Since there’s still a solid third of July left I’ve decided to take part in the Beautiful People link-up hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In.
These days I’ve been thinking about Benjie, a character in my story Colourful Promises (which I need to write, I love the premise I just haven’t figured out the middle parts which is great for spontaneity). Colourful Promises is about a tyrant king who loves doing scientific experiments on children in order to develop his city into something indestructible. His brilliant wife goes against him and the city erupts into riots and war and outright chaos. Meanwhile in the neighbouring city a group of paranormal creatures (I don’t think 2012’s YA Paranormal binge has ever quite left me) decide that they’d take it upon themselves to figure out what’s wrong with the tyrant king’s city and save it from chaos probably. Benjie is an exceptional fire mage with bright red, yellow and auburn hair, a patterned red scarf tied around his head to keep his hair out of the way, big eyeballs sunken in, olive-toned skin, of medium height and with little muscle on his bones, dressed in tracksuit bottoms and a loose pale orange shirt that remains unbuttoned with scarves around his waist and lots of brilliantly fashioned bracelets. He is an insipid and lazy creature, with a dead look that hides the smouldering fire within and he is actually quite more powerful than he lets on to be.
Also, brief shout out to the post title. I feel like it’s pretty puntastic. (Haha, see I didn’t come up with that one, hats off to Portent’s Content Idea Generator).
Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
Benjie can’t imagine getting married simply because of his current lifestyle, y’know, being part of a group of powerful individuals with dirty secrets and underhand dealings who also take it upon themselves to solve as many dangerous situations they can. That takes quite a toll on him, but I imagine that when Benjie does wine and dine with his love interest he’ll end up getting married to them and probably have lots of children too. (Although the children will always end up a surprise, even if they do plan the pregnancy and all).
What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
You’d expect that, since he’s a fire mage, his weapon of choice would be to blast ’em all to smithereens. Instead our Benj has a thing for nunchucks. He isn’t one to use his powers for combat most of the time.
What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Kindness, in its obvious sense, is something someone does but it can also be something someone doesn’t do. Back in the good old days when Benjie and his sister were equal candidates for becoming the leaders of the group, back when they were wee tots Benjie stumbled upon his sister, his hard-headed stubborn and prideful sister, practising her combat skills – the very skills another kid had mocked the day before – on her own in her room Benjie realised that he had to hold back his own power in order to let his sister have the seat. When they grew up and the Queen of their city (funny, that. Having cities with monarchies instead of countries with monarchies… I’m sure there’s a reason for that somewhere) chose his sister no matter what decision she made he followed her obediently even though, technically, his powers pulled rank. Suppressing his powers and abilities and “destiny” for her case was something kind. In the end, he grew into the position: easily known as a lazy man who had no real passions or even personality.
Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
Once the group started getting more and more tasks to do, Benjie realised that his sister held him as her second-in-command almost. Throughout the years the relationships and dynamics of the group became tenser due to divided interests. Often brawls broke out between, say, the vampire and the werewolf, or the drunk man and the fairy, and Benjie was always the “law enforcer” within their team. Since he wasn’t much for shouting, he just smacked them all pretty hard, and casually drew up walls of fire between the fighters that would melt them into oblivion if they touched it.
Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
Outwardly a rule-follower, and inwardly a rebel. He does his own thing when he’s working on his own, but within the team he sticks to his role as the second-in-command (which provides a lot of flexibility I guess). And that reminds me, I need to give all of the group distinct roles.
Are they organized or messy?
Half and half, I’d say. Benjie is not meticulous, but not outright chaotic either. Everything has its place but there’s always room for change with him.
What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
His sister makes him feel loved and always has. The Queen too, was his mother figure growing up even though she’s this all-powerful crazy and distanced woman who doesn’t treat them with affection at all. Growing up he was used to seeing other people receive affection through hugs and kisses and laughter, but his relationship with the Queen and his sister to an extent was a formal relationship where he was serving his Queen and acting as a fellow soldier with his sister. People going out of their way to be considerate about him makes him feel loved. The last person to make him feel loved? Well he always feels the love of his sister and the Queen.
What do they eat for breakfast?
(Jk, he eats whatever’s cooking).
Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
His trainer. The group were trained all by the same person and when the trainer died in a mission the grief was what brought the team together. They owed the woman many things.
What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
See, Benjie doesn’t care for a lot. If he was to treat himself however, he would buy himself another bracelet. Loves that stuff.