Autumn sat down across from the interviewer and gave a small smile at her as she smoothed the wrinkle that was in her dress out.
Hey, it's Autumn right? Or are you Summer?
"Autumn is correct. Summer and I may be twins and have the same exact face, but the two of us are completely different. She's tomboyish and I'm girly. She wears glasses and I don't. Remember that because no one around this town seems to remember and it's agitating."
Dually noted, my first question for you is do you suffer from any diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) mental illnesses? How has that affected your life?
"No, I don't. Ever since I was eight years old for some reason my parents been having me see this therapist or whatever she wants to call herself and they told my parents and I that I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and that Summer isn't my twin, but my twin alter which is utter bullcrap if you were ot ask me. Summer's as real as you and me and I don't have any type of disorder. I don't believe anything that they keep telling me."
So you don't like them telling that to you?
"I don't and I got into it with my past psychologists because of it. I'm shocked I haven't gotten into it with my newest one."
Only a matter of time then huh? Describe your childhood for me.
"I lived two different lives. I was a normal girl from a small town no one ever heard of who has a huge family and I was Autumn the child actress. I was three when I got discovered and started doing commercials. I was five years old when I landed a role on this one child show that got me into doing a small role on two other shows two years later. Things fell apart like everything does in Hollywood. My career in Hollywood ended when I was eight along with some others. Our contracts were up and so the producers wanted to replace us with younger kids. I threw the biggest fit that day which leads me into blacking out for a few days. When I woke up my parents were telling me how I was calling myself Summer and walking around pretending as if I was someone else and someone who I used to call my imaginary friend which is weird to me because Summer's been real since day one. But I mean whatever. I don't like thinking about my acting life because I felt like it could've lasted longer, but I'm not upset about it anymore because I have other dreams that I want to accomplish. I do still hate everyone that was apart of that show though and my career ending there lead to people bullying me for it and a whole lot of other things."
And what are those dreams?
"I would love to open up my own upcycling business or have a makeup line. One or the other will work. Before you ask upcycling is you make products that you can use in your everyday life or even once from some material that's been recycled or discarded in one way or another. I've been doing it for the past couple of years since I found out about it while browsing the web or maybe a friend told me. It's really comforting to do and fun. I've made some hats, purses, clothes, and stuff like that with it. I would love to make more and possibly try out things I've never done before."
That sounds pretty cool. What medical procedures have you had? Were they completely necessary?
"I've had surgery done on my nose when I was younger. My nose before I got the surgery made me ugly. It was longer and bumpier than everyone else's in my family and at first didn't bother me until people started pointing it out and bullying me over it. While my parents told me I shouldn't listen to what others were saying, but I didn't like it and that's what mattered more. I begged and begged and begged dramatically might I add for them to let me get a new nose and they caved in after a while. I don't regret going through it because I love how my face looks as a whole now that I have the nose that I feel like I was meant to have."
Would you say that you're closed or open minded?
"Closed. Everyone tells me that I should be open to new things and ideas and opinions, but it's hard to be that way when what most people say around you make no sense or is stupid or the person that's saying things to you is someone that shouldn't be entitled to say anything because you don't like them."
Do you not like a lot of people?
"I don't. There's even some people in my own family that I don't like. I had two best friends, but my best friend list fell down to one after I felt like one of them doesn't care about me nor my existenece. I haven't talked to her in a long time and I would have to say that right now I don't like her. I feel like she lied to me or at least kept things from me and I don't appreciate that. Family wise there's my cousin Aurora. I don't hate her, but I'm not fond of her either. She gets on my nerves and I do the same as her and she annoyingly thinks that she knows everything and tries to point out what I should be doing and what I could be doing and it's just like oh my god shut up I don't care. I hate people like that."
I know this is too quick in the interview, but can you go get Summer for me?
"No, she's not here."
Holding her head to her forehead she could feel a headache coming on and shook her head as she started going into her purse.
Are you okay?
"I am... Yeah."
Okay, next up, finish this sentence my favorite way to spend the day is…
"Uh... my favorite way to spend the day is to go shopping, making new things, spending time with a friend or two, especially my best friend and anything that isn't working."
The interviewer stopped and looked at Autumn as she began squinting her eyes and let out a small goran. Autumn could feel her eyes going blurry and began blinking trying to make them become clear again.
Autumn are you okay?
She shook her head as she dug into her purse for what she needed which was glasses and quickly put them on.
Summer smiled and nodded as she waved. "Yes, I'm Summer. How are you doing today?"
Great. I'm going to ask you the same question as I asked Autumn. Finish this sentence for me, my favorite way to spend the day is...?"
"Playing basketball and spending time with my family if they're in town. I also like watching sports games."
I see the two of you are different in that way. You're an alter of hers right? Is there anymore?
"I don't like saying the word alter because I think about how Autumn will feel about it and she doesn't like to think or believe that she has DID, but yes I'm her twin alter, but you can just call me her twin. Please."
Okay Autumn's twin Summer. How are the two of you different personality wise?
"I'm athletic, open minded about everything, generous, and empathetic while she's closed minded as I think she told you, dramatic, jealous, envious towards people, and short tempered. She's very short tempered and a lot of things can trigger her to want to go off on people. She does have a soft side to her when it comes to me and a few other people, but you have to be super close to get that side."
If you or rather Autumn was to lose everything tomorrow, whose arms do you think Autumn would run into to make everything ok?
"Her best friend Clinton. I'm not trying to say that she wouldn't go to anybody in the family arms, but if they weren't around it would be his because he always seems to know the right words to say to get her to smile even when she's mad at him which I think she is right now. However, I think no matter what he does to her she'll always care and love him and get over things with due time."
Last question, but only because I have a business meeting to get to soon. Are you harboring any secrets? Does anyone at all know about them? How important are they? Does it make you uncomfortable keeping secrets from people?
"I am and from Autumn. No one knows about it except for me and Alisi who told me thinking that I was still Summer and I feel really uncomfortable holding it from her because she deserves to know, but from Alisi I heard that Penny and Clint have or at least had something going on between the two of them. I don't know how true it is, but I want to find out and tell them they should tell her and everything. I don't want to be the one because I know it would hurt her a lot. Honestly, I think she has a bit of a crush on him, but you didn't hear it from me."
"That's all I have today, it was nice meeting you and Autumn as well."
Summer gave the interviewer a smile and got up to shake her hand before she exited the room in a happy, but guilty mood.