Monday, May 15, 2017

Beautiful People


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Well...in honor of editing Contract to Time Travel, I'm going with some of the main characters: Echo and Ja-Il and Ellian. Depending on the question. XD




1) Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
Echo Fire: As good as any child's relationship can be with people who chose martyrdom over parenting. She is not, perhaps, the charismatic leader that either of her parents was or that her sister has the potential to be, but she is as much a Fire as any of them, and if she leads by the very force of her nature, rather than by the brightness of her burning, she is nonetheless followed. She loved them, and though she was hurt by their leaving, it was a hurt that she thoroughly understands. 


2) Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?
Ja-Il: He never knew them and he never really thought about knowing them. Realizing that the youngest of Amon's Five actually missed having a mother/wanted to meet his parents did make him wonder a little bit, but he had never considered it until then. He was always too focused on the present and the future to think of the past. As to the second part, being raised by Amon and Dr. Lilith obviously gave him a very different life than had he been normally born to the people whose DNA was used in creating him.


3) How did their parents meet?
Ellian: Through mutual acquaintances in the business world. Their eventual marriage was a financially beneficial arrangement and they had similar interests and each found the other quite attractive in a diamond-bling-sort-of-way...it was a fine kind of relationship, for what it was.


4) How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
Ellian: He would viscerally react in a way even he would not fully understand. The thought of becoming either his father or his mother is one he has shoved to the back of his mind as forcibly as he possibly can, but somewhere, deep down, it remains one of his horrors. It's why he talks so much, why he cares so much about his sister, why he invests in others despite his own common sense and the knowledge that it would be far wiser to keep others at an arm's length. 


5) What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Echo: Chafing under Amon's rule, falling in love with each other, and already preparing themselves to join the rebellion. 


6) Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Ellian: Most things pertaining to What is Most Important in Life...general things on What Olivia Most Needs...random topics like How Responsible is Ellian...now it's mostly things like You Picked a Horrible Time to Die and I Know it's Not Your Fault But I Hate That You're Dead and I Hate That I'll Never Get a Real Relationship With You and Sometimes I Hate You and Then I Hate Myself for That Even More. {I'm assuming his parents disagree with this, though it's hard to say, considering they're dead.}


7) What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
Ja-Il: Despite naming himself a child of Amon, and answering to Amon's "My son," Ja-Il did not exactly experience raising. He was created more than he was born, and monitored and manipulated rather than ever actually raised. I don't think Amon would admit to any difficulties in the monitoring and manipulating phase of things, but creating the loyalty that melded the chimera to his creator's will for so many years and forcing one so much more vitally alive to exist only for his bidding definitely took some doing. 


8) What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
Echo: Her mother leaving and asking her to look out for her twin and apologizing that she and their father could not stay. It was the last time she ever saw her parents. 


9) What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
Ja-Il: *author brain malfunctions trying to picture Ja-Il as a toddler*
Um, I'm guessing he was something like Petra, who I can easily see as a toddler...but even more imaginative and more adventurous and more fond of the word "Why?" though he quickly learned to ask and answer that question silently for himself, Amon not being fond of it.


10) Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
Echo: They were attempting to keep the government as uninvolved as possible, which meant little-to-no prenatal care...when Phoenix was born, they named her purposefully as a fighter, a leader, a force that would rise again and again no matter how many times others attempted to destroy it...and when they realized there was a second child, they decided to double the effect and name that second child to repeat and amplify that purpose


 

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