Welcome to my first group of interviewees. Today we have Sabaska, Anna and Cahir.
***This interview may contain spoilers if you’ve not read Sabaska’s Tale.***
Angela: Sabaksa, thank you for joining us today. Let’s get started. What was life like growing up?
Sabaska: Our home world was destroyed years ago by the Vanir, so we had to find new places to live. The herd I grew up with chose a heavily forested world to raise their children on and call home. Travelers can’t actually Travel to different worlds until they are two, although they can Travel around their own world much younger. Though we don’t all call the same world home, we have pretty typical upbringings. Storytellers teach the stories of our kind, we learn to defend ourselves and pretend to be horses. We get to choose what path we want to take in life. Many stay home, but many of us go out in search of new stories and to fight against the Vanir.
Angela: Aside from Amir, do you speak with other Travelers?
Sabaska: Of course. Though Amir and I haven’t introduced Anna and Cahir to the rest of our people, we have regular meeting points and even some schools where our partners can learn about us from others who know the history. The magical barrier that prevents us from communicating is very frustrating, but we’ve found ways around it.
Angela: Can you tell us which world is your favorite?
Sabaska: There are so many. I particularly like the world Orlinza lives on. She’s an Alfar who has been fighting with us since the beginning of the war that destroyed our home world. Some of the worlds have more cities, even more than Anna’s home, Earth. Some are much more magical. I think I prefer the magical ones. Travelers stand out in cities.
Angela: This may be difficult to talk about, but can you share what it was like riding with Sherrie? Maybe some of your favorite moments before she passed?
Sabaska: Sherrie was my first partner and if I hadn’t desperately needed to complete our mission, I might have retired when she was killed. We traveled together for many years and it was like we were an extension of each other. Unless you’ve really felt that kind of bond, you can’t understand what it was like. Humans believe in souls, and it felt like mine was ripped out when she died. My favorite moments were the quiet ones in the mountains near her home. We didn’t have to worry about anything meaner than a mountain lion and we could know some peace.
Angela: What made you trust Cahir to ride with you?
Sabaska: I knew what he had to give up to ride with me. He gave up a lot of power and prestige and luxury.
Angela: You seemed to know Anna would be your rider. As if the choice was predestined. Do you regret your choice?
Sabaska: Anna had a lot of the same qualities that made me chose Sherrie. She handled our first mission far better than I ever could have expected. No, I don’t regret my choice at all.
Angela: Wow. We’ve learned so much from you today. I can’t wait to read more about you and your adventure….hopefully soon *wink*
Angela: Anna, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions today. *gives a welcoming smile, then looks to handheld notebook* You’ve learned and dealt with so much, and in such a sort period of time. What keeps you pushing forward?
Anna: Oh man, well, sometimes you just have to keep going. If it’s important enough, you’ll fight for it. Right? Besides, the horses couldn’t defend themselves, so someone had too.
Sabaska: *Nudges Anna and nickers softly*
Cahir: Most people wouldn’t have cared enough, Anna. You’re special.
Anna: No, just stubborn.
Cahir: Well, that too.
Angela: *sifts in seat and clears throat*
Sabaska: *nickers in laughter*
Angela: You definitely seem to have your grandmother’s spirit. Do you think traveling with Sabaska will be a life long commitment, like your grandmother had?
Sabaska: *Emphatically tosses head*
Anna: I guess that answers that question. I can’t imagine life without Sabaska in it. It’ll be tough while I’m still in school, but we managed to survive our first adventure, so school can’t be that bad. Can it?
Angela: When you were in the field collecting crystals, you seemed to be able to use their magic to defend yourself when you were attacked. Has this power or energy affected you in any way?
Anna: Wow, I’m glad Cahir missed that question. Yeah, um, no, I hope not. As badly as Raymond reacted to that, I can’t imagine anything good would come out of it. Well, except that we’re still alive.
Angela: Have you Traveled to any other worlds with Sabaska since returning home? *eagerly leans forward in chair*
Anna: Not yet. I can’t wait for the next one though. Where too next, Sabaska?
Angela: Do you miss the adventure?
Anna: Regular life is kind of dull now, but I’m still healing from some of my injuries so having a break is kind of nice.
Cahir: I think she’ll get bored pretty quickly.
Angela: I can only imagine the feelings you felt when you discovered who Cahir really was. Do you think you could learn to trust Cahir again?
Anna: *Glares at Cahir.* Maybe.
Angela: *clears throat, again* The connection between the two of you seemed stronger and hard to ignore. Is this so?
Anna: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Anna: No, really. No idea whatsoever.
Angela: Have you told your best friend, Karen, about your death-filled summer? If so, how did she take the news? Did she believe you?
Anna: Not yet. There’s no way she’d believe me. I made up stories about camping and stuff. She’s gonna be mad that I didn’t tell her the truth if she ever finds out, but really, what could I say?
Angela: Well, I think that sums it up for, Anna. Thank you.
Angela: Now to you Cahir, can you shed light on the world you grew up on?
Cahir: Well, I don’t really remember much about the world I was born on. As soon as they discovered I had the ability to be a Tracker, or in the old terminology a Farer, they took me to the schools on Vanaheim. My sister had magical talent too, so she went along. We grew up in the school. It’s in the mountains, very pretty, but it has really high, thick walls too. There are creatures on that world that hunt those with magical talent so we couldn’t go out too much except for survival classes until Cathleen learned the skills necessary to protect us. Trackers have the natural ability to teleport to any place they’ve already been. We can’t use magic though.
Anna: Really? Why?
Cahir: Don’t know, that’s just the way it is.
Sabaska: *stomps the ground and lays ears flat.*
Anna: Something about that bothers her, but I don’t know what.
Angela: *furrows brows* What was your training like, and what age did you begin to practice magic?
Cahir: Like I said, I don’t do magic, except for the teleporting thing. Training involved a lot of different things. Survival skills, intense work on refining my ability to teleport, lots of classes, history, things like that.
Anna: So you didn’t grow up riding horses?
Cahir: We did that too.
Angela: Interesting. You grew up to be a mage, with the intention of capturing Travelers. Knowing what you do now, do you think others like yourself would change their way of thinking toward Travelers?
Cahir: No, not really. I think a lot of them do know, and they simply don’t care.
Angela: What made you change your mind and turn against your family to help Anna and Sabaska?
Cahir: Well, it seemed wrong. And, well, I decided I liked Anna. After I found out how closely she and Sabaska were connected, I knew I couldn’t hurt one without hurting the other.
Sabaska: *nudges Cahir on the arm and nickers sympathetically.*
Angela: Do you regret the time spent with Anna?
Cahir: No, of course not. She’s an amazing young woman and I really hope I get to spend more time with her.
Angela: Well, that was super fun. I’ll guess I should let y’all get back to your lives.
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