Author, Beverly Stowe McClure has unleashed two hysterical characters from her novel Rebel in Blue Jeans. Will and Sully insisted that they have a chance to tell their stories, since the puppies and Rebel have been the stars of the book so far. So here are the Garret cousins, Will and Sully, Rebel’s neighbors, who have agreed to answer a few questions. Ready, guys?
Will: You bet.
Sully: Always. (Said with a wicked grin.)
Q: Will, you and Sully are cousins, right?
Will: We are.
Q: Sully, why do you live with Will and his parents?
Sully: I was eleven when my folks were killed in a car accident. I’ve lived with cuz here (he gives Will a friendly shove) ever since.
Will: (Shoves back) He’s more like a brother than a cousin, annoying at times.
Sully: Ah, you’re just jealous ’cause I’m a chick magnet and you’re not.
Will: Ha! In your dreams.
Q: OK, guys. I get the picture. Let’s talk about Rebel. How did you meet her?
Will: We’ve known Rebel all our lives. The Ferguson Ranch borders our Rockin’ G Ranch.
Q: You’re childhood friends then.
Sully: Reb was more like a childhood pest.
Q: How was she a pest?
Will: I wouldn’t exactly call her a pest; she just liked to tag along with us. Wherever we went, she was there.
Sully: We’d go fishing, and she’d bring her pole. She always managed to hook my shirt or a tree limb, instead of a fish. I spent most of the time untangling her line.
Will: Yeah, but she doesn’t have brothers or sisters so she gets lonesome. We sort of adopted her as our little sis.
Q: When did your attitudes about Rebel change?
Will: (Looks at Sully, who looks back) I don’t know exactly. One day she was this skinny kid wearing braces.
Sully: The next day, the braces were gone, and she had curves.
Will: Sully! You’re talking about our Rebel.
Q: All right, boys. This is a friendly conversation. Why do you call her “our Rebel”?
Will: (Clears his throat.) Other guys are getting interested in her.
Sully: And we have to check them out to be sure they’re (he throws Will a quick glance) gentlemen.
Q: What does Rebel think about this?
Will: (Grins) She loves us.
Sully: And forgives us.
Q: Forgives you for what?
Will: For running the guys off.
Q: I see. She’s having a pretty rough time now, with her mother leaving home.
Sully: Reb’s tough. She’ll survive.
Will: Which reminds me, we promised to take her to the movies this afternoon, so we gotta go. Thanks for talking to us.
Q: Thank you for your insight into Rebel’s life.
Will: You’re welcome.