내가 늑대 (I’m a wolf) Flash Fiction

He guys, long time no see! I’m back with a small tidbit set in the world I’m currently creating in and featuring its main characters. Enjoy!

*Based on a writing prompt by Fuck Yeah Character Development.

Write about your characters going on a road trip.

“Over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go…” Kaiser hummed only to be smacked with the end of Victoria’s blanket as she glared from him down at the tiny GPS device in her hands. She was wrapped up in the seat next to him, her face illuminated by the glow of the LCD screen as she searched for a way out of the endless maze of a forest he’d driven them into. They’d been running around in circles for hours now, miles away form civilization with less than half a tank of gas to get them home and their minor food supply–that had mostly consisted of diet coke, skittles and the odd Twinkie–already depleted. She was hungry, tired and grouchy and Kaiser’s constant harassment over her clothing was no help to her mood.

“Shut up. I don’t want anymore of your teasing. You’re the reason we got lost in the first place.” She grumbled from around the fat, two month old peppermint stick clutched between her teeth, her only defense against a stomach that demanded sustenance.

“I can’t help it you chose to wear red, or that I’m having dirty Little Red Riding Hood fantasies right now. How about you be Dirty Little Red and ride me on the hood?” He grinned, only to once again be reprimanded for his cheeky behavior with a smack in the head. They’d made plans to eat at a pleasant restaurant that took the form of a cabin high in the Colorado mountains, but only ended up getting lost and driving around for most of the day.  They’d stopped into a small town earlier in the evening, but the idiot Grim Reaper refused to ask for directions and only ended up getting them even more lost after they’d been run out of town. All she wanted to do now was make it back to their hotel so they could spend the last night of their vacation in peace. But with the car begging for gas and the blinking check engine light fading in and out of view, it didn’t look as if that would happen any time soon.

“Oh great, now what?” She asked as he pulled the car to the side of the small dirt road on which the travelled. The vehicle instantly began spitting smoke as it died, just inches away from the metal guard rail.

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” He sighed, pushing open his door and going around to pop the hood. Victoria watched him wave smoke out of his face, poking around with the steaming hot inner workings of the car. Kaiser cursed and she frowned.

“What is it?”

“The damn radiator’s leaking. I think we may have hit something a while back and punctured it, the damn car is spilling all types of shit all over the place.” He growled, pulling a hose out of the cars innards and yelping as it scalded his palm.

“Can you fix it?” She asked and he scoffed.

“Why do women automatically assume that we’re mechanics just because we’re male? Woman, I don’t know shit about this car other than how to drive it. I can barely work the radio.” He griped and she huffed.

“Well don’t get pissy with me, I didn’t break the damn thing. You were driving, asshole!”

“Woman! Just sit there and let me handle this!” He bit back and she rolled her eyes, folding her arms over her chest as she turned her head to stare out the window. It was so dark, with nothing to illuminate the area around them save her little GPS, the burning headlights and the full moon above their heads. She watched darkness swirl between the trees as a light fog settled over the area. It would have been beautiful, had dread not settled into her stomach at that very moment. Victoria’s eyes narrowed on the shadows moving around them, an ominous feeling blanketing her in muted fear. Kaiser cursed again beneath the hood, his outburst causing her to jump as her nerves got the better of her. “Goddammit Kaiser, get it together.” He berated himself and she sighed, leaning back against her seat as she pulled the blanket tighter around her. She had no reason to be afraid. So long as Kaiser was around, nothing could hurt her. “I probably shouldn’t do this but, maybe it could help?” She listened to him whisper, seconds before the headlights went out and the radio went dead.

“Kai….what the fuck did you do?” She asked with a growl and he sighed.

“I think I killed the battery.” He answered sheepishly.

“You do realize that our cellphones aren’t charged, right?”

“…Yes.”

“You are also now aware that we can’t call for help, right?”

“…Yes.”

“You know I’m going to fucking kill you, don’t you?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“Get in this car NOW!” She seethed, watching him hang his head, slam the hood down and amble around to his side of the car. He slid into the–thankfully–still warm interior and gave her a sheepishly apologetic glance.

“I’m sorry.” He pursed his lips, wincing at her glare. “I said I was sorry, dammit.”

“What are we going to do? We’re stuck here with no way home, no phones to call for help and it happens to be freezing outside. Sooner or later the heat in here is going to run out and we’re going to freeze to death.” She said and he grinned.

“I know one way I can keep us warm.” He said, only to be smacked again.

“Focus!”

Introducing…Giovanni Cavaletti (REVENANT)

 

"Hero of the story Revenant."
“Hero of the story Revenant.”

Basic Statistics

Name: Giovanni Cavaletti

Nickname: Giovanni

Meaning of name: Gift from God

Origin of name: Italian

Age: Forever 28

Gender: Male

Blood type: O+

 

Astrological sign: Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly — nor should Scorpios! Those born under this sign are dead serious in their mission to learn about others. There’s no fluff or chatter for Scorpios, either; these folks will zero in on the essential questions, gleaning the secrets that lie within. Scorpios concern themselves with beginnings and endings, and are unafraid of either; they also travel in a world that is black and white and has little use for gray. The curiosity of Scorpios is immeasurable, which may be why they are such adept investigators. These folks love to probe and know how to get to the bottom of things. The fact that they have a keen sense of intuition certainly helps.

 

The Scorpion symbolizes Scorpio, and that is no accident. Much like the Scorpion would rather kill itself than be killed, those born under this sign are in ultimate control of their destiny. It is life on the Scorpion’s terms, too, since these folks promote their agenda (they are quite the executives) and see to it that things go forward. Others may find this overbearing (it can be) and even self-destructive, but that’s the beauty of the Scorpio: they have tremendous regenerative powers, much like the literal Scorpion can lose its tail and promptly grow a new one. Fearless Scorpios rarely lose; they just keep on going, since they are stubborn and determined to succeed (this Scorpio trait is in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign). Scorpios work as hard as they do so they can someday sit back and feel satisfied with themselves. These folks are intense, passionate and filled with desire. They’re also complex and secretive, so don’t expect to get much out of them, lest they become suspicious and exit stage left. It’s best not to bet against Scorpios, either, since these folks are surprisingly resourceful.

 

Chinese zodiac: Occupying the 2nd position on the Chinese Zodiac, Oxen possess such character traits as dependability, strength and determination. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior; they don’t believe in taking shortcuts. They characterize those who don’t work hard as lazy individuals not worthy of respect.

