This week, for my “8 Sentence Sunday” snippet, I’d like to introduce a new character: Milia Furlan.
Special Envoy Milia Furlan is a well-respected diplomat who works for the League, an international peacekeeping organization–modeled loosely after The League of Nations, as you might have guessed. Though, it’s been around for about 700 years in Voi’s world. (Funny: I tried thinking of other names to use, though “League” just seemed to have the best ring to it!)
Voi has heard a lot about this woman in the newspapers–including the first headline from last week’s snippet–but this is the first time she actually meets Milia face-to-face.
Suffice it to say Milia is not who Voi expected her to be!
At the other end of the barn sat a woman in a steel grey ladies’ suit atop a bale of hay with her legs crossed, smoking from a long, silver cigarette holder. Traces of a sweet-smelling smoke lingered in the air.
To be honest, the woman looked rather glamorous to Voi, with her thin red lips and wavy blonde bob. She held an air of aloof worldliness about her—a complete contrast to Voi’s disheveled tomboy-pilot look. As such, the mundaneness of her attire in comparison caused Voi to unintentionally slow in her approach.
“My goodness,” said the diplomat. “You look so…Borellian.”
Voi just stood there and frowned.
Granted, none of my snippets have included a physical description of Voi thus far, so we don’t have any specifics as to what she’s talking about. (I will say she is biracial.) However, for our immediate purposes, the goal here was to introduce the kind of tension that will be present in most of Voi’s interactions with Milia, as well as reveal some of Milia’s character.
What was your initial impression(s) of Milia?
Based on my first snippet, do you think Voi and Millia have a good chance at working together as part of a team? Let me know in the comments!