Max Tyler from I Believe Now Talks about his Asher
Thanks for talking with me today Mr. Tyler. To begin
with I want to acknowledge your status in this city. You’re a pretty important man.
I’m not sure what you mean by
Well, you’re political influence is relatively
substantial, to say the least.
(Nodding) I have friends who discuss
things with me.
Actually what I
understand, you talk, they listen.
There’s no real discussion.
(Chuckles) That’s quite the
What about the police? I understand you have the
police chief’s personal cell number and can call it anytime.
Actually, it’s the chief who has my cell. He calls me.
See? That’s what I mean. They listen to you.
I will admit that I have knowledge of
certain organizations and networks in this city. Occasionally the police rely
on me to help steer them in the right direction.
I think that’s rather influential, don’t you?
I call it rather intelligent on their
intelligent that, in fact, someone tried to not only assassinate you last year
but blew your office up while you were still in it. I understand you were saved
because of your desk? Care to talk about that?
(Smirk) It was a very small explosive
but yes, someone thought they could eliminate me. I was shielded by my desk
which was made of a very specific material capable of withstanding such
personal type explosives.
You hid underneath it.
But you weren’t alone. You also saved the life of the
man who actually brought the bomb in?
(Chuckles again) Yes.
Asher Madden was with me at the time. And yes, he brought in the bomb but the
clueless kid had no idea that was what he had done.
And now he’s your lover?
Really? There certainly seems to be something going on
between the two of you.
He’s living with you, you protect him by surrounding
him with your people. Why are you afraid to admit it?
I’m not afraid of anything. I just don’t
discuss my love life with the public.
Ahhh! See? I was right. You’re in love.
That’s so sweet! Tell me about Asher. What is it you
like about him?
(Looks away for a moment) He’s… life.
He’s full of life. He reminds me that there is actual pleasure that can be
extracted from our existence in this dark world. He makes me crazy. He makes me
emotional. He’s… everything.
Is this the first time you’ve been in love?
Absolutely. I have never felt this way
about anyone or anything.
So what is your loved one doing these days?
(Laughs) I commissioned a number of
Chicago calendars called Chicago Illusions. He won the contract as the
photographer. So he’s been busy running around the city getting the best photos
he can in order to tell the story he wants to tell about his beloved Chicago.
commissioned it? You mean you did it to keep him busy?
I did it to keep him out of trouble.
Yes. My past has a few unresolved…
Ahhh. You mean former congressman Wyatt Jackson. He
didn’t end up in prison like you expected him to, did he?
(Huffs) I don’t think Jackson has it in
him to come back at me. I think he just might believe I’m still out to get him
so he’s going to go underground and stay there. But, yes, keeping Asher busy
but close and protected is my number one top priority. He tends to be too
interested in stories that make the front page as opposed to the one he can
tell with these calendars.
So you think he’s unaware of the possible danger?
Danger? There’s no danger. Like you
said, I have him surrounded. In fact, once I learned Jackson was released I
sent in a couple more people to keep Asher safe. But yes again, he’s totally
unaware and that’s the way I want to keep it. His handlers are fully alert.
That’s all I need.
Still, people make mistakes. And in the end, that’s
all we are. People.
Not mine. They’re not allowed.
Especially the ones who protect my Asher.
Really? So you expect no problems at all from Mr.
(Sigh) I didn’t say that. Unfortunately
he has fallen off my radar. That in itself is a problem. But I think he’s
simply gone underground.
Doesn’t sound like you are all that confident.
I’m confident in that I can protect
Asher. That’s all I need.
That’s very interesting you think that. Good luck to
you, then. Thank you for talking to me.