I’m talking today with my favorite air quality scientist, Kevin Shepherd. He’s the hero of my latest release, Green Grass. Hey Kev.
[Kevin] Hey. I’m no hero. I’m lucky to get my shoes on the right feet in the morning.
[Gemini] So tell me, what made you fall so head over heels for Adrian?
[Kevin] Are you kidding? Honestly, when I first saw her, I thought she was an angel. Her eyes twinkle. It’s the craziest thing. And when she smiles… (sighs) Then as I got to know her, I realized I’d never find anyone with more courage. And she wears it inside this soft little package.
[Gemini] Is she just a little too wild?
[Kevin] Ah, she’s not wild. I tamed her. But not too much. She’s fiercely independent because she had to be to survive. She’s learned to count on me more and more, and I love that.
[Gemini] How’s the air quality these days?
[Kevin] (laughs) Pretty good. Maine is the best place on the planet as far as I’m concerned. The air is still fresh here.
[Gemini] Especially in your tree house?
[Kevin] (blushing) Did Nate tell you about that?
[Gemini] Kevin, I wrote it. You can’t keep any secrets from me.
[Kevin] Oh yeah, I forgot. Adrian and I sneak up to the tree house quite often as a matter of fact.
[Gemini] Is Adrian distilling her oils again?
[Kevin] Some. She’s in college now, so she doesn’t have much time. My brother Nate found some equipment for her at an auction. Remember all hers burned up in the fire.
[Gemini] I remember. (rolling eyes)
[Kevin] When she does have time, she only makes my favorite. The one that smells like green grass. I remember the night we used that one, we rubbed … ah, never mind. (more blushing)
[Gemini] I remember that too. (now I’m blushing) What about Jessy, Kevin?
[Kevin] Adrian helped me see that Jessy, Conrad, me – we’d all moved on. But I still had her camped out in my head. We’re all really good friends now. Jessy and I share a weird past, but Adrian shares my future.
[Gemini] Are you happy living with your dad in Augusta?
[Kevin] Very. The time we spent in Adrian’s garage seems like a million years ago. We’re right where we belong.
READ MORE of Green Grass, released next week from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.