I was just in New York City for a week doing a Broadway workshop that culminated in an Off-Broadway showcase which was SO MUCH FUN. My family and I went to see Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 which is a musical based off of a small chunk of War and Peace. It was absolutely gorgeous, guys, and guess who was Pierre? That’s right. Freakin’ Okieriete Onaodowan─more commonly referred to as simply Oak─the guy who played Hercules Mulligan in the original cast of Hamilton.* IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I GOT HIS SIGNATURE AND I CRIED.
*Hamilton the musical is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. If you haven’t listened to it, then stop reading this right now and go do it. I could quote that musical til the cows come home.
That’s why I haven’t given you all the promised post about one of my WIP─The Institute of the Touched─characters, but never fear. I am here now, and you are too, and so now you are forced to sit there and read this. MWAHAHAHA.
I asked you all which of the six MCs you would most like to hear from and the overwhelming consensus seemed to be Bazil Farrin. So today I’m going to ask Bazil a series of questions and he will answer them to the best of his abilities. I’ll be in bold like this and Bazil will be in italics, like this. Ya’ll ready? Here we go!
Hello, Bazil! Thanks for coming.
Good afternoon, Eden.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Oh. Um. Yes. I’m eighteen years old. I live a few blocks away from where I work in Akkerdam, Chaxholm─I work at Farrin Books. My uncle Marcus owns it. Um…
Do you live alone, or with anyone?
Oh, I live alone. *laughs self-consciously* My parents… died… so… but. I’m engaged.
Engaged? Well, how… how exciting. Aren’t you a bit young for all that, though?
Sophie says no. Sophie Markham. She’s my fiance, you see, and she’s the most beautiful woman in the world and also always right. That’s what she tells me, anyway.
I see… moving on, Bazil. Do you like your job?
Yes, I love it! I get to sit in silence surrounded by books all day… I take care of Uncle Marcus’s finances and also, once a week, read aloud to the local children for an hour or so, just to give us all something to do on our slow day. Claudia always picks the book, because it makes me too nervous when I do it. I want them to love it, not be bored. She’s very good at choosing. Honestly, I can’t imagine a better job then the one that I have now.
I’m pretty sure that that’s the most I’ve ever heard you speak, and I created you.
Never mind. That sounds lovely. Now for some general things. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Pink or purple?
Up or down?
So sorry, but why does this…?
Did you have a happy childhood?
I… I would say that I did. My father died before I was born but my mother didn’t die until I was four years old, and so I do remember a very few things about her. I remember that she would take me on walks around Lower Chaxholm and sometimes even Upper Chaxholm, where we would look at all of the enormous, colorful houses where the wealthier merchants and the Queen’s Court lives. There was a pond there, I remember, and she would let me feed the ducks… Then, after she… passed away… and I moved in with Uncle Marcus, things were still good. He’s the one who taught me to read, and he let me have free reign of the shop at a very early age. I have pleasant memories of my childhood.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear, I think, is speaking. Words. With my voice. Specifically to beings that are homo sapiens that have eyes and mouths that speak rude things back. Not all homo sapiens, I suppose. I actually quite like the people that I work with ─and Uncle Marcus of course─they’re sort of like… like a family I never had. Nona’s my little sister, Hali, my brother, and Claudia is mother to all of us…
Have you ever wished to be Touched─to have magical powers?
…yes. I─there’s something so special about it, isn’t there, even if half of the people I know are Touched. It’s like they have something extra, some extra power or… or electricity to them that’s uncontainable. It’s beautiful. So, to answer your question, yes. Yes, I have.
Well, you’re in luck, then. Sort of. Not completely, but a little bit, if you know what I mean.
So sorry, Eden, but I have absolutely no idea what you mean.
I… oh. Ok.
Well, that concludes out interview for today! Thanks a lot, Bazil! Don’t be freaked out if your whole life is turned upside down!
Yes, um. I won’t. Goodbye.
So that was Bazil Farrin, my lovelies! In a few days I’ll be interviewing Anuska, so… Read on!