Zach – So, you’re basically what we call a “security contractor.”
Matilda – I suppose you can say that. I had my men and arms and we protected the Papal throne. Yes, we did some bodyguard business and such, but we really didn’t hire out to anybody.
Zach – What was your favorite weapon?
Matilda – Broadsword, definitely. Broadsword with a shield. I never like the spear much.
Zach – and if you were working today?
Matilda – Probably M-4’s, eotech red dot sights and plate carriers. Maybe a few with an AR-10 of somekind, maybe the Crusader Broadsword, I like the name of that one.
Zach – yes, that’s a sweet weapon. What was it like on campaign in Italy?
Matilda – Well, I love the weather in my home. Italy is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. I hear Venice is gorgeous but I’ve never been. My lands and Venice have never been on good speaking terms.
Zach – Well, while you’re here in the 21st century, you might want to stop by. It’s an amazing place.
Matilda – I just might do that.
Zach – So, what’s your favorite book?
Matilda – Generation Kill, Dead Six and Jane Eyre. Hey, I can be a girl sometimes. The new movie with Micheal Fassbender was amazing. Okay, and Pride and Prejudice, the BBC version.
Zach – What was it like on campaign?
Matilda – That part wasn’t very romantic and I can’t say I enjoyed sleeping in tents. Up in the mountains it got very cold and I had to wear extra layers under my chainmail. After a while you get used to the weight of the armor and you feel naked without a sword on your hip. In the summer it got too hot but if you wear too little, the chainmail will rub you raw. And then you had to make sure it keeps from rusting, and the food is bad and…Oh, I don’t want to sit here and complain. Anyone can get used to anything given enough time. I prefer to stay in my comfortable castles any time.
Zach – I hear you’re getting married.
Matilda – Yes, to my stepbrother. I hate him. He is a miserable wretch. But he has connections.
Zach – Very pragmatic of you.
Matilda – When you’re surrounded by enemies, even ones that claim to be your friends, you do what you must.
Zach – What’s your favorite food?
Matilda – You do ask all the hard questions, don’t you? (Laughs.) I suppose I like roasted mutton with hard bread and Olive oil…and strawberries.
Zach – When you’re not cleaving skulls what do you like to do?
Matilda – I like to read, practice my swordplay and crochet. Don’t laugh. It’s very relaxing. You should try it some time.
Zach – Maybe I will.
So, if you have any questions for Matilda, E-mail me and I’ll have her answer in a timely manner. Ask anything, don’t be afraid.