Debz: How's your story coming along?
Claire: Good. I decided to put you in my book.
Claire: Yeah, well, since Shem, TJ, Mista, and I are in it, I thought you should be there too.
Debz: Thanks, but who's Mista?
Claire: Oh, she's, uh, well, you know. I named the book after her.
Debz: A fictional character, right?
Claire: You could say that. Kind of like . . . she's out of this world.
Debz: Yeah, I like characters in books or plays like that. You know, the ones who really stick with you and make you think about their world.
Claire: Mista is just such a character. In fact, her name's in the title: A Time for Mista.
Debz: I remember you telling us that. Is she a princess or something?
Claire: No, she's an ordinary girl. Shem says she kind of looks like me.
Debz: How would he know?
Claire: Oh, well, I mean, in the story, you know. (laughs self-consciously)
Debz: And Shem is...
Claire: Shemtron. The hero. He's a knight, really. Stands for honor and justice and all that good stuff.
Debz: Shemtron. (giggles) I can't wait to read it.
Claire: Yeah, that's what everybody says.