Abby Banks is your typical sixteen-year-old girl, except that her entire life has been one big lie. Kidnapped as a young girl and fostered by a government agency as collateral, Abby never knew she was important… until her mom’s terrorist organization unleashes a devastating attack on the facility.
I hit the ground and stumbled, my tennis shoes slipping on the wet concrete below. I wobbled, arms flailing out like a pair of windmills as I crashed onto the cold stone. I swallowed once, nausea rising in my throat as I felt something wet and slimy seep into my jeans. There was a thud beside me and something grabbed my wrist and pulled me to my feet.
“Well, that was fun.” Stephen’s voice echoed in the sewer like we were in an ancient cavern. “That wasn’t exactly how I envisioned today going.”
“Oh?” I murmured and before I could stop myself, blurted out. “How did you expect it to go?”
I felt his hand grow warm, and somehow, I knew he was blushing. He let me go rather suddenly and took a step forward into the murk.
“Not like this,” he mumbled. His voice had lost that strange confidence it’d had during the gunfight. I watched him fumble with something and a beam of light pierced the darkness. His flashlight was so bright in the gloom that I had to shield my eyes from it.
“We need to keep moving or they’ll catch us,” he added before taking a few steps away from me. Evidently, he felt safer with at least a foot between us. If my mom could see us now she’d laugh. Then she’d get a ruler to make sure we stayed at least twelve inches apart at all times.
Hello Abby, My Name is Emily; you can call me Em if you want. I’ll start with telling you something about me, since I will be bombarding you with questions today. I’m 27, Canadian, and in the Military (9 years this summer). So let’s start shall we.
1. How are you today?
I’m good Em, a little breathless maybe, and you wouldn’t believe how sore you get using muscles you haven’t used before. I mean what’s that muscle on the back of your neck? How does that even get sore?
Good question, I've wondered that myself a few times, espically after a hard days work.
2. What does being a typical teenager mean to you?
I think a typical teenager is someone who goes to school mostly, does homework, mostly, and is largely ignored by everyone else. Yeah, there’s the jocks and the popular girls and whatever, but 90% of any given high school is made up of the normal kids. The ones who do one or two things maybe, but mostly hang out with their couple other friends. Maybe have a job or a car and maybe not. I think it’s a misnomer to say everyone is in fifteen clubs or has a hottie boyfriend and is having sex all the time. Sure, there are those people, but most of the people at my school don’t fall into that.
3. If you were to walk into Starbucks, what would be the first thing you would pick off the menu? I like their chi tea latte...
A mocha Frappuccino, unless it is Christmas then I’d get an egg nog latte because Egg nog!
4. Do you have any favorite books, TV shows?
I’m a big fan of Pretty Little Liars because I really like Lucy Hale, but I stopped watching it a couple years ago when Caleb left, he was soooo dreamy. I tried to watch Ravenswood but it just wasn’t my thing and by the time he came back to Pretty Little Liars I was so confused I just gave up.
I’ll admit my guilty pleasure is Arrow though. I normally don’t go for stuff like that but the Stephen Arnell abs time is off the charts.
-nods head- Agree, agree, go on..
I’ll be honest though, if we ever get invaded by aliens or an archeologist looks through our television like a million years from now, they’re going to think it’s never sunny outside. All television shows take place at night, and it’s hard to see!
Books? People read? I’ve never really gotten into the reading thing. I tried this one time to read Catch 22 for a class project but wound up just reading the Wikipedia page, does that count?
Yes people read books; I'm planning on having a library in my home. As for wiki, I'd say it’s a, yes. ..
5. Do you have hobbies, play sports?
Is sitting in the bleachers a sport? Or Olympic clumsiness?
I’m sure I’d be good at those sports. I do enjoy crocheting actually, though. It was something my… uh… mom taught me. We used to sit on the couch and crochet. This one time I made a little bear but I didn’t have anyone to give it to so I just tossed it on my bed. I’m not sure where it went, I haven’t seen it in a while.
6. What music do you listen to?
This is going to sound lame, but I really like N*SYNC. I know they’re old, but it was sort of strange how it happened. My best friend Lisa Ann dragged me to a party one time, and they cycled through an entire Justin Timberlake cd. I wound up having so much fun that I bought the album. It turned out he had been part of a band, I guess, like a million years ago. All the cds were really cheap online, way cheaper than buying the mp3s because I guess no one wanted them. So I bought them all.
I'm starting to like you..
7. You have any special talents?
I can touch my nose with my tongue.
