Dated: June 2017
An exclusive interview for the fans of the Ancient Guardians Novel Series. Hopefully I asked the right questions to help you better understand Levi and Reece’s son, Alexander.
Without going into all the details of being picked up in the sleek Pemdai car and hurled into Pemdas, I’m finally sitting in Reece’s favorite room of Pasidian Palace.
I glance around and smile at her personal touches that she made, knowing that it must have been a difficult transition for her to move in with her family after Levi assumed the role of Emperor of Pemdas. But, this is Reece we’re talking about, and she adjusted rather well when she was brought to Pemdas for the first time and in the end, fell in love with Levi and decided this was where she’d live. So, I’m not surprised that a change of living environment would be tough for her.
The family has been rather quiet since I last visited them when the kids were entertained by Zorflaks in the gardens of Oxley Manor and also a short visit when I visited to learn about Levi and Harrison’s first assignment in order to write “Twin Paradox”.
Changes did happen while I was away though. Following the Galactic Wars that Levi successfully led, Emperor Navarre decided it was time to let his son take over the empire.
That revelation was news to me when I first heard about it. I’m used to the idea that emperors and kings give up their thrones due to death or inability to rule, but who am I to judge another realm and what they do? If the emperor wants to retire, then so be it. I’m definitely not going to question the former Emperor Navarre on his decisions. (wink)
My thoughts are interrupted when I hear laughter from outside the elaborate, yet comfortable room I’m sitting in. They’re here, and I’m hoping that Alexander is ready for all the fun questions I’m about to throw his way.
“Stacy!” Reece says in her usual cheerful voice. I’m greeted with a heartfelt hug and note that raising the twins and their youngest daughter Melinda hasn’t taken much of a toll on her. Her eyes are bright with excitement, her golden blond hair flowing freely down her back while dressed in a simple gown. “It is wonderful to see you again.”
She has no idea how happy I am to see her and the rest of the gang again and catch up with them.
Levi is the next to greet me, surprisingly with an embrace and a warm smile. His eyes are still enough to keep even his author mesmerized by them…and let me tell you, this man ages well. Reece sure is one lucky lady.
“Mrs. Morgan,” he says with a wink, knowing I can’t stand being called that by any of them. “It is an honor to have you return to Pemdas.”
“Thank you, your Imperial Majesty,” I return dramatically, knowing that the formalities tend to bother him when he is in a more private setting.
“Stacy,” he says with a smile. He turns back and extends his arm toward a tall, dark-haired young man entering the room who looks like his clone. “Alex, it appears that we’re ready to dig into your darkest secrets. You’re in the spotlight now, kid!”
I look toward the door at Alexander who looks like he’s grown four more inches since I last saw him after recounting the events for writing Twin Paradox.
“Are you sure you wish to talk about only me and my life?” he says with a laugh as he approaches me.
His green eyes are just as brilliant as Reece’s. I can see shades of his mother in him with his smile—a less rigid demeanor than his father—but there is no mistaking Alexander is definitely his father’s son. This should be interesting.
“I plan on writing a little documentary about your life. A lot has happened since the Galactic War, and your father wanted to sit this next story out!” I say as I sit on the comfortable sofa across from the three.
Alexander—who is dressed as immaculately as his father in a long-sleeve button-down shirt, intricately detailed silver waistcoat, cravat, and black trousers—looks over at his father who is sitting to the right of him.
“Really? You believe the galactic wars weren’t adventurous enough for another book to be written about yours and mother’s accomplishments?”
Levi leans forward to peer around Reece who is sitting between her husband and son, “My stories are over for now. If you’d like those who are interested in our family to learn about the next emperor, it is time they all get to know you.”
Reece places her hand casually on Levi’s knee while he relaxes into the sofa, bringing his arm over the edge of it behind his wife. He looks at me, “Let us begin, shall we?”
I can tell that Levi is relieved that this interview will not have him in the spotlight, and more than that, his personal life won’t be shared in another book. The guy is such a gentleman, but sometimes his reserved behavior with stories being shared about him can be annoying.
I pop open my laptop, ready to start this whole thing.
“All right, Alex.” I look over at him and smile, “I can call you that, right?”
He returns my smile with a simple nod, “Of course.”
“All right, to start this thing, I think it’s best if—”
“Hold up!” A familiar and very much expected voice resounds as Harrison enters the room. “I think its best if I’m included in this exclusive interview.”
