Blaine D. Arden

Character Interview with Connor Smith

The Primrose Files


What is your full name? Do you have a nickname (if so, who calls you this)?

Connor Edison Smith.

*sigh* When my rugby team first found out about my middle name, they called me lightbulb. Luckily, that lasted less than a year.

I often feel Smith is my nickname, as it’s customary to use last names during field assignments. I’m called Smith more than Connor.


Who are/were your parents?

My Mum was Constance Smith, née Evans. She was a French teacher at several secondary schools until she died. She had a funny bone, too, though I have to admit that most of her jokes went over my head. My Dad seem to understand them perfectly, though, and never failed to laugh. She seemed an old soul at times, a very kind one, too.

My Dad was Edison Andreas Smith, and I think he was an accountant. Mum used to say he had a real gift with numbers, but he was already retired before I hit my teens. To me and my friends, he was a stay-at-home dad, and an awesome one at that. He would always have sandwiches ready, helped us with math… well, my friends more than me. Never missed one of my rugby matches, and taught me how to brew a proper cup of tea.


Do you have any siblings?

Alas, none. I always wanted one, though. I used to nag my parents to give me a little brother every single birthday for years. They thought it was hilarious, even if it drove them nuts. Apparently, I cleared part of my room and put in a self-made cot.


What is your occupation?

PA at Ironclad Security, also known as the Security Department of Primrose UK, an organisation tasked with monitoring, tracking, and protect aliens and alien technology. Which means I answer phones, organise meetings, and go out in the field with the teams under my boss’ care. I do a lot of everything, and often work overtime.


Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity?

Haven’t been a virgin since I was sixteen. It was a teammate, a deep in the closet one, so I’m not naming names. It wasn’t anything to write home about, though. It was a case of over before it began, and neither of us ever spoke of it again.


When did you have your first kiss, and who with?

My first kiss happened at least a year after losing my virginity. Mr. Closet wasn’t into kissing. Though that’s probably a good thing. At least this way, I have a good memory of my first kiss. His name was Alfie, a class mate. We dated until the end of the school year. I sometimes wonder how he’s doing.


What are your views on sex?

To each their own, and live and let live. Who cares how, when, or where others have sex? It’s none of our business. And if your next question is about my sex-life, I’ll give you the exact same answer.


Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?

I do. Very much so. And not just because of my connection to Noah, but because of my parents.

You see, Mum stepped on the wrong train one day and bumped into my dad when they both went for the same seat. They’d been together ever since. All right, the story is a lot longer than that, but that’s what it boils down to. They met, fell in love, and knew they belonged together.


Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person in some rough strokes.

Yes. Noah. He’s…unique. He has centuries of knowledge in his head, has a knack for written languages, a love of first edition books—especially when they’re leather bound—and he loves cuddling and quiet nights in.


Who is the person you respect the most, why?

Out of everyone, that would have to be my predecessor. She was a somewhat stern-looking lady, right down to the grey bun and reading glasses, who had been working for Primrose longer than I’ve been alive. She started out manning the phones, and slowly climbed up to PA.

Rumours of her actual age have her being anywhere from forty-five to seventy-five. According to her files, she was close to sixty. Travis Simpson, Team Alpha’s leader, told me she could still outrun most of the team, before a bullet too many finally took her out of the running. Action wise, that is. She retired, but is still walking, if with a severe limp.


Do you care what others think of you? Why or why not?

Less these days, but too much when I was younger. Especially after I’d just come out. I felt I was being measured, held up to invisible standards, with everything I did. Though never by my parents or my friends. Took me a long time to realise I didn’t need to live up to other people’s expectations. I only had to live up to mine.


Do you hold the door open for the person behind you or do you let it go?

I always hold the door open. It’s a common courtesy taught to me by my dad. He firmly believed that kindness would always be repaid, as long as we didn’t expect payment immediately.


What is/are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

Rugby, whenever I have the time, watching comedies, especially after a stressful day, and reading mysteries on my days off.


What smells do you associate with your childhood, and why?

Peppermint and Cypress. Mum was fond of bath oils, and those were the ones most frequently used. Peppermint was her favourite, and cypress is mine.


Do you grind your teeth?

Yes. It’s an annoying habit, but I can’t seem to stop it. I’ve had therapy for it, and it’s a lot better these days. If it gets really bad, I wear a mouth guard at night.


Do you put on both socks then both shoes, or one sock, one shoe, other sock, other shoe?

Socks first, and mainly because where I put on socks is nowhere near where I put my shoes on.


What do you like to wear?

Fitted suits. It’s the one thing I treat myself to on my birthdays, and the one thing I save up for specifically. I like how they accentuate my body in the right places, and never make my shoulders seem wider than they are. And suits are perfect for showing off colour, without having to wear colourful suits, if that makes sense.


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