I asked my character Jonas if he’d do an interview for me to help get to know him. He agreed, but it didn’t go well. I might have to think up some new questions and try again tomorrow.
I walk into the room where Jonas sits casually leaning forward, his elbows on his knees, finger tips lightly touching. Before he acknowledges me, I see that he is observant, thoughtful but not deep in thought, and wary without being jumpy. He knows I’m there, but chooses not to react for a few moments.
He greets me with a friendly smile and a lift of his chin. I take my seat across from him. He leans back in his chair, a casual lounge, hands resting lightly on his thighs. Waiting to proceed.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a lieutenant in the Quaven army. I help keep Quaver safe from the likes of Turhmosans and Aenuks.
Are any other people living with you? Who are they?
I’ve been living with Aris for the last year. He’s sort of a father figure to me, I guess. He’s kept me out o’ trouble. [he smiles a smile that I would be tempted to label ‘cheeky’]
Tell me about your parents. How well do/did you get along with them?
[his face darkens and he leans forward again, resuming the pose he held when I entered] My parents are dead. I hardly knew them.
What was your birth order? How many siblings did you have? Older? Younger?
[face set, flat stare]
You don’t want to talk about it?