A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter seven


Anita storms out the ward, feeling all ill and stuff, so Marks makes his move.

“Not so fucking tough after all, eh, Ms. Blake.”

You are a brave man, Lieutenant Marks.

The pair then have a small pissing match about who could stomach staring at the victims longer, forgetting that the victims are human beings and not objects to be fought over.

“You… you witch.” He spat the last word at me as if it were the worst insult he could come up with.

Seeing as witches are hunted down and executed in this universe, it probably is a bad insult.

“Don’t you mean bitch?” I said. I was feeling better out here in the hallway. Trading insults with Marks was a cakewalk compared to my other chances.

Your insults are so intelligent after all. Have you tried ‘I know you are, but what am I?’.

“I said what I meant.”

“If you don’t know the difference between a real witch and an animator, no wonder you haven’t caught the thing that’s doing this.”

Actually, what is the clear cut definition between a witch and an animator? Isn’t animating like a specialism within magic? What makes animation magic different from other kinds of magic?

Marks points out that the FBI think it’s a serial mutilator, and Anita ignores him until Marks offers to take her to a crime scene. This makes her look high and mighty by saying that the victims are the biggest clues to cracking the case, as if she were a real police officer.

Anita then motions for Edward to come closer to her. She then kicks him in the face.

I think this gif sums up my feelings on this matter –

– namely WHAT THE FUCK WHY DID THAT HAPPEN?????????

WHY HAS ANITA DROPKICKED EDWARD IN THE FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOSPITAL

WHY HAS THAT HAPPENED

THAT MAKES NO SENSE

APPARENTLY THIS IS PUNISHMENT FOR MAKING ANITA GO INTO THE WARD

BUT ANITA YOU CAN TALK TO EDWARD AND SAY YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT

WHY MUST YOU COMMUNICATE IN DROPKICKS TO THE FACE

THAT IS NOT A METHOD OF COMMUNICATION RECOGNISED BY ANYONE

WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY

Marks finds this hilarious, and asks what Anita’s like if she’s seriously pissed off. She then gives him her TUFF FACE which makes him react as if he’s opened the fucking Arc of the Covenant.

TUFF.

Anita then thinks about the nature of good and evil, in her own special, simplistic manner.

I’d told Doctor Evans we were the good guys but if Edward and I were on the side of the angels, then what was left to be on the other side?

Demons. I mean, they’re obviously on the other side from angels.

She thinks about the perpetrator in the worst way possible.

Something that could skin a person alive without using a tool of any kind. Something that would jerk the penis off a man and the breasts off a woman with its bare hands. As bad as Edward was, as bad as I’d become, there were worse things. And we were about to going hunting one of them.

Sorry, I can’t hear you faux baddass speech because I’m too buys thinking that the perpetrator is just really bad at giving out free handjobs.

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7 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter seven

  1. I really want to write a ‘what would happen’ scene for Anita kicking Edward in the face. But first:

    “If you don’t know the difference between a real witch and an animator, no wonder you haven’t caught the thing that’s doing this.”

    By this point I was sick of her awful attitude, her cavalier dismissal of the people who were suffering, and her complete uselessness.

    “Actually, a witch is legally defined as any human with metaphysical abilities. Which includes necromancy. But calling you a bitch would have been sexual harassment, Ms Blake, and I try to remain professional when lives are at stake. So far, you have offered us no unique point of view, said nothing that was not obvious. You are here as a courtesy, Ms Blake; you have no right to be here. So please, leave. Or I’ll have hospital security escort you out.”

    With that said, I turned my back on her and walked into the small room set aside for our use. I needed to try to explain to the families that we were doing all that we could.

  2. Time for some headcanon:

    While Anita was busy staring at the people in the ward, Edward talked to Marks and basically told him to do whatever Anita says and act all scared of her. Because if Marks doesn’t, Anita will shoot him and her vampire boyfriend will pull some strings so that Marks gets punished for it. Hence why Marks doesn’t call Anita a bitch, gives in to her idiotic demands, lets her kick him *in the face* and doesn’t arrest her for assaulting a police officer, and gets all “scared” of her “I’M TUFF” face.

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