Dear readers, tonight we host a rather chaotic interview with five characters out of a novel’s cast. They are here to tell us about a world in which powerful Immortal beings battle for justice in a magical world just beyond the veil of our own — all while continually bickering about spoilers.
Hello everybody, tonight on the interview couch are part of the cast from Unveiling. Could you please introduce yourselves, and helps us know who’s who?
🙋♀️ Hi, I’m Nina. (a little wave)
🦇 Dan. (quick short nod)
🙎🏻 My name is Maya. (curtsy)
🐺 Lupus. (short snort)
🧛🏻 Hey, (speaking in a heavy Spanish accent) I’m Franco. (sits further away from the rest).
Nina, tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
🙋♀️ My early childhood was with my adoptive parents, and they were great. I wouldn’t say, though, that’s where I grew up. I was in foster care from the age eleven. I’m not gonna lie to you or the fans, it was tough: but I learned how to stand up for myself. I remember Tony, one of my foster brothers, he would get into kids faces and intimidate them to do the most ridiculous things one could think of. He told this one kid to shave our foster dad’s eyebrows. The kid did it. When Ronny woke up, he freaked! We had to run and hide. Three days, (she puts her 3 fingers up), three days I slept outdoors. He tried it on me a couple of times. I told him to get lost. For some reason, he stopped bothering me.
Lupus, do you have any cherished memories?
🐺 Funny you should ask. My generation was the first to start shifting into human form. AncientWeres could, but didn’t. There was no reason. So, when this new thing started to happen, all of us left our parents’ and started our own pack. At that time, we didn’t know we were supposed to walk on two legs, so we walked on all four. We also had no control over it, so when it happened it was both surprising and painful. We were clumsy, slow and hungry all the time. One time, my brother stopped shifting halfway so his right side was human while his left was in wolf form. When we saw him, we didn’t recognize him and ran away. It took him hours to calm down and complete the shift. Sometimes, we still laugh about it. I wouldn’t change a thing, I cherish those memories.
Franco, what do you do now?
🧛🏻 Me and my kind, have a grand plan. I can’t talk about it, but we are going to stick it to those other immortals. They won’t even know it’s coming, and then, KABOOM! (he makes a gesture of explosion with his hands).
🧛🏻 Well, not really kaboom, but you know what I mean.
🙎🏻 No, I really don’t.
🧛🏻 (He faces the host) See? That means I piqued the curiosity, yet didn’t reveal anything specific. Mission accomplished.
Dan, Lupus, what can you tell us about your latest adventure?
🦇 It was a good fight. We won.
🐺 It was fantastic, and loads of fun. Just imagine bursting into the enemy compound, killing the monsters, freeing the dam…
🐺 So much more I can’t tell you about. This guy, (he points to Dan), he goes under the radar, in more ways than one, but mostly because he is dust
🐺 What did I say?
🦇 You said ‘dust’.
🐺Dust is nothing, it’s dust.
🦇 Dust is a spoiler.
🐺 Fine, I hate being interrupted. Where was I? Oh, ya, this guy, (points to Dan), if you piss him off, it’s your funeral. I saw him once kill eight beasts, before the first one hit the floor. That’s how lethal he is.
Dan, you gonna show us some moves?
🦇 (vaguely smiles) I don’t think so.
C’mon Dan, just a couple of moves.
🦇 I’m not really pissed off. (He turns to Franco). Any volunteers, Franco? No? (Dan shrugs). Sorry.
Maya, what did you first think when you saw Nina?
🙎🏻 I thought I was going crazy. With the ordeal that happened the night before, I still thought I was drugged or hallucinating. It was like looking in the mirror but not. I remember blinking repeatedly and looking around for monsters. It took me a while to compose myself. The cup of coffee helped, along with hearing Nina through my ears and not as a random voice in my head.
Hey Dan, what was the scariest thing in your first mission?
🦇 I thought she might turn. There is nothing worse than accidentally turning someone you ca…
🦇 What? I thought they already knew.
🙋♀️ (quietly) Spoiler.
🦇 Really? (looks around, everybody nods). Fine…that’s why I don’t say much.
Nina, what is the worst thing about your rescue?
🙋♀️ The previous misjudgement of my rescuer. In my eyes, he went from hero to zero like this, (she snaps her fingers). I had one view of him and then within a blink of an eye, I witnessed a triple murder, got kidnapped again, this time by him, and then thought I’d became a fugitive on the run from the police. Could that day get any worse???
What is the best thing about it?
🙋♀️ I can’t tell you the best part, but, I’m still here, alive and not running from the police. That’s pretty good, right? (looks around, everybody nods).
Dan, tell us a little about your friends.
🦇 I’ve been lucky. I have friends among all species. All present (except one 🧛🏻) are my friends. But, I think you want to hear about those who are not here. (He adjusts himself comfortably in the chair).
🦇 What? Oh, you want me to tell you about them? OK, where do I start?
My brother is by far the person I trust the most.
Weres’ Alpha, Lav – a WereLion, is a strong leader and a good friend to have. Weres are great; they can communicate telepathically. They do it when in their beastly form or if they want to keep a secret from Faes.
Faes are…refreshing and a little odd. I mostly interact with FaeRaven when passing messages. They like to gossip about everything they know. A little funny, a little quirky, but what can you expect when you put birds and magic together, right?
Dragons…they are real beasts and trump everyone—the protectors of the world. The Wise One is the most powerful. He helped me a lot.
Any romantic involvement?
🐺 Man, I went nuts. I imprinted and it drove me crazy, I couldn’t eat, sleep, hunt, focus, or talk to anyone about it, because we sort of invaded that place, without Alpha’s permiss…
🐺 and apparently there is never a good time to talk about it, (he turns to the audience) you’ll just have to read about it, guys. Just trust me, I was crazy.
🦇 Yeah, crazy is a good word, you almost mauled me…
🐺 That’s a spoiler!!
Whom (or what) do you really hate?
🧛🏻 Let me just say…I don’t like humans, but they taste delicious. I despise Nature’s Immortals, and especially the traitor.
🙎🏻 Vampires, for what they did to me.
🐺 The cursed ones (turns to Dan), no offense.
🙋♀️ Tony, and all bad vampires.
🦇 All who disrespect life.
Franco, what’s your favourite drink, colour, and relaxing pastime?
🧛🏻 Fresh human blood. Red, and feeding, or planning how to dest…
What does the future hold for you?
🙎🏻 Well, I’m going to become…
🐺 What about when we broke in the headquarters and took…
🙋♀️ I had a dream once…
🧛🏻 Would you like to know about the plan? (wiggles eyebrows)
🧛🏻 (Hisses) Do you think I would tell the readers with all of you, (he swipes his arm across the cast), listening?
🦇 I spoke to Drezga, and he told me he has a source in Hen….
🦇 That’s why I don’t say much.
Nina, can you share a secret with us, which you’ve never told anyone else?
🙋♀️ Hm…how about if I share a part of a secret? Everything we witness and experience changes us, and I am no exception. In the words of Nada VaZaki, “They’ve broken the wrong parts of me. They’ve broken my wings and forgot I had claws.”
Zel Winter lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two wonderful daughters, two dogs and two cats. She loves nature, animals and children. Zel enjoys cooking and baking, and above all, reading and writing.
You can find Nina, Dan, Maya, Lupus and Franco on the pages of Unveiling.
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