William Bryson: “The night my son was born I held him in my arms, as any father would. I was at the window of the hospital, looking out over our city. Sarah was asleep. I looked to God and made him a promise… ‘I will burn your creation to the ground to keep my son safe’ and here I am, seventeen years later, fulfilling that promise.”
William was raised as a Catholic and has attempted to keep faith in God through his dangerous work. He prays (almost) every night, goes to church every Sunday, and is heavily involved with the youth programs in the fictional Pinecrest, New York. He does swear but feels it is a lesser sin. His work as a Lunar Rider in New York is normal for the organization. In New Hampshire he may or may not crack from the horrors he will see. This time though, his family is in immediate danger for the second time of his life. He did not succeed the first time and is now using the wrath of God as his anchor to justify the violence he feels is appropriate. This is mentioned many times in the story.
He does not insult people often, and thus far I have not written one in for him. It more than likely won’t happen at all. His arc is already planned out, there is a lot of pain and happiness and redemption in his life. When he hunts he is very cold and tries to be practical, often coming off as no-nonsense to anyone working with him.
On the other hand, Sarah can be brutal with her insults. One example: “You dog fucking mongrel!”
Here’s another, to a rather unfortunate looking werewolf. “Sewer crawler; you fuck the alligator under Brooklyn yet?”
A threat: “The amount of pain and suffering I am going to inflict upon you will write me in the history books.”
Another threat: “I am not a lieutenant. I am not a God-fearing Christian woman. I am a mother.”
If you’ve guessed yet, Michael may or may not need saving. It does not really matter, because the family meet some nasty, nasty people in their journey and will need to scare them off somehow. I let Sarah have a little fun because it’s part of her character, I’m not just sitting here trying to think up some cool shit to say. She may live in rural New York now but she grew up in urban New Jersey, at a middle/high school that was not especially the greatest. Learning to threaten or insult people is a coping mechanism. In her twenty-two years as Pinecrest’s Lieutenant insults and threats have slowed down because it could possibly be seen as unprofessional. However, as the last threat implies, she no longer has to represent the Sheriff’s department and can let loose a little rage in New Hampshire.
As of yet I have not worked in an insult or threat for Michael but his parents have passed their fighting words down to him.