My Characters Overview

I decided to do something interesting. I think today I will make mention of ALL of my characters- I have characters from more than one story.

Tale of the Cattail Forest

Sparkle (Main Character)- she is adventurous, courageous, stubborn, and rebellious. She is deeply invested in her craft for drawing. She is 12 years old and does break the rules at times. You always see her with her gold and silver backpack with the pink “S” in the middle. It holds all sorts of drawing supplies. She is my 12 year old.

Sarge (Antagonist)- he is only 17, but neglected, unloved, and abused. He is supposed to be basically leader of the toads, and Graysloup is in poor condition- the toads appear to be rude and disrespectful because he kinda of demands them to, not because they want to- he doesn’t know how to led.He is actually confused, conflicted, and jealous (mostly of his younger cousin). He still has nightmares about what happened from ages 4-13. In that time frame, Sarge found one place of comfort- “The Bog”, which in the deepest place of Graysloup, and quite hard to find- the mud, creek, ditches, and trenches are deeper there. His father did not know it existed- those were the times when he was truly happy- when he played at “The Bog”- it was like his playground. What his father did to him led him to be the bully that he is in my book and left him with some permanent and emotional scars. He can’t see compassion, love, or kindness or knows how to control his anger. He actually is more lonely than he know he is

Marge- she had a better upbringing than her older cousin, Sarge. She had the loving father. While both brothers may have had a loving family-only one turned out to be a loving father. Marge feels like an outsider and is misunderstood just because she is related to Sarge- that is before she met Sparkle. She knows the truth of what is going on in Graysloup. For a 12 year old, she has a lot of wisdom.

Misty- She and Sparkle are best friends and have been since they were five. She is my singer Fairy Frog. She is more concerned about Sparkle than her craft. She actually is quite protective of Sparkle- she does not want her best friend getting in trouble. She is most likely to find out about Sparkle’s relationship to Marge and her being in Graysloup first due to being best friends.

Norg- I found him to be an interesting character. He starts out as Sarge’s spy making sure no Fairy Frog enters Graysloup or tells Sarge if they do. Sarge seems to trust Norg the most. He eventually gives up on Sarge after an incident and sides with the Fairy Frog-he had to warn them. He was the first one to realize that Sarge was getting worse and worse as time went by-he even seems to remember Sarge’s father. I soon realized that a long time ago for a short little time, Sarge and Norg were actually friends, but it wouldn’t last- Sarge’s father would actually find a way to stop it, but Norg never forgot about Sarge’s father. Norg is only 19.

Aries-He is leader of the Fairy Frogs, head carpenter, and uncle to Darcy. He is a confident and good leader. He can doubt himself at times and has to ask his nephew for advice at times. He has one main rule: don’t interact with the toads and don’t enter Graysloup. He thinks all of them are rude and disrespectful. He is most worried about Sparkle because he knows she is most likely not to follow it. He is in his 30s.

Darcy- Like I already said, he is Arie’s nephew. He is my sculpture Fairy Frog and best friends with Felipe. They are always found with each other. Yes, he does have to help his uncle at times. He and Felipe are kinda of similar, but still different. He is 15.

Felipe- Darcy’s best friend and my woodcarving Fairy Frog. Sometimes he might woodcarve something that might be useful for one of Darcy’s sculptures. What bugs him more than anything is when Celeste wants to borrow one of his woodcarving tools because she usually doesn’t return it or loses it. He is 14.

Claude-It is not in his heart to mistreat anyone. That says a lot because it does kinda show that toads were demanded to be rude. He eventually befriends Darcy and Felipe. Claude is 15.

Celeste-As one of the youngest characters, you think I wouldn’t say much. She is my potter Fairy Frog. At her age of 8, she knows how to make pots in different shapes and some actual designs on them and nothing more- eventually things will get more advanced. So Celeste is at an exciting period in her life. She does befriend Effa/Rudy- the two twins.

