(Not?)Valentines: Teague & Meridian (Beautiful People)


Beautiful People is a monthly linkup for writers with lovely questions to help figure out our characters, held by Cait and Skyejoin in if you like!

This month’s Beautiful People is out… and this edition is a Valentine’s Day themed one, because character couples. Yayness!

I was trying to figure out who to pick for this… (A lot of the questions don’t seem to fit well with my Silver Forest couples, and I’d have to pick one of the bajillions from that, which sounded like a difficult task…) But I wasn’t sure if I could use Teague and Meridian from The Other Half of  Everything, because they’re not really a “thing”. Yet.

But I do want to figure them out more, so I ended up picking them all the same. (You knew I would…)

They’ll be assisting me in answering the questions. (Ha, like that’s a good idea…)

(For those who don’t know, Teague is a twenty-something year old writer fellow and Meridian is the eighteen-year-old heroine of my story The Other Half of Everything, which is still in snippets-all-over-the-place stage, and a mix of genres: contemporary, possibly in England or some version of it, with world-hopping and fantasy involved.)


Now we begin… Let the bickering commence! Bwahaha.

(It’s going to be long. Just a warning.)

If you want the short version, it’s: a) Meridian griped, b) Teague was oblivious, and, c) the author was too amused for her own good.


1. How did they first meet?

OHEcoverTeague: Oh, you know. The usual. Eye contact was made (admittedly not much of it), words were said (admittedly I don’t recall all of them). We met because she knocked on my door. I remembered to answer it. She really ought to have been impressed over that, you know, but she wasn’t…

Meridian: I applied to be his housekeeper from the advertisement he had posted. Because I needed the money for college and it was a job which wouldn’t require me to drive anywhere because Gran has the car all the time. Since he lives on the top floor of the big old house I live in one of the apartment-like parts of, it was a simple job, right there, all I had to do was climb the stairs. …Lots of them, but still, just stairs. And I do know how to be a housekeeper because Gran is particular about that sort of thing. *shrug* Of course, if I’d known what would come of it, I would not have applied.

Teague: *for a miracle, hears her remarks — or a least most of them — and grins*

Meridian: *suspiciously* What are smiling about?

Teague: *quickly returns to ordinary vague expression and looks alarmingly innocent* Nothing.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?

Meridian: That he was a lot younger and more goodlooking than he should have been. *realizes how that sounds* I mean… I thought he was going to be an old man! Because of the advertisement and the name and… an elderly man used to live up top and… Anyways, that; and that he was extremely absentminded. And infuriating. Still is, actually.

Deborah: What about you, Teague? What was your first impression of Meridian?

Teague: Er… I’m sure I had one…

Meridian: *shakes head* …Yeah, I know, but if you did, you forgot it. And you kept forgetting my name.

Teague: *throws up his hands* I forget everyone’s names!

Meridian: Make that: you forget everything.

Teague: *twitches an eyebrow with a vaguely dramatic kicked-puppy look* Not true. I remember some things.

Meridian: *challengingly* Like what?

Teague: *makes noncommittal Hmm-ing noises* …Something. I’m sure. I just don’t remember what…

3. How long have they been a couple?

hugDeborah: *elbows both of them out of the way and hastily answers this one* Erm… strictly speaking, they’re not. And… won’t be, officially, for quite awhile. But I don’t care because they’re adorable all the same. I’m answering this one because Meridian would exclaim that they’re not a thing, and Teague would just cluelessly go “hmm?” soo… sometimes the author can be more useful about answering these things… >.>

4. How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other?

Teague-ishMeridian: *blinks* Ummm… Did I miss something?

Teague: *tilts head* What’s stress? What’s disagreement? Secrets are the natural way of the universe, or if they aren’t, they ought to be, because people make fusses over things when they learn them, so they shouldn’t until they’re ready. Which they rarely are. “To die would be an awfully big adventure.” *aside to Meridian:* That’s from Peter Pan, by the way. Not that you would know, not being a reader… Judging. In case you didn’t notice.

Meridian: *drops face into hands* *groans:* Can we just have another question please…?

5. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc… and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

meridianagainMeridian: He has no food quirks. Or, rather, he has one very enormous one which is this: He quite simply doesn’t food.

Teague: *mildly* Really, Meridian. You and your grammar…

Meridian: Fine! He doesn’t eat. Because he forgets to. Because he’s too busy reading or writing or whatever it is that he does. Which is why I cook. It’s a miracle he didn’t starve to death before he hired me.

