Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 16 February 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

I had no first love, not in the sense of archaic ballads. There is what is called physical love, and I have had plenty of that, by way of natural reward for the Astok physiognomy. My parents called me avatar of the great-clan, and aspired for me. What their connections did not manage for me, physical beauty did. It is a great gift, and the stamp of aristocracy, and I feel toward them the filial respect due to one’s ancestors.

Regrettably, their notions and mine diverged at a certain point. This is inevitable, of course, but I did honor to their notions of archaic glory by dealing with them in the manner of our ancestors.

Not that anyone dared call it an assassination.


The question is “Your first love, in great detail.” From character interview with Temn, the villain-in-chief of Inside the Jump (NaNo 2013). Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.

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5 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 16 February 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

  1. daezarkian says:

    Terrific character details and voice, as always!

  2. Somehow I find it hard to sympathize with this character.

  3. burnsmillie says:

    Wow, no one called it an assassination…make sure not to piss off this character.

  4. epbeaumont says:

    I spent the afternoon in chasing down all of the etymologies for the names in this story. I was crazed for etymology when I was 17. Temn’s name comes from the Greek root meaning ‘cut.’ So yeah, don’t mess with him (or merely be in his way) or he’ll cut you.

  5. I just love the tone of this excerpt. I’m fascinated by his voice and I can’t even see all that physical beauty. Great snippet!

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