Interview with Kurt from the Mandy Series
This time we've got a very special character interview for you from the Mandy series, Keep Her Safe, Safety Ropes, and Safe and Secured. This story follows Mandy and Kurt as they go off on a weekend getaway and discover they may be the answer to each other's needs. Kurt is closed off from his losses, but things begin to change when he learns Mandy needs to let off some steam after leaving an abusive relationship. So without further ado, let's get to know Kurt a little better.
Interviewer: I’m here with Heart Breaker Magazine, talking with a local resident who has dealt with his fair share of heartbreak. Kurt thanks for meeting with me.
Kurt: Good to be here.
Interviewer: So Kurt, I hear you know a lot about heartbreak.
Kurt: *shaking his head* You could say that, yeah.
Interviewer: Can you tell me a bit about what you went through?
Kurt: Well, unlike a lot of your listeners, I found the love of my life. A soul mate. My perfect partner. Her name was Vivian. We met in high school, and I still remember the day I bumped into her, almost literally, at the bookstore. She was at the register to buy a book and I was … I forget what it was I was doing there. Because when I saw her, everything else just fell right out of my head.
Interviewer: Well that sounds like a promising start. What happened?
Kurt: Things were great for a few years. We even moved in together during college. So we could save up money for a wedding and a new house together once we graduated. We knew we were meant to be together always. Everything was perfect. The world was our oyster, as the saying goes.
Kurt: *clears throat* A car accident. No one is really sure what caused it. Maybe the road was slick. Maybe there was something in the road. There were skidmarks on the road. Her car hit a tree. She died on impact. A passing motorist came on the scene and called it in. The cops called her parents, of course. Her parents called me. And just like that everything that we had planned for was over.
Interviewer: I’m so sorry. That’s awful.
Kurt: Yeah. I had a best friend at the time, Steve, he was going to be my best man at the wedding. He helped me get through it all. Took me to his house, where he lived with his sister. They made sure I was never alone. Never gave up hope. They kept me living, instead of just surviving after I lost half my heart. Things got better. And the whole time, all the while he was helping me get better, he was slowly dying himself.
Interviewer: You don’t mean—
Kurt: Brain cancer. Can you believe it? He went through all of that with just his sister, his parents had died years previous. I would have done anything for him, he knew that. But he didn’t want to dreg up old memories. He knew I was still recovering from my first loss. And I’m sure he thought he could beat it too. So he would sit and laugh and talk with me, just hours after his chemo treatments. Claimed he got a buzz cut because he was keeping an eye on me and needed every bit of help he could get. Which is why he would have his sister check up on me too. He was a great man, and a great friend. His sister, Mandy, called me to let me know when they knew he wasn’t going to make it.
Interviewer: How long ago was that?
Kurt: Not that long ago. A few years after I lost my Vivian.
Interviewer: So you really suffered from heart break. Your best friend and the love of your life.
Kurt: *laughs* Yeah, not the way that story usually goes on your show, but yeah my girl and my best friend.
Interviewer: So you’re all alone now.
Kurt: Not really. I still have Mandy. She’s a great kid. Steve made me promise to keep an eye on her when I went to visit him in the hospital. He didn’t want her to be alone, like I would have been if he hadn’t helped me out. How could I say no? We’re still in touch. We talk all the time now. *clears throat* For a while she was in an unhealthy relationship. You know how some people make bad decisions after a loss. But she’s better now. She’s really got her life together. And we still have each other to remind us why we get up in the mornings. She’s got a heart of gold and always finds ways to make me laugh.
Interviewer: She sounds like a very special lady.
Kurt: Well, yeah. Like I said, she’s a good kid.
Interviewer: Kid? How old is she?
Kurt: Twenty four now, why?
Interviewer: Not much of a kid any more, is she? But that’s all we have time for now. Kurt thank you for being with us. And I hope you keep finding your smile with Mandy. As for the rest of you, we’ll be back next week with Heart Breakers, the show that reminds you that everybody hurts sometimes. But it’s never too late to turn it around.