A deeper introduction of the characters!
“Gene! Answer me, Gene! How bad are you hit?”
The plane shook and sometimes the tail dipped. Gene clung to the controls while he listened to Phil's voice shouting at him over the radio. He tried to focus, tried to clear his muddled mind and answer, but couldn't. Something had gone horribly wrong, he just couldn't remember what, no more than he could register the pain.
“Come on, idiot! Hang in there.” Phil said. Gene wanted to tell him to shut up.
“Stay with me. Talk to me, Gene!”
Gene struggled to form words. He tried to take stock of his surroundings. Everything blurred. His head didn't feel right, and there were black spots closing in on him.
“Tell me about your mom. About all the kids you beat up...”
Something flashed in front of Gene's eyes and for a few seconds he couldn't hear Phil's voice. When it passed, Gene realized he could no longer see his controls – or anything else. Panic hit him at the same time he found his voice.
“Phil,” he said heavily, “I'm flying blind.”
There, have a sneak peak.
Now to the characters.
Eugene Wade, who goes by Gene, is the only child of a widowed mother. He grew up in the deep south where he faced all kinds of bullying and discrimination. He and his mom had the chance to leave but never did because they didn't want to leave the home Gene's dad made for them.
Gene is a loner who has no friends and doesn't want them. He has his mom and that's enough for him.
Smart, Gene entered college early. When the war started he joined the Tuskegee Airmen because he saw it as a challenge and wanted to prove blacks could fly as well as whites. Gene passes training and is sent to training where he is given the same barracks as a man rumored to be insane and a medic.
Gene has a sullen personality. He is withdrawn, grouchy, but loyal to a fault.
Phillip Nixon, known as Phil.
Phil grew up on Wyoming on a ranch. He has an older brother and a youngest sister, and knows nothing of the prejudice in the south since his dad's boss on the ranch happened to be white and treated them like family.
Phil learned to fly on the ranch and therefore when the Airmen took recruits he shipped out to Alabama to join up.
Although he talks non stop Phil is nervous meeting people and misses the ranch. He has only two close friends and he relies on them for his sanity through the war.
Charles Harris. Charlie.
Charlie is a medic, but not a normal medic. To prove there shouldn't be segregation he joins the Airmen, even though he is white. Charlie grew up in Texas. He is the oldest of four with two younger sisters and one younger brother. He plays the guitar, hopes more accidents happen on base so he has something to do, and tries his best not to stick out.
Charlie is sweet plain and simple. He gets along, or tries to, with everyone. He is kind, gentle, and has a hidden since of humor. But also a hidden secret.
And there they are, my Tuskegee boys. I am very fond of them.
Now I am going to get ready for bed and tea.