Time to get critical. Use these questions to explore the less-than-lovely aspects of your character. Even the most heroic of protagonists have a couple of skeletons in their closet.
• What’s the worst thing you’ve ever wished on somebody (and who was it)?
Wade: A slow death. No names.
Mac: Oh, I wanted to kill him fast and party on his corpse.
Wade: Same person.
Mac: There were two, but you know which one. Personal grudge.
Wade: Grudge? Interesting take.
• When was the last time you lied? What made you do it?
Mac: I prefer not to lie.
Wade: Nah, you just stop talking.
Mac: That’s brilliant, coming from you. When was the last time you lied?
Wade: It’s an ongoing part of my life.
• Is there somebody you haven’t been able to forgive? What did they do? Do you want to forgive them?
Wade: There are whole groups of people, and they started the lies. There is no ‘forgive’.
Mac: I understand why they did what they did. I have no remorse, but trust is another thing. It’s not earned easily.
• Can you lie easily?
Mac: When it’s necessary.
• Do you handle rejection well?
Wade: I don’t know.
Mac: I suppose, I mean, what choice is there?
• Have you ever done something illegal?
Wade: I’ll have to refer you to my lawyer.
Mac: Define ‘illegal’.
• Are you more likely to ask for permission or forgiveness?
Wade: I knew that.
Mac: Shut up.
• What terrible thing have you done that you never thought you would do?
Wade: It’s not that I didn’t think I could, but if I would. The answer is yes. If you are my enemy, if you threaten my home, I’ll hunt you down.
Mac: I couldn’t do the things Wade has done.
• What criticism would your worst enemy make of you, that you secretly agree with?
Wade: That I’m just like him. He was right.
Mac: We can’t stay hidden forever. He proved it, and here we are.
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