February 28, 2011
Hero and Heroine Hot Seat Questions
Originally published on LovLivLife Reviews.
Cats or dogs?
Roland: Who are you and why do you want to know?
Sarah: *sighs* Roland, sweetie, you know Seth wants you to do this for the network to . . . improve your image somewhat.
Roland: You mean so the network employees won't tremble in fear whenever they encounter me.
Roland: Fine. Cats. Nietzsche may be crazy, but he has proven to be a good companion.
Beach or pool?
Roland: Beach. They're usually deserted at night and I find them . . . soothing.
Sarah: Me, too. Beach.
Paperback or Hardback?
Roland: Hardback. They withstand the test of time better.
Sarah: Hardback. I reread favorites often and hardbacks fare better.
Coffee or tea?
Sarah: Tea. I loathe the scent of coffee.
Triple threat: sing, dance, or act? Pick one.
Roland: None of the above.
Sarah: Sing. I'm a music professor and love music, though I wish I could do more than just stay on pitch.
Roland: You have a beautiful voice.
Sarah: *kisses his cheek* You're biased, honey.
Make the call or send a text?
Roland: Who would I call?
Sarah: Make the call.
Cake or pie?
Sarah: Both. I can put away a lot of food.
Roland: *laughs* Yes, you can.
Super strength or super speed?
Roland: I don't have to choose. I have both.
Sarah: Super speed . . . You can get so much more done every day with it.
Roland: I don't sing.
Sarah: Corinne Bailey Rae's Put Your Records On.
Vamps or Shifters?
Roland: Since all of the shifters I know of are immortals . . . shifters.
Sarah: There are immortals who can shape shift?
Summer or winter?
Roland: Winter. I like the longer nights.
Sarah: Winter. I like the longer nights, too, and prefer the cooler weather.
Boxers or briefs?
Roland: Seriously? You're asking me about my underwear?
Sarah: *whispers* Boxers.
High heels or flats?
Roland: Sarah looks beautiful in either.
Sarah: Flats . . . *grins* preferably Converse Chuck Taylor high tops.
October 29, 2011
Originally published on Reading Between the Wines Book Club.
Roland and Sarah are interviewed by Sheldon, Richart's Second.
Sheldon: Nice to see you again, sir.
Roland: Do I know you?
Sarah: He's Richart's Second, sweetie. *smiles at Sheldon* Aren't you?
Sheldon: *straightens his shoulders and puffs out his chest* Yes, ma'am.
Roland: The one who screws up all the time?
Sheldon: *deflates* Yes.
Sarah: *elbows Roland* Be nice.
Roland: Why? We could be neck-deep in a bubble bath right now, licking water droplets off each other's
Sarah: *claps a hand over his mouth and blushes* Later.
Roland: *eyes flash brilliant amber* Promise?
Sarah: Yes. *clears throat* Now, if I'm remembering correctly, Sheldon, Chris Reordon sent you here to interview us.
Roland: For what?
Sheldon: There have been rumblings recently at the network. Some of the employees are . . . uneasy, with regards to the new vampire situation. As head of the network, Chris thought it might ease their minds a bit if we provided them with a vampire handbook of sorts and squelched some of the more alarming rumors that are going around.
Roland: *grunts* What do you want to know?
Sheldon: First, what's it like to be a vampire?
Roland: How the hell should I know. I'm an immortal.
Sheldon: Yes, but you hunt vampires every night and have encountered . . . hundreds in your lifetime.
Roland: I'm almost a millennium old. I've encountered thousands.
Sheldon: So, what can you tell me and the network employees about them?
Roland: They're insane.
Sarah: *nods sadly* They are.
Sheldon: Could you tell us why?
Roland: Is there really anyone at the network who doesn't already know?
Sheldon: Reordon wants to revamp no pun intended the handbook for new recruits. Someone *cough* me *cough* told him the current explanation was too long-winded and included way too much medical mumbo-jumbo, so he wanted me to ask you immortals to tell it in your own words.
Sarah: *pats Roland's knee* I'll field this one. Immortals and vampires are both infected with the same virus, which lends them dramatically increased strength, speed, healing capabilities, and enhanced senses. Vampires are humans who have been infected, whereas immortals are gifted ones who have been infected. Gifted ones are men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition, and the like. Vampires rapidly descend into madness when the virus damages their brains. Immortals don't. Their advanced DNA protects them from that aspect of the virus.
Sheldon: Thank you. You just told me in one paragraph what that boring-ass manual spent three chapters explaining.
Sarah: I really feel sorry for the vampires. Some of them are nice guys before they're transformed. And most of them don't ask to become sociopaths who prey upon humans.
