Ten Questions for a Fictional Character: Aurora Blackright of Falling

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Spoiler alert! This post contains information about my short story titled, Falling. If you have not already read this story then click the link below before reading on.

https://justinaluther.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/falling/

The door to Aurora’s New York apartment stands ajar, a Bollywood beat filling the air. I call to her and she yells for me to follow the music. I find her in the back room haphazardly swinging at a punching bag. Aurora picks up a remote, turns off the music, and nods toward a pair of chairs. “So, your readers have some questions for me?”

“Thank you for speaking with me. You had some dream, didn’t you?”

“I’d put it in the nightmare category, but yes.”

“One reader asked ‘If you were worried about all the things you dreamed about in the first place, why did you marry Mark?’ ”

“I married Mark because I loved him. Because of that I told myself all my worries were unfounded. Normal wedding jitters.”

“Did your dream have a basis in your real fears, though?”

“Because of growing up with money, I’ve always been fearful of someone pretending to love me. Mark promised me I was safe, though. He even signed a prenuptial agreement.”

“So you two ended up actually enjoying Hawaii?”

She scoffs. “The islands were beautiful, but they didn’t fit the occasion.”

“How so?”

“Rome would have been better for an ‘annulment contemplation’ getaway. We could have battled in the Coliseum. I refuse to call what we had a honeymoon.”

“Another reader questioned, ‘Was Mark really cheating on you?’ ”

“Yes,” she laughs, “but I’ve learned Jenny is his cousin, not his girlfriend. My father—a well known doctor—testified against Jenny’s best friend and helped convict her of murder. Her best friend is Mark’s ex-girlfriend. They met as teens, broke up two months before she supposedly killed her new boyfriend, and got back together after she was sent to prison. He and Jenny thought it’d be poetic to have my dad pay for an attorney for her appeals trial. Mark legally changed his name before ‘introducing’ himself to me, and my dad had never seen or met him or Jenny. Mark and Ronda—his ex-girlfriend—were together until a week before we were married. I’m going back to my maiden name.”

“The same reader asked, ‘Who was really calling Mark?’ ”

“Jenny. She wanted to know if he’d wired her the money for Ronda’s appeals lawyer. That was the plan.” Her eyes water and she grips her chair. “Marry me, steal the money, and when he’d been with me long enough, divorce me and take what money he had earned working his way up in my dad’s practice so he, Ronda, and their son could have a better life.”

“Did he send her the money?”

“He could have,” she folds her arms, “but he didn’t. He broke off all ties with Ronda, except for his son—whom I’ve learned he has custody of. I have no idea when he was going to tell me he had a son.”

“Why didn’t he go through with it?” “My dad is friends with half the New York police force. Mark says he didn’t do it because he fell in love with me, though.” She goes back to her punching bag and slams her fists into it again, and again.

“Do you believe him?” After a moment, she stops. “He’s turned over every piece of financial information to a friend of my dad’s who is a forensic accountant. If we’re still married in sixty years, then I’ll believe him. Until then? I’ll just love him.”

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Thank you so much for the questions y’all asked Aurora! Make sure to check back next week for a new short story! Here, for your viewing pleasure, is Aurora’s pin board.  http://www.pinterest.com/justinaluther/things-aurora-blackright-likes/

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30 Responses to Ten Questions for a Fictional Character: Aurora Blackright of Falling

  1. Love an interview that raises a few curiosities about the characters.

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  2. Loved this! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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  3. Wow! Will we hear more stories about Aurora?

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  4. shanx says:

    Wow! An interview where your readers come in and the character talks to them. Cool! Liked few answers up there. Glad I stopped by 🙂

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    • Thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to read some of my work. The interview is fictional, but I thought it brought an extra element of fun to answer reader questions.

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  5. Epsita says:

    The idea for such a follow-up is in itself brilliant, and your work has lived up to such a promise. Great job! 🙂

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    • You’re very kind, Epsita, thank you so much! I hope you’ll enjoy my next story ‘Arising’ just as much. I’m an aspiring novelist trying to build a platform of readers via this blog, so I truly appreciate your kindness and time.

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      • Epsita says:

        It’s a pleasure to come across a gifted storyteller, a rare occurrence indeed. This isn’t kindness, nor encouragement (would seem too foolishly patronizing on my part, don’t you think? :P) but truth as true as it can be. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing. 🙂

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      • Thank you for sharing your work as well! I’ve had a good bit of training in writing technique, but your writing paints such vivid images!

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      • Epsita says:

        Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m an undergraduate student, and have nurtured my passion for writing for as long as I can remember. I really don’t have any training though, so any inputs from you are welcome 🙂
        I eagerly await and wish you all the very best for your upcoming novel. 🙂

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      • Thank you! I’ll follow your blog and stop by from time to time. If I might be so bold, would you mind helping spread the word about my blog? I’d really appreciate it.

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      • Epsita says:

        Definitely! The honor is all mine 🙂

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      • Thank you so very much!

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  6. marsreine says:

    Aurora just became a favorite of mine.

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    • Thank you very much. I really appreciate that. I love to make my character interviews a somewhat interactive experience with my readers. I like the idea that they have a say in the content by the questions they ask. Without readers, this blog would be going nowhere. So, it’s my way of saying thanks.

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  7. Nice twist on a love story,

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  8. Poetsmith says:

    Interesting writing style, Justina! Great read… 🙂 Regards, Iris

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