For the reader’s benefit, the interviewee is a tall, lean, Caucasian young man with black hair, eyes like a still ocean in a dark night and a pair of soft black wings with specks of stardust scattered carelessly across the feathers.
1 - What is your name?
2 - How old are you?
As old as sleep. I’ve lost count of the years.
3 - Where do you come from?
Another dimension that I like to call the Dream Realm.
4 - Are you married/in love?
5 - Do you have any children?
6 - What is your profession?
I drop sand into the atmosphere which induces heavy sleep and forms what humans call 'sleep in their eyes'.
7 - Do you have any secrets?
I had a crush on a mermaid once.
8 - Who is your best friend/worst enemy?
My best friend is a magnificent crimson dragon called Ferris. I don’t have a worst enemy.
9 - What would you take out of a burning house?
That’s an interesting question. My diary I suppose.
10 - Name three weaknesses and three strengths.
- I’ve never really attached myself to anyone, which perhaps means that I’m a little out of touch.
- I live in a world where fantasy is as real as reality, which perhaps makes it difficult for me to try to get to know humans.
- Chocolate. Can’t get enough of the stuff.
Three strengths. Wow, you ask some difficult questions. I spent ages thinking of the weaknesses.
- Singing. Does singing count as a strength? It’s a good skill to have when it makes people fall asleep.
- Drawing. I’m great at drawing - if I do say so myself. Again, I’m not quite sure I’m answering your question here.
- Comforting. Apparently I’m a good, solid shoulder to cry on. I take that as a compliment and try not to think about the fact that the person who told me that was a homosexual elf...
11 - If you could change 1 thing in your past, what would it be?
Um... I really don’t know. Maybe I’d like to have started composing my diary earlier. All those ideas lost in the sands of time... [Laughs] No pun intended.
12 - What is your first thought in the morning?
In the morning? I’m a night creature. Imagine everyone falling deeply asleep in the daytime! There would be chaos!
About my job: I work 24/7 - the Earth stops revolving for no one. I’ve settled into a routine where I enter each time-zone at eight o’clock in the evening.
I remember seeing a morning a few millenia ago, though... My first thought then was ‘The sunrise is so beautiful...’
13 - What are you terrified of?
Um... Really scary nightmares. And waking dreams.
Not that I’ve ever dreamt myself - I’ve stopped to watch someone in a waking dream and it looks dreadful.
14 - What is the 1st thing on your Christmas list?
Um, ... sand? [Laughs]
I don’t really ... need anything, you know. I mean, I have everything that I need in my world, and when I want something, I just draw it and turn it into a real thing. I guess, however, that the best thing my friends could get me was ...chocolate. [Grins]
15 - What is the worst present anyone's ever given you?
Well, you know, I don’t really celebrate a lot of events. I don’t know my birthday so I can’t celebrate it (and besides, I think millions of those would make me sick of them), and at Christmas, it’s more a time of being together with my friends and playing fun games.
16 - Who would you want to talk to one last time? What would you say?
One last time. Now that’s depressing. I’ve never actually talked to anyone mortal, but I guess if I had and I cared about them, I’d tell them that they were wonderful and to not be worried as they lay on their deathbed.
17 - Would you consider yourself an angel or a devil?
Um, am I allowed to say neither? I mean, I can see how much people appreciate deep sleep, especially when there’s a beautiful dream involved, but I’m just doing a job, and ultimately if no one slept deeply enough, there would be a lot more problems in the world. In my opinion, anyway. I don’t believe I’m a devil because I’ve never intended anyone harm, but I do feel a bit guilty when people have nightmares or suffer waking dreams. Even though it’s not my fault... I guess I just feel like me. The Sandman.
18 - What would your 3 wishes be?
Oo, I’ve heard of this concept! You humans are so imaginative.
One, to fall in love.
Two, for there to be more happiness on Earth.
Three, ... um, I don’t know. If you’ve fallen in love and there’s more happiness on Earth, what more could one possibly need? ... For people to sleep better?
19 - What makes you angry?
The bad traits of humans.
20 - Would you like a hug?
I would! Thank you for asking!
[Hugs so tightly that the interviewer is almost left gasping for air.]
Thank you for the interview!
End of Interview