Schools out, and I should be doing something purposeful. Instead, I’m completing this character meme which I got from Mary Jensen.
I have to choose 10 characters, and answer a series of questions. The characters I’m choosing are from my WIP.
Lily Ashwood: billionaire, archaeologist.
- Joseph Craig: Linguist, ex mercenary.
Stanley Garor: Searching for the Trident, CEO of GarorOil.
Nick Roble: Geek, computer technician.
Charles Miller: Archaeologist, geek, know-all on all things ancient. A minor character.
Jean-Pierre Roux: Mercenary leader
Fleischer: Mercenary second in command. Now that I think about, I don’t think he has a first name…
Lawrence Hudsburry: Lily’s butler.
Jason Andrews: Ex army, now mercenary. Only mentioned a few times in the WIP, so let’s see if I can flesh him out from this exercise.
Samantha Richardson: Another character only named, Lily’s friend.
4 invites 3 and 8 to dinner at their house. What happens?
Roble invites Garor and Hudsburry. Hudsburry would be happy to accept, as he and Roble get along, and Garor would initially be confused as to why Roble would invite him. He would perhaps think it’s a trap, or try to kidnap someone.
9 tries to get 5 to go to a strip club. What happens?
Andrews tries to get Miller to a strip club. I can see why Andrews would want to go, but Miller would decline. He’d be embarrassed in that situation, and if forced along, would probably leave early.
You need to stay at a friend’s house for a night. Who do you choose: 1 or 6?
Stay at Lily’s house, or Roux’s? I would choose Lily’s house because I know she wouldn’t torture me to change the ending of the story. It could be fun to stay with Roux for a night. I’ve never really thought about his house, but I suppose it would be quite large and well furnished. Not that Roux is ever there to live in it.
2 and 7 are making out. 10 walks in. What is their reaction?
Craig and Fleischer making out when Samantha walks in. Her jaw would drop, and she’d leave quickly. She would find it really ackward to be around them (not that I blame her. I mean, really? Eww.) Samantha would tell Roble and Lily, who would tease Craig and Fleischer.
3 falls in love with 6. 8 is jealous. What happens?
Garor falls in love with Roux, Hudsburry is jealous. I guess I can understand why Garor would fall in love with Roux, seeing as they work so closely together. Roux would keep the releationship professional, though. Never would have though Hudsburry would be homosexual, but it seems to fit him. He probably keeps it quiet, and wouldn’t do or say anything.
4 jumps you in a dark alleyway. Who comes to your rescue: 10, 2, or 7?
Roble jumps me. Who rescues me? Samantha, Craig, or Fleischer? Samantha wouldn’t do anything, she’s too timid. She would pretend she didn’t see anything. Fleischer is a bit sadistic, and would probably watch, before killing me and Roble. Craig would rescue me with a swift punch to Roble’s face. Craig doesn’t not like Roble, but I don’t think he’d be in a hurry to defend Roble’s actions. Craig would enjoy breaking Roble’s nose.
1 decides to start a cooking show. Fifteen minuets later, what is happening?
Lily starts a cooking show. I can’t see that being a success. Lily isn’t a whiz in the kitchen, and would probably burn her food. But then again, maybe she’d surprise everyone.
3 has to marry either 8, 4, or 9. Whom do they choose?
Garor has to marry Hudsburry, Roble, or Andrews. Hudsburry is apparently closet gay, and would probably push Garor into it with a few select words. Roble would think it’s a weird joke and would be confused. Andrews would kick Garor’s butt. I think if Garor had to choose, his first thoughts would be Andrews, but would choose Hudsburry out of fear of being hit.
7 kidnaps 2 and demands something from 5 for 2’s release. What is it?
Fleischer kidnaps Craig and demands something from Miller. He’d be looking for the Trident for himself, and would demand it from Miller. Miller would inform Lily, who would be torn as to give in or not. Eventually, she would hand over the Trident… in return for Craig’s corpse. She’d go out for revenge.
Everyone gangs up on 3. Does 3 have a chance in hell?
Everybody gangs up on Garor. He has no chance. Even if there were no guns or knives, he’d be dead in minutes. Garor couldn’t defend himself. He’d beg for Roux to help, but Roux, who would be watching, would probably deliver to death blow. Perhaps if Garor had one of his anger explosions, he could take out a few of the feebler characters.
Everyone is invited to 2 and 10’s wedding except for 8. How do they react?
Everyone’s invited to Craig and Samantha’s wedding except Hudsburry. He’d be devastated, but would pretend he doesn’t mind. After all, he’s only hired help, he’d justify.
Why is 6 afraid of 7?
Why is Roux afraid of Fleischer? Roux is the boss, and he’s quite intelligent, so he would know that Fleischer is very ambitious and conniving. He’d know long in advance that Fleischer is trying to take control. He’d take Fleischer out early on.
1 arrives late for 2 and 10’s wedding. What happens, and why were they late?
Lily is late for Craig and Samantha’s wedding. She’d be having an internal struggle on whether or not to go – after all, Craig was her boyfriend, but Samantha is her best friend. She’d be late because she didn’t want to go, but Hudsburry would persuade her to go. She’d slip in quietly, maybe punch Craig at the reception. Actually, she’d kick him in the groin. No visible marks.
5 and 9 get roaring drunk and end up at your house. What happens?
Miller and Andrews drunk at my place. Eeek. Perhaps Miller did enjoy himself at the strip club. He’d be throwing up EVERYWHERE. Andrews would be playing with his automatic rifle, destroy everything in my house, and probably end up wounding himself. Ambulance and police would quickly rock up and take them both away, which would leave me explaining what happened. My parents would not be happy.
9 murders 2’s best friend. What does 2 do to get back at them?
Andrews murders Craig’s best friend. They were once workmates and friends, so Andrews would know exactly who to kill. Craig would be pissed as hell and stalk him, before filling him with lead.
6 and 1 are in mortal peril and only one of them can survive. Does 6 save themselves or 1?
Roux and Lily in danger. Roux would save himself. He doesn’t give a damn about Lily.
8 and 3 go camping. For some reason they forgot to bring along any food. What do they do?
Garor and Hudsburry camping. I can’t see why Garor would be camping, he hates the outdoors. He’d look for any excuse to make his way back to the city.
5 is in a car crash and is critically injured. What does 9 do?
Miller in a car crash. Andrew wouldn’t do anything. He’s pretty cold hearted, and would leave Miller there to die.
This was an interesting exercise, and I learnt quite a bit about my characters. I particularly learnt a great deal about Jason Andrews, who as I said above, is really only mentioned a few times. Perhaps now I’ll give him a bigger role. I found it hard to come up with