This article is the second in a series about the main characters from Yesterday’s Demons. The planet Verde is yearning for revival, and although these men and women don’t realize it yet, they’re the ones who are going to make it happen. Today’s article focuses on Cassandra “Cassie” Reinhardt.
Cassie is 20-years-old and lives in Harbrucken, the town that is home to Verde’s last remaining university. That’s where she just obtained a degree in biology. She’s not done with her education, though. She’s going to medical school. See, Cassie has a plan. And in her case, it might be better to capitalize that: she has a Plan.
She is quick to clarify that it is not a checklist. “It’s a plan,” she says. “There’s a timetable associated with it and that schedule must be maintained.” The Plan includes becoming a doctor at the age of 24. Working as a village doc for a few years. And then curing cancer.
You know, no big whoop.
But the thing is, Cassie is determined. She’s serious. And she’s smart enough that she just might do it. (Meta note: the Germanic surname Reinhardt means “wise and strong.”)
Her intelligence and passion have some side effects. She doesn’t suffer fools. She can be very impatient with people who aren’t smart enough to keep up with her, or who she perceives as being in her way. It’s frustrating, but her biggest frustration is that since she was a teenager, she’s had a suspicion that a truth about Verdant society is a lie. Now, thanks to her university studies, she can prove she’s right. But getting anyone to listen is another story…
It can be hard for Cassie to take the time to focus on anything but her studies, but when she does, she enjoys any kind of outdoor activity. Since she was a little girl, she’s enjoyed hunting with her father. It’s how she became proficient with bow and arrow. And she loves horse riding. She owns a six-year-old mare named Mandolin whom she considers God’s equestrian gift to the world.
That’s pretty much it about Cassie. Except I feel like I’m forgetting one thing. Something important. Oh! That’s right.
She has a really big secret.