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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?
Teague: 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?
Deborah: *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?
Meridian: *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!)
Meridian: 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
Deborah: *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?
Meridian: 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?
Deborah: *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. 😛