, Melody knows how much their younger sister Lara cares for the warlock, and fears getting between that. Mel would do anything to see Lara happy, even if it killed them. Keeping Lara in the dark about Andy's father was helpful in some ways, but it also means that she doesn't realize that taking her niece for playing at a park with Dodger is letting the father and child bond, after Melody's firm refusal to accept help.
Romantically, Melody's attached themselves pretty firmly to Lara. While they've had a falling out with their once-babysitter Dodger (which was what resulted in Andy, from mentioned babysitting sessions), Mel can't lie to themselves that they still love the warlock deeply. Keeping themselves at a distance is their main goal, daughter included, it's harder when Dodger's also Lara's 'set-in-stone' protector, as laid out by her dad's orders to keep her safe. Annoyingly so, because while Mel's the elder sibling, they also currently house said younger sibling, and this means Dodge isn't far away.
This means a rather constant sexual frustration, and Mel isn't very willing to take it out on his baby sibling, as much as she would probably enjoy it. He's more prone to one night stands than one thinks, but romance will win this kid's heart so much faster... Sex is normally reserved for those that Mel trusts, but now and again, even they can break and get themselves hammered far enough to sleep with anyone who's interested.
The coffee shops are Melody's second home, for two reasons. One, the coffee at their favourite place is incredible (they don't miss a single morning coffee run when taking Andy to school), and two... Melody often finds themselves performing there, in the basement area, or even just out front of warmer days. But for the most part, Mel's found here at certain times of the day and night, and sometimes you'll even spy their daughter clinging to their leg during a performance, or signing away to people in the crowd. While Mel isn't exactly big by any means, they've put out a few LPs, and they've gotten a decent name for themselves in town.
Aside from music (which Mel's style is more or less along the lines of folksy-soft rock), Mel's other jobs are both time consuming, aside from being a full-time Zaza. Programming is their normal pass time anyway, but with that also comes a few other things, and after having a bairn that Mel never expected (Little Andy), the option of surrogacy became much more realistic after having to see their parents struggle to have a baby after Lara. And if Melody is described by nothing else, it is a bleeding heart.
Finding couples who want a bairn isn't hard, but Mel's selective, and it's harder for them to just want to go after it without a drive. Mel loves Andy, but there is a psychological issue between them, and Melody has severe issues bonding with her, though Mel's never understood why. Same goes for any of the bairns Mel's had and given up, although Mel did feel severe loss when giving up a set of twins when they were a few years younger to the parents that had been trying for many years to no success. It hurts Mel deeply to know there's a gap that they can't fix because of wiring in their skull, but at least Andy is in good hands, be it Lara or Dodger.