S: Awakened by Linh Phan
FC: Awakened | Karou
1: Linh Phan Hr. 5
2: My name is Karou. I am a 17-year old art student at a private school in Prague. I have blue hair and milky white skin. I also have two eyes-like hamsas on my hands, a serpent coiled around my ankle, and the words truth and story around my wrists like bracelets. I usually have a strings of scuppies, minor wishes, wrap my neck. I was raised by creatures called chimera. There's Brimstone, with his lion legs and ram head; Issa, with her snake tail, hood, and fangs; Twiga, with his giraffe neck; and Yasri, with his parrot beak. I'm often doing errands for Brimstone to collect teeth. Oh and another thing, I'm Madrigal's reincarnation. I didn't find out about that part until I broke the wishbone that Brimstone usually keeps around his neck, therefore releasing my memories of my past self.
4: Brimstone is like a father to me. He doesn't talk much, and he has scars all over his body. He doesn't like how I spend my wishes on. When I'm around, all he seem to do is string teeth together. I know he cares, though. After I was injured during an errand, he doesn't let me do dangerous errands any more.
5: Akiva, beautiful fiery wings and golden eyes that look like fire. He's a seraph, an angel. He was bred to fight in the war between seraph and chimera. Akiva is the former lover of my past self, Madrigal. He wasn't aware of who I was in the beginning and therefore killed my family. I will not forgive him for that.
6: Here in Marrakesh is where I met him. Here is where my world starts turning upside down. He was following me. He must have seen me come out of one of Brimstone's doors. After finishing the errand, I tried to get back to the shop quickly. I knew I was being followed. I cursed myself for not bringing any weapons with me. I thought this was going to be an uneventful errand. How wrong I was. Soon he confronted me and we fought. Thankfully I managed to get away though not before I found out what an effect my hamsas has on him. It blew him away. Why? What am I?
7: SNAP! We broke the wishbone, Akiva and I. Memories flooded me like a dam finally lifted.My name is Madrigal Kirin, a chimera with gazelle antlers, giant bat wings and gazelles legs starting from the knee down. I was sought after by the Warlord's son, Thiago. I didn't really have a choice until I met Akiva. I saved back in Bullfinch. I hadn't thought of him until he came to the dance in Loramendi, the chimera's capital. He gave me freedom. He gave me love. He gave me a way out of my future with Thiago. But we were caught, my friend, Chiro, found us and reported to Thiago. We were arrested and I was executed. Fortunately though Brimstone helped me figured out a way to stay alive. I possessed Chiro and freed Akiva, but he knocked me out and nothing. I remember everything.
8: Art has always been my favorite past time. It allows me to express myself and show people my world without having to lie about it.
9: The wishbone, to Brimstone it is hope. Hope that there is still a chance for the chimera in the war. To me it is my memories. Stored away for the right time for Madrigal to return.
10: "She was Karou, and she was Madrigal. She was human and chimera" (Taylor 390).
11: Karou is initially introduced as a young girl with mostly normal teenage preoccupations like boys and clothes. She is shown to be humorous, and also curious and somewhat rebellious. After her world is turned upside-down by her discovery of her life as Madrigal and the war-torn world whose reconstruction she will be instrumental in, she matures into a brave albeit bitter young woman who feels betrayed by her lover, Akiva.
12: WHERE LIFE BEGINS AND LOVE NEVER ENDS
13: WE MAY NOT HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER, BUT TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL
14: LIVE LAUGH
17: BE SILLY. BE HONEST. BE KIND.
20: KEEP ON SMILING LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
21: ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN