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1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?
Definitely staying behind to tend to the wounded. Like I said last week, I’m not into killing, taking the lives of people who love and have been loved.
2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?
Oh no, not answering this. This question is way too girly for me.
3. Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?
I am terribly wimpy and have a very low threshold for pain. I could not, would not stand for that kind of pain. I would have made my escape back to the future, with the stitches still in, as soon as possible, no matter the risks. I like my painkillers and general anaesthesia.
4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?
It is pretty sweet that people seem to be much more open, much more quickly, about their feelings for one another. They really just go for it. They would have a lot less of those frustrating moments when you are wondering how someone really feels about you and those terrifying moments when you try to express your feelings for someone else.
5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?
A little of both, but mainly I feel that Gabi was being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay. They’re living 700 years in the past and there is a gigantic hole in Gabi’s side. It sucks for Gabi to potentially lose Marcello but going back to their time would be better than Gabi dying which would result in Lia forever being stuck in the past alone.