Eternal is the first book in my House of Dragons series and it's all about Thayer, Premus of the red dragons. I'm happy to introduce him to you. I was lucky to gain this time with him, as the pressures of being responsible for the lives and well-being of so many dragons, I would guess, can be overwhelming. Here we go....
I: Thank you for finding the time to sit with me, I know you're very busy.
T: My pleasure.
I: Why don't we start off with your full name and title.
T: Thayer of House Bratianna, Premus of Family Bratiana.
I: How should I address you?
T: Thayer is fine.
I: I love your accent, it's very beautiful. Is it European?
T: Thank you. Yes it is. My family is originally from Romania but we have lived in this country since the 1600s. Myself, I have been here for the past 200 years.
I: How do you like it?
T: It is interesting the way the world changes century after century. So far modern life has been fun.
I: What's your favorite thing about this century?
T: Cellphones, they do so much. And pie.
T: Pie. (he smiles)
I: This is going to sound silly, but...I thought dragons had wings and breathed fire.
T: Some of us do.
I: But you all look human?
T: Our dragon ancestors where shape-shifters. We are the product of their mating with humans. Some of us have retained the ability to shape-shift.
I: Do you shape-shift?
T: No, I am just your garden variety red dragon.
I: So are you half human then?
T: No. (I don't think he liked me suggesting that)
I: Have a thing against humans?
T: I do not. In fact Kai is human.
I: What's that like for you, being with a human?
T: An experience unlike anything I could have imaged.
I: What do you like most about her or being with her?
T: She sees Thayer, not the Premus. She makes me feel...normal. I love her strength, her bravery astounds me.
I: For a human, you mean?
T: She is braver than a lot of dragons I know.
I: Is she anything like Kievia?
T: I did not have the chance to know Kievia very well.
I: Is it okay if we talk about her?
T: I would rather not.
I: Sure. You're the Premus of the Bratiana Family, does that make you a King?
T: You can say that.
I: No disrespect, but you seem kind of young for the job.
T: I am more than a thousand years old.
I: Well you don't look a day over twenty-nine.
T: (he laughs, and its deep and rich)
I: Your Generals have been with you a long time.
T: Almost all of my life. My father made Kas my shadow when we were both hatchlings. The twins were born into the same caste as I was, and Revv I met when he tried to steal my horse.
I: Which would you say you're closest to?
T: My Generals are like my blood brothers and sister, but I've known Kas the longest.
I: If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
T: In my home country, there is a lake near Bratiana Castle. I use to sneak off there and just spend the day swimming. The water is so clear you could see to the bottom, and it is always cold. Perfect on a hot day. I have not been there since I was a hatchling.
I: Why not?
T: My father forbade it. I almost drowned there. If it had not been for Kas I would have died that day. He saved my life.
I: Describe yourself in one word.
T: Meticulous. I like to make sure I know all the facts before I make a move.
I: What is your biggest regret?
T: I blamed an entire Family for the actions of one dragon.
I: What are you most afraid of?
T: Losing Kai.
I: What's something everyone should know about you?
T: My Family is my priority and I will do anything to keep them safe. No matter what it takes.
(at this moment we're interrupted by Marastazzia)
M: Pardon the interruption Premus, but your presence is needed.
T: I am sorry but it seems I must cut our time short.
I: May we speak again?
T: Of course.
(I swallow my apprehension and call out to the dragoness before she has a chance to leave with her Premus)
I: Marastazzia, may we speak?
M: Another time ... human.