Today is a special day because I am interviewing a very special guest. Prince Ryder from the Winter Court has come all the way from the Land of the Fae to interview with me. (Squee…….) I have been warned by L.P. Dover that I will probably be drooling with Ryder in my presence, and I do believe she is right. She snagged him away from the story and sent him straight here.
(Ryder is sitting across from me looking all gorgeous and staring at me with those ice blue eyes of his like he’s looking into my soul. It takes all I have to look away from his hypnotic gaze. I shift in my chair and shake my head to clear the fog.)
Me: Thank you Ryder for joining me today. It’s not every day I get to meet a fae Prince, and a winter one at that.
Ryder: (He smiles) Well, it’s not every day I get to meet a lovely mortal either. I want to thank you for having me. I don’t usually come over to the mortal realm much, but I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet the lovely Amber.
(Swoons…..I think I just melted in my chair. He smirks at me and I’m almost positive my face has turned bright red.)
Me: (clears throat) You are so sweet Ryder and thank you for the compliment. (He nods and smiles). I do have some questions that I would love to ask you
Ryder: By all means….ask away.
Me: According to L.P. Dover it seems there is evil brewing in the Land of the Fae. She also mentioned something about a dark sorcerer and a Prophecy. Have the courts figured out what to do about it all?
Ryder: Unfortunately, no. It appears this dark sorcerer is very powerful, and no one really knows about him or how to defeat him. Many of our fae have gone missing or turned up dead so all we can do for now is try to keep our people safe until we figure out how to destroy this evil. I do know that we have to fulfill the Prophecy in order to save our land. But again, there have only been speculations on how to do that.
(His face tightens in worry so I decide to switch the subject.)
Me: With your affinities and magic, does any of it work in the mortal realm?
Ryder: (He nods his head and laughs.) Yes, it works in the mortal realm, and let me tell you…it’s been very entertaining at times.
Me: (Intrigued) How so, might I ask?
Ryder: My brother, Kalen, and I love to come over when it’s Halloween here and cause mischief…..(I give him a disbelieving look and a wolfish grin takes over his face.) Do you even know what my affinities are?
Me: (Shakes head and smiles) That was actually going to be my next question.
Ryder: Well, let me enlighten you. My magical affinities allow me to change the weather and……turn invisible.
(At my wide-eyed expression he laughs)
Me: Have you ever spied on anyone while being invisible….like say, the women in your court, or here for that matter?
Ryder: (Feigns shock) Now Amber, please tell me you wouldn’t think I would ever do that. No, I have more respect for women than that. I’m not going to deny that the thought hasn’t crossed my mind, but never will I ever act on it.
Me: Speaking of women, I know you just met Calista, but how did it feel when you saw her for the first time?
Ryder: (His features soften and he smiles) When I first saw her it felt like my soul was about to burst from my body to get to her. The pull was so strong and in that moment I couldn’t think of anything or anyone other than her. My heart recognized her instantly. She was made to be mine……always.
Me: That’s very strong feelings for someone you just met. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t there another man that vies for Calista’s heart?
Ryder: (He groans and tilts his head back in annoyance) Yes, unfortunately there is.
(A knock sounds at the door grabbing our attention. The door opens and here strolls in a handsome tanned and blonde warrior with a smirk on his face. He walks over to me and gently takes my hand and brings it up to his lips.)
Merrick: (He places a chaste kiss across my knuckles.) I do believe that other man is me, my lady.
(My knees feel weak and thank goodness I’m sitting down.)
Ryder: (Fuming) What the hell are you doing here?
Merrick: Calm down ice boy. Calista told me you were here so I decided to come and crash the party. I can’t let you have all the attention now can I?
(Ryder looks like he’s about to charge so I jump in to lighten the mood.)
Me: Guys, it’s okay. This is a treat for me because now not only do I have one gorgeous fae in my home, but two of you. I couldn’t ask for anything better than this.
(Merrick takes a seat beside Ryder and they both smile at me.)
Me: I want to keep the mood light, but I know that might be a little difficult. Please try though. (Looking at Merrick) From what I hear, it seems that Calista and Ryder have a strong connection between them. What will you do if she chooses him?
Merrick: She won’t choose him. I have been with her ever since we were babes. I know everything about her……what she likes/doesn’t like etc. I have guarded her ever since I became a warrior and I know she cares about me. Our connection is deep…(he looks over at Ryder)..more deep than a silly crush.
(I look at Ryder awaiting his comeback.)
Ryder: She doesn’t look at you the way she looks at me. I will fight for her no matter what, and if you stand in my way I will take you down. We may have just met, but what we feel is definitely not a silly crush. I’m sure your sun bleached brain will figure that out eventually.
Me: Okay, gentleman….next question. With the evil looming around the Land of the Fae I have heard that it might be after Calista. (They both tense at my words.) Would you die to protect her?
Ryder: Absolutely. I wouldn’t think twice about it.
Merrick: Always. Her safety is all that matters to me.
Me: Well, Calista is very lucky to have you both. I want to thank you for joining me today. I know you both have to get back to your realm. I do have one last question…is it easy travelling back and forth through the realms?
(They both smile at me while standing up. They look at each other and then back to me with mischievous smirks. I don’t know if I like the way they are looking at me.)
Me: What’s going on you two?
Ryder: How would you like to see how easy it is to travel back and forth?
(My heart goes into overdrive. I look back and forth between them both.)
Me: You mean you are going to take me there….to your realm?
Merrick: Why not? I think you will have fun.
(They both extend their hands and I take one of each.)
Me: Alright everyone, this wraps up the interview. I am getting ready to do something I never thought possible. I will have to fill you all in when I get back.
Ryder: IF you get back. You might decide to stay with us. (He winks.)
(They pull me towards the door and I have no clue where or how this will work. I’m nervous, but excited to see what the Land of the Fae looks like. I have to make sure I come back so I can tell everyone what it’s like.)
Me: Goodbye everyone!!! For now…….