Hello again, everyone, and welcome to another Monday Character Conversation. Since we interviewed the main male of my novel last week, today we will be speaking with the main female, Aria.
Good morning, Aria.
Hello, ma’am. Good morning to you as well. Did you sleep well?
Yes, of course I did.
That is good to hear. I slept very well as well.
That’s good. Now, if you could please get down to business, Aria –
Oh! I’m very sorry if I obstructed you from what you wished to do!
No, it’s fine. If you would, please state you name, age, and anything else that is important for people to know about you.
Yes, of course. My name is Aria Prudence Beckett, and I am sixteen year of age. I have a younger sister, Melody, and formerly worked for the royal family of Estela as Princess Meira’s body double. That was before Vaughn kidnapped me, at which point I became his…um…his pet, I believe is the term her prefers me to use. According to Haelian law, I am owned by his as a personal servant to clean his room, run errands, and… um… perform other duties… He does not force me to do the latter ones if I do not wish to, though! Vaughn is very kind to me. I do not want to make him seem otherwise!
Calm down, sweetie, we know. It’s alright. Now, why don’t you tell us about your job as a body double?
Oh…okay… Well, after my parents were killed in the Great Attacks of five years ago, I auditioned to replace the princess’s body double, as she had been thought to have been killed in the attacks as well. I suppose they pitied me or something of the sort, because I was auditioning in the hopes of putting Melody in better circumstances to grow up in in the process, so I was chosen to become Princess Meira’s body double. I was expected to put myself in the line of anything which threatened Princess Meira’s health or safety, so that she would survive until she was married. For the years that followed, until I was kidnapped, I became a sort of personal attendant for the princess, so that I would be by her side at all times, in case another attack would occur. We are in a war with the demons, after all, so there was no way to be sure that the castle would be completely safe at any given moment. I was allowed to leave the castle on my own, when the Princess was eating meals or occupied with business or her fiancé, Prince Arnald, so I also sometimes ran errands for other members of the castle staff. I was returning from such a shopping trip when Vaughn attempted to steal the Princess, but I was able to arrive at her bedroom before he did, and was kidnapped in her place. I sometimes miss Princess Meira, but I suppose it is better that I was taken, rather than her. Although I did end up fairly happy alongside Vaughn, some of the other things which I had to go through first were…um…not things which a princess should be forced to experience.
And, just out of curiosity, what would happened if you had failed in your duty, and Meira –
Princess Meira. You must be formal with the princess… even if she insisted of allowing me to refer to her by her given name…. She said she thought of us as friends, but I do not feel worthy of such things!
Yes, of course. What would have happened if you had failed to prevent Princess Meira from being kidnapped?
Oh, that would have been horrible! I would have been disgraced! Shamed! Perhaps…perhaps even executed! As her body double, I could not allow anything to happen to her! If she had been kidnapped in my place…or worse, if she had been killed! Oh, if that would have happened, I do not think I would have been able to live with myself! Even if I had not been killed for my failure, I imagine I would have wished myself dead. Oh, what a dreadful thing to even consider…
Yes, that would be horrible. I apologize for asking such a thing. Would you like to discuss your life with Vaughn?
Oh, yes! I would not mind speaking of that. I wake up, and then I go to the canteen to get Vaughn and my breakfast. Vaughn usually eat a chunk of meat, as demons cannot digest plant matter, and I eat a bowl of whitish mush that tastes somewhere between potatoes and cauliflower. Usually, the meat is raw, as the army does not see a point in cooking it when demons are capable of eating it raw, but they do cook it on special occasions. Then after I return to the room, I awaken Vaughn, and we eat breakfast. On most days, he has tactics meetings to attend, but if he does not, we usually talk about different things, or his friend Sarah sometimes visits. Then, I usually tidy up the room a bit. After that, I usually go get dinner, which is usually the same as breakfast, except Vaughn’s meat is sometimes bigger, and the special cooked meat is more often served at dinner than breakfast. Then, we usually go to bed and talk, and perhaps cuddle for a bit until we go to sleep.
And you don’t do…other things with him?
Um…I’d prefer to keep the instances and frequency of my other duties private. A lady does not speak of matters of the bedchamber in polite company, Miss, and I do not know how many people will be privy to this conversation, so I must apologize for keeping such matters candid.
Yes, of course. But, if I may be so bold, how do you feel about your relationship with Vaughn, exactly? Both in terms of your statuses in the eyes of the other demons, as well as on a personal level?
Oh, I am very thankful to Vaughn for how kind he has been since he kidnapped me. We are very much infatuated with each other at this point, as far as I am concerned. Although, I do admit, I was a bit unhappy with him in the beginning, I have come to realize that everything he did was for my own benefit, in some way or another. Plus, he treats me much better than the other demons treat their pets. He is very gentle, and asks my permission before he…does certain things. He respects me, and treats me as if I actually have rights. Oh…I do hope he does not get into trouble again! I do so wish he would stop breaking rules for my sake…
I believe I already know the answer to this, but would you prefer the alternative? That he follows all the rules that pertain to you, and the way you are to be treated?
It’s okay, Aria. You don’t have to answer if you don’t w-
No, it is alright. I just needed to think for a moment. Yes, I do believe that I would prefer him to follow the rules…no matter what they may be. I do not wish for him to be punished because of me. He would still be the same Vaughn after all, so after he was done receiving from me that which I was expected to give, we would be able to go back to simply snuggling and talking about things…and he would comfort me and reassure me that he would have waited until I was ready, had he been given the choice. Furthermore, if he insists on breaking the rules, I would much rather take the punishment myself. Although the punishment given to me would most likely be much worse than that which is usually given to him… [sighs] I would rather take on punishment for my own actions than force it upon Vaughn. I could very easily pretend to be willing, to avoid punishment in the first place, but no. I must be so frightened and jittery, so it is my entire fault that he is being punished…
It’s okay, sweetie. It is a noble idea, but Vaughn is willingly taking the punishment specifically because he does not want you getting hurt.
I know. But that does not make me feel any less guilty. Vaughn has shown so much love to me, and I turn around had get him into trouble, because of my petty human modesties. I am a horrible slave, Miss.
You may be, but you are a wonderful girl, and should not allow anyone to tell you otherwise. You are beautiful, and smart, and brave when you wish to be, and you make Vaughn very happy. I should know; I’m your author.
Yes, I know… Thank you, Miss.
No problem at all. Now, would you like to say anything before I end the post?
No, I believe I have said plenty. I thank you for interviewing me, and I hope I was not too much of a bother.
Not at all, you were perfect, as always. J
Thank you for reading this interview. Although she was frightened a bit, I believe Aria very much enjoyed being given the opportunity to speak to you all. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I will see you again next post.