Juno Rushdan Interviews Gideon Stone, the hero in Nothing to Fear
We all have characters that resonate with us and we can’t forget. I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of my favorites. He’s not easy to get to know, but once you do, I guarantee you’ll fall hard for him. He’s sexy, badass and fiercely loyal. Today I’ve managed to score ten minutes with the mysterious Gideon Stone, an operative in the Gray Box. Are you familiar with the Gray Box and the Final Hour series? If not, now is the time to grab the first book, Every Last Breath!
I don’t want to waste another second because once my time is up, he’s out of here.
Juno Rushdan: Hey, Gideon! Thanks for meeting me.
Gideon Stone: *chews gum* Yep.
Juno: Let’s dive right in. Tell us a little about yourself.
Gideon: I agreed to this interview under the condition that I’d only have to answer yes or no.
Juno: *sighs* How about I start off with some yes or no questions to get you warmed up, then we take it from there. Okay?
Juno: You’re thirty-two years old, six-three, weigh about two-ten. Ladies fall for your stunning good-looks (my heart stutters as I stare at him and I see why women are awe-struck) and sometimes you’ve used that to your advantage as a weapon. The CIA trained you to be a wet work specialist—fancy term for assassin—and to do enhanced interrogation. Then you became a Gray Box operative, where you were given the black ops call sign Reaper. Would you say that’s accurate?
Juno: Do you remember why you wanted to become a government operative in the first place? Was it for the espionage or the adrenaline rush?
Gideon: Neither. It was simply to serve my country.
Juno: That’s the answer you tell everyone, but when it comes to you, nothing is that simple. Is it?
Juno: Care to elaborate.
Gideon: Pass (folds his arms across his drool-worthy chest and his jaw hardens).
Juno: *Dumbstruck by how he can be so terrifying and so gorgeous at the same time* You’re a man of few words. Is it safe to say that with you still waters run deep?
Juno: Every operative has an area of expertise. What’s yours?
Gideon: Breaking people.
Juno: What’s your current kill count?
Gideon: Honestly, I lost count a long time ago. Ask Willow. She has my entire personnel file memorized. Can you believe she even hacked into the system to read the redacted parts?
Juno: That sounds like her. Did that make you feel violated?
Gideon: Yeah, sure. Who wouldn’t? But then I found it liberating.
Juno: In what way?
Gideon: She knows every awful, violent thing I’ve done, including ripping out a man’s carotid artery with my bare teeth once.
Gideon: They didn’t give me the call sign Reaper for nothing. But that’s my point. Somehow, she still loves me anyway.
Juno: Do you have any regrets from your work in the field?
Gideon: None. I’d do it all again.
Juno: But you have trouble sleeping?
Gideon: Occupational hazard. It comes with the territory.
Juno: Do you have any regrets in your personal life? Anything you would’ve done differently?
Gideon: One regret. The first time Willow smiled at me I wish I had smiled back. Instead I threw her the coldest scowl.
Juno: Why? She’s so sweet. One of my favorites.
Gideon: *shrugs* To scare her off and keep her from getting close.
Juno: What are Willow’s greatest strengths?
Gideon: Her intelligence, honesty, kindness and loyalty.
Juno: How admirable! And her weaknesses?
Gideon: She’s a little OCD with organizing everything, down to the spices in the cabinet. But don’t tell her I said that.
Juno: Willow has autism, which is something she doesn’t like for people to know. Do you find it hard to be in a relationship with some on the spectrum?
Gideon: At first, I didn’t understand what that meant, but then I did some research about ASD. Her sensory processing disorder, specifically how sensitive she is to certain sounds has been a challenge on more than one occasion. You really put us through the wringer on that (throws a glare).
Juno: *Shiver, but I’m also captivated by the startling, pale blue of his eyes.*
Gideon: Every healthy relationship is about give and take and respecting each other’s differences.
Juno: Have you always believed that relationships require sharing to thrive?
Gideon: *clears his throat* No. I learned that from Willow. She’s the one who taught me how to love.
Juno: *aww, my heart melts a little* Okay, let’s move on to something fun. Rapid-fire questions. Whiskey or beer?
Gideon: Beer. Imported.
Juno: Favorite way to decompress after a mission?
Gideon: *wicked grin* With Willow.
Juno: Guilty pleasure?
Gideon: Watching the Real Housewives of New York and Potomac.
Juno: *quirks brow*
Gideon: Don’t judge. I know it sounds weird. But those women are crazy. It’s entertainment gold and the only thing to pull me out of my head. Besides Willow. I watch Top Gear and I think about work. I watch a Mission Impossible movie and I either think that shi— stuff isn’t realistic, or I’ve done that before. Once again, it leads back to work.
Juno: When I was preparing for this interview, I asked Willow to describe you in three words. She asked for four. Would you like to know what she said?
Gideon: Hell, yeah.
Juno: Wounded. Tenderhearted. Fearless. Breathtaking.
Gideon: *flashes a rare, mega-watt smile that indeed takes my breath away*
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