Thursday, June 18, 2009

Character of the Week: Kalila!



Today's Character of the Week is our magical musician, Kalila!

Kalila, please tell us all about your fascinating life:




Hi, everyone! I spent my first two thousand years in Persia and India. In 1682 a trader with the Dutch East Indies Company took a fancy to my lamp and next thing I knew I was on my way to Europe!

I fell in love with Western music and in 1805 I went to Salzburg to study under Maria Anna Mozart. That’s where I met Nevin. A few years later, 1876, I met Thor at the first Bayreuth Festival, where he had gone to see Wagner’s Ring cycle performed. Thor was about to leave for America with a group of Norwegian farmers, and I tagged along.

In America, I studied jazz and rock music, and tired of Thor’s bullying ways. I told him I would become a rock star. To spite me, he said he would become a rock star first and would do it without magic. I accepted his challenge, put together a band, and hired a manager. All of my managers came to unfortunate ends until I met Ricky.

People ask what it’s like to be immortal. Well, I’m only immortal in my djinn form. In my human body, I’m susceptible to the dangers that can befall any mortal. In general, though, there are few limits on my longevity. The challenge is how to keep from becoming bored. So my question to all of you is how do you pass the time?

127 comments:

DESTINY said...

Ah, Kalila.

You fight your Destiny, but it is close on your heels.

How to keep from being bored? I have found much amusement in watching your antics.

Fight it you will, your Destiny will find you at the end.

Vic said...

The djinn is Character of the Week? Why her? She's just going to be all arrogant about it now and think she's something special.

I knew I shouldn't have come around here today. I'm going back to sleep.

Kalila said...

I am special, Vic. And you were going to spend the day sleeping, anyway.

Don't anyone listen to him. He's nocturnal and gets grumpy after the sun comes up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kalila

Your name is pretty.

Can you grant wishes?

Do you have a boyfriend?

I liked your concert.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

What instrument do you play? How do you break into the music business? Can you get me a gig?

Kalila said...

Shadow, I can grant wishes if I want to, but it's a myth that djinns regularly do things like that for humans. It's especially not true that a djinn will grant you a wish just for dumping him or her out of their home. I have no idea where that silly idea came from.

I don't have a boyfriend, although Ricky would probably tell you otherwise.

shy said...

'A song has a few rights the same as ordinary citizens... if it happens to feel like flying where humans cannot fly... to scale mountains that are not there, who shall stop it?'

~Charles Ives

Anonymous said...

Hi Kalila,

Will you grant me a wish? I won't dump you out of your home.

I liked the beer at your concert.

Do you want a boyfriend?

Shadow

Kalila said...

Anonymous, I play lead guitar. I sing a little, but it's really not my thing and that's why I hired Vic.

If you're at one of our small-venue shows sometime and want to sit in with us on a song or two, let me know. It's not practical for every venue, but sometimes it's fun.

As for breaking into the music business, it's hard. There are a lot of human rules to follow. It would be much easier if I could use magic.

I recommend getting a manager. You can't have Ricky, though. He's mine.

Ricky said...

Kalila, if I'm not your boyfriend, what am I? Besides your manager, of course.

Maxwell said...

I want magic.

I use magic in all my bombs.

Make big blow up. Boom!

How I get magic?

Kalila said...

A human can't really be a "boyfriend" as you call it, to an immortal. The word makes no sense.

Ginger said...

Dear Kalila,

I am fascinated by the relationship you have with Ricky. Why would a djinn want to get involved with a human, anyway? Wouldn't you prefer someone who lives as long as yourself?

You say you don't feel love, and yet you do appear to be quite jealous. Those two emotions are closely linked.

What would happen if you did fall in love with Ricky? Could you choose to become mortal? Is there a way he could become immortal?

Bo said...

Face it, Ricky, she's just slumming with you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ricky,

Are you Kalila's boyfriend?

If not, could I be?

Shadow

Kalila said...

Ginger, it's nothing personal against Ricky that I don't love him. It's just that djinns don't love. I couldn't if I tried.

Pelwyn said...

What type of magic can you do?

