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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the OCs
Eh. I am not using my powers of post-finishing restlessness for anything productive. So...

As the OCs anything. HG, HP, SW, Tolkien... whichever of my OCs you have a burning question for.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless, what is your favorite of Teddy and James's books?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 13th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a tough one.

Oh, who am I kidding, no it's not! It's The Princess Problem, when the boys across a girl who says she's the princess of an island. She's a nice highland girl, you know. None of them get together with her. I asked why, and James said it was because one of their grandsons was doomed to fall in love with her instead. They even ended up putting her in suspended animation so that she could be woken up when it was time to save her real prince.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Mary Mcallister, did you keep track of what Teddy Lupin did with your old island? Did you like it? Did you care?

Peri Flynn, did you know about your father's past as a victor? If so, how did it feel growing up in the Capitol knowing you could have easily been stuck in the Districts and the Games?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 13th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Mary: I had a sharp eye on it for a while. The boy had a grandstanding side, that's certain. Must have had it from his mother, because no one on our side of the family would take it upon himself to build a castle. Who does that sort of thing anymore? Quite improper, a display like that.

Peri: I don't know when I picked it up, exactly. We didn't have a long conversation about it. I already suspected that he wasn't who he claimed to be, because he never talked about his childhood, and he wasn't... well, he didn't like the way parenting tended to happen in the Capitol. I thought he might have grown up in the districts because the family didn't fit in -- it wasn't that we didn't fit in because anyone knew our secret. Anyway, when I was cleaning out Mom's things, I found a picture of her with Candria Light, and young Charlie Flynn, when he was making his post-Games appearances. Mom was a floor intern at the time. I saw the way the two of them looked at each other, and I recognized it perfectly well. I should have talked to him about it, but I never did.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Lets see: Sirius the third: Have you ever reflected that maybe the same Sirius is cursed?

Landon: Tell me about a trip you have taken to the Capitol. What did you think?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 13th, 2015 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Sirius 3: It's crossed my mind. As a star, it's not the luckiest. As a name in the Black family, it's also not the luckiest. On the other hand, all of us with the name have been on the right side of things, so...? Personally, I envy my brothers John and Raymond. Sensible names. Orry and I commiserate on the subject of having been born while Mum and Dad were still feeling "creative."

Linden: Of course, I could never go before it fell. Victors only. Even recognized families had to stay home. Everything I knew was what Jack told me. But I did finally go after Johanna and Gale fished us out of the forest. I wanted to meet Jack's friends (the real ones, not the paid ones; I had no interest in the latter). It's an absolutely stunning city, even after the war damage. I think that Paylor had the good sense to not try and make it "practical" when she did the repairs. It shouldn't be practical. We have enough "practical" in the world. Other than looks? Like anywhere else, it has its good and bad. Now that the surveillance is gone and the government isn't sending its own citizens to die, it's like any other city.
golden_d From: golden_d Date: January 13th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Jack Anderson: What do you think your life would have been life if you'd never been reaped? Would you still have fallen in love with Linden?

Sanjiv: What's your favorite memory of Tonks?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 13th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Jack: I probably wouldn't have spent as much time out in the logging camps, so I don't know if I'd have met Linden. Being stuck in the paper mills in town instead of going back and forth to the logging camps would cut down on possible socialization time. On the other hand, he was moving up the ranks for education. If he hadn't ended up my "personal assistant," he might have ended up teaching in town. He was thinking about it. It would have required a lot of playing nice with the government, but he's actually pretty good at that. Of course, I'm not sure what cause I'd have had for being in the schools, but maybe. That's the whole question: Would we have spent time together? Because if the answer is yes, then I'd have fallen in love with him. I really don't doubt that.

Sanjiv: Wild bets with Charlie Weasley. She's never admitted it, but I'm pretty sure the Dreaded Hat threatened to put her in Gryffindor, so she always acted like she had something to prove... namely, that she could be as over-the-top wild as any of them. So she took dares personally, and I was always her wing-man on them. The best was probably when he dared her to climb the Whomping Willow. We picnicked out there for days trying to figure out how to do it. I won't tell you how, because I don't want to give away secrets, but she retrieved the Hufflepuff scarf he threw up there, and he had to wear it for a week.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gia - how did you cope with watching your son in the Games? What about the later rumors of your poor parenting?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I coped about as well as any parent, which is to say, I went absolutely crazy. To top it off, Doolin put me on a fishing boat to avoid the cameras. That was not my plan, but he talked me into it by pointing out that the cameras catching his mother as what the Capitol defines as a traitor wouldn't help with sponsors... I couldn't very well argue, as I'd have said the same thing if I'd run into the same situation as an escort. But it meant I was out at sea and away from my husband and my friends.

