Well, it’s Friday – finally! And like promised, I have the stars from The Dry Lands here today for an interview. Everyone, meet the rugged Krane Hutch and our heroine, A’rissandra Brynx! While you settle in with your eBook copy of TDL with a cup of coffee, or something a bit stronger, I’ll get Hutch and A’ris situated in their seats.
*fluffs sofa pillows…arranges water cups…dusts off keyboard* Ready?
TMD: So, I’ll start with A’ris. Ladies first. *wink*
KH: Are you sure she’s a lady? *ducks from flying pillow hurled by a flushed-faced A’ris*
TMD: Fine, I’ll start with you, Hutch.
AB: She did say ladies first. *giggles*
TMD: *clears throat* Okay…Hutch. I think readers would like to know more about your little tryst on the Worker ship that got you tossed, quite literally, onto the Dry Lands.
AB: *giggles stop* Yeah, Hutch. Tell us about your tryst.
KH: *smiles sweetly* I have a way with the ladies. Let’s just say it was an experience I’ll never forget.
AB: *mumbles something under her breath*
TMD: What was that, A’ris?
AB: *lifts chin and straightens shoulders* Of course he won’t forget it. He was thrown out of a hovering ship to the ground where he broke most of the bones in his body…all because he couldn’t keep his pants on.
KH: Who said I took my pants off?
AB: *gasps* You’re horrible!
TMD: If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re trying not to laugh, A’ris.
AB: I am not! *clamps hand over mouth*
KH: *leans over to poke A’ris in the ribs* She’s a really bad liar, can’t you tell.
TMD: And you consider yourself a trust-worthy person, Hutch?
*the room falls under an awkward silence*
AB: Are you going to answer that, Hutch?
KH: *pauses* Well. I’d say I’m a good man who has done more than a few not so great things. Some…bad things, actually. Would I call myself trust-worthy? I don’t know.
AB: *rolls her eyes* Of course you are. *looks at me* He is. Though he’s made some mistakes. But haven’t we all?
TMD: Yes. We have. *clears throat* A’ris, can you tell us more about your relationship with your father? Why are the two of you so estranged?
AB: *sighs* I had a feeling you would ask about him.
TMD: *smiles* That is my job.
AB: *laughs hollowly* Yes, it is. Well. What can I say about my father? He’s a bastard. A selfish man that wants nothing but his own pleasure. And now that I know he’s kept our planet poor and destitute on purpose, it makes me hate him more.
TMD: Did something happen between the two of you that brought those feelings to the surface?
AB: *squirms uncomfortably* I can’t talk about…that. Not yet.
TMD: Okay. Moving on.
KH: Yes, lets. You’ve made the girl uneasy.
TMD: And you are quite protective of ‘the girl’, aren’t you?
KH: *smiles* I have my moments.
TMD: Hutch. Would you say you’ve changed, since meeting A’ris?
*watches as color begins flushing his neck*
KH: Sure, haven’t we all?
AB: *playfully slaps Hutch’s leg* Behave.
KH: I am. This is me – behaving.
TMD: What about you, A’ris? Have you changed?
AB: *leans back and stares up at the ceiling beams* Oh, yes. I’d say everything has changed. In good ways and bad. But meeting Hutch has been a surprise.
KH: A happy one?
AB: Can’t you be serious for one minute, Hutch?
KH: I am being serious. I can’t drive you crazy all the time, can I?
TMD: Sure you can. I think you drive each other crazy in equal amounts. It’s what makes your relationship work. Or am I wrong?
AB: No, you are not. Next question?
TMD: Just one left. *shuffles papers* A’ris, TDL ends on quite a cliff-hanger. Can you give us any insight into what happens next?
AB: *chews lower lip* Hmmm. If I could tell the future, you’d bet I’d want that question answered above all others.
TMD: So, nothing? No tid-bits?
KH: The Princess gets to use a gun, right? Tell me, she does. Because I really want to see that. *ducks as A’ris lifts another pillow* What? Not every girl can pull off that look, and you do it nicely. *takes a face-full of pillow with a laugh*
AB: I apologize for his brutish behavior. He’s not been properly trained. *swallows a laugh* But he’s right. I wear a gun rather well.
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