Getting to Know Skata, Round Five

1. Would you kill kittens? Would I kill kittens?

dean confused no

2. Are you a texter, or do you prefer to talk with people face to face? If I can call someone, I will, but I’m not much of a texter.

3. What’s your personality type? INTJ.

4. If Angel wasn’t a vampire, would you two be friends?

dean i don't know maybe irritated

5. On what occasion would you wear a tux? I wear tuxes. Sometimes. Funerals or business meetings or whatever.

6. Were you and your mother abused by your father as a child? I wouldn’t say ‘abused.’ Pushed around, yeah. It was a tough life, and we were never good enough for him.

dean sad thoughtful

7. Do you take more after your mother or your father? Neither, not that I can see. I look more like my dad, but everyone said I had my mom’s eyes.

8. What was your awkward phase in life like? I never had an awkward phase. Too busy.

9. Do you have any health issues? Besides an apparent death wish? Nah.

10. If you had only a month to live, what would you do? I’d track down Samuel and kill him, same as I’m doing now. I wouldn’t change a thing.

11. Have you ever lost a bet? Yeah, but I left before I had to pay up.

dean chew then oh smile

12. Do you take dares? Only from people I trust, which means only my own.

13. Do you still wear your wedding ring? On a chain around my neck.

14. So do you still believe in God and are just bitter toward Him, or…? I’m completely done. God’s never done anything for me, and I sure as death ain’t gonna start doing favors for Him.

15. Do you have any stuffed animals, or is that strictly an Easton thing?

dean ew

16. Did you ever go to college? No, and I dropped out of eighth grade.

17. Are you artistically inclined in any way? I can carve meat.

18. Do you like to talk about your problems, or let them fester? The day you see me spilling my guts on a couch is the day I’m dead.

19. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? I…I’m not sure if…I don’t know.

dean sad

20. What horrific experience do you have with house cats? Besides Angel’s housecat from hell? I’m allergic to ’em and they all seem to like me, that’s what. It would traumatize you, too.

21. If you had to spend an entire 24 hours (no murder involved) with Angel or Morticia, who would you choose? Angel doesn’t make me sneeze.

22. Do you like holding babies? Do I like – what kind of question is that?


23. Would you ever remarry? I’m no fortune-teller, but I can’t see it happening.

24. Do you like living, or would you prefer to be dead, with everything that’s happened to you? When death comes, I’m gonna stare it in the face and take it, but I’m not gonna go until I say it’s time.

25. What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart.


Getting to Know Skata, Round Four

I’m fully aware that this post is long overdue, but don’t worry – I’m giving Skata through part of April to finish up all the questions. Also, if you have more questions, please put them in the comment section of this post – it makes them easier to keep up with that way.

1. How old was Em when you married her (and is ‘Em’ a nickname)? Em had just turned twenty-one when I married her. Em is short for Emmaline. She always thought it was too fancy. I’d known her for three months before I proposed – patience isn’t really my strong point.

2. Coke or Pepsi? I was always more of a Dr Pepper kinda guy.

3. What guns do you own? I’ve got a shortened Remington 870 and a Smith and Wesson 500 revolver. I got other things, too; my favorite non-gun weapon’s probably my Barnett Ghost 400 crossbow.

dean oops

This is the trunk of my car. I left it in a parking lot before I entered the swamp.


4. Would you ever adopt a kid? I might hang onto it until I found someone who would, but I can’t drag a kid around my kinda life.

5. I bet you look stunning in leather jackets – do you ever wear them? All the time.

dean leather

dean leather jacket

6. Do you work out? My lifestyle’s a workout in itself, but if the area’s conducive I’ll probably start doing pullups or something.

7. Do you exercise your mind as well as your biceps? I do crossword puzzles.

8. What would be your email if you had one? Do you have one? No; I just use my phone. If I had one it’d probably be

9. Would you be the kind of guy to leave a “do not disturb” sign on your hotel room door? Does house-keeping freak you out? I’d leave a do not disturb sign if I was doin’ something I didn’t want to be disturbed at. House-keeping doesn’t freak me out unless the housekeeper’s trying to kill me.

10. How do you feel about the rewrite? I like it. I’ve got better weapons, and people don’t all sound like they’re out of a bonnet movie.

11. What are your feelings toward your country? Country’s in a mess and if I could reboot it, I would.

12. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much does Angel annoy you? Does the scale only go to 10? That’s stupid.

13. If you could travel back in time to any time period, what would you choose? The war between the states. There were a lot of vampire territory wars goin’ on then.

14. Do you like ducks? What is this, National Treasure?

dean head tilt

15. What are your pet peeves? Cats. Cats are my pet peeve.

16. Where do you get the money to ditch your job and go hunting? Some of it’s money I saved working at the ranch. The rest of it I earn doing odd jobs on the side. Plus you save money if you sleep outside and don’t mind killing your own food.

