Monday, April 14, 2014

Meet the Characters

Hello, hello!

I seemed to have survived another week of CampNaNo, 17k words in, and my sanity is still (somewhat) intact. It’s a miracle!

In honor of CampNaNo, I thought I’d introduce my cast of characters. I’ll probably be talking about Fallen Matter for a good while. It has sort of taken over my life since December after all.

So take a peek inside my mind for a moment and see who all is currently invading inside there. (WARNING: Injuries, emotional and/or mental scarring, and sanity being taken may occur upon entering Lauri’s mind. It is advised that all who enter has a therapist on hand upon leaving.)



Breighly is the main character of Fallen Matter, and since it’s in first person, she’s the only POV you get in the whole book. Through most of the story she has no memory to speak of, so spends a lot of time trying to figure out who she is. Ironically, she has the ability to read, and sort of control, other people’s memories. So yes, memories is a big theme in this book.

Breighly is an extremely skittish person. She hates loud noises and crowds and pretty much people in general. Waking up in this scary laboratory with absolutely no memory whatsoever and discovering you suddenly have this weird, inhuman ability can do that to a person. Of course, her frightened nature may have something to do with her past as well, but no one’s supposed to know about that yet. Shhh.

. . .

The man jerked my wrist up towards him and reached to remove the plastic band. It had spun around, and now instead of the stream of random numbers I could see two words. Breighly Matterdon. I stared at the words, mesmerized.

Trying to find my voice, I licked my lips, but my tongue was so dry it did no good. "What's Breighly?"

The man was struggling to pull the thing off from around my hand. Its sharp edges cut painfully into my sore wrist. "You."



Elan is the next biggest character. There are not many parts of the book that he’s not right there alongside Breighly. Being the protective person he is, he serves as Breighly’s anchor as she tries to makes sense of everything and handle all the torture interesting events her author puts her through.

Elan is a fun guy, a bit awkward, but quite the people person despite it. He keeps things light, which is good, because Breighly sure doesn’t.

Oh yeah, did I mention he has wings? Because yeah, he does.

. . .

A lump formed in my throat, causing a strain in my words. "Your wings..."

He halted his approach, standing six feet away from my shivering form in the middle of the street. Clenching a fist, his gaze dropped to the ground. His wings unfurled to their full span. The lamppost behind him silhouetted his shape; he was a dark creature, not even human...

"A freak."

I started at the sound of the very word swirling through my mind.

His gaze came back up to meet mine. "That's why you're afraid of me, because I'm a freak of nature."


And then there’s Cyrus who really keeps things light. He’s Elan’s little brother and a mess and a half. You first met him in this post.

You just never can know what will come out of that boy’s mouth, and I assure you, he will say anything. He’s quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite characters. Where Breighly and Elan still need some fleshing out, Cyrus jumped into the story fully equipped with an over dosage of personality. Now it’s all I can do just to keep up with the boy.

He has a knack for embarrassing his brother, and I’m just sure he does it on purpose. He’s great with people though. Most everyone takes to him right away. Even standoffish Breighly can’t help but laugh in his presence, and laughter is not something you hear come out of her mouth often.

. . .

Cyrus's smile was wide and genuine as he grabbed my hand and shook it so hard my teeth clattered. "Nice to meet you, Breighly. Sheesh, Elan, she's pretty. I've never known you to have such a pretty friend. Did they give you some social skills in that Lab as well, or is something wrong with her head?"

"Cyrus!" Elan glanced at me wide-eyed, cheeks aflame.

Cyrus's grin didn't falter. "Well, something's got to be wrong with a girl who chooses to sit so close to you under a table. What were you two doing down there, anyway?" He leaned close to me and lowered his voice. "He's got really bad breath, you know."


Lykan may be my favoritest character of all (I know we don’t supposed to choose favorites, shh). You also met him along with Cyrus in the above link.

He shouldn’t be my favorite. He’s sort of a terrible person. Selfish, manipulative, an all around jerk. The antihero type. He’s a pretty charismatic, laidback sort though. His agenda is almost always himself. If it benefits him, then you can be sure he’ll go for it.

Lykan’s a bit more complicated than that though. He’s riddled with secrets and mystery, putting Breighly and Elan through lot of trouble and confusion. He keeps things very interesting, let’s just say that.

And while Breighly can read memories and Elan has wings, Lykan also had a certain ability. But. . .spoilers. *wink*

. . .

The guy chortled. "So what is this? Bat Boy come to save the day? I see they did a piece on you. I guess it wasn't hard for you to escape. Did you help Miss Snoop out as well?"

"We found the aerodite dock open. How did you get out?"

"Simple. I used the elevator."

"Even with all those authoritaters running around?"

"Oh, they were easily persuaded by my..." he leaned to the side to give me a wink around Elan's wing, "charming personality."


Not a whole lot can be said about Isaac, because he’s very spoilerific, and I’m still trying to figure him out myself. *cough*

I know he likes to tease people. He’s pretty easygoing and fits in with most groups. He’s the type that is very easy to talk to, and just have fun with. But he also had a nasty temper that you’ve got to watch out for. Once he has his mind set on something, there’s really no persuading him otherwise. His beliefs are strong, and he’ll stick to them like glue. His stubborn personality can get him into a lot of trouble.