Roland: That doesn't stop you from destroying them. You should see her in action, Sheldon. She kicks ass like the best of them. She has from the very beginning.
Sarah: *grins* You're biased.
Roland: Damned straight.
Sarah: He loves strong women.
Roland: *wraps an arm around her and drops a kiss on her hair* I love this strong woman.
Sheldon: Wow. Marcus was right. You two really can be kinda nauseating when you're all lovey-dovey.
Sarah: *frowns* Marcus said that?
Sheldon: Yeah. But to be fair, I think he was ticked off at the time because Roland wouldn't tell him where your new place is.
Sarah: I thought you were going to try to be a little less anti-social.
Roland: *grumbles* I'm working on it.
Sheldon: Speaking of Marcus, have you heard the latest?
Sarah and Roland: *shake their heads*
Sheldon: *leans forward and drops his voice to a dramatic whisper* Seth assigned him a new Second. A woman.
Roland: Why are you whispering?
Sarah: You mean Ami? Yes, we heard.
Sheldon: *disappointed* Oh.
Roland: We also heard she wants to kick your ass.
Sheldon: *frowns* Yeah, she can try.
Roland: *looks over Sheldon's shoulder* You heard him, Ami. Have at 'im.
Sheldon: *leaps up with a deer-in-the-headlights expression and spins around only to find no one there* Dude! *wilts with relief* Uncool!
Roland: *offers him a dark smile* So, she really is gunning for you.
Sarah: *trying not to laugh* Roland, you shouldn't scare him like that.
Roland: Technically, I didn't. Ami did. Care to tell your friends at the network what you did to incite her wrath, Sheldon?
Sheldon: *scowls as a flush creeps up his neck* I, uh, I just remembered I have to be someplace, so I'd better go.
Sarah: Are you sure?
Sarah: Well, it was nice to see you again.
Roland: I'll give Ami your regards.
Sheldon: *swears as he exits*
Sarah: *smiles* That was mean.
Roland: I know. *kisses the tip of her nose* Now, about that bath . . .
December 7, 2011
Originally published on Parajunkee's View.
Roland and Sarah are interviewed by Todd, a guard at The Network.
Todd: Nice to see you both. Thank you for agreeing to another interview. The last one ended precipitously when Sheldon, ah . . .
Roland: *raises eyebrow* Fled?
Todd: Yyyyeah. Pretty much.
Sarah: Where is Sheldon? I thought he was supposed to conduct the interviews.
Todd: He is. Some of them. Just not yours. And not Marcus and Ami's.
Roland: *smiles* He is so afraid of Ami.
Sarah: He isn't exactly enamored of you either.
Roland: It isn't my fault humans fear me.
Sarah and Todd: Yes, it is. *both laugh*
Todd: Anyway, let's get started on the questions. The first one is for Sarah. Any regrets over leaving your old life behind?
Sarah: None at all.
Todd: Really? Because you've been with Roland for two years now. Two long years. With Roland. No plans on leaving him? There's a pool going over at the network and
Sarah: *laughs* I'm not going to leave him. I love Roland. You guys just don't know him like I do or you wouldn't find that so hard to believe.
Todd: If you say so. Next question, again for Sarah. Sorry, Roland, you just aren't real popular with the humans.
Roland: I care.
Todd: You were a music theory professor before you met Roland and he blew that all to hell. Do you miss it?
Sarah: No. Believe it or not, hunting vampires is less stressful than teaching.
Todd: *laughs* I'll bet it is. Roland, what about you? Any regrets?
Roland: *touches Sarah's hair and smiles* Only that it took me so long to find her.
Todd: Nothing. It's just . . . You're widely known as the most anti-social immortal on the planet and here you are acting . . . what's the word I'm looking for . . .
Sarah: Loving? Affectionate?
Todd: Yeah. It's weird. Not really what I was expecting.
Roland: *scowls* Don't get used to it.
Todd: That's more like it. *looks at list* Next question. Roland, you're nearly a thousand years old. How did you manage to make it through so many centuries without going insane?
Roland: *dark smile* Some would say I haven't.
Sarah: *elbows him*
Todd: It's true. They do.
Sarah: Well, you don't have to encourage such rumors. Next question, please.
Todd: Okay. Here's another one for Roland. Everyone knows you have serious trust issues.
Sarah: He has his reasons.
Todd: Well, rumor has it you don't even trust Marcus fully, and you two have been friends for eight centuries.
Roland: Is there a question in there somewhere?
Todd: Do you trust Sarah?
