Friday Five: Random Questions

Anna asks Five Random Questions for a character to answer:
  1. What did your character have for breakfast today?
  2. What one thing do they hate to do the most?
  3. Do they have a lucky piece or good-luck charm? If yes, give details.
  4. Describe one of the best laughs your character has have ever had.
  5. What is one thing your character thinks about every day?
Aldonza eyes the enthusiastic student across the table with doubts and worry. "Fine. If it's for your schoolwork, sure, I'll answer your survey."

The young orphan dwarf girl excitedly helps herself to a seat and arranges her papers. She carefully picks up her pencil and refreshes her memory before looking up again at the human, "What did you have for breakfast this morning?"

With a sigh, Aldonza leans her head down and props it on a hand. "Well, this morning I was going to go without. I often do. But then I was asked to deliver a Round for the Guards and there's no way I'm smelling Haggis and Ale on an empty stomach. On mornings like this, I'll usually go with Spice Bread."

Dutifully, the girl writes down the answer. She's a little surprised, but despite what Dirk was teasing about yesterday, this is a real human, not one of those undead types. She didn't think she'd answer 'brains'. She has seen the mage frequently enough. She seems almost... dwarf-like. Just tall. "Next question. Name one thing you hate to do the most?"

"Hmm, besides answer personal questions?" Aldonza's humor can't be supressed quickly. "It'd have to be giving gold to beggers. At least this is only costing me time, which I was going to spend here anyway. Next?"

There is a long pause and scribbling before the question arrives, "Do you have a good luck charm?"

Aldonza pops up, "What?" Astonishment wars with her smile. "That is so not what I expected. A good luck charm?"

A young head nods with sincere sobriety. "Like a Rabbit's Foot? You can find them most anywhere."

Chuckling, Aldonza shakes her head slowly, "No. Nothing like that. Oh! But when I go fishing... I have a Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat. It isn't exactly a Lucky Fishing Hat, but that's what I wear. I feel like it helps."

"What was the best laugh you've ever had?"

Aldonza shows her puzzlement again, "You mean the best joke I've heard?"

The dutiful nod is repeated. "Okay."

Returning the gesture, Aldonza nods but says, "I don't think I'll tell you the best. It doesn't translate well unless you've seen the Penguins in Northrend. How about 'Do you know how wire was invented? Two goblins were fighting over a copper coin.' Like that?"

It brings a smile. The interviewer thinks she'll enjoy telling that to her classmates. "Last question. Um, it says 'Name one thing you think about every day.'"

Aldonza spends a few moments thinking, "Only one thing? There's lots of thoughts I have most every day, like 'What'll I have for dinner?' and 'Was there something important I forgot to do today?' Is that what you mean?"

A mute shrug is the only answer she gets.


  1. I didn't see Aldonza as being the type to have a joke at the ready, and a really good one too. There's more there than meets the eyes!

    1. You should notice Aldonza didn't understand "What was the best laugh you've ever had?"

      But jokes are like commodities. You collect them for free and they are can used to purchase good will and make a good deal. Of course Aldonza knows some jokes. It's important that she didn't tell the funniest joke in the world...

      "Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! ... Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput."

  2. I am stealing this. Call the authorities.

    1. What are you stealing? It was Anna's idea! It's all her fault!