Harrison ignores the tea that was delivered to the room and goes straight to the buffet to pour himself an amber liquid drink in a crystal glass. He looks back at me, while we watch him in humor. “Morgan, you’re going to need this—and not to fear, I’ll personally drive you home,” he says, raising an empty glass towards me.
“Thanks, but no thanks!” I answer him. “You go ahead a fill yourself up on that, then we’ll move to your deepest and darkest secrets next.”
Harrison laughs as he turns to walk toward an empty, oversized chair to my right, “You seem to forget,” he takes a sip, “The Pemdai mind can control drinks of any nature trying to alter it. Nice try, though.”
I shake my head, knowing that with Harrison interrupting this interview, we may be here all day and I’ll be begging for that drink when we’re done—and I don’t drink!
“Don’t you have work to do in the command center?” Levi asks with a smirk.
Harrison nodded toward him, “You must know that nothing could keep me away from this.”
“Does Angie know you’re in here?” Reece asked with a laugh.
“Nope.” Harrison took another sip, “She believes I’m on assignment,” he looked at me propping a leg up over the other. “In my defense, I didn’t lie to her. I am on assignment…an assignment with our author.”
Levi rolled his eyes and looked at me, “Obviously, you’re used to this with him, so I’m sure he shouldn’t bother you too much.”
“As long as we get this done today, I’ll be fine.”
“Keep on acting like you don’t want me here, I know you love it,” Harrison said smugly. “Now, where are we with our little time-jumping warrior and his amazing skills?”
“We were just getting started, and now I am wishing I brought my questions with me because I’m trying to figure out where to start.” I eye Harrison.
“You’ll be fine.” Harrison encouraged with his usual flirty grin.
“Alex,” I bring my attention back to Levi’s look-a-like son, “I guess I’ll start with the easy stuff.”
“Sounds perfect,” he responds confidently.
“How was it growing up at Oxley Manor? Do you have any fond memories of your former home?”
Alex leans forward, clasps his hands, and seems to be struggling to find an answer.
“It’s not that hard of a question,” Harrison chimes in.
Alex smiles. “There are so many fond memories of our home. We used to take horseback rides every day, and my sisters and I would play in the pond, trying to catch amphibians. Before my sisters and I went into the Guardian training, we had a lot of peaceful times when it was just us.” He looked over at Levi and then back to me, “Father made a lot of efforts to remain here in Pemdas instead serving a lot on Earth. I see now where it was a bit of a sacrifice, but I can’t thank him enough for putting mother and all of his children first in his life while we grew up.”
“Knowing what I know about your father,” I return Alex’s smile, “I can definitely see him putting Guarding on Earth on hold for a while.”
I look at Levi and Reece. “Who is Alex most like in your opinion? Mom or Dad?”
Levi glances over at Alex, and his eyes tighten in a humorous expression, “Poor kid inherited my short temper, but I believe his mother’s humor comes out a lot in him. He’s definitely more outgoing with people than I ever was at his age. In that regard, he’s definitely like his mother.”
“To be sure,” Harrison interjected with a laugh. “Because I have a knack for interrupting, I must interject here.”
I look over at Harrison’s smile. The guy can drive me insane, but it’s hard to stay annoyed with him. “Please, Harrison, I’m sure everyone is dying to know what you think.” I bring my attention to him.
“First of all, Alex is definitely is own person.” He winked at Alex who watched Harrison with some anticipation. “But if readers must know what the kid is truly like, I would say that he’s still young and has a lot to learn. He’s humble and takes criticism well.”
“Are you speaking as his commander or uncle?”
“Both,” Harrison returned. “It takes a lot to admit when you’re wrong—especially when you have the Oxley Genes running through your blood—and there have been situations where Alex found himself at the mercy of an enemy because of his lack of experience.”
“Oh?” I’m quite surprised Harrison just went into Commander mode on me, and I look to Alexander for his reaction. Alexander sighs, yet smiles in response.
“He’s right.” Alexander laughs, “I’ve definitely made some unwise decisions while dealing with rogue time travelers, but I’ve certainly learned from them. I believe that if I hadn’t made some foolish errors, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
“That’s an excellent way to look at it all. Now, some readers may read this book and expect to see “Levi Junior” in it. How do you feel about growing up in your father’s shadow like this?”
“You mean the readers may not like me because I am not exactly like my father?” he responds with a curious expression.
