Characters become, they become present. Having invaded the senses of the tribe from which they have sprung, they invade the being of the storyteller, and eventually, the lives of the audience. It never happens easily. It takes a long time. It take a story with sharp edges and breakages and stuff your habitual self would rather shut away from the eyes and ears. By the time the characters are fully present, fully alive, there are scars and messes everywhere, but something more than ugliness shows through. Something oddly familiar and seldom seen - the living by which characters come to life, the "being there".