Alessa, at the command of the mild-mannered voice from the other side of the door, strode into the room in the main building she had been directed to. "I was told to come here for an interview?" She asked, tilting her head until the tip of one of her long ears touched her shoulder.
"Yes, of course, please sit down."
With a nod, Alessa took the seat across from the nondescript human at the desk. "So is the interview process to see if people are really suited for the journey, logistical purposes, or is it just a formality?" She blinked a couple times, a curious smile on her face. She couldn't help but spit out whatever came to her mind. She hated silences, and this human didn't seem like the talkative type.
At her nervous laugh, Alessa found her assumption rather correct. "I'm afraid I can't answer that." As Alessa opened her mouth to ask why, the interviewer hurriedly added, "Because I don't know."
"Oh, okay!" Alessa giggled softly, "Do you have files on us or do you need me to introduce myself?" In the back of her mind she thought perhaps she shouldn't be the one dominating the procedure, seeing as she was the interviewee, not the interviewer, but she just couldn't stop herself from rushing the process along.
A bit flustered, the interviewer started pulling together her paper and pen. "Ah, I need your name, age, and country of origin please."
"Alessa de Medici, twenty years, Crispin." Alessa rattled off cheerfully, entirely relaxed at the moment. Interviews didn't intimidate her, although they probably should have. If she had been paying attention, she would've noticed her very slight sense of social tact telling her to stop being so forward. As she was not paying attention, however, she simply forged ahead.
The interviewer hurriedly scribbled down her answers, then stammered, "S-So, this is not a very long interview process. Just
a few questions."
Alessa's head bobbed in a nod. "All right, fire away!"
The interviewer blinked a few times at her, perturbed by her energy level, or so Alessa seemed to think. "First of all, tell me about yourself."
Alessa's eyes widened a bit. "What do you want to know?" She asked in return, tilting her head again.
Whatever you think is important." The interviewer said, faintly exasperated already.
Alessa nodded rapidly and paused, tapping her chin to think for a moment. "Well
I was born in Tristian, to a doctor and a pharmacist. I have two older brothers, both doctors, and a younger brother who is on track to become a doctor as well. I went to school in Tristian until I was about twelve or thirteen years old I can't remember exactly which until my parents decided that I wasn't doing well enough in arithmetic and the natural sciences to pursue the career of doctor. They decided to send me to live with my grandmother in the countryside. My grandmother runs a apothecary of some renown, and my parents thought if I couldn't be a practicing doctor, I could at least make medicines for my brother's patients."
"I don't really need your life stor-"
Alessa ignored the interviewer, or at least didn't process that she had spoken, and continued after her pause for breath. "My grandmother taught me how to make medicine and run the store for the last seven or eight years, can't remember how many. It was fun, but really terribly dull, you know? So my brother sent me a letter a little while ago telling me about the search for Aura and I jumped on the opportunity. Travel is just so exciting, you know?" Her voice rose as she began to get excited, and her hand gestures became more frequent and dramatic.
"Okay so, moving o-"
"I'm really looking forward to the journey! I'm an adventurous person, so nothing really intimidates me, you know? And there are so many interesting pla-"
"Excuse me, Miss de Medici," the interviewer interrupted firmly, clearing her throat, "We should move onto the next question."
Alessa bounced in her seat a bit, nodding. "Oh yes, of course! I do tend to go on, don't I?" She laughed loudly.
Another exasperated sigh escaped the interviewer before she continued, "What country are you aligning yourself with, and why?"
"Crispin, of course!" Alessa giggled, "It's my country of birth! I couldn't imagine serving any other country! Or leader! His Majesty is quite remarkable and-"
Loyal to a fault
The interviewer scribbled down as she interrupted again, "Next."
Alessa clapped her mouth shut and nodded. She could sense vaguely the displeasure of the interviewer, but she couldn't figure out exactly what it was. All she could tell was the atmosphere suddenly got a bit uncomfortable, which meant she should probably shut up.
"What do you hope to find in your travels?" As Alessa opened her mouth to answer, the interviewer held up her hand, "Briefly."
"New plants to use for medicinal research!" Alessa beamed to show that she understood, "It will make my parents very happy." She paused for a moment, frowning vaguely, "May I be honest?"
"Honesty is usually a good trait, yes," The interviewer replied wryly.
"I'm looking for the thrill of the journey," Alessa's voice was wistful, her facial expression a little distant, "I want to find something new, and be able to claim that I'm the one that found it. But I also want to help my country progress into the future. And I want to make my parents proud. And-" She cut off, smiling sheepishly, "Sorry, you said brief, didn't you?"
The interviewer nodded. "That will be sufficient, thank you." She tapped her pen against the top of her desk idly, "One final question: Where do you like to spend time on campus and why?"
"At the beach!" Alessa blurted before she could be signaled anything else, "The water is warm and pleasant here, so swimming is a lot of fun!" She paused for a moment thoughtfully, then added, "The library is a wonderful place as well! So many different books, and not all of them are from Crispin. Other countries' writing styles are so interesting!" Her hands began flailing about again, for leisure activities excited her almost as much as the prospect of traveling.
Deciding to beat her to the punch before she could add anything else, the interviewer slapped her hand on the desktop lightly. "Well, that's all the questions I have. Thank you very much, Miss de Medici."
Alessa blinked. "Oh, that quick? Okay!" She laughed, "Thank you very much ma'am!" She hopped up from her seat and skipped over to the door, "I hope you have a pleasant remainder of your day!" With that, she threw the door open and skipped out.