In June I began writing a new original story every two weeks and posting them to this website. Much to my surprise, one of those stories, Second Choice, spawned a second story, then a third, then a fourth and so on until it became clear to me that this was actually one novel length story coming out of me in installments. This was all fun and good but now that seven months have gone by since the first story it has become clear that a brief refresher course is needed for me and many of my readers. Therefore, leading up to the publication on this site of Part 7 on March 6th I will be interviewing a number of characters from this work here on my blog.
(In a sparsely furnished room the interviewer sits across from Gregor. Tall, lean, and pale, Gregor has a sharp confidence to him that he emits through an easy smile and casual attitude that seem at odds with his gaunt coloring and middle aged face. When he needs to, he can appear imposing, if not downright frightening, with a pointed gaze that burns through sallow eyes.)
Joseph Devon: Gregor, I thank you for joining us.
Gregor: And I thank you for having me.
JD: Now, we’ve been through a number of interviews and we’ve covered most everything concerning your world, I hope. But before we get started, is there anything you’d like to say about being a tester that you want to make sure gets mentioned?
G: Nothing that comes to mind, no.
JD: Right. I suppose if we’re going to talk to you we’re going to have to talk about the Council. Is that going to be a problem for you?
G: No, what happened there happened centuries ago. I’ve long ago made my peace with the Council.
JD: And have you made your peace with Epp?
G: (Smiling his easy smile) I hardly think it’s right to go blaming Epp for the actions of a hundred other testers, do you?
JD: (Slightly put off) I suppose not. Um…(Looking through his notes) so can we talk about what brought on the Council’s punishment for you in first place?
G: Of course. I was opting to do things a little differently when I first started testing.
JD: How so?
G: I’m sure you know the basic idea, we interfere in the lives of humans and we gain energy from them by altering them.
JD: By pushing them forward.
G: That’s one way of putting it, I suppose. At any rate, I decided to see what I could draw out of an entire village up in the mountains of Eastern Europe.
JD: And how did you do that?
G: I’m not going to give up any secrets here, Mr. Devon, but it’s enough for you to know that I was striving to become an icon, a myth, a legend amongst those people. I was curious to know what ways we were allowed to interact with humans, how many undiscovered tools were still left to be found.
JD: And what did you become?
G: I became myth (smiles). I became legend.
JD: You became the origin of vampires.
G: I did. But don’t say it like that. My work has been used and ingested and chewed up and turned around so many times that I actually like to distance myself from today’s notion of vampires. All the stories and movies you have today, they really stray away from the simplistic beauty of what I did up in that village. Of the reaction I was able to build. It was wonderful.
JD: You were just trying to see what was possible.
G: That’s right.
JD: And you ran headfirst into another group of testers, also sensing that new things were in the wind, and also curious to see what was possible.
G: That is a very good way of putting it. I ran right smack into the newly formed Council.
JD: And they opted to punish you, which we’ve already discussed with Kyo.
G: You talked with Kyo, did you? You didn’t get anything interesting out of him, did you?
JD: Not a lot, no.
G: That one’s a bit of a mystery.
JD: That’s for certain. Anyway, is it true that Epp was against the Council by the time they had decided to punish you? He says that he was leaning towards considering your work genius.
G: That sounds correct, yes.
JD: Epp was against the Council?
G: No, that sounds like something Epp would say.
JD: I see. And you, during those years, spent a lot of time in graveyards?
G: That was where they drove me. I didn’t have many other places to go.
JD: And you learned a lot while you were there?
G: Not so much, no. I think maybe you’re going to want to save those questions for Hector.
JD: Hector hasn’t agreed to meet with me.
G: (Surprised) No? I’ll have a word with him. You’ll want to see him and Nyx I’m assuming?
JD: Well, yes that would round out the week nicely. Thank you.
G: (Waving off thanks) It’s not a problem.
JD: Okay, so to end, can we just talk a little bit about what you have in the works currently?
G: I’d really rather not talk about it. You know how it is as a fellow creator. You don’t want to give too much away. It ruins the effect.
JD: Yeah…yeah that makes sense. But it’s safe to say that you don’t entirely agree with Epp’s school of thought.
G: Let’s just say that I don’t think Epp speaks for all of us.
JD: I suppose that will do for now. Um…well okay then. Thank you. I guess we’ll move on to the questionnaire created by Bernard Pivot and used by James Lipton from “Inside the Actors Studio.” You ready?
G: I am.
JD: What is your favorite word?
JD: That’s interesting.
JD: That’s the same…never mind. What is your least favorite word?
JD: What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
G: A blank canvas, or the equivalent thereof.
JD: And what turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
G: I don’t know. Too many rules, I suppose? That sounds so corny but I suppose it’ll do.
JD: What sound or noise do you love?
G: Bacon frying.
JD: What sound or noise do you hate?
G: I loathe loud trucks. Or cars. Those muscle cars? Ugh. Get a life.
JD: What is your favorite curse word?
G: Motherfucking hell.
JD: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
G: I could see a pilot. Not a pilot today, but back in the old barnstorming days. Flying a biplane in loops and that sort of thing.
JD: What profession would you not like to do?
G: I have no interest in math. So anything too math heavy. Income tax filer.
JD: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly
G: Your gains have outweighed your costs.
JD: Thank you. Very interesting.