First, go read Dream Rider over at the Masquerade Crew so you know who and what I’m talking about. Besides, it’s just a good story. It’s short, under a thousand words so it won’t take you very long. After you’ve read the story, come back so we can talk about the characters in the story.
Go… I’ll wait….
Now that you’ve read Dream Rider, let’s discuss the characters.
Arch isn’t human. I know, kinda obvious by the talons, wings, feathers, and fangs, but it needed to be said. What is he? He’s a dream rider. He’s a creature from another dimension where he lives with his family. No, sorry, Arch lives in more of a dorm set up by the company he works for. Company, more like a government or council of elders. During his work sleep cycle, a period of time where he does little, but work and sleep, he lives in the dorm very close to his portal.
Actually, it wasn’t until he was assigned Elijah, that he had to be accessible at a moments notice. Elijah is special in that even his day dreams are vivid and real enough to draw Arch to them.
Time for Arch doesn’t flow like it does for a human. It’s fluid. Hard to measure by anything we humans can understand.
Elijah is twelve-and-a-half. The half is very important to Elijah. He’s old enough to remember his dreams and yet young enough to still be scared by them. At least when no one else can hear him admit it.
Arch is young Elijah’s only dream rider, but Elijah is not Arch’s first dreamer. No one, not even Arch, really knows how old he is. Old enough to be tired. Old enough to oversleep, to be frustrated with his lot in life, and old enough to know that he is needed. His job is important even if he doesn’t understand how or why.
But Arch is not an old soul, or wouldn’t be considered an old man if he were human. Comparatively, he’s in his early thirties. He’s been the dream rider of mostly heroes. He seems to have an affinity to them, or that’s what was explained to him when he questioned his assignment to Elijah days after Elijah’s birth and again days later when Arch realizes Elijah will be a hero. This more than any other, weighs heavily on Arch. He’s unsure why this boy, since birth, feels more important than those who came before him, but there it is.
As for Elijah. He knows simply that his father, a few uncles, a cousin, his grandmother and her father, were heroes. Few of them are remembered by anyone, for their kindnesses were not vast, but made a huge difference in the lives of those they touched.
And as we do sometimes, Elijah knows that his life is meant for greatness and when he’s dead and gone, he will be held to a higher level as one who saved not just a few, but the entire world. And he knows, he needs Arch for his friendship as much as what he can teach Elijah.
Why have I given you this information? Because I’m considering, after much prodding by several of those who’ve read Dream Rider, of expanding the story. We’ll see.