Totally and completely stole this from Thoughtsofashieldmaiden (aka Merry aka Wild Hearted Whirligig, aka my very young apprentice, aka Mirriam Neal) and yes, aka should be pronounced “Ah-KAH-Ah” as a word and not AKA. It’s like coughing. Aka. Yes, I know you were told it was alphabet soup for Also Known As, but where would be the fun in says ‘a’ ‘k’ ‘a’? We’re writers, we can get away with making things into other things. It’s part of the job requirement. You didn’t know that? Tsk tsk tsk check your contractual obligations my word loving friends. You’ll find it there under the part about knowing that an octopus having three hearts.
Anyway, moving onwards to the quiz to be applied to my paired characters. Valentine and Michaeli’ina are a nice couple because they’re pretty much best friends moving towards being more than that. Oh, and Valentine can talk the hind legs off a centipede.
1. Do they believe in anything that most people think is impossible?
Michaeli’ina : She has a primary negative outlook on life and of the pair of them, is the cynic. She staunchly refuses to believe most things until she has concrete evidence of them. Valentine would say even then, she doesn’t believe until the not-believing becomes rather ludicrous. She would like to believe. She’s very much like Mulder from the X-Files who carries this melancholy “I Want to Believe” hope with him through out the series.
Valentine: He has a more positive outlook on life believes that he will have his happily ever after, despite all that he has been through. He looks past the moment, and refreshes his soul in the Lord, looking back over what he has been brought through and triumphed over, and projects that knowledge into the future. Sort of a “Since He has done this for me in the past and brought me through that, of course He will take me through this, and be magnified.” He would also point out, Michaeli’ina’s not yet abandoned him and that’s a bit of a miracle in its own right.
2. Are they strong, or the “damsel/knight in distress” sort?
Michaeli’ina: She’s physically strong, possesses a ‘gift’ of sorts and wings for flight. She has learned to hunt both animals and people, and scrabbles around the base of society working when and how she can. She has an aimless kind of life, the point of which is basically to attract as little attention as possible. She’s seen how people and beings abuse and sell one another and has learned that no one can be trusted 100% for everyone has their price.
Valentine: He’s fit, but not as strong as Michaeli’ina. Because in most places he’s out-muscled he has to rely on other talents, like his wit and words to talk himself out of situations. He works as a ‘locator.’ He has a network of contacts, favors he can call in, a mind as sharp as any double-edged sword.
3. Do they have a special place? (e.g. a corner in his/her bedroom, under a tree…)
Michaeli’ina: The sky. In storm or wind, sunset or still air. It doesn’t matter, she wants to be a-wing
Valentine: An archive or library
4. What occupation do they have, or plan on having?
Michaeli’ina: She’s a hunter for hire. Not a bounty hunter, she doesn’t do bounties.
Valentine: He’s a finder. He finds things for people. Whether he tells them where they are or not, is up to him. He’s never failed yet.
5. Describe their current place of residence.
Michaeli’ina : Currently she is camping on the backside of a desert, and she is not fond of the sand, but she’s on a hunt and being well paid to find what someone wants found. She’s called on Valentine to help her out because he knows the area. That’s how they got to know one another, their fields overlap, but Valentine’s better at it than she is, he’s got more friends that are willing to help him out.
Valentine: In a sand trap with a busted leg and only half a canteen of water. He went out to scout the day ahead of where Michaeli’ina is and ran into some trouble with people who were looking for what he was looking for, and decided not to share. He’s not happy. He’s also not thinking real clearly at the moment, and is talking to himself.
6. Explain their last crisis. How had they changed when they came out of it.
Michaeli’ina: In this last incident, Michaeli’ina has to face the fact that she really does care rather deeply for her jabber-jaw mag pie friend, and more than that, she would be willing to lose if he was allowed to win. That scares her badly and she moves away from Valentine emotionally as well as physically.
Valentine: In this last incident, he has to face the fact that there will come a time when he can’t talk his way out of a dead-end and that being a finder while lucrative and exciting does not make for a long and pleasant life. He becomes more sober and Michaeli’ina’s moving away makes him decide that it’s time for a change of work. He wants to have a family and a place of safety, and he can’t do that in the field of work he’s currently enjoying.
7. If they could drive any kind of car they wanted, what would it be?
Michaeli’ina: She has wings. No car can compare with that.
Valentine: Any car that’d beat one Eristor was driving.
8. How do they deal with change?
Michaeli’ina: Michaeli’ina often is the agent of change, when change is brought to her life she doesn’t react well to it. Usually someone (Valentine) is on fire because of it.
Valentine: He gets rather restless if things remain the same too long, and he’d rather ride out to meet change, if it’s coming, than wait for it to show up in his camp.
9. If they had to amputate one body part, which one would they choose?
Michaeli’ina: Valentine’s ever-prattling mouth. Oh, you meant of her own? She says stay away from her wings.
Valentine: He’s fine with everything being connected, he says. Thanks anyway. He’s also all ready missing an arm.
10. What would their favorite be at the local coffee shop?
Michaeli’ina: Mint hot chocolate, with extra whipped cream on top.
Valentine: Roobius Tea, unsweetened.
Ah, that’s all for tonight. I’ll have to do the rest 😉 in the morning. Enjoy!