Friday, November 6, 2009

Character of the Week: Alexander!

 Hello! I'm Alexander Clark, it's a pleasure to meet you all. 

I was born near London in 1833. I honestly don't remember much of my childhood, except that my parents were always inviting the Owens over to visit. My mum and dad died when I was 20. I believe that might have contributed to my recklessness. 

When I was 22 I attempted to summon a demon, Stolas.  Charles tried to stop me, but I refused to listen to his logic and instead convinced him to stay and watch. I was too cocky in my dealings with the demon and as punishment, Stolas began to mess with our lives.

Charles again tried to convince me not to meddle, but I found a book Stolas left in my study and just couldn't help myself. It was almost a year after my failed summons that I tried out the first thing in the book - a potion to shift oneself into a wolf. The first time I tried it, I killed a messenger I had sent to warn Charles and almost attacked Charles, who had once again come to save me from my foolishness. Luckily the potion wore off, and I again swore off meddling.

What I didn't realize was that the potion was semi-permanent. I am in essence a werewolf now. I am forced to change into a wolf on every full moon. However, should I need to become a wolf, say to protect myself, I can drink the potion and transform. 

Since my first full moon transformation, Charles and I have been traveling. I'd say our most interesting adventure was when we immigrated to the US. I had to bribe the customs officer to not look in the conspicuously body sized box that contained Charles. That was also the end of our family's old money and since then I have done whatever odd jobs I can find.

Charles and I now own a lovely little cottage out in the country, even though we don't live there. We only go there the night before the full moon so that I can transform away from most people.

Almost everyday I regret summoning Stolas. One moment of weakness has led to an immortal lifetime of regret. 

So what mistake do you regret the most? What one moment of your life would you change? How has it affected your life?

75 comments:

Olivia Harper said...

Wow, Alexander. What an intriguing life you and Charles have led - the immortality notwithstanding.

As to your question, hmmm... that's a tough one for me. As a rule, I'm not a particularly regretful person. I believe we all have the power to make the best choices we can, and then we must move on.

But, of course, that's easier said than done at times. I guess, in retrospect, I wish that I had told my older sisters about my mother - about what happened to her, when she decided to stay in Ruby Hollow and leave the surface world behind. But it didn't feel right, revealing her secret. Still, if I had, perhaps Becky and Sadie would be speaking to me. I haven't seen them now in over twenty-five years.

Charles said...

I agree with what you said Olivia. It is best to just move on. I've tried telling Alexander this, he just refuses to listen to me.

Devi Marconi said...

Oh, honey, it shouldn't be that way. That should be my regret (which it is, believe me) - not yours.

Devi Marconi said...

But you're right, Liv, and so is Charles... best to just move on. Becky and Sadie have made choices, too.

Anonymous said...

What do you eat? Do you eat people?

Alexander said...

Charles, I know you've told me to move on. I can't. What we did in the past has had too profound of an effect on our present. I just wish I could change it.

Olivia it's sad that your sisters don't speak to you. But your mother is right, it really was their choice too. I hope they will speak to you soon. I find it sad when people are estranged from their family for so long.

Alexander said...

Anonymous, I don't eat people, unless I'm in wolf form. Then I have been known to devour a person who gets in my way.

I eat regular food, with a special fondness to meat.

Nutmeg Cross said...

I was never a meat-eater, growing up. My dad believed in living life as a vegetarian. But since I ran away from home, I've tried little bits here and there. Got sick a lot at first, but my body has adjusted to wee amounts, which is good, 'cause I love shrimp and hamburgers.

Anonymous said...

Hi

Can I be a werewolf too? I wouldn't mind be a werewolf.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

I love you.

Laura Martone said...

Shadow! Where've you been lately?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Uh, Anon 10:22...

...who do you love exactly? Alexander? Well, he does seem pretty nice... except during a full moon, of course.

Kalila said...

Do you need a job, Alexander? Are you in the werewolves' union? I can talk to the head of my tech crew and get you put on as a roadie, if you're interested.

Ricky said...

That's just what we need, Kalila - another werewolf!

No offense, Alexander. I have no problems with werewolves, but it's a disaster when the band has a gig on a full moon night.

Kalila said...

But they're strong and loyal, Ricky. That's why I hire them.

You're welcome to come have barbecue with our crew any time, Alexander!

Ginger said...

Alexander,
Why did you want to summon Stolas in the first place?

Daryl Harper said...

Wow! A band of magical misfits - plus werewolf roadies!! I gotta see y'all in concert. Where and when do you play next?

Samantha Harper said...

