First, I want to start off by saying that this is a FIRST DRAFT which, for those of you who do not know, means it WILL CHANGE.
Also, along with the content, the title and the majority of the names can and will most likely change.
I wanted to start this novel with a little background but I didn't want to just spout random words and unnecessary facts about Rose's background. I wanted someone reading to understand where Rose is coming from and I also wanted her background to begin to touch on the history and life in the Home.
Rose's mental problem is NOT anything real (or at least, as far as I know) and I wanted to make it extremely obscure, something no one could diagnois (not sure I accomplished that), along with all of the kids in her therapy class. None of them have anything that I given them and meant to be real.
Let's see... What else?
Mary Lyn is a personal favorite character. She has a sort of big role through out the entire novel as a kind of guardian angel, I guess. That is not really spoilerous, I promise. Mary Lyn was inspired by this obsession I have with one not being able to understand quite what's happening, even though she does. It's very hard to explain. Just people who can perceive the world but sturggle with turning those signals into a full picture. IT'S JUST SO COOL.
The therapy scene right at the beginning I felt was necessary, to show the dynamic between the children and the doctors.
Also, can I just take a second and say: Josh.
He is a hoot, ain't he?
BUT I WILL NOT PLAY FAVORITES.
Linda is there to represent a motherly figure, if we're going by archetypes. She is very critical in how Rose grew up and is one of the reasons that Rose isn't completely unaware of the Outside. But, Linda doesn't provide everything that Rose needs as a motherly figure and so she has kind of adopted a mentor status.
The butterfly that Rose imagines... For me, butterflies represent freedom and rebirth, which are both things that Rose may or may not need or encounter in this novel. You'll just have to wait and see.