Nevin said...

Except that you spend a lot of time in a human body these days, Kalila. That makes you vulnerable to human problems, remember?

Congratulations on being Character of the Day. I think it's wonderful.

Ginger said...

I'm honestly not sure I believe you, Kalila. Any creature can love, even a dog. So why not a djinn?

If you truly don't love him, then why not let him get a girlfriend? I think you're being a bit unfair to him, don't you?

He's only human, after all.

Kalila said...

Pelwyn, I can conjure things and I can heal mortal beings. My magic is limited when it comes to immortals, though. If I were a deity, I would have power over them as well.

I can read the minds of mortals but what goes on in human brains is usually of little interest, so I rarely bother.

Creating, destroying and healing all require a lot of energy, though. That's why I have investments to earn human money. If I had to conjure everything--clothes, guitars, and things like that--I'd be too tired to play music.

Ricky said...

You also make people forget things, Kalila. I hate it when you do things to my brain.

Kalila said...

The human brain is very simple, Ricky. You shouldn't worry so much about it.

Kalila said...

Ginger, Ricky is mine and that's all there is to it.

Nevin, I know we're friends, but I don't appreciate what you're insinuating. I may be vulnerable to physical dangers when I'm in a human body, but I'm not vulnerable to human emotions. Not at all. Let's be very clear on that point.

Ginger said...

What's the difference between a genie and a djinn?

Kalila said...

Ginger, the word "genie" is the English language corruption of the word "djinn." There is no difference, except in connotation. I used to not mind being called a genie, but after that silly TV show with Barbara Eden, I had to insist on being called by the proper word. I'm not a silly creature that minces around in pink harem pants and waits on astronauts.

Ginger said...

What do you mean, I loved that show! Do you do the thing where you blink your eyes, too?

Are leather pants really that different from harem pants? C'mon!

Kalila said...

I'm sure the TV show was very amusing to humans, but it presents djinns in an unflattering light. We aren't here to serve humans. If anything, we have humans serve us.

As for the pants, I've known some djinns who were very feminine in their fashion choices, but that's just not my style.

Ricky said...

Believe me, Ginger, djinns don't wait on humans. I can vouch for that. She never even granted me a wish. She just made me think she was. Instead, she set me up so I'd have to grant her wish.

Bo said...

I seem to recall you wanted her in bed pretty bad, Ricky. She granted that wish.

Aidan said...

I'm new to this whole immortality gig. It's really weird to think of myself still basically the same a hundred or a thousand years ago.

I'm busy enough right now with the war, but I have no idea what I'll do to pass the time after it ends. Frankly, after next year everything is just a big black hole, like time drops off into nothing.

Ricky said...

She only did it to satisfy her curiosity about what it would be like to have sex with a human, Bo.

Aidan said...

I probably shouldn't have said that. Sorry.

Marc said...

Kalila,

Ever consider fooling around with a demon?

Aidan said...

What about Lucy, Marc?

Marc said...

What about her? She's welcome to join in.

Aidan said...

Shit, Marc, you're making me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

Marc said...

It's just sex, Aidan. It's natural. Don't be such a nancy.

Kalila said...

Aidan, your news is very distubing, since you're a seer. Does that mean you'll become mortal after this year?

Perhaps you'd like to work for me. I'm thinking of firing my werewolf crew after their contract ends, so even if you can't play music, I could give you a job. I pay very well.

Lucy said...

You know, I'm RIGHT here. (For the rest of you not in the know, Aidan tends to telepath when he reads. Pretty noisy when you're sitting in the same room.)

Aidan said...

Kalila,

I'd love to work for you if I could. I don't really need to work, though. (I haven't seen bank statements lately, but I guess I'm rich.) But the blackness doesn't really having anything to do with immortality or mortality, at least I don't think it does. Either I'm going underground where I can't see anything or...well. I guess it might have something to do with mortality. Ignigenae only die if someone kills us.

Kalila said...

Marc, I'm a bit tired of demons and deities. That's why I thought I'd see what it was like with a human.

