Wednesday, 25 January 2012


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This Week's Topic
Pick two of your favorite YA characters and write a dialogue between them.

Well, you know what? I'm going to pick two of my own characters here (even though I don't think that was the purpose of the thing) because as soon as I read this the most funny, ridiculous pairing popped into my head. And that pairing is Akira, the fabulous fairy godmother from Shadows on the Moon, and Arian, the tortured, gruffly-wuffly lieutenant from the upcoming FrostFire.

(Bear in mind that I'm taking a few liberties with them here, just to allow them to exist in the same space)


Akira: Oh, hello! I didn't see you there - who are you?

Arian: (Stares, blushes, looks away) *Mutter mumble*

Akira: I beg your pardon, I didn't quite...

Arian: (Blushes harder) *MUTTER mumble growl mumble*

Akira: My apologies, perhaps there is something wrong with my hearing this morning. Could you repeat yourself for me one more time?


Akira: (Jumps a little) Goodness me. Is there something wrong, young man? Because I can assure you that no matter how handsome you are, in this country that is not what passes for good manners. (Starts to turn away)

Arian: (Blinks) Handsome?

Akira: Oh, that got your attention? How typical. (Turns away again)

Arian: Wait!

Akira: (Sighs) Yes?

Arian: *Mutter mutter mutter*

Akira: (Sighs louder) Oh, will you please just come out with it? I'm starting to get the worrying sensation that I might be going deaf, and I'm not nearly old enough for that.

Arian: I think you're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

Both: Awkward pause.

Akira: Oh.

Arian: (Blushes brighter than a thousand suns)

Akira: Well, that's...that...ahem...very nice of you...ahem. But I think maybe...(Steps a little closer, leans in) *Whisper whisper whisper*

Arian: Oh? Oh! Um...well, I don't mind if you don't. 

Akira: What? Really? 

Arian: Well, just between you and me, there's this guy I was trying to get over, and then this girl...I'm open minded, you know? What's always mattered to me is - um - what's inside. And there's something about you...

Akira: (Stares, open-mouthed)

Arian: (Shifts uncomfortably)

Akira: All right. Come with me. You and I are going to get better acquainted. (Grabs his arm)

Arian (Allows himself to be dragged, a tiny smile on his face)


And there you are folks! That's what it looks like when an author writes fanfic for their own books - and ships a couple no one else probably ever thought of :)


Jenni (Juniper's Jungle) said...

Brilliant! This made me smile a lot.

Zoë Marriott said...

Jenni: Thanks. Hopefully it will make you smile even more once you've read FF.

Juliana said...

Hehe Love the capslock and the tiny letters LOL
Sounds fun!

Zoë Marriott said...

Juliana: I had a lot of fun writing it. You don't get to use those little textual tricks in books, normally, so I enjoy playing with them.

Isabel said...

That made me laugh out loud! Thanks for the dialogue, Zoë!

Crystal said...

"Arian: (Blinks) Handsome?

Akira: Oh, that got your attention? How typical. (Turns away again)"

Ha! Nice :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Isabel: Me too! And wish I could somehow get those too together...

Crystal: Thanks :)

Colin Smith said...

That was fun, Zoë! And why not use your own characters? Especially if you're a published writer. I'm not, and I still did. :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Colin: Thank you :)

Unknown said...

That's awesome, and it made me smile too so thanks for that!Looking forward to reading FrostFire even more now so that I can meet Arian, he seems interesting :)

Alex Mullarky said...


Rebecca Lindsay said...

Haha, this made me laugh so much! In such a short space both of their personalities came accross and Adrian is kind of perfect for Akira lol. I can't wait to read more about Adrian! He seems like a really funny/cute-shy character. :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Amy: I think once you've read FF you'll either be outraged or find it hilarious. Like I said, I had to take a few liberties.

Alex: That was my reaction, yes! In fact, I'm still laughing.

Rebecca: Well, you're getting the Arian from the END of FF here, after all the angsty stuff has been worked out. He's not nearly as cute at the beginning of the book. In fact, he's kind of a d*ck. But that's why I love him :D

Tracey Neithercott said...

Love it! They both sound kind of awesome. I'm with Crystal: that exchange was my favorite. Too funny.

Zoë Marriott said...

Tracey: They're probably two of my favourite characters, even over my main characters. They've got a special place in my heart :)

Lora Palmer said...

Sheer cuteness! Can't wait to check out FrostFire.

Zoë Marriott said...

Lora: Thanks - although, as I said above, bear in mind that the character of Arian isn't actually like this throughout much of FrostFire! It takes a lot of work for his inner adorableness to shine through.

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