Teague: *nods complacently* *then unexpectedly says:* She eats croutons.

Meridian: *sends Teague a startled look* What?

Teague: She likes to eat plain croutons out of the bag instead of putting them on salads. Like chips. And when she’s focusing on something like leaning over a batch of something she’s cooking up, she has a little crease between her eyebrows and impatiently pushes her hair behind one ear with her little finger when her hair gets in the way — actually she does that all the time. And she always flickers a look sideways to the left when she steals a taste of batter or whatever it is, as if checking to make sure nobody sees it, and she likes marshmallows in her coffee even though people think its childish, and you can tell she’s always humming inside her head because of the way she moves to the tune.

Meridian: *blinks very wide eyes* Um…

Teague: *smiles faintly* See? I notice things… sometimes.

Deborah: *beams and squirms and aren’t they adorable asdfgklakjdljljlkd*

6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?

Meridian: There isn’t one. And even if there was, nobody would care because nobody would know, because I certainly would never admit to liking him… Even if I did. Which I don’t.

Teague: Are we talking about theoretical scenarios, then? Because theoretically, yes, nobody would care enough to disapprove, really… My sister Lulin thinks that anything involving me actually interacting with other humans is a good thing. I can’t imagine why.

Meridian: *curiously tilts her head* What about Ivan?

Teague: *stiffens* *short bark of laughter with almost imperceptible touch of bitterness* He wouldn’t care either. Definitely. No caring. *Teague’s face becomes extremely vague and distant and uncaring as if he’s forgotten the entire thing already*

7. What would be an ideal date? –> evening spent in each other’s company

williamblakequotedoorsDeborah: *surreptitiously changes word from “date” to something less specific, to avoid their suspicious remarks*

Meridian: *wrinkles nose* If it was an ideal evening, it wouldn’t be in his company… but okay, probably we’d be somewhere far away from his books and writing and I’d be playing my violin and instead of being off in his own head, he’d actually be paying attention to me. Not that I can imagine why I’d want him to? But… well, he never does. So. *folds arms*

Teague: If it was ideal, I’d be writing, and she doesn’t care to be around when I’m doing that… Can’t imagine why. But if I wasn’t writing, then there are two options. No, three. 1: we’d go questing together. It might take more than an evening… 2: we’d walk under the stars and talk. 3: we’d sit in my study and she’d read aloud to me one of the books I’ve written.

Meridian: You are vain, you know that?

Teague: Hmm. Of all the things you’ve accused me of being, that one’s never come up before… I must be branching out.

8. What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?

bookpilesMeridian: We’re opposites. Mesh perfectly? *laughs* Nope. I fight a lot, and he… ignores!

Teague: *blinks absently and doesn’t answer* *then seems to wake up momentarily* Wait, you fight a lot…? With who?

Meridian: *rolls eyes* No one, apparently.

Teague: *frowning* How can someone fight when the other person doesn’t respond?

Meridian: *throws up hands* They can’t! That’s why it’s so annoying.

Teague: I don’t know why anyone would want to… *shrugs*

Meridian: He doesn’t even notice when I’m angry at him.

Teague: *blinks* You were angry at me? When?

Meridian: This is what I’m talking about.

Teague: *scribbles a note somewhere because he forgot entirely that he was being interviewed or even talked at, and had a sudden inspiration from a story which demanded his attention*

9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?

portalarchwayDeborah: *cough* Editing it again… >.>

Meridian: Best? Um… there haven’t really been any. Worst? Well. That time. *gives Teague a hard stare*

Teague: *protestingly* I thought you would like going there.

Meridian: Well I didn’t.

Teague: *sadly* I observed.

10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?


Meridian: I’m his housekeeper, he’s my employer. The end. It’s not a relationship.

Teague: Technically speaking, you do know that that is a relationship, of a sort…

Meridian: Oh, right. He’s not my employer. He’s a dictionary. *glares*

Teague: *blinks mildly* Inaccurate. Dictionaries are boringly factual. I’m a writer, remember?

Meridian: How could I ever forget?

