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Striker: No Prisoners MC Book 1

Character Interview

Megan

Hey you two, I’m Megan Sawyer. Thanks for meeting with me today, and please call me Megan. This shouldn’t take up too much of your time. We just wanted to give the readers of our blog a little insight into the woman behind the concussion program that’s sweeping through schools across the county. Our readers are also interested in the two of you as a couple, which is why we asked you both here. Lila, I hope it wasn’t too hard to convince your fiancé to join you today.

Well, first off, Megan, thanks for having us. I’m stunned and thrilled with the way the program has caught on across the county, and now I hear there is some discussion of taking it statewide. It’s my passion, but more importantly, it has the potential to save the lives of many high school athletes. As for Striker…it took some convincing, but I’m always up for a challenge.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

Yeah, seems like you have a pretty good handle on him. Striker, how does it feel being engaged to someone who has done so much good for our community?

I’d consider myself pretty damned lucky to be engaged to Lila even if she dug ditches for a living. Fact that she’s smart and caring enough to give back to the community just makes her all the more special.

Striker

Megan

Aww, you guys are sweet. What was your main motivation behind the concussion and safety program for the school, Lila?

Well, I think most people know by now that I did my training in a large metropolitan hospital in Washington DC. Not only are there a lot of high schools in the area, there are a number of colleges as well, so lots of student athletes. Time and time again, I saw young athletes come through the ER with serious, and yet preventable sports related injuries. Almost every single time, the cause was a lack of education on how to manage minor injuries to prevent major ones, or a lack of funding for proper safety equipment. I decided I was tired of those cases and needed to do something about it.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

That’s so admirable. My son plays football here in Crystal Rock, and I can honestly say I’m not nearly as nervous watching his games as I used to be. I feel confident that the equipment he has will not fail, and that the coach can properly handle injuries that do occur.

Then my work was a success. That’s exactly the scenario I hoped to create.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

Striker, did you have any part in making this program come to life?

Fu—uhh, I mean, no. This is all Lila. I don’t know the first thing about head injuries. Hell, uh, heck, I’d still ride without a helmet every now and again, if she’d let me.

Striker

That’s never going to happen, and he’s being way too modest. He may not have developed the program, but he and his club brothers have played a huge part in helping me get my ideas off the ground. Without them, it never would have happened. They’ve helped me plan fund raisers, haul equipment, and listened to me practice speeches. In fact, I’m working on a fund raising idea that involves them, right now.

Lila "Stitch"

Babe, please don’t tell her.

Striker

Sorry, honey, it’s too good not to mention.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

Now you have me intrigued, so you have to spill.

I want to do a calendar at the garage. You know how men love those calendars and posters of women dressed in bikinis draped all over bikes and cars? How hot would a calendar of shirtless No Prisoners sitting on their bikes be? Women would be fighting in the streets to own one of those.

Lila "Stitch"

Not happening, babe.

Striker

We’re still working out the details.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

You two are hilarious. When and where is the wedding?

One month from tomorrow! It will be outside, at a pavilion on the lake. We’re keeping it pretty low key.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

You didn’t want a blowout wedding, Striker?

I’d don’t give a shi—crap what kind of wedding we have. Only thing I care about is at the end of the day she has my last name.

Striker

Megan

So you won’t be keeping Dr. Emerson?

No, she won’t.

Striker

There are some battles not worth fighting, and this is one of them. Although, now I kinda wish I’d put up a bit of a fight, maybe we could have compromised and I’d get my calendar.

Lila "Stitch"

You know you want my last name as much as I want you to have it.

Striker

Okay, he’s right. Call me old-fashioned, but I love the idea of taking his last name. Besides, Dr. Lila Parker sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

It sounds perfect. Okay since this is a blog geared toward teachers and we are talking about high school sports, did either of you play any sports when you were growing up?

I played tennis all through school, but I wasn’t very good. In fact, I sucked.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

Well, you seem to excel in so many other areas, so we’ll give you a pass.

Haha, I’d appreciate that.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

What about you, Striker?

I actually played football for two years.

Striker

What? I never knew that! I can’t believe you never mentioned it.

Lila "Stitch"

It was just something to pass the time, something to prolong the day so I didn’t have to go home. I only did it until I got my first bike, then all my spare time was spent riding.

Striker

Megan

Well, Lila, I’m glad I could help you learn something new about your man. I know you guys have busy days, so I’ll just fire one final question at you. It’s no secret that a few months ago the two of you went through a traumatic ordeal. Striker, I can see by the look on your face that the memories haven’t faded far enough away. Can you tell the readers a bit about that day?

I’m not going to go into any details. We’ve dealt with it in our own way and have moved past it, so I’m not gonna drag it all back up again. I won’t do that to Lila. But I know people are curious, we still get asked about it all the time. All I’ll say is that I have nothing to compare it to, no way to make anyone understand. Watching someone you love like I love Lila be hurt and terrorized by a fu—psycho, well, there’s no greater hell than that.

Striker

Megan

Thank you, Striker. Lila, anything you want to add?

Just that you find out how strong you are, and how deep your desire to survive and protect those you love runs. I hope that’s something no one else ever has to discover, but there are tragedies in the world every day. We’re lucky to have survived it and, like Striker said, we’ve helped each other move on. Now we choose to focus on the upcoming positive events.

Lila "Stitch"

Megan

Thank you both so much for being here and answering a few personal questions. I’ll email you a copy of the interview before it goes live.

Thank you for having us, Megan.

Lila "Stitch"