In case you're not sure what Beautiful People is about, it's a link-up hosted by the wonderful Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In, designed to help you get to know your characters better.
As last Beautiful People I talked about Taylan in my WIP 'Golden Revenge', I thought it only fair to talk more about another major character: Mida.
Here's a super short summary for you if didn't catch it last Beautiful People:
Refugees + civil war + illegal magic + teenage mercenary who needs revenge + princess whose touch turns everything to gold + curses + trying to live in a country not your own + magic-hogging queens + depression trying to be treated with stimulated magic + furious yet cunning rebels + stormdancers =
This month's questions are about childhood, so let's dive into Mida's!
1) What are their first childhood memories?
Mida's most vivid early childhood memory is a gold and orange butterfly landing on her chubby hand for a few seconds. This might not seem like a very significant one at first, but this is the only time Mida can remember touching something without turning it to gold.
2) What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
She didn't understand at first, why her hands were gold when she woke up. Part of her thought her brothers pranked her by dipping them in gold paint, so she ran out of her nursery. There was servant boy she liked to play tag with. His back was to her, and she grabbed his arm, about to ask him to play.
Mida didn't realize the gold he turned into came from her hands until too late.
That had to be Mida's worst experience, because then she understood that she could never touch anything without magical gloves, and that she was a murderer.
But onto slightly more happy experiences. Mida has three brothers, and they liked nothing more than to egg her into horse racing. It was the wind rushing past her ears, her hair whipping behind her, and the rumble of hooves in the races that let her discover temporary freedom. She almost always won the races.
3) What was their childhood home like?
Well, since she's third in line for the throne, she's always lived in the Kantan Palace. It's massive, perched on the edge of a cliff and over-looking the roaring green ocean. Since Mohetanians commune with their god through water, there are small streams which run through each room. Every floor is richly coloured tiles.
4) What's something that scared them as a child?
Though Mida won't let anyone know (she always tries to be brave and strong) she was and is terrified of storms. The ocean waves crash almost high enough to reach the edge of the palace, making her tremble that the water might one day sweep her away. She would hide in her wardrobe, pretending it was magically water proof.
5) Who did they look up to most?
Her eldest brother, Kyron. Kyron is almost the opposite to Mida, never afraid to show his feelings and always sticking to the law. She admired (and still does) his compassion and ability to sort out truth from lies.
6) Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
If you dared to try and take away Mida's slices of potato cured in sea salt, then roasted in spices, you might have lost a limb. But if you wanted to, you know, spare her from those slices of banana on her plate, that would be fine.
7) If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
Yes; she wouldn't go to the servant boy to play tag. I don't think I need to elaborate why.
8) What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Devious?
With three brothers Mida soon became a natural at detecting pranks, and then setting them up herself. She was definitely a mix between wild (running down palace hallways in nothing but her nightgown) and devious (planting fresh fish in her brothers' beds).
9) What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
Mida was never close to her father, King Clain, until the curse was put on her. After that, sometimes they would just sit in his study and play hours of chess together. Someone focusing on the game and not her hands for once was a blessing. Mida and her mother were not close, as her mother was often in the city trying to help people. Her relationship with her brothers consisted of teasing, racing, sword-fights, pranks, but also looking out for each other.
10) What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
She always liked the idea of caring for horses, or perhaps setting up a professional horse racing track in Kanta and competing. Part of her never expected it to happen, and she accepted her role as princess. Mida is very busy around the palace, helping with accounting, dealing with nobles, and assisting Kyron with paper-work.
And trying to figure out how to break her curse.
So that's it for this month's Beautiful People! I can't wait until next month to share more about Golden Revenge and its characters with you. I definitely learnt a lot about Mida through this.
What early memories do your characters have? Did you have fun exploring the mini-versions of them? Let me know in the comments, and if you participated in Beautiful People, link below. I'd love to check them out!