Me: Hello, Jane, it’s been a while.
Jane Smith: Hey, sorry I am late- I had to lose a tail. I don’t particularly want anyone to know I am doing this.
Me: Jane, an autobiography is painless. Your story is anonymous and pretty unbelievable, after all. It will be one of the easiest things you have ever done.
JS: I never do anything the easy way.
Me: Right- and how is John- err, Mr. Smith? Is your marriage… on an even level yet?
JS: Hardly. But the passion is absolutely incredible.
Me: Hmm, I would imagine. First, tell me a little bit about who you are. I know that you are not ‘allowed’ to tell me spy secrets or anything, but tell me how you perceive yourself.
JS: First of all, I am a skilled assassin. I have a sharp mind, a well toned and trained body, and know how to keep things concise and compartmentalized. Everything that I do is well planned and organized and that is the essence of my survival.
Me: Everything…. But marriage?
JS: Humph. My marriage is perfect.
Me: Sure. You still going to counseling, then?
JS: Yes. Because we choose to.
Me: Okay, if you say so. Do you have plans for children?
JS: What? I am a trained assassin, one of the best in the country. I hardly think that I am expected to settle down for that type of thing. Suburbia did not suit us, after all.
Me: I recall us talking about your failed attempt at a fake, normal life. And John?
JS: He is much more emotional than I. He speaks of quitting our trade and trying to settle down again. In my opinion, he is threatened by my superior abilities.
Me: Wow, that sounds a little harsh.
JS: Oh, we both know that I could have killed him if I had wanted to that night. I had the upper hand the whole time.
Me: Good thing you are still going to counseling…. How do you handle this secret life?
JS: We move a lot. Take on contract jobs separately. We tried to work some cases together, but it drove us against each other. I cannot stand what he calls his ‘instinct’…always changing my plans and doing what he thinks is best.
Me: So, what is-
JS: Sorry, but I have to go. You may want to go, also, that car has passed by twice in exactly three minutes. I will be in touch.