Benedikt, Benjamin, (Bjorn,) or Tobias?
Please humor me. This isn’t for a real baby, but I think most of you by now know I’m nowhere near ready to start a family anyway.
I’ve been having a wee bit of a struggle trying to name the male lead of a story I’m hoping to take up writing fairly soon. I was hoping I could describe him to you a wee bit, share the names, and have you see which one seems to fit him best, because I seem totally incapable of making a decision.
My guy is 25-26, a German professional footballer (with a German father and an American mother; therefore he’s fluent in English and has visited the US fairly extensively). He’s a Christian. It shows in how he acts–he’s selfless and, above all, kind. He is a great friend. He sort of encompasses aspects of both cultures–German and American–he’s a bit reserved and shy, like his father, and has his father’s German good looks (tall and handsome), and his father’s German generosity, but his mother’s easy affection and quick grin (and infectious laughter). His mother has made a huge point of instilling the classic American gentleman chivalry in him, so he’s a perfect gentleman (albeit a painfully shy one!). Until he knows where he stands, there will be a lot of suppressed angst on his part (which makes for quite a bit of fun writing!). Football is everything to him, and he’s lived and breathed it since he could walk. He’s incredibly competitive and incredibly good at his job (he’s a striker, possibly the best in Germany), but he’s never a sore loser. He isn’t a partier type of player, very humble and takes his fame very seriously, even though he’d happily live without it, because he knows thousands of Germans (and football/soccer fans all over the world, honestly) are watching him, and he wants them to have a good influence, not a bad one. I see him with some insecurities, although I haven’t gotten a huge feel for what those are yet. And when he’s around his lady, she brings out the best in him.
The (sort?) synopsis of the plot (since his description is SO long) is that he meets this girl at the big final soccer/football game for the season when something happens and he nails this girl in the head. Knocks her out, breaks her nose, and sends her to the hospital. He tries to lend some aid, but the officials won’t let him off the field, and by the time he can track her down, she’s signed herself out of the hospital and is gone. A week or two later, he shows up at church only to find her there, visiting. It turns out that she’s an American, fairly recently moved to Germany to play for the philharmonic orchestra in Hamburg (which is also where his team is located). There’s obvious chemistry between them, but things take a turn for the sour when she overhears a couple people at the orchestra’s building plotting something awful. At the time, she thinks they didn’t know about her being there, but it ends up that she did, and now he and she are on the run, trying to figure out how to stay ahead of the bad guys and trying to figure out who they can trust.
And yeah, that’s the main of it. It still needs tweaking, obviously, but I figure it helps to understand it all. I know for sure the leading lady is Grace Townsend. I’m stuck on Benedikt, Benjamin, and Tobias for him (MAYBE Bjorn). Anyway, if you had to pick from those four options, which would you chose?