Don't misunderstand me--I don't love Ricky. But he's very nice to me and wants to make sure I'm having a good time. My experience with gods and demons is that they think only of their own pleasure and have little interest in whether or not their partner is enjoying it.

Ginger said...

This is why I don't spend much time with men any more.

They're pretty much all selfish demons, if you ask me.

I'm going to go open up for lunch now. Lucy, you're welcome to stop by for a cuppa if you want a break from those guys. That goes for any of you ladies!

Aidan said...

I think I'm changing the subject now. Kalila, what's your favorite band playing today?

Lucy said...

Thanks for the offer, Ginger. That's very kind of you.

Maybe we need a girls day out on this blog.

Marc said...

No worries, Kalila, reckoned there was no harm in asking.

It's only fair to have a guys day out too, then, Lu.

Ginger said...

P.S. I have some dark chocolate gelato from the Italian deli across the street that will give you such an endorphin rush, it's better than sex.

I'm not kidding. It really is!

Who needs men when you can have chocolate?

Kaelin said...

Hi,
What did you do now, Aidan? Lucy looks ready to kill someone.

Aidan said...

It wasn't ME! I'm just here talking to Kalila.

Ginger said...
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Kalila said...

I get my nourishment from the wind, Ginger, so although I appreciate your kind offer, I'll have to pass.

Marc, thank you for not taking it personally.

Aidan, I'm afraid Ricky would say I have a different favorite band each day. I was very happy to see Metallica inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I've enjoyed their music from when they were playing small-time gigs. More recently, I like Coldplay, but I also enjoy new classical composers, like Theofanidis.

Ricky said...

Aidan, you'll find that Kalila changes her mind often. I think it has something to do with the fact that she feeds off the wind. The wind changes often, and so does she.

Kalila said...

Perfect consistency in everything isn't necessarily a virtue, Ricky.

Ginger said...

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot!

Kalila, I went to the beach yesterday and filled this big plastic jug with fresh ocean air for you. I know it's not wind, but it was as close as I could get.

Everyone else, I made summer breeze cookies - light, crumbly sugar cookies with lavender and lemon zest. And a big pitcher of iced Darjeeling.

I have to go back to work now. Enjoy!

Kalila said...

Thank you, Ginger! You're a very good businesswoman. I believe the expression I'm thinking of is "anticipating customer needs."

Did I get it right, Ricky?

Ricky said...

Yes, Kalila. That's the way a human would say it.

Ginger said...

Ah, but if I truly were a good businesswoman, I wouldn't be perpetually giving away my product. That's what Susan keeps telling me, anyway.

But this is pleasure, not business.

Troubadour said...

I died in the late thirteenth century and I've been trapped earthbound as a ghost since. I counted the days through the first century, but time no longer holds value to me.

I am not restricted by geography. It takes not effort to travel to the peaks of the mountains or the depths of the seas.

I am always watching and learning. I witnessed the industrial boom, and the inventions that drove it. I have seen the birth of genius, and - sadly in these modern times - the death of reason.

Ricky said...

Giving things away can be a good business strategy, Ginger, as long as the freebies are used to entice customers to pay next time.

I did my senior thesis on this topic.

Kalila said...

Is that why you book us for those charity gigs, Ricky? No wonder.

Nevin said...

I thought we did charity chows to be nice, not because we had an ulterior motive.

Ricky, I'm very disappointed in you.

Kalila said...

Hi, Troubador! I agree with your assessment of the recent centures of human history. We should have a nice long chat about it sometimes. Mortals just don't understand these things.

DESTINY said...

I agree.

If there is a girl's and a boy's night out, the immortals should meet on their own as well.

So many things humans can not comprehend.

Anonymous said...

Do you prefer being immortal or mortal, since you can be both?

What are the benefits of each one?

Maxwell said...

I want magic

You not answer my question.

How I get magic?

You want bomb, Kalila? I give to you cheap. Also acid. Chemicals. Maybe a disease. I still work on DNA.

Kalila said...

I'm afraid true magic is something one is born able to do, Maxwell. One can learn to trick mortal eyes, and some will call it magic. But real magic is not something one can learn. It isn't even really magic, if you want to know the truth. It's easier to call it that, though, than to try and explain.

