An Interview with Du

It’s Drollerie Blog Tour Time, and I’m pleased to present an interview with Du from Meredith Holmes’ story Unseelie.

For my own character’s part, Ted Finch is over at Fraser Sherman’s place, in case you want to see what he’s up to. He’s the “hero” of Sister Night, Sister Moon, my novella that appears in Things that Go Bump in the Night.

But, ahem, without further adieu… here’s Du!

1. Tell me about what you think is the most pressing issue between the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Well, now that’s a tough call… I mean, we’re both ancient, both powerful… but I see the key issue as being the Seelie Court are a bunch of gits and prats. But if I had to be, er, polite about such things I’d say the biggest issue is that the Unseelie Court rather enjoys existing and the Seelie Court would rather us not.

2. How did you and Cadfael meet?

I think we’ve always known each other, some days. We met when I was a stripling and he was fresh from the school room. Little prince, he was, and I was raising seven shades of mischief. Neither of us were old enough to have a beard yet but we became fast companions the day I was dragged into Mabd’s chambers for a dressing down after I let loose the cattle from the Royal Stables. Cadfael thought it was a fine jape and I had to agree… He was the only thing between me and a tanned hide. The Queen decided that I could do with a ‘proper upbringing’ and before I knew it, I was officially Cadfael’s companion. I’m now his Right Hand and official unofficial body guard.

3. Readers of the interview will want to know. What do you look for in a romantic interest?

*laughs* Passion, adventure, someone who isn’t boring… Beauty. Not the golden beauty of Loreli but something more. I want… I want someone who would not hesitate to draw a blade for me, someone I would gladly take a blade for. Was that too serious? I also appreciate a fine bosom, a healthy head for ale and mead and a love of nature. And she can’t be allergic to cats.

4. Do you have hobbies? If so, what are they?

Carousing, wenching, fishing… and I also enjoy leaf diving.

5. Do you consider yourself as related to cats, as they are in the mortal world?

Um. Not really. I mean… they’re cats, yeah? I’m a Cait Sidhe. It’s like a Loup Garou and a wolf, yeah? They’re not the same though they look the same in some forms. I may pass as a very large cat but I’m nothing like a human’s pet. Though I do enjoy a good ball of twine now and again.

6. What do you mean when you tell Alfhild to “roll with it?”

She was far too serious. The Sidhe…well, we can be serious but we take life as it comes. You can’t shape life to your whim, no matter how powerful you are. In the end, you survive by taking things as they come.

7. How do you think Queen Mabd, Cadfael, and Alfhild will solve the Unseelie/Seelie diplomatic problems?

Well, Im not sure if it can ever truly be solved but I hope that they–that we all–will be able to find some solution which involves little or no bloodshed. We’ve already lost far too many Unseelie to the whims of the Seelie court. There is not one Sidhe, pixie, sprite or other being amongst us which has been untouched by the violence of our long fractious association.

8. How do you intend to help?

I am Cadfael’s Right Hand. I am protector of the Cait Sidhe. It is my duty to ensure my people–all Sidhe–are safe. I will do whatever I can, wherever I am needed, to keep the Seelie Court from our borders.

9. How do you expect to be rewarded for your services?

The only reward I could hope for would be for the Unseelie Horde to remain safe and unharmed.

10. In what ways has Alfhild grown or changed since she came to the faerie realms?

Oooooh, well, now, that’s a tricky question… She’s still more human than not but she’s less…stressed. There’s a lot less yelling now and she is not so afraid. Don’t tell her I said that she was afraid–she still has a strong left hook. But since she has come to us, she no longer fears the unknown. And neither do we, it seems.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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