It’s February 11th, which means it’s Trent Williams’ birthday! Time for another b-day bio~
Age in Aquarius: 20
Height: 5’10 | Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair: wavy coal black | Eyes: fern green
Human Race: Welsh-American | Species: Angel
Hailing Planet: Ninurta (Saturn)
Specialties: first aid, agile, stealthy, observant, compassionate
Roommates: Ethan Bishop & James Hansen
Best friend: Joshua Turner
Mentor: Elijah Burch
Soul mate: will be revealed in Book Two: Taurus 😉
Three facts about Trent:
- Trent was raised in a colonial orphanage in Bakersfield, California. He never knew his parents and has no siblings.
- He’s the court’s resident gamer; he collects consoles and games, repairing them only to master their playthroughs. Wes is the only one who can beat him.
- While most of the younger members enjoy his company, Trent keeps them all at arm’s length. The only person he’s opened up to is Josh.
My thoughts on Trent:
He comes off as intimidating when people are met with his resting bitch face and sarcastic tone, but in reality he’s one big soft boy. He’s another member that was recruited when the court passed through his colony, which would normally add him to the list of characters without a tragic background or recruitment story–except for his being an orphan and the subject of bullying for his kind demeanor. Between the ridicule from other orphans and the scouting runs that were kept within a few miles of their colony, Trent gladly accepted Owen’s invitation.
He was so eager to see beyond his hometown that he failed to consider how sheltered he was; there were times when missions were too overwhelming for him, resulting in him lashing out at his own peers. In order to salvage the missions, he was left behind with the elders. This gave him the chance to get to know Eli, as well as learn field medicine and emergency care. The court’s unofficial medic taught the young man to control his emotions, and to learn when to focus on the big picture over the minute details, and vice versa. It was around this time that Trent also began salvaging parts of abandoned gaming hardware, tinkering with the consoles and computers until they were operational. When some of the hard drives he found contained games, he didn’t realize that he had stumbled upon his new passion project.
While his relationship with the other Cronians was rocky, the elder members knew that he was simply adjusting in his own way at his own pace. The younger members warmed up to Trent following his interest in videogames; he had mastered each game so easily that he was teaching the others and giving them pointers. This sparked a friendly monthly tournament among the courtsmen, with Trent and Wes as reigning champions.
Even though he was a late addition to the cause, Trent was not influenced to bully Jeremy by James. He simply saw the psychic as too different from him to vibe with, and kept his distance based on that. Also, whether he realized it or not, Jerr had added to his own isolation by giving off an aura that made the younger courtsmen believe that he despised them; in reality, Jeremy and Trent are very similar, and would probably learn a lot from one another, as well as grow together as friends. I don’t actually imagine they’ll ever get the chance to grow close–at least, not as I’ve written the story–but that could change with time.
His newfound popularity did not mean that he was ever close to his “friends.” In fact, until the Turner brothers were rescued, Elijah was the only person Trent would confide in. He and Joshua, the elder of the newly-recruited siblings, clicked almost instantly through their shared interest of gaming, and after a few weeks Trent felt comfortable enough to open up to Josh. The two have secrets that not even Josh’s brother, Zach, or Eli know.
I feel like Trent is the guy they call on when they need information as quickly as possible without making waves. He pays attention well enough that he doesn’t dismiss the details commonly overlooked by scouts, and he can read a room so accurately that he can discern a person’s intentions ninety percent of the time. He’s light on his feet, fast, and quiet–in all honesty, he’d make a great spy if they ever needed one.
For those of you who don’t know, Trent is a supporting character in my trilogy Saturn Rising, which is the first installment of The Chronicles of Life & Death. The first book, Aquarius, is available now on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. You can even read it all for free with Kindle Unlimited! Learn more here.