You know most of my boys, right? Right? Well, the truth is, you don’t actually know all of them. Many of my babies I keep hidden away, tucked between the pages of a notebook, waiting for the day their story becomes something real. Some of them have fully-written novels in my head I simply haven’t typed out yet, and some are boys I’m in the act of writing even now. I want to introduce you to some of them, tell you a bit about them, and hope you enjoy it!
Rukiel. Rukiel is a silesse, a shape-shifter in my novel Not to Be. He runs a lounge for non-humans called The Diamond Straight and always seems to know more about everything than everyone else. I do love my shifter; he’s got an elegant sense of style, a smoothly snarky sense of humor, and really does care for people, though he doesn’t choose to show it.
“I’m sure several thousand humans were brought squalling into the world yesterday, but I was not one of them.”
and he has chosen the form of a human for convenience’s sake – plus the fact he thinks they’re relatively pretty to look at, like expensive trinkets.
Golden eyes, a razor-sharp wit, and natural authority give him an air of deadly confidence that doesn’t lie.
He’s got quite a few surprises up his sleeve, this lad of mine. Though I shouldn’t call
him a ‘lad’ considering he’s probably older than any of my other boys.
Theme song: Trouble is a Friend by Lenka (and he’s the trouble, ehehehe)
Skata. Skata is a member of the Lamia Venator guild – a vampire hunter. The Lamia Venator do not specifically kill vampires, however – they will if the vampire has committed serious crimes against mankind – they hunt all non-human Creatures, kill the beast-like ones and keep the rest in line. Skata doesn’t quite fit in my England – he’s an all-American boy with Western swag and a sawed-off shotgun handy for silver bullets and rock salt.
“Don’t look at me, vamp. You’re the one who’s felled by a piece of cilantro.”
I mean, he’s got really long, dark hair, shaved on one side, the rest caught up in
a long ponytail made of rope-like twists. It’s quite honestly the coolest
hair I’ve ever seen. He’s got a reputation for being hard-drinking, hard-working,
hard-playing – very much like a cowboy. He has a hot, quick temper that tends to get him into fights, but in his case, his zeal
for vampire-hunting is justified – he’s looking for the vampire who murdered his wife and unborn
child. It’s not an easy thing for a 29-year-old to go through – or anyone, for that matter.
His favorite weapons are his sawed-off shotgun and two blackwood stakes; he fights with one in
each hand, as if they were daggers.
Theme Song: Hero by Nickelback.
Angel. Angel is a vampire, born in the tempestuous period surrounding the French Revolution. He is himself English, though his accent is only very slight. Though people who know him think him arrogant and heartless, Angel’s story is not an easy one. He rarely does what he knows to be the right thing, deciding instead that humanity has done him no favors, but once upon a time he was a good man. And then he was accused, bitten, betrayed, and forced to flee for his life…but who knows? Maybe he’ll prove he’s a good man once again before the book is out.
“I can tell you aren’t a social sort, or I would have offered you a dance.”
He’s much older than he looks, having been bitten at the age of thirty-four, and like all vampires, the
paleness of his skin, sleekness of his hair, and lack of physical blemish gives him an otherworldly, porcelain appearance. Though more slender than muscular, he has enough strength to easily break his way through a solid wooden door with a punch.
After She betrayed him (he never speaks her name, he’s forbidden
it to himself) he closed himself off to all affection and decided instead to do without it – but this may change.
Also, he loves midnight blue.
Theme Song: Angel in Disguise by Cinema Bizarre.
Cassis. Cassis is a half-breed – his father was a vampire, his mother was a human. He’s twice as strong as a human but weakens faster and will only live for a few hundred years. He got the raw end of both deals and is shunned by both humans and Creatures. He helps the Guild by turning in murderous Creatures, but keeps to himself.
“I have no kind. I befriend and betray those I wish to befriend or betray according to my morals. How are humans any different?”
Even his helpful actions are taken as hostile by humans, and he doesn’t fit in with Creatures and non-humans either.
Shy, elusive and quiet, Cassis refuses to feed off of anyone’s energy until he’s at the point of complete exhaustion, and even then he only does it with permission.
He causes something of a scandal when he takes in Emily, a young woman with a child born out of wedlock – but that’s the sort of person Cassis is. Half-breed though he may be, he’s more human than most.
Maybe he’ll get a happy ending – I hope so, I really do.
Theme Song: My Immortal by Evanescence
Jake. Jake Shandy is one of those guys your mama told you to stay away from – although in this case, Esme’s mother is across the post-apocalyptic nation and there’s no way she can get from Hawk’s Forge to Eerie Gamut by herself. Jake’s a guide – he can get you from anywhere to anywhere and keep you in one piece, if you pay him enough.
“If you want to survive, you’ve gotta be selfish. It’s the only way you’ll make it anywhere. You want to go and be all ‘noble’? Fine. You want to make it to Eerie Gamut? Fine. Pick.”
Tough, hardened, and callous, Jake seems much older than his twenty-three years.
He’s seen enough and lived enough to harden a man three times his age. He fights hard, rarely loses a bet, has an eyebrow raise to counter anyone’s and knows what to do in case of Walkers, wolves, scavengers, freezing cold, quicksand, and any general bad thing you can think of that might happen to you while walking nine hundred miles in two directions.
He doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, he doesn’t try to sell his talent, and he speaks his mind without really caring whether it will hurt your feelings or not. He’s not a sociable, cuddly person, but if he takes a liking to you, you’re more likely to survive than 97% of the population.
Also, he has a soft spot for children, knows every dirty fighting trick in the book, and has only cried twice in his life.
Theme Song: In the End by Black Veil Brides.
Genesis. Genesis is a first generation Cybernetic human. Saved by an experimental scientist when he was dying of a flesh-eating disease, Genesis is, to quite Star Wars, “More machine now than man.” The scientist saved his life, but at the same time turned him into something that doesn’t really fit anywhere, even in a scientifically advanced world. Because of this, he lives in the station with the man who created him and the man’s granddaughter, Cilla. Cilla dislikes Genesis because she feels he took her grandfather’s affection, but Genesis has no idea why she dislikes him because, now that his brain is so cybernetic, human emotions are much harder to grasp.
“I’m sorry you don’t like me, miss. Is there anything I can do for you? – besides damaging my circuits?”
This does not endear him to Cilla, as she’s a sharp, sarcastic person herself and thinks he’s battling wits with her. Genesis is as helpful as he can be, follows every order, and has been told he has no feelings to hurt so often that he mistakes actual hurt feelings for malfunctions, which he blames on himself.
Nothing is anyone else’s fault, and he is eternally grateful to the scientist who gave him his life back – though he doesn’t realize that it’s no longer his life. He’s a trophy and servant and bodyguard, not his own person. Since he played with Cilla when they were small children, he does not understand why she hates him so much now, and since he doesn’t sleep, he often puzzles this over while guarding her at night.
Theme Song: Humanoids by TVXQ
(Note: The picture looks like a girl. I’m sorry. It’s the only one I can find of a humanoid with blue eyes and black hair. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FIND PICTURES OF CYBORGS THAT LOOK RIGHT??)