 

Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. However, Oxen prefer making decisions that are based on their own research. Oxen favor strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances.

 

Home is where Oxen go to seek comfort, occasionally watching television or reading. They prefer the rural outdoors and spend the majority of their “home” time working in the garden or caring for the yard.

Element: Water/Air

Nationality: English

Ethnicity: Italian

Race/Species: Vampire

Sexual Orientation: Straight

Current status (marital/dating): Single

Political Party: Republican

Police/Criminal/Legal record: Arrested once for suspected drug trafficking but released due to lack of evidence.

Social class as a child: Rich

Social class as an adult: Exceptionally rich

Birth date: 10/29/1985

Birth place: Dublin Ireland

Current residence: London England

Occupation: Triad member, CEO of Cavaletti enterprises.

Title/Rank: Triad / Triginta / XXX / 30

Talents/Skills/Powers: Too many to list.

 

Past History

Hometown: Dublin Ireland

First Memory: Being shoved in front of a train by his elder brother and stopping said train with physical strength alone.

Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: The day he first drank blood. His father took him into London as an eight year old and cut open the wrist of a prostitute. He drank from her and instantly developed a taste for blood which became an obsession.

Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: Being inducted into the Triad at seventeen. He was given power and a position he wasn’t ready for, but assumed his role as if he were born for it. Giovanni is a natural leader and he isn’t used to being anything else.

Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Being unable to stop his father from dying and becoming one of the undead creatures who prey on humans and anything else that produces plasma.

Biggest role model and why: His father whom he loved above all else.

Backstory: Giovanni Cavaletti was born in Dublin Ireland to living vampires Niccolo and Lucretia Cavaletti. The youngest of seven children he was spoiled rotten while his siblings, who all competed to take their fathers coveted place in the Triad and ended up killing each other over it. Left to Lucio and Giovanni himself their father chose the latter to take his place as the more responsible, and more powerful, child. Lucio, in a fit of rage cut his fathers heart from his chest, rendering him one of the undead. Giovanni avenged his father’s ‘death’ by suffering his elder brother the same fate.

 

Physical Characteristics

Height: 6’7

Weight: 195LBS

Posture: Straight, perfect posture.

Build: He has a swimmers build, lean but muscular.

Skin: Pale

Hair: Black, inky.

Widow’s peak: No.

Describe their smile: His smile is usually boyish or sheepish, he uses his smile to get what he wants especially from women who find his charm hard to resist.

Glasses/Contacts: He wears a pair of black frames, but only for show since he is a vampire and his sight is perfect.

Tattoos/Scars: A scorpion tattoo on his upper left shoulder.

Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Right handed

Distinguishing features: Uncanny clear blue eyes.

Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: He takes after his father.

Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Depends on the occasion. He can be very elegant but then again he can also be very lazy.

How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.

Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: T-Shirts and Jeans.

Jewelry and/or other accessories: Expensive watches.

 

Other Characteristics

Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: He’s a vampire, he’s very balanced.

Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: Sometimes.

Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): “You’re serious about this?” She asked, her voice barely above a whisper as she looked from him to the forty or so werewolves who waited for them just beyond the window. Giovanni did the same, shrugging his shoulders before giving her a grin.

“We all have to die sometime. Why not go out in a blaze of glory?”

“You’re an idiot.” She stood, cocking her shotgun as he climbed to his feet and kicked the door open.

“Just one of the many things you love about me.”

Describe their voice: He has an English accent. Heh.

Describe their house/dwelling: Large.

 

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Intelligence level: He’s very intelligent.

Known languages: English, Gaelic

Long-term goals/desires in life: To abdicate the Exodus division. He see’s their tactless violence as useless in keeping a society of vampires peaceful.

Short-term goals/desires in life: Find Lucio and stop him from spreading the drug venom.

How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.

How self-confident is s/he?: He’s very self confident and self aware.

Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: Dominant but can also be submissive for the right woman.

Describe their level of patience: He’s incredibly patient.

Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: A combination of both.

Most at ease when: Alone, reading.

Ill at ease when: When in the company of werewolves and the undead.

If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: Peace among the species.

If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Restraint

If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony

Optimist or pessimist: Optimist

Greatest fear: Being enclosed in tight spaces. He suffers from claustrophobia.

Biggest regret: Not sensing his brothers plan to kill his father and being unable to stop it.

Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: No.

 

Likes/Dislikes

Likes: Beautiful women, expensive wine, blood.

Favorite…:

Color: Red

Clothing: Anything comfortable but stylish.

Place and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.

Room in the house and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.

Food/drink: Blood and expensive wine.

Music genre: Classical/Opera

Song and Singer/Band: Luciano Pavarotti

Movie/Tv Show/Performance: He doesn’t watch television but he enjoyed Les Miserables the stage play.

Actor/Performer: Luciano Pavarotti

Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Historical figure: Does his father count?

Subject in school: History

Animal: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.

Least favorite…:

Clothing: …Dresses? The man will wear anything that’s not womens clothes.

Place: The morgue.

Food/drink: Italian food. I know, it’s ironic.

Where does this character hang out?: His library.

Where is this character’s dream place to live?: A place surrounded by only nature and literature. Where petty squabbles and war can’t intrude.

Mode of transportation: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.

Most prized possession and why: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.

 

Emotional Characteristics

Describe character’s sense of morals: He’s pretty moral, he just has moments where he doesn’t care about anything other than his immediate set up. He’s fiercely loyal to those he calls his own.

Describe character’s sense of self-control: He has an incredible sense of self control. With his obsession with blood he has to less he go off and murder everyone.

Spontaneous or structured?: Both. Depends on his mood.

Instinctual or logical?: Both. Depends on his mood.

How does this character act in public?: Depends on his mood. He’s usually very cordial and an upstanding citizen because of his popularity as a well known CEO. But sometimes he has to kick someones ass. These things happen.

How does this character act in privacy?: He’s very charming, very witty.

What does this character think/feel about…:

Religion: Atheist

Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do): Giovanni was spoiled as a child, he’s used to getting what he wants when he wants it, but this need for getting what he wants is circumvented by the values his parents instilled in him as a child. He was taught to never take what was unnecessary to him and to never take from the less fortunate but instead to give.

 

Family

Immediate family members and their ages: Mother-245

Father-undead

Brother-undead

Ethnicity and/or species of the mother: Living Vampire

Ethnicity and/or species of the father: Living Vampire

Birth order: He’s the youngest.

Any important/infamous/famous ancestors?: No.