. . .

"Breighly!" A strong embrace caught me, ripping me out of the abyss. Isaac held me close, rocking back and forth. "You're okay, you're okay," he murmured. "You're not falling anymore, you're right here with me."

I buried my face in his shoulder and clung to his arm with both hands, fearing if I let go I would drop again. My body trembled with sobs.


Fay is a quiet soul. It takes a great deal of effort to get her to say even a single word. Even though she’s 14, most people mistake her for much younger. No one quite knows why she’s so quiet and child-like, but it’s suspected it has something to do with a traumatizing past.

It may not be easy to crack her shell, but Fay always wants the best for everyone. Without saying a word, she shows more love and kindness than most people. Her sweet spirit draws people to her. And if you can manage to gain her trust, you’ll have a friend for life.

. . .

Her hands looped the end of her tattered, too-small brown dress around a finger, coiling and uncoiling multiple times. "You're upset."

I just barely heard the words. "What?"

Finally, she looked up at me again, eyebrows drawn. "Your eyes are wet."

I swiped a tear away, swallowing.

Those eyes pierced into me, so large on her thin face. Watching with such intensity, as if they were holding me captive, demanding answers. And I almost wanted to give them to her.


Tiff just recently arrived, and she was quite a surprise, being as how I didn’t plan for her to exist or anything. She just thrust herself in the story, expecting me to write her. But despite her sudden appearance, she has become another one I’m growing extremely fond of.

Tiff is a straightforward type. She says things how they are, without giving it a thought. And yet coming from her, nothing ever feels offensive. She’s the type that everyone gets along with, because she never judges anyone. She isn’t going to get into your business if you don’t want her there. Everything just rolls off her back. Her down to earth, carefree personality helps the others deal with all the trauma they’re living through.

. . .

Tiff snatched his bowl away. "Well, I think they were right. Only a robot brained dumbo would want to go back there." She scraped his last two spoonfuls of grits out of the stolen bowl and stuffed them in her mouth.

"Hey!" He reached for his bowl but she held it close to her chest, leaning out of his reach and flashing a very grits-filled smile.

And that’s my peeps! They’re proving to be a very enjoyable cast to work with. Though I don’t think they feel the same about me. Hehehe.

Also, I’ve been hearing some scheming among them about taking over my blog while I’m busy writing their story. Well. . .more like Cyrus planning it and dragging the others along. But if they did manage it, who would you like to hear from first? Or which of these should write a blog post? Because I’m not sure they’ll all get a turn. Then again, you never know. . . They’re all pretty demanding.

Hope everyone is having an awesome day on this awesome date. Because 4/14/2014 is quite the nifty number, don’t ya think?


  1. Eek, how fun to meet them all! ^_^ You're so good at putting together character descriptions and the like. :O (NOT something I'm skilled at... *cough*) This was awesome!

    And... Oooh... *sneaky grin* I bet I know a few of your charries who would LOVE to take over your blog. >:D Um... I think it would be fun to hear from Isaac, but he might be too spoilery...? Lykan would be awesome as well, though we met him before... Everyone else would I'm sure be enjoyable. So it just depends which you want to do/which decides to steal it. XD

    1. I was thinking my descriptions were totally lame and uninformative. The problem is, I'm still learning about these people myself, so it was kind of hard talking about them. But thank you!!

      Oh, I have a lot of charries who would definitely want to take over my blog, but some of them aren't allowed to. Because if I let someone like, oh say, NYRIA (>.>) take over my blog then it may explode, so I have to keep a watch on them.

      Nah, Isaac could post something without being spoilery. He's very good at keeping secrets... And I'm sure Lykan would LOVE to get on here and talk about himself. *rolls eyes* Hahaha, I guess we'll just have to see who pushes it the most. I know Fay won't do one under any circumstances. And's going to take a lot to convince her. She might need to be tempted with chocolate (which I just discovered she's extremely fond of). All the others would love to invade my blog though. Silly people. *shakes head*

    2. YESH YOU ARE. ^_^ They were awesome! And I'm firmly of the belief that we never stop learning new things about our characters. *nods* (I mean, look at Tare... *cough*)

      The idea of Nyria taking over your blog is just too amusing. XD *snorts* The world would definitely explode...

      Ooh, secret-keeping is a good skill to have. :D Lykan, Lykan... *shakes head* Breighly likes chocolate? :O BUT YOU DON'T EVEN LIKE CHOCOLATE SO HOW COULD YOU UNDERSTAND?? *flail* Ahem. (Now I want chocolate... >.> We had these marvelous chocolate-covered dried banana slices the other day and I couldn't stop eating them they were so good . . . and I don't even LIKE bananas. o.o Goes to show that I'll eat anything if you coat it in chocolate. And... Why am I rambling about this...? >.<)

      Yes, they'd all want to take over your blog because they know how awesome it is and probably would enjoy the chance to tell us poor readers the REAL story about themselves. XD Teehee. It will be fun to see who happens! :D

    3. Awww, thanks! ^___^ I totally believe that as well! I mean, they are people, and do we ever really know EVERYTHING about any person? People are kind of complicated creatures after all.

