Della Kelley O’Connor
(Set after the end of “Ring of Fire”)
What's your greatest fear?
Waking up alone at sunset. If Sean Patrick weren’t there, it would mean the worst.
What brings you the greatest joy?
A good book, a good cup of tea, a bar of chocolate, and Sean Patrick’s singing voice.
What's your favorite color and why?
Red. I’m not sure why, it just always has been. Cheerful red, not dark or bloody red - the color red of sunsets and balloons and ribbons, a red dress or shoes. It’s bright and vibrant.
When are you most comfortable?
When I’m at home, curled up with a good book, listening to Sean Patrick sing.
If you had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh, goodness, I don’t know. I think just so long as Sean Patrick were singing it, it could be just about anything. My goodness, I’m single-minded. Ask me something that doesn’t have anything to do with Sean Patrick!
Same with a movie.
The “Lord of the Rings,” provided we can count all three parts as “one” movie. (Grins)
Dog or cat? Why?
I like both equally but since I became a vampire, animals don’t seem to like me much, even our cat.
What do you look for in a friend?
Someone who accepts me as I am, without judging me or expecting more from me than I can give. Accepting that I am very, very flawed.
What are your own best traits? What do you like best about yourself?
I’m a very loyal, honest person. I am straightforward and will tell you what I’m thinking.
What do you like least about yourself?
I can be somewhat blunt. I’m also tremendously naive, even now.
What are some of your opinions about the world you live in? Political, environmental, etc?
I really don’t have any. I’ve missed the last few elections back home - or, I should say, back in England - and although I’m an American citizen now, I suppose, I haven’t voted here yet. I worry about the environment simply because I don’t want the world I live in to die around me, but I’m just horrible when it comes to being a good liberal. I’ve only become at all politically aware since meeting Sean Patrick.
What do you like to do to relax?
Listen to music. Good music of all sorts.
If you use a weapon, what is it? Why do you use it? For what reason specifically? Why did you pick it up in the first place? Is it unusual for your world for you to carry a weapon? Why or why not?
I did use weapons - the standard weapons of a vampire hunter. It’s not a profession I’m involved in any longer. I used wooden stakes, a small hand-held crossbow, and I can shoot a gun, if necessary. It’s not something I really ever wanted to do, and I don’t think I want to ever use any of them again.
What is the government like in your world? (Be as in depth or not as you prefer) What is the law like in your world? Are you on the right or wrong side of it? Why?
As I said, it was never that important to me. I married a very politically aware man, though, so I’m learning more as I go along. As a member of the Hiera Sacra, we tended to operate outside of the law of the land, but followed our own laws.
Do you worship a deity? Is there more than one in your religion?
I was born and raised Catholic, and I married a Catholic man, but I’m terribly lapsed. I’m really not sure what I believe - it seems to vary depending on my mood. I find many religions fascinating, and beliefs themselves very interesting, but for myself, I think I find science and the understanding of our places in nature “deity” enough.
What do you like to eat? Is that common or uncommon?
I really don’t care for much human food anymore. I want to enjoy it, and I can eat it, but nothing - nothing - can fill the spirit like blood. It’s become the only food I want, the only thing I need. Oh, except for chocolate. I still love chocolate, and I’m assured that’s quite normal.
What do you like to drink?
I do still enjoy an amaretto on the rocks. Otherwise, a little club soda with a twist of orange or plain water, if I’m really thirsty. I still like plain cow’s milk, too.
What about alcohol/drugs/other mind altering experiences?
Other than the occasional amaretto, I really don’t drink that much. I’ve gotten drunk a few times, notable enough that I can remember individual instances. I can say I really don’t care for Scotch or other whiskeys much, but I have certainly gotten drunk on them. The only recreational drugs I’ve ever gotten near have been ingested through blood, but I certainly don’t like them very much. I don’t care for losing control of myself.
What's the thing you absolutely do not want to be without?
I don’t know. I’ve always lived so very minimalist I’m still not attached to things. If that’s extended to people as well as things, well, I think it’s already obvious I AM very attached to my husband. My sire. I absolutely could not live without him.
In a potential partner, or a person to whom you might be attracted:
a) What is the first thing that catches your eye?
b) What physical aspect do you find you are most attracted to?
c) What nonphysical aspect do you find you are most attracted to?
The shape of the mouth always catches my eye. I couldn’t tell you why - but a nice mouth is a lovely thing. I like a man with nice features, straight nose, high cheekbones, that nice mouth. Go figure me being attracted to Sean Patrick, hmm? Then passion - not just physical, although that helps. Non-physical? A smart man is very attractive, a talented man, a man who knows himself and is comfortable in his own skin.
Describe in detail the most perfect kiss you can imagine:
Oh, my. Passion. I want a little fire, a spark that you can feel down deep inside. Beautiful mouth on mine, then some of that fire and passion. I want him to make a move, open my mouth with his, touch my tongue with his first. But I don’t want to just accept, I want to give as good as I’m getting. I want to know I’m exciting him, because that’s exciting to me, knowing I have that little power.
