Theme Song: "Ground" by Assemblage 23
Age: 19 years old
Family: Son of Aline and Jack Richards, Twin brother of Chi Richards
Status: Middle-class, Speaks French fluently and illegally
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Love Interest: Willow Jenison
Hobbies: Reading, Spending time with Willow, Reading, Kissing Willow
Favorite Book: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
Wiphen Theme Song: "Halo" by Beyonce
Questions from the readers to Stephen:
*Stephen takes a seat and taps the chair's armrest with his fingertips while looking all around him*
A: Stephen, the readers have some questions for you, are you ready?
Stephen: *Looks at A. and gives a lazy smile* Yeah...
A: How do you feel about being chosen for the Character Spotlight?
Stephen: *smirks* That means I'm more popular than baby brother, right? *Low laughter* Who would have thought!
A: Can you be nice and behave for once?
Stephen: *Raises a brow* Not sure what you mean exactly. I'm always nice to my fans.
A: *shakes head* Okay, moving on... First question from C...
C: What kind of shoes do you wear?
Stephen: Ah... uh... interesting question. Mmmh, well, it depends on what part of my life we are talking about here. See, my parents never really cared to dress me properly, so when I was living at "home," I'd wear those really crappy tennis shoes, with holes in them... you know the drill. Yeah... good times!
Now, for work, I wear black steel toe boots. Willow would be upset 'cause they're made of leather.
A: And do you like your job?
Stephen: *makes a face* Is that a joke? I like my job like a hole in the head...
C: What is the size of your shoes?
Stephen: Really? Well, my shoe size is 11 1/2. *waggles eyebrows*
A: Stephen... behave.
Stephen: *bats eyelashes innocently* Whaaaaat? Anyway, I'm 6 feet tall and I weigh 165 pounds.
A: No one asked about that, Stephen.
Stephen: Yeah, so what? If you're not interested in what I've got to say, I can just leave now...
A: You promised to be nice...
Stephen: And you promised not to be annoying...
A: *Sighs* Moving on to the next question...
C: In "Losing Ground," when you first go to the woods, is it to escape from your problems at home or is it something else that leads you there?
Stephen: *winces because he hates talking about those days, then sighs* The very first time I ran to the woods, I was nine or ten years old. I wanted to leave home and never come back. I'd asked my mother for a lock for my door and I remember her words like it was yesterday. She said, *quotes his mother in a disdainful, mocking tone* 'You are nothing but a nasty little twerp. You've made your bed, Stephen. Now sleep in it.'
*wrinkles his nose* Such a loving woman! *rolls his eyes*
After that, I just went there whenever I needed to breathe.
Then I met Willow. Willow gave me a whole new reason to go to the woods. *smiles at the memory and winks*
L: Why are you so flaming hot?
Stephen: *Lopsided smile* Why do I feel like answering that will make me sound like a real arrogant jerk?
A: You need to answer all the questions, Stephen.
Stephen: Fine. Well, probably genetics. I dunno. From my mother's side, I guess...
C: How did the officers find out about you and Chi? Is that in the next novella/book?
Stephen: Actually, I have no clue how they found us. But Mother would probably blame Chi for it. That's what she did when we had to move the one time, like Chi was responsible for being a freaking kid. Ugh! *shakes head*
C: Do you like ducks?
Stephen: For real, that's your question? *laughs* I would say that I'd like to eat some duck, but Willow probably wouldn't like that answer, so I'll just say that yeah, ducks are cool.
C: What's your favorite animal?
Stephen: I guess I like squirrels. I dunno. I definitely do not like toads, though. Willow had a pet toad that she named Toadette. *shudders* That thing was ghastly.
C: Do you like strawberries?
Stephen: Mmm, strawberries. *laughs at his own private joke* I sure do love strawberries. They make me think of someone, but I can't say whom or my creator will kill me in the sequel for spoiling the series... *eyes cut like daggers at his creator*
C: What's your favorite fruit?
Stephen: I like any fruit that Willow used to leave behind for me. Back then, I was always starving, man. I'm not difficult. Food is just food. I'll eat anything.
C: What's your favorite tree?
Stephen: What do you think? *smiles*
S: What's your type when it comes to girls?
A: Can you tell us what qualities you like?
Stephen: Sure. I like girls who are sweet, smart, and creative. I just like a girl who's nice, kind, and considerate... I have enough s** to deal with on a daily basis, I don't need any more nasty people in my life.
A: Stephen, someone once asked me why you are so different from Chi. Do you agree that you two are different, though you look identical?
Stephen: I sure hope so! The guy's a freaking wimp! He's so weak, it's sickening.
A: Chi is a lot of things, Stephen, but a wimp isn't one of them.
Stephen: *Makes a face* Whatever. Despite the circumstances, he's never had to fight to survive. And he only gets to be good because he was given a choice I wasn't.
A: Aren't you being unfair?
Stephen: Are you kidding me? Mommy's little boy had it easy, trust me.
A: *rolls her eyes* Whatever, Stephen. We will agree to disagree. Besides, don't you think people choose to be good or bad?
Stephen: Not where I come from, no. Nothing's just black or white. It's too easy to think that way... I don't care what people think of me. If you choose to see me as the black sheep, I won't waste my time trying to prove you wrong.
A: Someone also asked me how you acquired such good values when it comes to women...
Stephen: And why, exactly, would I not have good values? 'Cause I'm supposed to be the bad guy? Stop judging me on appearances. You'll only see what you want to see. *exhales with frustration*
A: You can't blame others for judging you harshly, Stephen. Not when you act and talk the way you do.
Stephen: Once again, I don't care what anybody thinks of me! Willow's opinion of me is the only one that matters. No one else matters.
A: For sure, you care about Chi and what he thinks of you...
Stephen: Is that a fact? I don't think so.
A: *moving on* So are you a feminist?
Stephen: Of course I am. I mean, who wouldn't want a girl like Willow to get a better life? *looks at his watch* Are we done with the interview, I gotta get back to my stupid job.
A: Sure, Stephen, that's all for today. Thank you for answering.
Stephen: Sure. Thanks for asking...
A: *to the readers* I wish to apologize for Stephen being so rude, as always.
Stephen: No idea what you're talking about. I was perfectly nice.
A: You still need to work on your attitude, and you and I don't have the same definition of the word "nice."
Stephen: *rolls his eyes* If I make an effort, will you give me a Spotlight with Willow? *waggles eyebrows*
A: *sighs* Maybe, if you're nice, and if your fans ask for it.
Stephen: *Gives a smile* Okay... I will work on that then. Au revoir! *Takes a bow*
A: *sighs again and rolls her eyes*
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UNDER GROUND SERIES
"When the darkness meets the light, in fear it shall flee.
Not all is what it seems, open your eyes and you will see.
When the chains break apart, the enslaved shall be free.
When the world has changed, a new dawn it will be."
- Chi Richards