How do villains become villains?
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That is, undealt with trauma. My antagonist is no exception. So, I decided to share with Who Wears Short Shorts the very brief version of my antagonist's childhood, in an attempt to showcase why he went down the road he did.
Hint: bullying, lack of self-esteem, both of which he decided to run away from rather than deal with
"His mother was an especially sweet woman, but she was also living proof that sweetness is not the be-all and end-all when it comes to proper child rearing. One day, she went to the best herbalists in the land and asked if they could please provide her with some potions that would rosy up Jean-Paul’s bleak cheeks, clear his spotted skin, and grow his slits-of-eyes so they could be round and lovely. The herbalists greatly respected Jean Paul’s mother, for she was one of the fairest of the Alefians—and also, notably, married to the most powerful Alefian of all."
Sound childish? It is! This is a kid's story :) That's why, this back story is written up in the most traditional fairy tale format. So, if that's not your thing, don't click below! But if it is, please do.
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P.S. Though childish in its format and perhaps its simplification, bullying and lack of self-esteem are NOT relegated to childhood. They are things that, unfortunately, humans deal with throughout all stages of life. But, fortunately, books are here to help. Stories, rather, are here to help. For stories remind us first and foremost that we're not alone—amongst other things. But! This is arguably the most important. You're not alone. I'm not alone. Hell - we're all in this game of life together.
That's all because, as usual, it's about 8:30 and I'm starving!