Well, I finally convinced Chief Coomb I wasn’t insane or dangerous. You know, underneath his dictatorial surface, he is a decent man. I admit the surface can be rather daunting, though.
Anyway, this week, I’m pleased to welcome Oriabel Dominax [Or – I – uh – bel, DAHm – i – nacks] as our interviewee. Oriabel is the chatelaine of Corlaan Court and the surrounding lands. Her identical twin sister serves in the Roanaan [RO – uh – nAHn] military
RLM: If you could travel anywhere where would it be?
OrD: Everywhere! I’ve never been out of Corlaan (Cor-LAHn) in my life so I want to see the whole world. But, the first place I’d love to visit is Deauxerr (Doo-zair), the country directly to the north of us.
RLM: If you could keep only 5 possessions what would they be?
OrD: Let’s see. My medical bag; my heartstone, obviously; a good, small knife for cutting plants; my father’s copy of The Book of Revealings; and my father’s overcoat.
RLM: Who do most admire in life?
OrD: I have two: my father and sister. My father because he was the kindest, most intelligent person I’ve ever known. He made sure I had all the information I needed to control my magic and never made me feel unloved or unwanted despite the fact I am witchbreed. And my sister because she is strong , brave, and incredibly loyal. She is the better part of me.
RLM: May I ask what happened to your mother?
OrD: She died just after giving birth to me and Ottilde. That was before Jacind came to live in Corlaan and the hemorrhage my mother suffered was beyond the skill of our then midwife, Mistress Willa, brilliant as she was.
RLM: I’m so sorry for that.
OrD: [shrugs] It happens often. But stopping such tragedies is one the prime goals of my life as a witch and as the Lady of Corlaan. I never want another child to go through life without a mother. Not when I can prevent it.
RLM: What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
OrD: I’ve always wanted to know how to play an instrument – especially the flute or pan-pipes. I love music and wish I could make it for myself beyond singing. But my other studies took up so much of my time that I never got around to it.
I’ve also always wanted to learn how to ride. As a girl, Ottilde and I had a pony and I rode him a little while my father led him. But when Ottilde went to Bindenhaal for training, she had to take the pony with her – until she was big enough for a proper horse. The estate was in some financial straits and we couldn’t afford the expense of another horse so I never learned.
RLM: What was your most embarrassing moment?
OrD: Oh, when Ottilde and I were about six, our father took us for a sail out of Corlaan Bay. Ottilde seemed to do all right after a while, but I grew as green as a string bean and threw up all over the deck. Then I screamed and sobbed to be taken back to the shore. At the time I thought I was dying, but afterwards, I was so humiliated I never went sailing again.