As I mentioned in Emily's post, Allan didn't originally exist. I'm not really sure when he came about, probably about the time the others lost the eight older sisters they previously had. I know I decided I didn't want Jill to have to be the one in charge. And, being the oldest in a family of girls who really wishes she had an older brother, I wanted to give that to her.
Allan is very responsible and very nice. He is
kind to Emily, even though she throws it in his face. On some occasions,
he does show his disapproval of Joey's mannerlessness (my computer
doesn't think that's a word, but I'm using it anyway), but he only wants
his crazy little brother to be a gentleman. He treats his sisters well,
like the ladies they are. Well, he still tries to treat Emily like a
lady even though she doesn't act like it because he's just that sort of
person, but she doesn't like it.
In putting Allan through a
character development exercise (I normally don't do those, but I was
struggling, and I'm not sure it really helped much in the long run), I
discovered that he's not much of one for science fiction. He's not a
huge fantasy reader, either, though he does really like Lord of the Rings
and he shares the same fond memories of Narnia and E. Nesbit that his
younger siblings do. He's really more of the G. A. Henty type. I'm not,
but it's okay for my characters to be different from me. Not that
there's anything wrong with Henty. They're just boy books.
being more of a historical fiction type, Allan was still very open to
the possibility of other worlds, even before they went to Calhortea and
had only seen the mysterious writing on the walls. He fairly easily
accepts it when there, and is thrown into the role of hero and sister
protector. Only problem is, he doesn't really know what he's doing. But
he still does his best, and that's what counts. He'll never back down
due to cowardice. And as a Christian, he is determined to always do
what's right. He'll never tell a falsehood, even if sticking to the
truth could cost his life.
Allan Hubbard is a fine young man, and
the sort you rarely see in modern books and movies. He is not without
fault, but he does his best to do what's right always, not whatever will
give him gain. And he's a good big brother. Yes, he's only twelve, but
he is beyond his years.