Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J is for Jake: Blogging the #AtoZchallenge

Meet My Imaginary Friends: Jake Silver

Jake Silver is a fisherman who lives on the island of Hephzibah Regrets off the coast of New England, home to Hathor, the fabulous mansion owned by the Ravenscroft family. But though Jake's family is as humble as they come, his wealthy and famous cousin Raven is the son of Jake's uncle and Rosalind Ravenscroft. Raven was raised with every advantage but he looked forward to spending time with Jake when the family was at Hathor. Then Raven was killed in a mysterious accident. In this scene from Depraved Heart: A Novel, Jake talks to a fellow fisherman about his cousin:

Jake sat back down on the seawall and stared out at the horizon where the green twinkle of Marblehead lighthouse was just visible. “Well, think about it. I don’t know if Will ever gave a damn about his own kids. Far as I know he never even made an effort to see Raven and Rachel. I know it bothered Raven a lot.”
Miles stared at him. “I didn’t know that.”
Jake took a deep breath and let it out slowly then turned to look at Miles. “From what Raven told me, their mother was pretty crazy. She always believed Will was out fishing and would be back any day. The Old Man told them that their father had died in a fishing accident and that their mother couldn’t accept that, which is why she wound up in that nuthouse. For a long time Raven believed him, but after he was grown up, well, you know how people around here talk...”
Did he find out his father was alive?”
Jake nodded. “Remember how he liked to come down to the Riptide with you and me once we were old enough to drink?”
Yeah. Whenever he was at Hathor he came straight here. I thought it was kind of odd but...” He shrugged. “We all cut Raven a lot of slack because he was so much fun to hang out with.”
He loved the Riptide. I’d come into work and he’d be sitting at the bar talking to somebody. I always thought it was that bullshit some rich guys get in to, you know, hanging out with the simple folk.” Jake laughed. “But I finally figured out that he was trying to find out more about his father.”
I guess you can’t blame him for that. Did you know about Will? I mean back then.”
Jake shrugged. “I knew my father had a brother who lived in Florida but I never connected the two. Guess that shows what a dope I am. It’s not like anybody could miss the fact that Raven and I were cousins.”
Miles chuckled. “Everybody said you two looked more like twins than him and Rachel.” He glanced at Jake who was staring off over the water. “Worked in your favor, as I recall.” He nudged Jake with his elbow.
Yeah.” Jake turned his eyes to him, took a deep breath and sighed. “Kind of messed me up though, too.”
Jake shrugged. “Remember that cigarette boat he bought? He’d come up here in it and get me to go to Boston with him. We’d go to his place and he’d give me some of his clothes. Then go clubbing. We’d drink and pick up girls—it was unbelievable how easy it was to get girls when they thought I was him.”
Miles turned and stared at him. “You dog. You never told me about that.”
Honest to God, I thought nobody would believe me. Plus I didn’t want Mom to know what we were doing.” He fished in his shirt pocket for another cigarette and lit it. “I got more sex on any one of those trips than I did the whole time I was married.”
Miles stared, his mouth open but no words coming out.
The thing was though...” Jake let a plume of smoke out long and slow. “... no matter how much I got, I was nothing compared to him. He couldn’t get enough sex. One morning we were coming back here after a hell of a weekend in Boston. I was so tired I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it up the ramp and home to bed. We’re pulling up to the dock and Raven spots Audrey coming toward us and he starts waving. I knew he’d have her in the sack somewhere as quick as he could. All I wanted was a shower and some sleep.”
Yeah but you got all you wanted, right?”
Jake shrugged again. “I guess. But I finally figured out that to Raven it was all a big joke. He thought it was hilarious that girls would screw me because they thought I was him. He knew they wouldn’t give me a second glance if I didn’t look like him.”


  1. Raven sounds like he was a wild child seeking too many things. Jake could never have kept up with him, but the looks of it.
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  2. Raven was sure ready for anything

  3. With a name like Ravenscroft, you'd have to be rich. I like Raven as a first name too.

  4. I love the name. His grandfather, who owns Hathor, is named Wyatt Quinn Ravenscroft so Raven's mother called him Wyatt Ravenscroft Silver. It's a good nickname.

  5. lol at getting the girls because they thought he was someone else.

  6. Ravenscroft sounds like the kind of family that needs to be in a mansion! I wish I were rich... I love reading about rich folks. I like that Raven enjoyed spending time with his cousin Jake, even though Jake's family wasn't well off like the Ravenscrofts...

    Michele at Angels Bark

  7. Raven had everything--he was from a ridiculously rich family, he was handsome, he was a famous dancer and had girls chasing after him. But he also had a lot of issues--which wound up getting him shot dead.

  8. Jake had a lot of memories about his wild cousin.

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  9. I don't know if I like this Jake character... At least, not when he was carousing with his cousin.

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  10. Interesting characters, not sure I like any of them but we all have bad points, don't we!
    Great excerpt!

  11. Jake is a troubled man who has a terrible secret he's been keeping all these years--and it's about to come out.

  12. I'm not sure which characters I like and dislike.
    Even though he wanted for nothing, Raven sounds troubled...which is often the case.
    Writer In Transit

  13. You are correct, Michelle. All the money in the world couldn't replace having parents.

  14. Intersting realationship.
    My brother and one of my cousing really look more brothers than cousing. It's kind of weird :-)

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  15. I think that happens a lot. I've seen it in my family. Thanks for visiting.


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