17. What’s your biggest fear? That something’ll happen to someone I care about, and I won’t be able to protect them.

dean life ugly and violent

dean life ugly and violent 2

18. If the opportunity was presented to you, how far would you go to get Em back? I’d go to hell if I had to.

19. What did you think of vampires and other nonhumans before you launched your revenge strike against Samuel? I hated ’em. Bloodsuckers are nothin’ but trouble, and I’ve known that since before I could talk.

20. Do your plans involve killing Angel? Not unless he makes me. I do think he has a death wish.

21. Who do you hate the least (of those who are still alive)? Easton. Don’t hate Easton. She can be stubborn and ignore what I tell her, but I’m glad she’s alive.

22. Do you have any nervous tics or habits? I break things when I’m upset, if that counts.

dean shooting

23. Have you ever watched kitten videos on Youtube? I already told you, I hate cats. Even baby ones. So no.

24. If you could choose your last words, what would you say? I don’t know. I’ve always figured I’d die apologizing to somebody.

dean sad thoughtful

25. Where-ish in Texas are you from? I grew up just outside of Jefferson.

26. Do you ever wear hats? I used to wear some out on the ranch, but I don’t anymore.

dean cowboy27. Favorite color? I like dark leather brown and hunter green. Not big on camo, though. Don’t want to walk around looking like Duck Dynasty.

28. What are three words that you feel describe you? Determined and Purposefully Obtuse.

29. What are three words that you WISH described you? Kind. Cautious. Peaceful.

30. There are at least 14 girls in the world who are in love with you: are you okay with that?

dean don't objectify me





March Snippets

tumblr_mt2kaxh2Vw1sqtd8yo1_500“Have care, my pet.” Titania’s smile was a gleeful sickle in the darkness. “You are in danger of burning in your own flame.”

– Sometime a Fire

“I cannot, in all good conscience, let you go out that door.” Skata narrowed his eyes. “Why not?” “You are simply too inept,” was the diplomatic answer. 

– This Mortal Coil

He was intangible, nothing more than a pale shadow, and it was maddening. How she wanted to touch him; to feel his salt-skin and tame the thick, wind-blown darkness of his hair.

– This Rough Magic

“I’m a wizardess,” she responded, unnerved at his insight. “Nothing about me is natural. And you – there is nothing natural about you, either. Natural implies the normal, the ordinary – what would you know of it?”

            “A great deal.” His voice was soft and thoughtful, calling back a hundred memories Prosper would never know. “For twelve years I gazed upon the natural, and watched. Fighters battling with swords until the ground soaked up their blood, lovers tangled in their own embrace. Children, playing hide-and-seek, screaming when their companions discovered them. Killers killing – once, even hiding a body underneath the roots of my tree.” He bent his head, and drew his arms together as though the cold was affecting him. “I was unable to help or hinder any of them and that,” – here he lifted his head and pierced her with the fathoms of his frozen eyes – “that was unthinkable. That was what caused me pain. To refuse my help, to refuse me – is unnatural of you, my noble mistress.”

– This Rough Magic

        “Silence, Quockerwodger, or I’ll have you in splinters!” thundered Azrael, pointing his finger at the ceiling with such enthusiasm he nearly fell backward out of his chair.

– Paper Hearts

The werewolf turned his head to eye Skata in a blaze of angry blue irises. Skata faced him and tilted his head, more than willing to take on another fight in spite of the pain in his shoulder. He had been cooped up for so long, he felt he was beginning to rust. Violence was just the right sort of oil to get him back in working condition.

– This Mortal Coil

“Tell me, how did you acquire the stake in the first place?” Gideon adjusted the cuff of his left sleeve. Jackson looked up and smiled darkly. “Way too easily.”

The elder Moroi sighed and turned to face his brother. “Your penchant for taking things that don’t belong to you will earn you a stake in the heart, and sooner rather than later.”

Jackson swung his legs over the side of the couch and settled comfortably against the pillows. “That may be, but we’ve already lived ‘later’,” he pointed out, following Gideon with his finger. “Sooner seems rather out of the option box.”

– This Mortal Coil

             “You look atrocious,” he hooted. He tapped his finger against the top of the table. It shimmered, and the brown wood rippled out from the center, leaving it shiny and reflective. “You really should see yourself.” I bent down over the top of the table. My reflection met me with a scrunched nose, one eye squinted farther than the other, and a frazzled mass of hair piled around my head. “I look perfectly normal,” I said. “Considering it’s midnight.” “If this is your midnight normal, I’m glad you weren’t Cinderella.”

– Paper Hearts

Angel pried Graham’s fingers away from his arm. “A, don’t touch me. And B – don’t touch me.”

– This Mortal Coil

“We had better get started. I assume you have some diabolical plan, best served with coffee.”

– Natural Disasters