Well, Rush, I appreciate you setting aside some time to finish our interview. Your fans seem to really enjoy hearing from you. We have a few more questions that they would like to hear you answer. Two different fans have asked about your love life. Have you or your brother Deek ever thought about getting married?
Rush: “It’s a kinda embarrassin’ question. I know a few seasons ago Deek was thinkin’ about it. He found him a girl who was sweet and real purdy. He wanted to make sure that she was the right one for him, so he just watched her for a while. She was really quite a girl–gracious, friendly, loved kids. Finally Deek was convinced. When he got up enough courage to introduce himself to her, that ended it. Deek never was one for makin’ a good first impression…or second or third impression for that matter.
“Now my sitchiation is a good bit different from ol’ Deek’s. I’m a confirmed bachelor. I have so much going on that I wouldn’t know what to do with a wife. The truth be told, I’m kinda uncomfortable around the female types. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for ‘em. But I have a totally different view of girls than most folks. Females are like Giant Horned Beetles to me. I like to look at ‘em, but I wouldn’t want to own one.”
So, it sounds like you’re against marriage.
Rush: “Now, that ain’t what I said. Just cuz I ain’t the marryin’ kind don’t mean that I’m against it in general. I got some friends that I think probably are the marryin’ kind.”
To whom are you referring?
Rush: “Wel-l-l, just between us, I figure my buddy Jay has a special interest in Lady Morning Dove, Marsh’s sister over at Stillwaters. Don’t tell him I said so, but he gets all starry-eyed when he talks about her.
I have another question about your upbringing. One of your fans asked if you were raised by rabid chipmunks.
Rush: “I understand the question. I rec’on I do have a few rough edges. My father died on a hunting trip shortly after Deek was born, so Momma had to raise two rough boys by herself. Only a few years later, Momma got the black fever and died. That’s when Uncle Chert had to take us in. And well, I guess I would have to admit that Uncle Chert was about as close to being a rabid chipmunk as you can be and still be a Larkin. It weren’t no easy childhood, but he got us growed. At least we didn’t turn into Renegades.
Rush, did you ever get a chance to go back to the Renegade Lair and put on your Wompus Rat disguise again?
Rush: “No I haven’t, and you know, that is really disappointin’. That was the best vacation I ever had! But I haven’t given up on the idear. If them Renegade varments stir up enough trouble, they may need to get reacquainted with the Wompus Rat. Hee, hee, hee! I’m tellin’ you, that was some fun!
One more question, Rush. Many of your fans are wondering if you will appear in any of the future Larkin stories.
Rush: “You can tell them for me that they can rest their little fretful brains, cuz ol’ Rush is definitely gonna be in the third book. This next story takes place two seasons after the first book, and there’s lots of excitement, good visits with ol’ friends, and a whole new set of characters who’ll knock yer socks off.
That’s very interesting, Rush! Maybe you can share some more about the story with us as it gets closer to being finished.
We appreciate the time Rush took to be with us and answer a few questions. If any of you readers have other questions for Rush or other Larkin characters, just send me a comment, or you can e-mail them to TalesOfLarkin@gmail.com. Thanks again for reading.
Blessings to All,