Character Interview: Coraline Seralen

Coraline is the main character of The King’s Paladin, book three of The Dark War Trilogy and the one I talk about least (because it’s the one I know the least…). She’s a terrified mess for a lot of the book, thrust into a job she doesn’t think she’s ready for, but she has the most tender heart ever and loves helping and healing people. Enjoy her interview. :)

Coraline: *comes in and sits across from the interviewer, fiddling with her linen skirt* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. *smiles* How are you today?

Coraline: Fine, I suppose. *offers a timid smile, kaleidoscopic hazel eyes tumultuous*

Interviewer: Shall we begin?

Coraline: *nods, brushing chestnut hair behind her ear*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Coraline: Coraline Alessia Seralen.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Coraline: Seventeen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Coraline: Not officially, but I grew up with five others around my age. Gabel Tyrell, Toril Valda, Wisterin Larn, Orlan Resdin, and Dorian Frallin.

Interviewer: Why were you raised together? What was that like?

Coraline: We were all born orphans one way or another, and Eliot Dashire took us all in to train us in the castle so one of us could become his apprentice. *swallows* Gabel and I were always his favorite, and I think the others resented us for it. I know Orlan did. We all trained together until I turned fifteen and he chose one of us to take over. We didn’t all have the best relationships, but we could only dislike each other but so much, living together and training together every day. We still all live in the castle, but now we barely interact, aside from Gabel and me.

Interviewer: Do you miss them?

Coraline: *shrugs* I think I miss the dynamic we had. Gabel and I were rather shunned by the other four, we never really fit in with them, but I miss training with them and the jokes they made even if they were usually at our expense. I didn’t like being insulted, of course, but it’s disappointing that I’ll never be that close to them again.

Interviewer: Do you have a job in the castle?

Coraline: I’m the healer’s assistant, mostly. I like helping people. *smiles softly*

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite food?

Coraline: Freshly-baked bread.

Interviewer: A favorite color?

Coraline: Pale blue, like a clear winter sky.

Interviewer: What’s your favorite book?

Coraline: Anything Gabel and I read together. We learned to read together, and ever since we could we’ve read a book together every year. *smiles, eyes sparkling*

Interviewer: So is Gabel like an… older brother?

Coraline: *nods slowly* In a way. He’s a year older than me and we’re as close as siblings.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Coraline: Horses. They’re beautiful, graceful, powerful… I almost wish I could be one myself. *chuckles*

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Coraline: Reading, running, horseback riding, and working in the apothecary.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Coraline: Kindness.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Coraline: Selflessness.

Interviewer: What is something you can’t leave home without?

Coraline: A book and my herb kit.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time. *smiles*

Coraline: You’re welcome. *returns the smile and leaves*

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