First up is P.S. Broaddus, author of A Hero's Curse.
She laughs at the last question and smoothes the red cloudsilk bandana that’s over her eyes.
E: Well, having a talking cat sounds great, but that’s just because you haven’t been lectured by one.
P.S.: That’s not true. I think cats lecture, whether they speak Lingua Comma or not. It’s just what they do. A lot of readers want to know more about your blindness, about how you interact with it on a daily basis.
E: It’s not really something I think about, you know? I mean...
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Bairith confesses that he is a mage, though when asked what spheres he can manipulate he deflects the question with a smile and an elegant gesture…
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PR: Miss Haven, welcome. It is a pleasure to see you.
Lucy: Thank you. It’s always a pleasure to be here. And please, call me "Lucy."
PR: Certainly. Thank you. Well, Lucy, what exciting news about the twins! Yes?
Lucy: Oh, Patricia, you have no idea. I’ve been working for this for . . . many long decades. There were times I thought I’d never see it, but indeed those twins prophesied about, have truly come into their own.
(*Lucy brushes aside her short, curly brown hair. She is truly lovely, with an appearance almost cherubic, you might say.*)
Their birth signs have returned, as have their scents—which are simply glorious! Reigna’s is a lovely combination of orange, violet, iris and jasmine, accompanied by cedar, sandal and oakmoss. Not to be outdone, Eden’s fragrance is reminiscent of jasmine, bergamot and orange, with hints of warm musk. Just standing in the same room with one of them . . . Well, words cannot describe.
Lucy: Actually, no. The twins want to head to the palace of the Select in Shimeron. Fortunately, Basha and Therese stopped by there recently. I understand the place was in a shambles. Anyway, they cleaned and re-arranged some things, in anticipation of Reigna and Eden’s return to their ancestral home. So now, the girls, Mara, Dixon, and a host of additional Oathtakers and Select will set off with a caravan. I will, of course, accompany them. I expect we’ll be on our way within days. (*Lucy sighs, heavily.*) In truth, I’m not looking forward to the traveling, but some things can’t be helped.
PR: How long has it been since you’ve been to Shimeron?
Lucy: Oh, goodness, it’s been . . . (*Lucy pauses, thinking.*) Well, I haven’t stopped there since some years before Rowena left there, pregnant with the twins. So, for sure it has been more than two decades, anyway.
PR: Rumor has it that there were some disagreements during the Council meeting that you just left.
Lucy: Well, yes, that’s true. But you know, the more I think on what Reigna and Eden had to say, the more certain I am that they were right. (*Lucy’s blue eyes flicker.*) You see, I had thought it necessary to hold someone accountable for the fact that they were left for a time without protection. Of course, Mara could hardly be faulted for her situation . . . (*Lucy shakes her head.*) But Dixon . . . Well, in truth—and in retrospect—I guess I can appreciate why he acted as he did. In the end, the twins, as they pointed out, had to go through the trials they experienced. Without them, they might never have found Ehyeh’s favor. (*She flashes a wan smile.*)
PR: Understood. So, Lucy, with this threat from Chiran facing Oosa at the moment, I expect you’ll be caught up in preparing a response.
Lucy: (*Lucy looks away—almost as though she’s unable to meet my gaze.*) Ahhh, yes, that’s right.
PR: Well, I have confidence in the twins and the Oathtakers. I’m sure you all will beat back the Chiranian threat.
Lucy: If we do not, I hesitate to think of the dark days to come. (*Lucy shudders.*)
PR: So, on a brighter note, our followers really want to know—where do you see yourself in five years?
(*Lucy’s eyes flash my way. Her jaw sets. Then, she shakes her head, bites her lip. Finally, she looks down. I wonder, is she hiding something?*)
PR: Anything you’d care to share? I’m sure our audience would love to know the details.
Lucy: Well, of course, I must discuss this all with the twins and Mara first. So, no, I’m sorry to say, I’m not at liberty to discuss the details at this time.
PR: No hint, even?
Lucy: (*Following a long, silent pause.*) Let’s just say that my current goal is to help prepare the twins and the Oathtaker troops for the battle to come. I want them able to act in the event I’m . . . (*She swallows hard.*) In the event I’m . . . unable. So, I’m sorry, but really, I can't say more and I must be running now.
PR: Certainly, Lucy. Thank you so much for your time.
PR: Well, there you have it, followers—Lucy Haven on the latest news. She’s been a mighty force in Oosa for the longest time. Still, I can’t help but get the impression that she’s concerned for her immediate future. What did you think? Hopefully, we’ll get some answers in Volume Three of The Oathtaker Series, which I understand is scheduled for release sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
Until next time, then, may Ehyeh bless you all. Thank you for stopping by today!