Thank you for your offer of bombs and other destructive devices, but I'm pretty good at conjuring fire and other forms of destruction on my own.

I must say, though, that you have a very interesting hobby for a human. You should work in government.

Kalila said...

Anonymous, I get a little nervous about being in a mortal body sometimes. I especially worry about car accidents and prefer to travel in a sturdy cast iron bottle, just in case.

It's entertaining to visit the mortals, though, so it's best to use a mortal body when doing so. I find humans to be a particularly creative species, and I like that. I think it's the knowledge of their own short time on earth that makes them so inventive. Unfortunately, it also makes them hostile and cynical at times. When I encounter those types of humans, it's nice to know I'll see them buried soon.

Ricky said...

That's not a nice attitude, Kalila.

Kalila said...

I'm not here to be "nice," Ricky.

But honestly, don't you sometimes wish to see the hurtful, stupid people of the world destroyed?

Ricky said...

I think I'd rather just see them mend their ways, Kalila.

Kalila said...

You're so cute when you speak like an optimist, Ricky.

Faldur said...

Greetings, Kalila.
I find your story fascinating, but also perplexing. I must admit, you intrigue me. Surely there is a way into your soul, if not your heart? It is my experience that those who protest much, conceal much.

If it weren't for Ricky, you would present an interesting challenge, Kalila. I cannot resist a challenge, but in this case I must yield to the one who was there first.

Kalila said...

Hello, Faldur. You're an interesting challenge, yourself. Marenya has her work cut out for her, trying to capture your love.

I don't need love, though. I'm fortunate in that regard.

Candy said...

Kalila, my journey is beginning today but I just wanted to say hello and ask if, after living for so long, you have learned wisdom? Have you learned how to handle each situation that comes up in ordinary life? You do still seem to get very upset.
I am so bad at everything, it would be discouraging if, after your long time, even you have not learned . Maybe my aunt planned for this trip to help me. There must be a reason for everything, don't you think?
What is the most important thing you have learned?

Kaelin said...

Kalila,

You said you don't "love". Neither do demons, not really.

Except for Aidan. He's different. He's a pure demon, a direct, firstborn-of-firstborns descendant back to Maliquium. But he loves, almost too much. He loves Marc and Jase, so much that he loses sleep because they bound their fates to his. He loves our parents so much that he can't talk about them without choking up. And we don't talk about it, but I know I am his true weakness. He would sell his soul to save me.

I would die for Aidan in this moment. I've always felt that way. But I would go through torture and death to see him live. But I only feel that way about him, so I have no idea if that's love. I've had girlfriends, but I don't love any of them. I could take or leave them.

I'm a killer at heart, so I don't think I really can love. Most of the time I'm content. But it's been bothering me lately. Aidan seems so...alive somehow, in ways the rest of us aren't. And it makes me wonder if it's because he can love.

So my question for you is if you think you can learn to love and if you even want to? Maybe we're missing something...

I kind of wish Marenya were here to talk about this with us. (Not trying to step on your toes, though, Faldur.)

Faldur said...

I don't need love, either, Kalila. But I would like very much to get inside your head. You are a bundle of contradictions. I think there is more to you than meets the eye.

I also still hanker to see inside one of those lamps. Very handy mode of accommodation. Clever of you to think of it.

Ms. Fettleston said...

Dear Ms. Kalila,

Good morning, dear.

My, you have had an interesting life. Quite fascinating. I am surprised, dear, to hear that you are bored. Your life sounds so exciting. Being a rock star must be very one adventure after another, I would imagine.

I dearly love Mozart. Did you know him, Ms. Kalila? I do so love his music. Do you compose as well as play, dear? You seem so talented. Have you thought of writing an opera or a musical? Perhaps a project like that would help you find life more interesting, dear. I have several hobbies myself. I knit and garden. I volunteer at the hospital and read to the children. I am on several church committes, dear. They do keep my mind busy. There never does seem to be enough time in the day.