Birth parents:

Did this character know their birth parents?: Yes.

Are the parents still alive?: Yes.

Have the parents been separated either by choice or otherwise?: Yes.

What happened to separate the parents and why?: His father became undead.

How old was this character when this happened?: Seventeen.

What effect did it have on him/her?: He misses his father dearly.

How did the parent(s)/caretaker(s) treat him/her growing up versus now: He grew up in a very loving atmosphere other than his siblings all murdering each other.

Siblings:

Did/does s/he have any siblings?: Yes.

Name the siblings and their age difference to this character: Lucio is the only ‘living’ sibling he has left.

Have any of the siblings died?: Yes.

Who, why, and when?: They all murdered each other.

How has this affected the character?: It makes it difficult for him to trust so he’s constantly watching his back.

Describe his/her relationship with the sibling(s) growing up and now: They hated him, he never understood why.

Has this character ever been married?: No.

Does s/he have a family of their own now?: No.

 

Spiritual Characteristics

Religion: Athiest

Does s/he believe in a god/goddess?: No.

What are his/her spiritual beliefs?: He’s a vampire…

Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character’s life?: No.

 

Misc

What if…:

…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.

…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Fondle himself. Daily. Hourly.

…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A man made river. He’s something that was created to be in a specific place that he doesn’t necessarily want to be in.

…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: They would probably get along.

…s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: Relax and enjoy early retirement.

…s/he was proposed to (if they haven’t been already)? What would they do?: Laugh. Proposing is HIS job.

…s/he had a child (if they don’t already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: He would treat them with all the love and affection in the world.

What song best fits this character?: If I was your Vampire by Marilyn Manson

If you could compare this character to an existing character (physically or personality-wise), who would it be and why?: Gaspard Menier

Cavaletti Family History:

Niccolo Cavaletti was the grandson of Edgar Cavaletti, a living vampire who was the first member of the house of judges to successfully have a case overthrown for lack of evidence, thus exposing the botched legal system of the sanctioned five who based their verdicts on their particular like or dislike of an accused party instead of facts.
Niccolo, who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and took the place of one of the sanctioned five fathered two children, Natalia and Elijah. The twins were expected to be excellent judges, except, Elijah had no plans of following his father into a career he deemed boring and worthless. Just after his twenty-ninth birthday he started an uprising, murdering his parents and a slew of other vampires before he and his band of two hundred were finally brought to justice. His sister Natalia escaped the carnage and sought refuge in the house of Leviticus where she eventually became the first living vampire to switch houses. She fell in love with a male Leviticus by the name of Esmond, a man exiled from his family and unable to give his last name to his new bride. Thus the Cavaletti legacy was able to continue. The two went on to give birth to three children, two girls and a son they named for her late father, Niccolo.
Niccolo Cavaletti the second went on to marry a woman named Lucretia, the daughter of a very wealthy Leviticus executioner. He fathered seven boys; Paris, Joshua, Bartholomew, Arden, Lucio, Micah and finally Giovanni. Niccolo, who was set to retire from being one of the sanctioned three who ran the house of Leviticus watched his sons fight for the right to take his place, most of them killing each other until only Lucio, the eldest of the three, Micah, who never wanted his seat of power in the first place, and Giovanni, the youngest of his seven children remained. When he decided the youngest would be the best candidate to take his place and would thus become the youngest person in history to assume a sanctioned position, his son Lucio attacked him and cut his heart from his chest, turning him into one of the undead. In a fit of rage over the death of his father, Giovanni attacked his elder brother and commit him to the same fate. Micah and Giovanni, aside from their mother Lucretia, are the last remaining heirs of the Cavaletti blood line. Micah, an eccentric painter moved to Paris some time ago, leaving his well known glass company to his then seventeen year old brother and hasn’t been heard from since, leaving the now twenty eight year old to govern the family estate on his own.

Introducing…Akane Ichijo and her reincarnation Hana Allman

Akane

 

Basic Statistics
Name: Akane Ichijo
Nickname: Akane
Meaning of name: Brilliant Red
Origin of name: Japanese
Age: 19
Gender: Female
Blood type: AB
Astrological sign: Cancer
Chinese zodiac: Earth Monkey
Element: Water
Nationality: Japanese
Ethnicity: Japanese
Race/Species: Human
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Political Party: None
Police/Criminal/Legal record: None
Social class as a child: Rich
Social class as an adult: Rich
Birth date: July 1st, 1848
Birth place: Nagoya Japan
Current residence: Nagoya Japan
Occupation: Princess
Title/Rank: Princess
Hobbies/Pastimes: Sewing, playing the koto
Talents/Skills/Powers: She can play the harp and koto. She’s a very good motivational speaker.

Past History
Hometown: Nagoya Japan
First Memory: Her first steps, falling forward into her mothers arms.
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: Seeing her mother on her death bed. She lost her to the same disease that could eventually claim her life.
Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: Her mother’s funeral. It was spring time when she passed and the earth was still wet after they buried her
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Trying to escape her father’s castle and falling off a bridge. She busted up her knee and Koahn was forced to carry her home bleeding and wailing like a baby.
Biggest role model and why: Her mother. She was a strong woman who still managed to remain feminine in a world dominated by men.
Biggest disillusions from childhood: That people are actually caring beyond the walls of her castle.
Backstory: Akane was born after several complications with her birth, with sickle cell anemia, a disease that is pretty crippling physically and mentally. After her mother passed just after her eight birthday her father locked her in the castle, forbidding her from ever going outside for fear of loosing the babe just as he’d lost her mother.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 5’5
Weight: 98 lbs
Posture: Straight
Build: Petite
Skin: Pale
Hair: Black
Widow’s peak: No.
Ears: …Normal.
Eyes: Brown
Nose: …It’s there.
Mouth/Lips/Teeth: Plump red lips, straight white teeth.
Face shape: Oval
Expressions: She’s very expressive
Describe their smile: A wry twist of her lips
Hands: Tiny
Feet: Tiny
Glasses/Contacts: None
Tatoos/Scars: Banged up knees
Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Right handed
Distinguishing features: Large doe brown eyes.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Her mother
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Elegant but still manages to be clumsy
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Kimono
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: More kimonos. Yukatas, etc
Jewelry and/or other accessories: She wears jeweled hair ornaments.
Weapons: None
Health: Poor.
Hygiene: Great
Physical Flaws: She has sickle cell anemia
Physical Qualities: …

