We’re back in New Detroit for another chat with someone from the year 2025. Please help me welcome Dr. Holden Pratt.
Hello Dr. Pratt!
Please just call me Holden.
[He smiles and a chill runs down my spine.]
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? I can assure you that I enjoy myself daily. I’m recently engaged so I like to spend as much time with her as possible.
Congratulations! Do I know the lucky girl? You do. Next question.
[I clear my throat.] Um… what impression do you make on people when they first meet you? Hopefully, they see my integrity. After they speak with me, they’ll know that I’m a man of means who gets what he wants… always.
Someone must have adjusted the air. It’s suddenly quite cold in here. Moving on…
If you could spend the day with someone you admire, who would you pick? I’ve surrounded myself with people who admire me. No need for me to look any further than my mirror.
Excuse me for saying so, but you seem a little full of yourself. Come now, lady. If you don’t think highly of yourself, why expect it from others?
Sorry, but it comes across as arrogance. I don’t mind the opinions of others. Purebreds can’t be concerned with that.
Ah, so you’re a Purebred. Do you have anything against Hybrids? Of course not. My fiancé is a Hybrid.
What type of doctor are you? Only the best. I’m a scientist of the highest caliber.
Let’s talk a moment about your character. There are rumors floating around New Detroit. You’ve had some shady dealings with quite a few females in town. Care to elaborate? You know I absolutely abhor the media. If you must know, my family’s quite influential. We are supporters of the New Order. We are policymakers. There are those who want to tarnish our reputation. Some women will say anything when the night doesn’t go their way.
Are you saying that the rumors are a form of blackmail? That’s too harsh. I’m a catch. When I let these women know that I wasn’t interested in a one-night stand, they took offense.
Let me get some clarification. [I shuffle some papers.] Do you remember Vivienne Winslow? Names escape me.
Let me help you. Vivienne Winslow was the first young woman you dated and assaulted. She spent a week in a hospital after the injuries you gave her. Remember her now? [Dr. Pratt pales.] I can assure you her injuries were not from an assault. Check your facts, lady. We were in a car accident. I also sustained injuries from that event.
Okay. How about Regina Webb? Remember her? She’s still in a mental facility because of a date with you. Another erroneous fact. Mental facilities no longer exist in the AR. Any mental issues she may suffer are being treated in-home. The woman wasn’t stable. We went out once and she pulled a gun on me.
So you attract trouble? It’s the money. Those of us who have tend to attract those who don’t. Quite logical really. Now, do you have some real questions for me?
Trust me, all of my questions are real. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it? I plan on rectifying that very soon with my bride-to-be. I look forward to becoming a parent one day. I’ll have the type of family people will want to emulate. [He narrows his eyes.] And no, I don’t want to elaborate.
Very well. What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? So far, it’s this interview.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? I’ve done things in the name of science. Let’s leave it at that.
Okay. What’s the most important thing in your life? Finding something I’ve lost.
Care to explain? I’m not permitted to do so.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change? I love my life. I have the woman of my dreams. I’m successful in my career. I have respect. There’s nothing I’d change. Wait… If I could do-over, I’d refuse this little chat.
Anything you care to add? I’d find another line of work if I were you. I find you abrasive and only interested in lies and rumors. If you were in my world, I could have you arrested for treason.
Thankfully, I live in THIS world. Good luck on your upcoming nuptials.
Join me next time for another Fireside Chat. We’ll be speaking with another character from the future—someone who has asked for anonymity.
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