Apparently taking a hiatus from “Tooth and Claw” means not only that the characters don’t shut up, but also that they drop great big bombshells on my head at totally inopportune times (for instance, at work, when I’m trying to work) to tempt me back.
Basically, the Gilnean Ginger Brigade* has always consisted of Ambriss (<3 Amy) and her parents, Eain and Andreia. I poked a bit deeper and ended up adding Andreia’s estranged sister, Elisabethe, to the mix. I have all these weird little details about them lurking in my head. Eain has the infamous Lucky Hat and likes to name his guns. Andreia cooks when she’s stressed (she cooked A LOT during the time when Eain was hiding his curse from Amy). Elisabethe dyed her hair black during her rebel days so she could conceal herself better and now continues to do so out of habit. Amy’s right ear is droopy in worgen form (her lazy ear) – she’s deaf in that same ear, having lost her hearing due to a childhood illness. Things like that.
Then, yesterday, right after deciding I needed to put “Tooth and Claw” on hiatus, Amy informed me that the same illness that cost her her hearing also killed her brother.
On the one hand, this explains why I always felt like there was another Fowler I couldn’t quite find. This also explains why Andreia completely fell apart when Amy, barely holding off the worgen curse, told her parents she planned to stay behind with Crowley and his people when Gilneas City was evacuated – she wasn’t just losing a child, she was losing another child.
On the other hand, what the hell? Now I’m composing Amy’s find-your-balance ceremony and she’s talking to her dead brother and that only makes me want to work on “Tooth and Claw” EVEN MORE. (And yes, that’s bad. The story’s on hiatus for a reason.)
Also wtf, random brother is random and how on earth did I not know this sooner. You would think I’d have some say here, but no, not so much.
/divides by zero
*I call them that because they’re all redheads. When ginger marries ginger, ginger happens, at least with this family. XD