Monday Character Conversations: A Follow-up from Charlemagne

I haven’t done one of these for a while. I hope to get back into the habit, if I can. I stopped because I ran out of characters whom I felt were important enough to interview. But, as I am starting a new novel for Camp NaNo today, and am also discovering new characters in the universe of my first novel, as I have a few pages written in the sequel, I feel I have many more characters I can explore now. Before I get to them, though, I want to interview a character who had already gotten the spotlight, but has recently gone through a transformation in the universe my friend and I have contained within Skype, even if his canonical transformation is a long way off, and may not even be mentioned (it will happen, though, to a lesser extent!) So, may I again introduce Lieutenant Charlemagne of the seventh district of Hael!

Hello, Charlemagne. How are you?

I am well.

That is good. Would you like to fill the nice readers in on what has happened since you were last interviewed?

Well…I…I hurt Sokola, and I was punished for it…

 But then?

But then…Abbi began to visit me. She was kind to me, and believed I could change. She listened to me as I sat and spoke of my regrets, of how much I hated my past actions and wished I could take them back. And…she encouraged my change of heart. She visited me day in and day out, speaking with me and encouraging me… And we began to fall for each other.

Aw~! Does Charlie have a girlfriend? :3

Well…yes. Abbi and I are in love. With her, I feel as if nothing else matters but her. I wish to protect her and love her, and I am happy to simply lie beside her and talk, or even just look upon her lovingly. I have never felt this way before. Love…I do not believe I ever truly learned what it was. I use to only care about the physical aspects, and the feeling of power. But…now that I have been reduced to a powerless state, I have realized I do not need it…either of them… I can allow myself to be vulnerable without fear, and be weak and speak sweet words to Abbi… And I do not want to feel power over her. I want us to be equals. I believe I would prefer death to overpowering Abbi, even accidentally, the way I use to do to my officers.

And how is your relationship with your officers, by the way?

[shakes head] We do not speak, usually. They are not happy with…my current state, and find it sickening the way I have fallen utterly for Abbi. Zurina has left the other two, so I have not spoken with heer for quite some time. But the other two…Jenneth desires to hurt Abbi, for some reason, and Bianca does little to stop her unless she is completely over the top. I do not wish to speak with them at all anymore, if I can help it.

Alright. :3 Since I like the sweet look you get on your face, let’s talk about Abbi some more. Do you two have any plans for the future?

Well…she would like to be wed. I do not understand it much, but Vaughn and Aria have gotten married, and it seems to be working for them, so I suppose I can try it, as well. I know it will make Abbi very happy. And…I would like to have children with her. Though I have never thought of having my own offspring, I do enjoy children. And, I now have a woman whom I would enjoy having mother them. But…if Abbi would prefer not to, I will not force her.

Charlie! Stop being so cute! People are going to be confused by how much you’ve changed.

I apologize.

No, no. It’s fine. Any ideas what you would name the children?

I…I do not know… I have not put much thought into it until recently. Perhaps…if Abbi and I reach that point in our relationship, we can discuss it together. I would possibly like to give them names like those from her world, however. Perhaps name them for her friends, since I have so few I would wish to admit to being acquainted with now to name children after.

Okay. So, how do you feel about sleeping with a goddess?

Please, do not be deceptive. Abbi and I are not to that level of intimacy just yet, and I would prefer not to have others believe we are. They might believe I am reverting back to my former ways.

Okay. How do you feel about sleeping beside a goddess?

Well, she has not ascended yet. She still has to beat her goddess first. And…she wishes to wait until after we are wed to fully ascend, even so… But, I find it very fitting. She has come into my life and cleansed my soul and life the way that many believe that only a deity may. And, I am very thankful to her for it. I know she does not want them to, but…I would like any children we may have to at least recognize their mother’s status as a goddess, even if it may be strange for them to outright worship her. Miceli…I am not sure how I would feel about my children following him, and I am not sure if they may worship Odelia, being as they would be demons, albeit two different types. So, I wish to encourage them to follow the deities of Abbi’s world.

Now…not to be a downer, but…what would you do if Arazdori would win her and Abbi’s battle?

She will not.

I know that we are all hoping Abbi will win, but…we must be realistic. It is still a possibility.

