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Day One Hundred and Ninety-nine: The Chief

For the month of December, I’ll be world-building. This means taking a look at the people, places, and institutions that I have created over the last six months and trying to figure out more about them. This will involve a look at the stories in which they’ve appeared, and then some speculation, stream-of-consciousness writing, and with any luck a few revelations. In addition, I may come back and add new material as the Elves in my unconscious ship out new ideas, so I’ll be sure to link them up.

Your feedback as readers is, of course, more than welcome. There are probably questions that I’m forgetting to ask and holes that I need to fill.

Wish me luck!


Tonight, another character sketch, because I have about 300 of the little devils, and it can never hurt to see if I can come up with more about them. The randomizer this time around gave me 164, which is Jerrold Mire. He appeared on day 133: Special Agent Khrys Ferro, part 1. Let’s see what the story tells us about him, and then we’ll see what else we can come up with.

  • He has something of an explosive temper, and tends to throw things when he gets mad.
  • He’s a section chief at the Department of National Security.
  • According to POV character Tanner Quan: Chief Mire had been a fit man in his youth, and one of the Department’s best agents. Then he had been promoted, and he’d never really gotten over it.
  • He doesn’t think Quan is ready for high-profile field work.
  • He hates Special Agent Khrys Ferro for his loose cannon methods.

The thing about the Khrys Ferro story was that I wanted to write a kind of male Mary Sue story – one where I could make a perfect, exotic, unbeatable character who takes on the bad guys, does impossible stunts, and gets the boy in the end. Khrys was a caricature, to say the least, so he needed people to play off him. That was what Chief Mire was there for: to be the one who said that Ferro couldn’t do it, that he couldn’t be relied on to get the job done right.

And he would then be proven wrong.

So I didn’t ever mean to give a lot of thought to Chief Mire, poor guy that he was. Nonetheless, I managed to sprinkle crumbs of information about him into the story.

His temper, for example. I like to imagine that he used to be married, but it ended pretty badly. He didn’t beat his wife or anything like that, but I’m pretty sure he scared the hell out of her. Mire doesn’t really get the whole “hide your temper” thing, and eventually his wife feared for her safety. Like I said, I don’t think he ever would have actually beaten her, but he came as close as a man can get. When the divorce papers came, he signed them. He knows his weakness, and he knows what it cost him. Unfortunately, that knowledge just makes him angrier.

Adding to that is the aforementioned promotion. Mire was a good field agent, and then the Peter Principle kicked in. He’s not a bad section chief, but he’s not great, and he knows he would be better off in the field than in a branch office. Truth be told, he was something of a loose cannon himself when he was a field agent, and it is perhaps for that reason that he hates Ferro as much as he does. He sees the agent he used to be, but now he also sees the consequences of such behavior. Perhaps he hates Ferro because he wants to be him, and perhaps he hates Ferro because he knows that ways in which the man is slowly sabotaging his life. Mire wants to warn him, but that’s not the kind of guy he is.

He probably works out of Sylvania city, mainly because the later adventures in the story explicitly mention that the Bad Guy lives in a suburb of Sylvania.

And that’s all I’ve got on him, really. Like I said, Jerrold Mire was only ever meant to be The Chief in a story that was never meant to be taken seriously, and he did that job just fine. Maybe one day I can explore his days as an agent of the DNS or the many ways in which he’s self-destructed over his lifetime.

Until then, thanks for being one of the Chiefiest Chiefs I have. Chief.

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  1. December 20, 2011 at 9:10 PM

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