Character Interview with Isa Griffin
The Primrose Files
What is your full name? Do you have a nickname (if so, who calls you this)?
When I was younger, my mother called me sprite, but other than that I don’t care for nicknames and prefer to be called by my name. Of course, some have tried and walked away limping.
Where and when were you born?
Stroud, Gloucestershire. Though we lived all over, and even spent some time in France.
Do you have any siblings?
I’m an only child. Mum would have loved to have another baby, but Dad passed away less than a year after she miscarried, and she has yet to find a boyfriend one would call father material.
On what occasions do you lie?
Aside from any and all questions about my job, I don’t. I learned early on that the truth, no matter how hurtful, is the best policy. Though, if you don’t ask me whether that shade of green suits you, I’m not telling.
How would you describe your childhood?
Happy and difficult at the same time. As I mentioned, Dad passed when I was very young, and Mum wasn’t exactly in a happy place then, so l did a lot of stuff on my own early on. But, happy or sad, she never shut me out, and always encouraged me to talk to her about anything and everything. And no matter how many boyfriends came and went, she was always there for me.
When did you have your first kiss, and who with?
Oh, crikey. Davey Summers. He lived one floor up from us. We were twelve and caught his older sister snogging in the stairwell after walking home from school, and we wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so, we tried it on… for a couple of weeks at least, until his mum caught us, and we were both grounded.
Do you put on both socks then both shoes, or one sock, one shoe, other sock, other shoe?
One sock, one shoe, then the other sock and shoe. It’s more efficient that way, especially when I’m called in in the middle of the night. My work boots have their place right next to my bed. Cleaned and all, I may add.
Do you grind your teeth?
Only in frustration. I received enough long lectures from both my Mum and my orthodontist about how to not to treat my teeth during three years of braces in my early teens to last me a lifetime.
Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?
I did, once. Whenever Mum talked about Dad, it was obvious he’d been hers. And I thought I’d found mine just after I’d started at Primrose… until he dumped me because I spent more time in the office than he did.
I guess my friends Ellen and Darius come close to being soulmates. They at least belong together. But, even though I liked barely half her boyfriends, I think Mum’s philosophy on dating isn’t that bad. She just enjoys it while it lasts, and throws them out when the fun is over. Quite literally sometimes.
Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend?
Ellen, Darius, and Connor. Those are my core friends. And Connor is my best friend.
What do you most value in your friends?
That they take me as I am, and let me be me.
Can you tell me a little about them?
Ellen is… it’s not easy to describe her. She’s like a sun we all revolve around. She makes us feel like stars and loves us with everything she has. She certainly made me feel that way when we were dating. Still does.
What can say about Darius? He is the kindest, most grounded person I’ve ever met. He’s the one who keeps Ellen shining bright.
And Connor is like the brother I never had. We understand each other, and the fact that he’s my colleague as well as my best friend means we can talk about everything I can’t talk about to anyone else.
Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help?
Connor. He’s young, but a quite capable problem solver under pressure. As long as the problem isn’t personal to him, he’s the complete opposite then. That he is fit, after playing rugby for years, certainly helps as well when a particularly insistent male specimen needs more than a “no”. And he doesn’t scare easily.
Who is the person you despise the most, why?
Yves the eel, a slippery French painter Mum fell for when we lived in France. I’m still not sure what he wanted from Mum, but he seemed to think she and I were a package deal. He won’t make that mistake again.
What is/are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
I practice Tai Chi almost every day, but, no thanks to the eel, I dabble in painting as well. A couple of years back work was particularly stressful, and Tai Chi just wasn’t calming me down. Ellen, one of my best friends, and the only ex I’m still talking to, dated an artist at the time who suggested painting as meditation and release. I was sceptical, since I couldn’t paint to safe my life, but it did calm me down, and enjoyed it more than l expected.
Are you generally organized or messy?
Organised. Always. Mess is distracting. Everything in my house has its own place, and I don’t like it when someone puts things back in the wrong place. Let Connor tell you how twitchy I get when Mum stays over. I love her dearly, but she can never remember where my plates or cups go. All she cares about is that she put it all back into the cupboards.
The only messy room is the room where I paint and practice Tai Chi. Though, messy is probably not the right word. It’s the only room where I don’t mind things being out of place. Of course, no one else is allowed in that room.
Name three things you consider yourself to be good at, and three things you consider yourself to be bad at.
Hmm. I think on my feet, have a good memory, and know plenty of ways to incapacitate an attacker.
Sitting still for long, waiting, and seeing through a date’s lies.
What do you have in your pockets or purse?
Both my cross-body bag and my backpack contain enough to survive the unexpected. From a swiss army knife to a mini first aid kit, and from a water bottle to emergency snacks, to an extra set of clothing.
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