Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Merworld Water Wars: Trey Campbell Talks About His Intuitive Power!

Describe your main power for our readers, if you will.

Trey: Yeah, basically, I can sniff out lies, dig up truths…that kind of thing. It’s kinda hard to define because it all happens in my gut. I just know where there’s a lie. Might not know what the truth is, but you can damn well bet I’m gonna find out.
So, how can your friends get away with keeping things from you?

Trey (grinning): Some lies are harmless. I mean, I know what ones are major and what ones aren’t. The major ones rattle my core…it forces me to hunt until I uncover the truth. Minor lies might give me a twinge, but I know not to turn them into a big expedition, you know? And then there are the fun ones, like when someone wants to surprise you with a present or something—those are cool.

I guess no one has ever been able to surprise you, then?

Trey (chuckles): Not at all. They get it, I think. They just ignore it. [laughs] I’ll try to, you know, forget I know something’s coming, so I can act surprised for them and stuff. I mean, anytime someone wants to do something nice, and then actually follows through, it’s a big effing surprise, so… [laughs from Trey and Clarissa].

Biggest drawback with having this talent?
Trey: Finding out someone you trust, maybe even love, can’t be trusted.

Has this happened to you?

Trey: Uh, yeah, I guess you could say that. [Trey notices Clarissa’s rather big mouth opening] It’s not a can of worms you want to open.

Well, then, what’s the biggest plus side to this talent?
Trey: Sort of the same answer, in a way. It’s good to know who your allies are, but it’s sometimes sad to know who they aren’t.

In order for your power to work, do you have to be in close proximity to the person, or is it in the voice, a look, what?

Trey: I think it’s mostly a proximity thing, but there have been times where it’s just a general feeling coming from a group of people, no one specific. It varies, I guess. Either I get the vibe, or I don’t. Pretty much that simple.

Let’s talk secrets! What are some juicy morsels you’ve uncovered using your power?

Trey [laughing]: Ah, well…did you know Benji once spiked Irving’s fin cream during gym?

He did not!

Trey: Yep. Used something called a shedding cream?

Oh no! Shedding creams are used for overly dry fins—it basically sloughs away the top layer of fin. If Irving didn’t need it, trust me when I say the process was terribly itchy.

Trey [hysterical]: Awesome. Oh, sorry.
No, no, it’s fine, it’s fine! This is good scoop! What else do you have for us?

Trey: Madame Helena sneaks loads of liquor to her room, usually vodka, despite lecturing kids on the evils of alcohol; Vice Principal Anderson fudges his height and wears a toupee [Clarissa gasps and giggles]; some of the Fairhair students aren’t natural blonds.

[Clarissa nearly falls off her chair] That’s not possible.

Trey: Why not? There are some non-blonds, right? There are a couple of well-known mermaids that come to mind.

Uh, yes, I suppose that’s true. They’re exceedingly rare, though…and it could mean—who are the Fairhair students with dyed hair?

Trey [eyebrow raised]: Forgot. New topic?

Of course. Next on my list is, uh…[Clarissa shuffling through her notes. She’s pissy she didn’t get what she wanted] Oh, shut up, you stupid Sandblastwriter…piece of seahorsesh—[Trey gazes at her like she has lost her crap…and, truth be told, she has] Here we go—next up, we have some special questions from our loyal readers!

Tune in next week when Trey answers your questions!

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Merworld Water Wars: Meet Trey Campbell, The Guy Normal

This week, my nosy little reader-loves, we have the only guy Normal in Saxet Shores. He’s been called a rebel with a sharp tongue and an even sharper mind. Of course, there are many titillating tidbits I’d love to ask him, but we are restricted by higher powers in what topics we can explore. In future interviews, I hope to unearth some of the more scandalously revealing topics. But don’t fret—I intend to dig up some deeply buried bones for y’all to gnaw on.

Trey, thanks so much for being here today [Dear Mother of Poseidon, he is a looker…just observe the way his black tee hugs his muscles. Ooh, puddle-poo! Must remember this stupid Sandblastwriter records my every thought. Focus on the questions. Focus on the questions. Focus on—those eyes! Darn.]

Trey [leaning back in his chair, smirking]: No problem, Clarissa. Thanks for having me. Nice eyes you've got, there.

Oh [giggles idiotically…really, can you not keep it together?] thank you. Well [clears throat in obvious fashion] how do you like being the only guy of the group?

Trey: Every guy’s dream…except Meeks isn’t exactly affectionate, you never know when Polls is going to attack you—be it in demon form or with her sword-for-a-tongue—and Marina is my best friend. So, yeah, it’s great, but sort of limiting, if you know what I mean.

But you did briefly date Marina. What happened there?

Trey: Nothing happened. No drama, no heartbreaks. I love her—she’s my best friend. But we both agree we’re better as friends. Not that I wouldn’t go, you know, wherever she’d let me go [winking]. Hell, I’ve told her as much. Aw, she’s gonna kill me for saying that. [chuckles, though there is a twinge of concern in his eyes]. In all seriousness, she found what was missing with us in someone else. [tightening jaw and shifting in seat]

You mean Troy Tombolo. Do I sense disapproval?