Effa/Rudy- There is a reason why I grouped Effa and Rudy together. I would like to call this identical twins “peas in a pod”. I originally wanted them in the book so that Marge wouldn’t be the only girl toad- soon enough they found a purpose. You easily can think they don’t belong in this book, but they do. They do befriend Celeste as they are 10.

Tweetsie- She is my youngest of the Tale of the Cattail Forest characters. While the other Fairy Frog characters have discovered their craft, Tweetsie has not. She actually is kinda of annoyed and frustrated. She is extremely energetic and that seems like her only characteristic. You are going to find that there is more to her than how energetic side of things. Despite being only 5, she does have this incredible amount of bravery. Her energetic side might have something to do with what her craft will be. She is actually the Fairy Frog that annoys Sparkle the most.

Lizzy the Lizard (Yes, still working on title)

Lizzy (main character)- she is a curious and adventurous Lizard. She lives on a farm and one of its main smells is cinnamon. Her curious nature is what got her away from her farm, and how the picture book begins.

Greatest Discovery

  • Of all my story ideas, Greatest Discovery has the most amount of characters. Don’t even know if names are right or not.

Olivia (One of six main characters: same personality, but don’t know if it is the official name)- yes, you just saw that. I said Olivia is one of six main characters. Yes, but of all six, Olivia and her faternal twin, Ella, are the main focuses. All six girls are orphans- so Olivia and Ella have a similar backstory, but they still are different in terms of personality. Olivia and Ella do come from an artsy and loving family.

Olivia, right away, wanted to know if her sister survived- that was all that mattered-even in the hospital, when they had to be apart, Olivia literally wanted to be with Ella. She knew all she had left was her sister. Olivia is into decorating doll dresses and stuff like that. She was optimistic and still is despite what happened. She will always be there for her sister.

Ella (One of six main characters: will have traits, but don’t know if will keep name)- for whatever reason, despite it being the same car crash, Ella is struggling with the death of her parents more deeply than Olivia. She really needs Olivia to be with her- something tells me that Olivia knew how much Ella would be struggling- that was why she wanted to be with her. Ella does have her “Boobie”- as she calls it- it was the doll her mother made her with a dress her mother made her complete with sequins and beads that Olivia sewed on herself. She needs that- it really is all she has left of her mom. It is best for Olivia to end up sleeping near Ella- all they left is each other. Eventually, they will form new bonds- but lost their parents at an age where they will never forget them.

  • These two girls have to learn to form new relationships with Mrs. Adams (the name their new caregiver has now) and the four other girls. It was hard for them to connect to Mrs. Adams at first or to even live with her (especially in Ella’s case). But, they have found someone who is like a true mother- who is kinda of used to this- after all, she is already looking after four other orphans. It is much much easier to Olivia and Ella to connect with the four other orphans since they can understand what they are going through. For some reason, the show helps the six orphans- “Greatest Discovery” is a t.v. show they have a dream to be on and still has not reached NYC- usually to get in, you have to get placed in a drawing eventually and the names who are drawn get picked- the cities change, but just hasn’t reached NYC, and what are the chances of all six to get picked at the same time?

Mrs. Adams (name for now-might change)- Right now, she might be the main other character I have some kinda of feeling for, as in created. She is really like a mother to all six orphans- they do live near Central Park. They not only spend time where they live, but throughout NYC as well. She is one of the main reasons why they got on “Greatest Discovery” in the first place–she noticed that somehow the scavenger hunt was helping them- that is what the show is- a scavenger hunt throughout a city. She does love these girls and wants to do what’s best for them. She ended up sending a letter to them- for a better chance of them getting in or else you have to go through the whole application and drawing process, which means it will be like trying to win the lottery. So Mrs. Adams acts as someone who is a mother- she makes them feel safe when they get scared and makes them feel loved-they went trauma no one should ever have to deal with. They lost their parents far too young.

Christmas of 2019

Like I already mentioned, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Below is a picture of some of the gifts I did get. I did ask for the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, but was not the expecting both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy- I did get both of them in one set. In terms of Aladdin, I got the live action movie, Aladdin calendar, and the Original Broadway Soundtrack. Well- two books- one on musicals and the other dealing with writing.

