Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Well… for the first time, we have a post centered on my serial story that isn’t actually a part. *gasp* It’s just an interview with one of my characters (who’s gone and gotten himself a lot of fangirls somehow…)
So this interview was done by the incredibly professional OYAN Student Newspaper earlier this month. Dallas was quite cooperative and actually talked for once.
Spoiler-y questions deleted, of course. 😉
Dallas Knight. Sidekick. ISTJ. And the straight man in a comedic story.
Interviewer’s questions in bold, Dallas’s answers in normal text.
How old are you?
Is there a significant meaning to your name? Do you have any nicknames?
Well, it’s kind of Irish in origin, so my parents liked that it kind of aligned with the family’s heritage. Though most people think of Texas when they hear it so that kind of backfired.
As far as nicknames… some people call me “Dall” or “Dally”, but mostly I just prefer Dallas.
That’s unfortunate. :3
You mentioned your parents. Do you have any siblings? Is there anything about your family that you want to mention?
I have an older brother who’s in the military and a younger sister who’s still at home. Mom runs a bakery and Dad’s somewhat of a handyman.
A handyman, like…? What does he do? A little bit of everything?
Construction and repair things. Building sheds for people in town and fixing roofs, things like that.
I helped him out with that for about a year before moving on.
What did you move on to?
I’m the sidekick for our city’s assigned superhero, Amazing Man.
That’s… an amazing name. What do you think of being his sidekick? Do you have to wear tights and a cape like Robin?
*laughs* It is an amazing name. There’ve been worse.
It’s… interesting. No costume, thank heaven. I can just wear jeans and a tee shirt if I want to. Though Amazing Man sort of has a green and blue costume going. So usually I wear green just to go with the theme.
Nice! Is there anything that you usually bring with you when you go on sidekicking adventures? What’s the usual equipment (if any)?
It varies a lot, though most commonly I bring a sword. For a bit, the Program tried giving me some superpowers, but I wasn’t too great at controlling short-range teleportation, so they shut it off.
But that did start me on swordfighting while I had that. Guns are too hard to control while I’m zapping all over the place.
Where do you live? Do you like it there?
My family has moved around a bit to different towns, but we’ve always stayed around Utah. Right now, I’m in Salt Lake City. It’s pretty nice. I like all the mountains and the weather is good. Though I’m not sure I like living in the city. Too many people.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
*squints and thinks hard for a second* I’d say more wishes, but I think that dodges the spirit of the question.
Probably an assurance that all my friends and family could always be safe.
It does, a bit. xD
Who do you think is the most influential person in your life? (can range from alive, dead, or fictional — also, if it’s too hard to come up with just one, you’re welcome to mention however many first come to mind)
I’d probably say Amazing Man and my dad have both had huge impacts on my life. I couldn’t imagine being the person I am today without either of them.
Kind of following that train of thought, what would you say your favorite and/or worst childhood memory is?
Favorite memory… *leans back and thinks for a bit* the first day I helped my dad paint a room was… interesting. I had no idea what I was doing and I’m sure Dad covered up a million mistakes, but I was so proud afterwards. We went out for ice cream after that. Like I wasn’t messy enough after painting. *chuckles*
Worst was probably when I was supposed to watch my sister when I was 9. I got distracted and she almost wandered into the street.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
*looks up at the ceiling* It’s hard to say… I guess it depends on what you define as an accomplishment.
In a general sense, probably getting to be Amazing Man’s sidekick. But personally, just being a good brother, son and friend… being loyal, true and brave… would be the accomplishment I hope to strive towards. And someday to hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
What does a normal day look like for you?
Getting up early, getting dressed and reading Bible. Throwing some stuff together for breakfast and feeding my dog…
Then it varies. If Amazing Man has something going on, which is about four-fifths of the time, I get my stuff together and drive over to help him out. Helping out can be anything from a huge battle with evil to entertaining his kids.
And on the occasions that he doesn’t, I help out my dad with whatever he’s doing for the day.
Coming back, having a good dinner and getting to bed at a decent hour at the end of the day are… rarer than I’d like them to be.
Who’s your best friend?
It’s hard to say, since I don’t really like choosing “best”s. But among my best friends would be my family members and Amazing Man.
Can you tell me more about your family?
Well, I’ve already told you quite a bit about Dad.
My brother, Luke, is four years older than me and in the marines. He’s a lot more extroverted than I am, but we get along great.
My sister, Penny, is three and a half years younger than me. She’s an amazing baker and very… inventive with everything she does. She basically bounces everywhere she goes, smiles all the time, loves twirly skirts and has part of her hair dyed pink.
Again, we’re pretty different, but she’s always fun to hang out with.
What’s one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
Probably thinking that if I’m not smiling, I don’t like them or I’m unhappy. Smiling just isn’t as common a thing for me as most people.
When do you feel the most confident?
Generally, right after someone says I did a good job on something I did. It makes me feel like I can do whatever other things well too.
And that’s Dallas, folks!
*applause and fangirliness*
Sooo yep. Hope you liked that. 😀
The day of thurs is fast approaching and it looks like I’ll be able to stick to the part-posting schedule for now.
Hopefully I’ll stay on track for the weeks to come but we’ll see.
Hey, new sibling coming guys. Cut me some slack.
Anyway, see you on Thursday, everyone!
Identify with Dallas at all? Who’d you like to see an interview with next?
Love to see your thoughts!