Archive | August 14, 2012

Leaving the School, a drabble of Addergoole Year 7, for @Kissofjudas

Addergoole, end of year 7.

Trigger warning: Pregnancy discussed & shown.

Phelen walked the halls of Addergoole alone.

He didn’t need to be alone; Shiva’s legacy in Addergoole was a close-knit crew that got along well with others, filling in for his own gaps in social networking.

But this was his last day as a Student in Addergoole, and it felt fitting to spend a moment here the way he’d first arrived – alone, no matter how many people were around him, wrapped in his trench-coat.

Alone. A Seventh Cohort, no longer skittering around nervous because they were new, but skittering and nervous nonetheless, slid past him. He was leaking shadows again, wasn’t he?

He pulled himself together. Leaving Addergoole was, as his Mentor liked to say, not only an ending, but a beginning. The school had grown comfortable for him (Having Kept had grown very comfortable for him). College, an apartment without his Crew, the greater world outside of the school – he’d never admit it to anyone, but he was as nervous about that as he had been about coming to Addergoole in the first place.

Considering how much worse, and better, than Addergoole had ended up being, he thought it was a perfectly justifiable concern. Four years ago, also, he hadn’t had three children to be concerned with.

“Phelen.” Kendra would have more than that to be concerned with, the way she was going. The heavily-pregnant mouse-girl nodded at him; she had another year to go, but looked as pensive as he felt.

If things had gone differently, she might have been his. He gave her his best not-a-creep smile. “Kendra. Number four, is it?”

“It is.” She held her hands protectively over her stomach. He might have to work on the not-a-creep thing. “Good luck, out there. Are you taking any of yours?”

“Not now, at least.” He wasn’t sure he could handle the real world and kids. “Their mothers all seem fairly attached.” In a year or two, he might try to talk Manira out of that. But not today.

“Good luck anyway.” Her smile was playful; he wondered when she’d learned that again. “I hear it’s a jungle out there.”

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Character Development Meme: Miryam, Llew, Nilam, Aeowyn

52 22 Days To 52 Weeks

For the 52 days leading up to the 52 weeks of Addergoole: Year 9, I will be posting something Addergoole-related every day.

Today: parts of a character development meme!


12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
Miryam has a decent middle-of-the-way comfort zone with technology. She uses e-mail but can write letters; Addergoole’s field of slowing-down-communication encourages letter writing and she probably does send letters home. She has a computer and uses it, although she would need tech support if anything went majorly wrong. She can use all the basic home appliances, and doesn’t have a problem programming anything programmable, but prefers to let someone else handle

13) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?

Given his choice, Llew sleeps diagonally across the bed, in a rather still position that takes up the entire bed, or most of it. The covers, when he wakes are folded down halfway as he gets up, but long training by his mother means that he then folds them back up to the top.

He prefers to sleep with just a sheet and, in winter, a light blanket, so there’s not much to tidy anyway.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Nilam does not like the heat. He prefers the world a comfortable sixty-six degrees; Addergoole is already a little warm for him. Much about seventy-two F and he begins getting very uncomfortable; summertime finds him inside, hibernating, hiding from the heat.

He’s not a big fan of winter, either; the snow and damp and cold make him miserable. He’s really a bit of a delicate flower, wilting or breaking depending on the extreme.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
Æowyn is definitely a night sort. Mornings are not her thing, and she wakes up grumpy and unpleasant until she’s had breakfast, a shower, and at least half an hour of silence.

Nights are where she shines, and she often stays up late, going to bed in the wee hours of the night. She does her best thinking then, and often completes her homework this way.

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Issue Three story is a setting-less piece called The Bramble Wife.
Issue Four’s story, from the Spring Cleaning Call, is a storm-based piece of Stranded fic.
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