INTERVIEWER: Thank you for joining us today. Here with me around the table I have Peter, Thomas, Matthew, and Philippa, a few of the youngest characters from The Deceived by E.C. Fisher. I will be asking them three questions about their experiences during their harrowing journey through the Rapture. Let’s get started, shall we.
MATTHEW: Ma’am, my name is Matty.
PETER: Matty, now isn’t really the time to be worrying about that. People are going to be seeing this interview.
MATTHEW: But that’s my name.
PHILIPPA: Matthew, let’s give the interviewer a chance to ask the questions before we interrupt.
PHILIPPA: Please, continue.
INTERVIEWER: Thank you. First question: How was your experience eating an MRE? That’s “Meals Ready to Eat” for our listeners who aren’t familiar.
PETER: Well the first time—
MATTHEW: Mine was spaghetti and meat sauce. It came with Skittles. I love candy.
INTERVIEWER: Candy? These MREs don’t sound so bad.
PETER: Yes, Matty, Skittles are amazing. I would like to mention that not every meal came with candy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get many packets that came with any, though Jude did. Man, that was a pack of Skittles she’ll never forget. Who knew a pack of Skittles could save a life… Oh, sorry, going off topic. Where was I? Oh yes, it was fun eating the MREs. Sitting around with everyone and talking as we waited for our meals to heat up. My first meal was the chicken with tomatoes and feta cheese. It was surprisingly good. It did make me miss the food back at the ARCS. The peanut butter packet was tasty with the bread.
PHILIPPA: I had the chili macaroni. After being held captive by demons a hot meal was delicious no matter what form it took. Thankfully it wasn’t one of those vegetarian meals.
THOMAS: Don’t remind me. First meal I get in days and it’s the veggie burger. For starters, veggies do not make good burgers. I thought the purpose of an MRE was to provide calories, not take them away. I wasn’t regular for a while after that meal.
MATTHEW: You made funny faces. (laughs and points at Thomas)
PETER AND PHILIPPA: (snorting from holding in their laughter) Don’t pick on Thomas.
INTERVIEWER: Why don’t I ask the next question? (the kids quickly regain their composure) What was it like riding inside the MRAP? Again, a little clarification, that’s a “Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected” vehicle.
THOMAS: There’s a lot more room than you’d think inside one of those things. Besides Andrew’s crazy driving I’d have to say it was a smooth ride. Though I’m just glad we found empty hotels to sleep in, because the smell inside would’ve knocked me out for good.
PETER: Not as if we could’ve just opened a window. The MRAP was fun. Wish I could’ve driven it once. And don’t be alone with Jude behind the wheel. Women drivers, am I right?
PHILIPPA: And what’s that supposed to mean?
PETER: Women drivers get you where you need to go in a hurry.
PHILIPPA: Good cover. As Thomas mentioned, the ride was pretty smooth. The vehicle provided good protection against the creatures of the Four Horsemen. If it wasn’t for the safety the vehicle provided our journey would’ve been a lot shorter.
INTERVIEWER: You mention the creatures of the Four Horsemen. Care to tell one of your scariest moments with them?
PETER: Any moment faced with those creatures is a scary moment. Thankfully we had weapons to fight against them. The first time I faced a group of them I was shaking, but the adrenaline numbed me. It wasn’t until it was over that I felt like wetting myself.
MATTHEW: Hahaha, Peter wet his pants, Peter wet his pants.
PETER: Matty, seriously, I didn’t wet my pants. Philippa, really I didn’t.
PHILIPPA: I wouldn’t blame you, Peter. Those things are scary—rows of shark teeth and dead eyes. (shudders) I think it took a lot of courage to stand and fight them. Even with Michael nearby. I was surprised when Jamey and Jacklyn decided to train and help. I wanted to as well, but…
PETER: You did what you could. (Peter touches Philippa’s hand) No one was asking for anyone to step up.
THOMAS: I also felt so useless. Even during our abduction.
INTERVIEWER: It seems we are touching some emotional areas. I think we’ll call it a day. I would like to thank, Peter, Philippa, Thomas, and Matty for joining us. Look for them in the new release The Deceived by E.C. Fisher, available online at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or Kobo.