Beautiful People #22 – February 2017

At long last, I’m back with another edition of Beautiful People! To make a long story short, the last few months have been different for this tag, since they focused on NaNoWriMo works in progress. However, with the new year, we’ve returned to the regular BP, and I’m excited to get back into it!

For those who aren’t familiar with beautiful People, it’s a monthly blog linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. Each month, they share 10 questions for writers to answer about their characters, and it’s a great way to work on character development as well as meet other writers! If you want to learn more about it, click here.

Since this month is Valentine’s Day, February’s BP is a “couples edition.” Normally this isn’t my type of thing, but you’re in luck (?) as I happen to have a character couple! Of course, I’ll tell you more about them after the jump, but if you’re interested, you can also check out the other BP linkups I’ve participated in.

BP #17 – May 2016 (Riley Taylor)
BP #18 – June 2016 (Leslie Summers)
BP #20 – August 2016 (Chey Cooper)
BP #21 – September 2016 (Trevor Johnson)

Click below to read on!

The characters I’ll be writing about are Riley and Leslie (occasionally referred to as Reslie because I get lazy – thanks Kiara for helping me come up with the name oh so many months ago). If you’re not familiar with these characters, check out their BPs I did last year!

How and why did they meet?

When Leslie first moved to Satterfield, she overheard Riley talking to a friend of his, but they were never formally introduced until about a year later when Leslie ran into Riley and some of his friends at an ice cream place one summer. They didn’t see much of each other until later that fall and at that point… well, it didn’t go well.

What were their first impressions of each other?

When Leslie overheard Riley talking, she thought he was an arrogant jerk (true). Riley, on the other hand, thought Leslie was obnoxious (also true). As the two of them grew older, they matured into less arrogant and obnoxious people, and were eventually able to resolve their differences.

How would they prove their love for each other?

Probably nothing elaborate. I think it’s the small things for them: Riley goes to a lot of Leslie’s hockey games and he’s made more than one playlist for her. Leslie is always there to support Riley at his shows, and she’s been the taste tester for his recipes or listener for his new music. They help each other out and support each other, and I think that’s what’s really important for them.

What would be an ideal date?

Doing something fun and exciting. Neither of them has much of a taste for “formal” dates, so they prefer the fun stuff – water tubing, amusement parks, concerts, skateboarding, the works.


Is there something they emphatically disagree on?

I don’t think there’s anything serious that they really disagree on. It’s mostly silly things, like pineapple on pizza (see below), the best movie of the 21st century, or what version of a certain song is better.

List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

– Neither of them particularly enjoy coffee, although Riley drinks it occasionally (always black)
– Leslie’s favorite soda is Mountain Dew, and Riley’s is Dr. Pepper. Fridges are stocked appropriately.
– They both have a regular order when going out for ice cream. They could order for each other (and they have)
– Leslie like’s pineapple on pizza, Riley does not. He prefers peppers.
– Riley makes great sweet potato casserole, so good that Leslie has demanded it almost every time she’s over for dinner.


What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?

I wouldn’t go as far to say there are things that no one else knows about them at least a little, since they both also have friends and/or family members that they’re very close to, but there are a few things that only they know the full extent of. For one, Leslie knows how much of Riley’s confidence is fabricated. Not that he doesn’t have self-confidence, he just has a bit of a show-off-y attitude that isn’t really how he truly is. Without revealing anything, there are some events that take place later on, after Summertime that really show this.

Riley knows about Leslie’s dyslexia, but that isn’t really much of a secret anymore. Perhaps the fact that she really enjoys reading – Leslie talks about it to other friends on occasion, but it doesn’t typically come up in conversation, so it’s something most people don’t know about her.

What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?

They don’t keep a lot of secrets from each other, especially Leslie because she’s so blunt. However, Leslie doesn’t know that Riley had earlobe piercings in middle school, since it was before they met. He thought it was cool at the time, but gave up about a year later. It’s a silly secret, but one that Riley is no hurry to tell her.

Leslie’s secret is a little bigger… she recently learned that her brother, Aiden, and his wife, Bridgette, are going to have a child (and yes, I did just come up with this idea an hour ago, I’m the writer and I DO WHAT I WANT). She’s not supposed to tell anyone outside the family just yet, but Leslie’s very excited at the idea of having a niece or nephew and is looking forward to when she can tell Riley about it.

How would their lives be different without each other?

For Riley, I think his relationship with his father would be the most affected. It seems like a leap, but to make a long story short, the reason he was able to repair that relationship was because he had worked to be honest with Leslie first. Without that, Riley and his father probably still wouldn’t be very close.

Leslie would probably answer this question with something like, “I’d be much less annoyed,” but that’s beside the point. I think she’d be less forgiving, actually. With her bad first impression of Riley, she saw him change and become a better person, and eventually forgave him. Without that, I’m not sure she would’ve really seen how much people can change.

Where do they each see this relationship going?

Both of them can see this relationship lasting, but there are a lot of variables. They both have different plans for what they want to do after finishing community college – Leslie wants to transfer somewhere else to finish her bachelor’s degree, while Riley’s content with his two years. To be honest, they’re not really sure what’s going to happen, but they’re content where they are right now.

And that wraps up Beautiful People for February! I hope you enjoyed reading it, even if it was a little bit different this month. I’ll be honest, some of these were really hard to answer! I guess they’re just not things I typically think about or maybe they’re just a boring couple.

Are you participating in Beautiful People this month? I’d love to read about your characters, so feel free to drop a comment with your link! And of course, I’m always open to talking about these characters, so if you have any thoughts or questions, go ahead and let me know below!

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time!


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