Adriana, Al, Allie, A.J., Arturo, Alma, Alyssa, Amanda, Araceli, and Aimee

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  My theme is the characters I’ve created.  To that end, I will briefly describe them.

Today, I will talk about characters I have created who’s names begin with the letter A, of which there are quite a few.

Adriana Rodriguez, is one of the main characters of Carol, Adriana, and Keisha.  Adriana is a driven, dedicated individual who likes for things to go smoothly and does not take kindly to setbacks.  She is very cynical and sarcastic, but nonetheless works to achieve her goals.

The rest are from the spinoff Luna, focusing on Adriana’s first cousin, Luna

Al and Allie Melendez are Luna’s first cousins via her mother Alma’s side of the family.  They are twins.  Both are perfectionists albeit in different ways.  Al, an amateur filmmaker, is obsessed with making the best films he can make.  Allie is a multi-talented indivdual and born leader, but very often has internal conflicts with feeling expected and wanting to be perfect and wanting be a normal teenage and mess up a few times.  Al and Allie rarely get along with each other, but they do always have each other’s backs when they need each other the most.

A.J. Santiago is Luna’s older brother. An aspiring rapper, he tries to cultivate an image that while influenced by hip-hop culture, also values respect, egalitarianism, and substance.  Luna looks up him, but that’s mainly because she often feels that she is the “least favorite” child in the family due to her accident-prone nature.

Arturo Santiago is Luna’s father.  Working as a surgeon, he is a success story, after growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants who had little.  He is married to Alma who runs a construction business.  As an parent, they want the best for their kids.  However, a common theme in the relationship with Luna and her parents is that they have conflicts due to not just Luna’s flaws, but theirs as well.  Luna tries so hard to be a good daughter, but it seems like nothing ever goes right; therefore, she’s not as close to them as she would like to be.  Arturo and Alma are also to blame for problems as sometimes they can be overly critical of Luna.  But as is a running theme with many of my characters, relationships are ultimately loving and supportive during the most trying of times.

Alyssa Hernandez is the character who most frequently antagonizes Luna.  The most popular girl in school, Alyssa hates Luna for all of the mishaps Luna causes, not the least of which was Luna accidentally killing her pet dog.  Alyssa was involved with turning the school against her because of that.  Luna generally tries to avoid Alyssa, but Alyssa seems to try to antagonize Luna at every opportunity.  However, Alyssa’s issue is really the fact that she lost something valuable to her, and she does not know how to properly deal with that loss.

Amanda is Alyssa’s younger sister.  The opposite of Alyssa she is a nice person.  She generally likes Luna, and Luna does think of her as a little sister, but any attempts she makes to befriend Luna are thwarted by her sister.

Araceli Villanueva is Ricardo’s younger sister.  She is supportive of him being gay, and loves him unconditionally.  They maintain a close relationship, and is always there to defend him against anyone such as people at school and even their parents who are not so okay with homosexuality.  Araceli lives for loyalty and respect and wants that for everyone, no matter how different they are.

Finally is Aimee.  Aimee is a girl at school who does attempt to befriend Luna; however, Luna’s klutziness has stood in the way of that.  Luna tries to help Aimee and do fun things with her, but something bad always happens, making it hard for them to get along.

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