with Ailim Silverfir Elder
Hello, Robin. It's good of you to meet with me.
a little confused: Uh, yes.
I'm afraid I'm very disappointed in you.
Yes. I am not at all happy with how you treated Shade.
Uh. Not my fault.
look from Ailim: As the author, EVERYTHING in Heart Thief
is your responsibility.
Didn't you like ending up with Ruis?
dreamy look comes to Ailim's eyes and her lips shape a
faint smile. A: Of course. Though I think you could have
spared HIM pain, too.
thinking quickly: I believe we have a lack of communication
frowns: Perhaps. It's true I can't read your thoughts
and emotions. Probably because you are in Celta's FAR
Uh, yeah, probably.
You know, I thought you'd speak better, too.
rolling eyes: My brain connects better with my fingers
than with my mouth.
I don't understand.
I write on a keyboard.
Hmmmm. I think I've seen one of those in Ship's History
of Earth holo. How archaic.
clearing throat: Yes. Well, back to the point. You seem
to believe that I have control over all my characters
lives. If that were true, you, Ailim, would have no free
frowning again: You're right. I don't like that idea.
I didn't think you would. In any event, Shade made his
own decisions and paid the consequences for his actions.
I see. As a judge, I'm usually brought in when consequences
looking around to make sure no one is watching and reddening
a little: I'm sorry about Ruis's ordeal. I'm afraid Bucus
and Menzie got away from me.
raises her brows: Really? Again, I find that hard to believe.
R: Bucus was a bit over the top for some people. As for
Ruis's pain, my critique group insisted that he had to
scowling now: I didn't expect more excuses from you.
What is wrong with Ruis redeeming himself over time, in
small stages, growing into the VERY honorable man that
clearing throat: I'm afraid it isn't very dramatic and
doesn't fit in the confines of the book.
A very poor reason.
Sorry, but you must admit Ruis has his dramatic moments.
True and I'm glad you're going to leave us alone from
You will show up in other books.
very wryly:: I trust you won't be peering into our bedroom
No. Sorry about that. I also wrote your story - um - more
sensually and sexually hotter than HeartMate.
grins: For that I'm thankful.
Oh. Well, you know I had this recent interview and Goldie
asked about your background.
So you don't presume to know EVERYTHING about me?
No. Like I said, you have free will.
Humph. You were correct in your detailing of my background
(reading interview) : "when her Flair for telempathy
developed she was Tested and given several career choices.
At the proper age she would have apprenticed and been
a journeyman (person?)"
It's Journeywoman. (Ailim continues to read) "with
a Family that produced attorneys/solicitors, lawyers,
judges." I studied with the Klamaths, then was lucky
enough to assist the retired, renowned GrandLord SupremeJudge
Plantain until his death. "She would then have tested
for Master's Laurels in Judgeship and having passed would
have started at the bottom of the ladder as a village
judge, then worked up to the travelling circuit judgeship
that she had just before Heart Thief starts. Her position
as SupremeJudge of Druida was based on the type and strength
of her Flair and her previous record. Her duties would
be to arbitrate and settle disputes." All this is
It occurred to me that I never said in the book why you
decided to be a judge. What your motivation was.
Must you authors dissect EVERYTHING?
So, why did you become a judge? You could have chosen
other career paths.
tartly: I suppose I should be grateful to know that you
didn't "make" me a judge because Ruis was a
Null and outcast.
Um, no. I don't think so. It was a long time ago I started
the story and I don't recall.
looking into the distance: We have Home Study or Grove
Study Groups for the education of children. Mother thought
I needed to socialize more and placed me in a Grove Study
Group of about six girls. One of them was a nasty bully
and Grove Study was very difficult for the rest of us...(Ailim
shrugs) I suppose that is the reason. No deep dark secret.
a little disappointed: Oh.
Is that all?
pulls a sheet of paper in front of her: Not quite. I let
it be known that I was interviewing you and got a few
more from Pat Henshaw http://patois47.home.comcast.net/...
huffs a breath: She didn't think I was strong enough.
Ha. I'd like to see her go through what I did.
Really, Ailim, you needn't get huffy.
looking down her nose at Robin: You may be able to take
amidiversions on my character in stride, but it is a matter
of honor to me.
muttering: Just don't mention Mrs. Giggles. She didn't
like HeartMate, liked your story even less, and I truly
shudder to think how she's going to loathe a "Healer"
story and massacre me over Heart Duel. May as well think
of myself as shis-kebob right now.
chuckles: Oh, I saw the take-off on a Mrs. Giggles review
you did off -the -cuff at chat last night. Very amusing,
and in her own style. You can always do some more.
considering: You have a point. Now, on to Pat's questions:
did she reconcile going against her sworn duty as a judge,
particularly since she worked so hard to get there, in
order to bask in the peace and love that Ruis offered
her? It was the one question that I wanted an answer to
when I was reading the book. True, I could think of quite
a few answers, but it's not the same as getting an answer
from Ailim herself. Love, I don't think, is enough. I
wanted her to decide to do something about the laws and
to see the flaws in the system in order to be on his side.
I wanted her to be more of a crusader, I guess.
