December 8, 2011
Originally published on LovLivLife Reviews.
Seth is interviewed by Sheldon, Richart's Second.
Sheldon: Thank you for doing this, sir. I know, as the leader of the Immortal Guardians, you must be incredibly busy.
Seth: I'm happy to do it. The men and women who work for The Network rarely have a chance to interact with the immortals they aid in so many ways. Chris Reordon and I both thought this would give them an opportunity to get to know us better.
Sheldon: Actually, The Network might be a good place to start with the questions. How extensive is it?
Seth: It's global. There are three major branches here in the United States. Chris heads the East Coast division.
Sheldon: Was creating The Network your idea?
Seth: Yes. I knew early on that immortals who couldn't tolerate direct sunlight or who had to severely limit their exposure to it would require the aid of humans. Even today most business financial and otherwise is conducted during daylight hours, making Seconds like yourself and other members of The Network invaluable.
Sheldon: I imagine it's also pretty hard to work in any after-hours business when one spends one's nights hunting insane vampires.
Sheldon: So, you're the eldest Immortal Guardian. Many would like to know just how old you are.
Seth: Old enough to have witnessed Biblical events.
Seth: Yes. David witnessed many as well, though he isn't quite as ancient as I. *small smile*
Sheldon: You're also the most powerful Immortal Guardian. What gifts do you have?
Seth: All of the gifts telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, healing, precognition, etcetera that the other immortals have combined. Plus a couple they don't have. Those I won't discuss, however.
Sheldon: Which one is your favorite?
Seth: It's a tie between the ability to heal and the ability to teleport. Both have saved countless lives in the past, so it's difficult for me to choose.
Sheldon: *looks at list of questions* Okay, what is the best thing about being an immortal?
Seth: Being able to help others.
Sheldon: What's the worst?
Seth: Losing our human friends and family to age, illness, or injury.
Sheldon: What is your one fear?
Seth: I don't have just one.
Sheldon: Then, what is one of your biggest?
Seth: Currently? That Ami will fall into our enemy's hands.
Sheldon: Do you envy humans their shorter, simpler existence?
Seth: *ponders that a moment* I don't know that I envy them, but I do wonder sometimes what such an existence would be like.
Sheldon: *peruses list* If you could relinquish your command to anyone, who would you want the new leader to be?
Seth: David. Aside from me, he has lived longer, seen more, and acquired more wisdom than any other immortal. As the second oldest, he is also more powerful and possesses more gifts than the others. Already he performs many of the duties I do. Which is why he is my second in command. I couldn't accomplish all that I do on a daily basis without him.
Sheldon: And he really goes the extra mile to make immortals and Seconds feel like family.
Seth: Yes, he does.
Sheldon: As the eldest immortal, do you have any regrets?
Seth: Too many to count.
Sheldon: *consults list* In all of your years of living, when were you the most powerless?
Seth: *long pause* The night my wife died.
Sheldon: *stares* You were married?
Seth: Many lifetimes ago. Next question, please.
Sheldon: Of course. Why did you assign Ami to be Marcus's Second?
Seth: Marcus suffered a great loss recently.
Sheldon: You mean Bethany? The woman he loved for, like, eight centuries?
Seth: Yes. And his actions of late have become too . . .
Seth: Erratic for my peace of mind. I thought having a Second again would bring a little structure into his life and . . .
Sheldon: Calm his ass down?
Seth: *smiles* Perhaps.
Sheldon: What do you think about the whole Roland and Sarah thing?
Seth: I'm glad they found each other.
Sheldon: Did you see it coming?
Seth: *laughs* No. I don't think anyone could have seen that coming.
Sheldon: *checks list again* Okay, the women at The Network all want to know this one. Who would your fantasy woman be? Hair, height, eyes, and so on?
Seth: I don't indulge in such fantasies since they will never come to fruition. Such only leads to disappointment.
Sheldon: You don't think you'll ever find love?
Sheldon: Dude. You didn't even hesitate when you said that.
Seth: *cell phone buzzes*
Sheldon: *watches as Seth retrieves his phone*
Seth: I have to take this.
