Today’s post is part of the Austenesque Extravaganza. I’ve been asked to interview one of my characters, and of course I chose Richard. My questions for him are bolded; his answers are in plain text.
1) For the record, what is your full name?
Colonel Richard Meriwether Fitzwilliam. Meriwether is a family name on my mother’s side.
2) You’re the second son, which of course implies an older brother. Tell us about him, and about any other siblings you have.
With a raised eyebrow
Questions about my family are not likely to garner interesting conversation, but if you insist… My sister Elaine is the eldest, a role she has always taken most seriously. She is married with two children, a boy and girl who thankfully both show signs of possessing minds of their own and an ability to stand up to their mother when necessary.
Simon would be Viscount Camrose to the unwashed masses. His position as heir to our father’s title and lands has lent him an air of entitlement that… well, I shall just say it leads to conflicts between us on a frequent basis. Luckily, his skills as a sportsman are non-existent. In all our lives, he has only landed one blow.
3) You hold the rank of Colonel. Are you still active in the military? What was/is your role in the Army?
My role in the Army was of a more clandestine nature, but alas, it has come to an end. My last trip across the Channel ended in the death of a double agent, and with a bullet in my leg. Since it was evident Bonaparte’s agents knew my identity, my supervisors felt my usefulness was at an end. However, there were no open positions in the regular Army for an officer of my rank, so they retired me with half-pay.
4) You’re stranded on a desert island. What three things do you wish you had?
Good food, good wine, and good company. Given an endless supply of rations, it is fairly certain that two sound minds could eventually devise a way off the island.
5) Word association time! I’ll give you a list of ten words, and you tell me what comes to mind.
1. top lofty
2. shatter break
3. shoe horse
4. stone house
5. lost love
6. lips loose
7. time fleeting
8. storm rains
9. travel France
10. thrill chase
6) Last question: Your date has been captured by the French and the only weapons at your disposal are a dinner fork, a candelabrum, and a lobster. What do you do?
I realize this is merely a hypothetical situation, but as it happens, my friend’s lady WAS French, we were nearly captured by her, and between the rest of us gentlemen, I held the dinner fork, Seb the candelabrum, and Colin the lobster. Ashford, not realizing the true loyalties of his lady, was unarmed.
I am still not sure how it happened, but somehow Jeanette (who had a pistol in her possession) received a blow to the head from the candelabrum that was enough to end her life. Shortly after, there were two attempts on my own life, and it was then that my superiors deemed it best that I return to this side of the Channel.
We still have not told Ashford the truth of that night…
That’s all the questions I had. If you have a question for the Colonel, leave it in the comments and I’ll pass it on to him.