If you have free time, would you like to come and give a concert at the hospital? I know the children would enjoy it.

Have a lovely afternoon, dear.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Do you think it's hell being stuck here all that time?
Do you get to care for people? I think I wouldn't because then you'd be forever caring when they - left for good.

I pass time one heart beat at a time.

FLOWER

Pelwyn said...

Kaelin,

I think that what you described *is* love.

Marenya and I have talked very deeply about this, trying to understand our own hearts as well as those of the two men we love. Mel is unique, one of those people with a rare gift for living. He's awe-inspiring, really, a bit like Aidan I suspect, and difficult to live up to or compete with. I think he and Faldur get along so well because they are so opposite.

I have sacrificed the quiet life I would have chosen for myself because of my love for him. He fully recognizes this, which makes our bond that much closer and sweeter. I am not very brave, I'm afraid.

But Marenya is brave, and that is her strength. I think it is yours, too. One day you may find someone whom you can love as fiercely as Aidan, but it's never the same, you know. Each person in your life is different, and you love them differently, just as gems are all different from each other but just as beautiful.

I suppose I am going poetic again!
The Book of Wisdom says, "Perfect love casts out fear."
Wait for your perfect love, Kaelin.

Pelwyn said...

Faldur, stop fawning over the elusive, unattainable djinn and get back to finding Marenya, would you?

I'm astonished at you! But I suppose it's because you've never been around a female so scantily dressed before. She is certainly alluring, I'll admit.

Ginger said...

Kaelin,
I don't want to love anyone. I loved Scott so much and he crushed the life and soul out of me. But I'm sure I'll feel differently, in time.
I think that wanting to love may be the first step in learning to love.

Kalila said...

Wow, I went off to tune a guitar and I got so many questions! I'll need a few minutes to start answering them all.

But Candy, I think the most important thing I've learned is to listen to your friends' advice, especially on topics your friends have more knowledge of. Nevin warned me about Thor but I was relatively new to Europe and didn't know his terrible history.

That experience is why I usually follow Ricky's advice in matters pertaining to the marketing of my band. He may be a human, but he is an expert in promotions, so I pay close attention and usually follow his recommendations.

Ricky said...

Like you did last Christmas, Kalila?

Kalila said...

Things worked out fine, Ricky. I was right and you were wrong.

Kalila said...

Ms Fettleston, I never got to meet Wolfgang personally, although I got to see him conduct his work in Austria. Had he lived longer, I'm sure I would've found a way to make his acquaintance. I love his music.

His sister was every bit as talented, though. It's a great failure of human society that talented women have been overlooked for so much of human history.

Kalila said...

Flower, it does get tedious being on earth for so long, but the different countries of the earth are very intersting and each century is unique. I like to travel and follow new trends and ideas. And when it all becomes just too boring, I go into my lamp and nap. I slept through the half the ninth century! I usually don't sleep that long, though. It leaves me feeling groggy, and I like to remain alert.

Faldur, if you don't have the ability to shape-shift I don't know if you could visit my lamps. A pity, since I decorate them very nicely and I enjoy showing them off. I can't shape-shift humans, so Ricky has never been to visit any of my homes. You aren't human, though, right? I don't know what kind of effect my powers would have on you, or if I would have any power at all.

Anonymous said...

Where were you born? Who are your mother and father?

Faldur said...

No, I'm not human, I'm Hanorja. We are similar to humans, but have some magical ability. Mel is not only highly gifted, but has been trained by his father, as he will become King one day.

Mel can shape shift. I only recently learned this, but it is a great secret.

He has taught me much about my latent abilities. So perhaps with a little help, Kalila, I could shape-shift as well.

Gabby said...

How do you travel, Kalila? You get into a bottle for safety. Then what? Planes 'ld break it and find you.
Can you just appear where you want to be? Your life sounds complicated.
I don't have friends - only rivals and If I take the advice of the unicorn they'll kill me.

Kalila said...

Gabby, my travel bottle is very strong and wouldn't break in a crash before I could shift into mist or smoke and escape danger.