Teague: Precisely. That’s my job. *half grin*

Meridian: As for where we see ourselves in a few years: I see myself, hopefully, studying at university, far from here. Can’t speak for him. Teague? *nudges his shoulder when he appears not to hear*

Teague: Hmm? Oh. Let me think. I see myself…. *trails off with a dreamy absentminded private smile and forgets to say it out loud… unless it was intentional*


Well, there you have it. One of the longest and most off-topic Beautiful Peoples of ever. They kinda ran away with me. Because that’s what they do. 😉 Hope you enjoyed it all the same. 😛

36 thoughts on “(Not?)Valentines: Teague & Meridian (Beautiful People)

  1. OMGGGGG I LOVED THIS SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN. (And also I might just add that I love your covers and graphics. ❤ They are so intensely awesome.) But these two are so cute and they might be in denial, but pffffft, I’m shippin’ it. Also the answer to the food quirks one had me cracking up. For the “he doesn’t food” and then he goes on to list ALL THESE QUIRKS OF HERS. Omg. How is that not shippable. :’)

    (Thanks for joining in, Deborah!! YOU WRITE SUCH GREAT POSTS I LOVE IT.)

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    • Thank you!! 🙂 (And… thank you again! :D) *flails* I’m so glad you think they’re cute and are shipping them — this makes me insanely happy, especially that you liked that part. ❤ Yay! Thanks for hosting it! I so enjoy BP, I do!! ^_^



    Just…there are no words.

    GAH. They are too adorable for their own good. (And stubborn. Tsk, tsk.)

    Hehe, I loved how you wrote this! Such a unique and fun Beautiful People ^_^ I love relationships like these, where the characters really don’t like each other. (It brings one “couple” of mine to mind. XD) Now, the problem is convincing the two of them that they NEED to be a couple…

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    • Aaahh, thank you! 🙂 That makes me so happy. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ^_^ And yes, those kinds are really fun to write! 😀 And don’t worry, we’ll definitely convince them they need to be a couple eventually… >:D (At least… mine… I don’t know about your couple, but hopefully! XD)


  3. I love these two, they are so good together! Gah! I just want to squish them.
    They have so much chemistry together even though they aren’t technically a couple.
    Their dialogue is brilliant, I want to read their story so bad. “I don’t remember what.” he is hilarious, quite like Howl and Sherlock rolled into one. In fact they do remind me of Howl and Sophie, no wonder I like them so much 😀

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    • Eeek, thanks!! I’m so glad you liked it! As I wrote this I was literally thinking of you and wondering if you’d like it. 😀

      Wellll… they’re technically a couple to my mind, just not to each other’s — yet! XD

      Howl and Sherlock. I’m so flattered. 😀 *flail* Heehee, yeah, they are kinda Howl and Sophie-ish…


  4. Oh stars. The more you talk about The Other Half of Everything, the more I want to read it. Teague and Meridian are adorable. And hilarious. (And their dynamic reminds me a little of the dynamic between Jackaby and Abigail, except those two are just friends, not a couple. Or, like Skye just said, like Howl and Sophie. In the best way.)
    Also, for the record, I’ll eat croutons right out of the bag too.

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    • Bwahahaha. All part of my evil plan. >:D (Heh. Heh. Just kidding. XD) Yay! Thanks! I’m so glad you find them adorable/hilarious!

      (And I was wondering about that before I read Jackaby. And now I’m like yes they are very alike. Which obviously makes me love Jackaby a lot. XD Except that now I’m freaking out because Jackaby stole several of the things I was planning for the book like that his handwriting is horrible and that she finds the job posting to work for him at the post office… literally, I was going to do that. -_- I might still use it because I HAD IT FIRST but still. XD Sometimes it’s like gaaaahh!! when books “steal” things from you, ya know? 😛 And I’m glad Howl and Sophie in the best way too. :D)

      They are yummy, yes. 😀

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  5. YOU DID TEAGUE AND MERIDIAN. YOU DID TEAGUE AND MERIDIAN!!!! I can’t even describe how excited I got when you said you were doing them. And not only did you do them, you got them to answer the questions! Those are my favorite BP posts. I’ve been wanting to do more where the charries answer everything. I’ve only ever managed to do it once or twice.


    Oh my word. Oh my wooord! He notices all her little quirks. Absentminded Teague NOTICES. I. AM. DEAD. That part completely slayed me. I can’t.

    Meridian is so hostile and defensive. Almost TOO defensive. *grins and wriggles eyebrows*

    You erased the word “date”! XDDD That’s too great! And that was the one question Teague didn’t hesitate to answer and had a long response to. He wants to walk under the stars and talk to her. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WITH THE CUTENESS RIGHT NOW.

    THIS POST COMPLETELY KILLED ME WITH ITS ADORABLENESS. I’ll be honest, when you first started having ideas for OHE I didn’t even realize they’d end up together. Then one day a while back I saw a thing or two on your pinterest and I was like, “WAIT A MINUTE. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER.” And now reading THIS. I ship it. I ship it so hard I can’t BREATHE.