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Clumsy
Describe their mannerisms/poses/movement: She has great posture and can be elegant when she really tries. Though she usually moves very quickly.
Describe their walk: Quick
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: She picks at the skin on her fingers until they bleed.
Speech patterns: She clenches her teeth when angry.
Unique phrases: “You’re a quitter.”
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: No
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): Koahn watched her tug at the hems of her kimono sleeves, tears filling her eyes and threatening to spill. “Your tears mean nothing to me.” “That’s your problem! You don’t care about anything other than yourself. I hate you!”
Describe their voice: She’s very soft spoken.
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc): Light sleeper, the slightest sounds awaken her. She usually sleeps curled up.
Describe their eating patterns/diet (What do they eat, how do they eat, how often, are they picky, high, low, or average metabolism): She doesn’t eat very much, she rarely has an appetite.
Describe their house/dwelling: A huge castle in Nagoya Japan.
Describe their bedroom: Her quarters are very neat and very well kept.
Describe their daily rituals: Wake up, get bathed by the handmaidens, maids dress her, force her to eat something then she plays Go or reads until she goes back to sleep.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: She’s very intelligent
Known languages: Japanese
Long-term goals/desires in life: To escape her father’s castle and see the world
Short-term goals/desires in life: To escape her fathers castle and travel to Kyoto so that she can see the Inari shrine.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Kimono
Secret desires: She wants Koahn’s approval. She wants him to look at her like a woman instead of a child. To be a geisha in training like her younger sisters.
How self-confident is s/he?: Not very
How do they see him/herself?: As the dying girl.
How do they believe s/he is perceived by others?: As the dying girl.
What is the character most proud of?: She has nothing to be proud of because she’s been locked up her entire life.
What does s/he like least about his/herself?: The fact that she can’t be normal.
How do they express themselves?: By speaking calmly. She’s good at being persuasive.
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: Submissive
Describe their level of patience: She’s not very patient
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: Emotion
Most at ease when: Alone with Koahn
Ill at ease when: Surrounded by her father and other Daimyo
Describe his/her sense of humor: She has a great sense of humor
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: To be well for once in her life
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Strengths: She’s a good negotiator, she has excellent will power.
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Flaws: She’s too hard on herself and other people.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Humility
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Envy
Biggest Vulnerability (non physical): Telling her she’ll never be good enough
Optimist or pessimist: Optimist
Greatest fear: Dying.
Other fears/phobias: Loosing Koahn
Emotional/psychological/social peculiarities: None
Biggest regret: None
Other regrets: None
Biggest accomplishment: None
Minor accomplishment: None
Musical talents/instruments: Plays the harp and koto
Character’s darkest/deepest secret: She’s in love with Koahn
Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: No.
Other/minor secrets: None

Likes/Dislikes
Likes: Sweet things. The smell of Sakura. Being outdoors
Favorite…:
Color: Red
Clothing: Kimono
Place and why: Her mothers garden. It’s outside for one and it reminds her of her mother
Room in the house and why: Her quarters, it’s mostly all she sees.
Food/drink: Dango
Music genre: None
Song and Singer/Band: None
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: None
Actor/Performer: None
Book: None
Historical figure: None
Subject in school: None
Animal: The monkey which represents freedom to her.
Least favorite…:
Clothing: None
Place: Her home
Food/drink: Mushrooms
Music genre: None
Subject in school: None
Simple pleasures: Gazing out the window at Koahn while he practices martial arts.
Greater pleasures: Reading with her father.
Where does this character hang out?: Her room.
Where is this character’s dream place to live?: Kyoto
Motto/Personal quote: “I can’t give up. Because then everything everyone has ever said about me would be true.”
Mode of transportation: Walking.
Most prized possession and why: None

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character’s sense of morals: She’s very moral
What do they consider taboo (something they personally would never do): There are lots of things.
Describe character’s etiquette: …
Describe character’s sense of self-control: She struggles with it
Spontaneous or structured?: Spontaneous
Instinctual or logical?: Instinctual
How does this character act in public?: Composed, regal
How does this character act in privacy?: Same
How does this character act around strangers vs. how they act around friends?: She’s fearful of strangers, and she doesn’t have any friends.
How does this character act around family?: She has her father and sisters who she loves, but shes reserved because she feels they dont understand her.
How has this character most changed from youth?: Shes even more rebellious
How have they remained the same?: Shes still rebellious
Has this character dealt with the loss of someone they knew?: Yes.
Whom?: Her mother
How has it affected them?: It killed her inside
How does this character deal with or react to…:
Conflict/Danger: She has no concept of it because Koahn always protects her
Rejection: She’d cry
Fright: She’d call for Koahn
Change: She doesn’t like it
Loss: Shes terrified of loosing the person she loves
Sex/Flirting: If it’s koahn she’s got nooo qualms about it.
Pain: She’s always in pain so she’s built up a pretty high tolerance to it.
Stress: She’s not easily stressed, she works well under pressure.
Peer pressure: Shes very strong willed
Guilt: It eats at her constantly
Being wrong: She doesnt like being wrong
Being criticized: She hates it
Being insulted (superficially: name calling, etc): She’d probably cry. Then Koahn would murder the person responsible
Offending others: She’d never
Praise: She’d preen
Being loved: She loves being loved
Being hated: She’d question it and wonder what she did wrong
Humiliation: She’d cry
How does this character express…:
Anger: By being loud and kinda violent
Sadness: She cries
Fear: She calls on Koahn
Happiness/Excitement: She’s very exuberant when she’s happy.
Love (Consider the ‘Five Languages of Love’): She’s in love.
Lust: She’s just figuring this one out.
Stress: Shes not easily stressed
Dislike (of a person, thing, or idea): She expresses it, calmly
Approval (of a person, thing, or idea): She expresses it calmly
How does this character generally express themselves?: Through speaking
What does this character think/feel about…:
Marriage: She hopes to have that privilege one day but doubts it
Children: She wants them but is afraid to pass on her disease as her mother did.
Family/Family Values: …
Children/Youth: …
Old age: …
Sex: …
Love: …
Friendship/Other relationships: …
Homosexuality: …
The opposite sex: …
The same sex: …
Money/Material things: …
Politics: …
Destiny/Duty: …
Magic/Myth: She knows demons
Racism/Races in general: …
Science/Technology: …
Nature/Animals: She loves them
Modernity: …
Antiquity: …
Their past: …
Their future: …
Their role in society/job/etc: …
Drugs and alcohol: …
Killing/Murder: She hates it but sees it all the time

Hana Noel Allman
Role: Heroine

 

Full Name: Hana Noel Allman

Name at birth: Hana Noel Allman

Aliases/Nicknames (if any): Hana
Title(s): None
Preferred name: Hana
Age/Date of Birth: November 11th 1991

Sex: female.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: Straight
Race/Ethnicity: Blasian, black and Japanese 
Skin Tone: Tanned
Height: 5’0
Weight: 115
Build: Petite

 

Eyes: Black

 

Hair: Soft black hair worn short around her jawbone and cuffed. 
Clothes Style: She dresses modestly, long skirts and sweaters.
Tattoos, Piercings, Marks, Scars, etc.: None other than skinned knees. 

