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January By the Numbers Three: Butterflies (Fiction piece)

January by the numbers starts here!
From [personal profile] anke‘s prompt “butterflies;” a story of Addergoole (Year 9 character)

“So, I’m going to teach you a few very important things, and when you have figured them out, I want you to be sure you think about them as examples, not just as truths in themselves. Allegories, all right?”

Alhandra remembered her father’s stories for years. The one about the monk who climbed the mountain. The one about the monkey who made bad promises. The one about the princess with the sword. This, this always stuck in her mind, in part because he didn’t start out like he always did:

I’m going to tell you a tale, and when I’m done, perhaps you can tell me what you learned.

All of his tales were lessons, but these, somehow, these were supposed to be more important.

So Alhandra remembered.

“Butterflies first. Pretty things, butterflies, small and fragile, right? They’re not the most dangerous-looking things around. Lots of people are like butterflies, angel. They look pretty, they look weak, like they won’t last too long. You know the sort.”

Allhandra nodded. She knew the type, all right, even then.

“Butterflies can be poison. And people who are beautiful, they can be poison, too. They can be deadly.” He touched her hair, gently. “They don’t have to be. The little butterflies that wander around the meadow behind the house, they’re safe. And not all pretty people are poison – that’s important, too. But you know about the viceroy butterfly, how it imitates the monarchs? Remember that. Some people are poison in a pretty coat, and some people are harmless and look like poison.”

“So… look beyond the wings?”

“It’s more important than you’d think it is, princess. Not just the pretty faces, but the pretty words. Not just the pretty words, but the soft touches. You have to really, really know someone before you know if they’re poison or just pretending.”

“What’s the next part?”

“Noam!” Alhandra’s mother had called from the back yard at that point. “Noam, it’s time.”

She’d had to wait for another day to learn about sharks.

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Countdown to Addergoole Year 9: Timora, Ceinwen, Noam, Gar

52 ?? days to 52 weeks

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Timora wants a white knight. She wants a truly nice man who sees her for the lovely soul she is and doesn’t mind that she doesn’t look like the popular girls; she wants someone who wants long walks on the beach and gentle kisses and will rescue her and carry her off on his horse.

They read you Cinderella
You hoped it would come true
That one day your Prince Charming would come rescue you

Failing a fairy tale, she wants a nice guy who likes spending time outdoors and won’t make fun of her.
25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Ceinwen had long, skinny hands with long, skinny fingers. Her hands are calloused across the palms, but her nails are always done and the tops of her hands are smooth.
26.) Second day of favorites!
Favorite comfort food: potato chips and French onion dip, washed down with Mountain Dew.
Favorite vice: skipping classes. Skipping anything.
Favorite outfit: his comfortable jeans and his worn-in Henley, both faded blue.
Favorite hot drink: He doesn’t like hot drinks. His favorite cold drink is anything sweet, the sugarier the better.
Favorite time of year: Summer, just after finals, when it still feels like you’re skipping school not being there.
Favorite holiday: Memorial Day, or anything that gets him out of classes, esp. anything with a picnic. Ice cream!

27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
As an angry, frustrated teenager who had trouble fitting in at school, the then-retro lyrics of Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind and Youth Gone Wild suited Gar well, as well as the just-as-angry Linkin Park’s In the End.

That song take on new meaning for him as he comes to Addergoole, as well as Hate Me by Blue October.

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Countdown to Addergoole Year Nine: Noam

52 41, 40, 39 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 (almost) every day.

Today I present (ha) to you Noam.

Noam has appeared in Birthday Present, Presented, and Presently..

Art of him by Inventrix is available Here.

Noam is a hide-in-shadows sort of guy, a personality made difficult by the fact that he was pretty to start with and his Change, a butterfly-related mostly-skin-coloring alteration, only made him prettier. He’s a quiet, shy loner with cornsilk-blonde hair and gorgeous grey-green eyes, who really wants to be left alone.

I encourage you to pester him with questions! Ask him anything!!

The first five question-and-answer sessions are still open as well:
Reid Solomon & DJ
43 to go: Jeremiah and Lolly (LJ)
45 to Go: Timora (LJ)
46 to Go: Porter (LJ)
47 to go: Wylie (LJ)

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Countdown to Addergoole Year 9: Character Development Meme

52 44 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!

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?

Wylie lived with a man who was, biologically, his mother, and the woman who foster-mothered him. He believes them to be his mom and dad and has never met his biological father (nor do I think they’d get along).

He had a decent childhood and grew up generally happy – not spoiled and not rich, but not starved or neglected and not poor, either. His parents provided more discipline than he thought was appropriate, trying to tame his unruliness and trying to prepare him to be sent away. Neither worked well, but the practice will serve him well in the long term.

His foster-mother has always treated him as her own, and raised him with his older sister Kendra and his baby sister (who will be in Addergoole Year 12 or 13) as a family. As far as she’s concerned, he’s family. His “father” has always been a bit confused by him – he feels he’s a bit of a cuckoo’s egg, distractible and hyperactive where Cedric is level-headed and straightforward – but has done his best to love him and parent him properly despite that.

One week into Addergoole, they’ve gotten Wylie’s hastily-scribbled postcard, mailed off a care package, and aren’t sure if they should be worried or not.

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?

Before the Change, Timora’s long dishwater-blonde hair and her coltish long legs counted as her most prominent features, although she almost always hid her legs behind long Little-House-on-the-Prairie skirts.

After her Change, her hooves and tail are likely more prominent, although she maintains the hair (just blue now) and the very nice legs.

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?

Most of Noam’s small scars were erased by the Change; the butterfly markings across his torso and face actually altered his skin, bringing it back to baby-smoothness while they covered it with brilliant patterns.

Noam was more than a bit of a nerd in his old school, but he had the not-entirely-uncommon distinction of being an attractive nerd. He was never a sports-team joiner, or really much of any sort of joiner, but he and some of his friends in school did play back yard football or whatever other excuse to run around in the mud.

Thus, he has his share of small scars – the dime-sized scar on his thigh where his friend Max Fralick accidentally stabbed him with a piece of wood, the long slice mark across his forearm where he fell in a junkyard, the three burn marks on his shoulder from a mishap with a model rocket.

Of all the things the Change wrought in him, he dislikes the loss of that scar the most.

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Excerpt 1 tonight: Noam description (@theladyisugly)

Noam is a character in my Year Nine Addergoole pieces, including Birthday Present. This is an excerpt from his description:

He’s even-tempered to the point where people think him phlegmatic, calm, and rarely prone to outbursts; he was a quiet child who became a quiet teenager. This leads to people under- or over-estimating his intelligence; it also leads to them under-estimating his anger when it does flare

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