This is Saria Jane, the Character Interviewer here on Rachel Rossano's Words. Today I am interviewing Darius, the hero of The Mercenary's Marriage. Having just returned from a siege, he has graciously allowed us a few moments before saddling up to take back the capital city from a horde of rebels.
*Darius walks into the tent, scans the interior with a hand on the hilt of his sword, and then crosses to the chair across from Saria Jane. Every movement is graceful and deadly. Taking a seat, he pins Saria with a striking gray eyes. He then leans back and crosses some very impressive arms over his chest. Dressed to go to war and heavily armed, he looks very intimidating. His dark skin and hair hint at an exotic heritage, and the various scars on his face and arms give him an air of danger.*
Saria Jane: Let us start with the basics. What is your name and occupation?
Darius: Darius Aarin Larius. I am a mercenary.
Saria Jane: *nods* That must be pretty interesting work. You get to fight a lot and use cool weapons like swords, bows, and knives.
Darius: No bows. I can't hit anything with a bow. If you want an archer talk to someone else. I am mostly a sword man. *With a single movement, he pulls out a gleaming broadsword with worn leather hilt and an evil-looking double edge* I can use a knife as well, but swordplay is my forte.
Saria Jane: *examining sword with wide eyes* I am impressed. How often are you called upon to fight for your employer? It is King Jenran of Braulyn, right?
Darius: *Sheathes sword with one smooth motion* My duties usually involve guarding him and his family. I am more of a bodyguard than a soldier these days. I have needed to ride out to battle a few times recently, but mostly I oversee his personal security.
Saria Jane: How did you get into this line of work?
Darius: I didn't have a choice. Born in Ratharia, I was stolen from there by Sardmarian slavers when I was young, ten or twelve. I was sold to a master who specialized in raising soldiers. For seven years, I trained with other slaves for the privilege of being sold into the service of the King.
Saria Jane: You aren't a slave now, are you? *glances at Darius' open-necked tunic. There is no leather collar at the base of his olive-skinned throat.*
Darius: I earned my freedom saving the king's life, dismantled a plot to assassinate him.
Saria Jane: I heard that you accquired a wife on this siege. Isn't that a bit of an unusual way to find a wife?
Darius: *shrugs* I guess you could say it was unusual. She needed protection and I offered to protect her.
Saria Jane: And she accepted?
Darius: She didn't really have a choice. I didn't give her much of one.
Saria Jane: So, why her?
Darius: *Something softens in the warrior's gaze* I am not sure. *he shrugs* She needed it. I liked her spirit. Most likely because she didn't panic. We are alike, you know, survivors.
Saria Jane: Does she trust you now?
Darius: *looking slightly sad* Not yet, but I am working on her. She let me kiss her before she left. A good sign wouldn't you say?
Saria Jane: *raises eyebrows* Yes, I would say so.
*The sounds of horses and men gathering for battle come from outside the tent.*
Darius: *Rising* I have to leave. *He promptly does so without waiting for permission.*
Saria Jane: This has been an interview with Darius the mercenary of The Mercenary's Marriage available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, or directly from the author herself, Rachel Rossano, at her website, www.freewebs.com/anavrea. Thank you for joining us and come back next time for an interview with another character from one of Rachel Rossano's exciting books.