Drumroll, please… Introducing Wilson Sykes, the final character to be interviewed for the five-book series I’ve been working on. I’d love feedback, and I’d especially love for you to vote on the poll at the end of this post and choose your favorite character of these five! Check out the interviews of the other four: Slade, Ellis, Iris, and Haven.
“Wilson Sykes is here for his interview,” Benedict tells me over the intercom.
I smile. The last of the five. Finally. “Send him in,” I tell Benedict over the intercom. I pull my laptop over in front of me. It’s been great getting to know these teenagers, and I’m a little sad that it’s going to be over. Of course, I’m going to keep in touch with them. And there will probably be more interviews with their friends and family members. And enemies, of course.
A very tall, muscular teenage boy walks into the room. His red hair is just long enough to fall onto his forehead, but only just long enough to reach a third of the way down that forehead. His blue eyes hold a spark of uncertainty, but his smile seems genuine. Part of a tattoo is showing from under the edge of his shirt sleeve, on his upper arm, but I can’t make out what it is.
“Please sit down,” I tell him with a smile. He obeys as I open up a new document. “Are you ready to get started?” I ask. He simply nods in reply. Iris says that he conserves words, but that he’s definitely not shy. Or quiet. “First question. What is your full name and your age?”
“I’m Wilson Sykes and I’m eighteen,” he states.
He’s apparently not one for interviews. “Can you tell me about your family?”
Wilson smiles. “I live on a farm wtih my parents, both of whom I’m pretty close to. I have two younger siblings: my nine-year-old brother, Aster, and my eight-year-old sister, Elili.”
I nod as I type. He’s opening up a little. “What is your Gift?”
“I can control the weather,” Wilson tells me. “I can’t control night and day, just the weather. Rain, snow, sleet, tornadoes… I’m still working on hurricanes.”
I raise an eyebrow. “Wow, that’s cool! Now, how would you honestly describe your personality?”
He frowns, thinking. “I guess I’d say that I’m thoughtful with a quick temper. I’m not exactly shy, I just think it’s a good idea to be quiet. Sometimes. I’m working on that.” He grins.
I laugh. “I get what you mean. What are some of your faults?”
Wilson frowns. “Well, I’m used to the outdoors. I hate being inside or in a bustling city for very long. I like the peace of the countryside. Oh,” he adds, laughing. “I’m horrible with people. I get very impatient with them mostly because they’re annoying, like Slade.”
I grin. “I certainly won’t deny that. Okay, what are your strengths?”
“I’d say my strength,” he says, smiling. “I do a lot of athletic work, both at our farm and on my own. And then I guess my passion, steadfastness, and determination. I throw myself into pretty much anything I set my mind to, whether revenge or good deeds,” Wilson finishes.
“Last one,” I tell him. “What is your Name?”
“The Stormkeeper,” Wilson tells me, smiling.
I type that into my document and turn to him with a smile. “Thanks so much for the interview. It was realy great to get to know you. Tell the gang we need to get together again soon.”
He nods. “Thanks for having me. Maybe we can take you on a tour of Lerali sometime.”
I’m sure my face lights up. “That would be awesome! We need to do that.”
Wilson grins. “I’ll arrange it. I’d better leave you to your work.”
I smile. “All right.” Maybe work will go quicker with a fun trip to another world in mind.
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