Beautiful People // Sibling Edition

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Beautiful People is back for April! I completely fell behind on last month's, so I'm excited to answer these next round of questions. Now let's get to it, shall we?

This month, we are focusing on siblings, though the characters don't have to be actual siblings--they can simply have a sibling-like relationship. I pondered which characters I should use and finally decided on one of my favorite duos that I've written: Lee and Elsie from my Civil War novel, Rebel Yell.

The two cousins have a special bond; they are closer to each other than they are to their own siblings. There was no big moment that brought them together--Lee simply knew that Elsie was his to protect and Elsie grew up worshiping him. They are both the golden children of the family, so maybe it's only natural that they drew close together.

Paul Walker

1. What is the first memory they have of each other?
Elsie remembers Lee lifting her up to pick apples off of the apple trees at their grandparent's Virginia home. She was only two and had a hard time biting into the apple, so Lee peeled and cut it for her. It's one of Elsie's favorite memories.

Seven year-old Lee peeked into his cousin's frilly bassinet and instantly thought that Elsie was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. She opened her eyes and smiled at him, then reached for his finger. Lee decided that he and Elsie would be the best of friends. She's been "his girl" ever since.

2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.
More than cousins.

3.What kind of things do they like to do together?
Ride horses, check the grounds of their grandparent's farm, play charades... Sometimes they can be found in the kitchen--Elsie tries to make pies and Lee eats half the dough. It never matters what they do. They just want to be together.

4. What was their biggest fight?
Fight? They never fight. Ever.

 5. How far would they go to save each other?
They would risk their lives, reputations, and the lives of others around them. There isn't anything that they wouldn't do for each other.

6. What are their pet peeves about each other?
Elsie occasionally wishes that Lee wasn't so concerned with honor, though in her eyes he can do no wrong.

Lee sees the family trait of stubbornness rooted in Elsie. It doesn't annoy him so much as worry him. What gets him most is Elsie's tendency to rush into things without thinking about the consequences. Put her impulsiveness and stubborn streak together and you get a deadly combination. Lee prays that Elsie will grow out of it.

7. What are their favorite things about each other?

There's a sweet innocence about Elsie that Lee has always loved. Her stubbornness--while it frustrates Lee--is also somewhat endearing. And her laugh. Oh, does Lee adore her laugh.

Lee doted on Elsie when she was little, and she returns the favor by worshiping the ground he walks on. What Elsie loves most about her cousin is that he only does something if it helps others. His selflessness is a virtue that Elsie yearns to cultivate herself, though she believes that she fails miserably.

8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?
She doesn't realize it, but Elsie takes after Lee when it comes to taking care of the family. She's also picked up his nervous habit of stretching her fingers when she's anxious.

They resemble each other more than they resemble their own siblings--same blond hair, same skin tone, the family nose... Since they were both practically raised at their grandparent's farm in Virginia, they share the same Virginian twang and love of their "home" state.

9. Who has the strongest personality?
That's a good question. Both have strong personalities, but in different ways. Lee has strong code of ethics and will fight for what he believes is right and honorable. Elsie has a wild, stubborn streak and will put on her war paint if pushed far enough. Elsie is much more vocal about her beliefs, while Lee quietly controls the situation. It depends on what your definition of a strong personality is.

10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?
When the war starts, Lee and Elsie completely depend on each other. They consult with each other on every major decision until it's impossible to. Not a day goes by that they don't think of each other, but that doesn't mean that Lee and Elsie can't cope. Both start to trust their own instincts (though they still ask themselves, "what would Lee/Elsie do?"). As friends and families are split by the war, Elsie and Lee realize that their unconditional bond is something rare. They cling on to that like their lives depend on it.

Thanks to Sky and Cait for this meme--it has helped my writing so much :)

Anyone else linking up? If you are, let me know--I'd love to see your answers!


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  1. Wow. I love those first memories. They sound like they really cherish each other. In some way, they make me think of Emma and Mr. Knightly when the two were like siblings.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I can see that too, now. Emma and Mr. Knightly are one of my favorite duos :D


  2. OH MAH GOODNESS. The adorableness <3 So much love. Yessss.

  3. Oh my word, they are just the cutest little sibling pair ever!!! <3 I love it... and I'd love to read their story someday. Well done, Emily!


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