Beautiful People #2: Valentine's Edition

Hey, young bloods!

I'm linking up with the awesome Sky and Cait for Beautiful People, a monthly link-up where you answer questions about your book characters. Because it's February and love is in the air (except for us sad singles who will be drowning in froyo and tears on the 14th), this month's BP is a Valentine's edition - which is super exciting for me, because I get to ramble about my favorite couple out of anyone in my books: Horatio and Juliet.

Some of you may remember Horatio from this post, but in case you don't I'll give you a run-down: he's the cynical, snarky commander of the city watch in my fantasy world, and he's out to find a magical artifact called the Adderwood Wand before it falls into the hands of the Dark Lord Kamir. He forms a wary alliance with a merchant named Juliet, who wants the Wand to sell for profit, and they fall in love along the way - EXCEPT (SPOILER) at the end of the first book it turns out Juliet's actually a dark spirit working for Kamir, just in disguise as a human. However, she still loves Horatio. This makes for some quite interesting inner turmoil + torture for her, which is great fun for me. So, sans further ado, let us proceed to the questions!

~ Note: all of these questions will be answered as of Horatio and Juliet's status at the end of the first book, right after Juliet's true identity is revealed and she's whisked back to Kamir. ~


1. How did they first meet?
Horatio
Juliet arranged a meeting with him under the guise of being a highly-placed member of the nobility. When she arrived, she revealed her true name and persuaded to persuade him to let her assist in his plan to capture the Adderwood Wand. Her hope was that she could steal the artifact herself when it was recovered.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Horatio thought Juliet was beautiful and clever, but not more clever than he was. (Unfortunately for him, that is the opposite of true.) Juliet thought Horatio looked like an idiotic slob on the surface, but underneath he might be quite smart. (Which he is. Just not as smart as she.) Juliet's memory of her first impression of Horatio also inevitably includes the scent of iceberry wine, because that was the wine he served her when they talked.

3. How long have they been a couple?
Well, they're not necessarily a couple yet, per se. But although they've not started courting/dating, they do realize there's a mutual attraction between them.

4. How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other?

Would they die for each other? - as for the future, unknown, but at this point, no. They would both think it impractical to die for someone they've just met and with whom they have no certainty of a permanent romantic relationship. 
Given as they're not dating, they wouldn't break up over a disagreement. They'd fume and stew for a few days, then come around and offer stiff apologies and move on. They're both fully-grown adults (Juliet's in her late thirties, Horatio his early forties), so after they'd had time to cool down they'd be quite mature in handling the remainder of the situation.

5. 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!)

Horatio likes what Juliet categorizes as "horrendous" amounts of cream in his tea. On the other hand, Juliet tends to eat and sleep at very odd hours since she's still trying to figure out how to human. Juliet's also a great lover of candied nuts, which is unfortunate as Horatio's allergic. Finally, they share a deep love of red wine.

Juliet
6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Not really - Junus Key, Horatio's practical second-in-command and friend, thinks they should wait to do anything until the Wand is found (with which Horatio agrees), but all the Watchmen think Horatio deserves a little love in his life. Of course, that's only until they find out Juliet's actually working for Kamir.

7. What would be an ideal date?
Neither of them are soppy, romantic, cuddling or kissing sorts of people. An ideal date would just be a simple but sophisticated dinner where they'd discuss the issues of the day or other intellectual topics, punctuated, of course, by snarky remarks about other people. They both are great enjoyers of well-deployed snark.

8. What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?
They're quite similar in most respects. They're both sarcastic and pragmatic people with a taste for the decadent, but Juliet's emotions are more stable and she's better at keeping her cool in a tricky or aggravating situation. Horatio, on the other hand, is liable to fly off the rocker at the slightest provocation.
They'll bicker and banter quite frequently (think Dan and Phil), but usually neither of them is truly mad at the other, so they don't consider it fighting. 

9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?
The best was one night when Horatio was walking Juliet up to her house and asked her if she would like to have dinner sometime after the Wand conflict was resolved, and she said yes. The worst was, obviously, when her true identity was revealed.

10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?
Unsure. Juliet's scared out of her mind that Kamir will find out, and she's also pretty sure Horatio will reject her now. Horatio is also quite worried and freaked out - everyone around him is telling him there's no way in hell he can court her now, but he still loves her and wants to know if she was working for Kamir of her own free will or if she was forced. He's refusing to give up on her just yet.

So, let's chat! Are you writing any romances at the moment? Who's your OTP? And do you have anything special planned for Valentine's day? Comment below, and have a wonderful day, you gorgeous pickle, you. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

18 comments:

  1. dude, love the new blog design. themexpose has amazing ones.

    they sound so cute. and i'm like juliet-trying to learn how to human. lovely post. xx

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    1. Thank you! :) They do, so does gooyabi.

      - Ellie

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  2. OOH I LOVE THE NEW DESIGN.

    And yes, I will be drowning in fro yo and tears on the 14th. XD

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    1. Ahhh thank you babe!
      At least we'll be sad together xD

      - Ellie

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  3. I like that they are mature, sensible and not soppy. Rather unfortunate that she isn't human.

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    1. Me too - I'm trying to steer away from the teenaged, over-sexual romances you often see in YA these days. xD To quote Harold Hill - "I prefer to take a chance on a more adult romance."
      Yes, that does put a slight blip in their plans. xD

      - Ellie

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  4. Your characters sound fascinating! I really enjoyed reading this. =)

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  5. I SHIP IT. Is your book on Wattpad? Cause I'd love to read it!

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    1. AH THANK YOU. No, it's not (although I did post a few snippets from it here: http://ontheothersideofrealitynew.blogspot.com/2016/01/snazzy-snippets-1.html).

      - Ellie

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  6. *ships as well*
    Also, "horrendous amounts of cream"....that sounds like me. xD

    PS, I read your bio, and I will agree to let you have Thorin, as long as I can have Legolas. Deal?

    Caroline @ carolinemeek.blogspot.com

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  7. Aww, they sound like they make a really good team!! And I love that they're both sarcastic and pragmatic. My FAVOURITE kind of characters. xD (Also tea definitely needs cream and Juliet needs to get her priorities in order on this. xD
    Thanks for joining in the linkup!!

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  8. This is wonderful!! I love their names, first of all, and they sound like such and interesting/unique couple. Totally something I'd be into reading about! :D I also love this line: "great enjoyers of well-deployed snark" CAN WE JUST?! It's awesome.

    Your blog is adorable, btw! <3

    Read my BP post @ Sierra & the Quest to Write Everything - http://www.sierraabrams.com/2016/02/beautiful-people-valentines-edition.html#.Vr5kmvkrLIU

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    1. Thank you so much, babe! :) Sorry I didn't see this comment until now :/

      - Ellie

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  9. LOL, your characters sound brilliant! This line though "They would both think it impractical to die for someone they've just met and with whom they have no certainty of a permanent romantic relationship." Ah, if only more protagonists realized the futility of such, lol


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much! :) Hah, I definitely agree.

      - Ellie

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