What is your name and what is your job?
My name is Marice Houston and I'm a Deputy Marshal stationed in Kansas City—That's Missouri, folks.
What do you want most?
Before all this started, I would have said I wanted someone to love. Well, I found that and a whole lot I hadn't counted on. At the most basic level, I want to get out of this alive so I can build a life with Kris.
Why is this so important to you?
Because it's kinda hard to get married and have kids if you're dead. This has made me realize that I had nothing to lose before—now, I do.
What makes you happy or sad?
Kris makes me happy. Wow, how girlie does that sound? Some tough chick you are, Houston! It makes me sad to think that he could have been killed.
How do you treat the people in your life?
Not as good as I used to think, unfortunately. I intend to work on that.
Can people count on you?
Absolutely. I will do whatever I can to keep friends and family safe. That extends to the people I work with. They're as close as family.
What makes you angry?
Injustice, needless violence, senseless death, hatred, prejudice.
Do you stand up for your beliefs?
I do, defiantly and adamantly. I'll listen to other views, but they better be logical and well represented.
What excites you?
Wouldn't be real polite to say that, would it? Suffice to say, when Kris gives me that look, I'm excited. Every woman out there knows the look I mean. The one that says Get naked and meet me in bed.
What kind of books do you like?
I'll be honest, I don't have a lot of time to read. When I do, it's probably a mystery story. I like to see if the author is accurate and if the clues really do point to the antagonist. Other times, I'll settle down with a juicy romance. A girl can't be all about work, right?
What kind of music do you enjoy?
Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Blues.
What's the one thing you'd most like to do before you die?
I'd like to marry Kris and have a family—maybe have a boy I can name after my twin, Maurice. He died when we were teenagers.
If you could, what's one thing you'd change?
I'd find a way to save Maurice.
© 2016 Dellani Oakes