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Character Interview–Blackout by M.J. Schiller

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How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Hi, I’m Eli Batronis. So, you mean basics like single, white male, from those personal ads? Well, I guess I’m all of those things. I’ve worked construction for most of my life in New York City, but I recently moved to Chicago, where I bartend and attend school. I enjoyed working construction. Good, hard, physical work that clears your mind. You really shouldn’t be thinking of much from twenty stories up, other than your work, and not falling off the girder you’re standing on. I like being in the outdoors, too, and being able to physically see the progress of your work and leave a part of yourself behind at each job.

Where were you raised?

I’m from Beacon, New York, but we left there when I was seven. When my father died. I’ve lived in New York City until just recently, so I guess I’d call that home. I moved to Chicago. I had to leave because of Faith. So that I could make myself a better man.

Family members?

Just me and my mom. And I guess you could include her new husband, Al. He’s a great guy, actually.

Did you attend college?

Not until I was the oldster in the classroom. I went back to school to study architecture. So I could be the guy designing the buildings instead of just the one doing all of the grunt work.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Geez! That’d be a tie. I met the woman that I love in a blackout when our elevator crashed. I guess you’d call that pretty crazy. And I saved a guy once from doing a headfirst dive off one of our construction sites, several stories up. That was definitely crazy. Faith would say certifiable.

Talk about your favorite setting for a date. (or favorite way to court a woman)

Okay, this is going to sound totally corny, and I understand that a lot of women wouldn’t like this, but Faith did, and that’s all that mattered. I liked to take her to all those lousy touristy places in New York. You know, Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center… She’d always dreamed of seeing them. But work and a lack of funds got in her way, so I wanted to be the one to show them to her.

What attracts you first to a woman?

Well, you know…I’m a guy, so…*clears throat*  I’d have to say her body, her looks. And then, I hate to say it, but I’d look for a shallowness about her. The sense that she was only into me for the physical nature of the relationship, too. But that was all before I met Faith. Faith is beautiful inside and out, and I knew it right from the start. Right from the moment I first laid eyes on her. Meeting her was a total game changer.

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Howdy! I’m Max Theobald and I’m the hero of BLACKOUT so I thought I’d just sort of hijack this here interview and let you know a few things about myself. I used to work with Eli in construction while I was finishing up med school, but now I’m an intern.

Where were you raised?

Albany, New York. My parents are both doctors there. That’s why I went into the profession. That, and the fact that, although I like to kid around a lot, I really do like helping people, as unoriginal as that sounds.

Are you athletic?

Doesn’t it show? Nah. There I go again, joking with ya. I wouldn’t call myself an athlete, but I do enjoy running.

Are you a pet person?

I wouldn’t mind having a pooch. Or a cat, if Faith wanted one. But apartment living isn’t very conducive to having pets.

What are your reading tastes?

Somewhat eclectic. I like the classics. Yes, even Shakespeare. I love a good spy book, Tom Clancy or the like. Any kind of thriller. I think I own every Stephen King book ever written, including his biography! I’ve even read a romance or two. When stuck on a late shift without reading material.

Where did you go for your most recent vacation?

I traveled extensively with my folks, but my favorite trip was my most recent one to Hawaii with Faith. It was incredible. Seeing things again through her eyes gives them a sort of magical quality.

Talk about your favorite setting for a date.

Well, unlike Eli I like to wine and dine my women. Take them to the best places. But honestly, the best times I’ve had with Faith have been doing everyday stuff. Like washing the dishes. That woman can do some mean things with a dishtowel, let me tell you!

What attracts you first to a woman?

Well, like Eli I used to go in for just the physical. The prettier the better. Faith, of course, is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. But not in that polished, made-up kind of way. Damn! I never thought I’d be the sap heartsick over some woman. Just goes to show you—you just never know what life has in store for you. Even when you think you do.

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