I did get a few other things. The theatre theme started when I first opened my stocking. When I first saw an envelope, I knew exactly what was in there- when I see an envelope: that usually means theatre tickets. So, Come from Away and Frozen are happening next year.

Fairy Frogs and Christmas

I decided to do an interesting post for today. Yes, it may be Christmas–but I decided to focus on my Fairy Frogs. What would Christmas be like for my Fairy Frogs? It is already a known fact that they are naturally gifted in the arts. One of the things they do throughout the years are these celebrations- which helps showcase their talents and it usually is when they show some of their best works. So what would Christmas be like in Fairy Creek?

For starters, they would defiantly be doing a lot of work. They would be getting in the spirit early- the singers, dancers, and performers would have to rehearse for a big celebration (which would start at least in November- maybe in October). With the songs, people like Misty would spend time writing a new song to perform. They still would not forget about the old songs as well- they still would perform. They actually sing the songs every day at the Gazebo—-not just on Christmas. As for the dancers/performers, they are the ones who somehow create a performance out of the singers songs.

So——-all of the different arts are involved. Darcy and Felipe usually work together when it comes to their art work- even though one is a woodcarver and one is a sculptuer. It is still a nice match- Felipe usually gives Darcy some things he has woodcarved. Felipe/Darcy are so similar, but at the same time very different. So, when it comes to Christmas, they want the sculptures to be Christmas-themed. Darcy knows what they are looking for- after creating the sculpture, he actually ends up painting them (whether that is a Santa or Reindeer or Ornament or Christmas Tree or Christmas Wreath).

Well, everyone who knows Sparkle knows she is deeply invested in drawing. At only 12 years old, she has an amazing talent, and many Fairy Frogs are usually expecting something from her especially from the celebrations in particular to Christmas (among other Holiday). For Sparkle, she does not have to draw something she sees for her Christmas drawing. It has to be more magical- there have been a few instances where her Christmas drawings were in Fairy Creek (following the end of my book for instance). Sparkle might easily draw her version of the North Pole or an Outdoor Skating Rink.

So—-it takes them a lot of work to put Christmas together. The art seems to take them the longest. While they still are working on their Christmas projects, they still need to focus on other projects as well. There is usually blue, red, green, white, and yellow found in the Christmas project- all colors continued to Christmas.

The day of is full of spirit- it really already was. The first thing they do is go straight to the main treehouse, with their main project (if that is they had to do). The celebrations continue all day long- there are multiple performances. There are individual singers, group of singers, groups of singers, and the performers. It is such a delight to hear a new song (that is why at the Christmas Celebration, you do have individual singer).

It is Aries who plans the Christmas celebration-after all, he is the Fairy Frogs leader. The Fairy Frogs have decorated their treehouses along with the Gazebo. Another thing they do is paint more pebbles. That list can easily go on- I am saying that due to their talents in the arts.

Marge and Sarge’s Relationship

From first looks, I know there are some people who have no idea who Marge and Sarge are. On on the other hand, I know there are some followers and readers of mine who know exactly who I am talking about. These two are characters from “Tale of the Cattail Forest”- a book I have been writing. Both of them are major characters- I decided to talk more about their relationship here- there is something interesting about the two of them. I would like to say initially that Sarge is my antagonist, and Marge is actually really is the reason why my book kicks off (Sparkle is my main character, but Marge still is the reason why the plot kicks off). Let me explain the relationship between Marge and Sarge.

