Character Profile of Abigail Martin from Walking in the Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni
Name: Abigail Martin under witness protection as Vera MacIntrye
Age: 17 ½ turning 18 shortly
Physical Description: About 5’5”, slender but curvy build, hazel eyes, and long, wavy light brown hair. She has her father’s eyes and her mother’s hair. She has a great sense of feminine yet modern style.
Background: I was a daddy’s girl, a spitting image of my mom, the popular girl with the perfect life until the first Crimson Reign novel was released. It was a book; a simple book about vampires…every teenage girl loves vampires, right? Not me— in my life vampires really do exist and they don’t sparkle. I woke up one morning to find that my parents hadn’t returned from their date night…and they never would. That’s when everything changed for me; my parents…they’re dead, murdered by a serial killer inspired by the popular novels. Now all that I want to do is forget about the loss of my parents and fill the gaping hole in my heart. When I ran away into witness protection and became Vera MacIntrye, my name isn’t the only thing that is altered—without my parents to guide me I’m lost. I’m not a normal teenager anymore. I’m the vampire girl, that girl with no parents, I’m an adult and worst of all I’m desperately alone. Somehow, when I met Tad Knightley I was able to deal with it all and was happy, but how long can happiness last for someone who’s cursed?
Who she lives with and where she lives: I live alone in my single bedroom apartment in Amherst, Massachusetts. It’s a few hundred miles away from where my parents were murdered, and it’s where my god parents live. It’s where I thought I’d be safe.
Likes: I love reading anything that is a classic. I’m a huge Jane Austen buff, and love pretty much anything else that is British Literature. When I wasn’t reading I used to write, but since the death of my parents I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m in love with Tad Knightley, my very own Mr. Knightley come to life. Oh, and metal music and Sting…because he’s awesome.
Dislikes: I despise anything to do with vampires, the Crimson Reign, those without work ethic, and math.
Strengths: With everything that has happened I have been getting pretty good at keeping secrets and hiding my emotions…or covering them up.
Weakness: Keeping secrets and hiding my emotions isn’t always beneficial to me—I know it, but it’s like my suit of armor, even with those that care about me. Oh, yeah, and Tad Knightley is a hunky, hot, makes me weak in the knees kind of person.
Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.
This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, "Crimson Reign," Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.
Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?
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