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Monday, January 31, 2011

When Villains Attack (and They Usually Do, I'm Told)

My mother is not very sentimental. At least, this is the impression she wishes to cultivate to outsiders. She isn't very affectionate with people and it isn't in her nature to hug every creature that breathes.
I am not like this. I hug everybody who I like, and there are times when I go up to my mother give her a big ol' hug and kiss and nuzzle because I haven't seen her all day. So naturally, my mother puts up with my sporadic bouts of affection as best she can. My older brother Aaron is like this too. He's always hugging me or Mom whenever he gets sentimental (which is more than one might think, surprisingly).
But let someone hurt anyone of her kids. Let someone make them sad or upset or unjust accusations and then, then the gloves will come off. My mom will fight tooth and nail to defend her kids against all comers and there are times when you just have to fall back and watch her in awe.
I am not like this.
At least, I've never had the opportunity to be like this. I would hope and pray that I'll be able to defend those I love against anyone who tries to hurt them. I'm not very confrontational when it comes to speaking up for my own personal matters, but I like to think that if anyone ever tries to harm my loved ones, God would grant me the courage to defend them, if not myself.
Ayden, the main character of my stories (essentially my alter-ego most of the time) gives me the opportunity to try out my "Mama-Bear" side. She isn't scared to get in someone's face and spring to the defense of her loved ones. They might drive her crazy, but in the words of a comic-book character, "No one gets to kill you but me." Her first instinct is to protect people, though they can make her more than a little bit nuts. (Case in point, the twins Dante and Matteo really like pushing Ayden's buttons.) Ayden is also a little more than hot-headed and reckless (strange but true--both traits were given to her by me) and sometimes will stick her foot in her mouth (that comes from me too unfortunately), but she won't let anyone get away with hurting people she loves.
The reason why I bring this up (and there is a point and a purpose to my ramblings, I promise) is because the current villain of the story, Violet D'Ambrosia (again, I did not make up this name...I found it in the obituaries) decided to regenerate herself a la the Master from Doctor Who and go wreak some havoc at Halcyon House. She hasn't started the drumming (at least, as far as I know), but she's really looking forward to raising some hell. 
In my head, Ayden looks like this, only without the Tardis in the background (though it would be really cool).
Ayden, being the kind of Mama Bear person that she is, is not going to take this lying down. In fact, she plans to unleash some righteous wrath on Violet's unsuspecting head, as soon as she tries something...untoward, as Izzy might say. Sydney's older sister Katriona also has very strong Mama Bear tendencies and she's got even more reason to kick some villain butt than Ayden does right now...but she's going to step aside and let Ayden do it, for now. So now all that remains is to let Ayden do what she does best and do some curb stomping. There may (or may not) be a scarf.
Over & Out,


  1. Nice rant. You almost had me going there for a minute. I was beginning to wonder if you had a point at all. ;)

    But seriously, do you really think your story needs a villain? You seemed to be doing fine without one. And wasn't Violet dead? I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this. I'll suspend judgment until I meet her and her devious plans towards Sydney are unfolded. And, for the love of ice cream, would you remember to let the man keep his spine? Hasn't Sydney's manly pride suffered enough with having Ayden, Katriona, and Silas all present at the same time?

    And really? Ayden=Amy? Why am I not surprised?

  2. I wanted Ayden and Sydney to be right in that perilous waltz where one turn could end them up together...and just then Violet shows up and wreaks havoc. From a purely author-y point of view, I wanted to write this complete psycho who can go from homicidal angry to ecstatic joy at the drop of a hat.
    Sydney will be getting a "Shut Up Hannibal" speech, don't worry. He can take care of himself.
    And OF COURSE Ayden=Amy! If I ever hit it big and this becomes a movie, I want her to be Ayden, full-stop. That would be AWESOME.

  3. First comment: !!!!
    Second comment: I guess my mama didn't name me "battle maiden" for nuthin'!

    sorry i'm not so affectionate: i'll work on that --(slinking away, head down, in shame)

  4. I love you just the way you are, Momma, don't worry.