*living room in Mcdermitt, Nevada*
Interviewer: Welcome. Why don’t you introduce yourself?
Kaelin: *frowns, crosses his arms* Don’t you already know who I am? Isn’t that why you are here?
Interviewer: It’s better to have all of the answers in your own words, so it’s authentic.
Kaelin: *rolls his eyes* Fine. Kaelin Roan Arlenton.
Interviewer: It’s nice to meet you, Kaylin.
Kaelin: No. K-A-E-L-I-N. Like Keylin.
Interviewer: Oh. I’m sorry. Nice to meet you, Kaelin. *stresses the name*
Kaelin: *shrugs* Don’t worry, I’m use to it, nobody gets it right.
Interviewer: Are you excited to go to the new school?
Kaelin: *shrugs* Not the first new school, doubt it’ll be the last.
Interviewer: But you are going to a special school. The prestigious vampire-only school that is one of the best in the world, even
compared to our best schools here. That must be interesting.
Kaelin: *air quotes* Special School. I’m only going because if one of the vampires gets hungry I’ll make a good snack.
Interviewer: *looks uncomfortable* Well… I’m sure that’s not the
only reason you are going. What about the talk of peace they are promising?
Kaelin: If they were really certain that this was safe, they’d have
picked some genius chess champion, or some diplomats kid, not a foster kid with a record.
Interviewer: You have a record?
Kaelin: I see they didn’t tell you everything.
Interviewer: *skims through the notes* I mean… *clears her throat* Perhaps we can move on to some of the questions that were sent in for us to ask.
Kaelin: *laughs derisively* Oh what, only want the information that
looks good on camera?
Interviewer: I just… well, I guess if I knew more about your… mm… record… we could discuss it more, but I’m sure you don’t want to talk about that. *digs out a set of note cards* Ok. The first question.
Kaelin: *interrupts* Grand Theft Auto, Petty Theft, Assault…
Interviewer: *blinks* Oh. Mm… *eyes shift to the camera man* Well… *recovers quickly, turns to the note cards* First question, when was the first time you ever swore… or said something… maybe we can skip that one…
Kaelin: No, I like this one. I was… *pauses to think* I was ten. I called my foster mother a bitch. *smiles* She was, by the way.
Interviewer: I see. *pauses* How many foster homes have you been in?
Kaelin: I lost count at nineteen. *smiles* I was almost out of digits. *waves fingers*
Interviewer: That’s a lot for someone who is… *eyes the notes* Mm… thirteen?
Kaelin: *frowns* Sixteen.
Interviewer: Oh. Right. *nods* Your birthday is in… *eyes notes again*
Kaelin: *sighs* July.
Interviewer: A few months away. *smiles*
Interviewer: *flips to the next card* Question Two. Have you ever had unrequited feelings for someone?
Kaelin: *frowns* No.
Interviewer: Oh. *frowns, seems like she wants to say more, then flips to the next card* What’s a false assumption a lot of people have about you?
Kaelin: Who says they are false assumptions?
Interviewer: Well, if they say something about you that isn’t true, that would make it false.
Kaelin: No shit. That’s what false means.
Interviewer: *frowns* I guess I don’t understand then what you mean…
Kaelin: Who says anything anyone is saying is false. Maybe I am a bad kid who is nothing but trouble. *shrugs*
Interviewer: Is that what they are saying about you?
Kaelin: *shrugs, then glances away*
Interviewer: Ok. *flips to another card after a second* Have you ever questioned your sexuality? *frowns*
Kaelin: No. I’ve known what I was forever.
Interviewer: *smiles* So you’ve had many girlfriends then?
Kaelin: *eyes her* No. I’ve had a few boyfriends though.
Interviewer: *blinks, flushes, eyes her notes* Oh. I… I see…
Kaelin: Is that a problem? Cause the interview can end if that makes you uncomfortable.
Interviewer: No. No. *looks back up, shakes her head* I just… must have missed that in my notes. *flips to a new card* If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why?
Kaelin: Next Question.
Interviewer: Our listening audiences want to know.
Kaelin: I don’t care. That’s personal. Next question.
Interviewer: *glances at the camera man a moment then flips the card* Ok. What were you doing on December 12th. *eyes the card a moment, then Kaelin*
Kaelin: Fuck if I know. *pauses* Kiana just got out of the hospital. Probably taking care of her.
Interviewer: Is Kiana your sister? *eyes her notes*
Kaelin: *shrugs* The closest thing to a sister I have. She’s a foster.
Interviewer: It must be nice to have a sister. Is she older or younger?
Kaelin: Younger. She’s seven.
Interviewer: That must be nice. Is she excited about this opportunity that you have been given?
Kaelin: I haven’t told her yet. I don’t want her to worry.
Interviewer: I’m sure she will be thrilled for you. *smiles, flips to another card* Do you think going to this school will give you a better chance in the future? *smile widens as she glances back up* That’s a good one.
Kaelin: I don’t think this school is going to change much. I’m just riding it out until I graduate and can get a job.
Interviewer: Is there a certain job you are hoping for?
Kaelin: One that makes lots of money so I can keep Kiana.
Interviewer: You’re going to take Kiana when you turn eighteen?
Kaelin: Yes. *sets jaw*
Interviewer: *blinks* Ok… *flips to another card* In less than four sentences, describe the entire plot of the last book you read.
Kaelin: *is quiet for a few moments* It’s been awhile but… it involves a vampire count in Transylvania, an old castle, and three girls who are supposed to be hot, but don’t do much for me.
Interviewer: I know that one *nods, flips to the next card* Describe the most untrustworthy person you can think of.
Kaelin: *pales* Next question.
Interviewer: You skipped one already.
Kaelin: Was there a limit?
Interviewer: I was told by your foster mother that you would be happy to answer all of the questions that the viewers would want to know. *frowns* is that not what you told her?
Kaelin: *frowns, lowers his eyes* Fine. *quiet for several moments*
Interviewer: *eyes the camera man, tips her head*
Kaelin: Black hair. Early twenties. Brown eyes. What else do you want to know? Do you need to know his shoe siz