I was going to wait a couple weeks for this post, but I just couldn’t. I am almost ready to pop to share these characters with the few people who read this blog. Lovely readers, I give you Jamara, Shastiana, Cooper, and Keona…
Jamara (Age 19 / MC) – Raised by the midwife who delivered her, Jamara is a young girl who has grown up in hiding. When the assassin Mikar captures her mother, Jamara is sentenced to a living death in the sealed Cove within the Dome community. As she grows older, she is told stories of the sky and she longs with all of her heart to escape the Dome and return to her mother’s home, perhaps even to find her father. But the Unsealing will happen in less than a year. Unless she escapes now, what sweet memories of life in The Cove that she has will be wiped and she will enter life in the main Dome community, never to see the sun.
Shastiana Tonric (Age 37 / SC) – A midwife captured by Mikar at the age of eighteen and forced to raise the children of the women she assists in birth, Shastiana loves all of “her” children dearly, but she longs to reunite them with their true mothers. Her life however, is guarded within the sealed Cove and she is never permitted to leave. She contents herself by spinning dreams of the land for her children and making plans for them to all one day escape The Cove and seek out their King and his kingdom.
Cooper (Age 23 / SC) – Placed in The Cove at the age of 4, Cooper has very few memories of the land above or of his birth mother. Being one of the older children in The Cove, he has had a lot of responsibility since it was sealed. It weighs heavily upon his shoulders and his main concerns in life are taking care of his blood sister Keona and his best friend Jamara. As the Unsealing grows closer, he struggles to find a way to keep them safe.
Keona (Age 19 / SC) – As the last child to be born in The Cove before it was sealed, Keona is the baby of the makeshift family and one of the few to actually have a blood sibling. She and Cooper are very close and are rarely ever seen apart. Her best friend apart from Cooper is Jamara and they have grown up doing everything together. Keona is very headstrong and used to having her own way. Her chief goal is to escape The Cove and the Dome and find the land.
(Keona is not as well-developed yet, because she literally just showed up on my proverbial doorstep yesterday and demanded to be allowed into the story.)
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Well, those are four of my babies. There are many more awesome characters in this story, but these ones hold a special place in my heart right now. (Especially Shastiana and Keona…but don’t tell anybody. ;P)