On first glance, Marge and Sarge are cousins- Sarge being the older and and Marge being the younger. Sarge is 17 while Marge is 12. Their two fathers are brothers, and Sarge’s father is the oldest of the two. Their two fathers were raised by two loving parents, but something somehow went wrong. Marge’s father was loving- you would think that because Sarge’s father was raised by loving parents that he would also be a loving father- but in reality not true. Marge did feel like an outsider when Sarge began to mistreat her when she was 8. She was the one who knew what was really going on in Graysloup. At times she was misunderstood- some others thought she was literally just like Sarge (she just got the better father). All she wanted was for someone to show her compassion and wanted a friend and wanted to make Graysloup a better place. She constantly was standing up to her cousin- literally, she may have been younger, but yet was able to stand up to her cousin. Deep down, I think she did have some love for her cousin, but it is difficult if you constantly are mistreated.

Sarge’s father turned out to be neglectful, unloving, and abusive- that does not seem to be right. After Sarge’s mother left him at 4, Sarge’s father started abusing him. The abuse Sarge had started out with words alone and later it got physical (physical to the point where he got permeant scars). The abuse lasted until he was 13- that was when Sarge’s father decided to leave him. He only had one place of comfort, which was in The Bog- that was the only place his father never knew existed. Sarge could not even rely on his loving uncle- all his uncle wanted to do was to protect Marge (if he found a way, then he would have). All of this abuse he faced led him to be the bully he became in my book. He still had some emotional scars. He was blind to compassion and love. He did not know to control his anger- he showed it by putting his pain on others (his easiest target ended up being on Marge). I do not even think he knew how lonely he really was or how much pain he was causing on everyone. It was not just the toads he was mistreating, it also belonged to the Fairy Frogs. All of this abuse not only led him to become a bully, but made him have nightmares about his past—those nightmares make things worse. Sarge is not a villain- he just had a tough beginning in life—-do not know why his father became the way he was.

Scrooge and Sarge

There came a time yesterday when I realized that the antagonist, Sarge, of Tale of the Cattail Forest was similar to the protagonist, Scrooge, of A Christmas Carol. It is fascinating how an antagonist and protagonist can be both. Then again, Tale of The Cattail Forest is a man vs. man story, and A Christmas Carol is a man vs. self story. I will try to explain why I believe that. I know for a fact that several readers will know exactly who Scrooge is: only those who have read my blog for some time know what Sarge’s situation is.

Family:

The most obvious similarity comes from Scrooge’s and Sarge’s family situation. Both characters do have unloving fathers and have neglectful fathers as well. These two characters are completely ignored by their fathers. As a matter of fact, there came a point in both of their lives when both of their fathers left them. Sarge’s father did leave him when he was only thirteen years old after being mistreated and abused verbally and emotionally from the ages of four to thirteen. Scrooge was left all alone- when his father went to get for him-his sister did want him to stay for just a few days; but his father ignored him. So both of them have horrible fathers. Both of these situations were part of why they are the characters they are.

Sarge’s Father:

I wanted to continue on to talk more in detail about Sarge’s father. His father is Marge’s father’s brother. The two fathers were raised by loving parents- so for some reason, one ended up becoming a loving father and the other this “monster”. At age four, the abuse on Sarge started on words alone, and it eventually became more physical. How physical would I call it- to the point where Sarge would have some permeant scars (that is part of his physical appearance in the book). Was there any comfort for him- he found it in “The Bog”- it was a playground for him. He was able to do slides down mud, make mud-pies; etc….= this was the only place his father never knew existed. Then ate age thirteen, his father left him with the toads to led (he did end up having an anger and attitude problem). He still had nightmares about his past- the nightmares turned out to be memories. He ended up becoming conflicted, confused, angry, bitter, and jealous about his past. He noticed how much better his uncle was treating Marge- so she became an easy target. All because of his past- he became this bully on the toads and later it affected the Fairy Frogs.

IS There Hope?

What do I mean by that? Is there a chance for both Scrooge and Sarge to change? They both redeemed themselves. I was surprised by Sarge: I thought he had a less than 5% chance. With Sarge, he did yell at Norg saying “NEVER MENTION MY FATHER AGAIN”- Sparkle, my protagonist, was around at the time. She was the one who helped Sarge- she deep down knew Sarge needed a father-figure in his life: it would be Aries. Sarge needed to remember that his life was not all bad. He needed to find ways to deal with his anger better: Sparkle showed him another way. So- literally Sparkle was only 12, who ended up helping out a 17 year old.

