Portrait of a Character – Anthony Parker
For the HG Wells Star Trek fanfiction series, I needed a bad guy who would, ultimately, do the right thing. In addition, I wanted him to have a chance to do this in an alternate timeline. In the prime timeline, he balks at what the bad guys are doing, but he never really gets a chance to prevent the temporal mischief from occurring.
Anthony is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Originally a musician, Anthony is troubled by the Perfectionists’ ways, as they cut a swath through history and attempt to change it for their own purposes without much thought of the consequences. Helen Walker is too much of a game player, Marisol Castillo is a psychopath, and Milton Walker is misguided. For Anthony, things are off.
Hence, he protests, and more than once. During Ohio, there is a secret voice-only meeting, and his is one of the voices. But he’s skeptical, questioning everything, and balking when the leader requests that the temporal force field technology be stolen from the Temporal Integrity Commission.
Because he’s refused to be a party to petty theft, he’s marked for death, and is murdered during that book, by Helen Walker. The means are that he was infected with Ebola virus (a prefiguring of the issues in You Mixed-Up Siciliano) and, while his body was trying to fight that, he was hit repeatedly by some sort of blunt force trauma, mostly from behind.
Almost as important is the fact that Parker has a tattoo mentioning Saint Eligius. Eligius is the patron saint of lots of things, including all manner of timepieces. Therefore, he is as close as you can come to a true patron saint of time. This ends up being a vital clue to the whereabouts of several Perfectionist operatives.
Anthony is only known during the alternate timeline that is generated through the Perfectionist meddling during Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain.
During that scenario, most of the human race is addicted to fortified wine. Anthony is a protestor, and he goes to the Saint Eligius ship in order to destroy casks (the Eligian order is the prime winemaking company), when his axe splinters a much larger box, containing one of the members of the Temporal Integrity Commission, the imprisoned Otra. Although Anthony meets his death in that timeline, too, at least he does the moral thing.
Anthony is from the mirror and does not appear to have a prime universe counterpart.
“So this is the wrong timeline. Do you know what happens to me? In your so-called correct timeline, that is. Forgive me, but I’m a bit of a skeptic.”
Morally conflicted and troubled, I wish I had been able to showcase Anthony a bit more.