Character is revealed in action. If you fail those tests, you fail decisively. Think of the ones who stood by while their neighbors were rounded up, the ones who couldn’t see it coming and didn’t object to the rhetoric of hatred when it could have been forestalled at the level of words. The less that one generation does to prevent evil, the more difficult become their children’s challenges.
My parents didn’t preach at me on this point, but they didn’t have to do that. I understood, and certainly I understood when things came to the cusp, that place we now call the Great Change. I came home from a tour of duty excavating mass graves and found that they’d been burning suspected witches alive in the plazas and the parks. In front of the federal courthouse there’s a great smear of char that they cannot or will not scrub away.
As I begin revisions on The Shape-shifter’s Tale, I will be posting character interview excerpts for the main cast of the novel. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Emma, a forensic pathologist who returns from excavating mass graves abroad to find witch hunts unfolding at home.
Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.
Publication Update: The Vampire Variations challenge story, now titled In the Laboratory of the Night, will be released in late July from Glass Knife Press. At that time I’ll post a roundup of all the Vampire Variations stories currently available.