Aileen is an old Army buddy of Teague’s. She was also one of his lovers. They broke up under difficult circumstances but still hold a mutual respect for one another. In her own words, here’s Aileen to talk about Conduct Unbecoming.
What is your name?
Aileen Griffen, Captain in the US Army.
What do you want most?
I want to get my best friend back safely. Nadeya is damaged. She needs my help.
Why is this so important to you?
She’s the best friend I’ve got—one of the few I have left. The war has taken the rest in one way or another.
How do you treat the people in your life?
I try to treat them well, but I’m sure I don’t always manage it.
Can people count on you?
Yes! I will do whatever I can to help my friends and family.
What makes you angry?
Injustice and senseless violence. I know that’s kind of ironic given what I do for a living. I guess there’s nothing like a war to make you realize how pointless it is.
Do you stand up for your beliefs?
Yes, with everything I’ve got.
What excites you?
Well, I sure didn’t expect to find a small town cop exciting, but wow! Joel took me completely by surprise. I find him fun and exciting—and all kinds of sexy.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Captain in the United States Army. Until all this happened, I’d thought about making it my career for life. Now, I’m not so sure.
What kind of books do you like?
I love romance novels. I want to read about people falling in love. I guess, until I met Joel, I didn’t really expect that to be me.
What kind of music do you enjoy?
Blues and classic rock. Don’t give me any of that rapper crap. That noise makes me want to unload my service pistol into whatever is playing it.
What’s the one thing you’d most like to do before you die?
You’re going to think I’m really being girly here—I want to find the perfect man and get married. Until I met Joel, that wasn’t even a thought. Now, it’s what I want more than anything.
© 2014 Dellani Oakes