Laws are rules written to benefit the majority of the
culture, HOWEVER, those who have the ultimate power in
enforcing the laws must take into account the unique aspects
that apply to each individual case. I DID see the how
the system could be abused and HAD BEEN abused in the
most wretched way with regard to Ruis. I felt that the
concept of JUSTICE for Ruis was more important than keeping
to my oath to uphold laws and a system that had not protected
him. I hope I would have acted the same even with a person
I didn't love. But I still believe in the Rule of Law,
because I don't think there is anything else that is better
to supercede the rule of law. Any system is still a system
that can be abused. Now this excellent question has been
asked, perhaps it IS time to draft some laws that deal
exclusively with the treatement of Nulls.
a crusade to change the laws and system, that wasn't necessary.
If the laws had been properly followed and administered,
Ruis would have been protected from the moment he was
born. The problem in this instance, as many, is that people
broke or ignored the laws and it was easy for them to
justify such action by rationalizing that Ruis was a Null
and therefore inferior and/or of a lower moral standard
I wish I could have moved more quickly, but at the time
I thought that taking on the entire First Families Council,
especially when I was unknown to them, would not have
brought the result I wanted - clearing Ruis. I didn't
think they'd just believe my word. Further, due to the
SilverFir debt and loan they were predjudiced against
me, too.. I tried to work behind the scenes by talking
to individuals, my colleagues, retired judge GoldenSeal
and others, as well as some nobles I thought would support
me in a power struggle with Bucus T'Elder. If you didn't
see that in the story (grins) that fault lies entirely
with Robin. I WAS working on it.
sighing: Oh yeah. Naturally, I thought I'd done that,
but guess a couple of more paragraphs here and there would
have taken care of it. Sorry.
If she could give Ruis any flair, what would she give
Ruis with Flair? (Ailim laughs, then just shakes her head.)
"I can't imagine him with Flair. He'd be a totally
different person, not the man I loved. So the question
What advice would she give young women who are searching
for their HeartMates?
Concentrate on yourself and becoming the best person you
can be and following your own path. Your HeartMate will
happen or not.
3) Now that she and Ruis are together how will she work
to get Nulls more respect?
I think Ruis demonstrated by his own actions that Nulls
are worthy of more respect, but when a Null is born, procedures
will be insituted to make sure they are never abused as
4) With time (as we've seen in the first two books), the
First Families will be dying off or merging. What does
she see as the future of the FF? Does she see the civilization
getting more democratic or the FF dwindling until there
is only one ruling family?
I believe that the middle class will ever gain more power
as it becomes larger. We do have other Councils, the Noble
Counci, the GuildCouncil,....I think, however that the
power in Celta will probably always be with those who
have the most Flair - whichever Families, Class, Guild
or organization that might be.
The FF came to the planet because of intolerance. Given
how everyone thinks of and treats Nulls, could the population
be going in that direction again? If so, what does she
see herself doing to prevent this?
am hopeful that all of Celta witnessed the results of
intolerance and that it will be at the forefront in everyon'es
mind for generations to come.
6) How is she getting along with her new fam?
Ailim sighs: Samba accepts me and I accpet that she is
an integral part of Ruis' life. Unfortunately Samba has
my Fam, Primrose puppy, firmly under her paw.
What is she going to do with her horrific family to make
peace and keep the unit together now that one of them
has betrayed her?
grins widely: I have turned over the SilverFir Family
to my heir, Caltha, and all the problems. Caltha doesn't
seem to be as soft-hearted as I. Menzie has been banished
to an estate near the one we are hoping to give to Donax
Reed when he marries into the Family. Menzie IS being
8) When she and Ruis have children, how will she raise
a Null? (Surely genetics would give this a 50/50 chance,
so she should be prepared, right?)
More questions about children! Hmmmm. I should imagine
that the general education of a Null would be the same
as others - but I think Ruis should be the teacher and
perhaps Ship should house any Nulls that are born to anyone.
That said, Nulls should also be integrated and socialized
with all levels of society.
9) Given Ruis' background and his befriending the Downwind
boy, how will he and she work to improve the conditions
for children there? How can she use her power in the courts
to reclaim at least some of the children?
Those are the questions that occurred to me last night
in my half-awake state. If I think of more, I'll email.
Thanks for this opportunity to ask--
pressing: Then what about your children?
looks started. "Children, plural? Do you know something
smiles craftily: I AM the author, give me a few prerogatives.
Answer the question, Madam Judge.
The children will be what they are meant to be. (She frowns)
I WOULD like one of them to show an interest in the history
and technology of the Ship, whether that child has Flair
or is Null, doesn't matter. (Lowers her voice) Ship may
never be able to fly again, but there are the smaller
dagger ships. (She waves a hand) and the vastness of space.
Both Ruis and I love ancient "space music" and
the idea that Celtans not be planet-bound appeals to me
- to both of us - perhaps to the children also.
nods: A good thing to breed into the line.
I am running out of time. Are we finally done, I hope?
For the moment.
inclines her head and puts her hands in her opposite sleeves:
Merry meet, then.
automatically: And merry part.
flashes a beautiful smile: And merry meet again. Thank
you for Ruis.
disappears in a swirl of silver-shot skirts.
mutters to herself. Free will or author's decisions? (rubbing
hands and smiling) Ailim will be the first of all my heroines
to have a child..
laughs and turns off the computer.