This post is in response to the February Blog Chain prompt about our novel's antagonist. I've chosen Lord Ashby, who's crawled out of my 1850s-London Gothic suspense novel, Cirque Noir.
Part one: Describe the antagonist in your novel in 50 words or less.
A Victorian expansionist, Lord Ashby sees the world in pounds and pence. Land-hungry, he’ll grab whatever space he can to throw up quick terraced housing for the burgeoning population. Domestically he’s a cold and distant master to his cowed wife Catherine and their sickly son; professionally, he takes no prisoners.
Part two: What would you say to your antagonist if you met him or her in real life? Post a scene in response to this question in 100 words or less.
He’d probably give me the heebie-jeebies if I ever met him in real life! But here goes; beaming Charlotte back to 1850s London:
“I walked past the old circus site today,” I said. “The ground is still scorched – I can’t imagine anything growing there for years.”Ashby shrugged, signing a paper. His name, as usual, in red ink. “Land should be for building, not growing. That tawdry circus held the lease far too long: pennies, for the best vacant land in London.”“Will charity be given to families of the dead?”He looked irritated. “What families? Those crude circus folks all died together.”No. Not “all”. I gazed at his red-stained fingertips.Ashby would soon learn that no job should be left half-done.
Next aboard the blog train is Auburn Assassin. Don't forget to check out the other participants in February's Blog Chain: