D: Welcome, Calandra. Thank you so much for stepping out of the Broken Gears universe to join me today.
C: Please, call me Cali. And it’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me.
D: Would you like me to get you a glass of water before we start? Or would you rather have some juice? Wine? Whiskey?
C: It’s a little early for proper drinks, don’t you think? Unless we’re having mimosas.
D: I like the way you think! Okay, let’s start with something simple. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
C: I’d hide away with a book. And copious amounts of tea. Preferably in a place no one could find me.
D: As you mention tea, what’s your favorite food?
C: Coconut and shrimp soup. It’s delightfully restorative, ever so slightly sweet, and has a bit of a kick to it too.
D: That’s a popular recipe in Bone Port, isn’t it?
C: Oh, yes. Every household has it’s own version.
D: Speaking of your household, are you an only child or do you have siblings?
C: I don’t much like talking about my family. Plus, that’s a rather… complicated question nowadays.
D: Complicated. Got it. Let’s let something different. Is there anything you've always wanted to do but haven't done? And what do you think would happen if you tried?
C: I’ve always been tempted to dive off the basalt cliffs that overlook Bone Bay. I know people who have and lived to tell about it, but I’m afraid I’ve never been brave enough. I expect I might be dashed onto the rocks below if I did. I don’t fancy that.
D: I don’t blame you. Saying that, what do you like best about yourself? Least?
C: I don’t mean to sound conceited when I say this, but I am rather good at recalling information. Being both a noble and having been involved in various, ahem, shall we say, lines of work means remembering people and details about their lives. In that same vein, however, these positions require one to make small talk. There’s a humorous phrase I’ve seen from your universe: “A large group of people is called a ‘nope’.” That’s how I feel when I don’t have a common subject or goal to discuss. It makes me feel ill.
D: Putting people aside for a moment, do you have any pets? Maybe a guinea pig?
C: *Chuckles* I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the creatures you refer to as guinea pigs are considered a delicacy in Bone Port. We call them agoutis, and they are delicious.
D: I had guinea pigs growing up, but I gotta be honest. I’d try that. No offense, little buddies. Rest in peace. Sorry, distracted. Moving on, you mentioned being good with information and reading. I take it you enjoy learning?
C: Indeed I do. I’ve always had a curious mind.
D: Has that ever gotten you into trouble?
C: Yes, and that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.
D: You sure?
C: *Stares* Did I stutter?
D: Nope, sorry. Let’s switch gears a little bit. What is your earliest memory?
C: Oh goodness, let me think. I think it was one of my first excursions into the Green Dragon. That’s what we call the jungle beyond Bone Port. My father took Carlos and I in to visit a pool where swamp dragons lay their eggs. The water is so clear, you can see all the way down to the bottom where the dragonlings forage for food.
D: How old were you?
C: About four, I suppose.
D: Your father took two small children into a jungle to visit baby dragons?
C: *Smiling* Bone Port parents are not an anxious bunch. Besides, there were others with us for defense. I remember staring up into the canopy that night and listening to the Green Dragon shriek and buzz and whine all around us.
D: Do you ever go back to visit that place?
C: It’s been a very long time since I’ve been back. I know it’s changed drastically since I last visited.
D: How do you know?
C: What’s that phrase people in your universe like to use? Spoilers? But I can tell you I live in Prism… erm, I mean Springhaven, now anyway. And traveling between the city-states of Invarnis requires a great deal of paperwork. I have a business to run here, so I don’t know when I would find time to get away and go back.
D: Ah, I see. We certainly don’t want to ruin anything for anyone. Pop quiz time then. What do you throw into the garbage and what do you recycle?
C: In Bone Port, we’ve always reused whatever we can. Food scraps become compost, whale bones become building materials and tools, and we often turn refuse into decoration. I do the same with what I can here in Springhaven.
D: Do you hold the door open for the person behind you or do you let it go and slam in their face?
C: I hold the door open, of course. That’s just polite.
D: Do you take chicken soup to your elderly neighbor when they are sick?
C: No, I take shrimp and coconut soup to them. You really should try it.
D: Maybe I’ll include a recipe with a future Raven's Cry post. *Wink* Well, Cali, it has been wonderful talking with you. Thank you so much for taking this time with me. I know you said you don’t like making small talk.
C: Thank you. I think I’ll retreat with a book like I mentioned earlier to recharge, but I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you having me.
D: My pleasure. Enjoy your recharging time.
Raven's Cry is available now for preorder on Amazon. Releases May 1st.