Thanks to Sunless Nick for this one! It took me ages to think of three… and then it was just like ‘OMG! These are my women!
You know what? Whenever the hero needs a ghostly spirit to encourage them on their way, it’s almost always a freaking man. So here’s this week’s challenge: Choose the women you thing would make great spirit guides, encouraging our plucky heroines in their journeys to save/discover stuff.
The rules: she has to be dead, or ascended, or in some canonically way not strictly living. Or, if it’s vague, have popular opinion lead towards it. I say that last bit because one of my picks is…
1. Bonnie Duncan, a recurring character in Iris Johansen’s books. Bonnie is the missing daughter of Eve Duncan, who disappeared as a child and hasn’t been seen – alive or dead – in a good decade. This not knowing prompted Eve to become a forensic sculptor; she takes badly damaged heads (extreme fire, brutal bashing etc) of children and builds them to what they would have been like in life. She did it out of her own limbo of not knowing so she could help bring the other children home. At some point (I read the books out of order so I don’t know the exact chronology), Bonnie starts to visit Eve, encouraging her to get on with her life, embrace new love with Joe, who eventually becomes Eve’s husband/Bonnie’s stepfather; there’s usually half a dozen conversations with Bonnie in each book, usually on the theme of ‘be strong’ and ‘be brave’. Oh, and just in case you though Eve was hallucinating in her state of uncertainty/grief, Bonnie also visits Joe and her biological father John, who never knew of Eve’s pregnancy/Bonnie’s existence and is rotting away in a Korean cell when Bonnie first comes to him. Also, Eve’s mum Sandra was an alcoholic/drug addict who cleaned up her act to help Eve take care of Bonnie… and never went back to the booze/drugs following Bonnie’s disappearance; Eve says Bonnie had a kind of effect on people that stayed even after she left. This girl has one awesome mojo.
2. Cordelia Chase from Buffy/Angel. Goes from spoilt rich girl to broke overnight, embraces demonhood in order to cope with the pre-cognitive abilities that assist Angel, was a higher power, then calls in a favour from The Powers that Be to say goodbye to her friends before she dies. Bet she’s got a lot of knowledge and insight tucked away there.
3. Sarah Conner. OK, I usually refuse to recognize Rise of the Machines as Terminator canon, but in this case, it’s handy from me to have Sarah dead. I specifically have Sarah in mind for a warrior’s spirit guide (like spirit guide/hallucination Kyle was at the beginning of T2) – very much a woman’s ‘keep going, soldier’ kind of spirit guiide.