Follow me. For the next two months, we will wander onto the unknown paths of A Time to Die. I expect we’ll meet new characters, foreign places, wondrous inventions, and maybe a little danger…
Character Interview #2 — Parvin Blackwater
Hello Parvin, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us a little about yourself.
Oh about me? Well, there’s not much to say. You don’t really want to know about me, do you?
Of course I do! I wouldn’t interview you otherwise. Tell me something — anything — about yourself, and don’t be afraid to be honest.
I’m always honest…at least I try to be. I only lie if I need to protect Reid — to keep him safe. I do that because I must.
Reid? Is he your only brother?
Well there were three of us, William, Reid, and me. We’re triplets, but William died moments before Reid and I were born, so we never met him. But Reid is my best friend. He’s the best older brother a girl could ask for. Do you have siblings?
Oh, we’re not here to talk about me. Do you mind if I ask some deeper questions?
I guess not.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I’d stop the Radicals from being sent across the Wall. Don’t tell Reid but, I go to the town hearings every morning and try to vouch for the Radicals who are being sentenced. It never works, but someday…someday I’ll save one.
Tell us about the Wall.
I’d rather not.
Have you ever been to it?
I’ve lived in its shadow my whole life, isn’t that enough?
So you’ve never been to it.
No, and I don’t plan to. Can we move on, please?
Sure! You have one year left, right? And you’re trying to find purpose. If you don’t mind my asking, why did it take you so long to desire more from your life?
I don’t expect you to understand. You’re from a High City, right? But I’ll answer anyway. When I was little, Reid always told me not to worry about the Clock, that it didn’t matter. I guess I took it too much to heart and didn’t live. When you’re a kid, death feels like forever away, even with your Clock showing you the seconds. Unless you can tell time, it doesn’t mean anything. I just waited too long.
You recently met your hero, I heard. Tell me about him.
Skelley Chase — he’s the most famous biographer in the United States of the East. He’s helping me write my story — me, a nobody! But it’s my Last Year wish and he’s going to get it published for me. Hopefully, it will help save Radicals.
So…is he handsome?
Ick. Ew. No, he’s old. Well, older. Thirty something. I’m only eighteen!
Sorry, I didn’t mean to suggest…well anyway, is there a boy in your life?
What would you look for in a guy?
A soulmate. I know that sounds old-fashioned, but if I had enough time for a relationship, I’d want someone who really understands me. Someone who doesn’t see Radicals as livestock. Obviously I’d like him to be attractive and adventurous. Yes, adventurous is important…so he could take me on escapades with him. That’d be nice.
What are some of your hobbies?
Sewing and reading. That’s about it. I’m to the point where I’m realizing they weren’t worth spending my whole life doing. Not that it’s not fun losing yourself to a book or sewing project but…without a purpose for it or applying it, what’s the point? I only have a year left anyway.
Well, I hope this last year is successful for you.
Yeah, whatever that means. Depends on your definition of success.
In any case, thanks for taking the time to let me interview you.
Sure, thank you for having me on your…um…did you call it a blog?
Yes. It’s on the Internet.
Oh, that explains it. I’m from a Low City, we don’t have Internet.
I see. Well…goodbye.
We don’t say goodbye either, not unless it’s the day you zero out.
How about you bid the farewell, then?
Alright. Talk to you later…maybe.
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