I have the privilege of sitting down with the teens today from Arazi Crossing as they take time from their busy schedules to answer a few questions for me.
Natalie: Hi everyone, so glad you can be here with me today. So tell me, have you all had a chance to have a bit of a rest now that Quinn’s quest is done?
Quinn: Well, with everything that’s going on with the Arazi Royals, our trip back home to visit with our families was cut short. And for me, I feel the pressure of finishing my Ace training before the next quest.
April: Yeah, I’m kinda tired but excited about getting to the next quest.
Juina: I was bummed that my quest was moved but I understand why. At least I will get a bit more rest this way.
Janus: I’m cool. I just want to get on with it, you know? The Royals really need our help.
Maya: I’m glad for Quinn. He did really great with his quest. I hope I can do as well with mine… when the time comes.
Natalie: Ok, so there are five of you from all different parts of the world, how is everyone getting along together, was it hard when you all first came together with the different personalities?
April: When we first met at the parallel coliseum, I was so freaked out. Like, first I had to get over the shock of finding out who Mister James really was! Then it took me a long time to even want to get to know the others, but now that we’ve traveled back in history together and helped Quinn get his quest, I feel really close to these guys.
Janus: Yeah, it was hard, being one of only two guys for this thing, but these guys are awesome and I know they will be there for me… no matter what is thrown our way.
Juina: I agree with April. At first, I hated being torn from my family, my home and thrown together with a group of kids I’d never met before. But now that I know why we’ve been brought together and I’ve witnessed just how great they are, these guys have become my new family and we are solid.
Maya: I had a lot of drama going on when all of this started, but Quinn’s a great leader and all of these guys ‘brought it’ in Scotland. I’m proud to have been chosen to be one of the next Arazi Royals and I’m proud of all of us for what we’ve been through.
Quinn: As you know, I’m an only child. I couldn’t have asked for better ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’. These guys rock!
Natalie: Quinn, your quest was first, were you scared going into your quest and was it what you had expected or the total opposite from what you thought it would be like.
Quinn: Oh yeah, I was scared. I don’t mind admitting it. I mean, in the first place, traveling to Arazi Crossing with Miss Charlotte, these guys and the other Luminares was a trip in itself but to realize that Arazi Crossing is an actual place in the Earth’s mantle and that magic and sorcery are real? That was crazy. My quest was unbelievable. To go back in history and meet William Wallace in person was the coolest thing ever. To be able to change history like that gave me a real sense of purpose. My sense of kinship with my country is also way stronger now. I am prouder than ever to be Scottish.
Natalie: How were the rest of you while helping Quinn, do you think it helped you better prepare yourself for your quests as they come?
Janus: For sure. At least now we have a sense of what traveling back in history is like. I know I can count on these guys to be there every step of the way. It was really hard getting used to the old ways of life in Scotland. Luckily our Dune rings helped out with our being able to speak the language. It was scary to be put in the midst of the fighting at Crawford’s farm, but somehow me, Maya and April managed to find the courage to fight with the rest of them.
April: My quest won’t be for a while yet, but I’m ready to help with the other quests. I feel really good about my part in Quinn’s evolution. It was awesome to be part of an old-fashioned Scottish wedding!
Juina: I was fine in Scotland until Quinn and I had to travel to Robroyston with Malcolm Wallace and the other men. When we were in the middle of battling the English, I thought I would have a heart attack! I was so glad they didn’t have guns back then. As for being prepared for my own quest? I hope my mind will overpower my heart if I have to send one of my ancestors to his or her death. I mean, I know these people will die at some point, but I’d rather it not be directly by my own hand.
Maya: I hated being April’s ‘servant’, but the rest of Quinn’s quest was cool. April really surprised me in Scotland. She was great! I also loved the wedding – it was so romantic – something I will never forget. I’m ready for my quest – no question.
Natalie: Can you guys tell me a bit more about Arazi Crossing and the Royals, they all seem so nice.
Maya: If you close your eyes and think of a royal family who mean something to you, like from your own country, then you can imagine the Arazi Royals.
April: Yeah, if you think of your grandparents or some really kind people in your own life, then that feeling you get when you think of them would describe how great the Royals are. Even though they are Aces, powerful sorcerers… they are so down to earth.
Janus: It was the place that drew me the most. Even though the castle is made of diamond and it’s laid out like the Roman coliseum in Italy, it’s warm and inviting. I really feel at home there.
