MD Hello Daniel. Perhaps you could start by telling me something about yourself.
DC I’m nearly seventeen, so still at school in Jerusalem. I’m studying science and hoping to go on to study at the Technion in Haifa. I love discovering things for myself, so I want to become a research scientist. I haven’t decided which branch of science to concentrate on yet. It’s all fascinating.
MD What sort of a person are you? How would you describe your character?
DC Happy, generally. I get on well with people. And I know my mind. I know where I want to go and I’m determined to make it happen. A go-getter, I guess you’d say.
MD What about your love life? How has it been and which way do you want that to go?
DC So far, it’s been non-existent. I’ve been out with a couple of girls from school, but that was nowhere near serious. I guess I plan to meet a girl someday and settle down with her and raise a family. My parents are happily married, so I want the same for myself. But I know love is a complicated business. It’s not something you can prepare for, like a career. It so depends on the other person.
MD Do you have any girl in mind?
DC No. Well…
DC It’s much too early to say. I’ve only just met her. She was at a meal my parents and I were invited to. I took her for a walk to the new canal by the zoo. That was all we did, but I felt a something for her that I haven’t felt with any girl before. A sort of tingly feeling. It was weird. And I felt she was fighting with herself.
MD How do you mean?
MD Tell me about her.
DC Her face is… kind of perfect. She has long, straight hair that, like, flowed over her bare shoulder. I wanted to stroke those shoulders. It was… enticing. Surprising, too.
MD Why surprising?
DC I’d heard about her background. She used to be haredi… you know… ultra-orthodox. All covered up with black tights and long skirts and sleeves. I was surprised to see her in a sleeveless top. It had a rather low neckline, too, and her jeans were really tight.
MD But she left the haredi lifestyle, you say?
DC Yeah, but… only recently. I thought she’d take the transition more gradually. It’s kind of worrying.
MD Why worrying?
DC It’s like she’s thrown all her upbringing away in one go… too quickly. I’m afraid she’ll go too far too fast and go off the rails at some point.
MD But why do you care? You only met her once.
DC Good question. I used to laugh when people talked about love at first sight. My parents said as soon as they met they knew they were right for each other. I said, “That’s crazy. It doesn’t make any sense. How can you know just like that?”
MD And what do you think now?
DC I think I understand them.
Daniel Caspi will appear in the sequel to Neither Here Nor There, a romance with a difference by Miriam Drori.
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