 

Appearance: Hana is petite with dark hair and dark eyes. She takes on the light complexion of her African American father.
Religion: Catholic
Political Affiliation: Democrat
Education: She attends college but she’s failing. 
Languages spoken: English
Weapons (if any): None

 

Occupation(s): She’s a fulltime student.

Past Occupation(s): She’s never had to work, her father is very well off. 
Special Abilities/Skills: She’s a painter
Activities/Organizations: None

Hobbies: She’s fond of painting. 

Interests: Obscure fashion.

Serious Problems/Flaws/Addictions/Disorders/Disabilities: Because she suffers from abandonment issues due to her mother she uses people as a crutch. 
Citizenship: American
Place of Birth: Baltimore Maryland. 
Now lives: Baltimore Maryland.

Lives with: Her father and later her mother, sister and grandfather. 
Current Relationship Status: Single
Relationship History: She’s always had image issues so she’s never dated.

Family: Her father, estranged mother, sister and grandfather. 
Other Biographical Remarks: None

New Character! Introducing…Mephistopheles

"Mephy is too adorable for words."
“Mephy is too adorable for words.”

Basic Statistics
Name: Mephistopheles
Nickname: Mephy (Given to him by Mallory and he HATES it)
Meaning of name: The Devil, The Dark One
Origin of name: Hebrew
Age: Just over six thousand, looks about seven or eight and acts like it too.
Gender: Male
Blood type: A+
Astrological sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: Rat
Element: Fire
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Police/Criminal/Legal record: As long as he is old
Birth date: August 1
Birth place: Hell
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Son of Lucifer
Title/Rank: Prince

Past History
Backstory: Mephistopheles is the only child of Lilith and the only legitimate son of Lucifer. The heir to his father’s throne and the prince of all demons, he’s royalty and he acts like it. He wants to be served hand over foot at all possible times and won’t hesitate to disembowel those who anger him. Has gone through a record of three thousand four hundred and twelve nannies, all demons, who all met with unfortunate ends. By his nine hundredth year of life, his parents just gave up choosing a governess for the boy.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 4’11
Weight: 90 LBS
Posture: He’s very small but his posture is perfect.
Build: Thin, gangly.
Skin: Pale
Hair: Black
Widow’s peak: Yes.
Ears: Pointed
Eyes: Blue or Black depending on his mood.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Both, equally.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): He’ll wear anything but prefers to dress like a British School Boy.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Clumsy.
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He’s obsessed with the screams of his victims. His mother even taped a few and plays them as a lullaby when he’s falling asleep.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: He hasn’t learned to curse…yet.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He’s highly intelligent for the age he looks.
Known languages: Omnilingual, like all demons.
Long-term goals/desires in life: Take his fathers place.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Murder all the humans he can before daddy comes to collect him.
Secret desires: To murder his mother.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A playful kitten
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Be even more adorable, and even more dangerous.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A blade, he’s very sharp and even deadlier.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Murder them.
What song best fits this character?: Natural Born Killer by Avenged Sevenfold.

New Character! Introducing…Eradeal

"Liar, cheater...backstabber. That about sums him up."
“Liar, cheater…backstabber. That about sums him up.”

 

Basic Statistics
Name: Eradeal
Meaning of name: To Eradicate
Origin of name: Assyrian
Age: Ageless
Gender: Male
Blood type: AB
Astrological sign: Capricorn
Chinese zodiac: Tiger
Element: Water
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Screwing Lilith…and everyone else
Birth date: December 12
Birth place: Hell
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Archdemon
Title/Rank: Archdemon

Past History
Backstory: Eradeal is one of the oldest Archdemon’s in Lucifer’s employ. One of the angels who fell alongside the master demon, Lucifer has come to trust him and covet him like a brother. A big mistake on his part because Eradeal is always up to no good.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 6’5
Weight: 130 LBS
Posture: He’s pretty tall but has horrible posture. His shoulders slump and shows his age, especially when he is tired. Other times he’s very rigid.
Build: Slender, almost delicate. Which is deceptive because the man is very strong.
Skin: Pale.
Hair: Black, usually worn in a short ponytail or loose around his shoulders.
Widow’s peak: No.
Ears: Pointed
Eyes: Black
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): He has no style, he wears what is comfortable. Always black.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Very balanced
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He’s obsessed with being better than Lucifer.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: He can be very foulmouthed when he wants to be.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He thinks he’s very intelligent but is lacking in some areas. Such as street smarts; he has none.
Known languages: Omnilingual, like all demons.
Long-term goals/desires in life: Over throw Lucifer and assume control of hell.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Murder Mallory Douglas.
Secret desires: Marry Lilith
How self-confident is s/he?: He’s usually very self confident, except for where lucifer is concerned.
Most at ease when: Scheming
Ill at ease when: Being called out on something
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Patience
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony
Character’s darkest/deepest secret: He’s secretly out to get Lucifer, and while he pretends to be an ally he’s constantly stabbing him in the back.

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character’s sense of morals: He has no morals
Spontaneous or structured?: Structured
Instinctual or logical?: Logical
How does this character act in public?: He prefers to operate from the shadows and is never in the public eye.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A vicious dog, pretending to be loyal but waiting to strike and destroy his master.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Nothing would change
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A crack in a foundation. You never know when its going to spread and ruin everything.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Murder them.
What song best fits this character?: A Demons Fate by Within Temptation

New Character! Introducing…Sabine (Mallory Douglas)

"She's a Man-eater that one."
“She’s a Man-eater that one.”

