What do the characters in my book eat? Well, the humans are typical teenagers, so we get to see them enjoying a number of things: smoothies, fruit, sandwiches… nothing terribly exciting.
But the Liminals? Well, now that’s a story all in itself. According to Liminal Lore, when they were first created, they didn’t eat anything. They just flitted around from place to place, using up their energy without a care in the world. Unfortunately, that didn’t go well for them. It didn’t take long for their wings to slow, their spirits to sink, and their little tummies to start rumbling.
Except – it wasn’t their tummies that were rumbling, it was something deeper than that. You see, Liminals are made entirely of energy. Their little faerie-like bodies are composed of sunshine, children’s laughter, adult tears, and most importantly – creativity.
My son tells me they are evil little creatures who suck out your soul and regurgitate it. That’s not altogether true. They have an important, symbiotic relationship with humans.
Since they don’t have any magic of their own, and they need it to survive, they cultivate the creativity inherent in kids, harvest it, and manipulate it into something usable – something called talent or skill or intelligence.
When they’re finished, like any craft project, there are scraps left over. The Liminals simply help themselves to what humans don’t need. It’s a small price to pay for things like technology, medical cures, music, and art.
Of course, there’s always something that is a little bit greedy waiting in the wings. Something that doesn’t want to wait for energy to mature, and takes more than it needs… This is the thing that hides under the bed and goes bump in the night… These shadows consume more than they give, and the Liminals do their best to protect humans from their greed. But sometimes the Shadows eat more than their fill.
Thanks for stopping by to share your food for thought, Jennifer!
J.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.
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