|laura hollis (iknowkravmaga) wrote in freedomtownic,|
@ 2019-03-20 09:56:00
|Entry tags:||hernando fuentes (tubforthree), lito rodriguez (courageousheart), penelope park (worldburning), will gorski (not_alone_), wolfgang bogdanow (messwithme), ~kala dandekar (savesherself), ~laura hollis (iknowkravmaga), ~nomi marks (knowme), ~riley blue (hascarvesholes)|
Who: Laura Hollis, Sense8 gang, and Penelope Parker
Where: Lito's house
What: Interviewing Lito, his family, and friends.
When: Lets say last month!
Laura Hollis stood in front of the house that Lito sent her the address to, she was in her casual clothes, beige pants, white blouse, her bag on her shoulder. She had did this on a whim, which was rare, but when Lito agreed, she had a plan now. She would asked question about his former life, how things are here, to show everyone came from somewhere different and well the newcomers could see life here wasn’t bad.
She knocked twice and then stepped back, waiting for him to answered the door and was quite surprised when a woman did.
“Hello,” Dani answered as she flipped up her sunglasses and then extended a hand “Hi, I’m Daniela Velazquez , Lito’s agent,” She smiled at her, “I know this is a free interview, I’m not going to bargain money from you, but just wanted you to know, he doesn’t do interviews for free often.” With a nod of her head, another smile, “follow me, lunch is ready and it’s a cheat day, so carbs!” She might be a little gleeful about this, but who doesn’t love carbs.
She took Laura into a garden and as soon as she stepped outside, Dani slipped her sunglasses back down, “Look who is here, my darlings?” she proclaimed with a smile.
Lito jumped up from his seat at the outdoor dining table, quick to greet Laura. He was dressed semi-casually in jeans and a collared white dress shirt open a few buttons down his chest with his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. Back home he was much more guarded when it came to interviews, but being on Galador was an opportunity for a new start and he felt no need to hide who he was or who he loved. “Laura! It’s good to finally meet you,” he said jovially, despite the fact that they’d only spoken on the network a few days prior. He grasped her shoulders and kissed one cheek and then the other.
“I see you’ve already met Dani,” he gestured to her with a smile, clear adoration in his eyes, then gestured towards the other man seated at the outdoor dining table, “and this is my partner Hernando.” It was so clear that he loved both of them that it was almost palpable. “Dani, Hernando; meet Laura.” He wanted to give them a chance to meet before they all sat down - even though that table called to him. Whole fruits, beans, corn, yoghurt! Cheat day only came around once a month and he always looked forward to it.
With his joyous greeting, Laura smiled, “It’s a pleasure to meet you as well!” As Lito kissed her cheeks, she breathed out “oh,” he certainly was friendly, honestly she didn’t mind, the whole place seem to be friendly and vivid! She smiled as he introduced her to his partner and than to Dani once again, “Hello,” she said with a nod of her head, “pleasure to meet you all.” She looked around at the garden, “did you do all of this?” she asked in wonderful, it was beautiful.
Dani slid by the pair to sit down, when Lito introduced her again, she gave a little wave to the other woman and than leaned back in her chair, sipping her drink, “Come and sit,” she encouraged, the food looked great and it was cheat day, she had been eyeing corn since it got on the table.
“We like our food,” Lito said with a broad grin as he sat down at the table, gesturing for Laura to do the same. There were a few pitchers on the table as well, one full of water and ice (with a few wedges of lemon floating in it), the other? Sangria. “Well, most of the pleasures that life has to give,” he amended, gesturing to their garden which was lush, beautiful and full of color. It contained a small water feature and there were a few tasteful sculptures as well. Lito was very proud of the home that they’d created together. It spoke to all of their tastes without being garish (or so he thought, anyway).
“How would you like to set this up?” Lito asked Laura, taking her comfort and idea into account. He thought her idea was smart. A way for the community to bond and get to know each other better. He felt like it was a perfect opportunity for him to get out more, at the very least. Hopefully the others felt the same way.
While Lito spoke to his guest/interviewer, Will Gorski stood to one side, there but not physically there. “I don’t know about you guys,” he muttered to his fellow Sensates, “but I’m half-tempted to invite myself over. That spread looks amazing.” As soon as he said it he licked his lips; he couldn’t help it. “I can’t be the only one thinking that.”
“You’re not wrong,” Nomi answered Will with her patented dry humor and a small laugh. “If there was ever a day to drop in, it’s carb day. Lito, you’d better save us some of that Sangria.”
She dropped down onto a bench near the water feature. Kala had been sitting there primly, watching the others without comment. She smiled as Nomi joined her and let her head drop onto the blonde’s shoulder.
