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My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Helen

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. Helen Young Dante, not only needed to have a certain look to coincide with Bill to make Eli, but she had to also posses a certain inner, quiet strength that you wouldn’t want to mess with in a dark alley.
One rainy night, based on a recommendation from a friend, I rented a movie called “Vacancy” (2007) starring Kate Beckinsale.
 
“Vacancy” tells the story of a troubled couple, trying to hold their crumbling marriage together in the wake of the death of Charlie, their toddler son. On a trip to visit family, and to announce their imminent split, their car breaks down at a motel that is home to a group of criminals in the snuff film industry. Chaos ensues and the two are at the mercy of their wits to survive.
 
It’s a nifty little movie, with lots of startling moments, but one moment in particular stayed with me long after the movie ended. At the pinnacle point of intensity and horror, Amy (Beckinsale) crawls into the acoustic ceiling tiles at the insistence of her husband, to hide and wait out until morning, then make a run for the highway. She waits quietly, peeking through the tile at her husband as he confronts the killers. Silently she witnesses the presumed fatal stabbing of Dave. Her body shakes and trembles violently without a sound, tears flow freely, but there is no cry. She is terrified at what she has seen and does it all without a sound.
 
Having already been a fan of Beckinsale’s as the kick-ass-ask-questions-later, Selene, from “Underworld”…I knew then that this was the little spitfire chef that would steal Bill’s heart and become the mother of The Sentry.
 
I am certain that you, the reader, saw someone else when you first read Helen…I encourage you to share your “vision” here and why. I am always interested to hear what images my writing brings to mind in my readers.
 

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