No, Abbi will win. She must. If Abbi were not by my side…I do not believe I would be able to go on. She has become my life, my world. After being punished for my past sins, I had nothing. I no longer wished to associate with my forcer life, as anything that still lasted from that would only drag me down and remind me continually of how evil I use to be. But, my actions caused any possibility to create a new life on my own to be impossible. I had hurt too many people to be able to earn the trust of anyone who could lead to worthwhile aspirations. So, I had no choice but to sit in my room and sulk while the young girl assigned to aid me in my healing, Matilda, scurried around trying to at least keep me alive and well. Abbi gave me reasons to live, and has been helping me make amends, and show everyone that I have changed. Even though I have made acquaintances of many who formerly hated me, and have others who believe I will do good things now, I would feel as if I had nothing if Abbi was taken from me. Please…please tell me she will me alright. 😦

Don’t worry. We would hate for anything to happen to her just as much as you do. But, I feel thart is a good place to stop. Any last words before I close up?

Abbi…I love you deeply, but I hope my words do not make you feel as if you must stay with me. If ever you feel you no longer love me, and wish to leave me for someone of a more suitable age, I would understand. Still, I am glad you are with me. Let us always be happy together, and for us both to live for a long, long time, deeply in love. I love you, my goddess. I hope I may one day feel as worthy of your love as you believe me to be. 🙂

Monday Character Conversations: Severna

Today for my Monday Character conversation, I thought I’d get some perspective from one of my most interesting background characters by far: Severna, daughter of Gregory, mistress of the dancing strings, crotch-whisperer (final two titles self-proclaimed). I take no responsibility for what occurs in this interview. If I needed an example of a character with a mind of its own, Sevie would be my first choice…

 

So, how are you today, Severna?

Oh, I’m doing wonderfully, author-lady.  Simply amazing. I had the most amazing party last night and….mm…so many wonderful people…so many delicious hormones… Oh, I could just die of excitement, and…and…

Exertion?

Oh, no. I have tons of stamina. I was looking for happiness, actually. Oh, do they make me happy when I heard them screaming me name… I’m referring to my music, of course. 😉

Mhm…care to introduce yourself?

Sure! My name’s Severna, and I am the sexiest woman in all of Hael! Well, I have the most sex, at least. Oh, how wonderful it is…I know I *should* just pick one person and stick with them for a bit, but sampling the field is just so much fun! I mean, if you have food placed in front of you, why wouldn’t you want to taste it all? That’s the way I feel about love. I wanna play the field while I’m young, and then settle down with someone once I start getting older. Anyway, I’m also a great musician! Everyone tells me that I sicg wonderfully…if you catch my drift. 😉

Okay… So, why don’t you tell us a bit about your music next?

Oh, it’s so much fun! After the First Strike five years ago, the civilians started gaining access to some of the culture and stuff of the surface, I absolutely fell in love with these two little beauties name Guitar and Violin. I learned to play a little bit from just playing around, as well as talking to a few…friends…from the army about what their music is like. Then, I found some others around my age who were intrigued by human music , and we just started hanging out and discussing our interests, and then we started writing songs, and began performing them and throwing these awesome parties and stuff in the process! Before we started partying, Hael was kind of boring. I mean, not as boring as the way humans live, but it still needed some spicing up. Our district did, at least…

How would you describe your style of music?

I don’t know. Music. I started off just speeding up some human music, like the waltzes or whatever that Aria likes, and then started trying to fit them to words. I also sometimes set some old Haelian songs to music, and maybe updated them a bit. We didn’t really have a lot of instruments before the Strike, so not all of our songs are exactly made for instrumentation, especially not to something as cool as my strings. I don’t really know how else to describe it.

(Side note: Severna is totally Hael’s first great folk singer. She looks like a rocker, but she totally plays folk music. I have said it, and thus it was made canon.)

And did people seem to like the new music?

Oh, of course they do! It was something new and interesting, and gave us something to do. Whenever I plan a party or to show off our new songs, we always fill up the storage house. We even get soldiers coming, and everyone knows how stuck up they can get…

So, what an average party like?

Well, we…I and the other musicians…go set up and warm up our instruments. Then people start to show up, and we start to play music. They dance, and we play, and sometimes, when people are a bit tired from dancing, they go into one of the smaller areas of the storage house and…well, I don’t think I need to say much more on that. 😉 But, we play for most of the night, and then we clean up and go home. Sometimes to our own home…sometimes to other homes…

And don’t you ever get in trouble?

