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I've not actually managed to do any writing on the novel tonight. I think you have to take time out occasionally, and this is one of those instances! So instead, I've decided to do another character feature and this time, I'd like to introduce you to Llinos.
Llinos (her name is pronounced something similar to 'Klinos', thereabouts) is a young Welsh woman in her early twenties from Llanfair Caereinion, Powys. She is petite and slim, with long brunette hair, brown eyes and pale skin. Both Llinos and her father, Meurig, are first language Welsh speakers and they are introduced to the story as they encounter Patrick whilst leaving Llanfair Caereinion as refugees. Both her and her father have survived in their home town during the ten years of the long emergency, but the time has now come for them both to move on because of the new threat which has emerged in the borderlands.
Headstrong and resilient, yet at the same time caring and compassionate, she becomes a very 'close' companion for Patrick. I chose the name 'Llinos' because, in all honestly, it is one of the loveliest Welsh names that I have ever heard. It seems to sum up the character well. She is very much the girl next door, uncomplicated but still with a considerable amount of depth, something which she has had to build up during the long years of austerity and hardship. Meeting her is something of a revelation for the hard-pressed Patrick, seeing as most of his experiences in the past seem to have been brutal and traumatic. He is constantly haunted by these things, and her influence assists in some way to alleviate his nightmares.