THE FIRST BOOK
Kestrel Syke, A.K.A. Clay
A cool and vaguely Perky Goth
nineteen-year-old girl. Very dyslexic, which manifests itself in an inability to tell the letters d, p, q and b apart and virtually complete inability to spell (as she puts it). Her major flaw is an inability to let anything go, particularly when it comes to the two three-year-old boys she had "adopted" as her brothers, Ambrose and Rook. Thinks of her real name (Kestrel Skye) as a Fail O Sucky Name
. Extremely short; triplet to Rook and Crow Skye, Robert's girlfriend.
Tropes associated with Clay:
- Action Girl: Give her a sword. You'll see.
- Adult Fear: Surprisingly, the most prone to these. In his chapter of Still in the Works, Robert says that a "visible shudder" goes through her when the mere prospect of one of the buzzards that Ambrose is playing with killing and eating him is brought by Smudge.
- Allergic to Routine: She cannot do the same thing two days in a row. This really annoys Robert, who would do anything for a quiet life.
- Aloof Big Sister: Subverted. Clay is very kind to everyone apart from Alex, Robert and Jay (and she's nice to Jay after he saves her).
- And That Would Be Wrong: She says this to Thyme when he/she says that he/she should just kill Oak now, and save Rosemary the trouble of doing so.
- Because Destiny Says So: Her nearly drowning, apparently, although it's unknown if this is just Thyme burning off the last of his/her malevolent energy.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Ice and Smudge.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With Robert. Unsurprisingly, she's the boke.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She (temporarily) becomes this to fool Thyme. It works.
- Casting a Shadow / Power of the Void: As of Still in the Works.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome:
"Think so?" Putting my head on one side (and accidentally showering Ambrose with water, which probably didn't endear me to him), I looked over at Jay, who shrugged. "Well, whatever." I aimed the sword at Red, who cowered away from it. I swished it backwards and forwards a few times, but then spun around and put the sword to Robert's throat. "Don't think I don't know," I hissed.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?!: In her Backstory chapter, directed at a (completely oblivious) Robert.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The dance as a whole. The fight in the alley not so much, of course, but you know...
- Friend to All Children: Justified in that she'd need to be.
- Grumpy Bear: Particularly after Blind/her twin/her triplet!Rook disappeared.
- Also when she's preparing for the dance, to the point that she completely disregards Ambrose and Rook, thus nearly getting herself, Lily and Oak killed.
- Only Sane Man: Occasionally. Particularly after she gets her power.
- Mama Bear: DO NOT get between her and the younger residents of the orphanage. Particularly Rook. Or Ambrose.
We got back to the Orphanage to see everyone bullying one of the others, a young boy called Robin, who was a sweet young boy, and brother to Corey, who was less sweet, and very often my partner in crime, despite his hatred for Robert. I realized that - as usual - the ringleader was Jay. My eyebrows knitted together and I walked purposefully over, grabbing him by his hair.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Towards Robert. And Jay. And everyone else.
Clay's boyfriend, with a very small number of defining traits apart from the fact he alternates between shyness and brashness
, particularly when around Clay.
Tropes associated with Robert: