Getting tired of this book yet? (For those wondering, I am still working on my other books as well. Haphazard 3 was sent out to editors and beta readers, AT LONG LAST!)
As promised on Monday, today I am introducing a new character from Brothers-in-Arms.
Caleb is a side character. He showed up in the first draft as a resistance fighter, and he needed a name because it was better than calling him, "one of the fighters." He and Japhet Buchanan become friends during the time Japhet serves with the resistance.
Caleb is 24 during most of the story. He is average build with blond hair and brown eyes. He was a brilliant young man who graduated high school at the age of 15, two years earlier than his two school chums Warren and Karl. The three of them attended college together where they became favourites of their math teacher Odis. After four years of college Caleb graduated with plans to become a doctor.
As a boy, Caleb was an Orthodox Jew but later becomes a Christian. He went so far as to shave his beard and give up wearing the traditional skull cap. Because of this his father shunned him and refused to acknowledge him as his son. Caleb used his friendship with Warren, also a Jew, to tell him of Jesus and the truths in the Bible. Later on Warren too became a Christian, though his family wasn't ever as strict in following Jewish traditions so they weren't as hard on him.
Besides Warren and Karl, Caleb was best friends with a girl named Annie. The other two boys treated Annie as a little sister and let her tag along with them, but Caleb and she always joked they would get married when they were older. Annie attended the same college as the boys, but only went in for two years. After two years and Caleb's graduation she dropped out and the two of them married. (Annie's biggest dream was to raise her and Caleb's kids. They always said they wanted at least ten.)
A month after their wedding, Caleb and Annie went into Berlin to see the Olympics. (Okay, to be honest I am still working with this part. I don't know if I could even get them in there at the time since they were Jews. If I can't there will be another reason they were in Berlin, but for now I'm sticking with the Olympics. I haven't had time to research everything yet.)
Either way, they are in Berlin during the Night of the Broken Glass. (And here follows one of the reasons I've been going around shouting, "I HATE THIS BOOK" while I edit.) During the Nazi attack, Caleb and Annie are pulled out into the streets and Annie is killed right in front of him. Caleb manages to get away, but goes slightly insane.
Joining up with the resistance, Caleb stays in Berlin where his favourite past time involves blowing up things. Anything. Train tracks, bridges, convoys. He sets mines in the road and he loves grenades. He sleeps with a grenade under his pillow.
Even though Caleb is hardly in the book he plays his own important role and the story wouldn't be the same without him and his explosives.
Now I am going to bed. Quote is from Unbroken, Phil and Mac while talking about the rickety rescue plane they had to fly.