When my sister and I were children, we used to play a game called I-Want-To-Be-Her. It was quite simple – whenever we were watching a film or a TV series, we would shout “I want to be her”, meaning a character in the film/programme, usually the most beautiful actress. In the interest of fairness we would also take turns at being the one to get first dibs.
You might think this would keep the peace, but you’d be wrong. My younger sister proved to be infuriatingly adept at spotting the right woman to root for, or the one “to be”, whereas I often ended up “being” the beautiful villain-ness.
So I developed my own brand of deviousness – or maybe that devious streak was already there, which might explain why I always ended up as the bad girl… hmm. Anyway, I would persuade (read: bully, cajole, trick) her into watching re-runs of the same programme when it was my turn to choose first, and then choose to be the good girl. It worked, but the victory felt hollow because it still didn’t change the fact that she was better at spotting the nice people than me. Grrr!
However, today I get first dibs, and I choose to be my heroine, Hazel, who features on the cover of my sweet romance mystery novella, “Blueprint for Love”. I just love her red coat and black boots, and I wouldn’t mind living in that house in the background either…
So does Hazel have a devious streak, or is she a goody-two-shoes? Or maybe her personality is somewhere in-between. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.