Hernando wasn't surprised when someone was coming to interview Lito. He was always the type that needs to be seen, heard. It was part of his nature and it was one of the many things he loved about the man. Like back home, he would always be supportive of how much or how little Lito wanted to be in the spotlight.
"It's so nice to meet you, too Laura," he said as he stood from the where he was sitting at the outdoor table. "Please help yourself." He gestured to the food on the table. He knew that she was there for the interview but it was rude not to offer.
He gently squeezed Lito's arm as he walked back around to the table. Taking a seat back in the spot he had been in when she come into the house.
Laura took a seat in a free chair, “I’m just going to ask you random question, to get to know you better and ask about how you are fitting in here. If there’s anything you don’t want to answer, just say next. I will let you introduce your friend and partner, ” she told informed him, pulling out her phone, “I figured to keep it simple, since you are my first, I could record us on the phone and than I’ll edit it, than send you the video for your approval, I would hate to post something you’d hate, so you will get final say.”
Riley walked around the table, looking at the food and then looked at Lito, “She’s done this before, hasn’t she?” she asked and then moved next to Will, Her hand slid into his as she watched the her friends.
Dani nodded her head in approval, “I like that,” she waved her hand lazily, “Shall we get started than?” she asked and then shifted in her chair so she could start loading her plate with some food.
Laura nodded her head, she shifted some in her chair and with a few quick swipe of her fingers, she smiled as the camera came on. Leaning back, extending her arm, “Hello everyone, Laurea Hollis here. As most of you know, I’m starting to interview people who were brought here so we can get to know each other a little better. Today I would like to welcome Lito Rodriguez.”
Another swipe of her finger and the camera was on him. “Thank you, Mr. Rodriguez for allowing me to interview you and welcoming me into you lovely home. The first question is, where are you from? As in the place, the year, since some of people here have been misplaced not only in place, but in time as well.”
“She seems to know what she’s doing,” Will murmured to Riley, giving her hand a squeeze. He was concerned about what Lito would say about his fellow Sensates, but Galador seemed like an accepting and inclusive place and he trusted that Lito would know what to say when the time came.
Lito looked over at Nomi and gave her a wink. He had more sangria in the fridge. “Yes, please help yourself,” Lito said after Hernando. He gave Hernando a sheepish smile. He was always one to think practically while Lito’s excitement often got the better of him. He poured them each a drink while Laura explained the process that she would use. He nodded to Dani, silently agreeing with her. The interview process sounded fair and was a much kinder than he’d experienced in the past.
“Thank you for being here, Laura,” he replied with ease, giving her (and her camera phone) a charming smile. “I’m from Mexico City originally, but I’ve found myself doing a bit of traveling before coming here.” He glanced over Laura’s shoulder to look at Will and Riley, giving them a private smile before getting back to the interview. “We’re from mid-2018. We being my partner Hernando,” he gestured to Hernando, “and,” how did he classify his relationship with Dani? “My agent/best friend Dani, along with a few others: Will, Riley, Kala, Wolfgang and Nomi. I’m sure that they’d like to meet you, as well.”
He paused briefly. How much did he say? What did he omit? The other Sensates had stories of their own, but how they were connected was something that they all shared. “I’m an actor. I was raised watching telenovela’s and I guess something stuck.” He chuckled and rubbed at the growth on his chin. “But it was through almost losing the two loves of my life and the new friendships that were formed that I realized that acting isn’t all that I am.” He held up a hand a chuckled. “It’s a big part of who I am, but I have more to offer the world. This one or any other that I happen to be in.” He blinked. “I’m sorry. That was perhaps more than you needed.”
“No,” she said instantly, “Be as open as you like to be, anything you would like to omit, we can edit out.” If was different than how she normally did things, but she was trying to be professional now, make a name for herself and she found she wanted to know more, there was something about him. “telenovela’s that’s very exciting, did you star in one or did you do something else?”
“He was one of the leading males of film within our culture,” Dani said with a flip of her hand, “and now he’s,” she looked over at Hernando and Lito offered a smile, it was her job to talk him up, “an lgbt activist, because in our world,” she used hand quotations “ not all people rights matters and that needs to change.”
Riley stood there watching the exchanged, leaning into Will, and then she remarked, “Remind me to hire Dani when I start doing gigs again. She’s good at being a manger, Lito.”
Laura nodded her head, “I know what you mean,” she said “My partner Carmilla and I, have been lucky in having very accepting people in our lives and we haven’t had much backlash that a lot of others have been through. It’s one of things I love about this planet, they take you as you are.”
