It’s time for another Beautiful People post, hosted by Cait and Sky!
This is a recent story that I came up with after a dream. I’m still working on figuring out the story and such, but like many of the new ideas that have been born lately, I’m super-excited about it and hope to get started on it soon. I also decided to do two characters, the two protagonists of Like a Bird Through the Night (can you guess where I got the title? hint: it’s song lyrics), cousins Maddie and Ame Moore.
1. How did you come up with this character?
Maddie and Ame are based on Lydia Martin and Allison Argent from Teen Wolf after I had a dream with a whole bunch of those characters and was inspired and this story was born. Maddie is the most like her original character, but Ame has many of the great traits that Allison had. It’s early on, though, I’m still trying to work on a basic outline and story arc, so we’ll see how much these characters grow from their original inspiration.
2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
No, they both live in comfortable middle class life – Maddie moved in with her mother’s brother and his family when her mother died, and she’s been just as loved and cared for as Ame, their biological child. Maddie’s uncle/Ame’s father always prepares breakfast for them, even when they went through slight aversions to breakfast back in late middle school and early high school because society told them that skinny is beautiful.
3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
Well, like most of my stories, this is a paranormal tale – Maddie has the powers of telekinesis and levitation, which first manifested themselves back when she was a toddler whose mother and grandparents (whom she had lived with) had just been killed in a car accident and she was suddenly placed in her uncle’s home. She quickly discovered her powers thanks to be emotionally wrecked, and she’s worked on improving and nurturing her powers ever since, with the help of her family. Ame, meanwhile, is normal – well, she’s awesome, but she doesn’t have any powers. Instead, she’s fascinated by fashion and design and not simply making things pretty, but flow together well and create a comforting sense of harmony. When she’s not doing that, though, she’s interested in self defense, because her cousin may be able to make things move with her mind, but no one is going to mess with Ame or her family.
4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
It’s not good to make Maddie mad, since she tends to lose control of her powers when she’s super emotional, so don’t bring up her mother or grandparents (unless you’re already family), don’t suggest that her mother is immoral because she had a child out of wedlock, and don’t make tired jokes about her having no soul because she has red hair – it’s stupid and it’s been done before, so just don’t try it. Ame, meanwhile, has her self defense moves to back any anger, so definitely be careful. Don’t suggest that she’s a master at karate and similar martial arts because she’s Asian, don’t make racist assumptions about her and her family, and don’t threaten her family in any way, or you’ll be sorry.
5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
Maddie loves moderate weather, much like the mild Irish seasons her mother left behind (this is based on some quick googling, so tell me if I’m wrong about that weather). Ame, meanwhile, loves spring and fall because of all the changing colors and beautiful flowers and just general design inspiration that comes from nature. Neither girl is particularly fond of summer because it’s just too damn hot most of the time.
6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
Maddie is totally a Ravenclaw, from her book smarts to the way she sometimes prefers being surrounded by books and wonder than opening up to people around her. Ame is a ferocious Gryffindor who will always do the brave thing, even if she’s terrified on the inside.
According to 16Personalities, Maddie is The Architect (INTJ-T), much like Christopher Nolan and Colin Powell (apparently); she’s quite introverted, intuitive and turbulent, and is always thinking and judging. Ame, meanwhile, is The Commander (ENTJ-A), like Steve Jobs and Gordon Ramsay – she’s very extroverted and assertive, intuitive but also judgmental, and just barely more of a thinker than a feeler. Apparently, most of Ame’s friends will fall into the NT category, like Maddie, so the girls are similar in important ways while also different in others.
7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
Maddie is worried about the unknown, about growing up and feeling adrift when her mother was going out on Irish adventures when she was only a little older than she is now. Ame is much better at focusing on the here and now and viewing the future as an opportunity just waiting to happen.
8. What is their favourite thing to drink?
Water for Ame – it’s the perfect thing in any situation, whether she’s just done a big workout or is eating dinner, you can’t go wrong with water. Maddie has a bit of a vice, but it’s just hot chocolate, for those cold winter days and the slightly chilly fall and spring days as well, so it’s not like she’s constantly mainlining tequila or something.
9. What is their favourite color? Least favorite?
Maddie loves warm colors like red and orange – no one is going to bully her into her hating her hair color, and she loves surrounding herself with similarly warm colors. Ame, meanwhile, just loves color – she loves pops of paste and bright colors alike, and she doesn’t mind more neutral tones as long as they have their pop of color as well. Basically, let’s have all the colors!
10. What is a book that changed their life?
Hmm, what’s a book about an orphan raised by his aunt and uncle before discovering that he’s magical? Oh, that’s right – Harry freaking Potter. Luckily, Maddie’s home life is much better than Harry’s, but she can definitely identify with his story and the wonder of it all. Ame, meanwhile, opened up when she found a little story about a lesbian who loves set designs – and if you accuse her of checking out the book simply because she loved the aesthetic of the cover, she will deny it (even though she’d be lying).