The aftermath and the rumors of me being an evil mother? I suppose I did all right. Finnick was always very strict about refuting those rumors, even when I was in jail, supposedly for killing Doolin. He never let that lie stand, and I guess that helped out. But I won't say it didn't sting. It stung. A lot.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: January 13th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to have one for Prisca and then realized that she's canon (barely). So, Valerian Vale -- what was up with you and Mimi, exactly, and how are you doing in the post-war Capitol?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Mimi and I were in pictures together from the time we were little. At first, literally pictures. We modeled children's fashion on the runways. I moved on to more stage work, and Mimi went into television, but we still took acting classes together, and we were freinds. When she landed Seagull Point -- she was thirteen and I was fifteen -- she cajoled them into letting me audition for the part of her neighbor, who became her first boyfriend a couple of years later, leading to the undying romance that formed the core of the show, until Mimi died, really, though her part had been cut down for years so she could do her business with Capitol Dreams.

Basically, she was my lifelong friend. We were never really anything else (okay, a few times, but not as a regular thing), other than on screen. And honestly, when you have to do twenty re-takes on the same love scene, you just don't end up all that attracted to someone. Mainly, it turns into a game to see if you can make the other person laugh.

My post-war Capitol is more or less like my pre-war Capitol. Productions shut down for a while. Seagull Point went under a year after Mimi died (we did a memorial episode, in which her character died suddenly of an illness she'd been hiding, which is pretty close to the truth if you think about it), but I decided to start it up again, with the adult characters as the focus this time. It's less gross. But I convinced Plutarch that it would help normalize things to get regular programming up again. I've cautiously become friends with Haymitch. I know things that I don't think Mimi would want me to discuss with him, and if he ever finds out I know, I have a feeling that friendship is over. Which is too bad, since I like him.
From: queen_bellatrix Date: January 14th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're still taking these, here're a few (and feel free to skip any of these that either conflict with future stories you're considering writing, or are just so minor you don't remember motivations; I'm feeling eclectic in my character selection today)

Larissa Alves: From what I remember, you and Kingsley's relationship in Stray blossomed to the point that you became his wife; how did that come about (how much were you helping in smuggling Muggle-borns from Britain etc. etc.) Was it quite a leap, going from being quite an important official in the Brazilian government to being the wife of the British Minister, and did you find work that was as fulfilling in Britain as what you had in Brazil?

Rachel Berkowitz: Your relationship withb Gawain Robards always intrigued me; why be involved with a married man? Not only on moral grounds, but...why share his time/life with someone else?

And, if I may: Drake: When Haymitch killed Crispus Bidwell, what were your thoughts, watching him kill a tribute from your District who was also mentored by Brutus. I know by the end of the Games, you admired him a great deal, but I'm not sure if that started before or after Bidwell?

Btw, Fern, you have Tolkien fic? That might possibly *crosses fingers* be based more on the books than the latest films? I...can't seem to find it; is it on Bighead, or somewhere else?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Only two Tolkiens, and they're so old they pre-date the current crop of movies. They are, however, moderately Sue-ish. Er, okay. Very Sue-ish, if of the relatively harmless variety. Hobbit stories. Started out with a challenge to get Frodo back to Middle Earth, so I naturally gravitated to "He came back for his kid" in The Jewel of Brandy Hall. Which required a prequel about how she came to be in The Girl Who Aimed Straight. (Secret: The heroine of "Aimed Straight" is Lily Withypoll. Her name used to be Fern, but while I was writing, I hadn't yet learned to turn off chat, so I created another account to hide from people under, quickly grabbing the name of the hobbit girl I was writing: Fern Withypoll. :D)

Larissa: Most of my early relationship with Kingsley was in the form of smuggling Muggles and some witches and wizards into Brazil, beginning with Fiona and ending up at nearly fifty souls. Kingsley had chased a pair of Death Eaters to Rio that April, but he needed back up and called me... which I neglected to report to my superiors, as we were officially neutral in the British civil war. They found out, and I lost my job, though at least they let my refugees stay. I went to England to see if Kingsley could help me out. He gave me a job in foreign service. The romance blossomed naturally enough after that, though it was awkward, with him as my boss. Not that I quit my job. It's really quite fulfilling, and I do continue to do diplomatic work.

