DWP NO. 069

STORYTELLING WEEK | Day Three of Seven

Today’s Objective

Use 300 words to introduce one of your main characters.

Happy Writing!

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  1. Character

    Melissa, age 14, white, lives in a 2 parent home. She is an only child, with a nervous racist mother and placid easily dominated father who works in an office and frequently kowtows to his wife’s wishes. Melissa is active in choir and her church youth group where she frequently brags about her perfect pitch. She is selfish and super self absorbed. Her family is conflict adverse. Her mother gets easily flustered and specializes in guilt tripping. Dad is always jovial and adores the holidays. Melissa is proud to be an Original American as she describes herself. She is especially thrilled to find out that her great great grandfather was a founding member of NJ’s first fire department. She talks incessantly somewhat of a bore.


  2. “The Monitors: Dei”

    Unlike most Monitors who are born of and raised by former Monitors to potentially become Monitors, thrust into the world at the moment of birth, Dei is a Monitor. Discovered in her early infanthood manipulating light, Dei, of course, found herself catching the attention of Bromides. Not knowing who they are or what they are all about, Dei felt them watching her and fled the world of men before understanding the enormity of her power. Luckily, however, with her powers being so great, by happenstance, she found herself on the Listmaker’s Ranch.

    Confused and afraid, she stood trembling at the foot of the first step onto the porch of the Listmaker’s house. Of course, the Listmaker knew of Dei, but of course, the Listmaker did not fill in the gaps for her. Instead, upon seeing her looking frightful just outside the house, the Listmaker promptly delivered her list to her. Cautiously, Dei accepted the slim roll of paper from the Listmaker, despite not knowing who this person was or what this person wanted.

    As the roll sat diagonally across the palm of Dei’s hand, she looked up at the Listmaker and asked, “What is this?” Stern and impatient, the Listmaker looked at Dei and said, “It’s a list.” Pensive, she looked back at the roll in her hand, shimmied the thing to her fingertips, and began opening it. “Not here,” the Listmaker demanded, “Over there.” Following the line off the tip of the Listmaker’s outstretched hand, Dei’s eyes swept over the Ranch until she saw a large red barn in the near distance. “There?” she asked. “Ji has been waiting for you,” the Listmaker responded. “Who’s Jee?” she asked. “Not Jee, Ji,” the Listmaker instructed while turning quickly back toward the front door.

    The Listmaker walked away and disappeared into the house. Dei shrugged, “Typical.” Fondling the “list” between the tips of all her fingers, she looked out over the Ranch toward the Barn. Figuring there really was nothing else for her to do, Dei opted to head on over to the Barn to find out who this Ji person was.The only thing she knew for sure was that she did not like the Listmaker.


  3. Haiya (Nemesis) – one of the Select

    Haiya lives among the people of Earth in a near-complete concealment of her true self. The entire surface of her flesh, particularly those parts which are revealed to the open air (read: triple lined), are completely lined with a thin (but extremely resilient and opaque) prosthetic skin. This prosthesis absorbs and diffuses the stellar emanation that emits from her body at all times. A similar substance is applied (from an aerosol-type delivery system and thoroughly scrubbed in) to the hair for the same effect. Custom made contact lenses also cap Haiya’s retinas to shield unknowing people around her from spontaneous ocular flares from her vision. In total, it is an incredibly effective and one-of-a-kind disguise that allows her the ability to co-mingle with, and even engage cooperatively with, the people of Earth.

    Like other stars, Haiya’s body is acutely susceptible to physical stimulation and strong perturbations, even in the adjacent airspace a few centimeters around her in every direction, can agitate her inner body into irregular patterns of fusion with intense bursts of radiation arcing out around her. To manage this volatility, Haiya has perfected the smooth movement of her personal space through the world. She never makes direct contact with anyone, even by accident, and she has deftly implanted herself into an engaging role as a Key Authority at a bustling server center in the heart of the Root District. All of her colleagues recognize and whisper quietly to each other in slightly-jealous awe of the dance between her elegant sophistication and the intimidating, ineffable aura of her hibernating power.

    When the RIPs start appearing, Haiya begins losing some control of her ability to suppress flares. The large RIP over the Root District sends Haiya into a frightening convulsion in the middle of her crowded office. Later, Haiya stumbles out of the office, now partially destroyed, the only apparent survivor of a violent internal tantrum.

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