Mayra, Hank, and Kimmie Lee Sound Off
A No Tomorrows Character Interview
G’Day, my faithful tribe!
Our guests today are Mayra, Hank, and Kimmie Lee, the three older children of Annie and Roger Lee. Should be interesting.
Just between you and me, Annie says Mayra and Hank are, shall we say, combatants most of the time?
Annie promised me she’d hover nearby if I need her.
So, readers . . . buckle up!
Hey, kiddos, are you all there?
(Sounds of garbled yelling . . .)
One at a time, please. When I call your name, say “present”, just like in school. Mayra?
Hank, let me have it! (Scuffling noises) Present–
Hank, I assume you’re here.
No, Miss Deb, I’m here, not over there!
Hank, don’t be such a smart mouth.
Yeah, Mayra, and you’re not?
Kids, behave yourselves. Sorry, Deb . . .
That’s okay, Annie. Kimmie, are you there?
Yeah, but no one will give me the phone–
Hank, let go of your sister. See what I mean, Deb? I’m not sure this is a good idea . . . for you, I mean.
It’ll be okay, Annie.
So, Mayra, you’re fifteen, right? And Hank, you’re thirteen?
Yeah, I’m thirteen. Ow, Mayra!
No you’re not! Not yet, anyways. I’m fifteen, way older than Hank! What, Mom? I can’t hear you over Hankster’s noise.
I said, it’s “anyway”, Mayra, not “anyways”.
Whatever . . .
Mayra, I heard something about a weird essay you have to write.
Care to tell us about it?
It’s not that weird. Anyways, I mean anyway, are you sure you want your readers to know about that now? Don’t you want to save it for when they read our book?
You’re right–and I like how you said our book. A novel is more the characters’ story than the author’s.
But I heard it scared your Mom when you told her about it.
What’s your essay’s title?
I can’t tell you, right, Mom? Oh, she’s in the kitchen. I don’t know why she freaked out over it, though. It’s not like it’s really gonna happen, right?
What, Hanky? Why did you just punch my arm?
Stop calling me that. And how do you know it won’t really happen, smarty? Maybe it will . . . maybe even before you write it!
Aw, shut up, Hank!
Hey, we’re not supposed to say shut up. So, shut up about it. (Kimmie Giggles) Sorry, Miss Deb.
Oy! What a handful you guys are–!
Yep, that’s us, a handful. Hey Miss Deb, do you know what the speed of dark is?
I heard that one already, Hank. Remember?
I was there on the page the first time you told that joke.
Oh, yeah, that’s right. Kimmie cracked me up with her question.
I heard, Hank. But don’t say too much, okay? We want our readers to enjoy it for themselves.
Okay, kiddos, time to get off the phone. Sorry, Deb, but it’s homework time.
(Sounds of four pairs of stampeding feet.)
All right, Annie. You do stick to a schedule, don’t you?
For my own sanity. I hope they didn’t wear you out with their shenanigans. Did you get what you needed from them?
Yes, I did. We talked specifically about Mayra’s essay. But she wouldn’t give us the title.
That’s because I expressly told her not to discuss it with you. It’s not particularly relevant, is it? It’s just a boring school essay, as Hank said the other night.
Now that’s where I disagree with you, Annie.
I think that essay is the core of your story. And for you–
Whatever. I think I’d better get upstairs and check on them. Nice talking with you again, Deb. Although I think I’ve bored your readers again.
Wrong again, Annie!
But thank you for your time. And, Nora’s interview–we’re still on for that?
Deb, you’re a glutton for punishment. But I made a promise, so we’re on. ‘Bye!
Readers, what do you think?
I know what I think . . . Annie needs our prayers. And that wasn’t even all of her children. Last but not least–as they say–will be Nora, affectionately known as Nora-Bora by the Lee family. She’s the most entertaining and intelligent three-year-old I’ve met in a long time.
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