I bought a very nice tour bus for my band, so that's how we travel to gigs. I let Ricky take me places in the Lexus I bought him, and sometimes I'll even travel with him in my human form. I read about all the safety features of the Lexus before I bought it, and Ricky is a careful driver. I think I would be able to shape-shift in time if we were to have a wreck.

I've traveled on boats, of course. And I can travel on my own in the form of a human, an animal, or sort mist or smoke. Having no form at all is very convenient for entering locked rooms and things like that. Ricky finds it very annoying that I don't knock on his door first, so I try to remember to always knock and then float under his door.

In spite of his complaints, I really do try to be accommodating.

Kalila said...

Anonymous, I almost didn't see you hiding there. I was born in Bactria. I'm not sure who my father was, but I was very close to my mother. We watched the famous general Ixander (who you may know as Alexander) come through our land and we discussed his feats often.

We later traveled to India because my mother was a bit of a social climber and hoped for a chance to meet Vishnu. Instead, she fell off an elephant while trying to impress him and was crushed before she could shape-shift into a less mortal form.

This is why I'm so careful to avoid accidents in my mortal body.

Ginger said...

I have some more questions for you, Kalila:

How did you join up with the other band members? You seem to be a diverse bunch.

What are your long-term plans?

Will Ricky ever be released from his contract, or will he have to work for you until he dies of old age (or some other unnatural cause that I would hate to contemplate)?

Ginger said...

I just have to say... I have a teapot calendar in my office. I flipped it over to July, and there is a gold teapot shaped like a lamp, with a ceramic genie on the lid. The quote says "The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes." -Percy Ross 1917-2001

I thought that was quite amusing. Did you know him, K?

Kalila said...

Ginger, Ricky's contract runs year to year. This is best for all of us. He's actually the first of our managers to live long enough to be offered a second contract.

Ricky said...

"Offered" is an interesting choice of words, Kalila.

Ginger, in both cases she handed me the contract with my signature and blood already on it, and threatened me with demon court if I tried to weasel out of it.

Kalila said...

Don't whine, Ricky. It's very unattractive. Besides, you wanted that contract.

Nevin said...

It's true, Ginger. Ricky was most upset when we didn't renew his contract right away.

Ricky said...

Well, yeah...but a guy likes to sign his own contracts, you know.

Ginger said...

Is the band doing well, then? Kalila - are you likely to win your bet with Thor?

If you do, what then?

Kalila said...

Let's not quibble over details, Ricky.

Ginger, I formed the band by inviting Nevin, of course. We recruited for the other band members in the usual way through auditions. At first we thought we could get some deities on board, but they all sided with Thor in our little dispute. Their kind tends to stick together. That's how I ended up having to recruit among demons.

I have some deity friends who advise me, but they do it sort of under the table. Deities are a funny group in a way. They get their power from the faith of humans. None of the old pagan gods and goddesses are very powerful any more. They carry on about it as though it were a tragedy.

Kalila said...

If I win my bet with Thor? I haven't thought much beyond that. There's little point thinking about the future because as long as I don't do anything stupid, I'll be around forever. Even if I lose, I'll only be in Hades for 500 years. That's not so long, really, and they have good parties there. For me, the bet is mostly a matter of pride. With all my musical training, surely I can best some washed-up Norse deity, right?

Ricky said...

The bet means a little more to me, Kalila. Here I've been trying to live my life in a mostly honest way and I could end up in hell, or Hades as you call it, when I haven't done anything wrong.

Kalila said...

You don't think failure is wrong, Ricky? You don't think false advertising is wrong? You say you can promote us and make us a success. If you do what you say you will, all will be well.

Ginger said...

Yes, I was referring to Ricky, actually. How long do you intend to keep... um... renewing his contract for him... once you are successful?

Will he be... um... contracted to you... for life?

Ginger said...

What if the band fails through no fault of his? What if some other group becomes more popular and steals your fans? Or people can't afford tickets any more? Or... anything Ricky can't control?

Will you still send him to Hades?

Kalila said...

We're not concerned with what other bands do. Thor and I defined success as a platinum record. Whichever of us achieves that goal first, without the use of magic, wins the bet. The losers will go to Hades.

