Just so you know, it took a bit of wrangling to get David Bellotti – the protagonist from Covet, my next paranormal suspense – to sit down with me and answer some questions. He’s on his way to the airport, off to command another mission, and he can’t tell me who it’s for or where he’ll be. But I’m grateful for the few minutes he can offer. At some point, I’m hoping to have a more in-depth interview with him. Until then, he’s been gracious enough to answer some questions and I hope you enjoy his responses as much as I did.
I have to admit that he’s a bit intimidating to meet at first. It’s not because he’s strong or because his personality fills the room once he strides into it. It’s because his eyes have a way of cutting right through you, like he’s seeing more of you than you do. And they’re incredibly green. It’s a bit disconcerting, really. But when he starts talking, he makes you feel like you’re the only person important to him. Like you’re the only thing that matters. And then you realize he considers himself just another guy.
When he sits down at the table across from me, I’m struck by two things. His eagerness to actually be here with me, and the power hidden beneath his gray t-shirt and jeans. He’s one guy you want with you if you’re ever caught on the wrong end of a dark alley.
So, without further wait, here are some things I learned about David that I’d like to share with you.
Where do you go when you’re angry?
David laughs at this. “I go running,” he says. “And as far away from people as I can. Lottie says I’ve got a temper, and I do, so I try to stay away where it’s safe. For me.” He smiles at that, and for a brief moment his features soften like he’s thinking something about Lottie that he’s not about to share. Which isn’t a surprise, because I know how much he loves her. Then his eyes are back on me and he’s all business again.
What makes you laugh out loud?
“My best friend, Nat.” His cell phone vibrates and he checks it quickly. But he also realizes he’s talking to me, so he shuts it off and shoves it into his pocket, giving me his full attention. “I’ve known Nat for a long time and he’s got this simple way of looking at life that cuts through the crap. And he does goofy things. Reminds me of how important it is to never lose the kid in you.” David sighs. “But that’s not always easy.”
Let’s pretend it’s the weekend and you’re home. You’ve got no mission to command and no work to do. What’s on your agenda for the day?
David’s eyes turn dark, like there’s a decadent memory or image that my question has sparked to life. Then he presses his lips together, the hint of a libidinous grin tugging at the corners. “I spend time with Lottie.” He says nothing more than that. And I decide maybe I should move on to the next question.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
David heaves out a sigh, and that surprises me. Like he’s thought about this question before and hasn’t quite come to terms with it yet. “Spending time with Lottie. My family. My friends. With no worries and issues. For once, I’d just like to enjoy the simplicity of life — of all my lives — without the noise that comes with it.”
What is one memory that has stuck with you from childhood? From any childhood? And what makes it so powerful for you?
“Oh man, that’s a tough one.” David leans back in his chair and scrubs a hand over his chin. “That’s also not fair, because you know I’ve got more than one childhood to look back on.” I nod and agree, but I encourage him for an answer anyway. He’s got a rich history that we’re both learning about, and I’d love to know more. “I’d have to say that it’s the first time I met Lottie, though she wasn’t Lottie at the time.” A wistful look passes over his face. I notice that he’s got some stubble shadowing his cheeks and chin. “She was — still is — a formidable woman. Don’t let her calm demeanor fool you. When she sees something she wants, she’ll claw for it.” I ask, “Like you?” David grins. Then the grin widens. “Yeah. Like me.”
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