Friday, October 9, 2009

Character of the Week: Charles!

Welcome to Come In Character, Charles.  Please tell us about yourself...


Hello, I am Charles Owens. It's a pleasure to meet you, I'm sure.

I grew up in England, near London, in the early 1800s. Being of a somewhat richer family, I was part of an arranged marriage, and my wife and I quickly had two children, one boy and one girl.

My life took a sharp twist when I found out my friend, Alexander Clark, was getting involved in the occult. I tried to stop him, but instead got sucked in as well. It was one of his experiments that turned Alexander into a werewolf. He also claimed his meddling summoned the vampire that turned me.

I met the vampire, Chanel, during a trip to London. She was a local business girl whom I hired one night. She was rather disturbed by the minor detail that was my wife. Apparently she too had been married, but her husband had left her for some tramp.  So as a punishment for my infidelity she turned me. I stumbled home that night and ended up crawling into bed next to my wife. Probably one of my biggest mistakes.

I went into a frenzy as my body realized its need to feast on human blood. I didn't know what I was doing. I ended up draining my wife and children that night. When I realized what I had done I ran to Alexander. He cleaned me up, and kept me sane, ignoring the fact that I had just murdered three innocent people.

My brother-in-law, Stefan Swane, enraged with the death of his sister, sought out a vampire to turn him as well. He seeks revenge, probably won't stop till I'm dead. His first attempt on my life was the night of Alexander's first full moon induced transformation. Let's just say it was a bit of a disaster, and Alexander ended up destroying his precious home while in wolf form.

We've traveled from then on, never staying in the same place for too long, least the body count gets too high. (I have a tendency to totally drain a person of their blood. If they had wanted to live, they would have run faster.) We moved to America in 1893, Stefan following a few weeks after us.

I'm supposed to start a discussion now, correct? It was suggested that I ask if anyone knew how to get rid of someone intent on causing you a horrible painful death. However I believe that topic would either be too grisly or too hard for some to relate to. And so in honor Alexander and his most recent request for me to "get off [my] lazy butt and actually do something for once," and my total lack of motivation to do so, what is it that motivates you? Why do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning? Why do you try?

35 comments:

Vic said...

Hi, Charles. Nice to see I'm not the only nocturnal one around here.

Motivation? I never think about it much. A guy has to keep busy, you know.

Why do you completely drain humans? I've always thought that was an inefficient way to do it. If your food source dies, you can't use it again later.

You should do what I did and join a rock band. You'll never go hungry.

Aidan said...

I get out of bed maybe for revenge, but mostly to protect humankind. My brother has fought humans possessed by Maliquium's soldiers before. They're pretty horrific.

Maliquium wants to kill me. When we die, our spirits go to his side. So I get the whole someone wanting to kill you thing.

Kaelin said...

When I see what Maliquium's army does to humans, from possessing them to using them for plain food, that keeps me motivated to fight in the war.

Aidan's right. I've fought them. I had to kill humans with my bare hands when I was undercover with the enemy and they made me cage fight to prove myself. Even though they were possessed by demons, it's pretty tough to think of them that way when they're bleeding to death at your feet.

So I get you, Charles.

As for your first question, you should turn the tables and stalk this Stephen. Go on the offensive.

Jason said...

Charles,
Honor to meet you.

Demons have an natural inclination for evil, to do harm to those around us. It's something Sentinel Rangers must battle all the time. (Except for Aidan. He's an anomaly.)

I wonder if that's the way for vampires. Or is it just a ruthlessness when it comes to feeding?

Charles said...

Vic, it's a pleasure to meet you. I mostly drain humans because I'm not good at judging when I've taken too much blood from them. In my younger days I tried to just take what I needed, but I always misjudged and ended up watching them die. I figure it's a bit. nicer to just go ahead and kill them quick. Plus it annoys Alexander so much when I kill them. It's actually kind of funny.

Kaelin, thanks for the advice. I think I might just have to go on the offensive against Stefan. At first I hoped he'd just give up and forgive me, but after 150 years I guess it's just not going to happen.

Aidan, I like your motivation. It sounds so noble.

aidan said...

I don't know about noble, Charles. But thanks.

Kalila said...

I certainly understand the need to keep moving, Charles. My band has had to relocate often because of bad publicity. Humans get upset when other humans go missing or turn up dead. I can't tell my drummer and lead singer not to feed, though.

Things have gotten better recently, though. Ricky gives good advice.

You should ask Ricky to help you. He understand humans.

Ricky said...

Uh, Kalila? I don't know anything about how to keep vampires from killing each other. I have a hard enough time just managing your publicity.

No offense, Charles, but unless you're a musician or something, I don't have any good advice for you. I wish you all the best, though.

(And Kalila, count your blessings you're immortal and don't ever go offering my services to random demons ever again!)

Aidan said...

I don't know. Ricky seems pretty smart to me.

