For those who haven't met her, let me introduce Ms. Xiomara Stallworth, CEO and certified bad girl from my novel A LITTLE SUMTHIN' SUMTHIN'.
Xiomara: Thanks for the invitation and the intro, Imani.
Imani: Thanks, Ms. Stallworth, for taking the time to speak with me.
Xiomara: No problem. Please call me Xiomara.
Imani: So tell us, exactly who is Xiomara Stallworth?
Xiomara: I’m the CEO of Stallworth Global Holdings, and the daughter of Miles Stallworth. I have my MBA and a few other impressive credentials, but most importantly, I’ve been groomed to run my father’s company since I was a teenager.
Imani: I see. How did you and Fatimah Briggs meet?
Xiomara: You mean Fatimah Strong?
Imani: I stand corrected. Fatimah Strong.
Xiomara: One night, she filled in for the instructor in a class I was taking at the university. She was beautiful.
Imani: So it was love at first sight?
Xiomara: Not really. I could tell she had a brilliant legal mind, and knew that she would be an asset to my team over at SGH. She was the total package-smart AND gorgeous.
Imani: So you set out from the very beginning to steal her away from her job AND her husband?
Xiomara: It was nothing like that. There was some time between that class and when we started bumping into each other at lunch. Besides, she had already left Malcolm by then.
Imani: Sounds like you're a bit defensive. And you had no idea what her life with Malcolm had been like behind closed doors? The beatings?
Xiomara: We all have secrets. Some worse than others.
Imani: Very true. And your secret was quite devastating, wasn’t it? You never intended for your past to get out, did you?
Xiomara: What is this? An interrogation? I thought we were here to talk about me and Fatimah.
Imani: I apologize, Xiomara. We are. I’m just trying to get inside your head. Find out your thoughts on a few things.
Xiomara: Continue with that, and this interview is over.
Imani: Okay, so what do you think of Malcolm and what eventually happened to him?
Xiomara: The truth? He was a low life jerk who got EXACTLY what he deserved.
Imani: You may be right. Anything else you’d like to add?
Xiomara: As a matter of fact, there is. Karma’s a cold bitch with a long memory. And no matter what, at some point, we all have to face our demons-dance with the skeletons in our closets, so to speak.
Imani: You mean like Malcolm?
Xiomara: Especially Malcolm. Anything else? Or are we done here?
Imani: In light of what you have admitted to, would you agree to take a polygraph exam? It would help clear up a few things.
Xiomara: I'm an educated woman on top of her game. Everybody knows lie detector tests aren’t admissible in court. So no, I won’t take it. I don't have to.
Imani: Well then, I guess we’re done. For now. Thanks again for speaking with me.
Xiomara: No problem. And if you need to “clear up” anything else, contact my attorney. You DO know Fatimah Strong, right? Here’s her card.
I think it's pretty clear that Ms. Xiomara Stallworth is a woman with something to hide. What do you think?