8. Okay...I guess that could be a talent.. What do you want to be when you grow up?
My first instinct was to say astronaut because that’s what you’re supposed to say, right? I’m really not sure, I guess I always saw myself eventually taking over the restaurant and settling down. I’m not exactly the type of girl who goes to college and becomes a lawyer or a rocket scientist. But running a business? I think I could do that.
9. Do you like animals? Did you have any pets growing up? I have two cats, that I swear are plotting my ultimate doom..
I like animals just fine, but they don’t seem to like me. I always seem to wind up killing them and because of that I’ve never gotten a pet more demanding than a fish.
10. There’s a new trend amongst us adults. Coloring books for adults is the new thing. Being 16, young, creative, what you do you think about this trend? Are you pro-coloring, or do you think it’s a bit immature? I myself am pro-coloring. If they stay in stock long enough for me to buy one..-sigh-
I am also pro-coloring. I’m not a good drawer, or artist, or whatever, but I enjoy coloring. It’s nice having a picture that someone else already drew because it gives me the opportunity to bring it to life. I’d tried those paint with numbers things, but I’m not really a good painter. Give me a box of crayons and some markers though, and I can stay inside the lines like a champ… usually.
11. I’ve been to 14 different countries, most before I turned 23. What countries would you like to see, visit?
I’d like to see Greece and Egypt because of mythology. I’ll be honest though, I’d probably go there and see some stuff for like two days and then want to lounge at the resort
12. Do you have anything that you fear? I know no one likes to admit that they’re scared of something, so I’ll give you a tidbit of my fear. I’m scared of the dark, not so much inside, but walking outside, alone, and mirrors. I know, blame disobeying my mother and watching a few horror movies about/involving mirrors. I don't even have one in my room.
I’m not a huge fan of the dark either. Is it weird to say that I’m scared of the world falling into a dystopian society? I’m not a doomsday prepper or anything, because I’m pretty sure I’d be one of the first people dead in an apocalypse. The statistics say that chances of survival are something like 3% for the average person. I don’t feel lucky enough to think I’d survive.
Good point, … I don’t think I’d survive either. I don’t have luck of any kind, that and I trip over air. Yup I’d be amongst the first to bite it.
13. – Rubs hands- So this might be a little off limits but I have to ask, what went through your mind when you got kidnapped?
My first thought was why me? What did I do to deserve this? I’m just a normal girl. Still it was a little overwhelming because it wasn’t like I was locked in a basement bound and gagged or anything. I was kidnapped by my real mom, who while crazy, was someone I sort of wanted to meet, at least initially. Still, I’d have rather not been kidnapped.
14. Do you have anyone special in your life, someone that you may love?
I’m afraid I can’t answer that.
-Mutters- Well I guess I saw that coming....
Thank you Abby for letting me interview you today, and I look forward to your adventures in May Contain Spies.
Have a Wonderful day.
Thanks for having me too. I hope you have a great day. Also, I’m told my adventures will continue in The Spy Within which will come out in July.
That's.... Wicket!!! I can't wait! Stay safe Addy Banks, I’ll see you in the pages.
There you have it, I hope you all enjoyed this interview as much as me.
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About J.A. Cipriano Bio:
When J. A. Cipriano was in second, grade his teacher gave everyone in class a journal to write down whatever they wanted. Their first subject was to write about something they didn’t like. J. A. chose to write about why he didn’t like writing. His reasoning was simple. He had bad handwriting. Even then he was destined to be an engineer due to his messy scrawl.
Unfortunately, he found through the course of this little adventure that he actually liked writing. That year was sort of the high point for his writing career because he won a writing contest for the state. He got to go to a big dinner and his teacher was all dressed up.
He kept writing little stories, year after year, and in sixth grade, won another contest. In seventh grade he broke his arm and got the cast signed by both Dean Koontz and Stan Lee. It is, by far, the coolest cast he’s owned. That was about the time he found video games and anime. His writing turned mostly toward fanfiction until about ninth grade where he wrote his first novel, a small book about twenty thousand words called Revelations. In sophomore year, he wrote two more books to complete the trilogy because he saw Star Wars that year and learned trilogies were the cool thing to do. Since then, he’s written six more novels, four of which are in the Lillim Callina Series, and one in the Abby Banks series. The other is stuck in a drawer for time undetermined. He’s writing his next book now which is about werewolves fighting mummies in Ancient Egypt. After that, he will move onto Abby Banks 2. The Spy Within will come out in June or July.
J.A. also has three chinchillas. Two of them are grey and because of this, they are named Slate and Cadmium. The third is named Jet because he’s black, and Jet is old English for black. See, creative. He also has a cat named Turtle. This does pose problems for his two-year-old from time to time.
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