First, I’d like to thank Michelle Valentine for loaning Striker to me for a little while. I know she’s got big plans for him, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to stare at him for a while. I mean, lick him. I mean, pick his brain.
Kristen: Hey, Striker, thanks so much for meeting with me tonight after your show. It was freaking awesome! Can I buy you a drink?
Striker: Thanks, love. I’m a bit old fashioned. Allow me to do the drink buying. *Flags down the bartender*
Kristen: I must admit, I’m a bit nervous. You are my first rockstar interview. Please be gentle with me. *Kristen smiles shyly and bites her lip*
Striker: I would never be rough with a beautiful flower such as you. *Winks at Kristen* Why don’t we start with one of your questions, and I promise to be gentle.
Kristen: First, I’d love to know what draws you to your music? What inspires you?
Striker: I love a dark, dirty beat. There’s something in a screaming guitar that speaks to my soul and things pour out of me that even I didn’t expect.
Kristen: Does that mean that you’re dark and dirty?
Striker: *Tilts head and offers Kristen a sexy, slow grin* You can call me that if you like.
Kristen: If I were to turn on your iPod right now, what song would be on queue?
Striker: I’ve been listening a lot to Evans Blue lately. They’re bloody brilliant.
Kristen: How long have you been with Embrace the Darkness?
Striker: *Puckers lips and looks up at the ceiling* I joined Embrace the Darkness when I was twenty, so about seven years ago.
Kristen: All of us girls want to know, handsome, what music do you most enjoy making love to?
Striker: *Chuckles* Anything with a saxophone solo is sexy. It reminds me of undressing a woman very slowly, and making love is something I prefer to take my time with.
*Kristen smiles and gives Striker a flirty wink* What a coincidence.
Striker: Is that so?
*Kristen nods and Striker grins*
Kristen *clearing her throat*: I’m loving what I can see of your body art. How many tattoos do you have? *Kristen is staring at his hands and forearms*
Striker: *Pulls up sleeves a little to allow Kristen a better look* I’ve lost count after twenty. I consider my body an artistic canvas—another way to express myself. When something inspires me, I usually get a tat to remember the moment the spark came to me.
*Kristen is listening intently, her chin propped in her hand, with a dreamy smile on her face*
Kristen: This is not a question, but I have to tell you, your accent is sexy.
Stiker: *Lips pull into another sexy grin* That’s what all you American girls keep telling me. Believe me, I’m not complaining about the attention, I just find it odd. Everyone where I’m from speaks like I do. It’s flattering.
Kristen: Is there a special someone in your life right now?
Striker: *Shakes his head* No. Not at the moment. But she’s out there somewhere, I know it.
Kristen: And what are you looking for in that special someone?
Striker: An intelligent lady, who is at home with herself. I love a woman who isn’t afraid to drink alone in a bar. Confidence is sexy. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt if she’s a beautiful girl, much like yourself.
Kristen: I know you’re a busy guy, and I won’t take up any more of your time with nosy questions. We’ll leave the rest to everyone’s imagination. I can’t think of any other way that I’d prefer spending my birthday. Thank you for being so honest and charming.
Striker: *Reaches out and takes Kristen’s hand and raises it to his lips* Anytime. Shall we go find ourselves a sax solo? Let’s celebrate your birthday properly.
Kristen: *Blushing* I thought you’d never ask.
I'd love to get a closer look at those tats.
Striker: Oh, I think, since it's your birthday, you can more than look, love.
Thanks again, Michelle, for loaning me Striker. I’ll return him to you in one piece. Probably.
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