A big thank you to Joan for her submission. Let her know in the comments your impression of her character(s) below...
“Hey.” I slow down to catch my breath. “I like your jacket.”
“It’s okay,” Joanna says. She drops her voice. “You can tell me it looks ugly. I think it looks ugly.”
“I don’t think it looks ugly.”
“Thanks.” She looks around us, then pulls me closer. “Here, take a look at this.”
She pulls her pockets open and I catch a flash of metal. I lean forward.
Guns. Pistols. Canisters and twine and many little bottles of antiseptic.
“Why are you showing me this?” I ask.
Joanna releases her pockets and the fabric shuts again. “Your head didn’t seem 100% in the party. I thought you were like me. Worried.”
“Worried about…” I trail away.
“You know about it, Sibyl,” she presses. Mindy’s stopped for a breather and sees the two of us. She waves, then frowns.
I take Joanna’s hand and make her dance. But even then, I know our expressions are not right. My mouth feels tight and my cheeks are sore from smiling.
“Sure I do,” I say. “I just choose not to think about it.”
“That’s stupid.” Joanna stops moving. A few heads turn in our direction, but we don’t hold much attention. “It’s right outside, Sibyl. It’s all around us. Ignoring the G—” She falters, then grabs my arm and shakes it. “Ignoring it isn’t going to make it go away. Look at them,” she snaps all of a sudden, fingers digging into my skin. “Dancing as if it’s their last night. What will they do when it turns out to be true?”“Stop,” Deep in my stomach, I know I’m being silly. But there’s a time and place for everything, and right now I don’t want to hear Joanna. I shrug my arm out of her grip. “It’s graduation night. Nothing is going to happen to us.”
My very first impression is that the narrator and Joanna are very good friends - if not best - indicated by the way Joanna drops her voice and asks for honesty, and then shows off what she's got. I was confused by the mention of Mindy and surprised by Sibyl's reaction to the arsenal Joanna shows her. It looks like Joanna is about to go on a killing spree. The question is what prompted this? and why is Sibyl acting like she's in denial when Joanna's words indicate she's well aware of the plan? All of this leads me to think that Joanna is the stronger of the two characters and Sibyl the follower. I'm definitely very curious about what's going to happen!
Now what do you guys think about these characters? What was your first impression?