Beautiful People - How To Parent Twins Whilst Being Trapped In Another Dimension


Beautiful People is a blog writing meme hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further and Cait @ Paper Fury, and if you've been reading this blog for a while then you'll know that I try my very best to participate in this whenever I can, mostly because I want to throw my WIP in the air and dance and sing about it but also because it's awesome and you should check out both girls' blogs!

Okay, so this edition is based around parents/parental figures....which is going to be strange for me, because the parents I'm focusing on happen to be two absent parent-gods (Becuille, who dies in chapter one, and Dagda, who is sort-of trapped in another realm) and their twins Nessa and Lex.

Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?

Nessa and Lex never met their mother, as she died after giving birth to them. Their father, Dagda, became consumed by grief (after being trapped in another realm) and torn apart from Becuille and his children by a law which forbids gods from having children together, as their offspring become immensely powerful and could rival heaven itself.

So neither Lex nor Nessa have met their biological parents in person (at least, not yet...), but they were raised in our world by a hotshot lawyer named Monica and her husband Bryan. They were pretty nice people, and their relationship was good, if a little distant. Until they die too, via evil Queen Carman's minions. (I'm so nice to my characters)

Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?

(See above)

Um, with regards to how the absence of their biological parents has affected them, needless to say it's had a significant impact upon their lives. Because they have no other family except for each other, Nessa and Lex have become extremely close and intensely protective of each other; so much so that when Lex is abducted, his sister doesn't have to think twice about going after him, regardless of the perils she may encounter.

How did their parents meet?
Becuille and Dagda, who are Nessa and Lex's biological parents, were once gods who resided in the holy realm from which the rest of the gods looked over Eirean and the respective powers they were in charge of: Becuille was the goddess of white magic, and Dagda was the most revered and respected god of all as the god of creation, the one who had brought magic itself to Eirean and was considered amongst mortals to be the King of the Godly Realm (like Zeus, etc.). They spent a lifetime being close with one another, before gradually falling in love and long story short, Becuille became pregnant with twins.

This was a problem, as there is a law that forbids gods from producing children together as their offspring, known as a 'bloodchild', are born immensely powerful with abilities to rival heaven itself. When Becuille's pregnancy was discovered, the gods decreed she be stripped of her powers and cast to Earth in disgrace. Knowing that the procedure to rip away her magic ran the (very high) risk of killing her unborn twins, Dagda and Becuille sneaked away and he created a portal for her to escape the godly realm from, taking their twins with her.

Then she died. The kids ended up in the modern world, and Dagda was left to pick up the broken pieces.

(Did I just ramble about their backstory yes I did and I regret nothing)

How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?

After learning more about their parents, Nessa and Lex would be proud to be compared to them. They were valiant, fair gods and loved by heaven and earth alike. They would be chuffed.

What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?

*sweats nervously* Godly-things?

Is there something they adamantly disagree on?

Becuille had a much more ruthless attitude than Dagda, and so they frequently argued over politics, etc. Becuille believed in the all-guns-blazing approach whilst Dagda believes in a peaceful solution at all costs.

What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?

Well, their biological parents didn't raise them, so I'll talk about their adoptive carer: Monica, a hot-shot lawyer who maybe didn't always have time for them, but did her best and left them wanting for nothing. (So naturally, I killed her)

What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?

I'm going to go with Monica again. For Nessa, it would be all of the times Monica has been there whenever she sneaked out and left her purse at home so she couldn't pay for a taxi and had to call Monica to take her home. For Lex, it would be Monica paying all of the late fees on his books and being supportive of him.

What was your character like as a baby/toddler?

Nessa was a temperamental baby. Even when she was a baby, she'd roar and scream the house down and refused to be parted from her brother. Lex, on the other hand, was quite reserved and usually hid behind his sister's loud tantrums and extroversion.

Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?

The people at the hospital in Dublin (where they were taken as newborns when discovered) named them after the toys they both naturally grew attached to: Nessa (whose full name is Vanessa) clung on tightly to a teddy bear named, you guessed it, Vanessa whilst Lex chewed the side of a book entitled "Alexander the Ant".

Let's talk, people! What are you writing at the moment? What are the names of your protagonists? Are any of you participating in Beautiful People?

Until next time,

- Sunset xx


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