“You mentions six friends, all from the same world?” Laura continued “that’s a rarity” She was a little jealous, she was with Carm, but she missed her friends from time to time. She shifted to get her drink to take a small sip, “A movie star, activist, what are you goals for here?”
Hernando wasn't sure where he could say anything, if he could say anything. He had never been the one that sought out the spotlight. He was fine being there next to the ones he's loved, Hernando and Dani. Both seemed to be able to act naturally when speaking with Laura.
At the mention of Lito being an activist he reached over and lovely squeezed his hand. He was glad that they were able to be who they were both back home and here on Galador.
"Careful what you tell her," Wolfgang chimed in at the mention of his name. He didn't know how many knew of what they were but he didn't want everyone to. As with so many people not caring about keeping their abilities hidden. Wolfgang wasn't someone that did.
Kala immediately picked up on Wolfgang’s agitation, and the hesitancy to mention too much about what they were. They all picked up on it, really. There was no way to hide emotions within the cluster, but Kala had always been exceptionally connected to Wolfgang right from the beginning. She loved how protective he was over all of them, and tried to send comforting thoughts his way.
Nomi, meanwhile, had her laptop out and was doing a search of the network and the internet to find out more information about Laura. Just in case.
Penelope had been hesitant about making an appearance. She hadn’t lived with her new guardians long and she still wasn’t sure about the place she held in their lives. Still, she had stuck back in the kitchen while the adults greeted each other. She wanted to make a good impression on the stranger. She knew about her reputation at the Salvatore School, and she didn’t have any desire to carry it out into her new home with these amazing people.
She finally walked out to greet the group, kissing bother Hernando and Lito on the cheek as she made her way around the table. “I hope that I’m not interrupting anything,” she said sweetly before finding her spot at the table.
“Dani’s very good at her job,” Lito agreed with Riley as he stood beside her, while simultaneously sitting in front of her. Why yes, the geography of where everyone was was getting weird. “I’m glad that you and your partner feel comfortable here,” he said to Laura, “I hope that everyone will feel the same way someday.” Lito squeezed Hernando’s hand lightly while also pointedly looking in Wolfgang’s direction. The meaning would be clear to the other Sensates, but to Laura it might seem like he’d lost his place.
Lito shifted in his seat and cleared his throat. “We have a few friends from back home that we’re missing,” he felt the need to add. Sun and Capheus were back home, but they had the added benefit of still being in contact with them, as weird as that sounded. He was willing to be open with what they were capable of but was mindful of Wolfgang’s misgivings and so decided not to expand on that.
“I like the idea of getting back to work as an actor and perhaps creating our own movies here, but in the meantime I’d really like to help the lgbt community. I don’t want anyone to feel ostracized in any way. Or that they don’t belong.”
He paused when he noticed Penelope enter the garden and smiled when she made her way over and kissed his and Hernando’s cheeks. “This is Penelope,” he introduced Laura and Penelope, “she’s graciously allowed us to be her guardians.” He beamed. Still, he made a point to let Penelope know only to have the clear liquids on the table. “We’re doing out interview,” he replied. “But help yourself.” They certainly had enough food left over in the kitchen to feed an army.
Lito glanced at the others as soon as it occurred to him that he’d said ‘we’ and a sly grin spread across his face. “Do you have a selfie stick? Or a tripod?” He asked Laura. “I feel like introducing you to the other people that I know.” He gave Hernando’s hand a reassuring squeeze. It was going to be okay. “Invite Carmilla and we’ll make a party of it.” He decided for all of them.
Listening with such intensity, Laura was in awe of him and when Penelope stepped out, she swung away from the young woman, “Penelope, would you be alright if I filmed you?” she didn’t want her to feel like she was forced to be on camera.
However as Lito spoke, Laura was in awe so him and honestly she hoped to see his acting soon and she wouldn't mind working with him on a project for the lgbt community here. When he mentioned we, she did look at him oddly, but then he suggested she contact Carmilla and she nodded her head, “I can do that and I do have a tripod, I can ask her to bring it.”
Lito smiled when Laura turned the camera away from Penelope and he glanced at Wolfgang and Nomi. In his mind, someone who thought of others well-being was okay in his book. Sure, he understood their wariness, but he was glad that his first assessment of Laura was correct. This was a good person. “Absolutely, Penelope. If you’re not comfortable being filmed, that’s okay,” he assured her. Still, he was glad to see her. And maybe it was time for her to meet the extended family too.
To Laura, he smiled brilliantly. “Excellent! Now, I do warn you,” he leaned forward, elbows resting against the table as he gave her his ‘serious acting face’, “we are notoriously known for our parties back home. I hope that you like dancing,” he finally added, flashing her a brilliant smile and a wink.