Normally I put any prompts involved with a Monday Moment writing at the bottom, but I thought it was important to state it at the beginning this time.
From my Writer’s Emergency Pack, #9, question 1: Picture your hero on a date with each of the major characters in the story.
Vin and Missy are both major characters in my NaNoNovel, “Vin.”
The following gets a little meta.
They stared across the table at each other awkwardly.
“So…which one of us is the hero in this scenario?” Vin asked with a smirk.
Missy rolled her eyes.
“Hey, it’s a legitimate question. We don’t even know how much you’ll be in the book.”
“Oh, please,” Missy said, straightening up in her chair. “Every time a new book is written, I manage to push my way in to a near-main-character role.”
“Not the ones about Alexander.”
“Alexander is on his own quest so much, he is fine as the lead. You, on the other hand…”
“What about me?”
“We’re all still getting used to the idea of you not being a sociopath. It was all a lot easier when you…”
“When I was just plain evil?”
“So why am I not anymore?”
“That’s a better question for someone else, but I’d say it’s because you weren’t interesting enough to drive a story that way.”
“And now I am?”
“You’re complex. You have real motivation, as skewed as it may be.”
He opened his mouth to protest, but she silenced him with a raised hand.
“You garner sympathy–that’s the important thing. You saw a need and tried to help. Your somewhat broken past may have led you to a dark place during your quest, but your underlying intentions were good.”
He didn’t even try to say anything. What she was saying reminded him of Pastor Lede. Considering how he had always treated Missy, she was giving him more kindness than he deserved.
“This is supposed to be a date, you know,” he said.
“But how do you leave him out of it?”
Missy shook her head. “I think we’ve already ruined the premise. I’ll try to do better with Alexander.”
“There you go again, presuming you’re the hero,” he said, stopping short of sighing.
She stared across the table at him intently. “Vin, you may be the main protagonist, but do you really expect anyone to buy you as the hero?”
“Maybe it depends on who you ask.”