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Round 2: Fighting for DFT – Gabriel Makos
Gabriel Makos vs. Shadowman
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Book Series: CRAVE and SACRIFICE
Job: Research Scientist, specializing in bats (for now–in the past, he was a government contractor working on sonar research, among other things).
Height: 5 pous and 14 daktyloi
Weight: 3.4 medimnos
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Deep chestnut (except when he is being fed on by another vampire–then, his eyes turn a vibrant violet color)
From (Location): Greece
Significant Other: Shay McGuire
Signature Move: Why limit yourself to only one? When you’ve lived for centuries, you either adapt or die. That signature move you used back in 1723 probably doesn’t work as well against a 21st century enemy.
Kill Highlights: Gabriel dislikes the term “highlight.” It implies that killing is fun, and he kills only when it is necessary to protect his loved ones. Though killing Martin, well, that would be a highlight.
Enemies: All humans, but particularly Dr. Martin Kuffner
Favorite Pastime: Before the massacre of his vampire family, he loved to swim in the Aegean Sea. After the massacre, Gabriel lost his taste for mundane pastimes…except maybe the movies. He loves movies.
Other Facts: Possesses extremely keen senses, great strength, and lightning-fast speed. But Gabriel’s true secret weapon is the communion he shares with the other members of his family, allowing them to sense one another’s emotions and follow them. Attack Gabriel, and he can instantly bring down an entire family of vampires on your head.
My name is Gabriel. I don’t need to win tests of skill to assure myself that I am strong and powerful. I know what I am. I know what I can do. There is only one reason that I’ve agreed to participate in the Supernatural Smackdown: It will make my life easier. When I devastate the competition and take the title of World Champion Supernatural, all other beings will know it’s useless to challenge me. They will know that hurting one I love is a death sentence.
I was born more than four hundred years ago. I have only the vaguest memories of my mother and none of my father. I do remember the orphanage I lived in until my new family found me. The night the vampires came was terrifying. I was only four or five, but I still understood. I saw them feeding on the woman who cared for me. I knew what they were. I thought they would kill me too…right up until Sam caught me. He was a vampire, but he soon became one of the most important figures in my life, half father to me, half brother, my best friend. He taught me that vampires were not what everyone thought: they weren’t evil demons. They were just people.
I soon learned to love my new family. They were easy to love. When I was old enough, although I felt a twinge at giving up the sun, I gladly joined them in a life of night. The communion between us nourished me in a way the sun never could–I felt the emotions of my brothers and sisters as if they were my own. I felt their love, their happiness. And then, years later, I felt their agony as they were attacked and murdered by ignorant peasants. Those monsters burned my brothers and sisters while they slept. Only two escaped other than me. Sam, my brother. And Ernst, the eldest of us, our leader, our father.
From that moment on, all I cared about was keeping my family safe. If I needed to kill to do that, I would. And so would Ernst, and Sam, and all the new vampires we’ve added to our family since the massacre. If one of us is in danger, the others feel his fear in the communion and track it to him. We all fight as one. We destroy the danger together. I don’t find pleasure in killing, and do not drain my prey, but I have no regrets about anything I do for the ones I love.
Now that includes Shay. I never thought I’d fall in love with a human, not after what humans had done to my family. But Shay made me see that not all humans are monsters. She smashed my old prejudices and wiped my vision clean. She is the bravest woman—the bravest person, the bravest being—I have ever known. While she was terminally ill, with almost no experience of a world beyond her sick room and occasionally her school, she did what many vampires with thousands of battles won would not have done. She risked her own life–her short, short life–to rescue me from her stepfather, Dr. Martin Kuffner. Martin was experimenting on me as if I were a lab rat. Shay knew it was wrong, and she put a stop to it. Martin will never stop coming after us, but my Shay was willing to face that danger in order to save me.
I brought Shay to my family where I believed she would be safe. But my family did not understand Shay the way I did. They refused to accept her, clinging to their old beliefs about humans. Ernst forced me to make a choice—the family or Shay. I chose Shay. So now my family is my enemy. How can I fight them when our communion is my strongest weapon? That weapon will be turned against me now–they will feel my emotions and track me down, they will find me wherever I try to hide Shay, they will know I don’t want to kill them and so they will attack because I am weak.
Or so they think.
I have found a new weapon: Love. I don’t want to battle my family, but if they try to kill Shay, I will fight, and I will win. It is the strength of my love that makes me impossible to defeat. I don’t fear death, because my life would not be worth living without Shay. That conviction is stronger than any weapon, any spell, any supernatural communion. I fight in this competition to prove–to my family, and to the world–that it is futile to attack me. I have devoted my life to protecting the woman who saved me and reawakened me to the joys of living. No one will defeat me.
Book Series: CRAVE* & SACRIFICE*, plus ECHOES, ROSWELLHIGH, and WRIGHT & WONG*. (I also had the privilege of playing in the Buffyverse for a few books*.)
Job: World Creator
Weight: Whatever it is, it’s all muscle!
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
From (Location): Concord, NC
Significant Other: I walk alone. (A black and white feisty dog runs wildly ahead of me at the end of her leash.)
Signature Move: Whirling takedown. (Wait, that might be the dog.)
Kill Highlights: Alien hunters, psycho leprechauns, evil scientists. (Hey, the characters couldn’t have killed them without me).
Enemies: See my kill highlights. I pretty much always triumph.
Favorite Pastime: Hanging at the dog park, going to movies, reading, doing battle prep at the gym
Other Facts: In high school, I was in a synchronized swimming show called Twilight of the Gods. Do not attempt to take me on underwater.
* As part of a Dynamic Duo with the lovely and fearsome Laura J. Burns
Book Series: CRAVE & SACRIFICE*, THE WRIGHT & WONG MYSTERIES*, and many other books under many other names. I challenge you to discover my aliases!
Job: Goddess of creation, Goddess of destruction, Goddess of plot twists
Weight: A lady never tells, and neither do I.
Hair Color: I’m gonna say dark blond.
Eye Color: Blue
From (Location): New York
Significant Other: Peter, or as I like to call him, “He Who Can Solve Any Story Problem.”
Signature Move: Does eating ice cream count? No? How about cookies?
Kill Highlights: I leave the killing to my characters. It’s less messy that way.
Enemies: Alarm clocks. Migraines. Mosquitoes.
Favorite Pastime: Ahh, pastimes. I remember those. I think I had some pastimes once, before I had kids.
Other Facts: In high school, I was not in a synchronized swimming show called Twilight of the Gods. However, I was a proud member of the Flaming Arrows Marching Band. Once, at Shea Stadium, they announced us at halftime as “The Flaming Marching Band.” True story.
* As part of a Dynamic Duo with the lovely and fearsome Melinda Metz
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Available on Spetember 20, 2011 from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
About the Book:
Gabriel and Shay are convinced that they can make their relationship work. Knowing that Shay is half-vampire, Gabriel thinks that his coven will embrace her as one of their own, but instead they view her as an abomination, a thing that doesn’t belong in either world. And they want her dead. Now Gabriel must make the ultimate decision – watch his love be killed by his coven or defy the people closest to him, the people he has spent centuries with to save her.
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