Novel Sunday #7
Side Character #1: Detective Dante Santos
Age: 32 years old
He is the definition of tall, dark and handsome,
even if he does not acknowledge it. Detective Santos dresses the way all
detectives are expected to dress: in a suit and a hard-boiled trench coat. He
keeps his beard and hair trimmed neatly at all times…well, when he’s working,
anyway. The rare times he’s off, he lets his grooming habits get lax, and he
can be seen in jeans, flannel, and his favorite baseball cap. The laughter
lines that once adorned his face have long since disappeared, replaced by a
grim, suspicious gaze and bags under his eyes from far too many sleepless
nights. Only the people that are truly close to him can get him to open up and
relax…but those people are few and far between.
Though Dante was once a little more relaxed than he
is now, he has always been a serious person. He never stops pushing himself,
and as a result, is too hard on himself whenever he makes a mistake. His sense
of humor is nearly nonexistent when he’s on the job, and very few people can
get him to crack a smile in his off time anyway (unless he’s very drunk). He
places a firm belief in law and order, though he has known from a young age
that things normal people can’t often comprehend do exist (meaning that he is
sensitive to the “other world”, since he is an NDE survivor, though it seems
that his sense is not as strong as others, for some reason…). Therefore, while
he is certainly suspicious of anything that can’t be explained by normal means,
he is more willing than his colleagues to believe an abnormal
explanation…within reason, of course.
Identifying Character Trait: Frowning intensely when he suspects something; blushing deeply when he is unexpectedly hit on.
Relationship to Vanessa: Unexepcted informant.
Feelings towards Vanessa:
“She’s somehow always involved in my cases, one way or another. I don’t think she’s directly involved in any of them…but there’s something strange about her. I’m still trying to put my finger on it.”
Relationship to Ash: …
Feelings towards Ash: “…Who?”
NEXT WEEK’S CHARACTER INTRODUCTION: The High Reaper