Monday, July 20, 2015

Alice & Alyssa Character Spotlight: Bettina

Here you go...enjoy!

The Loving Older Sister
Most Likely to Say Something Along These Lines:
“Is there anything I can do to help you?”
Description of Character:
The oldest and only girl in Raynold’s family, Bettina is always on the lookout for how she can serve others. Only younger than Raynold by two years, she seems older than him because how responsible she acts. Always trying to make strangers feel welcome and comfortable, she loves to show hospitality in any little way she can. Quiet and reserved, unlike Raynold, she tends to watch others far more than she talks to them, and is usually only in the background, stirring soup or making beds.
Book Excerpt(s):
Raynold came down from his room with freshly brushed hair and a broad grin. He gave his sister an affectionate kiss on her cheek before asking, “Where are the girls?”
Bettina returned his smile and answered, “They went out to the end of the field to work on something.”
“Ah!” Raynold nodded knowingly. “What’s for dinner?”
“Biscuits and beans,” Bettina replied. “One of your favorites!”
“That sounds delicious!” He smiled. “Where’s Cor?”
“He followed Diana outside. She said they were going to look for some chips of wood to play with. You know there’s hundreds around from chopping wood for our fireplace.”
“Splendid, splendid,” Raynold paused, resting his chin in his hands. “What do you think of the girls?”
Bettina considered her reply carefully. “Well,” She began, “they are very nice and mannerly. I would say they have been raised in a good home.”
Her brother sat down, his forehead creasing worriedly. “I’m worried about the mission they have to go on,” He said finally, expressing his concern. “It’s a long journey, and they will face many dangers.”
“You mean they’re going alone?” She asked.
“That’s what the council thought,” He replied.
“They can’t,” Bettina stated flatly. “And that’s all there is to it. Three girls cannot go on that mission alone. Even to save our world and you know it.”
“But who would be willing to go with them on such a dangerous trip?”
Bettina looked over at her brother knowingly. “You would,” She said.
“Yes, but…”
“But what?”
“But what would the council say?”
“I think they would be wise in letting you go with them,” Bettina answered firmly. “After all, the life of our world depends on them completing this mission!”
Raynold gave in at last. “Very well. I shall ask the counsel at the first possible moment if I can accompany the girls on their mission.”
Further conversation was interrupted by Bettina coming into the barn with a sack in her hands. She walked up to Raynold and handed it to him.
“Mother and I thought you might appreciate some food for the journey. At least for the first few days until you can hunt for your own,” She said.
Raynold smiled and kissed her affectionately on the cheek. “You’re a jewel, Betts,” He answered. “What could I do without you and mother thinking of my comfort every moment of each day?”
“Stuff and nonsense,” Bettina replied, waving away his praise. It was obvious she was pleased though, and walked back to the house with a spring in her step.


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