“Not trying to insult you here, but they—we—all love your mother and father’s story in the first four books that I wrote. Some may have difficulty reading about you, knowing your Levi’s son, but not reacting to certain situations as he would.”
“Wow,” Harrison speaks up. “I, personally, would go mad if I were dealing with an exact carbon copy of Levi at this age again.” He looked at Levi, both men exchanging knowing grins, “As much as I love the man, I can safely say that Levi was a challenge at Alex’s age. Sadly, the man was arrogant and highly annoying with the need to impress everyone that he was suited to be the next Emperor of Pemdas. Do we really need to revisit what we all suffered through with the guy having amnesia brought on by Mordegrin?”
“No!” I answer. “I’m sure Reece would appreciate us leaving all of that in the past.”
“Not as much as I would,” Levi says, glancing at Reece and then back to me. “Off topic, I still must inquire as to why you put all of that in your novel?”
“Plot!” Harrison says with a laugh, “And if you think about it? That situation was critical to what we were facing even though it meant revealing that you kissed Isabel.”
Unexpectedly, Reece laughs at that. “Harrison,” she eyes him, “We never told Alexander about that.”
Harrison rolls his eyes, “Can’t say that I blame you.” He looked at Alexander who was covering a smile, “Looks like the cat’s out of the bag now. I believe that is why I enjoy the fact that you aren’t exactly like him. Though, you do try and dodge all the eligible princesses when they visit the palace—that is definitely you acting like your father in his late teens as well.”
Alex shrugs, “You act as though that is a bad thing.”
“It’s not,” Levi says. “Trust me: if there was one thing I wish I could save you from, it’s the young ladies who will throw themselves at you in hopes to be the next empress.”
“He does fine with all of that,” Reece looks at Alexander. “He’s not entirely rude, but he makes it perfectly clear that he is not interested in settling down and marrying soon. Don’t you? You’d better not be rude, Alex.”
“Is it just me or did this conversation become extremely awkward?” Alexander responds.
“It’s awkward.” I try to make him feel at ease. “Just to clear the air, though, you’re not in any relationship, correct?”
All eyes are now on Alexander.
“No,” he says resolutely. “I am more interested in serving as a Guardian than courting anyone.”
“Moving on,” I wink at Alexander becoming uncomfortable. “How do you feel about becoming the next heir to the Empire?”
His lips twist. “Currently? I do consider the day when that will happen, though it is not what I give my full attention to. Fortunately, father and I have had a lot of conversations about the day he will turn the throne over to me, and that won’t be for a long time. For that, I’m grateful.”
“So what’s it like to police the Time Travelers?”
“My sister, Alysia, and I do that together. Her intuition picks up on rogue travelers before our systems in the command center do. It can be thrilling and exhausting all in the same. I’m truly thankful that Alysia and I do it together, as it is nice not to travel through the ripples of time alone. Recently, we’ve had our hands full with other realms testing us, and we’ve taken my cousins and highly trained Guardians with us to capture the ones that must be sent to The Void.”
“What’s The Void?” I ask.
“It’s similar to an abyss. You must understand though, the ones we send to The Void are extremely evil, and a lot of lives have been saved and left unaltered by sending them to the darkness.”
“It seems as though you struggle with that some?”
I watch as Levi’s expression becomes dark when he looks over at his son. “We all have a great difficulty sending any being into such oblivion; however, we have to put the safety of innocent lives first. Since time travel has been introduced to all of us, it has the unique ability to draw out those with the most sinister of intentions, that is why we must do this. The travelers that are out there know the consequences of altering time, and it tends to diminish the threats. It is a daunting task, but I believe Alex handles it well.” Levi says with a proud smile.
“It seems as though he does, I think we’re all in great hands.” I answer Levi. I look back to Alexander. “So, Alex, I have to ask: Do you ever have moments where you wished you didn’t have the capabilities of traveling through time?”
“No,” he is quick to respond. “I have never known any other way. I know it is my destiny, and I’m grateful for the talent.”
“Are you ever tempted to travel through time for your own enjoyment?”
“I’d love to know the future and what it all holds, but I am not the type of person who likes to know the ending of a book without reading the middle first.” He tightens his lips, “Besides, with each breath we take and decision we make, time is altered. It is not something to play with. I’ve seen travelers become obsessed, and it’s better to live in the present.”
