Questions for Lee
Lee: -when is your birthday?
- have you always loved April?
-what's your favorite color?
- what's the best memory you have?
- if you could choose what species you'd like to be, what would it be?
LEE: I was born in the morning hours on the 1st day of the 7th moon, which is considered an inauspicious time to be born by the more superstitious among us. However, this has never particularly bothered me. My favorite color is green, which incidentally is the most common favorite color on Planet Gorlock.
Yes, I have always loved April. I have known her since I was a very small child. We were both born in the same village, and since she was slightly older than me, she took me under her wing. Her father was a General and so she learned all manner of fighting techniques and hunting skills before the rest of us. The two of us used to spend hours play-fighting or discussing subjects that I can now only half remember. Other times we would pretend to be married, and the other Gorlock boys would torment me endlessly about it. Nevertheless, some of my best memories were of the games we used to play.
I admired April so much - she was so strong and capable, everything I felt that I was not. In addition to these traits, she also exhibited compassion - something she always thought of as a weakness. It has become clear to me, though, that this is the one aspect of Gorlock society that is flawed. Compassion is not always a weakness. It is, in my opinion, her best trait.
However, as we grew up, April's natural talents in the art of warfare meant that we were able to spend less and less time together. Our days of childhood happiness slipped away bit by bit, no matter how much I tried to hold onto them. She began to take on more leadership roles, and any chance I had of telling her how I felt disappeared. You cannot just stroll up to your superior and proclaim that sort of thing.
Aurora showing up alleviated the problem for awhile. The three of us were able to, how do you say, "hang out" and have a very good time. When the girls joined the rebellion two years later, however, it spelled the end of my daily companionship with April. She was gone much of the time, and I spent my days following my father's wishes to become a cultural expert.
Of course, whenever April returned I was greeted warmly, but I felt a rift grow between us as I tried harder and harder to conceal my feelings, and she spent more and more time away. Then she met Nav and I knew it was too late to ever tell her. I would not dream of ruining her happiness for my own interests.
...I do not think I would like to be any other species. I mean, who would not want to be a Gorlock?
Question from loopin: Lee... if you could have anything or be anyone for one day, what would you want, or who would you be???
LEE: If I could be anyone for a day, I'd be Nav, so that April would feel the same way about me as I do about her.
Question from Carrie: Lee, Mara
that she thought about the rituals of
Gorlock mating. Maybe you can tell us a thing or two.
LEE: **cue tour guide manner** I would be more than happy to explain our courtship rituals to you!
(sideways glance) Ya, you do that.
LEE: (glaring) What is that supposed to mean?
NAV: -_- Nothing.
NAV and LEE:
Hmph. Pay him no mind, April. He just
does not understand. AS I was saying, I will be happy to explain
mating rituals that take place on planet GORLOCK among the
NAV: Knock yourself out, buddy.
**Nav sticks up his nose and makes a great show of stalking off**
APRIL: (watching him leave) Um, Lee...what was that about?
APRIL: ... OK....
LEE: ^_^ Gorlocks are a monagomous species (with a few exceptions among the highest-ranked Generals who, to quote Aurora, "like to take their game to the next level").
Courtship is similar to that of humans, with excessive flattery, gift-giving, and life-or-death duels. If a male and female agree on their affection, then a small ceremony is performed between their respective families and they pledge lifelong devotion to one another. The female then pays a tribute to the male's family...nobody quite remembers why anymore, but it is tradition.
However, if the affection is one-sided, or if one rejects the other's proposal, the couple must proclaim this fact to the village and send out invitations to the makrii...which is basically a fight in which the two lovers are pitted against one another. The battle is dramatic and many people come to watch...and the winner of the match determines whether the marriage will take place or not. So, if a male loves a female but she does not love him back, he can proclaim his love and challenge her to a Makrii. If he wins, she MUST marry him. If he loses, then the crowd disbands and she is free to go. This arrangement works splendidly and there are usually no hard feelings.
However, the Makrii has become such a popular form of entertainment in past years that even couples who DO love each other and intend to marry will challenge each other to a Makrii...simply for the attention.
If the Makrii leads to marriage, the crowd goes wild and a huge party ensues. Somebody usually slaughters something and someone inevitably carts in a few hundred canisters of various mind-altering beverages. Usually by the end of the night everyone is so...what is the word?
Thank you. Everyone is so plastered that
nobody quite remembers who even got married anymore. While the
the effects of their activities, the newlywed couple
away and disappears. For the next 3-4 weeks they live in the
MARA: AWKWARD SILENCE TIME.
does April tan and if she does, how does her skin change?
Lee: When "Cindy" (now
Aurora) arrived at Planet Gorlock, what were your thoughts?
Would you ever steal April
away from Nav if you knew you had the chance?
So, if something did by
somehow happen to Nav (God forbid) would you see it as your chance
let April know how you feel and want to get with her then?
from Beks: Where do you see
yourself in 5-10 years?
Question from Corinne: Are you
happy in your current job? What about it do you like/dislike?
Question from Emily: I wonder... Do Gorlocks know how to swim? Okay, that was a dumb question...