To continue our journey into Reflection Pond, allow me to introduce Rowan, the male main character.
Appearance: Longish, black hair, with blue eyes, and a compact, muscular frame. He’d be described as thin and sharp, not bulky. In a perfect world, when Reflection Pond is made into a movie, he’ll be played by Kit Harington (see picture!). I agonized over this choice. My issue is, every male actor who’s perfect for the role is too old. It’s not fair for thirty-somethings (or forty-somethings) to play teenagers. So while Ian Somerhalder and Jared Leto are out, I found Kit. Let’s slap some contacts in his eyes and he’s PERFECT. We have to hurry, though, he’s getting dangerously close to thirty.
Personality: Sarcastic, easily irritated. Fiercely loyal. He wants to belong somewhere, but is afraid he’ll ruin everything just by being himself.
Callie’s first impression of Rowan:
There was a lightness about them and Callie imagined they could move very fast if they wanted. The taller one had wavy, jet black hair that hung to his shoulders, and intense, light blue eyes. His lips twisted into a smirk.
An excerpt from Rowan:
“I know what you’re doing,” he said, voice bored. “You’ll probably break your ankle.” He knew what Callie saw as she looked up at him; a guy in black jeans and a black t-shirt, a bad boy who didn’t belong and didn’t care. He’d cultivated that image so carefully that sometimes even he believed it. He’d turned so many people away with his hostility that they’d stopped trying to befriend him. Rowan preferred it that way, no obligations, no expectations.
“Not that you care,” Callie said. Her fingers curled into the wood and tried to find purchase.
“I’ve seen open fractures, you know, where the bone rips through the skin.” He shuddered. “Nasty.”
“You’re not helping,” she said through clenched teeth.
“Oh, sorry. Would you prefer I help the process along, throw you out the window and lament over your corpse? Wax poetic about how your life ended so soon and so tragically? It’s a bit dramatic though, falling to your death just to evade a party. Rude, too, if you ask me, considering all of this is to welcome you back to your rightful home and all that bullshit.”
Callie groaned. Tension leaked into her words. “I didn’t ask for a party. I didn’t ask for any of this. I just want to go home.”
“What’s your master plan here?” A pause. He used the break to inspect his nails. “Have you considered how you’re going to get back through the pond? I suggest go go gadget arms or abracadabra.” He held up a finger. “I know. Click your heels.” Rowan frowned as though deep in thought. “Wait—that might not work considering we don’t wear shoes.”
“Maybe I’ll just die and save myself the trouble.”
“Well, good luck with that.”
Rowan’s interview takes place just before Reflection Pond begins.
- If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Every day is a day to myself. When you’re unimprinted, nobody cares what you do. So, I’d train with the quarterstaff, then spend the rest of the day in the library. If I’m not beating the hell out of something, then I’m reading. I like to keep things balanced.
- What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?
Obviously, everyone thinks I’m unbelievably attractive. IF they manage to get past that, then they’ll find I’m loyal. Nobody really gets past the first part.
- What’s your idea of a good marriage? Do you think that’ll happen in your life?
Marriage? Why in the world would someone want to be married? That’s a terrible idea.
- What are you most proud of about your life?
My knowledge. People may overlook me, but I’ll always come out on top in the end, because I studied, and they didn’t.
- What are you most ashamed of in your life?
There are a few bad decisions that will haunt me forever. I’ve found that once you’ve done something horrible, that potential is always inside of you. I’m ashamed of my inability to change the past. If I could go back, I’d let it be me instead of her.
- If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?
My foster mother. Just one more day and I’d change everything.
- Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
Probably not. They probably hoped I’d be a doctor or something. Instead, I’m the black sheep. The town idiot. I’m really aiming high.
- What do you believe about God?
If there is a God, he’s not paying attention.
- Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it?
Ha. Oh wait, this is serious? I want to belong. If I could do that…maybe—nevermind. Next question.
- What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
I killed someone I loved. That never goes away, you can never take it back. I learned that I can’t trust myself and I certainly can’t trust anyone else. I’m always going to try to rectify that mistake.
- Tell me about your best friend.
That’d be Ash. I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m an asshole. I’m also pretty sure he’s right. Ash is cool, though. He’s a teacher, so we spend a lot of time talking about books and our history. He doesn’t treat me like an outsider. I appreciate that.
- What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Why?
Really? You had to ask again? See question 10.
- What would you like it to say on your tombstone?
Tombstone? I’m hoping to have my ashes spread in the river.
- Describe your ideal mate.
I like looks as much as the next guy, but I’d really like someone who challenges me. I don’t like slutty girls or the ones who can’t stand up for themselves. Sometimes I’m a jerk, I need someone who will tell me when I’m being an ass.
- What are you most afraid of?
- What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
Home. Not that I really have one, but maybe one day.
- What do you like best about yourself? Least?
I like that I’m able to analyze things from a different perspective. I’m also loyal. What do I like least? Where should I begin? We’ll be here all week.
- How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
I’d like to find my amulet, for one, finally be accepted in Eirensae. Other than that, things are okay.
- Are you lying to yourself about something? What is it?
Don’t you know the fae can’t lie? Not even to themselves.
All the best,