Spoiler alert! This post contains information about my short story titled, Two Connections. If you have not already read this story then click the link below before reading on.
A hostess escorts me to a booth in the back of Kevin’s restaurant, The Rose Fountain, where a plate of sushi waits. I take a bite as Kevin joins me.
“I’m sorry you had to wait. Thank you for being willing to set down with me. The publicity will be great for this place.”
“My readers were very curious about your story. What made you decide to try to win Stephanie back?”
A smile turns one corner of his mouth. “Other women either hated my jokes, or worse, my food, or they fawned over everything. I realized I had made a mistake when I let Stephanie go.”
“You were obviously nervous before your date, why was that?”
“Stephanie,” he laughs, “is stubborn to an extreme.” His smile vanishes. “I deserved to lose her trust, but I knew gaining it back would be next to impossible.”
“Did she lose any of your trust when she sent Kerry in her place?”
He shakes his head. “I understand why she did it, as crazy as that sounds. She felt like she couldn’t ask me the questions she needed to. Kerry could.”
“One reader asked, ‘What emotion did you feel at the moment you knew it was not the twin you love?’”
Kevin sighs, his eyes widening. “Anger. I thought Kerry was trying to make me feel as stupid as I probably made Stephanie feel. ”
“How did you feel once you knew that wasn’t the case?”
“Hurt.” Kevin knots a napkin on the table.
“Some readers were curious why you didn’t see she wasn’t Stephanie immediately. Should you have, if you’re as in love with Stephanie as you claim to be?”
“Are you questioning my feelings for her?”
“No. I’m simply asking what my readers want to know.”
Kevin’s shoulders relax a bit. “I’ve asked myself the same question.” He shakes his head. “I know exactly how I feel about Stephanie, but I was so concentrated on everything being perfect so I could get her back, that I didn’t stop to check something I took for granted.”
“Are you saying you take Stephanie for granted?”
“What? No!” He scowls. “Why are you twisting my words?”
“I want my readers to understand you.”
“There was a time that I did, but losing her taught me that being with her isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.”
“One reader wanted me to ask, ‘Are you jealous of the relationship Stephanie and Kerry have?’”
“Of course not.” He begins tapping his fingers on the table. “I’m glad they’re close. I’m close to my family too.”
“Do you think Kerry is jealous of you?”
“You just want to cause trouble.” He stands up. “No, I don’t think she’s jealous. I think she was trying to help Stephanie. Anything else?”
“Are you and Stephanie back together?”
He looks away and inhales deeply. “No. I’m glad we’re talking again, but she wants to be my friend right now. For her that’s giving me a chance, so I can live with that until she trusts me again.”
Thank you so much for reading and for the awesome questions y’all asked! I hope you enjoyed the interview.
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