Daryl! I swear, one of these days, someone's going to eat you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

I've been here. Going to school.

How are you?

Shadow

Daryl Harper said...

What? I'm serious. I really would love to see them play.

Oh, man, my bad. Today is about Alexander... not the band.

Uh, okay, so, Alex, is it, uh, itchy being a werewolf?

Samantha Harper said...

*whacks big brother*

Daryl Harper said...

Ow! What'd I say now? I'm genuinely curious.

Sam, has anyone told you that you're very abusive?

Laura Martone said...

Oh, hi, Shadow!

No, that's cool about school (hey, that rhymed!)... I was just wondering where you'd wandered off to. Nice to "see" you again.

Alexander said...

Hello, Shadow. It's lovely to meet you. You sure you want to be a werewolf? I've found that most methods to immortality have some sort of draw back.

Anonymous 10:22, were you talking to me? If so that's umm, flattering, but I don't even know your name. Are you the same anonymous who asked if I eat people?

I don't need a job at the moment Kalila, but thanks for the offer. At the moment I'm working at a library. It's rather nice, except for whenever someone starts squealing over those Twilight books. However I am with Daryl, I would love to your band preform one day!

Why I summoned Stolas? Well. In all honesty I was being a stupid rebel. I was on my own, and figured I had nothing to lose. Also the idea of the power to control a demon was so appealing. I just wasn't being smart at all.

Daryl, by itchy do you mean does having fur itch? Which in all honesty, I don't notice. I've never thought about it before, so ask me after the next full moon. Or did you mean something else?

Ginger said...

I regret running off during the night, thinking I could save everyone by myself.

It was the most foolish thing I could have done, although I seemed to have no other choice at the time.

Alexander, isn't there some spell that could free you? I could ask Mel. I'm sure he would know some way to help you.

Alexander said...

Ginger, I'd love for you to check with your friend. However I don't know if I would take a way out of this, as much as I hate it. I have a bit of an aversion to anything related to magic now.

If you don't mind me asking, what were you trying to save your friends from? And think of it this way at least your regrets are noble.

Kalila said...

Well, if you ever get tired of working in the library, let me know.

As to your original question, I don't make mistakes, but I did make a small miscalculation when I took up with Thor.

Most gods have grown so weak since the spread of Christianity and Islam, that they don't get out much any more. When they do go out in the world, they act all bitter and sulk a lot. But there was Thor at the first-ever Bayreuth festival, enjoying Wagner. He seemed like a fun sort to hang around with for awhile. Had I known he was such a jealous bastard, I would've chosen differently.

Kaelin said...

Hi Alexander,

I once allowed my feelings for a human to get the better of me. When the enemy learned that I cared for her, they murdered her. My affection cost her her life.

Nevin said...

I did try to warn you, Kalila. Remember? You were still too new to Europe to know Thor's nasty reputation!

Alexander, I think it's lovely that you work in a library. It must be a very pleasant and peaceful place. May I come visit you sometime?

Vic said...

Do you subscribe to Hematology Today at your library, Alexander? If so, I'll be over sometime this weekend. My latest issue got damaged in the mail. I got my revenge, though. I sent Lazaro to eat the postman.

Nutmeg Cross said...

I'm with Nevin! What a cool job you have, Alexander. How I would love to work in a library someday... I adore the smell and feel of books.

As to your question, well... I suppose I regret running away from home - only because it's worried my dad and stepmom, and made my little half-brother sad.

But, on the other hand, I wasn't happy at home - and I knew that it was time to seek some answers about my real mother on my own. So far, despite several very dangerous situations, I'm grateful for this journey. I feel stronger out here - and, of course, I'd never have known Indy if I hadn't left the way I did.

Indigo Cypress said...

I, for one, am glad you ran away from home.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oh, Indy, you're a nut.

Samantha Harper said...

I'd like to visit you, too, Alexander... although preferably when Nevin is around. Perhaps he can keep Vic at bay should he show up, too.

I mean, really, Vic, one damaged piece of mail, and you send a zombie to eat a postal worker? That seems a bit extreme. However do you sleep?

Alexander said...

Kaelin, that's sad what happened to your friend. I once lost a love, but not to death. I understand it can be hard. If you don't mind me asking how long ago was that?

I've never heard of Hematology Today, Vic but I'll check and see if we have it. I feel bad for your mailman. He probably never saw it coming. But you, Nevin, and Samantha are welcome to stop by the library any time you want to.

At least so far things have turned out well so far, Nutmeg. (and might I point out that you actually are the nut, Meg.) And keep looking on the bright side. You and Indy are so great together.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Actually, Alexander, I'm more of a spice than a nut. Of course, the spice comes from a seed, which I suppose is like a nut. Does that count? Oh, darn my hippy parents!