      Yes, yes it would. I don't even want to think about it. *shudders*

      Is it? Well, that's good. Because almost all these characters are a little TOO good at secret-keeping. >.>
      I KNOW I DON'T LIKE CHOCOLATE! D: I can't choose what my characters like. Breighly's love for chocolate just...happened. What's weird is I keep having these charries that are totally obsessed with it. We can't even say the word chocolate around Nyria without her turning into a total lunatic. It's her favorite thing...ever. Maybe it's my subconscious making up for not liking it...? (LOLZY! That's funny! But wait...I DO like bananas! :O A difference between us!)

      I don't know about awesome, but I'm sure they're jumping at the chance to babble about themselves. XD We shall see what occurs.

  2. I want to read this book. And I think Breighly should get together with Striker - my character who lost his memory as well. They can talk about how annoying it is to not remember their pasts.

    I love Cyrus already. He sounds cute and sweet and fun.
    And yeah...they all sound good. So I really want to read the book now.

    To answer your comment, I am happy you know about Leverage too! It is so much happier than the pain of BBC. (I love BBC, but sometimes I can't take that kind of pain. It hurts.) Fun shows are nice sometimes.
    DIdn't the ending hurt though? Even if it wasn't really, just the thought that it COULD have happened. Seeing them all dead, holding hands, I would have cried but my friends said it had a happy ending so I was hoping it wasn't real. (I almost cried again when Nate got mad though and said he wouldn't make it up.)

    Did you like Sterling? I loved him, even though he was annoying. He was just so much fun, and I loved him a lot in the one with the painting which Sophie supposedly steals but doesn't. And he wants to arrest Nate for being annoying.
    I kind of feel bad for him, having to put up with Nate so much. But I missed him when he wasn't around.

    And that should be all because I should be editing...8-P

    1. I think I've met Striker a little bit on your blog and he seems awesome. I'm sure he and Breighly would have fun complaining about how cruel their authors are. XD

      Cyrus, yes. ^_^ I kind of love him to death. It excites me to see other people liking him as well. He enjoys the attention too. ;P
      Well....I will need beta readers when it's all said and done...

      Exactly! BBC is wonderful, but ugh, it hurts too. Leverage is so refreshing.
      Well...yes. The ending DID hurt, quite a lot. o.o And I didn't have the solace of someone telling me it ended happily so I was bawling my eyes out. Just...sldkjfl;sjdfdsf. That was awful! What they did to us!!! But then everything was okay. Which I was so glad of. I HATED that the show ended, I was so upset, but after seeing the last episode, I was actually content. They ended it well, and even though I hated that there would be no more new episodes, I knew the characters would live on happily, and so I was okay with it. Because some shows (*cough*Merlin*cough*) end on a very depressing note and just...bleh. BBC. >.>

      STERLING. I LOOOOOVED Sterling!!! The fact that he was the bad guy but not exactly, just yes. I love characters like that. Plus, I just really like that actor. He was perfect. I missed him too.

      Well, I should be writing, so don't feel bad. ;) But good luck on editing! I know how strenuous that can be.

  3. Ohhh, now I want to know if Elan can/will eventually learn to fly. But, that would involve spoilers, which would be bad and stuff. Which means I have to wait until you actually publish this book to find out. Nuuu. D:

    1. Well...he DOES have wings... *winks*

      (Also hi, it's been a while. *waves*)

  4. I don't have a therapist!! Sufferin' cats... I'm doomed.


    But I'm happy about it. I think I already lost my mind, so it doesn't matter. *grins*

    How is it that you can always find these perfect pictures to grab for character posts?? I love how much you can see the pictures going right along with the little bios. And the snippets are AH.may.Zing. Yes, I know that looks weird to spell it that way, but I don't feel like backspacing. Great. Now I sound like a lazy couch potato. *cough*

    Cyrus will be awesome. I just know it. I can't wait to read more about him. Ooh, I know I'm going to like Fay... and Tiff. And... well, pretty much all of them.

    Bother! I forgot. I originally came over here to tell you that you've been awarded! *confetti* Yes, it's at my blog. No pressure or anything. It's just nice to let people know these things.

    1. Aha, well then, if you already lost your mind then you should be quite safe. *nods*

      Pinterest is my best friend. I used to NEVER have pics for charries, but thanks to pinterest, I've been able to find them. Which I love, because I'm a very visual person and I can write so much better when I can physically SEE my characters.
      Awww, thank you!!! ^_^ Lolzy, no. I know for a fact that you are not a couch potato. That would be me... (And I spell it like that all the time!)

      Hehehehe. I do love Cyrus. Hopefully he will turn out awesome. Fay is really sweet, and Tiff is far too fun to write. Lol. Thank you!

      Oh! That's so nice of you, Kiri! Thank you so much!!! :D :D :D


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