Riley profile in depth?
Hi. I’m Peter King. Yeah, Riley Blackthorne’s friend. I figured I should say a few things about her now that she’s in the news all the time. It’s been really cool (and scary) to watch her go from BFF to someone who kicks demon butt on a regular basis. Still, every time she shows up with a new scar I try not to freak. It’s hard to watch someone you love get hurt, you know?
Love, you say? Let’s get this straight right now. Riley and I never dated. We did kiss once but, well, it was a big fat zero. I was happy about that. All I have is brothers so Riley is the sister who is always there for me.
She’s a nice girl, never stuck up or anything. Back when we went to a regular school we’d sit together at lunch. My mom was into health food and no matter how much I pleaded she’d never pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my lunch. After I complained to Riley about that, she always had one and we’d trade for whatever nuts and twigs monstrosity my mom had made that day. It was only later that I found out that Riley wasn’t that fond of peanut butter, but she’d ask her mom to make the sandwich just so I could have it. That blew me away.
I admit that I wasn’t happy when I heard she’d become a demon trapper, but I figured her dad would keep her safe. Then he died and I just couldn’t handle it. When I got her in face about it, she didn’t back down. She can be way stubborn sometimes. Like her and Beck. Geez, what it is with those two? I liked Simon, but Beck is the right guy for Riley. I can see she loves him, but will they just talk it out? Oh no. Lots of drama. It spooks me, because their job is really dangerous. If they wait too long, they may never have any time together as a couple. That would hurt so bad.
Riley is not tech savvy, that’s not in her skill set. But she adapts quickly to new situations and has little tolerance for idiots. Or ex-boyfriends like Alan. I got to give her credit—the instant Alan hit her she was out of there. She respects who she is and won’t let anyone put her down. I could use some of that courage.
Riley’s biggest secret? Oh, you do want to get me killed, don’t you? She is afraid of the dark. Yeah, go figure. Ms. Demon Central herself doesn’t like the dark. That why I was surprised she sat vigil for her dad …at night. But that’s the thing about Riley—something might frighten her, but she’ll find a way to conquer that fear and move on. Sometimes that stubbornness works in her favour.
So my friend Riley is a cool girl. She’s taken on Heaven and Hell and is still around to consume hot chocolate in vast quantities. I’m proud of her, even if she does trap demons for a living and loves to give me grief. But then that’s what friends are for, right?
Have you read The Demon Trappers? What did you think of it??