Bailey is a gnome. I chose gnome over dwarf because dwarf is so typical. I needed someone who was an earth element and gnome seemed good for that. I know, I know, one does not normally look at Reese Witherspoon and think gnome. But I did and the voice in my head is her southern twang from "Sweet Home Alabama"
She is supporting cast. Prior to Nano I put together a Story Bible (of sorts) I knew I wanted a character to represent each of the elements. Having said that I'm not sure of the source for the following. When I was putting together my Story Bible I was just looking for info and not thinking that someday I'd need to credit someone. So if I've copied your blog or web page, please let me know and I'll credit you.
*The word Gnome means knowledge and also earth dweller. Gnomes correspond with the earth and all its aspects. Also associated with one who is a hoarder of precious metals, dazzling diamonds, and other sparkly bits nestled in the folds of the earth.
*Gnomes are symbols of the earth. As such, they encourage stability, grounding and offer a rooting quality to our experience. They are not without their wiles. Part of the levity that comes from these little dudes comes from an innate liveliness they imbue. They love their Mother (Earth) and are in-turn, loved back by her.
* Source unknown
Bailey tries to help Teylor unlock the 'earth element' within her. Call a stone to your hand, a child's first lesson for gnomes.
**"Relax," Bailey said. "Calm your thoughts and let the stone come."
Teylor wiggled her shoulders trying to relax and imagined the rock. When no rock appeared in her hand she called out in her mind. Rock. I need a rock. Please.
She tried to calm her mind. She didn't want Fanny laughing at her for not succeeding. Anyone please, I need a rock she thought again.
A gasp from Bailey made Teylor open her eyes. She rush to the window. A black raven sat on the window sill tapping with its beak. Teylor opened the window. "Thank you," she said as the raven dropped a white stone into her hand.
** Whispers in the North - Nano 2011
Teylor has magic, but it seems to always 'backfire' in some way or two others. Not even Fanny can appreciate the strength of Teylor's magic but we get the first hint when she causes havoc across both realms. All beings become obsessed with getting Teylor a stone.