Today we are beginning an amazing tour with Julia Phillips Smith author of
BOUND by Dragonsfyre.
Character Interview with Scorpius,hero of Bound by Dragonsfyre
Hello Scorpius! It's great to get this opportunity to learn a bit more about you. Thanks for agreeing to meet with me. I know you're to get started......
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Among the other children in the estate nursery, I was raised as they were raised—to be a little lord, waiting to take my place in my noble house once my family came to claim me when I reached the age of seven.
Once I was old enough to understand that no one ever came to visit me on family days, the fear set in that I might never have anyone to come for me. Nurse and the other maids always dressed me in my finest on family days, but then kept me busy so I wouldn’t keep watching the door. I learned to be useful, crushing down my disappointment every time one of my companions left the nursery for home.
As a child, I was trained to speak and act with the manners and bearing of a little lord. I had no idea that it was a longstanding tradition for the fruits of illicit affairs to be conveniently ‘forgotten’ at these nurseries, and that the training they’d received was appreciated in certain levels of service.
So when the local falconer came out to the nursery looking for an apprentice, someone he could train who already possessed intelligence and refinement, in a single moment I realized that all my hopes for my life were ended. Without the protection of my family, there was nothing I could do but follow the falconer.
Tell us about your family.
When the mothers and fathers of the other boys and girls used to come to the nursery, I would imagine that my family was too busy with affairs at the imperial court in the First Dominion, and couldn’t travel so far to visit me. Sometimes I wondered whether they were hiding out of reach of a noble who wanted to be that much closer to the throne. I invented hundreds of stories about them.
In my mind, my father was taller, stronger and more authoritative than any of the fathers who came to call for their sons. Certainly my mother was more beautiful, had warmer embraces and more dazzling smiles than any of the other mothers who took their daughters by the hand and left me standing beside Nurse.
The family who lived in my mind was better than anyone else’s. It was a hard thing to begin serving the nobles out at the falconer’s cottage, for these lords were far more brutal than I could have imagined possible.
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Hardly a chirpy bird. I’ve never had the luxury of acting like a grumpy bear, except for those years at the nursery. It’s best if I keep all of my feelings to myself.
There’s always the fear that if I revealed the true level of my dismay at becoming a falconer’s apprentice, what’s to stop Richolf from trading me for another boy? Who would have me, then?
What do you do to unwind and relax?
*chuckling* There’s only work, and collapsing into our beds before it all starts over again.
I don’t wish to sound like I’m complaining. My master works harder than me. He was never so lucky to spend his first years in a nursery, either.
I’m not foolish--I know full well what sort of master could have come to collect me. It’s not a bad sort of life, going on hunts, and I have grown to admire the hawks. When I’m out in the field or in the forest, I’m close to happiness there.
There’s a sense of everything coming together when the hunt works out well, really well. I know what my master expects of me, and I deliver it before he needs to ask me. I make certain not to upset the nobles, and that in turn keeps my master safe. To be honest, the longer I serve these lords, the more I look at Richolf and think of the years I’ve spent at the falconer’s cottage with him. What if I had been collected up by my family? Would I have turned out to be just the same as the lords we serve, when my master and I rejoice in silence as they ride away from us?
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I don’t like to say. I try not to think of it. Ever. Even though I can see her face, her face gone completely white even in the torchlight, filled with as much fear as I’ve ever seen. There was nothing I could do to stop it, you see? Nothing my master or I could do but watch it all happen in front of our eyes.
Who should play you in a film?
If a film or a television miniseries was made of my story, British actor Richard Armitage is the actor who most resembles me, I’m told.
Thanks so much! You've been quite forthcoming and I wish you the best in all your adventures! :)