Faibol Aug 14, 2018 21:00:30 GMT -8
Post by ariya on Aug 14, 2018 21:00:30 GMT -8
Name: Faibol Arvene
Weyr/Location: Melisong Hold
Rank: hired help
Family: Mother Arvene, 31 turns. Step-Father Glassier, 37 turns, Step-Sister Tyla, 11 turns Half-Brother Servene, 10 turns, Half-Sister Glissene, 2 turns, other extended family members
Friends: A circle of friends within Melisong Hold and of Gaidahan's household
Yesterday, it seems, Faibol was knee-high to a grasshopper with giant-sized feet, but otherwise evenly proportioned with the friendliest baby-face that might one day turn into a real heartstopper. Today he is five foot seven, gangly, and still operating several inches below his height. His feet are no longer humorously over-sized, but enough so that they tell the tale of more growth to come. He's still baby-faced, but with the additional bonus of a tendency to blush at every other sentence blessed with the presence of unpredictable acne.
Faibol's skin is naturally tan. His hair is brown with a natural wave, and he keeps it just long enough that this wave shows, but short enough to still be respectable. He has large, dark brown eyes and lengthy eyelashes most girls are jealous over. His newly activated hormones have contributed to a wide variety of sometimes uncontrollable expressions, but just yesterday, it seems, he was seen mostly as a calm, amiable boy with a ready smile.
The adults around Faibol always lovingly admonished him to keep a good posture and mannerisms. He's been a little over-zealous in obeying that. He is always proper in his mannerisms, sits and stands straight, with his head neither too high or too low, and his hands obediently folded in his lap or kindly by his side. Unfortunately, he was several inches shorter not too long ago, and all of Faibol's unconsciously calculated movements are all awry. he keeps walking faster than he means with his longer strides, and is forever bumping into walls and hangings. Nothing seems to be where it ought to be. Simple task are a challenge now - and proper on a gangly teenage usually just works out to mean easily laughed at.
As for clothing, Gaidahan demands clothes similar to his own for Faibol. Unfortunately, though he'd had the foresight to have his outfits made longer in length with room to grow, Gaidahan did not anticipate the amount of growth his hired help would undergo. Faibol's well-picked clothing of top-notch quality and complimenting colors with just enough pizazz to stand out are now a few inches too short in every place. All his outfits look borrowed rather than made. Faibol tries very hard not to forget that fact, but when he sticks his hands out and his belly shows, his red as the sun face and sudden forgetfulness on how exactly to string words together makes it more than evident that it is a burden to him.
At least his handkerchiefs, sewn by his sister and embroidered by his mother, are nice, and Gaidahan spares no expenses on making sure Faibol's leather shoes always fit properly.
On the edge of innocence.
Faibol is in a teenaged body and employed to a vintner everyone knows never possessed a grain of innocence - he's not even oblivious to the fact that many agree Gaidahan's probably his true father - but he is still a boy who exudes boyish innocence. He's humble, curious, and unafraid enough of asking (far too many) questions, no matter how much it seems that everyone else around him already knows the answer. He is no stranger to trouble, but expects a happy ending, for that's really all he's ever known. This expectation of good things leads to an eagerness to be helpful and take action whenever he feels action needs taking.
Just yesterday, it seems, he was like Gaidahan in that he never met a stranger and simply carried himself with such a sure confidence that he was often overlooked in places and even in the processes of doings he shouldn't have had any part of. He knew by instinct how to look like he belonged, and as children are wont quickly learn, he knew how to use that to his advantage. In short, he was exactly the sort of employee Gaidahan wanted way back right before he turned old enough to apprentice.
Today, Faibol often shies away from new people and faces sure situations with such wide-eyed uncertainty that he is now both a source of frustration and amusement to Gaidahan, who hates the quality of indecision in others more than anything else. Everything has changed. Walls and other such fixed objects have turned out to be deceptive both in location and in solidarity. Girls are suddenly more than just other human beings, but now inexplicably very interesting human beings. Words aren't just words with one or two meanings depending on the tone, but they can have five of six different undertones to them! Unless a girl is speaking, and then they might have some alien meaning that they themselves don't seem to always understand? Faibol knows enough to start questioning everything like a deer walking into an open meadow, but not enough to begin to know how to continue. He holds to core ideals of expecting everything to very simply turn out for the good, but 'simple' is one of those words that is suddenly complicated, and he just isn't yet able to go forward with the the same come-what-may attitude and sure heart as before.
Shortly put, Faibol stands at the crossroads of childhood and teenage exploits. Whether he holds to the first and so becomes subservient or embraces the second to start on a journey to confident adulthood brimming with the real possibility of becoming a leader in his own right is still a choice he isn't even aware that he is holding in his hands.
Bad things happen, but they always turn out right. That has been the story of Faibol's life.
It seemed, upon the discovery of his existence, Faibol would be doomed to a life of shame. His mother was a slip of a teenager, daughter to respectable, hard-working parents who immediately demanded her hand-fasting to whoever his father was. Arvene never would say so, and it was only by the charitable mercy of the other weavers she studied under that she didn't fall into shamed poverty, unable to complete her studies. Certainly Arvene worked up a debt, but she was determined to succeed. Stubbornness has always been a hallmark trait of Faibol's mother.
Despite dire predictions, Arvene did eventually handfast to a widower, precisely because she had a three-turn toddler and was a stubborn worker. Glassier knew that Arvene could and would care for the new born his wife died birthing, and also continue to contribute to the family. Faibol was close to both mother and stepfather and cherished his younger siblings. He ran about with luck on his side, well-liked for his personality. Sure, he was stubborn in some ways like his mother, as well as very willing to do anything for his family like both her and his stepfather. He got into plenty of fights because there were plenty of things to fight about: Most blazingly was the fact that he looked nether like his fair-skinned, blonde-haired mother or red-headed and rotund stepfather. His stepsister was crooked legged and his brother was unquestionably mentally slow. But after fighting, Faibol was always willing and ready to grin, shake hands, and point out the good about his sister, his brother, and the kids who tried to be his enemies. He eventually had such a posse of good friends that even those he never did win would make comments or dare mess with his younger siblings. All conflicts seemed to work out to Faibol's benefit.
Even when his mother became pregnant with his youngest sister, and very ill throughout the whole pregnancy so that she couldn't work and any hope of his becoming an apprentice anywhere only turned around to the best. He not only got the cutest, and most perfect, little baby sister, but not a sevenday after his parents explaining that he wouldn't be able to pursue his studies of choice, he found himself in the household of Gaidahan Vinter. The man had always been extremely nice to him and his family, and Faibol was happy to take a position in helping the man out with his broken leg. He could earn enough marks both to help his family and himself, and never have a dull moment with the Vinter while he was at it!
Faibol's life has been what it is for everyone: Mountains and valleys that have all worked together to bring him both physically and mentally to this point. He's more than a little confused now that he's growing up and understanding and feeling more, but it's just another great adventure. It's the first time he's not sure that everything will work out, but there's not actually a current problem. So if it was all right when he didn't understand that there was more to the world, it will certainly still be all right now. Right?
Adoption?: No, creating him so I can bounce in and out.