Basic Statistics
Name: Mallory Douglas
Nickname: Mal
Meaning of name: Unfortunate Dark Stranger
Origin of name: Welsh
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Blood type: O-
Astrological sign: Leo – Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. These folks are impossible to miss, since they love being center stage. Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when you consider their personal magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a great deal. The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavors fun for them and everyone else. It’s quite common to see a Leo on stage or in Hollywood, since these folks never shy away from the limelight. They are also supremely talented and have a flair for the dramatic. Warmth and enthusiasm seems to seep from every Leo pore, making these folks a pleasure to be around. They do love pleasure! It’s the Lion that symbolizes Leos, and the king (or queen) of the jungle is a most appropriate mascot, since they consider themselves the rulers of their universe (and the zodiac at that). Like Lions, Leos tend to be dignified and strong, and itÕs this sense of their power that allows them to get things done. A Leo on your team is a good thing, since Lions are eager to see their projects through to completion. Putting these folks at the helm is a good thing, too, since the Leo-born are natural leaders. They may ruffle a few feathers along the way, however, since they can also be overbearing and somewhat autocratic. This may be in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign — Lions are indeed opinionated and set in their ways. That said, they are well organized, idealistic and have a knack for inspiring others.
Chinese zodiac: Ox – Occupying the 2nd position on the Chinese Zodiac, Oxen possess such character traits as dependability, strength and determination. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior; they don’t believe in taking shortcuts. They characterize those who don’t work hard as lazy individuals not worthy of respect. Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. However, Oxen prefer making decisions that are based on their own research. Oxen favor strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances. Home is where Oxen go to seek comfort, occasionally watching television or reading. They prefer the rural outdoors and spend the majority of their “home” time working in the garden or caring for the yard. Oxen are strong individuals who overall are healthy and live long, fulfilled lives. However, they tend to work too much, rarely allowing themselves enough time to relax. Oxen could benefit from incorporating more non-work-related activity into their lives. Oxen prefer work that is routine. They take a methodological approach to their tasks and excel in jobs that are specialized. Oxen possess a keen eye for detail and an admirable work ethic. They are more productive when allowed to work alone. Good career choices for oxen include: interior designer, painter, carpenter, quarry worker, archeologist, horticulturist, mechanic, engineer, draftsman, banker, broker, real estate agent and army officer.
Element: Fire
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Human
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Dating
Political Party: Republican
Police/Criminal/Legal record: None
Social class as a child: Upper middle Class
Social class as an adult: Upper Class
Birth date: August 22, 1985
Birth place: Norfolk Virginia
Current residence: Salem Oregon
Occupation: Vice President of an electronics manufacturing company and future successor to the current CEO
Title/Rank: Vice President
Hobbies/Pastimes: Collecting antiques/old books

Past History
Hometown: Norfolk Virginia
Backstory: Mallory was once the alchemist Sabine Flamel, daughter of infamous alchemist Nichlos Flamel. Soon after discovering the secret to eternal life and giving herself the ability to sow her soul into the bodies of unborn children, her father is captured and executed on charges of heresy. Wanting to strike back at the Catholic’s who murdered her father she strikes a deal with their most hated enemy, Lucifer himself, for the power to destroy any and all that appose her. During her last ‘soul jump’, something with her elixer went horribly wrong, sowing her soul into the body of a child with a congenital heart defect, making it impossible for her to use the magic the demon lord gave her. Without her magic she remembers nothing of her past lives or the deal she made with Lucifer.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 5’6
Weight: 137 LBS
Posture: Rigid, as if constantly on guard.
Build: Slightly muscular.
Skin: Pale, she spends most of her time in an office and doesn’t allow herself any time in the sun.
Hair: Black, long and wavy, usually worn in a braided bun.
Widow’s peak: Yes.
Eyes: Blue
Describe their smile: Her smile can be sweet and genuine, but then again it can be just as cruel as Lucifers.
Tatoos/Scars: She has a tattoo of an ankh on the inside of her right wrist, something she got as an offense against her parents at fifteen.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Simple. She usually dresses in pinstriped suits and pencil skirts.
Health: Her health is pretty poor because of her heart defect but since the doctors predicted she wouldn’t live past thirteen, she figures she’s doing pretty well.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Balanced, though she’s prone to fainting spells if she overworks herself.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: She will curse you out in a heartbeat if provoked. But unless she’s angry she doesn’t really use profanity.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: She’s very intelligent. A real ‘go-getter’, she’s the type of woman who will do whatever it takes to get herself ahead in life.
Known languages: English and some French
Long-term goals/desires in life: Become the CEO of the company she works for.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Kill the current CEO so she can take his place faster.
How self-confident is s/he?: She’s overly confident, as are most if not ALL Leo’s.
What is the character most proud of?: Advancing to nearly the top of her career in just a few short years.
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: She’s usually dominant. It takes a very strong person to make her submit.
Describe their level of patience: Nonexistent. She wants things her way instantly.
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: Logic, she refuses to let her emotions control her. She’s very calculating.
Most at ease when: Surrounded by books three times her age.
Ill at ease when: When she’s not getting her way.
Describe his/her sense of humor: Dry, very sarcastic and witty.
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: To rid herself of her heart defect.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Diligence
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony
Optimist or pessimist: Optimist
Greatest fear: Spiders

Likes/Dislikes
Likes: Expensive things
Favorite…:
Color: Gold
Clothing: Anything black, red or gold.
Place and why: The reference section of the library
Room in the house and why: Her kitchen, she likes to cook
Food/drink: Shrimp curry.
Music genre: Metal
Song and Singer/Band: Avenged Sevenfold
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: Titanic
Actor/Performer: George Clooney
Book: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character’s sense of morals: She’s not very moral, anything standing in the way of what she wants has to be destroyed. Quickly and effectively.
Instinctual or logical?: Logical
How does this character act in public?: Very refined.
How does this character act in privacy?: Quiet, a classic know it all.
What does this character think/feel about…:
Religion: Agnostic
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do): She acts fast, hurdling her way through life because she never knows when she’ll have to come to terms with her own mortality. She feels as if she’s a ticking time bomb waiting to explode so she has to get as much accomplished in the time allotted to her.

Relationships with Others
Relationship skills: Pretty nonexistent. She’s spent her life afraid she could die at any moment, she usually pushes people away so they wont miss her when she’s gone.
Girlfriend/Boyfriend(s): She’s currently dating a stock broker, but only because the sex is good and she can use his services for free.

Spiritual Characteristics
Religion: Agnostic
Does s/he believe in a god/goddess?: No.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A majestic elk. Because they’re to be viewed from afar, you never get too close.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Scream for joy. Men get better work opportunities in this world than women.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A clock. Constantly ticking yet not moving nearly fast enough.
What song best fits this character?: Mz Hyde – Halestorm

Revenant Character Introductions: The Black and White Edition

Let’s meet some characters shall we?

