As fate would have it, there are really no couples in my novel. The main characters are 12, almost 13, but 12 nonetheless. Plus they are too busy doing other stuff and have no time for romances.
But! There is a relationship that is heavily in the background ( and since I think it’s somewhat cute, and I like the characters, I’ll probably end up writing a short story prequel of sorts about them ) between the main characters’ faerie mentor, Branwen, and her human husband, Iain Darrow.
So, because I really want to do the Beautiful People writing meme ( hosted by paper fury and further up and further in and also linked above via that lovely button ), and I have no other couples to write about ( yet! ), Branwen and Iain’s relationship will have to do.
how and why did they meet?
Branwen is a leannan si, a faerie that takes a human lover and offers inspiration in exchange for love and devotion. Iain was a struggling author. So Branwen shows up, offers him a muse ( herself… not vain at all, huh? ) and Iain’s like “sign me up” because he needs inspiration and also because she’s really pretty.
( Sadly, the human lovers of the leannan si often die prematurely. )
what were their first impressions of each other?
Branwen found him interesting, to say the least. Largely because, as a faerie, she doesn’t get out into the human world much and human people are quite interesting. I personally disagree, but I am also human.
Iain found her rather cold and distant at first ( albeit very beautiful, she is a faerie after all ), but then grew to fall in love with her.
how would they prove their love for each other?
Does including a character heavily based off your faerie lover in a novel that hits #1 on the New York Times bestseller’s list count as proving one’s love? What about proposing to said faerie lover in France during your book tour? Or offering your human lover a lot of inspiration for future novels?
If not, I don’t know what is proving one’s love. I have never really been in a relationship.
what would be an ideal date?
Getting brunch, going on a long walk and talking, and then going back home.
is there something they emphatically disagree on?
Iain wishes she’d leave behind her life as a faerie. He knows she continually goes into the faerie realm ( and takes their daughter, Ailsa with her ) because she can’t bear to leave it. She wishes he’d stop trying to force the issue. After all, she hasn’t left him ( heck, she married him! ) and she knows once she does leave, he’ll probably die a very sad heartbroken death.
list 5 “food quirks” they know about each other.
(ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
- Like all faeries, Branwen is allergic to gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and sweeteners, and most preservatives. Iain makes sure she can eat wherever they go.
- Iain dips his fries in any sauce he can find. Branwen finds it really weird.
- Both of them prefer gelato to ice cream. Iain’s mother is half Italian, so he’s always preferred it, but he introduced Branwen to it when they started seeing each other.
- Iain can’t stand tea. He lives in Great Britain, and he hates tea. He only ever drinks coffee.
- Branwen only likes dark chocolate and Iain has no clue why, but gets her a box of dark chocolate truffles every Valentine’s Day.
what’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
Iain is one of the few people who knows she’s a faerie. He’s also the only person who knows that she didn’t leave the Autumn Court because she was banished, which is what she tells everyone else. He’s also the only person, aside from Branwen, who knows that she had a miscarriage before having Ailsa.
Branwen is the only person who knows that Iain originally wanted to have a career in ballet.
what’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?
Branwen hides the fact that she often works with the Seelie Court from him. He really doesn’t want her working with any of the courts.
Iain’s been lying for their entire relationship that his parents are both dead. They’re currently living in Italy. His father was a pretty cruddy dad, and his mom was emotionally abusive. He wants nothing to do with them.
how would their lives be different without each other?
Iain would’ve given up trying to publish a second novel, and would’ve eventually married his off-and-on again girlfriend, Kirstine. Then he would have ended up working in banking, which is boring, and not at all like writing.
Branwen’s life wouldn’t change much, but she wouldn’t have her daughter Ailsa, and she wouldn’t have a husband who utterly adores her.
where do they each see this relationship going?
Both of them hope that it’ll stay right where it is. They’re happily married, they have a daughter, Iain has a wonderful career as an author ( and a muse in his lovely wife )… there’s not much that could change it for the better.
But Branwen knows that it won’t always stay that way, even if she hopes it does.
If you’re doing Beautiful People this month, feel free to link me to it below!! I’ve always liked it, and I think this is my first time doing it ( unless I did it on one of my other blogs ), but I’d love to read about your fictional pairings.