Sexually, how do you like it? (i.e. hard and fast/slow and easy/casual/rough/gentle) Why?
I’m a rather experimental soul. I like that passion and fire I mentioned. I’m often rather surprised just how inventive my deeply repressed Victorian husband can be in the bedroom. He won’t talk about sex, or discuss anything about it, but my goodness... he certainly knows how to accomplish it.
How do you get your partner to warm up to you?
Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a wink. Other times I have to work a little harder. Kisses, his mouth and his neck (he has a lovely neck), cuddling up to him, sometimes even climbing him. I can almost always wear him down. Or up, depending on how you look at it.
If things start feeling overwhelming/chaotic and there's nothing you can do about it, do you have a particular mantra/escape mechanism to help you stay calm? If so, what? If not, how do you cope?
No, although I really wish I did. I have a terrible temper and an even worse habit of simply brooding on something, mentally wearing it down, until I drive myself crazy. I’ll sometimes notice I’m wound up so tight it’s no wonder I snap. I’m trying to learn. Cody is teaching me yoga. I don’t know that it helps, since I’ll tense up in one area while trying to focus on another, but it might work one of these days.
How do you feel about the balance of power in relationships? Ie, what should it look like, ideally?
Ideally? Equal balance, I suppose, although I can’t think of too many situations where things are absolutely ideal. I lean on Sean Patrick because he’s my sire as well as my husband.
What part does money play in your life? Do you worry about it? Does it affect your decisions?
I never really thought much about money, except not too spend too much of it, until I met Sean Patrick. He’s really not as big a spendthrift as he appears, simply because he might spend what I consider to be a great deal, he’s also staying well within his personal budget. It’s just that his personal monthly budget appears to be about the size of the treasury of a small nation. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but that’s how it seemed to me at first. Now that I’m married to a wealthy man, I find suddenly I’m also wealthy, and don’t have to look too hard at price tags. It’s a very liberating feeling, an absolute rush of sensation, to not have to worry about money.
What could drive you to acts of desperation?
I’m not sure, really. I think if someone I loved were in danger, I could certainly try something desperate to save them. Of course, I’ve come to the realization that it was far easier to come to terms with sudden wealth than it was with the fact that I’m now stronger than most human men, and COULD do something, anything, to save someone I loved.
Do you draw moral boundaries for yourself? If so, what could push you to cross the lines of your own personal code of conduct?
Not as many as I should. I’m far more liberal-minded when it comes to what’s wrong and what’s right than many of the people I know, and I’ve done a few things I’m sure my husband wouldn’t approve of. I’m not altogether certain it makes me a bad person, but I’m sure I’m not as good as I could be.
Which of the four elements (air, water, earth, fire) do you identify with most and why?
Fire. I’ve always been fire, in outlook and temperament and, well, everything.
(Where applicable) Do you prefer to live in a rural, suburban, or urban area? Why?
I spent a good part of my childhood out in the country, but I’ve lived in the city for so long I barely remember what it was like. I like the city, it’s a lovely place to live. Los Angeles is so enormous and so diverse, it’s never the same place twice. I could explore for a lifetime or two, which fortunately, now I have.
Is there a particular musical instrument you identify with?
Identify with? Not really. I love listening to almost every instrument, but none of them speak to me in that way.
Is there a particular food that is significant to you in some way?
Now? Blood. Blood is a surprising food, one that I never imagined as food. As a human I would occasionally eat a very rare steak, which of course has blood in it, and when I’d cut a finger or bite the inside of my mouth - but now, rather than just that coppery, salty taste, it has a heady flavor, more akin to that very rare steak. Blood of each person tastes unique, oddly enough. Although to be honest, I’m not sure if that’s actually the taste, or the mental connection you make with someone you feed on - their uniqueness flavors the blood, of course.
How skeptical or not are you about interacting with the supernatural? (Anything from religion, to things like psychic ability/paranormal activity, to... well, whatever. How do you rank on the Mulder-Scully scale? *G*)
I was raised in a world where vampire hunters study the creatures who roam the darkness, where magic is real and no one questions that. When it came to skepticism, I didn’t know or believe in GOOD magickal creatures; that vampires could be decent, ordinary, well, people; nor did I believe that werewolves still exist. But it’s all true, innit?
What is your educational status? Are you proud of it or would you like to improve it?
Well, I WAS proud of my education, taken care of by the High Order of the Hiera Sacra, but it seems after the fact that it’s shoddy and pointless when measured against the real world. The things they taught me turned out to be almost totally without merit in every magickal category, biased and inbred and very nearly worthless. Fortunately at least the English and Mathematics departments gave me a decent education. Sean Patrick told me I could take classes at UCLA, or any college I want, any time I wanted, and I may very well take him up on that.
Do you have any creative talents?
No, not really. I do write poetry that’s not horrible, and I’ve tried my hand at fiction, but I don’t think I’m especially talented. It’s something I enjoy, that’s all.