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the terms, check out this post.

Giovanni

Giovanni Maurizio Cavaletti – Living Vampire

Giovanni was born in Dublin Ireland to living vampires Niccolo and Lucretia Cavaletti. The youngest of seven children he was spoiled rotten while his siblings killed each other for the right to take their fathers coveted position in the house of Leviticus, a faction of the Triad which, along side the house of Judges and Exodus, governs all of the Vampire race. With only his brothers Micah, Lucio, and Giovanni himself left alive, their father chose the latter to take his place as the more responsible, and more powerful, child. Lucio, in a fit of rage cut his fathers heart from his chest, transforming him into one of the Undead. Giovanni suffered his elder brother the same fate before stepping into the role of Triginta, the third seat of power in Leviticus.

Richard

Richard Alistair Connell II – Werewolf

An informant of the SPPO who runs a prostitution ring to cover up his involvement with the Supernatural police. A kid at heart, he fell in with the wrong crowd as a child and almost lost his life in a Werewolf turf war.

Lucretia

Lucretia Cavaletti – Living Vampire

Mother of Giovanni Cavaletti and wife of recently deceased Niccolo Cavaletti. Quiet by nature but far from weak, she ruled her household like any woman of Italian blood and commands the love and respect of vampires both living and undead.

Dita

Dita Dixon – Faerie

Dita makes up one forth of the SPPO team Zeitgeist, an Anti-Terrorist/Espionage group that handle some of the most high profiled cases for the SPPO. Of Fae blood she tends to be scatter brained, but her amazing healing abilities are extremely useful in her field of work.

Sheila

Lieutenant Sheila Armstrong – Species Unknown

Lieutenant of the SPPO. Sporting a sharp tongue, wit, and even sharper claws she’s well respected in her line of work. Mother of Hale Armstrong, the newest member of team Zeitgeist.

Elliot

Elliot Cole – Witch

Co leader of team Zeitgeist and tech expert.

Alicia

Alicia Reagan – Witch

Younger sister of Adelaide Reagan. Raised mostly by her sister she hopes to follow in her footsteps and become a police officer, something that Adelaide is firmly against.

Lucio

Lucio Cavaletti – Undead Vampire

Elder brother of Giovanni Cavaletti. Responsible for the death of their father. After having his heart cleaved from his chest by Giovanni he disappeared but has recently resurfaced.

Hale

Hale Armstrong – Species Unknown

Son of Lt. Sheila Armstrong and the most recent addition to team Zeitgeist. His extraordinary physical strength is definitely an asset but he isn’t the brightest crayon in the bunch.

Nelo

Nelo – Undead Vampire

A dangerous bastard with an even more dangerous agenda. An extremist with plans for assuming political power he routinely starts uprising in the house of Exodus which has no set ruler. Responsible for bombing several buildings owned by members of Leviticus.

Lazarus

Lazarus Ward – Living Vampire

Younger brother of Marcellus Ward, one of the sanctioned five judges. A judge in his own right he’s somewhere between the personal lawyer of the Leviticus and political powerhouse for the judges.

Adelaide

Adelaide Reagan – Witch Revenant

Adelaide is proof that you should never judge a book by its cover, or rather, by its size. After surviving a brutal rape by ex partner Nolan and five of his favorite werewolf buddies, she went on to join Team Zeitgeist and take his place at the top of the police food chain. A no nonsense character, people are usually taken aback by the stark contrast of her ‘baby face’ and her bold personality. This petite powerhouse doesn’t mind hurting people in order to keep them safe and is known to bite off a lot more than she can chew while refusing to let anyone lend her a helping hand. Adelaide had always been significantly more introverted than others in her circle. But after her rape, rage, temperament and trust became larger issues in her life. Imagine spending the rest of your life looking over your shoulder, being suspicious of every single person that comes into your circle to the point where you’re willing to exile yourself just to escape the fear of being hurt again.

Revenant: Prologue Excerpt

They watched in horror as the body beneath the sheet rose into a sitting position, the stiff sound of cracking bones filling the room as the sheet fell away, revealing her pale corpse. For a split second she felt almost relieved that her sister was alive, but when she took a second look, she knew that the creature that sat on that table was far from one of the living. Blonde curls hung limp around her shoulders, her skin, once reddened by the sweet blush of life, now ghostly and sallow. Her eyes, once a cerulean blue, were now as black as the eyeless sockets of death himself. Alicia watched the red claw marks that covered her body swell as blood began to flow anew, the deep gashes in her abdomen knitting themselves together and finally fading into nothingness as if they’d never been there at all.

“What the hell is going on here?!” Myra shrieked, making a move for the door but stopping in her tracks as she was caught under the womans black gaze. She slid to the floor, her face contorted in complete abhorrence. Alicia’s tears had stopped, the pain of her sisters loss replaced by unadulterated fear. That thing on the gurney was not the Adelaide she knew. She watched as the woman eye her surroundings as if searching for her attackers, before finally staring down at her, those black eyes full of endless torment and suffering.

“Addy?” She heard herself say, her voice weak as she reached for her. Adelaide could only stare down as rigor mortis released her from its icy grip. “You…” She tried to speak but words were completely lost to her. She watched her sisters eyes return to their normal brilliant blue, her skin regaining its natural color as the lifeless curls returned to their bouncing state. It was almost as if she’d been completely reborn. Adelaide sighed, but whether it was in relief or frustration no one would ever know.

“I know,” She finally spoke, her voice barely over a whisper, “I died.”

On the Gurney

 

Fangirls. We’re everywhere.

Fangirls. We're everywhere.

Characterization: Taking a Deeper look at Couples in Fiction Part One

You may recall me mentioning in my post about 2PM’s Taecyeon that certain women, based on chemical changes in their bodies and other factors, prefer certain types of men over others. While this is true, any connoisseur of modern romantic literature will tell you that there is a distinctive theme when it comes to the bold, sexy heros who fill the pages of our favorite novels. Let’s face it, every woman want’s a gorgeous, well-bred stallion warming their beds, and these are the men we write about to compensate for the lack of our fantasy men materializing in the real world. Authors, with women dominating this genre, all seem to write about the male characters they themselves want to be with, and to be honest they are all usually stunningly gorgeous, head-turning super model types who’s only flaw is their obscenely dark past. I understand having some sense of attraction to your leading male makes the writing process infinitely easier than writing about some bastard you cant stand, but, I often wonder if any of these authors stop to think about what their leading ladies think about the men they’re being paired up with. When do they get a say in who they love? When do your novels stop being your own written fantasies and transform into the lives of the characters you’re writing about?

