Well, I’m Adelaide. My friends call me Addy, but you can’t. Only Alexander, Jaydan, Sachihiro, and Miss Hastings can call me Addy. Oh, and Erlen. But not you or Tannyl. He smells funny. Miss Hastings tried to send me to Wolverhampton to see Thiladir. She said it was most important, and Miss Hastings never lies. If I don’t go, Miss Hastings says my mum will kill me. And just like Miss Hastings always tells the truth, my mum always gets what she wants. But Miss Hastings was crying too much when she inscribed the runes of the transfer circle and I ended up in a dirty, smelly forest.
What is your role in the story?
You do know the title, yes? But it’s not truly my story. It’s theirs. Jaydan, Sachihiro, Alexander, and even Tannyl. But if I have to help them along and make them into what the world needs, then that is just what I’ll do. And I don’t need any help doing it. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I am not capable. Miss Hastings says I can do anything that I put my mind to. And we’re going to make something better. Together.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like dancing and jumping. And singing. But I have to be quiet so that my mum doesn’t hear me. That’s one nice thing about getting away. And Sachihiro plays such lovely music and dances well for a man of his size. (giggles) But Alexander can’t dance to save his life. I hope it doesn’t get him killed. But he’s definitely my favorite, though he worries far too much. He should worry about himself more than about me. But I like Sachihiro and Jaydan too. Jaydan’s weird, and talks to himself a lot, and Sachihiro is always in trouble, but I still like them.
What is the challenge you are trying to overcome in the story?
I told you. I’m trying to find Thiladir in Wolverhampton. Because Miss Hastings said so. And I’m trying to stop the others from getting themselves killed because they think they have to protect me. Even Tannyl. Because we’re a family. And I… I love them. And they love me. And families watch out for each other. That’s just how it is. I won’t leave them.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
I wish I was normal. Just for one day. Normal.
Title: The Girl With Red Hair
Author: Michael J. Sanford
She was just a lost girl when they found her.
The circumstances are odd, that much is true. But she’s just a child. She needs protecting. She needs guardians.
Before long, strange magic manifests from the small girl, equally awe inspiring as it is terrifying.
Does she control the fire and light?
Or do they control her?
Shadows are rising from Alfuria, the very world beneath their feet. Sometimes they call, wishing for an unending embrace.
Dragons have risen as well, from myth and legend, stalking land and sky. The roar of such beasts shakes even the most resolute warrior.
Shadows, gods, dragons, and the girl with red hair. What is real and what is merely illusion?
Adelaide is undoubtedly important.
That may be the only certainty
Michael has always been a prisoner to his imagination. His childhood was spent running through the forest, pretending to be a gallant warrior saving the countryside from certain destruction. Or he was a ferocious beast terrorizing the very same countryside. There is always a story spinning through his mind. As an adult, writing has become the only way to keep his head from exploding.
He lives in upstate New York with his loving wife and two cats. If he’s not writing, he’s likely reading, weightlifting, or forcing his players into difficult situations from behind his Dungeon Master’s screen. He is a storyteller first and a writer second.
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