No? It’s public storage. If nobody’s using the space, and nothing gets damaged, nobody really cares what we do it there. And, oh my, do we do so many things…

Okay…so, how did you meet Vaughn?

We grew up together! He was a combat brat, and my mama was a training instructor, so dad brought me up to the barracks all the time for that I could visit mom, but I didn’t like her that much, so I sometimes wandered off to find something fun to do. That’s when I met Vaughn. We were both still fairly young, so I think her was still on lackey duty back then. Anyway, we got to talking a bit, and we started playing together when he didn’t have any immediate duties to take care of. I started begging my dad to teach me how to fly early, so I could go talk to him more, and then when he started his actual training and had a bit more predictable spans of downtime, he started flying down to visit me, too. We became the best of friends, and I kind of also kinda wanted him to be my first. I never really told him, though, because I knew he needed to finish his training before he’d be allowed to take anyone to bed with him, so I kinda lost my chance, especially since Livia ended up scaring his shitless so he was terrified of sleeping with any sort of girl with a backbone. I’m happy for him and Aria, though! They’re perfect for each other.

Yes, they are. So, how do you feel about Aria as a person?

Oh, she’s the cutest thing ever! She just gets so flustered at everything, and she knows so little about demons and stuff, but she’s so smart and nice. I just wanna take her to bed with me and cuddle her like a little doll or something. I could see myself getting so caught up in how adorable she is that I might not even try to take her clothes off. I mean, not that she’d let me, anyway. She’s so pure or whatever, but it makes her even more adorable. [sighs] Oh, Vaughn, you lucky little pig. I would give anything to feel Aria’s warm breath beside me at night…or yours…or maybe both at the same time! [chuckles]

And how do you feel about them being together?

It’s the sweetest thing ever! I mean, I sometime wish they would loosen up a bit and let me have a little taste or two. But, I really don’t care. They love each other, and no one else. They don’t let anyone get in the way of them, and they never let any problem come between them for very long. They’re great together, and I would never want them to be any other way, because I know that they make each other happy. Sometimes, I kind of envy the level of commitment they have.

So, you don’t have anyone you feel committed to?

Well…I guess you could say I have a level of commitment to Ianthe. I mean, I’m obviously not monogamous for her, but she does make me feel a level of connection that I don’t really feel with anyone else. I’m not sure if I’m at liberty to say too much about her past or whatever, but when I found her, she was so sad, and hurt, and lost. She’s a really good friend, and she seems to really enjoy my company, as well… If I had to pick one person right now to stay with for the rest of my life, it would be Anthy. She puts up with my wandering eye, but she always comes to me when I just want someone to cuddle with and talk…and I’m always willing to go to her if she wants a bit extra fun.

That’s beautiful, Severna.

Thank you~! Not as beautiful as Anthy, though. She has the most interesting shade of olive skin, and her breasts are just so perky! I kind wish I had been born a guy, so I might be able to have children with her. Hm…I wonder if she’d be willing to sleep with someone nice just once, so we could maybe have a kid…

Anyway, Sevie, is there anything else you wish to add, or should we close down the conversation?

Hm…nope! Nothing else to say, have a wonderful evening, everyone~! 😉

See you later, Severna. 🙂

Monday Character Conversations: Aria

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.

Monday Character Interview: Vaughn

Starting today, I hope to begin a weekly thing in which I will interview one of the characters from a current project (although, I use the term ‘current’ loosely, as it might mean a story or series that is still in the works, but not being worked on that very moment, or a story that I’m planning but haven’t started yet.) This will hopefully go on until I either run out of characters for the time being, or until I participate in blogging from A to Z in April, and I will try to start it back up again as soon as possible. Now, may I present our first guest for my Monday Character Interviews: Vaughn

 

Good morning, Vaughn. How’d you sleep?

 Okay, I guess? Why?

Just thought I’d ask. So, would you care to introduce yourself to the good people? Give them your name, age, race, what have you?

I guess so. I don’t really have much of a choice, do I?