At the time I first contracted Ricky, I'm afraid I didn't much care how he felt about the bet. I didn't even tell him. He was very determined that I should grant his wish to manage a good band, and I had a good band. Problem solved, right?

I confess I hesitated to renew his contract, though. He had done so much for us and I was becoming fond of him. I would hate to see anything bad happen to my pet human. But I take good care of him. If I sense we're in danger of losing the bet, I'll offer to release him from the contract.

The last time I offered to release him, though, he refused. That's why you shouldn't pay any attention to his complaints. It's all for show.

Ricky said...

"All for show?" Kalila, that's uncalled for. Vic is right. Letting you be Character of the Day was a mistake.

Kalila said...

The truth hurts, doesn't it Ricky?

Vic said...

*Yawn* Is this travesty still going on? Hm. Just as I suspected. The little djinna is copping some diva attitude. I knew it would happen.

Kalila said...

You want to sing for some other band, blood-sucker?

Vic said...

Just on my way to get a snack before we go set up for tonight's gig. I think the blood bank may still be open. See ya.

Ginger said...

That's good to hear, Kalila. I was imagining him as an eighty-seven-year-old still managing a youthful Maelstrom!

Ginger said...

Let me know if you guys are ever in NJ.

bunnygirl said...

As Kalila's author, I'd like to step in and clarify something that keeps coming up. Yes, she loves Ricky. But no, she can't admit it.

The longer she spends in a human body, the more she starts to feel human emotions (like love), but they're confusing and scary to her. She doesn't know just what she's feeling or what to do about it.

In her mind, love is a weakness peculiar to the human race, which is another reason she doesn't want to admit to being in love. Kalila prides herself on her strength, but how can she be strong if she's in love?

And finally, even if she were amenable to being in love, she would have to overcome her class-consciousness. Humans are an inferior race. By sleeping with Ricky, she's essentially slumming. She has to justify it in her mind as "curiosity" or "amusement." To confess that she finds him attractive or that she has human feelings for him would require her to completely re-evaluate who she is, and she's not ready for that.

I hope this clears a few things up.

Kalila said...

What a load of nonsense, Author.

Ignore her, everyone. She's just a crazy human.

Kalila said...

Well, everyone, I need to go set up for a show. I'll drop back in after the gig and answer any final questions you may have.

It's been fun, and I'll see you later!

Christine H said...

Hello, Ann! Yes, that does make things a bit clearer. It's so hard when our characters repress their feelings, isn't it?

She and Faldur have a lot in common, which is why (I think) he's so drawn to her.

In addition to that whole scantily-clad thing.

bunnygirl said...

Christine, it's an interesting dynamic to work with, isn't it? It'll take Kalila until the third book to realize that she's going to have to deal with these strange new feelings and take some kind of action, other than being schizo and in denial.

I hope Faldur figures it out sooner, for Marenya's sake.

Kalila said...

I'm back! It was just a supporting gig tonight, so we wrapped up early.

I see no one has any more questions for me, although I could do without the Author cross-talk. Take your overactive imaginations elsewhere, Authors!

Well, I'm going to go join the guys now. We have a little partying to do. This was fun and I'm looking forward to doing it again next week!

Ricky said...

Kalila, you don't get to be Character of the Week every week. You have to pick someone else. That's the rule.

Kalila said...

What kind of stupid rule is that? I just don't understand you humans.

Okay, how about someone who's been around for awhile but who hardly ever says anything. Next week, let's hear from Flower!

Ricky said...

Good choice. Now come on, you don't really want to go out carousing with the guys, do you?

Kalila said...

Do you think I don't know my own mind? Or did you have a better idea?

Ricky said...

How about we go back to my apartment?

Kalila said...

Hm...I did hire you for your ideas...

Ricky said...

Good night, everyone!

Kalila said...

Good night!

Mira said...

Good night, Kalila!

Thanks so much for a wonderful Character of the week.

Flower's author, let's get in touch - tell me what you think. My e-mail is on the sidebar and my profile.