Monday, February 29, 2016

Beautiful People: February 2016 Edition

Joining February's Beautiful People linkup... on the last day of the month, but eh, whatever.  BP is one of my favorite writer linkups and I look forward to seeing what questions Sky and Cait have come up with each month.


I'll be doing two of the 6 sides of the love hexagon from the Fidelitas series.  This triangle developed in the first draft and everything else snowballed from there.

Johari/Lirios:
1. How did they first meet?
At a diplomatic party to which their parents had been invited.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Lirios thought she was shy.  She thought he was very friendly and wondered if he was going to be 'one of those annoying boys'.

3. How long have they been a couple?
They're not technically a couple... yet... but they've been friends since they were five and best friends since they were seven.  Practically speaking, they've been considered a couple since they were fourteen, and they're about twenty now- so six years.

4. How committed/loyal are they to each other?  Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement?  Could stress drive them apart?  Would they die for each other?
Their loyalty has been constant for over a decade and neither can imagine not being loyal to the other.  Her election has separated them to a degree but long-term, they'll still be close.  Stress is not likely to drive them apart and yes, either would very likely die for the other.

5. List 5 "food quirks" they know about each other.  (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they're allergic to something, etc... and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
Johari: hates her coffee black, is always eager to try new fruits, can smell cinnamon in anything, thinks raisins don't belong in cookies and won't eat snake meat under any circumstances.
Lirios: won't touch yellow tea, can't wake up without his coffee, does not like bananas, claims peas are 'the devil's candy' and rarely goes a day without eating at least one apple.

6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
No.  In fact, most of the Court and the Councils actively approve of it.

7. What would be an ideal date?
Sightseeing on a foreign planet and then dancing, probably.

8. What are their personality dynamics?  Similar?  Contrasting?  Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?
They mesh pretty well.  She's the more far-thinking of the two, but he's the more tolerant in general.  She hates change, he's not fond of it either but doesn't fight it like she does.  Together they're not flamboyant, but they are an excellent team that is highly productive.  

9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?
The best moment for both of them was their first day of college when they were explaining something to their classmates and talking for each other so fluidly that the professor held up his hands for silence, looked at them over his glasses and demanded to know if they could reach each other's minds.  Both answered, "Of course!" "Since when?" he continued.  "Since always," they replied.
For Lirios the worst moment was when he saw the news that his best friend had just been elected Crown Princess of his planet.
Worst for Johari was when she was told that she couldn't be the one to inform him of the event that would change her life forever and his, too.

10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?
Lirios sees himself becoming her right hand man and being able to continue their friendship and hopefully start a romance with her.
Johari isn't thinking that far ahead right now.  Prior to her election she saw herself becoming an ambassador side by side with Lirios.  Now, it's enough for her to make it through the next week without coming apart.


Alejari:
The ship that more than one beta reader boarded the moment the eyes of the characters met when they were introduced... and also the ship that 90% of said beta readers are still firmly sailing.  (My sister is the exception and she's officially neutral at the moment.  Also, I think my Mom is neutral.)
1. How did they first meet?
Alejan signed on to become one of her bodyguards, passed all of the tests with flying colors and was made Chief Bodyguard.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Johari's first impression of him was that he was a good leader and that he was the quintessential chief bodyguard.
He thought she was strong, but mysterious and blank.  He distinctly sensed a core of steel to her, and felt that she was worth protecting with his life.

3. How long have they been a couple?
Aahaha, they're not a couple, technically.  He's her bodyguard, sworn to love her but never speak of it; she's his Crown Princess, very likely to make a political marriage.  There is literally no hope for them to ever be a couple... at least not at this point.  *whistles*

4. How committed/loyal are they to each other?  Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement?  Could stress drive them apart?  Would they die for each other?
He's fanatically loyal to her and nothing is likely to damage that loyalty.  He's also sworn to die for her, so yes.
Do not say anything against him in Johari's hearing because she'll make sure you suffer for it.  Very few things could or would strain her relationship with him.  She'll probably never have a chance to die for him.

5. List 5 "food quirks" they know about each other.  (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they're allergic to something, etc... and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
He knows all of the abovementioned quirks that Lirios knows as well as the fact that she likes her breakfast to be fruit, sweet roles, and protein of some kind and that she can taste most sedatives, no matter how little is in the drink or food. 
She knows that he doesn't like spicy food, always has fruit snacks around, can rattle off the name of every variety of fruit and vegetable that is native to their planet, loves blueberries and won't touch green tomato products if he can do so politely.

6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Everyone on the planet would disapprove of their relationship if they were to figure out some way to start one.  One of the terms of his oath is that he not declare his love for her.  She wouldn't even consider a relationship with him... at this point.  It's literally illegal for both of them.

7. What would be an ideal date?
Hmmm... a hike, dinner by a waterfall and watching the stars afterwards.

8. What are their personality dynamics?  Similar?  Contrasting?  Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?
Both are logical thinkers, but also very willing to imagine possibilities and then research them.  He understands love far better than she does, but at the same time he's ruthless to anyone who would harm her mentally, emotionally or physically.  They mesh very well together and their strong dynamic is one of the binding forces between her and all of her Companions.

9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?
So far, their best moment was when she acknowledged to him how much he was helping her transition.  Worst... well, it hasn't happened yet.  They haven't really even had a 'bad' moment yet, but it's coming.  Oh stars, is it ever coming.

10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?
He sees himself always at her side, protecting her, for the rest of her life.
She sees him in the same place, hardly even realizing herself just how much she needs him.



3 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Melody, you're making me root for both guys. :-( (Though I must admit to leaning more towards Lirios--I have a soft spot for boy-next-door/grew-up-together love stories. ^.^)

    ...and there's another half to this love-triangle?? Och, you have no mercy.
    ;-)
    ~R~

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    1. *clapping* Mission accomplished! :) I suspected you'd like Lirios, though I have no idea which one you'll like /better/.

      Oh yeahhh- you've only met two out of five-six guys. No mercy whatsoever, nope.

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  2. oh another couple that have a history since they were little and whose relationship everyone disapproves! love it! my couple Seth and Raw were married when she was five :)

    Click in my avatar to see my beautiful people post if you want to read it. Hope you visit and let me know what you think of Raw and Seth :)

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