The two sat in fluffy chairs on live television.
“Did I ever tell you about the time I was nauseous? It was such a surprise to me. I thought I was getting food poisoning.”
The interviewer smiled at him, but she was nervous underneath the makeup. Her producer told her it would be a good idea to interview one of the Creators, but then they gave her a horror one.
“No, I don’t think I heard.”
“Oh, it was funny, I was listening to this thing, and…”
Victor held up his hand and gave a disapproving look at the air. Something, Kat could not see it, moved and made the air fuzz. Distort. She held her breath, hoping this was not about to require her to dive for cover.
“No, stop it, not now,” Victor said and sneered at the air until it stopped forming.
Kat breathed out a sigh of relief.
Victor noticed. “Sorry about that, I had an idea.”
“Not to worry,” Kat replied, “But, would you mind if we got to the proper part of the interview?”
“Not at all, Kat. So, I hear you want to get a real talk with a Creator?”
“Yes, we’ve been seeing more and more of you pop up lately, and we just wanted to get a perspective on what it’s like.”
“What it is like to be a Creator?”
“Yeah,” she said.
“Hmm, well, it’s not that different, sometimes. I used to work in marketing before this, just a normal job. But, then, I imagined. And, well, you know how those days went.”
“I do, yes. What do you do on a day-to-day, though, for instance?”
Victor pondered this for a moment, then snapped his finger. A small series of nervous gasps came from the crew, but nothing happened.
“It’s funny, each day is very different subtly. But, most days, I just sit and gently dream for a little while, then I get to work thinking. They have me doing military stuff right now.”
He scratched his head. “I can’t talk about it too much, but I’d hate to be on the wrong side of the military right now, I tell you what.”
“Okay…” Kat said, her heart rate increasing. “And what do you do during free time?”
“Outside of work? Huh, well, I do sometimes get to see the wife—but she’s a painter, so they have her in construction. She’s dealing with that one incident with the drum player; they are still cleaning up the crater. She’ll make the new stuff pretty, though.”
“So…?” Kat asked.
“So, right, well, we do date nights sometimes—somewhere remote, of course. But, outside of that, I just spend time on my own things. I have a few shows I like.”
“And… how does being a Creator affect your viewing habits?”
“It doesn’t. Not really. The only way it affects my life is the work I do, and the work I am not doing. I have to concentrate, you know? Can’t go making monsters while on the toilet.”
“Yeah, I can understand that.” Kat frowned. “Well, we have a few more minutes for this, was there anything else you wanted to tell our lovely audience?”
“Sure. Don’t bug a Creator when you see them walking alone, or even if they have someone with them. We are usually pondering and a half-formed idea is a dangerous thing indeed if we’re startled.”
“Good to know,” Kate said. “Well, thank you so much for coming, Victor. I hope you have a nice rest of your day.”
“Yeah, you too,” he said, even as a small creature formed from the air, slithered out from behind his leg, and disappeared off stage.
Special thanks to: Bob Gerkin, Collin Pearman, Dylan Alexander, Jerry Banfield, and Michael The Comic Nerd.
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