Anyway, I’m Vaughn. Demons don’t really bother with last names, but I guess my full name would be “Vaughn, son of no one.” I’m 27, and as I mentioned before, a demon. I’m a private in the Haelian military, and I’m also Aria’s…I’m her…

Her what, Vaughn? You don’t need to come up with some fancy name for it, we’re not going to judge you. Just tell the people what you are to her, and we can move on to the next question.

[sighs] I’m her master, alright? I own her. Since humans don’t really get many rights or respect in Hael, I had to make her my pet officially, or she would have ended up with someone horrible. I don’t like being called master, and I don’t like calling her my pet or my slave. She’s just Aria to me. I could never think of hurting her the way some other demons hurt their pets. It’s a disgusting practice, and if I had any power, I’d end it right then and there.

It’s okay, Vaughn. I can see you really love her. Why is that?

Why do I need a reason?

Because you’re a fictional character, Vaughn. You’re required to have a reason for the color socks you wear, not that you actually wear any. Now, what is it about Aria that really catches your fancy?

I don’t know. She’s beautiful, for one thing, even if she doesn’t want to admit it. And she’s sweet, too. She never hesitates ask if I want her to do anything, and will do anything I ask, or that she thinks that I want, fairly quickly, even if I insist that I’ll do it myself. She takes her role as my…her position very seriously, though I can’t tell whether it is because she wants to make me happy or because she’s afraid of what will happen to her if anyone finds out I let her slack off. I’d like to hope it’s the first one, but I know that it’s probably at least partially the second one.

I’m fairly sure it’s a mixture of both. Galan is scary, and I don’t blame her for fearing reassignment, but I’m almost certain that she loves you very much as well. I’ve seen how much she enjoys being close to you, and how happy she is when you smile and compliment her or something she’s done.

Good. I’d never forgive myself if everything she did was just out of fear. Some things even more than others..

Okay. Now, just out of curiosity, is there anything you don’t like about her?

Why would I dislike anything about her? Wait, don’t answer that. I know you’re just going to go into some writer-y mumbo jumbo about character development and whatever. If I had to say something, I’d probably say it’s her lack of backbone. When she feels threatened or is in danger, or even if she’s just getting hit on by someone else, she just starts to stutter, and her eyes bug out, and she just sort of stands there until I come to help. It’s a damn lucky thing she hasn’t gotten hurt yet. I mean, I know that she can protect herself when she really needs to. She’s fairly good at finding any and every reason that someone should not continue with whatever their doing, when she’s in a bind and has no choice but to stall for time, and when she gets angry, she’s really a force to be reckoned with. I’ve never seen her more forceful than when she gets mad, and I’m grateful to Miceli that she doesn’t turn that anger toward me too often. I just wish it would come out once in a while around other people.

Okay. So, even if you don’t feel comfortable exactly being “dominant” of her, you have to admit that you are the dominant one in the relationship, given your personalities and your roles in your society. Any particular reason for that?

I think it’s pretty obvious why I’m the “dominant” one, idiot. I mean, for one thing, I kind of own her, remember? Kind of hard not to be dominant there. And she’s also so quiet and subservient. I’m a bit of a loudmouth by nature, and I don’t let people push either of us around, Plus, if I didn’t protect her, then who would? I don’t exactly have a choice but to be dominant.

But is there any other reason, like why you fell in love with a human, who you knew you would have to exert authority over to some extent, rather than a female soldier, or at least another demon?

Perhaps a certain reason that starts with and “L”?

Fine. I guess Livia is part of the reason, too. She picked me up when I was just new, fresh out of training, and she gave me exactly what I had wanted since I first started learning about the various privileges soldiers got, once they graduated from training. Then, after a few months, she turned, and became this monster. I was only 17, and I was frightened by this older soldier, this woman, who draped her authority over me and hurt me, literally hurt me, in her quest to fill that role of being in a role of dominance. After I got away from her, I never wanted to risk being ordered around and threatened in the bedroom, in addition to the way I was controlled out in battle by my superiors. I guess, on some level, the fact that I knew I would be the one in control was part of why I was attracted to Aria. But I would never do to her what Livia did to me. Unlike that bitch, I actually love Aria. I respect her, and have learned what it feel like to be on the other side of the whip, so to speak.

Okay. Since this is a bit of a sore subject for you, I’m going to ask you a bit of a happier question. Would you please describe your friends for me?

