Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Character You’d Like To Check In With – as in, see what they’ve been up to in the last 5 to 100 years.
I’ve limited this to characters who don’t show up in sequels and whose middle and later lives we never get a glimpse of. So no Anne Shirley Blythe (who’s about my age by Rilla of Ingleside), no Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, no Roderick Alleyne or George Felse (whose careers we follow through a number of years.) I’ve also eliminated characters whose stories haven’t ended yet (I’m looking at you, Kvothe, Isaac Vainio, Cinder, and Mary Russell!)
So who do I want to catch up with?
Kel (Keladry of Mindelan) from the Protector of the Small series (Tamora Pierce). We know what happens to Alanna after her series, but what about Kel? When we leave her, she’s a full knight; she’s in charge of a camp of refugees that’s rapidly turning into a small town; she might or might not have a thing for Dom. . . I want to know what happens to her next – and what happens to her in 10 years, and 20, and 30. I’m pretty sure they won’t leave her in charge of that camp forever. Will she ever be in command of a company? Teach at the page school? Are there more wars on Tortall’s horizon? (I rather hope not.) And while we’re at it, what about Neil? Owen? and the rest of Kel’s friends?
Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett). What happened when she, Colin, and Dickon grew up? Did their friendship survive, given the class differences? Did Colin and Dickon fight in the Great War – or perhaps their sons? (The timeframe for The Secret Garden is a bit hazy, but it seems to be sometime in the latter third of the 19th century.)
Kate Sutton and Christopher Heron from The Perilous Gard (Elizabeth Marie Pope). With Elizabeth on the throne at last, what will their lives be like? Kate isn’t exactly meek; her tongue could get her into hot water again.
Diana Bishop and Matthew Claremont from the All Souls Trilogy (Deborah Harkness). Though the threats to them appear to be resolved, I think there’s still a lot of opposition. . . and things won’t be easy for Matthew as head of his vampire family, either. I’d also like to know what happens to Gallowglass; I’ve got a soft spot for him.
Kit Tyler and Nat Eaton and Hannah from The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare). Sure, it’s obvious Kit and Nat are meant for each other, but that doesn’t mean a marriage between them will be easy – they’re both pretty strong-willed, for one thing. And sailing has its dangers – does Nat survive? Do they grow old together? And does Hannah heal at all, with Nat and Kit’s care?
Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series (Rick Riordan). OK, we’re probably going to get at least a glimpse of them somewhere in the Magnus Chase books (it can’t be coincidence that the hero of the Norse-mythology series is named Chase – just like Annabeth.) But I want more Percy and Annabeth! And while I think they’ve more than earned a quiet life, somehow I don’t think they’re going to get one.
Who do you want to catch up with?