So. Who did you first crush on in Sci/Fi or Fantasy?
I can still remember my first crush, no problem: Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane. I just submitted my write-up for the magazine on him.
In the summer between fourth and fifth grade, my older sister took the original Deryni series with us on a drive across the USA. Sometime around South Dakota, when my Rawls and George books started getting old, she thrust the end of Deryni Rising at me. With all the fervor of the newly converted, she insisted that I read the final fight scene in the cathedral. And so I lost my heart that summer to a raven-haired, fourteen-year-old boy gifted with magic, sarcasm, and wit beyond his years.
Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane. It was a dark, cool, magical name from a misty magical world far removed from a common, two-named kid stuck in a minivan on an endless summer vacation. I read that cathedral fight scene over and over again, inching backwards through the book until I had finally read it from beginning to end. Picking up momentum, I made the leap into Deryni Checkmate and then blew into High Deryni only to find another amazing culmulating fight scene - this time with horses! Oh, my little 11-year-old heart was ready to burst. I wanted to leap onto my pony and gallop off to help King Kelson stop the madness and save the kingdom. Long live King Kelson! ... at least, in my memory.