Juina: When we first arrived in Arazi Crossing, I thought I was losing my mind. The logical side of me kicked in and I dismissed everything around me as not real – just a fantasy. But as soon as the Arazi Royals welcomed us with that beautiful song, my heart opened up and my imagination let them in. It’s still hard for me to talk about the Royals without getting upset. I felt a real connection to Matthew. I don’t know why… really, but a part of me hurts now that he’s gone.
Quinn: Arazi Crossing is a world of its own. The castle, the gardens, the training grounds… even the lake seem like home to me now. As for the Royals, well, they are my family and I felt an instant connection with them as soon as we arrived. Like Juina, my heart aches for Matthew and Emma Jane, but I know they are with the Spirits now and that they are together and safe from Evil.
Natalie: What was it like travelling to Arazi Crossing for the very first time?
Quinn: Oh… I’ve got this! The chariot? That thing owns! It’s the coolest ride ever! To be able to tunnel down through the earth like that? It was awesome!
Janus: Yeah, to ride along, looking out the windows at all the little creatures and everything? It was sweet!
April: I like the fact that we each got our own sfera. The marbles run the chariot and that’s totally cool. I can’t wait until we get to use them again.
Maya: To find out that there is a diamond-studded tunnel weaving down through the earth was amazing. I had no idea what that part of earth was like.
Juina: As an artist, I hope I get the chance to paint the world below. It was a beautiful journey.
Natalie: What can you share about your Mericotta bracelets?
Maya: Now… I’ve got this! As you know, having anything attached to my left wrist is the most incredible thing for me. When we accepted our destinies and joined the Arazi Royals, our little gifts transformed into Mericotta bracelets. The more we get involved with Good and our destinies, the more our bracelets become part of us. Quinn can explain the rest.
Quinn: During my quest, I could feel my bracelet almost melting into my skin. It didn’t hurt… just tingled and sizzled at times. Once my quest was over and I had my Ace ceremony, my bracelet fully attached itself to my wrist and now it looks more like a tattoo.
April: Yeah, but it works! It’s full of magical powers, right? And mine will too, right?
Quinn: Ha, ha… yes April, yours will too.
Natalie: Ok something fun for each of you, what is one of your favorite things to do?
April: Shop… hands down the best! Ha, ha.
Maya: I love music. I hope the Royals will let me bring my fav songs to Arazi Crossing.
Janus: Play soccer. I’d love to conjure up my own team of awesome players… that is, when I become an Ace, like Quinn.
Quinn: Collect things. I already have a box full of stuff from Paragon Pyxis, and now I’m hoping with my new life that I will get to travel all over the place, collecting cool things.
Juina: Like I said, I really love painting, so I’d love to paint a few huge murals on the walls inside the Arazi castle.
Natalie: What is the next step for you all? Whose quest is next and is there anything you can tell us about it?
Quinn: Well… it was supposed to be Juina’s, but Evil has gotten in the way of that plan. King Frederick and Queen Louise talked it over with the Proteziones and decided it would be best to change things up.
Juina: Yeah, I agreed with their choice for the next quest. Something bad is going on and the sooner we get our quests over with, the better for Arazi Crossing and for the Good of everyone.
Maya: We can’t get into details too much since we’re not sure if any members of Evil will get access to this interview.
April: Yeah, sorry, but we have to keep a few secrets until we are almost finished the next quest.
Janus: What I can say is that you won’t be disappointed in the choices that have been made. Remember… we are on the Good side now. It’s time for us to help the Royals kick some Evil butt!
I wish you all the best of luck with each of your quests and I hope we get the chance to sit down again sometime soon. Thank you for being here with me today and taking time from your busy schedule.
About the Author – Carolyn Hockley
A resident of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Carolyn is the founder and executive director of the Young Writers’ Society of Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guidance and resources to young people. Carolyn enjoys a busy life as a single parent of two children, girlfriend to her biggest ‘fan’ and ‘mommy’ to their spoiled German shepherd. Carolyn began seriously writing YA fantasy novels two years ago. It was time for her to zero in on the age group she loves the most; teens. Her books reflect her understanding of their vitality, humour and wit. Her stories aim to match their constant desire for adventure.
Marked, in ink, with the beloved Mericotta bracelet symbol on her left wrist, Carolyn pushes forward with continuing the Arazi Crossing saga as she works on book two; Carolyn is thrilled to be launching Arazi Crossing Book One: Quinn’s Evolution.
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