Author Interview with Ariel Hammond and Jason Sorren
Author pledge: Ariel Hammond’s and Jason Sorren’s chilling story about how they exposed arms smugglers has altered their lives forever. I promised them I would write it exactly as they tell it to me without embellishment. The following are my first interviews:
My initial interview with Ariel
Author: I’d like to start from the beginning. When did you meet Jason Sorren?
Ariel: At a seminar for attorneys.
Author: Did he tell you he worked for Rathborn United Industries?
Ariel: Yes, when we introduced ourselves.
Author: When you learned he worked for a weapons manufacturer, didn’t that upset you, you being a Quaker?
Ariel: I do not judge people that way.
Author: Of course, but I find it unusual that as a pacifist you would become involved with someone in the armaments business. Why is that?”
Ariel: He seemed nice.
Author: By that you mean charming?
Ariel: Yes. I guess you could say I was seduced… not that way, by his sophistication. Until I moved to New York I led a sheltered life on the farm. He took me to Broadway shows and museums, places I always wanted to go but never had the chance.
Author: After you were caught up in the kidnappings and killings as a result of your association with Mr. Sorren, what did you think of him then?
Ariel: I don’t really know. Certainly part of me wished I had never met him.
Author: Why was that?
Ariel: I was thinking about all the convictions I had made in my life, everything my parents taught me since I was old enough to understand, and in the few short weeks I had known Jason, I disavowed them all.
Author: And you felt that was his fault?
Ariel: Not entirely.
Author: Why not entirely?
Ariel: I thought I loved him and as a result I made some poor choices. May we take a break?
Author: Certainly. Would you like a glass of water?
Ariel: Yes, please.
My initial interview with Jason
Author: You met Ariel at a seminar?
Author: What attracted you to her?
Jason: What do you think? She’s gorgeous. I was surprised I was the only one that wanted to meet her.
Author: When did you learn Ariel was a Quaker?
Jason: On our first date. Her reaction at the seminar when I told her I worked for Rathborn United nagged at me. We had a delightful dinner so over coffee I asked her if she had a problem with Rathborn United. That’s when she told me.
Author: After she told you were you afraid she would not want to see you again?
Jason: Yes. But she accepted another date.
Author: That was the beginning of your relationship?
Author: What was your relationship like?
Jason: What do you mean?
Author: Did it get intimate?
Jason: We did not have sex if that’s what you mean.
Author: You told me you had a number of casual relationships before you met Ariel. What kept you attracted to her and not the others?
Jason: She was certainly not the type of woman I was used to dating. My previous relationships freely jumped in bed using sex to keep me interested. I was more than willing to play. But none were someone I’d want to spend my life with and when they hinted at moving in together I ended the relationship.
With Ariel it was different. She never expressed to want anything from me, especially not sex. Yet, for some unexplained reason I was still drawn to her. She danced in my thoughts every minute I was away from her.
Author: You were in love?
Jason: I thought so.
Author: What did Ariel think?
Jason: I wasn’t sure.
Author: Why not?
Jason: Because she never told me.
Author: Let’s move on. When did you tell Ariel about your family?
Jason: When we were locked in the basement of Trafante’s house.
Author: Why didn’t you tell her earlier in your relationship?
Jason: I was afraid she wouldn’t want to see me again.
Author: When you did tell her, how did she react?
Jason: Not good. She said my family went against everything she believed. I tried to tell her I wasn’t part of my father’s or uncle’s business, but she didn’t believe me.
Author: And your relationship went downhill from there?
Jason: I’m going to get a drink. You want something?