Take for instance the unlucky heroine of my undeveloped novel Revenant. To anyone who reads the story, Adelaide Reagan is a new character created for the purpose of starring in this particular novel. When, in reality, there’s nothing new about her. She was first created in 2008 and has spent five years in the creative process because I couldn’t find a mate that was well enough suited to her unique personality. She’s sat in a little folder on my computer, perfectly ready to assume the role of her character, but unable to move forward because you can’t have a romance without a hero. Now, I’m not saying she’s some new breed of woman who comes without flaws nor is she some psycho you’ll from the very first page, I’m saying she’s been through a lot of hell that has shaped who she is as a person and her outlook on not only life but the men she allows in it. She’s not special, she’s the equivalent of every other damaged woman on the planet. She’s every woman who’s ever been hurt so deeply they’ve lost their ability to trust without question. So, you can see why I had a hard time creating that man who’d not only heal her, but teach her how to trust again. When I brought the usual leather wearing badass to the plate, she promptly attempted to kill him. Now, I could easily bend her to my will and force her into a relationship with the sexy beefcake who throws her over his shoulder in a very caveman sort of way, but that would only lead to a horribly unoriginal story and a character who’s more screwed up than she was in the beginning. I gave Adelaide what seems to be the ‘norm’ in romantic fiction, and she returned his severed head with the word subtle. It made me realize that maybe, just maybe, the normal just wasn’t her type.

 Subtlety. This was an entirely new concept for me when it came to the hero’s of my stories. For anyone who’s read my novel Guardian of the Hellmouth you’ll know what I mean. I’m used to writing strong, bold male characters like Leviathan, who know’s what he wants and will take it, no matter what his heroine has to say about the matter. But that sort of energy just didn’t mesh well with the almost erratic energy Adelaide represented. So I ended up throwing out everything I knew about writing male lead characters, I was forced to start from scratch and craft from the ground up a man who had all the qualities that would perfectly compliment her own. I was floored by what I came up with. Giovanni Cavaletti. Giovanni is the character in most stories that is always the right choice for the female character, but he always seems to finish last, behind the bad boy. He’s the billionaire CEO who looses out to the harley riding idiot she thinks she can ‘change’. The m0re I looked into his life and developed his past, the more he just seemed perfect for Adelaide. He’s been through hell, he’s suffered the loss of not only his beloved father but most of his family who all killed each other in their quest for power that didn’t belong to them. Left utterly alone in the world with nothing but money, responsibility and an infinite amount of time, he’s over come the darkness of his past on his own, leaving him with the capacity to love a woman who is still fighting to over come her own. The more I wrote about the vampire (who also suffers from claustrophobia after being buried alive by his playful elder brothers and a blood fetish he can’t seem to rid himself of), the more Adelaide screamed YES HE’S THE ONE! With that done, I knew I’d hit jackpot with my new leading male. Now it was time to divise what he looked like, something else I would come to struggle with as an author who often reused what I call the ‘Hero Theme’.

James Guardino, gorgeous yes, but he's not everyone's type.
James Guardino, gorgeous yes, but he’s not everyone’s type.

Pictured above is the male fitness model James Guardino, stunningly gorgeous with the body of a Greek god. The body is where most writers go wrong when creating their male characters. They often forget that a lot of their readers aren’t remotely into the overly defined, well sculpted male model type. There are millions of different women in the world, and for that many women there are even more types of men that they respond to. I wanted to give little five foot nothing Adelaide a tall, gorgeous, muscular man she could spend eternity with, and once again…she tried to kill him. At first I couldn’t understand why. I’m giving her this Adonis of a man and she doesn’t want him? But then that word came to me again, subtlety. Alright, I think I get it now.

Drawing courtesy of David Finch
Drawing courtesy of David Finch

Let’s take a look at the male form shall we? When you think about physical power, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Muscles. The muscles generate physical power in the body. The larger the muscles, the more powerful the man, right? Not necessarily. A tiny Shaolin Monk can easily trump a six foot tall American soldier, and it wont be his muscles that win the fight. You think this way because you’ve been conditioned to by society, especially women. Even from the time that we were small children we were taught that large, muscular, bleach blonde males were the equivalent of physical perfection. Don’t believe me? Do you remember your Ken doll? What about your brother’s G.I. Joe action figure? I believe they were cut like bodybuilders at one point in time. Never have I seen ‘Normal sized Dennis’ or ‘Slightly muscular Keith’ dolls. It’s unrealistic for every male character you write about to be gigantic, bulging beasts with rippling muscles and powerful fists. So many people focus on the wrong aspects of a potential mate, they focus on whats on the outside instead of what’s within. Yes, sexual attraction does play an important factor, but judging a man based on the bulge in his pants and how nice his abs are is not only wrong, it’s just plain stupid. For Adelaide, this type of man represented everything she feared in the world, power, abuse, chaos…He was the spitting image of the person who damaged her in the past and inadvertently shaped her into the cautious person she is today. But let’s get back to Giovanni shall we.

When it came time for me to craft this wonderful man physically, I couldn’t just choose any male model with the basic physical aspects; dark hair, blue eyes etc etc. I had to literally hunt down a model who, in my mind, perfectly embodied the character and all he represents in this story. I chose French model and muscian Gaspard Meneir.

Oh god this man.
Oh god this man.

He is subtlety. From the subtle curve of his abdominals, to the hint of dimples that flare to life when he smiles…I knew I’d found the one for Adelaide. He isn’t overly defined, he doesn’t portray any of the qualities of the others I’d previously chosen for her which caused her to react in the violent way she did. He exudes gentleness yet from his dark stare you can tell he’s been through enough to make him not only exceptionally wise, but powerful in a way that makes him dangerous without you even knowing it. In the story, Giovanni is a living vampire, a being with all the perks of vampiric immortality but with none of the drawbacks. He’s a wealthy man in not just one, but two powerful positions that make him practically untouchable to all who wish to do him harm. He’s a fighter, an officer of the Vampiric military and a trained killer. But you wouldn’t know it by just looking at him…Because he’s subtle. Jackpot.

Next time, we’ll take a look at Adelaide.