Pronunciation Guide

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

“U” is for ulterior

Trust is a big issue in my story-world. So many people have ulterior motives for what they do/don’t do; it’s almost impossible to know who to trust. Trust the wrong person and you’ll probably end up tricked, betrayed, and dead.

One must wonder why I love this place so much.

Three years before the story starts, Masrekah (an H-guy) wanted to marry Rab, but refused to take Ari with them. So Rab refused his proposal. Anger ensued, harsh words were exchanged, and it ended with him basically assaulting her and promising she’d regret her decision. She vowed she wouldn’t. (I love this girl. So feisty!)

Fast forward to now. The H-guys are cracking down on the rebels and Mas appears to be driving the hunt. Rab (who is a rebel) believes he still has it out for her, that he’s watching her because of her past insubordination. Did I mention Mas is the second in command in the town, and has the top guy basically wrapped around his finger? Yeah. He has power enough to destroy everything Rab yearns to build, power enough to find and slaughter every one of her friends. He’s a chilling enemy with unclear motives, and Rab can only assume the worst.

Book two introduces the inn/brothel. The innkeeper is a perfect example of “ulterior,” in one of the cruelest ways. She welcomes Ari in, promises help and safety and food and shelter, and comes off as kindly in every way. Then she traps her. Her motives also remain unclear.

There are many others too – some big, some small, some fluid. Sorek, for instance, has motives for how he relates to Rab that he doesn’t explain for a while, and his desires are often at war. Within a single scene, he may act on one motivation, then turn around and act on another, then go back to the first. It would be wonderful if he’d just say what he’s thinking, if he’d explain himself, but it’s not realistic for his character. He has seen far too many loved ones die, and he’s faced immensely difficult decisions. It may sound odd to any non-writers, but I truly can’t make my characters do whatever I want. Once a character’s personality is established, they lead it. Characters have/should have unspoken desires/drives/hopes/fears. These things often drive relationships in real life, so my story-world and characters should be no different. =)

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