Anita’s crew are all heading through the trees, but Anita, Cherry and Jason are struggling, and keep walking into things.
My arms hurt. I raised myself slowly and looked at them. I’d scraped them up enough so that blood was slowly filling the wounds in spots. Great.
You’ve got a graze. It’s not a wound. Sure, it hurts but get over it.
Marianne drifts over and there’s a very long and boring explanation. The werewolf ghosts, when forcibly expelled, take energy from those who have touched them. Anita needs to just let the ghost of Raina possess her, and then she can control the ghost. Although I would suggest that she could exert some control over the ghost anyway, seeing as she’s a fucking necromancer, but whatever. Let’s just talk about how evil Raina was.
Marianne laughed, and again, it was a sound equally at home in the kitchen or the bedroom. How she managed to be both wholesome and suggestive in the same breath puzzled me.
Sigh. It’s a shame LKH is such a bad writer. She has to make everything orbit around sex, which ruins the idea of this image. This idea can work, but it is so butchered by the writing style.
Roland, Marianne’s bodyguard, starts getting cross for no reason and begins threatening Anita. Marianne starts whittering on that if Anita was a true lupa, she could ‘draw energy from your wolves and give it in return like a great recycling battery’. This is ignoring the fact that Richard deposed her, she shouldn’t be a lupa, and that is a terrible analogy.
The real trouble was that I only knew two ways to call power. One was ritual, the other was sex. I’d realized a few months ago that sex could take the place of ritual for me.
Anita complains about HOW AWKWARD IT IS TO TALK ABOUT SECHS but seems to forget that, oh wait, she could just do a ritual. She can not use the sechs (and avoid run ins with Raina’s ghost), but she instead tells Marianne to leave them alone.
Marianne’s response is to stamp her foot. Apparently, this universe is full of adults who decide to behave like children.
Anita sends Marianne and Roland on their merry way, so she can talk about how she’s such an amateur, how she’s the only necromancer alive, and how everyone being very close and pally is because of her. Her and Jason talk about what Raina did to him, which only serves it make everyone fawn over how amazing JC is. Jason then smells out one of the goons that were beaten up yesterday (in that massive pile that brought in the corruption bullshit). The gang concoct a plan where Anita and Jason make out, so if the goons want revenge, they can then be surprised. Bearing in mind that it’s implied that the goons have been tracking them through the forest, they are going to be aware that there has been a large group of people standing around making a plan.
But you know, MAKE OUTS. Cue girlish giggling at two characters having to make out.
Jason mentions how he’d like to sleep with Anita, that makes me remember how he tried to rape her earlier and make me feel uncomfortable with all this. The two of them make out without enthusiasm, but go to the floor to… stop against bullets.
I could feel that his body was happy to be pressed up against mine, but it was all secondary. Men with guns were coming. Men who didn’t like us very much.
Jason’s penis must work on springs. I’d have thought that waiting for goons to shoot you, after reliving memories of your sexual torture by a werewolf ghost, would not create an amenable atmosphere for erections. Oh, and Jason apparently gets turned on very easily. Just pressing his body against that of a human female and BING HAPPY TIME.
I still wish LKH would grow up and just say erection.
Jason says that by his being on top will prevent Anita being shot; he can heal easily. It takes a page for Anita to realise that this means he is using himself as a shield.
The two lay there for a while. Anita pulls out her knives. Then, a goon jumps up and pushes a shotgun against Jason’s shoulder. Anita supposes that this means the goons want to kill them. The gun is raised to Jason’s head, and Anita realises that this means he might get shot.
Why does Anita have to be this stupid?
The shotgun goon demands Jason get off Anita, and after some wrangling, he gets up eventually. There are lots of goons around. Jason has to put his hands on his head. The goons ignore Anita for a bit, though she spouts off her trademark brand of stupid, aggressive remarks, until she gets a shotgun thrust into her face.
Main shotgun goon says that when Jason threw him into a truck, it almost broke his spine. This makes me question how he’s gotten out of hospital so quickly. He loudly announces that he is going to beat Jason, and then kill him. The goons then go about beating Jason with their rifles, and Anita goes on about how she’s never seen a ‘real beating’ which is crap. Also, beating someone with guns is a really stupid thing.
This carries on for a while until Jason slumps over. Luckily, Richard is somewhere close and Anita begins to shine out with POWER like Battersea Power Station. This flows over her shotgun goon, who asks her if she’s ‘trying some magic shit on me’. Shotgun goon looks away, pulling away his gun. Anita uses this chance to plunge one of her knives into his throat. She doesn’t think this will kill him, but she has just pushed the length of a knife into a ordinary guy’s throat. Safe to say, I think he is very dead.
The shit doth hitteth the fan at this point. Shotguns are fired odd everywhere, although they had rifles a few pages ago. Anita crawls away, finds another random goon, and shoves a blade into this guts until the knife hits a bone. While this happens, the man is still very calmly loading his gun with shells. It isn’t until Anita pulls out the blade that he realises ‘oh, wait knife’. He falls over.
Someone starts screaming, and it’s the lone rifleman who now exists again. He has had an arm ripped off. Anita ignores this and notices that Jamil is injured. His intestines are perforated and he has a hole in his chest. Anita screams for help and tries to perform first aid, as she is surrounded by the bodies of those she has killed.
For such an action packed chapter – and it was a long chapter – I am hideously bored. Bored, bored, bored. I am tired of faceless goons getting hurt with limited impact on the plot.