Friday, 24 June 2016

Beautiful People - Childhood Mistakes

As always, Beautiful People is hosted by Cait at Paper Fury, and Skye at Further Up and Further In.

This month's Beautiful People is not actually called Childhood Mistakes. It's just called Childhood, plain and simple. Unfortunately for the characters of my July Camp NaNo story, the plot rises and falls on mistakes they made back when they were far too young to understand the gravity of their decisions. 

Today, I'm going to introduce you to Jonah. He turns fourteen in the story so technically he's still a child. But I'm sure he'd refute that. When I first concieved this story, back before it involved anything remotely magical, he was a side character, and a minor one at that. Now he's the main character...or, at least, the side character had the same name.

(Do not even ask.)

What is their first childhood memory?

A flash of amber from above. He reckons he was probably lying on his back.

What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

The worst is a spoiler the size of Neptune. The best was either winning a butterfly race in a gala, or reaching the top of Mount Snowdon on a clear day.

What was their childhood home like?

He still lives there. It's small, and most of the furniture is cheap and patched beyond belief. It's been cluttered and half-decorated for a while, but it wasn't always. It has, however, always been rather messy.

What's something that scared them as a child?

As a very small child, he thought that he saw something at his window one evening and, after that, he wouldn't open his curtains. On his seventh birthday, he acquired a fear of storms (more specifically, thunder and lightning) that never went entirely away.

Who did they look up to the most?

Jonah was never really one for role models. He used to pick the doctor who'd dealt with him and his dad when he had to name one at school, but only because it was expected, and easy enough to explain.

Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?

Jonah's always loved milk, and he's never liked anything purple. Beetroot, eggplant... It's just not natural (even when it is). 

If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?

Where he went for his seventh birthday. But he's not going to have it again because, without his seventh birthday, I wouldn't have a plot.

What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious? 

Jonah was the hot-tempered little handful to Noah's timid little crybaby. Their dynamic is entirely different now that they're older.

What was their relationship with their parents and siblings like? 

He doesn't have any siblings, and he was always closer to his mother than his father. 

What did they want to be when they grew up? What did they actually become?

Though he'd never have admitted it, he wanted to be more like Noah. By which I mean calm, easy-going, even-tempered.

He became a liar.   

Who's ready for Camp NaNo? Link me to your Beautiful People posts!