With Scrooge- he redeemed himself as well. It was through the three spirits that made him became a better person. It was at the beginning of the book where all he cared about is money; did not care about others; or understand the spirit of Christmas. So, through three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future would teach him valuable lessons: the first (why he became the way he is), the second (the spirit of Christmas- this is when he actually began to feel compassion for the Cratchit family in particular to Tiny Tim), and third (what would happen if he did not change). At the end, he was able to celebrate in life’s emotions and get into the spirit of Christmas- he increased Mr. Cratchit’s salary and donated money to the poor and actually went to the party of his nephew.

I can’t believe I never saw the connection between these two. Sarge can be a hard character to write on page-I originally did not want him to change, but he decided to write part of the story, and redeem himself instead. Still- he can be challenging due to being this complex character: plus being the antagonist, a lot more focus would be on Sparkle.

The Bog- What is It

In my last post, I did talk about The Tale of The Cattail Forest, and I did mention “The Bog”. However, I did not even mention what on earth “The Bog” was. I only mentioned the importance of “The Bog” to Sarge. I decided to explain more about The Bog today.

“The Bog” is part of Graysloup and only Sarge knows about it. That is why his father couldn’t get to him or hurt him . It was his only place of comfort growing up. His father was abusive to the point where he ended up with some permanent scars (that is how bad it got).”The Bog” is found in a deeper part of Graysloup. The creeks, ditches, mud, and trenches are much deeper and it is more humid and muggy in “The Bog”. Sarge believes no else can find this location- not even the Fairy Frogs, who are clever. For Sarge, he found “The Bog” a playground of sorts- he would slide down mud as slides and make mud pies as a child. Those times were the main times he was truly happy- when he was at “The Bog”

Sarge does not even realize the harm he is causing to Graylsoup especially towards his own cousin (Marge is his own cousin- he shouldn’t be treated her the way he is) . I do not think he really notices how lonely he really is. So a 13-year-old unloved, abused, neglected left to lead the toads. That must have been scary. In my book, he is only 17 years old. He did not only have physical scars to deal with but emotional scars as well. The nightmares he is having are actually memories of his past- those are not making things better; they are making things worse

Here’s what I can way: Sarge may be the antagonist of my book, but he is not a villain.

A bit of recap on Tale of the Cattail Forest

I decided to recap people about Tale of the Cattail Forest because I assume there are some people reading my blog who have no idea what I am talking about. Earlier, I did an update saying I am on my 4th draft, but to some people they might be thinking what on earth is this book I am working on. That is why I will bring things up again.

Sparkle befriends Marge, which begins a cycle of friendship between the Fairy Frogs and Toads. What happens when Sarge tries to get in the way?

The Cattail Forest- What is It?

  • Well, from the title it is obvious there is something important to that location. Well, my entire story takes place there. Deer, birds, chipmunks, butterflies, and lastly The Fairy Frogs and toads. Why did I put Fairy Frogs and Toads last- they are the ones who create all 13 characters of my book. Graysloup is home to the Toads and Fairy Creek is home to the Fairy Frogs (they first lived in a Cattail Marsh). Let me explain the location and what these creatures are further:

Fairy Frogs

  • They are deeply compassionate, clever, and naturally gifted in the arts. They are spring green with translucent wings with a gold trim. Starting at age 3, they start to figure out what their craft is- sometimes it is age 3 they find it and at the latest they discover it at age 5. It can be a different craft- some are dancers, some are singers, some are performers, some are woodcarvers, some are painters, some are potters: get the picture. Here’s how they figure out their craft: they usually are paired with a Fairy Frog from the age of 12-18, and by spending time with them: the older ones can easily see if they have the talents in their craft or not. The average age tends to be four. Even though ALL Fairy Frogs are deeply compassionate, clever, and artists, they still have their own distinct personalities.

