Hey, y’all. Ready to meet a newish character from my Broken World series, Kalib Ganesh, Assetato agent.
Alisha: Thank you for coming to meet with me today, Kalib. I know you’re busy, and I appreciate your time.
Kalib: It’s no problem, sweets. I take any chance I can to fraternize with pretty ladies.
Alisha: Oh, you flirt. I’m happily married.
Kalib: Innocent fun is nothing to feel shame over. I will not keep you from your questions. <He gestured with a handroll for me to go ahead.>
Alisha: Good. I feel better focusing on you rather than me. So, first question: What’s in your fridge right now?
Kalib: At home, most of what haunts my frivolously empty kitchen is alcohol and coffee, so a half-empty carton of milk and a few bottles of wine? No blood or other gore like movies tend to depict. Unless the house keeper stashed some away on there.
Alisha: Coffee and wine. I get on board with that.
Kalib: I am a man of excellent taste.
Alisha: What is your most marked characteristic?
Kalib: Why, my charisma, of course. I can charm my way into or out of nearly any situation, especially when sexual prowess is at stake, sweets. I have quite the collection of undergarments.
Alisha: Good to know. Not one of my questions though.
Kalib: It felt like a fitting answer to me.
Alisha: I’m sure. What was your life like before you became a vampire?
Kalib: I was the son of a politician, anointed into the Order of the Star in India. We lived well and worked hard. We were proud of where we came from and what we worked toward.
Alisha: It’s nice to have conviction. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
Kalib: As I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate if I told you about this young thing I found in northern India just after my transformation, I would have to say Hoggenakal Falls in South India. It’s breathtaking and invigorated with power.
Alisha: I have found water and earth in such force has enormous emotional effects. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Kalib: A good bottle of wine, pale legs and blonde hair spread across my sheets…
Alisha: Speaking of pale and blonde, tell me what’s going on there between you and Maddy?
Kalib: A gentleman does not kiss and tell about a lady.
Alisha: You have done nothing but.
Kalib: Vague details that do not pinpoint anyone. I can paint quite the picture without offense.
Alisha: If you say so. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Kalib: Absolutely, but it rarely lasts longer than a couple of days at most. At least, in my experience.
Alisha: What is your weapon of choice and do not make any phallic references is you please.
Kalib: I am a fan of the sword, and I have dabbled quite a bit in throwing stars, but I prefer my powers of persuasion. <Smoke lifted off of him, sweet and dirty all at once.> It’s quite a helpful tool.
Alisha: That’s one I haven’t seen before. How does it work?
Kalib: I must simply want something badly enough, and I make it mine.
Alisha: I hope you don’t take that power lightly. What is your favorite proverb?
Kalib: “It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
Alisha: I like that. Last one, when did you last make a promise?
Kalib: Mere months ago, to a woman who deserves much more than I can promise, but I offer nothing more than I can deliver.
Alisha: Back to those cryptic details, huh?
Kalib: I believe you are out of questions, sweets.
Alisha: That I am and time. Thank you again for taking a couple of minutes to sit and talk with me today, or it might be better to say flirt with me, but I’m sure that’s nothing personal.
Kalib: Oh, no. Not at all.
Well, everyone, that is Kalib, he’s made a few cameos in a few stories so far, and I can’t wait for you all to keep learning more about him with me.