Beautiful People :: Parental Edition

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This month's Beautiful People (hosted by Sky and Cait is all about parent's!! If your character is an orphan (which most of mine tend to be. why??), then you can write about their parental figure. My main character's parental figure is her older cousin, Erik, who raised her after her parents were murdered. I have to be honest -- I have a love-hate relationship with Erik. His character just makes me... ergh... so mad sometimes. Then other times he's a sweetheart.  When he isn't being insensitive, he tries to show his cousin that he does care about her. Even if he isn't sure how to.

1. Do they know both their biological parents? Why/why not?
No, she doesn't. Brynn's parents were killed when she was just under a year old.

2. Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?
She has her mother's dark hair and dark eyes but she has her father's facial features and expressions.

.3. What's their parental figure(s) dress style? Add pictures if you like!
When Erik is doing paperwork, he wears khaki dressy/cargo pants and a semi-dressy shirt. He likes to look professional (he is leading a revolution, after all) but down to earth at the same time. If he's on the front lines, he wears a combat uniform.

4. Do they share any personality traits with their parental figures? And which do they take after most? 
Ha. Brynn takes after Erik a little too much. Pretty much every bad quality comes from Erik. They are both pig-headed, impatient, and terrible perfectionists. Not to mention arrogant. But when they care about something, they care deeply and fight for whatever they want. So Brynn thinks everything evens out.

5. Do they get on with their parental figure(s) or do they clash?
They clash more than they get along. Because their personalities are so similar, Brynn and Erik are always arguing. Moments where they get along are rare and brought on by some impending danger.

6. If they had to describe their parental figure(s) in one word, what would it be?
Stern. Or maybe aloof. Ooooohh wait -- busy might be better. Any of the three (that's cheating, I know). Brynn feels that Erik is too busy with the rebellion to be a family. So any word that would sum that up would work.

erik & brynn7. How has their parental figure(s) helped them most in their life?
Erik taught Brynn that you need to fight for what you want and keep your eyes on the prize. The world might be falling apart around you, but you have to stay strong and focus. Brynn might not even realize it, but that thought affects her life everyday. She also learned how to fight from Erik -- Brynn's life wouldn't be the same without that instruction.

8.What was their biggest fight with their parental figure(s)?
Brynn decided that she wanted to join the special ops team -- Erik said absolutely not. They didn't speak to each other for a week or two. Brynn thought that Erik was being unreasonable until she chewed him out one day and he explained why he didn't want her to join. She was finally able to see it from his point of view -- and she got her own way (she's spoiled :p).

9. Tracing back the family tree, what nationalities are in their ancestry?
Brynn's father and Erik's mother (who were brother and sister) were of Irish heritage. People say that's where their fiery nature come from -- Brynn swears that's just a stereotype and therefore, isn't true. Erik isn't sure what nationality his father's family was, and Brynn's mother was sure that she had Italian in her blood.

10. What's their favourite memory with their parental figure(s)?
Her sixth birthday, no doubt about it. Brynn can see it when she closes her eyes -- Erik ran in late to her birthday dinner, just when she thought he wasn't going to come. She stayed up late eating too much cake and playing with her gifts, then Erik tucked her into bed and sang silly songs and danced until she fell asleep. Whenever Brynn feels neglected, she remembers that day. And she doesn't feel so bad.

If anyone else is doing Beautiful People, make sure to leave a link in the comments!!


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  1. Aw cool! Cousin bonds! I'm glad to be seeing more of these lately! :D Is this a sci-fi story? I love the names. ^ ^ I did Beautiful People too:

    1. It's a dystopian, not a sci-fci :) I don't think that I could ever write a sci-fi, though I think it would be cool. Thanks so much, that means a lot!



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