This originally posted March 2011–and is “set” before the book, Liberty for Paul.
Good afternoon, Paul. Thank you for agreeing to talk to me (like you had a choice).
No problem. It’s my pleasure and…er…duty.
Oh, stop that scowling. Just saying the word duty isn’t going to lead to talks of propriety. At least not from me.
Good. Tell us, how would you describe yourself?
Yes, and your personality traits if you will.
Hmm, well, I’m slightly above average height, I have green eyes, blondish hair, wear spectacles. I don’t know what else you want me to say.
Do you have any distinguishing marks or scars on your body?
(Coughs) Yes…er…a scar. Next.
By the way you’re blushing, Mr. Grimes, I daresay you have something to hide.
No, nothing to hide.
So you do have something. interesting. And where, pray tell, is it?
That information is unnecessary. Next question, please.
Fine. I’ll let the matter drop. For now.
You’re welcome. All right, what are your feelings about Liberty Banks?
(No immediate answer)
Sir, unclamp your jaw, please and answer the question.
Liberty and I have an unusual relationship.
That’s an understatement. Now, would you be so kind as to explain your relationship with Miss Banks?
It’s a love-hate relationship really. See, we both love to hate each other. Kind of. Well, actually no. It’s more like she has a passionate hatred that seems to consume her soul toward me and I just merely find her annoying. Unfortunately, her undisputable hatred for me has led to several…shall we say, uncomfortable moments for me.
Where to start… Let’s see, she’s openly called me a coward and questioned my manhood, she’s “inadvertently” elbowed me in the groin and she’s hurled a book at my head that knocked me unconscious and left a bump the size of an egg on my forehead for a week.
Hmm, that doesn’t sound very endearing.
No. It doesn’t.
So is it safe to say you wouldn’t enjoy being married to her?
Now, that, Ms. Gordon is an understatement. I have no desire to be in a room with her, let alone married to her.
All right, calm down. We won’t speak of her anymore. Let’s talk instead about you.
What would you like to know?
Who is Lucy Whitaker to you?
I didn’t see that one coming. She’s a woman I once admired.
All right. I proposed to her. But it was a long time ago and I don’t wish to discus her, her son, her wretched aunt or anything that has to do with that family.
Understood. Let’s talk about your relationship with John Banks. How exactly did you and Liberty’s father become acquainted?
He agreed to act as my mentor last spring when I approached him about a sticky situation that was going on in my church.
A sticky situation, you say? Care to divulge?
Mr. Grimes, I’d have never thought you’d be so difficult to interview. You’ve a mark upon your person you don’t wish to discuss, a former love interest you’re not inclined to talk about and now you hint at secrets you will not share. You seem to be far more interesting than the bore we met in Intentions of the Earl. Do you have anything further to say for yourself?
No. I don’t think so. Oh, wait. Something about the way you’re looking at me just now makes me think I’m going to marry, fall in love with and share all my secrets–including my scar, former proposal, and unpleasant church situation–with that hoyden Liberty Banks.
You’re a smart man, Mr. Grimes. All those things and so much more will be happening to you very soon!