Roland: With my heart and my life.
Sarah: *smiles up at him* Do you have any idea how much that means to me?
Roland: *dips his head and gives her a quick kiss.* Next question.
Todd: Let's see . . . Oh. This is a good one. Sarah, if Roland were a fellow academic colleague of yours, what subject would he teach?
Sarah: Hmm. That's a tough one. I suppose it would have to be world history since he's seen so much of it. But I really don't think he has the patience for teaching.
Roland: I don't. Ask Marcus. He's the first immortal I trained and mentored.
Sarah: He turned out okay.
Roland: Yeah, he's okay now . . .
Todd: *laughs* Okay, while we're on the subject of teaching . . . Sarah, has there been any situation in your new life in which your background as a music theory professor has come in handy?
Sarah: No. But I have had some fascinating conversations with Marcus, who is a fellow music lover. He actually met many of the composers I studied, so it's fun to hear about them firsthand and get all of the juicy gossip that didn't make it into the music history books.
Todd: And speaking of Marcus, have you guys heard that Seth assigned him a new Second?
Roland: We have.
Sarah: We've already met her. Her name is Ami.
Todd: You have? What do you think is going to happen? A lot of the network employees think Marcus is going to pull a . . .
Todd: Well, pull a Roland, as they say, and try to scare her off.
Sarah and Roland: *share a look, then laugh*
Sarah: I don't think that's going to happen.
Roland: Nor do I.
Todd: I suppose we'll see. *glances at the window* The sun will set soon. I'd better get going. I don't want to keep you from preparing for the night's hunt.
Sarah: Thank you, Todd.
Todd: Thank you for the interview.
December 18, 2011
Holiday Shopping With an Immortal
Originally published on Rabid Reads.
Roland and Sarah are interviewed by Todd, a guard at The Network.
Todd: Thanks for joining me for a second interview.
Sarah: *smiles* We're happy to be here.
Todd: I have to admit I was surprised to get your call.
Sarah: *elbows Roland*
Roland: *grunts* We're happy to be here.
Roland: *looks askance at Sarah* Sure.
Sarah: *big grin*
Todd: Okay, what's going on?
Sarah: What do you mean?
Todd: The only one Roland is ever happy to see and spend time with is you. And your smile, while lovely, is way too bright.
Sarah: *wilts* Okay, here's the thing. We're kind of . . . hiding out.
Todd: Why, what did Roland do?
Roland: How do you know I did something?
Todd: Because you're . . . you. They don't call you antisocial for nothing. So, what'd you do?
Sarah: I took him Christmas shopping.
Todd: You what?
Sarah: Well . . . I just thought . . . the immortals have all been so sweet and wonderful, welcoming me into the fold . . . and I've been trying hard to bring Roland into the fold along with me, since he usually lingers on the outskirts . . .
Todd: Roland doesn't linger on the outskirts. He lingers about a hundred miles beyond the outskirts. So far beyond them, the outskirts can't even catch a glimpse of him, which frankly, neither the fold nor the outskirts mind.
Sarah: Anyway . . . while we were shopping
Todd: Did he hold your purse for you?
Sarah: Don't poke the bear, Todd. While we were shopping, there was an . . . incident.
Todd: Ah, man. He didn't kill anyone, did he?
Roland: You like to live dangerously, don't you?
Sarah: You see, I know Darnell likes to play video games and wanted to get him some of the newest ones. There was quite a crush, what with Christmas right around the corner, and . . .
Roland: That little snot pushed you.
Sarah: Yes, he did. A boy pushed me.
Roland: He wasn't a boy. He was twenty if he was a day.
Sarah: It doesn't really matter. What does is that I would have handled it myself if you hadn't decided to step in and protect me. You know I can take care of myself.
Roland: *smiles* She can. She kicks ass.
Sarah: Yes, I do.
Roland: I love that about you.
Sarah: I know. And I wish you would have remembered that when that moron shoved me.
Roland: *eyes flash bright amber* He put his hand on you. He's lucky I let him keep it.
Todd: What exactly did you do?
Sarah: *jerks a thumb in her husband's direction* That. You know immortals can't keep their eyes from glowing when they're in the grips of strong emotion. Well, Roland was furious.
Todd: Oh, boy.
Sarah: And he flashed his fangs.
Todd: Ah, man.
Sarah: And tossed the man across the store as if he were a tennis ball.
Todd: Way to keep a low profile there, chief.
Sarah: Utter chaos ensued. Which led to more shoving and pushing.
Todd: *groans* Come on, man. There must have been children present!
Roland: The children thought it was cool. It was the parents who freaked out.
