Kaden ambles out of the cave, warm rays of the sun glistening off his midnight blue scales. With wings tucked by his sides, his tail left a snake like trail on the dusty ground. He narrows his amber colored eyes at the interviewer, and then, his eyes light up with recognition. He did, after all, agree to an interview.
After some introductory and polite chit-chat, the interviewer jumps straight into action.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Kaden opens his jaws to speak, but then snaps them shut just as fast. He inhales, and with the deep exhale, smoke billows around his nostrils.
“I… I don’t remember much of my childhood, and a lot of my memories have been… suppressed over time. But, one of the older memories still tickling the back of my mind is when an old woman, nay, a hag! beat me up with her walking stick because I tried to steal her cow. It really wasn’t on purpose… the cow stealing. Just an impulse I sometimes get. Also, one time, I saved a life.”
What is your least favorite season?
“The rainy season.”
What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
Kaden lets out a weary sigh.
“There are two.” He pauses in thought.
“First one is losing my two best friends, Lucia to death, and Lilith to grief. That moment turned my life upside down.”
A brightness then enters his eyes.
“Second one is more recent, meeting Olivia,” he stops and frowns, and twitches his tail, like an annoyed cat would, “and unfortunately Magnus, because events that followed turned my life back around.”
Who has had the most influence on you?
With a quirk of his draconic lip, and a faraway look in his amber eyes, he rumbles a contented, “My Olivia… But I think that also loneliness and time had their hands in shaping me into who I am today.”
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
“I do not think I have yet achieved greatness, far from it, and I may never have. I might have come close by finally shedding myself of the burden of selfishness, by putting someone else’s life and needs above my own.”
What is your greatest regret?
“I have too many to count, but hindsight and all that… because of those actions I regret, I might not be the hu… the dragon I am today. Everything would have been different and I would have had different regrets then. Regrets are just a part of who we are, a piece of the puzzle that shapes us.”
What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
Kaden tilts his draconic head to the side. “I believe our views of what is evil and what is good may differ. I do not believe I have ever been purposefully evil. I have done some misdeeds, mostly minor, but I have also killed. Would you say, that because I killed someone in defense of my own life, it makes me evil? Would you say that killing a murderer or a rapist is evil? If so, then taking someone else’s life is the most evil thing I have ever done.”
If you died or went missing, who would miss you?
“If you asked me that question only a sennight ago, I would have said, no one. But now, I am quite confident that a certain young woman, with eyes the color of the sky on a bright, sunny day, and fawn colored hair, would.”
Who is the person you despise the most, and why?
Kaden snorts, smoke puffs from his nostrils and fiery gooey slime splatters around, missing the interviewer by inches.
“I apologize for that. The person I despise the most is the prince himself, Magnus. Because… well, partly he reminds me of what I used to be like. Mind you, I wasn’t quite as evil and… manic like he is, but the arrogance, self-importance, and vanity are familiar to me.
Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?
“Ah, no… well, maybe in social situations, but I do not consider myself a good leader, charmer yes.”
Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not?
“There was a time in my life when I thrived on attention, but now… not so much anymore. I had enough of dealings with people. I prefer the quietness, and if I could, I would only surround myself with a few close friends. It is comfortable, warm… sweet even.”
Do you care what others think of you?
Kaden laughs, the rumble vibrates through the air, and digs into the ground.
“Ah, sweetness. When you have lived the life I have, that is the last thing you care about. Except for those special few people, then I care a lot.”
If you could change one thing, what would it be, and why?
“I wouldn’t change a thing, because, I don’t know what my life would be like then. I might be happier, I might be worse of. As I said, I have many regrets, but, I would not change anything, no matter how difficult it was to lose some of the people I cared deeply about, and some that I even loved.”