I found this monthly blog meme through reading Sara Letourneau’s blog. Every month 10 questions are posed to writers one a theme. It gives readers an opportunity to learn more about the characters n the writers stories. It is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In.
This month’s questions are about siblings, so I thought I would take the opportunity to delve deeper into Leo and Lena’s relationship in The Hunter/ The Mission short stories (that series needs an overall name, I think).
1. What is the first memory they have of each other?
Leo is younger than Lena, so his first memory of her is her taking him out of their home on the space station (on which they were born) and sneaking to the shops to get some sweets.
Lena’s first memory of Leo is a fuzzy one of him as a baby, in his cradle, and plaguing her mother to hold him. She was repeatedly told she was too small but didn’t like that answer. So she tried to take him from his cradle, and almost dropped him. Her parents were incredibly angry with her.
2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.
Close, playful, protective.
3. What kind of things do they like to do together?
Growing up together, their father taught them how to shoot, and they both enjoy it. They like to practice together, even now. It connects them to their home and father. They also enjoy playing video games (yes, they still exist in the future 🙂 ) and discussing history. History is another interest they got from their father.
4. What was their biggest fight?
It was over Zinna. When Lena first met her, Leo was jealous of Lena’s transfer of affection. I don’t want to say too much about this time in their history, as it’s going to be worked into a story.
5. How far would they go to save each other?
They would risk their lives for each other. Lena is protective of Leo because she grew up protecting him, and Leo feels protective of Lena because she’s his sister, and he made a promise to his father that he would always look out for her.
6. What are their pet peeves about each other?
Lena gets irritated by Leo’s tendency to hero-worship people he is easily impressed (that’s how she sees it), and she gets annoyed by his constant need to keep everything tidy, including her own things.
Leo is bothered by Lena’s untidiness, and her photographic memory. It means she can beat him easily at some of his video games.
7. What are their favourite things about each other?
Lena admires Leo’s courage, despite his timid nature. She likes his kindness and thoughtfulness.
Leo likes Lena’s ability to go with the flow, to jump head-first into something despite the dangers and risks that might be waiting on the other side. He admires her determination and happy disposition.
8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?
They both have the same dark blonde hair. Leo’s is straight though, and Lena’s is wavy, bordering on curly. They both share a love of history and a habit of tapping their chins when they’re thinking (a habit they picked up from their father).
9. Who has the strongest personality?
Lena. She is the most dominant out of the two.
10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?
This is difficult to answer because they have so far only featured in short stories. Their relationship hasn’t really changed over the course of these. But there are some plans for the future. 🙂