Rachel: Darling, if I could answer the question of why human beings put themselves into horrendous relationship situations, I would be a wealthy woman. I simply met a man I found charming and handsome, and we... liked one another quite well. It was, perhaps, poor judgment on my part. I imagined that he would leave his wife for me, which, when I think about it, really isn't a good thing to wish for. I didn't really think about it until I met her. And of course, as I was reminded by a friend, a man who would leave his wife for me would probably not scruple at leaving me at some point. So, in that way, I'm glad it didn't work out.

Drake: Look, don't tell Haymitch, because he probably wouldn't think much of it, but Brutus and I had a bet on that fight, and I won it. I'm not proud of it, okay? But you do what you do. Brutus was my victor that year. We were getting along, and I was proud of him, and I played things his way in the Viewing Center. I didn't think that much about Crispus one way or another until later. Most of my better angels came later.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2015 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
(Digger or Mamma Abernathy, in an AU where one of them survives)
What do you think of life in District 13?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Digger: I insisted on going back to Victors' Village on one of the expeditions. Part of it was doing work and looking for survivors -- not that we found any -- but a relatively big mission, for my part, was retrieving my red underthings, so I could take a peek now and then and be sure I hadn't been struck colorblind somehow. It's a silly thing to worry about, I know. Both of my kids are in the army (though Maysie's constantly in trouble for mouthing off on the command chain -- I worry that they'll send her to the front lines out of spite), and Haymitch, as always, has a huge target on his head. He also does his best to keep in front of the target on Katniss's head, and I know he's plotting to get to the Capitol and rescue Peeta and Jo, against the explicit orders of Coin. We don't discuss it because of the bugs, but we've learned to communicate around them over the years. Basil's a bigger problem. He's always resented bugs and refused to work around him, and Peeta was always one of his favorite people. (After he got back from his Games, Peeta was the one who treated him like a regular person, even though everyone saw him kill the boy from Two, which embarrassed him, since it had to be tricky.) Technically, he was Peeta's mentor, though Haymitch handled most of the little things. But the point is, if we don't get a handle on things, Basil's going to bolt. He's got a car hidden somewhere outside District Eight, and he'll go on a kamikaze run if we can't keep in line -- the same kind of arena Cornucopia dash that's gotten so many of the kids killed over the years, which he insisted on doing, and actually survived. He'll probably bring Katniss with him. (And I have a feeling that will complicate her life more than it needs to be complicated.)

I guess that's a long way of saying, I'm a little tense, and as solutions to problems go, I'm not thrilled with Thirteen. If they'd just get their priorities straight and treat human beings as human beings, there would be less trouble.

Edited at 2015-01-14 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


You pack an enormous amount of information and world-building into a very small amount of space and this world is pretty darn awesome! I'd really love to see you do a 4000 word story of Basil's Games.

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 15th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool...

I might. My other ideas aren't really behaving themselves.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2015 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious to know what Duronda would have thought about Haymitch
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 16th, 2015 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
[Sheba]: What would Mother have thought of Abernathy? Well, he looks like he belongs in District Twelve, which means she'd like him better than me, anyway. Then again, she held drunkards in low regard. She had many things to say about Thalis Durgin from Five, none of them particularly complimentary. I suppose she'd respect that he won his Games against the Gamemakers. She hated them more than anything. But she didn't really like sharp tongues -- at least not from anyone other than herself -- and his is filed to a point even drunk.

In short, I think her feelings would be mixed. It would have been an uncomfortable partnership in mentoring, at best. She might well not have given him as much attention as Albinus Drake did in the arena. (He claims he didn't, but I watched the sponsor boards. I've always kept an eye on the Games. There was a serious push for sponsors toward the end.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2015 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
You're amazing Fern. Do you really keep all these characters bouncing around in your head? If so, how do you have room for such a host of intelligent, self-aware people? And have you ever caught yourself thinking like a character you've written?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't keep track of them very well -- I can't for the life of me remember right now if I ever named Danny Mellark's father -- but when people ask questions, I usually can find my way to someone who's likely to be able to answer. Sheba's not totally formed; most of them form when I'm writing these kinds of things.
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