Continuing the exploration of the themes within The Seven Spell Saga and looking at the main characters; many experiences for Tristan Dearing mirror the past. His life has been touched by fate, and chance meetings which have changed his life path. The key to understanding Tristan is in his perception of immortality.
Whilst Oliver who has not experienced it thinks of all the chances to do things, Tristan feels some of the real feelings people who are not immortal have. he recognizes that aging can actually lock ordinary people out of some aspects of life. He values the wisdom that comes with living for a long time. Whilst he does not have to fear aging he does experience the same kind of sudden realization that time is passing which we all do. The point is illustrated in this excerpt from Spellbinding, book one of The Seven Spell Saga.
(Tristan sighed, “I get that, I call it edgy, it’s as if I want to embark on a journey, for me, does that make sense?”
Oliver smiled a less sad smile, “That’s probably a good word, edgy”.
Tristan added, “It’s not easy Oliver, for me it’s about never really knowing what might happen to you next”.
I couldn’t help saying that it was like that for everyone no-one really knew what might happen to them next.
“Well that’s true, but this is about the supernatural stuff, for a few years I kept thinking I might suddenly age, you know overnight I would become my true age for some reason, and blow away as dust in the morning breeze”, Tristan replied, and for some reason we all went silent, and for a minute or two just sat silently.
Then suddenly Oliver agreed saying, “Yes it’s about the magic bit, the one you can’t extrapolate”.
“Oliver if you ever need to talk, I’m here, and well, always will be if you know what I mean”. Tristan spoke again and for some reason this made us all laugh. “Seriously I mean it Oliver."
Oliver smiled, “Thanks Tristan")
I like to think you can always read between the lines when it comes to knowing about the characters in my books from the way they do things, when we say 'actions speak louder than words,' I think it often is the way actions are carried out that tells us something.Like the tone of voice tells us something, when you are reading it's your own voice and I hope the personality in my characters is visible in their mannerisms.
Here in this small detail in The Seven Spell Saga from Spellbinding the first book, I hope we see Tristan's personality.
Chloe is speaking;
("What I saw was Tristan, even at this distance it was obviously him, he had a special way of standing and moving, that sort of gliding he did, and he ran his hand through the top of his hair which I had seen him do several times since I had met him. He was wearing the leather jacket and jeans but seemed to have boots on that came up his calves.
He stopped and leaned on the tree where I had seen that patch of intense blue flowers when I had walked up that way myself, he was looking down at them. Then he bent and picked one, he was holding it close to his face when he turned and stared straight at my window, well at least this house.
He stood there looking at either my window or the house. For ten minutes, at least, I stood there too, until one of my feet had gone to sleep and I thought I would have a crick in my neck from hiding and being so still and tense. Was he going to come down to the house?")
And in another snippet a further clue to Tristan's character,
Chloe is watching him,
Oliver, but I have lived long enough to be able to cry in front of a man as well
as a woman, we can make coffee up here anyhow”. And he smiled through the tears, let out a little sob and shuddered.")