Outspoken: An Interesting Introduction

So, earlier tonight, a writer friend and I were having an interesting discussion. We were talking about characters, and ended up trying to come up with a Disney song to represent each one. Because I haven’t had time to write up bios for them just yet, I thought you would all enjoy a little introduction of each character featuring their name, photo, a short description, and their song(s). It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing, and I really can’t wait for you all to meet these new characters. I just know you’ll fall in love with them, as I have.

Lucian Cathasach

First up, we have my main character, Lucian Cathasach. He is a mute knight that’s actually a slave, who lost his tongue to the villainous Lord Sadach when he was 10. His best friend Caillte, who’s practically his little brother, saved his life from infection afterwards, and they’ve grown up together as slaves. He is referred to as the “protector without a defense.” He’s guilt-ridden for his past, but has a sharp, sarcastic wit to him, and always puts the welfare of others above himself. He has a long journey ahead of him, but he has the strength to get him there. His song is Go the Distance from Disney’s Hercules

Caillte Dochtuir

 

Next, we have Lucian’s little-brother-from-another-mother, Caillte. He’s always been a remarkable friend to Lucian, and he’s coming into his own, growing strong and wise. But Lucian has always seen him as a little brother in need of protection. He longs to show Lucian that he’s not a little kid anymore, and he can take care of himself. He’s loyal and trusting, but can be a spitfire when his friends are made fun of or mistreated, which has caused some fighting between he and Lucian as of late. His song is Son of Man from Tarzan.

Lorcan Dorchadas

This is Lorcan, the antithesis of Lucian. They butt heads constantly over the course of the novel, but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, Lorcan was actually a kind and highly respectable man. He and Lucian were friends until the incident, at which point Lorcan changed. He became what he hated most, and turned on the only friend he had left. Now, there’s only one person that could possibly save him… Sinè, the only girl to ever truly hold his affections. But she hasn’t been seen for years, and Lucian has lost hope that there’s any chance left for him at all. Lorcan was a tough one to nail down to one song, so instead I will give you two… Heaven’s Light from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and He’s a Tramp from Lady and the Tramp. 

Caillte’s Unnamed Girl

Due to spoilers, I cannot give you the name or many details for this character here. She’s Caillte’s girl, and the little sister Lucian didn’t know he had. She’s a bit of a side character, and most of my dear BETAs have yet to meet her, but she’s a sweetheart, and worth every bit of the affection Caillte shows her. Not even Lucian could be bitter about her stealing some of Caillte’s time and attention away. Her song is Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid.

Lord Breitheanas Sadach

Next up is the main antagonist of this tale, Lord Sadach. Once again, due to spoilers I cannot spill much. However, Lord Sadach is one crazy, wicked dude. He holds to no code of morals or ethics, and does what he pleases. His character would be very reminiscent of Rumpelstiltskin in the NBC television series Once Upon a Time. He’s an overbearing land lord with a grudge that is thirsting for power, and who holds no value for human life. At one point in his life he would have very much liked to be a better man, but never truly worked to become one, and now lives his life as a never-ending hand of the blame game, biding his time before he can burn the heart of his enemies. His song is Be Prepared from The Lion King.

Lady Sinè Sadach

Here we have the beautiful Lady Sinè. She is Lord Sadach’s daughter, and Lorcan’s old flame as well as saving grace. Thanks to an incident long in the past, she has grown up deaf. She never learned to speak, save her sign language, and her father has been overprotective of her since. A bit of a Rapunzel in her tower, the knights and servants hardly ever see or hear of her, and many live entirely oblivious of her presence. Some even presume her to be dead. But there’s more to this little lady than meets the eye, and she may prove to be a much larger part of the story than she initially lets on. She also has two songs, one that is just for her and another that is for her and Lorcan together. Her song is Colors of the Windthe other is If I Never Knew You, both from Pocahontas.

Amaladh Dìleas

Finally, we have Amaladh. Once again, due to spoilers, I cannot tell much about him. He’s a young lad, one who seemed at first to be on Lorcan’s “side” with the knights, but has had a change of heart. He’s maturing, and there’s much we have yet to learn about him. All I will say beyond this, is that there’s much more to him than meets the eye, and he has a much larger role to play than is clear as of yet. He was another very tough one to figure out, so – with the help of my favorite plot bunnies – I’ve narrowed him down to two: I’m Still Here from Treasure Planet, and Sound the Bugle Now from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. 

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Missing You


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The lovely man pictured above, with that smile that just makes you feel warm and happy, and those soft eyes that make you feel like the most loved, beautiful thing in the world, is my Grandpa Wally. He was an amazing man, with a life story one could listen to for ages. He was an inspiration, and one of my best friends.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, wishing I could sit beside him again, listen to his relaxing, gravelly voice as he talked about horses, faith, and any number of other things. Especially now, with the Kentucky Derby coming up on us and the big prep races underway, I long for the days where we would go down to the local pub and watch the races together, or sit around his glass table for hours and hours with the Daily Post Parade splayed out in front of us as we handicapped the races and debated bloodlines and which horse was really the best – Man O’ War or Secretariat. He taught me many a lesson, and even our discussions on horses held hard-learned truths to them.

I miss sitting in his dining room with my parents, with a box of pizza and plenty of coca-cola, chatting away as we played spades. I still remember when he taught me to count cards. Once I got the hang of it, he and I would team up against my parents, playing them like a harp, always knowing what they had and exactly how to convince them they were winning only to crush them in the end.

I miss his hugs, so warm, soft, and tight, with a gentle smokey scent to them. They made you feel so at home, so loved. They made you feel like you were made of glass, and he kept you as his most prized possession.

I would give just about anything to hear his hearty laugh once more, or watch him as his scarred and wrinkled hands would turn a pepsi can over slowly three times in a row so that it wouldn’t fizz when it opened, or watch his eyes brighten with mischief as he made witty remarks just to make me laugh.

It’s been 6 long years, Grandpa. It’s so hard to believe. I love you so, and always will. You’re always on my mind and in my heart, and I know you’re up there with that amazing smile of yours, waiting to welcome me at the gates of heaven and bring me back into your strong arms.

(Note: This was supposed to go live yesterday, 3-15-13, but was delayed due to computer issues.)