Speaking of names... do you like Alexander or do you prefer Alex or Xander? I'm obviously a fan of nicknames. :-)

Vic said...

Samantha, I sleep in coffins and mausoleums, of course. If I have to stay up late for a daytime rehearsal or setup, I pack a shroud in case I get a break for a quick nap.

Oh, that's not what you meant, is it? Don't waste your pity on postal workers. Life is short.

Samantha Harper said...

But, Vic, who should I pity then?

Daryl Harper said...

I can't believe I'm agreeing with Sam, but she could be right, Vic. I realize that you, Lazaro, and Charles have to eat (or drain) others to survive, but you could at least have a little remorse about it... or higher standards. I mean, if all it takes is one destroyed magazine to warrant a death sentence, you must leave a swath of bodies wherever you go - insurance agents and DMV employees and rude waitresses especially.

Vic said...

Don't waste your pity on anyone. Live for yourself.

Ricky said...

That's a typically selfish and demonic attitude, Vic.

Vic said...

Just being true to my nature, Ricky.

Now if you'll all excuse me, the sun is going down and there's a blood bank I want to raid before tonight's show.

Olivia Harper said...

Well, at least he's consistent, Ricky. Can't ask for more than that.

And my dear darling children, will you please stop provoking the undead?

Marenya said...

Oh, dear, that wasn't Ginger, that was me, Marenya. Our author got our accounts mixed up.

My apologies!

Christine H said...

Hey Vic, do you subscribe to Blood? No kidding - I co-authored an article that was published in it. It was called "Treatment of Relapsed Leukemia After Unrelated Donor Marrow Transplantation."

Perhaps you read it?

Lord Synedd said...

Alexander,

The only way that I know to break a curse such as yours is to submit yourself to someone more powerful.

I would be interested to talk to you some time about this. Because I would be more than happy to help you. However, I wouldn't rush to change your state if I were you. The only thing to regret, my dear boy, is not taking advantage of an opportunity.

You have been given a great power, which is by its very nature, a great opportunity. I would suggest that rather than hiding in a cottage and wasting such power, that you use it for your own benefit. You and Charles could accomplish much between you.

Marenya said...

Don't listen to him! He's always trying to recruit.

I'll ask Mel next time I see him, Alexander.

Does it hurt to change into a wolf? Do you remember afterwards what you have done?

I think I would rather die than live that way. Can you be killed, or are you immortal now? Or don't you know?

Laura Martone said...

I was wondering, Marenya, but I didn't say anything. ;-) I was thinking... when the heck did Ginger have to run off into the night to save everyone? But I get confused sometimes, so I shrugged it off. No worries.

Michael Harper said...

Uh, Christine, how would you have stumbled into that gig? Do have a background in hematology? How interesting! Perhaps we should discuss medicine sometime...

Daryl Harper said...

Oh, Alexander, I didn't mean to ignore you, my man.

By itchy, I simply meant does having fur feel weird? Especially since it's not something you're used to? Of course, you're probably not yourself when you turn, so how would you know, right?

I only asked 'cause whenever my dad has tried to grow a beard, he's complained about how much it itches, and then promptly shaved it off.

Michael Harper said...

Son, must you discuss my beard troubles here?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Alexander, where have you gone?

I didn't offend you, did I? Feel free to think of me as a nut if it pleases you.

And, yes, you're right. Indy and I are perfect for each other - looking on the bright side is good advice indeed.

Kaelin said...

Alexander,
It was just a year ago. I was undercover with the enemy. A lot of bad things happened, and I did a lot of bad things, but that was the worst.

aidan said...

Hi Alexander,

I don't really have any regrets, I guess.

Kaelin said...

Typical.

Aidan said...

Hi Shadow. Long time no read.

Alexander said...

Thank you for the information, Lord Synedd. However, I’m not a big fan of submitting to people, unless I know their intentions.

Marenya. As for your questions, there is a dull ache with transformations, the kind of pain that sticks with you constantly for a few days. I do not remember everything from a transformation, just flashes. Especially if I kill. I also can remember smells, the most often one being Charles since he always accompanies me. I can be killed by anything, except age.

Daryl, it does feel weird to transform, but after 150 years I’m used to it.

Marenya said...

I will ask Mel the next time we speak, Alexander. He is a prince and therefore is trained in magic. He only knows the good ways. There is nothing to fear from him.

I helped to free someone from magical bondage. That was the only good thing that came of my running away. But I don't like to think about it. At least he is free now.