“Listen to young Alex here,” Harrison speaks up, “He’s all grown up and ready to start training Guardians.”
“Reece,” I ignore Harrison. “What would you like readers to know about your son?”
Reece, once sitting fully relaxed into Levi’s side, sits up some. “Well, like Harrison said earlier, he’s definitely his own person. He’s smart, curious, and headstrong. If I were meeting Alex for the first time, I would see that he is quite the gentleman, like his father, but a bit more relaxed and outgoing. At times it seems like he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he is very grounded, so he tends to have an easier time letting things go.”
“You seem very proud.”
“Levi and I are extremely proud of Alexander.” She says a she playfully nudges her son.
“Well, I definitely need to know, Reece…are you comfortable with him dating, or should I say courting young princesses?”
“I can’t honestly see Alex courting a princess—Well, certainly not any of the ones who’ve been lurking around here for the past few years anyway.” She laughs at Alexander’s smirk, “Of course, he’s free to court whomever he wishes, and sometimes love can catch you by surprise, but he’s very much like his father. I think growing up the way Levi and Alex have tends to be isolating in the fact that you aren’t ever too sure that the other person is interested in you because you are an interesting person or because your station in life will benefit them.”
“Very true.” I turn the questions back to Alex, “Alex, what do you think your weaknesses are?” I ask.
He lets out a laugh. “Is this a job interview?”
“We need to know what we’re in for with you, kid,” I tease.
“Without a doubt, it is probably the fact that being quick to anger can tend to overrule my better judgment. I look forward to the day where I am wiser than to give in to it, and I feel like I get better at controlling it every day, but that is something I wish I didn’t struggle with. I don’t like things to be out of my control.”
“In my line of work, it happens more often than not. I just have to embrace it and learn from it.” He clasps his hands together. “Overall, that’s pretty much me in a nutshell.”
“Is this interview getting old?” I smile sympathetically.
“It is sort of odd, I guess? But I did agree to have my personal story written. I just hope something interesting happens, or the readers will be quite bored.”
“It’s why I still don’t understand why Morgan hasn’t written a series about her favorite person in all of Pemdas…ME,” Harrison tries to scold me with a look.
“You’re the fun side-kick,” I tease.
“Well, one day my father is going to die, and guess who’s up for resigning as commander and having to rule over Vinsmonth Kingdom?”
“I don’t see that happening any time soon,” I act disinterested.
“You never know.” Harrison stands up, “We aren’t immortal. My father could check out at any time, and then you’ll be following the life and times of—”
“Hold up,” Levi interjects with a smile. “You plan on poisoning my uncle? Last I checked, he was in excellent health.”
“One never knows.”
“You want a story that bad?” Levi and I say at the same time.
“Yes,” Harrison eyes me. “Well, Angie may not want to be in the spotlight so much, but that is not up to her.”
We all laugh.
“Right. How about this,” I stand, prompting everyone else to stand as well, “You talk to Angie, and when she says she wants a book series written about your personal lives, I’ll write it.”
“Really?” Harrison rolls his eyes, “She’ll never agree to it, and you know it.”
“Then it’s settled.”
Levi approaches me first. “To be honest, I feel it would be highly enjoyable for you to put Harrison under the spotlight like that. Perhaps it will humble him some?”
I look at Mr. Dazzling Blue Eyes, “I feel if I do it, he’ll make things up just to have some spectacular story written about him.”
“I heard that, Stace, and yes I would,” Harrison answers.
With no more questions to ask, Reece invites me to an outdoor luncheon with all of the family, and without reservation, I take her up on her offer. If only I could ditch my life on Earth and live here with everyone, I would. Thankfully, I’m invited to visit often, and that keeps the longing to live in this fantastic realm at bay.
Now, here’s hoping Alexander will have a good story to tell and I’m a bit excited at the possibility of being invited to travel through time with him just to experience what it’s all about.
***Update: It is now April 10th, and I have finally finished writing and documenting Alexander’s first story. I have to say that I was shocked—everyone was shocked—to say the least at what the future held for Alexander and the entire family. Without giving anything away, Alex’s books are definitely an intriguing adventure.
Though this first book, which releases today, focuses solely on Alexander and introduces a new character, and dragons…I can safely say that Levi, Reece, and Harrison are forced into this series whether they expected to be or not.
Who knew there was a darker enemy than Mordegrin? I guess this is what happens when all galaxies have been opened up…you never know what you’re going to face.
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