Trey [shrugging]: Disapproval. Discontent. Don’t trust the guy. Simple as.

Why don’t you trust him?

Trey: Let’s just say he’s given me every reason in the world not to trust him, especially when it comes to the heart of my best friend.

Are you saying you think Marina should reconsider her relationship with Troy?!

Trey: I think she should be careful. She can take care of herself, I know that. It’s just…the heart can sometimes muddy-up the brain and mute that gut instinct. Not really a problem, since I’ll always have my keen eye and instinct on him. To be fair, I do believe he loves her. He just, uh, has some pretty dark stuff he needs to work on.

Well, that’s certainly true of every breathing creature, to some extent. Let’s talk about Ophelia. Did you two ever actually date?

Trey: Nah. She was dating Earl at the time.

Ah, yes, Earl was the other guy Normal. He wasn’t in Saxet Shores very long, as I recall. What happened to him?

Trey: Uh…he’s hooked up…elsewhere.

That must have been crushing for Ophelia.

Trey: You have no idea.

Maybe now that you and Ophelia are back from your little excursions, you two can give it a try?

Trey [smiling]: Think that window has come and gone. [his cheeks suddenly blushed]

Oh, do I sense there’s someone else on your radar?

Trey: Safe to say, yeah…[Clarissa’s practically drooling to know the scoop; she may fall off her seat]…and no, I’m not going to answer any more questions about who’s lighting up my radar.

At least tell us if you are on this person’s radar…

Trey: Think I am, yeah.

Final thoughts on being the only guy of the Normals?

Trey: I’m the center of attention by default; I’ve always had first date dibs; and when all else fails, I get a free pass to playing the overprotective big brother. All in all…it doesn’t suck.

Join us next time when Trey talks all about his special intuitive power…and all the untold secrets he has uncovered! 

NOTE: Once again, we have massive, out-of-place gaps that don't show up on either the 'compose' page or the preview. Not sure why it happens on some posts and not others. I'm so sorry I'm not more tech-savvy. The savvy escapes me...I'm minus the savvy. :/

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Merworld Water Wars: Meikle Dishes on Her Friends

Meikle: Can we talk about my friends, now? Really want to talk about them.

This is the most eager I’ve seen you. In case you haven’t realized, you don’t really show much emotion.

Meikle [deadpan]: I know.

Of course you do. Let’s talk Normals, absolutely! Let’s start with the boy of the group, Trey Campbell. Trey’s an intuitionist, meaning he can see truth behind lies. That must be problematic if any of you are keeping secrets.

Meikle: Not really. He’s incredibly talented, but he’s more concerned with what’s going on outside of our group, so we can be the wool to his eyes.

Have any of you ever dated Trey or wanted to?

Meikle: Marina and Trey always had a connection. Ophelia was hot for him, but she had a boyfriend…and she always, always fainted around him. Polly asked him out while we were in the institution. Freaking mess that was.

What happened?

Meikle: Polly wanted Trey; Trey wanted Marina; Polly demon’ed out. It was one of the first times Polly had lost it. Actually, thinking back on it, the whole thing was pretty entertaining.

Why is that?

Meikle: There was this kid that wore a clown mask everywhere he went. When Polly’s demon bits took hold, she marched over to the circus-kid, pulled his mask as far off his face as she could, and then let it go. That thing snapped him so hard, he never wore it again. In less than two seconds, Polly did for that kid what years of therapy couldn’t do.

That is funny! So, is she over Trey?

Meikle: Oh, yeah. It was a hormonal flash, anyway. I think she swapped souls with a succubus that day.

Right. Anything you want to add about Polly?

Meikle: Uh, she’s completely screwed up, socially inept, focused solely on herself, irrational, and twisted…and entertaining and 100% loyal.

Marina Valentine. One word you would use to describe her would be what?

Meikle: Heart.

Heart? Why heart?

Meikle: She’s all heart. Everything she does is driven by her heart. She never puts herself first, even when she thinks she does. She’s as good as they come.

Who’s the funniest of the Normals?

Meikle: Not me. I don’t do comedy. Marina. She does comedy, most of the time unknowingly. She’s a combination of slapstick, dry humor, and stupidity.


Meikle [shaking head]: She’d be the first to say it, trust me.

Who’s the drama queen or king?

Meikle: Polly, hands down, even though she doesn’t think she is. She can spot microscopic things that annoy her quicker than a telescope…and then grow them into mountains. No joke. Polly can drum up more drama than a paper sack.

Is she going to get mad at you for saying that?

Meikle: You can bet on it.


Meikle [raising an eyebrow]: Hello? Witch here.

One final question. This was the top question sent in by our readers: Where did you get your nail polish color, Undead Red?

Meikle: I made it.

You made it?! Would you consider bottling it for Merpeople?

Meikle [sly grin appearing]: Well, let’s just say it’s not suitable for everyone. See, it’s not your average nail polish. Its ingredients are…unique.

Well, thank you, Meikle, for your time. It’s been…interesting. Join us next week, lovely readers, for the next installment in our interview series…think you’ll like who we have on deck! 

Until then~xoxo, Clarissa Smoggrove