A Week in Asexual Characters – Adèle
You might have noticed that so far, I’ve talked a lot about non-spectrum rep. I do have Larryn who is gray-ace, but since this is not canon within the text yet, I kept it for a later day. I did start out writing asexual characters that experienced no attraction, as this is closer to me, and still a wide array of experiences. But. Ace-spec folks deserve heroes too, and it’d be ridiculous to have such a large number of ace characters that didn’t include them. It wasn’t entirely conscious at the time (that is, back in February 2016), but I also deeply needed to explore aroness and spectrum IDs. I had identified as ace for a year at that point, and I was slowly starting to acknowledge that I just might be aro too, just very differently than what my aceness is.
So, in comes Adèle Duclos, policewoman extraordinaire, tall and French and biromantic and demisexual. I wanted a character who was aware of the shape of her aceness but didn’t wait on the attraction to engage in potential romantic relationships. Adèle is the kind of person who knows what she wants, and it felt right for her to go ahead according to her romantic impulses, with or without sexual attraction. I always spend some time thinking about the way my characters approach and consider relationships (even allo ones, though I think … that the time I spend there is very characteristic of being ace and aro? I don’t know, it feels like allos all agree (or talk like they do) on this relationship process being “attraction happened so I went in for both” but maybe that’s just me).