Character Interview: Braedyn Carter

Braedyn is a character from The Shades and the Elect, like Madi from last week, and another RP favorite. He’s sweet, loyal, and protective. He’s a mechanic on cars, the rare airship (as in: he built the only one in existence as of SATE), and watches. He adores building and repairing watches. He’s also one of those people who’s good at just about everything, so in addition to being a mechanic he also plays a handful of sports and at two musical instruments. (Where he gets the time, I don’t know. But I can tell you for sure that such people do exist, so it’s not… quite as unrealistic as it sounds. XD)

He’s one of my favorite characters of my own, and I hope you enjoy meeting him. :)

Braedyn: *comes in and shakes the interviewer’s hand with a smile* Good morning.

Interviewer: Good morning. *returns the smile* How are you today?

Braedyn: I’m doing well. *takes a seat* How are you?

Interviewer: Also doing well. I’ve heard a lot about you and I look forward to talking to you.

Braedyn: *chuckles* What all have you heard?

Interviewer: You’re a whiz at everything you try, according to your friends. Particularly mechanics.

Braedyn: *laughs* That’s not true. I’m good at a lot of things, but I’ve definitely tried things I was bad at, and I wouldn’t say I’m a whiz at most things. I do think I’m a pretty good mechanic, but I don’t have exceptional proficiency with anything else.

Interviewer: I also hear you do a lot of different types of mechanics. What’s your favorite?

Braedyn: Watches, definitely. I like playing around with all the tiny gears and making more and more elaborate watches that are still practical.

Interviewer: Do you do that for a living or just as a hobby?

Braedyn: That’s a hobby. My living comes from car mechanics.

Interviwer: Do you have any other hobby projects like that?

Braedyn: I do, actually. I generally have a vehicle I’m working on for a while, and currently that’s a DeLorean like from Back to the Future. I’m working on getting it to fly right now.

Interviewer: Oh wow. That’s impressive.

Braedyn: I know the basic procedure, since I’ve built other flying vehicles before, but applying that to an old car is a bit harder. *chuckles*

Interviewer: What sort of flying vehicles have you built?

Braedyn: A couple of years ago I finished building an airship.

Interviewer: And what is that like?

Braedyn: The ship or the process of building it?

Interviewer: The ship.

Braedyn: It’s big, probably the size of a small cruise ship. It was built of a bunch of abandoned car parts so it has more seams than I’d like, even though I welded all the pieces together as smoothly as I could. But it’s nice and shiny black, since my friends helped me spray-paint the whole thing. And it’s safer than you’d think, to see all the seams; I’ve taken it out on multiple flights and it’s a sturdy thing.

Interviewer: I’ve heard you also do sports and play instruments. How do you balance your time among all your hobbies and work?

Braedyn: *takes a breath* Well, the sports are kind of tied in with my boarding school; we play a lot of sports to stay fit. And I’m not great at all of them, despite what I know my friends would say. *laughs* I’m really only great at football and basketball. With the others I’m mediocre, at best. And my instruments are a lot more of a side hobby. I can go months without practicing because I get busy with everything else. The hardest thing to balance is probably school and work. School has a really… fluctuating schedule, so I never know when I’m going to have time off to go home and work at the shop. Fortunately, everyone back home knows me pretty well as a mechanic and they’re not put-off by the weird schedule.

Interviewer: Where is home, for you?

Braedyn: The Emerald Edge, which was called Manhattan back before the Catalyst.

Interviewer: That’s really cool. So you’re versed in old-world history?

Braedyn: *nods* Another hobby of mine, and another that ties in with school. The Catalyst was what brought about the need for the school in the first place, so it’s helpful to know how it came about and what happened before and whatnot.

Interviewer: Y’know, I actually haven’t gotten to my question list at all yet. *laughs* I’ll try to be selective with my questions, since we’ve already talked a lot.

Braedyn: *eyebrows raise* Oh wow. Yeah.

Interviewer: *glances at question sheet* How old are you?

Braedyn: Seventeen.

Interviewer: *eyes widen* Seventeen? And you have a reputation in Manhattan for mechanics and you’re keeping up with a billion and one hobbies?

Braedyn: *chuckles and looks at the floor* Well, I wouldn’t say ‘keeping up,’ necessarily. But yeah.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Braedyn: No, but Jeevan’s like a brother to me, and Madi’s kind of like a sister. Jeevan and I grew up together, and Madi’s parents knew my mom so we became friends pretty early on, too. The other members of my class are close, too, but not as close as Jeevan or Madi. And I’m pretty familiar with Madi’s siblings, too. *smiles*

Interviewer: That’s awesome. Were you and Jeevan neighbors, school friends…?

Braedyn: My mom took him in when we were about three, actually. My mom knew his parents and when they were killed in an accident Jeevan was left with us.

Interviewer: I see. Was it weird having him move in?

Braedyn: *shrugs* I was little, so mostly I was just excited to have a brother. And that hasn’t changed. *smiles*

Interviewer: That’s awesome. Um, do you prefer movies or books?

Braedyn: Books. Especially Wayne Thomas Batson’s Dreamtreaders and Miranda Marie’s Fire Rain Chronicles.

Interviewer: Both old-world series.

Braedyn: *nods* The literature was really good back then, as a whole, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of new writing since the Catalyst.

Interviewer: That makes sense. I really enjoy both series, as well. Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Braedyn: Kindness. Both of the others are valuable – bravery, in particular – but I think kindness is the most important, and the key to the others being effective.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Braedyn: Selflessness. It’ll bring about honesty, and it also provides value to the kindness, intelligence, and bravery from the last question.

Interviewer: What’s one thing you can’t leave home without?

Braedyn: A tiny flat-head screwdriver and whatever watch I’m currently working on. I like working on them as I travel and whatnot.

Interviewer: *nods* That’s really cool. *extends a hand* It was great talking with you.

Braedyn: You too. *smiles and shakes the interviewer’s hand* Thanks for having me.

Interviewer: Oh, my pleasure!

Braedyn: *heads out*

So what do y’all think of the idea of joint character interviews? Kind of like the one with June and Wren, but usually more civil, lol. I think it would be kind of fun to be able to show the character relationships between some of them (like Braedyn and Madi), but I want to know what you all think first. Maybe I could make those my last-Wednesday interviews, rather than guest interviews? (Since I don’t do those often enough anyway. :P) Fun? Not-so-fun? Let me know in the comments!

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