OK so it's interview time again! This time round I'm doing a question swap with Weasley_Detectives at Weasley_Detectives - so head on over there to read her amazing Tintin fanfic, 'Tintin and the Seal of Cagliostro': A spate of mysterious high profile robberies by the gentleman thief "Kaitou Red" have captured the public's imagination. Tintin is hot on his trail, but when jewel of the opera, Mademoiselle Castafiore, is kidnapped, the infamous reporter fears he has stumbled upon a far deadlier plot.
She also has a Tumblr account for the story: https://kaitou-red.tumblr.com (yes, that cover artwork is hers; she's ALSO an awesome artist.)
Weasley_Detectives has chosen to interview Bee, so without more ado, let's get on with the questions. I've chosen to interview her OC Gideon Stark, and my questions and her answers will appear after Bee.
BEE from Glory Brats
What is your earliest memory?
I don't know how old I am in the memory, but I was still small and weak. I remember hearing the babies crying, and wishing they would stop because I wanted to sleep. So I got out of my bed and went towards the noise, but before I could get there one of the older children tripped me up and pulled my hair. The others joined in, kicking at me on the floor and I could only curl up and wait for them to stop. Eventually one of the wardens came in and pulled them off me. We all got punished though. I can remember thinking it wasn't fair, but then life isn't fair, is it?
Do you have any pet peeves?
I don't like when people grab me without warning, or push and pull me around.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I'd like to know what other people are thinking, because then I would know how to react to them and how to manipulate them better. And if you can manipulate people then you can get them to leave you alone.
Which member of the Glory Brats are you closest to and why?
Probably Zed, because I met him first. He's quiet and thoughtful. I like being around him because he treats me like a normal person, and focuses on things that I can do, rather than making me feel different just because I can't see.
Do you consider Sparrow a friend?
I wouldn't say we're friends. I think Sparrow is bossy, thoughtless and naive. She only thinks about what she wants to do. I don't even know at this point if we could ever be friends. I don't like her and I don't think she likes me. Not that I care.
How do you think your friends would describe you?
Prickly. Quiet. Blunt.
If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be?
I'd like to be able to trust people more. But I know I can't. People are always selfish in the end.
Do you consider yourself a follower or a leader?
I don't like this question! I guess I'm following Sparrow, because I don't want the responsibility of being a leader. Being a leader means people depend on you, and I don't like depending on others, or having others depend on me. But being a follower is a weak position, and I don't see myself as weak. So I suppose if Sparrow wasn't here I'd be a leader, since no one else could be.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you?
I'd go somewhere sunny and dry, because I like feeling the sun on my skin, and I've had enough of being soaked through by the rain. I'd have a house all on one level where nothing would ever change position and I'd be able to find my way around without help. Zed could come with me, if he liked, I suppose.
You and Sparrow are stuck on a desert island together. You discover a pack of creatures who appear to treat you as gods. Do you and Sparrow share power, or do you divide the island into two warring nations?
Stuck with Sparrow?! I might start off by sharing power because I couldn't care less what other people do, as long as they leave me alone, but eventually I'd get so annoyed by her that I'd run off to be on my own, followed by like-minded individuals who'd worship me from a respectful distance. And we'd probably end up fighting over something stupid.
GIDEON STARK from The Seal of Cagliostro
What was your childhood nickname?
I don't believe I could repeat any of them in polite company. In any case, they were less nicknames, more threats of violence from an angry mob.
What would be your food heaven and food hell?
Caviar and cigarettes! As for food hell... Fish head stew. Don't ask.
You're a stylish chap - who are your style icons and why?
Josephine Baker. She's simply marvellous. Do you think I could pull off a leopard?
What makes you get up in the morning?
The call of sowing seeds of chaos wherever I may roam.
We know you're a bit of a gambler, but do you always win? Tell us about a time that you lost a gamble.
Well there was that time in Izmir with Archie, a fine vintage Château Lafite Rothschild, and that damned Sicilian. Oh, and the Goat. *sighs* We.. We don't talk about Izmir.
We all have something we hold dear - what would you consider your most treasured possession?
Tintin. *dreamy sigh* He's such a delightfully trusting plaything...
It's fair to say that you're a hit with the ladies - what do you look for in a woman?
Strawberry blonde hair. Freckles. Honest blue eyes. A sense of adventure. Charming recklessness. A world famous reporter and staunch activist for the common good... *dreamy sigh*
Do you have any bad habits? (Apart from gambling and womanising, we know about those.)
Only espionage, treachery and the intricately detailed planning and execution of 101 notoriously high profile thefts. Ha! I jest, of course. I suppose telling bad jokes would be one of my many bad habits.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I've always rather fancied donning one of those old German handlebar moustache-beard affairs. Oh you mean about my personality? I suppose I can be a tad too self involved...
What would you consider the lowest depths of misery?
Oh, jolly good question. But what to pick? A comfortable marriage of convenience? Becoming an upstanding member of society? Sobriety? Good god, so many to choose from.