It’s interesting the way my stories seem to evolve and morph as I write and go through revision. When I first wrote The Littlest Dragon and the Princess I knew that there was a neighboring Prince who had come to collect a debt from a loan that was made to the Princess’ grandfather. The scene was rather dry, unemotional and woody. As I rewrote Prince Luan’s arrival the scene exploded; much more was revealed about the prince’s character. The original appearance of a couple of messengers turned into a showy procession of drummers and mounted soldiers followed by the Prince on a very large horse. It became a grand gaudy procession; Luan had grown into a very arrogant and bossy character.
After being lead to the council’s chambers by the Princess and the Littlest Dragon he became rude, disrespectful and demanding. When the council had verified the loan document was authentic they were devastated; they asked for more time to repay the money. At this point to my amazement Luan’s character came alive and took over the scene from me; I could barely write fast enough to keep up with the action. I was amazed as the scene continued to build. Refusing their plea for more time Luan’s rant grew as he shouted at the Emperor and the Council but I was flabbergasted as he ended his demands he spat on the floor in front of the Emperor. Finishing his tirade he turned and marched out of the council chamber. As he reached the door he stopped, turned around and glared at the Emperor and the Council; again he spat on the floor. What a pig!
Prince Luan is more than a condescending bully. What makes his character so interesting is that he is so spoiled and self-absorbed; he hasn’t a drop of compassion or human decency. The neat aspect of his change in character is that as we continue with the story we begin to hate him and long for the predicament to be turned around. Fortunately later in the story the Princess takes control, turns the tables on Prince Luan and he is humiliated.