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    • YAY I’M GLAD IT EXCITES YOU! ^_^ Oh, I know, right? When characters answer it’s just so fun! 😀 But it can get kinda rambly too. 😉 And I love how you get so deep in your charries’ lives in your BPs which I LOVE, and would be a little more difficult if it was from their POVs, because sometimes we authors KNOW things. XD But both can be fun. 😀


      Yes. He notices. ^_^ (Sometimes. XD) They so cuuute! .>)

      Ohhh, you noticed that about her being too defensive, did you? 😉 *cackles*

      Apparently he has it all planned out or something. XD

      Oh really? o.o I never mentioned they were a thing? Wowww. I’m impressed with my lack of information sharing. I’m turning into Teague or something… BUT AAHH I’M SO GLAD YOU SHIP THEM ALSKDJLKDJ JUST GAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENT I ADORE ALL THE THINGS YOU SAID!! ❤ ^_^

      D'awww, you sweet thing! *huggles* I totally need to write it soon. o.o *flails*


  6. This cracked me up 😉 While I get the Howl comparisons of some comments, Teague actually reminded me way more of the 10th Doctor (but this just could be because I see Doctor Who in basically everything?). But Teague has the same sort of lovable quirkiness as 10 does.
    Meridian has a fun, strong voice as well, and their dynamic was great. I would love to read more about them! (I want to know about the bad *not a date*). She is definitely the responsible, grounded voice here.
    You were right – you do have a knack for the adorable. I really enjoyed this ❤

    This is kind of hilarious – but you, Skye, and I seemed to be on a similar mental train with the BP posts this month. I only just read yours and hers today, and guess what: I did a character interview with characters who are *not* a couple too! But I was indulgent and self-inserted 🙂



    • People have now compared Teague to Howl, Sherlock, Jackaby, and the Tenth Doctor, all of whom are “that sort” of awesome character… I’m very happy right now. XD (Now someone just needs to mention Chrestomanci…) I love Ten! I thiiink I can see where you’re coming from with that, though I also feel like Ten is much more energetic than Tegaue… but yes, the lovable quirkiness. 😀

      Yay! I’m glad! ^_^ (And… yes, the *not a date* will be a large part of the story. XD)
      Aww, thank you!! 🙂 That makes my day! ❤

      Oh really? Awesomeness! I shall check your post out… Character interviews are so much fun, aren't they? 😀


      • You’re right about Chrestomanci – I just didn’t think of that when I was commenting 🙂 You’re getting all kinds of awesome comparisons here, so I think you’re doing a lot of somethings right!

        And yes, I was more meaning 10’s quirky charm/random personality than his energy level (I don’t know many characters with *that* much bounce to their steps, lol). Say what you want about the 9th-11th doctors, but none of them are lazy!!

        As I noted, the self-indulgence level of character interviews is a perk (I’m one of those dorks who laughs at their own jokes, and so it follows, their characters’ dialogue). I feel like it’s a side effect of spending a lot of time alone . . .

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  7. OH MY. I loved this post so much, you have no idea 😀 . I must say, I was quite excited when I saw that you picked Teague and Meridian for this post, as Jenelle said, they are ridiculously adorable 🙂 .

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  8. Somehow I neglected to comment… I had a comment in my brain, but it never made it onto your actual blog. o.O

    BUT OH MY GOODNESS. TEAGUE AND MERIDIAN ARE AMAAAAAZING. I loved this post so much! ❤ ❤ ❤ They're exactly the kind of quirky adorableness that makes me ridiculously happy. Their banter, the (mostly) good-natured friction between them, the attraction they both deny… I ship 'em. Very much.

    In fact, I loved this so much, I made my sister read it. XD Oh, and I also adored how Teague is so lost in his own thoughts EXCEPT for that bit where he rattles off all Meridian's idiosyncrasies. Um, adorable much? 😀

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    • I totally do that too, where I have a comment in my head and don’t actually manage to get it to the blog… (Guilty of that for a couple of your recent posts, I’m afraid… *cough*)

      Oh my word, thank you so much! *squee* Your comment made my day! I’m so glad you like them! I have so much fun with those two! ^_^ People are shipping them. EEK. *is so happy*

      Ack, that’s the best! And yes, he kind of noticed, which is shocking and adorbz. I’m glad you like it! XD


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    And I love their names. ^_^ And the snippets you posted… just SO MUCH ADORABLENESS. ❤

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