Yesterday was pretty much a day off, with no writing, no editing, no map planning . . . but I said “pretty much,” which means I did something.
I thought about Annie.
A lot of it came out of how this trip that Annie and Kerry go on between their C and D Levels (which I’m calling Brooms Over Europa) is a huge game changer for them both. A big part of the change will be on Kerry’s side, but there will be change as well for Annie, because . . . well, feelings.
It’ll really start in the C Levels–well, actually, it’ll start in the B Levels, but by the C Levels it’ll be an acute thing: Annie will start to loosen up a bit. During her A Levels she was, quite honestly, seen by many as a cold, unfeeling little girl–something a certain ginger girl from Bolder pointed out. The one who knew that wasn’t true was Kerry, because he’s not outside looking in, he’s right at the center of the storm with his Chestnut Girl.
But now that she’s physically with the Ginger Hair Boy of her Dreams, Annie is feeling things. I believe I’ve been warned time and again about those chemicals coursing through their bodies known as hormones, and as they approach their teen years, they’re gonna get their party on and make life hell for these kids at times. Kerry has them, for sure, but so do Annie, and while she’s not a slave to them, she does feel them.
And the effect they have on her.
The thing is, she’s not going to let people at school see this. Any visible show of heavy emotions are saved for Kerry: everyone else can go suck sarma. Which means while they’re on the road–alone, I must add, because they are–Annie will be the girl she really is deep down at heart: warm, caring, loving, and willing to kill any butthead who would think about hurting her Kerry.
Not to say that Kerry isn’t and wouldn’t do the same for her . . .
There’s something not being said here, mostly because it gives away a bit of the plot for the C Level novel–what? You thought I didn’t know that book? I probably know it better than the B Level one. But after the events of their C Levels the both need to cut loose and spend time together. Witches grow up fast–that’s mentioned several times–and these two have grown up a lot faster than their covenmates, which means they’ve also found themselves placed under a lot more strain that the others as well. They need the release–no, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter.
Kerry will undergo as much of an emotional change as Annie, and it’s all for the good, because he needs it. Call it growing up, or call it something more if you like–and you probably will when you see what happens.
Whatever happens, it’s going to be interesting, I promise.
Now if I can only write this . . .