Anita goes back into the locked ward to ‘impress’ herself, but it doesn’t really do much, seeing as she’s not a police officer and hasn’t got a flying fuck of a clue what she’s doing.
I either impressed Doctor Evans, or he needed a restorative cup of tea because he invited me back to the doctors and nurses lounge.
I’m starting to think Doctor Evans’s phone number is 0800 DOCTORB with the b standing for ‘bargain’.
There’s no such thing as truly undrinkable coffee, but I hoped the tea was better for Evans’ sake.
Hmmm. I think that Evans might not miss out the added s on a plural because you pronounce it ‘Evans-es’ and generally if you pronounce it like that you do add an s after the pluralising apostrophe. It’s why it’s ‘Jess’s’ and not ‘Jess”, and why Louis gets an apostrophe. I’m not sure though, my grammar is not the greatest.
Though I doubted it. The coffee came out of a can, and the tea was from little bags with strings on them.
…. you mean…. tea bags.
Do you not have tea bags in America?
Is it normal for a woman of Anita’s age to be confused by the concept of a TEA BAG?
I thought tea bags were an America invention. Why is she bitching about the idea of tea bags? They’re nice things. They let you make tea easily, without faffing around with loose leaf tea. And seeing as Anita does not drink tea, I doubt she is an aficionado who makes tea with loose leaves.
Why do you hate tea bags, Anita Blake? Did they lead to the death of your mother somehow?
There’s only so much you can hope for from prepackaged tea and coffee.
Unless you are going out and picking tea leaves or coffee beans by yourself, ALL your tea and coffee is prepackaged.
Anita fusses about adding cream and sugar to her coffee, as if those aren’t prepackaged, but are actually dispensed from some magical cream-and-sugar producing cow in the lounge. Also, I find the idea of putting cream in coffee really weird.
If Edward had nerves, you couldn’t tell it as he leaned against the wall, drinking his coffee black. He’d scorned sugar and cream, tough he-man that he was. He winced as he sipped, and I don’t think it was the scalding liquid. His lip was swelling from where I’d kicked him. It made me feel better. Childish but true.
Why did you kick him? Can you try and explain why you communicate in violence?
Anita sits down and describes the lounge in excruciating detail for half a page. I don’t know why. Evans then asks for Anita’s questions about the case. She wants to know why the majority have survived.
“Then how did all but six of them survive?” I asked.
That’s crap. Twelve people have died, ten are missing. The missing are probably dead, so that means all but six of them died. She is then clever enough to work out that the people who weren’t pulled into bits are the ones that are alive.
I bet she was that kid that ate yellow snow after she was told to avoid it.
The group try to decide on the survivors being ‘tough sons of bitches’ but Anita wants to know why the skinned ones just aren’t dead.
“How did all six of them survive, Doctor? Not why this six, but why all of them?”
Evans nodded. “I see what you mean. How could all of them have survived it?”
I nodded. “Exactly. Some of them should have died, but they didn’t.”
“Whoever skinned them is an expert,” Marks said. “He knew how to keep them alive.”
“No,” Edward said. “No matter how good you are at torture, you can’t keep everybody alive. Even if you do exactly the same thing to each of them, some people die and some people live. You’re not always sure why some make it, and some don’t.”
Um… are we forgetting the TWELVE DEAD PEOPLE AND THE TEN MISSING PEOPLE WHO I PRESUME ARE DEAD. That sounds like some people dying and some people living. Everyone forgets this, so that Anita can drop the bomb that it must be magic that is keeping these people alive. This makes Marks have a paper towel throwing fit and splutter about evil and black magic.
“Saving a soul is more important than solving crime,” he said.
Of course, Anita’s detractors can only spout strawman arguments otherwise they start to look too reasonable. LKH learnt her lesson from Detective Freemont and the good ship Freetie.
Marks makes some vague comments about Anita being a devil, and Evans pretty much just starts jacking off to how tuff and amazing Anita is and how there must be something more to her than being tuff because Marks seems to be afraid for some reason. It’s almost like she can magically control the dead or something, which is a terrifying prospect. He then talks about EVILS.
“I do not know if I will ever see the devil, but I have seen true evil, and if there is no devil behind it, still it is evil.”
Don’t worry, I’m sure Evans will say anything when he’s climaxing.
He then says that his wife is a witch, and that he has seen magic sometimes. His wife is in another country, because he is scared for her. Anita praises him for thinking with his heart and not his head, and Edward says she should take her own advice.
To be fair to Anita, neither of her relationships at this point were made with any kind of consideration as to what she might actually want. So she couldn’t think with any part of her body about them.