Fairy Creek

  • It has various creeks lined with pebbles that the Fairy Frogs painted. Floating in the creeks are yellow flowers. In the middle of where they live is a grove of trees, which has treehouses. The treehouses are where they sleep and do some artwork: there is actually one bigger one: to do a big project for when it rains for instance. The treehouses are round with some moss on them. Connecting these trees are blue and pink bridges. At the bottom of the trees, there are small red mushrooms with white dots. To the left, there is a Daisy-shaped Gazebo.

Fairy Frog Characters:

Sparkle: I listed her first because she is the main character of the book. She is a 12-year-old drawer frog who discovered her craft at age three. She has blue eyes that sparkle like a pot of gold in the sun and has magenta wings. She and Misty have been best friends since they were five. She is usually seen with a gold and silver backpack with a pink “S” in the middle- it holds colored pencils, pencils, pens, sketchbooks, and paper in it. She is very invested in her draft- she will literally draw anything- really. She is my adventurous, courageous, stubborn, and rebellious frog. She does not listen well to authority-she easily can get in trouble by Aries, their leader. She really does not working with Tweetsie due to how energetic she is. That has already happened a lot in the past- getting in trouble. The plot actually really started when she got really invested in a Graysloup drawing (it is against the rules to be in Graysloup). As a result, she discovered Marge and found out about Marge’s situation with Sarge and the truth about the toads. So, she went above and beyond with her compassion.

Misty- Same age as Sparkle. She is a singer frog, who discovered her craft at age five, but close to six. She is wearing a dress. She is quite protective of Sparkle meaning she does not want her friend to get in trouble. When she knows that Sparkle may not be telling the truth or even in Graysloup or can’t find her- she may not even go to Aries, but to Darcy and Felipe first (they are two of the older Fairy Frogs- still only teenagers). She is the one most likely to discover her friendship with Marge and that she was in Graysloup before anyone else.

Aries- In his 30s. He does act as three things in my book: he is actually their leader, he is head carpenter, and uncle of Darcy (his sister is Darcy’s mother). He is a confident and good leader, but can easily doubt himself at times so he has to go Darcy at times for advice. He does wear a red carpenter hat with a white “A”. He came up with the rule of “do not interact with the toads or enter Graysloup” to protect them. At the time though, he did not know what was really going on. So, Sparkle kept on not listening to him: she did go to Graysloup, befriended Marge, among other things that are not allowed. However, he eventually warmed up to the toads and their situation.

Darcy- He is 15 years old and his best friend is Felipe. He has a craft for sculpture: not clay sculptures, but abstract sculptures. He does have to give his Uncle Aries advice at times. He is usually wearing a belt that has pieces of a sculptures on the belt itself and in the slots has sculpture supplies. He and his best friend are kinda of similar, but yet different.

Felipe- He is only 14 years old. Like I already said, He and Darcy are best friends. He is my woodcarver Fairy Frog. Just like Darcy, usually seen wearing a belt, but his working belt has the finish look- he would have woodcarving tools in his belt. What ignores Felipe the most is when Celeste asks to borrow one of his tools because usually she does not bring them back or does lose them.

Celeste- She is only 8 years old. She has started the age of experimenting a lot more with your craft. She is my potter and she has started to learn about making pots- that is all she knows how to make now. I have decided she will wear an apron so she wouldn’t get clay all over herself. Since she only has just a few pottery tools, she has to borrow tools from others- for some reason, she has to ask from Felipe. Even though Felipe is a woodcarver and she is a potter, she still asks from him. It is true- she sometimes does forget to return them or does lose them- do you blame her: she is eight. She is allowed to leave Fairy Creek, but not allowed to go far since she is still young.

Tweetsie- Actually, when I first had a list of characters, she wasn’t even on there. So originally Celeste was going to be my youngest. Tweetsie is only five years old and still does not know her natural gift in the arts: same situation Misty found herself in- it can be frustrating. She will be wearing a pink bow. She is the most energetic of the batch. You might think that is all there is to her since she is only five, but there is more: she is actually a brave character as well. Might be minor, but love her.