Well, there’s Severna, for one thing. We’ve been friends since we were about eight or nine, I think? I know we were young, because her dad still had to carry her, since civilian kids don’t learn to fly as early as kids of the army. She’s nice I guess. She’s always been pretty outgoing, always wanting to have some sort of adventure or try out new things. She’s also a damn good musician, even if she only really plays during those dance parties she and her friends are always throwing. I can’t say I agree with all the choices she’s made since we got older, but I guess her heart’s in the right place, and it definitely makes her happy. I just wish she’d keep her hands off Aria. It kind of makes Aria uncomfortable, the way she’s always hanging all over her and flirting.

Then there’s Sarah. She’s a sweet kid. I can tell she’s going to grow up to be a great soldier, if not a great rebel. She does need to learn to watch what she says and to who she says them sometimes, but otherwise she’s a great girl to talk to. I can really tell why Aria’s so eager to visit her when I’m at combat exercises or off doing an attack. I kind of feel like we’re kind of the same, in some ways, since we’re both orphans in a way, and her thoughts are also kind of similar to mine at her age. I guess I feel responsible for making sure she grows up right and doesn’t get hurt, since her parents aren’t around to watch over her, and I know for a fact the army isn’t going to be any help in raising her correctly.

You said that you’re both orphans in a way, and earlier you said you were “son of no one.” Care to elaborate a bit?

I guess so… [sighs] Sarah’s mom died in childbirth, and her dad was killed during and an attack on the humans. So, she’s a legit orphan. I, on the other hand, was a service baby. Most likely, I was some unplanned kind that my parents didn’t have the patience or means to take care of, or maybe my parents had some falling out and neither of them wanted to raise me on their own, so rather than letting me have a miserable life as an unwanted child, they gave me an even more miserable one by abandoning me to the army to raise and place in their ranks when I got older. I have no idea who my parents are, and probably wouldn’t be able to find out if I tried. So, I just accepted it and went back to doing my duties. I still would have preferred to just be raised on the streets, though. At least then I wouldn’t have to be in the fucking army.

But then you wouldn’t have met Aria, either.

Exactly. If I hadn’t been in that sham of a military since the time I could walk, I wouldn’t have been part of the attacks on the humans. Then I wouldn’t have felt the need to try to kidnap a girl who I thought was a princess in order to try to convince my own superiors to try to respect the humans and reason with them civilly. If I hadn’t been in the army, Aria would probably be much happier, and she’d still be with with whoever it is she lived with before I interfered.

Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, you seem to really hate your army. Any particular reason?

Well, they start training kids to fight and kill people when they’re about seven, for one thing. And they think that, just because we hand wings and humans don’t we’re superior, even though I’ve seen that humans are just as good as us, and perhaps even better in quite a few categories. The food also sucks, because they’re too lazy to cook any real food. I mean, the could at least cook the meat more than once a year. Considering we have holed that are warm enough to give her burns, if you get too close to them, I’m sure it wouldn’t be that terribly difficult to dangle the meat over the hole for a while, at least so it isn’t raw. And the food they give the human pets is even worse. Aria can actually digest vegetables, and even she doesn’t know what on Assiel’s surface they use to make that mush. It’s completely white, and from what Aria tells me, lumpy and bland. Also, their generals and officers are douchebags, the rest of the soldiers are idiots, and while it’s cool they like us to “relieve our stress” or whatever, it’s definitely gone to a lot of soldier’s head. A lot of the guys see a female and think it’s their birthright to flirt with them. Maybe if they spent less time thinking about sex and more actually paying attention to what they were doing, they’d see what great beings the humans are. Or, at the very least, we’d be making more progress in trying to acquire land above ground.

Sounds great. Thanks for talking to me, Vaughn! Any last words before we end the interview?

Yeah, I’ve got a few: Sabrina, I’d totally want to be your friend, but stop being a creep, okay? That’s honestly the only reason I don’t like you. And stop calling me a moron or whatever. I’m a lot smarter than you give me credit for sometimes.

 

And with that, we will end this posting. I hope feel Vaughn has explained himself adequately, and I thank him for his cooperation. And before anyone asks, yes, he did need to cooperate for this to work. I mean honestly, you think I could have forced information out of him, just because he’s my character? Geez, it’s not like I control him or something!