After the merge of Victoria and the old “Alyce” story, The Hirado became an overriding theme that linked the stories and Webster’s comedy about bothering Victoria (and everyone in the castle) now mirrored Diego and Bruno’s funny antics in what had once been “Alyce.”
But the secondary girl remained only in the “Victoria,” part of the story. Actually, secondary GIRLS, since the whole idea of Lucy’s inclusion is that she helps Victoria understand more about Bella. This is because such a secondary girl didn’t appear in “Alyce,” at all and Victoria was written to add some needed characters and clarify the kind of situations that appeared in “Alyce.” The secondary girl who is a hidden character is incredibly important to a story’s balance and without this character the “Alyce” story was incomplete and unclear.
Bella/Lucy help explain a lot of Victoria’s relationships. The Hirado points out that she doesn’t really know Bella well at all. The Hirado leads her to travel with some English tourists, who include a girl named Lucy that he thinks is similar to Bella in many ways. But Victoria doesn’t know her and might be more objective about a stranger. Victoria is shocked to find that people view Lucy’s family negatively and pick on her. Afterwards, Victoria becomes a lot more careful.
The Hirado seems to know an awful lot about both Lucy and Bella and to be unusually interested in them. Sounds rather creepy. Victoria doesn’t think about how either girl might feel about that—she’s just shocked to realize she has been seeing Bella in a very fake way. And once the stories were tied together, the point of Bella and Lucy’s characters, even if we still don’t know much about them, became more clear.
And there will be more updates.
I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I get most of my ideas while drifting innocuously around my house and some of those ideas get into print.