One learns much about oneself, alone in the darkness. Don't you agree?

Marenya said...

Hi Shadow! How are you? Aden Fath!

Ginger said...

Hello, Shadow! It's great to hear from you. Want some pumpkin ginger cookies?

Hi Aidan! Hi Kaelin!

Ginger said...

Olivia, I just wanted to say that I admire your ability to live without regret. I regret constantly - things I did, things I didn't do, things I could have done better. I'm constantly second-guessing myself.

Christine H said...

Alexander,
I just want to remind you that it is your turn to pick next week's character of the week!

(Michael, I'm not a doctor but I used to work with them.)

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone. Hi Aiden.

School got busy.

Yes, I want to be a werewolf.

Shadow

Aidan said...

Shadow,

You do not want to be a werewolf. Listen to me, just this one time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aiden,

Okay. Are you sure? It sounds fun.

How are you?

Shadow

Alexander said...

(I would like to apologize for the rather random replies/lack of posting. My stupid author got dragged off to a football game, and had made previous arrangements using a complex texting system, and a friend to continue to update. Unfortunately this plan failed when said friend went to go dye her hair, and my author's phone died.)

Sorry for the confusing Nutmeg, I was attempting to make a pun off your name and your previous comment to Indy. I personally dislike nicknames. Besides, as one of my coworkers pointed out once, my name has a sort of old world charm to it. She said it was somewhat romantic.

Yes, Mareyna one does learn a lot about oneself in the dark, which is a pretty good reason to avoid the dark.

Shadow, I'm with Aiden. Don't go and try to become a werewolf, or vampire, or anything but what you are. I know it sounds fun and all, but there's always a price to pay, and most of the time, it's overpriced.

Charles said...

Daryl, I know that from your point of view, us having to eat people seems to deserve a little remorse, but to put it in perspective, do you feel remorse each time you eat a hamburger? I know it's different, because you didn't start out as a cow, while we start out as humans, but to mourn over every meal would just cause too much guilt.

Now I do agree that one messed up magazine probably didn't warrant death, but it was either him, or some other innocent human.

Daryl Harper said...

That's what I like about Marius, Charles... he uses the mind gift to sense people's thoughts and only kills those with evil in them. At least that's what Anne Rice believes...

Daryl Harper said...

Alexander, wow! 150 years of transformations? How can you stand it?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oh, no, Alexander, you didn't confuse me at all. I got the joke - it was funny... and sweet. Sorry for being so literal. I do that sometimes. It's annoying, I know.

By the way, thanks for sharing your life with us!

Olivia Harper said...

Sorry I disappeared for a while... I was working late on a tapestry.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a little secret with you, Ginger. Although I'm glad that, for the most part, I live without regret, I think my author (who is often filled with regret) is simply living vicariously through me.

I'm sorry, though, that you constantly second-guess yourself. It's really not very healthy. Look at it this way - there's nothing you can do about the past now. Focusing on the past just robs us of the present... and, in turn, the future.

Aidan said...

Hi Shadow,
I'm fine. Busy with work stuff.

As for why I think you don't want to be a werewolf, I can only talk about my own "gift". A lot of people think it would be cool to have Sight, to know stuff about the future and people. But, you also have to know stuff about the future and people. Savvy?

Charles said...

I've never managed to finish reading Anne Rice's books. Last time I attempted to read Interview With A Vampire I couldn't get past the scene at the theatre. It was just getting a little to weird for me.

I unfortunately have no way to sense whether or not someone is evil. So instead I just go Darwinian. However I do have my standards. I don't drink the mothers of small children, or single parents, or those whom I consider children.

Alexander said...

Daryl, I've just gotten used to the transformations. There's nothing I can do to stop them, so I just have to deal with it. By now it's become such a standard in my life, I don't honestly know what I would do on the full moon without it.

Daryl Harper said...

Hi, Charles. Well, I guess not every book is for everyone. I know I cut up a lot at CIC, and I love sports, but I also love to read... guess I have my folks to thank for that. They love to read, too. And my mom is especially into Anne Rice's books (probably 'cause she grew up in New Orleans), so I've read all of her copies. Got a thing for creatures of the night, I guess... though I don't really have a desire to be one.

I just thought if you knew the kind of people you were draining, it would be a little easier to live with the thirst. I applaud you for having some standards - single moms should definitely be off-limits. I wonder if Vic and Lazaro have such standards.

Oh, and Alexander, I guess after 150 years, you can pretty much get used to anything. Even eating seaweed - which, at the moment, I think is gross.