Monday, May 7, 2018

Beautiful People #4 - Writing About How Two Emotionally Challenged Characters Show Love is Hard

(Series by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In)

1. What is their motive?

Dandy - To get paid.

Toru - To avenge the death of his father and brother.

2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?

Dandy - Well, since she's a bounty hunter, it usually involves paying for information, gathering her own information through other means, and killing people.

Toru - Kill. 

3. How do they deal with conflict?

Dandy - Either doesn't or creates more conflict. 

Toru - Faces it heads on and tries to resolve it, then get to the root of the issue so it doesn't happen again.

4. Describe their current place of residence.

They both stay in the Mountain's Beard:

"The bounty hunter shook his head as he went past his partner’s room. He went to the end of the hallway, where there was a door and a staircase leading downwards. Toru went down the staircase, to the main floor of an inn. This early, there were only a few patrons. Low tables with cushions for seating were set up around the main floor, with a square fire pit in the center of the floor. A fire blazed merrily in the pit, chasing away the morning chill from the floor. 

There was a stone top bar against the wall opposite the stairwell...

The inn sat near the top of a small mountain peak. The stone behind it roughly resembled a Korinwanese face, and the inn and its grounds spread in a crescent under the face. This was what gave the place its name, the Mountain’s Beard."

Both live in rooms on the second floor of the inn. 

5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?

Dandy - With her slaughtering the Choi family.

Toru - Waking up to find his father and brother's deaths were a bad dream. 

6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?

Dandy - Goes in and out of a looser slang depending on her mood.

Toru- Doesn't use contractions, and carefully considers everything he plans to say. 

7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?

Dandy - She's a tough love kind of person on the one hand, but on the other she'll make herself a target to take the heat off her friends. Physical affection is another thing. She likes to help people in practical ways more than giving gifts, but usually tries to make it seem like she's helping herself.

Toru - He shows love by spending time with people. He isn't very physically affectionate in public, and tends to be more reserved. He likes to give gifts, but only on special occassions, because he feels they have more meaning then.

8. Do they have any pets?

Neither has pets. 

9. Where would they go to relax/think?

Dandy - A bar. To relax, she'd try to get into a fight. She isn't the self-reflexive type, so she usually drinks to stop thinking rather than start.

Toru - The garden outside the Mountain's Beard to meditate. If there are too many people there, his room. 

10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons too.)

Dandy - Throwing daggers or crossbow. When particularly incised, fists.

Toru - Sword. 

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