Character Interview: Tristan Wickersham

Tristan Wickersham is the main character of This Is His Story, a short story which I’m set to publish on the 14th. He’s a hopeless romantic, a singer, and a widower.

Tristan: *enters the room and sits down, a bit stiff*

Interviewer: Hello, Tristan. How are you today?

Tristan: *smiles a bit* I’m doing all right. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. Shall we begin?

Tristan: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Tristan: Tristan Nobel Wickersham.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Tristan: I’m seventy-one.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Tristan: My younger sister Scarlett passed away two years ago, and my older brother Gabriel seven years ago. *he maintains his expression, mostly, but you can see pain in his eyes and his lower lip trembles slightly*

Interviewer: I’m sorry to hear that.

Tristan: *nods*

Interviewer: *pauses, waiting until Tristan’s ready*

Tristan:*only allows a short pause before speaking* We can move on, if you’d like.

Interviewer: Do you have a job?

Tristan: Not at present. I retired a few years ago.

Interviewer: What did you do before that?

Tristan: I worked at a bookstore.

Interviewer: That sounds like an interesting job. You like to read, then?

Tristan: I love it. *smiles*

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite book?

Tristan: Oh, it’s so hard to choose.*chuckles* Perhaps The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a very old book, but a good one.

Interviewer: I agree. How old is it for you?

Tristan: About 3,700 years.

Interviewer: Wow. Did you enjoy the movies?

Tristan: *nods* They were well done.

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite movie?

Tristan: From The Lord of the Rings or in general?

Interviewer: In general.

Tristan: The Princess Bride.

Interviewer: What are some of your hobbies?

Tristan: Singing, composing, reading… Those are the main things.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Tristan: Kindness. Bravery comes in close second.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Tristan: Selflessness. Honesty will fall into place if you have selflessness.

Interviewer: What’s something you can’t leave the house without?

Tristan: My MP3 player. I love listening to music wherever I go.

Interviewer: All right. That’s the last question. Thank you for your time. *smiles*

Tristan: Thank you for having me. *shakes the interviewer’s hand before leaving*

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