Sarah: I ended up having to call Richart and have him teleport us out of there. Chris had to send in Cleaners. Seth had to wipe a lot of memories. It was a mess.
Todd: *shakes his head at Roland* You just spread that . . . cheer wherever you go, don't you?
Sarah: I thought it would be best if we lay low for a while and do pretty much anything we can to get back on Seth's good side.
Roland: I don't think I've ever been on Seth's good side.
Sarah: Yes, but I have, sweetie.
Todd: Okay, well, let's see if another interview will help. *jumps when Seth appears*
Seth: Really? You can't even go Christmas shopping without scaring humans?
Todd: I'm out.
Sarah: What about the interview?
Todd: *on his way out the door* Call me tomorrow . . . if you can.
October 5, 2012
Originially published on LovLivLife Reviews
Roland and Sarah are interviewed by Sheldon, Richart's Second.
Sheldon: Thanks for consenting to the interview, guys.
Sarah: We're happy to do it. We appreciate everything the network does for us.
Roland: Why do you always get roped into doing the interviews? You're a Second. Shouldn't you be guarding Richart?
Sheldon: Richart's been . . . busy lately and I've had some extra time on my hands, so I volunteered. Besides, I think Chris is hoping some of your experience will rub off on me.
Roland: Good luck with that.
Sheldon: *scowls* Okay, let's get this going. Sarah, everyone in the Immortal Guardians world immortal, gifted one, and human alike is wondering . . . what the hell do you see in Roland? What if anything is it that you like the most about him?
Sarah: It's a toss-up between his sense of humor and his warm, loving nature.
Sheldon: *stares* No, seriously. What do you like about him?
Sarah: *laughs* I just told you: his sense of humor and
Sheldon: Yeah. His warm loving nature. First, what sense of humor?
Sarah: Roland makes me laugh all the time.
Roland: *Wraps an arm around her shoulders* Not as often as you make me laugh.
Sheldon: Well, all the rest of us just get scowls. *points at Roland* Like that one.
Sarah: *looks up and catches Roland's scowl* I think he's cute when he scowls.
Roland: You're killing it, honey.
Sheldon: I'm not buying the warm, loving nature thing either. Roland is the most antisocial immortal on the planet.
Sarah: People only say that because they don't know him.
Sheldon: Right. Because he's the most antisocial immortal on the planet.
Roland: Shall we move on?
Sheldon: Fine, I'll just say the attraction is a mystery. Now, Bastien has introduced a pretty radical idea that could forever change the Immortal Guardians' game plan. What do you think about it?
Roland: I think he's full of *grunts when Sarah elbows him* What? Seth should have executed him when everyone demanded it.
Sarah: I'm new to this and even I know that no one demands things of Seth.
Roland: They shouldn't have to demand it. Bastien raised an army of vampires he then pitted against the Immortal Guardians. And, if that weren't enough, he killed an immortal. He should suffer the consequences.
Sarah: Well, there were extenuating circumstances, honey.
Roland: According to Bastien.
Sarah: You're never going to like him, are you?
Roland: Hell, no. He gave you a concussion.
Sarah: I'm not too thrilled about him trying to kill you either, but I assume Seth and David know best.
Sheldon: While we're on the subject of Bastien, what do you think about him spending so much time with Dr. Lipton lately?
Roland: The mortal doctor who works with the vampires who surrendered?
Sarah: We met Melanie after that first big battle with the vampire king.
Sarah: I really admire her courage. Working with vampires, who could suffer a psychotic break at any moment and harm her, so she can gain a better understanding of the virus takes a lot of guts. I'm sure Bastien admires her, too.
Sheldon: *mutters* That isn't all he admires.
Sarah: *shares a look with Roland* Are you saying . . . He isn't just visiting the vampires? He's going to see her?
Sheldon: *looks around* Yes, but you didn't hear it from me.
Roland: Someone should warn her, so she can keep her distance.
Sheldon: Dude, I don't think she wants to keep her distance.
Sarah: *eyebrows raise* The attraction is mutual?
Roland: No wonder she defends him so vigorously.
Sheldon: *jumps when his cell phone rings* Just a sec. Hello? . . . Hey, man . . . Uh huh . . . Okay. I'm on my way. *ends call* Richart needs me to take care of something. I gotta book. Thanks for the interview, though. And do me a favor
don't mention the Bastien and Melanie thing to anyone. He'll kill me if he finds out I told you.
Sheldon: No, seriously. He'll kill me.
Sheldon: Have a good night. *leaves*
Sarah: *looks up at her husband* This could get interesting.
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