Helena is a 31 year old office manager who is missing a decade of her life and doesn’t let that bother her. She went missing at 4 and appeared a decade later with no memory of what happened while she was gone. She graduated with a GED and is thinking about taking up Accounting just to see if she can get a better job, since the current one is more frustrating than anything.
She longs for a more exciting life than she currently has, but doesn’t have the education for a better job or the vacation time for travelling right now. She loves swimming and spends most of her days dreaming of the beach. She doesn’t have to be brought down too often, as she’s good at planning ahead and can usually keep everything running smoothly enough for daydreams of vacations she’d like to go on one day with her boyfriend, Ray.
Olivia is Helena’s younger sister, now in her seventh year of University and pursuing a PhD in Media. She is much more interested in enjoying her 20s than studying, so it’s a mystery how she’s getting everything done. She visits Helena often since her apartment is closer to school and downtown than home, and she knows just how to convince her sister to give her whatever she wants, so long as that thing is not money.
Ray is Helena’s boyfriend of the past two years. He is the owner of a successful start up that is about to enter a strange time with investors. He is outdoorsy and adventurous in a way that complements Helena, though their schedules don’t often match so that they can. Still, when he makes a promise or a date, he will do whatever he can to keep it.
Avi is from the period of time that Helena cannot remember. He is an intense presence and continues to treat Helena in the same way he did when he knew her, regardless of the time past or how much she actually remembers, or even the situation at hand. At least, he doesn’t if there’s something else around that demands more attention than recognizing that she doesn’t know what the hell is going on.1
In any other story, Gale would be the main character. He’s strong, cocky, and he is probably the most gifted kid they’ve ever had. At fourteen, though, he’s also prone to jealousy and doesn’t like that Avi seems to have some sort of relationship with Helena. Because of this, he goes out of his way to prove he’s more awesome than she is and that neither of them need her.
Ven and Mystery Lady
Two characters that exist in the story but I’m not planning on having them actually appear. They are both important presences in the story, but they aren’t exactly characters during the story. Instead, their influences end up felt throughout and they are frequently talked about and referenced.
- He’s also way darker, but the skin tone on the doll maker only comes in one colour. [↩]