Tell Me About Your Childhood: Elle

How is it already time for another Beautiful People?

Not that I’m not excited. I am.

It’s just that time is behaving a bit oddly, if you ask me. Vanishing before my eyes in this completely unacceptable fashion.

You would think it would have just a bit more respect for my personal life.

Anyway. Beautiful People!

Beautiful People is hosted by Cait and Sky – thank you, ladies! – and is so much fun, and a great way to connect with other writers. So go check it out! You can also check out last month’s Beautiful People here.

And whoever it is that thinks up the questions does a fantastic job.

The questions are killer. And this month is no exception.

1. What is their first childhood memory?

Hmm… this question was asked last time, too, and I ended up drawing a blank.

I’m gonna say that Denise’s first memory is of Roth singing to her and Saint as they all sat huddled on the bed.

But this memory is hazy and vague. Denise does not even think of it as a memory as much as a recurring dream or a flashback she can’t explain – so she doesn’t try to.

2. What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

The best was definitely her few short days with Justus – though this is kind of cheating, as Denise was not a “child” in the full sense of the word, when this happened. It’s the best I can do.

Her whole childhood has been a nightmare, but being taken hostage was rather traumatic. But, again, I don’t know if this “counts” as Denise was too young to remember being taken from her family.

3. What was their childhood home like?

For most of Denise’s early life, she lived with Roth and Saint with the Fallen. They made their home in the mountain crags, so it was beautiful. But Denise cannot remember her early home.

All she can remember is The Empire, where she has lived since she was four years old. There, she is surrounded by brutality, death, and poverty.

Denise lives in the Fortress, with Derk and what’s left of his family. Her room is bare and hollow. The floor is wooden. She has no windows. There is only one door, and it leads to the hallway. Her bed is the only thing in the room.

Except for the chest.

4. What’s something that scared them as child?

Denise has never known the sensation of fear.

5. Who did they look up to most?

Derk. He is like an older brother to her.

6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?

Food has never been particularly appetizing in The Empire. She likes red meat when she can get it, which isn’t often. She dislikes gruel and stale bread.

7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?

She would change everything. She would probably choose to live with the Nomads. Or perhaps even to fend for herself, live alone in the desert.

8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?


Denise refused to talk after coming to The Empire, so quiet would be a bit of an understatement. She was a self-imposed mute.

9. What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?

She had no parents or siblings. When she lived with Saint, they were inseparable. She admires Derk but they do not spend time together.

10. What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?

Free. She wanted to be free.

And she became anything but.

Now that you know a little bit more about Denise, what do you think? Does she remind you of one of your own characters? Do you think you would like Denise if you met her in person, or hate her? Can you relate to her?


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