Sheldon: No problem.
Seth: Ja? . . . Wie Viele? . . . Wo? . . . Ich bin auf dem Weg. *returns phone to pocket* I have to go.
Sheldon: *looks at the sunny window* Now?
Seth: *shakes his head* It's always nighttime somewhere. Thank you for the interview. *vanishes*
December 13, 2011
Originally published on All Things Urban Fantasy.
Seth is interviewed by Sheldon, Richart's Second.
Sheldon: Thanks for sitting down with me for another interview, Seth.
Seth: No problem. The last one ended precipitously.
Sheldon: Did everything go okay in Germany?
Seth: It did.
Sheldon: Glad to hear it. Now. Last time we talked, I asked you who you would want to be the leader if you were to step down. But I forgot to ask . . . Has anyone ever challenged you for leadership of the Immortal Guardians or tried to force you to step down?
Seth: *laughs* No.
Sheldon: Are you laughing because you're so powerful that no one could defeat you?
Seth: While that's true, I was actually laughing, because . . . who would want the job? I love each and every one of the immortals
Sheldon: Even Roland?
Seth: *still smiling* Even Roland. But they require much of me. And watching over them is a never-ending task. I don't know from one day to the next where I will seek my rest. I have no downtime. No days off. And sometimes go for days without sleep.
Sheldon: I never thought of it like that. You don't have a Second, do you?
Seth: No. I don't need one. I'm old enough and powerful enough that I can walk in sunlight without suffering any ill effects. David can withstand a few hours, but even he benefits from having Darnell for a Second.
Sheldon: Will you assign Roland a Second now that he and Sarah are together?
Seth: No. Roland wouldn't agree to welcome a stranger into his home before. Hes doubly committed to refusing one now that he worries over Sarah's safety.
Sheldon: Do you think Roland and Sarah will be together for the long haul?
Seth: Absolutely. Sarah makes him very happy.
Sheldon: I have noticed him smiling quite a bit.
Seth: As have I.
Sheldon: It's actually kinda creepy.
Seth: *laughs* Well, get used to it. He promised Sarah hes going to try to be less anti-social in the future.
Sheldon: That's even scarier. So, has any immortal ever rejected your leadership?
Sheldon: Was it Roland? It was Roland, wasn't it?
Seth: No, it wasn't Roland. Roland was happy to see me after his transformation. He was concerned he might harm his children and was glad I was there to aid him in adjusting to his new life.
Sheldon: Then, who was it?
Seth: There have been a few over the millennia. Men who were leaders themselves as mortals and found it difficult to suddenly have to report to someone else.
Sheldon: What did you do?
Seth: *dark smile* convinced them it would be unwise to cross me.
Sheldon: *swallows* So, what about refusing to follow an order you give? That ever happen?
Seth: Every time I sent Roland a Second. He absolutely refused to trust a human guard. Marcus didn't exactly welcome Ami as his Second either.
Sheldon: David, Roland, and Sarah seemed to think Marcus wouldn't be able to scare Ami off if he tried.
Seth: They were right. Ami may appear small and fragile, but she can kick some serious ass.
Sheldon: Mortal ass maybe.
Seth: Haven't you heard? She's bested a couple of the younger immortals in sparring matches.
Sheldon: *stares* Ami?
Sheldon: Tiny, shy Ami? With the red hair and pretty green eyes?
Seth: Don't be fooled. Beneath that shyness, shes stubborn as a mule and wickedly proficient with both guns and blades. Ive given her a job to do and shes going to make damned sure she does it. Whether Marcus likes it or not.
Sheldon: So this could actually get interesting.
Seth: Especially since Marcus has a deep abiding respect for women and a particular fondness for strong women. *frowns* Wait.
Sheldon: Dude. Do you think he might fall for her the way Roland fell for Sarah?
Seth: *furrowed brow* Nnnnnno. I don't *cell phone buzzes* Hold on. I have to take this. Do? . . . Ble? . . . Sut drwg? . . . Rwyf ar fy ffordd *puts phone away* I have to go.
Sheldon: Yes, sir. Thanks again.
Seth: You're welcome. *vanishes*
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