I wrote a fanfiction with some original characters.
There’s 16/17 year old, [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u], and her niece (who she raises like a daughter), [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]. If I write a sequel, [name_f]Penelope[/name_f] will be called [name_u]Penny[/name_u] [name_u]Lane[/name_u] by her father-figure. I envision a little scene where he uses The Beatles song as a lullaby. It’s a post-apocalyptic world so she hasn’t heard the song since she was really young. I haven’t decided how much of it she remembers, I think that part will flow as I’m writing it.
Evelyn and a male character have a baby girl together. Due to the post-apocalypse world, they don’t know the gender beforehand, so she chooses the name [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] because it’s unisex. If I do a sequel, she’ll be called [name_f]Ro[/name_f]-[name_f]Ro[/name_f].
Evelyn’s character is mature but also very “broken” due to trauma (I hate the term “broken” because people aren’t objects, but it’s the best way to describe her). She’s selfless when it matters most but doesn’t let herself miss out on the moments where she can be selfish and follow her heart. I really enjoyed writing her because I pulled a lot of her personality from myself, from what I envision my daughter to be like, and from a foster teen I worked with years ago.
Penelope’s character is quiet and creative/innovative. She’s very sensitive to her environment and the people around her. She is loyal to a fault and loves hard.
Rowan is only a year old when the fic ends. If I write my sequel, she’ll be the opposite of [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]. Stubborn, out going, opinionated, and not afraid of stirring up trouble.