Toads

  • They are grey green. Some have warts and others do have bumps. They actually have no real talent of their own. My book focuses a lot more on the Fairy Frogs since Sparkle is the main character after all.

Graysloup

  • Think about what it is like to sleep underneath a highway where it is humid, muggy, and murky all the time. It has a lot of mud, big rocks, creeks (but not clear), and ditches/trenches. That is the toads reality all the time. They are mistreated a lot and are quite lonely. Only one toad can see the reality of Graysloup. The toads’ leader is not really being much of a leader at all: he actually is the antagonist of my novel: Sarge.

Toad Characters

Sarge- Talking about him can be heartbreaking. He is my antagonist. He is only 17 years old and never had a a proper family growing up. His mother left him at age 4, which left him with an abusive and cruel father. He was left mistreated from 4-13. At age 13, his father left him leaving him to be in charge of Graysloup. He is actually supposed to be leader of the Toads. He is confused, conflicted and jealous (of both the Fairy Frogs and his cousin). He even still has nightmares about his past. He only had one source of comfort growing up: “The Bog”- the one place his father never knew existed: he made that a playground of sorts.

He is still quite bitter and angry about what happened- he put his pain on others and his easiest target was Marge, his 12-year-old cousin. His father and Marge’s father were brothers: both were raised by loving parents: Marge ended up with a loving father so what happened? How did one end up with a loving father while the other ended up with this monster? He wants to break up a friendship from being created: the one between Sparkle/Marge and the one that began to be created through the Fairy Frogs/Toads. What Sarge needs more than anything is the right type of affection: he can’t see the compassion and love that is obviously right in front of him during the events unfolding.

Norg- He is only 19 years old. He is actually one of the most interesting characters of my book. I had a hard time understanding why Sarge trusted Norg and why Norg somehow knew Sarge’s father. There had to be explanation. Norg is kinda of a secondary antagonist since he does act as Sarge’s spy in the beginning but later after an incident with Sarge, Norg sides with the Fairy Frog. It is an interesting development. Still, there had to be a reason for some things happening-that is why it made perfect sense why Sarge and Norg had a short friendship. It seems as if Norg forgot about that and remembered who Sarge’s father was. It all makes sense to me and seems to develop both Sarge and Norg further.

Marge- She is only 12 years old and is Sarge’s younger cousin. Unlike the situation with Sarge, she grew up with loving parents. You would think her father would take Sarge in, but it is not that simple. Marge’s father only couldn’t take Sarge in because he did not want Marge’s uncle to hurt Marge- see what I mean by “it’s complicated”. Marge is truly the main toad who knows what it really going on in Graysloup. She knows how lonely all of the toads are and that all of them need to be shown some compassion. She is Sarge’s easiest target, and she was mistreated by Sarge since she was 8.5. Being related to Sarge made her feel like an outsider and actually made the other toads misunderstand her. At such a young age, she ended up having this incredible amount of wisdom- she was able to stand up to her cousin and knew what Graysloup desperately needed. All she truly wanted was to be shown compassion and have a friend- that was why it was important for Sparkle to enter her life. It was their idea for all the Fairy Frogs to befriend the toads. Marge was the one who actually told Aries about the full situation in Graysloup.

Claude- He is only 15 and does end up becoming friends with Darcy/Felipe since all three of them are about the same age. It is not in his heart to mistreat anyone: he only does it because he is demanded to: so he is a perfect example of how Sarge runs Graysloup.

Effa/Rudy- They are twin identical sisters, who are only 10 years old. I like to call them “peas in a pod”. They are usually seen together and are that close to each other. They end up becoming friends with Celeste.

Conclusion

Yes, I do have 13 characters. Each are meant to be in my book. I think the main theme found in my book is friendship. It is in the power of friendship that keeps it alive. What I learned from writing is that sometimes characters write part of the story themselves. That can surprise me because they might do something that you thought was not possible.