I think Kaelin's probably right. He knows about that stuff.

"Never meet an opponent standing still," is what my mom always said.

Marc said...

I gotta ask, where is everybody?

Alexander said...

Kalila, I certainly understand your pain about having to relocate. It's hard enough trying to find new places whenever Charles goes a little over board. I couldn't imagine having two people eaters (would that be the correct term to use?) in the same group. That's twice as many humans gone, and half the time to stay in one place I'd assume.

Charles said...

Ricky, I tried to learn to play piano once, but I failed miserably.I thank you for the good wishes though.

And Aidan, your mother sounds like a smart woman.

Ginger said...

I get out of bed because I can't bear the thought of having to depend on someone else ever again.

I am determined to take care of myself.

Kalila said...

You are wise, Ginger. It's not smart to depend on others, especially mortals.

I'm motivated by ambition.

Bo said...

You are not, djinna.

Folks, Kalila is motivated by revenge. She can't stand to think her ex might be able to put together a band half as good as hers.

So, Charles, what do you do for sex? Do you meet a lot of ladies in all that wandering around?

Ricky said...

Bo, that's an inappropriate question. If Charles wants to talk about those types of relationships, he will. Now go away and quit causing trouble.

Bo said...

And that's why we put up with you, Ricky. Never afraid to stand up to a demon.

Before I go, I'm motivated by lust. But you all knew that. Good question, Charles!

Nutmeg Cross said...

Sorry I'm late today... I had a lead on my mom, but it was just another dead end.

So, I guess that reveals my motivation, my reason-to-be. I'm determined to find my mother, who abandoned me and my father when I was just a toddler.

Indigo Cypress said...

And I'm motivated to live a rich life, full of varied experiences. And, yes, I'm motivated to go wherever Meg does.

Charles, I have a question. What sort of people do you drain? I mean, do you at least try to kill bad ones, like Marius does?*

(*Forgive my Anne Rice reference - my vampire knowledge is limited.)

Lazaro said...

Ricky sometimes lets us kill bad people. You should try it, Charles.

Ricky said...

Lazaro! Shh!!! I do not either "let" you kill anyone!

I just don't complain as loudly. That's very different.

I hope I don't get arrested now as an accomplice. Charles, do you ever get in trouble with the law, or does skipping town seem to do the trick?

Jesse Littleton said...

While that's commendable advice to give Lazaro and Vic, I can understand why you might not want the authorities to know. You think there are any lurking cops here?

Devi Marconi said...

I hate to sound like a party pooper, but all this talk of killing people and draining bodies is a little unsettling.

Aidan said...

It's sort of what they do, Devi. We can try to keep it down, though.

Kaelin said...

Of course we'll talk about something else, Devi. We can talk about anything you like.

I mean, I live and breathe killing, so it's nice to have a change of subject once in awhile.

Jason said...

Surfing?

Marc said...

Women?

Lucy said...

Marc. Stop it.

Marc said...

Er, football, then?

Michael Harper said...

Football's good. I can talk about football!

(Finally, a subject that I'm familiar with... after all, as a doctor, I spend my days saving lives, not taking them.)

Devi Marconi said...

No, no. Don't change topics on my account. I was just expressing my feelings. I'm safe in Ruby Hollow, so please, feel free to continue your bloody discussion. I don't want to put a damper on the fun. My patrol shift starts soon anyway.

Charles said...

(Wow, my author steps away for band practice, and comes back to to so many comments!)

Bo, yes, I have met lots of ladies in my traveling, however I normally don't sleep with them. Unfortunately being bitten by a lady of the evening turned me away from that kind of frivolities.

Indigo, I've not read much of Anne Rice, so thank you for pointing out your reference, and thank you for not using Twilight as a reference for vampires. My killing style is Darwinian. Survival of the fittest. As such, I tend to drink a lot of drunks. They don't run very fast.

Ricky, I've rarely had to deal with cops. Normally if they come they come in the afternoon, when I'm sleeping. So Alexander is responsible for taking care of them. And if they come when I'm awake, then I have my next meal. Besides, they can never prove it was me.

Devi, I'm sorry our topic of discussion disturbs you. Is there anything you'd like to discuss?

Devi Marconi said...

Well, since you asked... Speaking as someone who spends most of her life underground, I wonder if you ever miss the sun, too.

Charles said...

yes, Devi. I truly miss the sun. One of my greatest pleasures before I turned was watching the sunrise. It's been over 150 years since my last sunrise. Sometimes it almost seems to be worth risking my death, just to watch it rise again.

What about you? You live underground right? Do you miss the sun?

Devi Marconi said...

Sometimes, I do. Occasionally, I go up to the surface with Jesse - the Hollowites are still encouraged to do so, from time to time. But we're both so pale now, and our eyes are sensitive, so we have to be careful. There's nothing like the warmth of the sun, though. I'm grateful that I only have to deal with watery eyes... and not, uh, annihilation.