ALL ABOUT ARCHIE KENNEDY (HH2 Version)
by M'man Morgana Budd
NAME: 4th Lieutenant Archibald R. Kennedy
LIVING ARRANGEMENT: Quarters on the (blargh) Renown.
FAVORITE PASTIME: reading, writing poems and teasing Horatio. I miss the days when my father used to take me to the theater at Drury Lane, though.
FAVORITE BOOK: An extremely battered copy of the works of Shakespeare my father gave me before I went to sea. It's been sat on multiple times and gotten wet from rain, but it's still holding up.
THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD IS: Knowing someone cares about you, and that they'll be there for you. Second best feeling: being out on the open ocean, with all sorts of adventures ahead of you.
THE WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD IS: Being picked on, or seeing a friend being picked on. Also, don't get me started on the *lovely* Spanish prison I was stuck in for the longest time
FAVORITE SMELLS: The sea air, the musty smell of the sheets on my bed back at the castle, and the smells of the preparation of Christmas dinner.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK WHEN YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING: I wonder what Sawyer's going to do to us today?
BATTLE: SCARY OR EXCITING: Both, but mostly ruddy frightening. I remember the disaster at Quiberon Bay much too well. Battle's all part of war though (that sounds really, really strange), so I just take it in stride. I feel better knowing I'll be fighting alongside Horatio most of the time, though.
FAVORITE FOODS: Oh, let me think. Certainly not ship's biscuits (I don't care what they say, if it's got ANY larvae or weevils in it I won't touch it), or the dreadful stuff they fed me in El Ferrol (blargh, again). I'm a ham fanatic, and I like fish and chips when I can get it. Also, I'm probably in the minority here, but haggis really isn't as bad as it sounds. We have it at Christmas back home in Ayrshire.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA: I like hot chocolate every once in while.
STORMS, COOL OR SCARY: Just. Plain. Scary. It's not fun being tossed about on a ship, I can tell you that. I keep thinking about that poor fellow who fell from the mast. No wonder Wellard blew breakfast over that
FAVORITE DRINK: Tea, with milk, sugar, or both. I'm not much of a drinker when it comes to alcohol, but I go to the pub for a pint when I feel I've earned it.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE: I would like the midshipmen out there (and almost anyone who is struggling to meet the goals they've set) to know that they can make it. I've been cursed with fits and poor health since I was wee, but I decided to join the Navy to prove I was more than my illnesses, more than my fits. I've made it this far, with plenty of luck (and support from Horatio). I would also like to wish everyone a Horatio in their lives, someone who'll help lift you up when you're dismasted and ready to quit. I'd also like to let the bullies of the world know that the people they torment won't stay under their domination forever. What makes someone truly superior is how they treat other people, and I can say that it has been an honor to serve with and be friends with Mr. Hornblower because he treats others with respect.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Well, now that my fits are apparently on leave, I'm fairly happy with myself. Sometimes I wish I wasn't so stubborn or prone to panic.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE: ErmWell, yes, but I shouldn't kiss and tell. I must confess I've been known to flirt with village lasses back home, but I'm not the type with a girl in each port. I'll probably settle down someday, but I'm stillumlooking. I sometimes have to escape from ladies' attentions when I'm not looking for them. I receive compliments out of the blue sometimes, which prompts teasing. It is a bit unnerving sometimes to have a woman I don't know blurt out something about my hair being attractive when I'm walking by.
IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL: I'd say it's half full.
WHAT'S IN YOUR ANXIETY CLOSET: Richard III and a host of other literary villains, Jack Simpson *shudder* and much more I don't want to discuss. Sawyer may be my newest addition.
WHAT'S YOUR LOFTIEST DREAM: To get my own commission someday, and write my memoirs after the war. I'd love to write about my sea experiences. I also hope that my parents are proud of me.
WHAT'S YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE: To lose Horatio, be disowned by my parents or have Simpson's ghost come after me.
WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU FEEL THEY DON'T: I come from a fairly well-to-do family, I can sing, and just because I have a baby face doesn't mean I'm a child and can easily be picked on without putting up a fight. I also speak more than "a little" Spanish.
WHAT OTHER HH CHARACTER WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWER THIS QUESTIONNAIRE:
I'd like to see that Bush fellow answer this, if he won't be
a stuffed-shirt about it.