Anita is in a SAD SLEEP until Cherry licks her awake. Boundaries, people. Boundaries. Anita was having a nightmare and she was crying, and Cherry remarks how salty her cheeks were. Zane offers to lick the other one.
Anita tries to sit up but she just hurts too much, body and soul. Poor baby. It seems that it’s ‘five’. I have no idea whether that’s five in the morning or five in the afternoon. Cherry says Anita was having a ‘daymare’ but that applies to both five in the morning and five in the afternoon. Cherry asks if Anita is hungry but she isn’t because she needs no food to survive, just the tears of innocents.
She and Zane exchanged one of those looks that say just how worried about you people are. It made me angry.
That appalling sentence makes me angry. Anita demands they all leave and put clothes on. She goes to the bathroom and thinks about how much of a shock victim she is.
I put on my usual black undies and matching bra. It was getting to the point where I didn’t own a white bra.
What if you have a white shirt?
Because you need a man to tell you how to dress?
Anita covers herself in weapons to feel like a big person, and wonders whether she’ll survive the day and that she can still be involved with Richard. She then thinks about how amazing she looks.
Besides, I look great in black. The black-on-black look made my skin look almost translucent, like it should have glowed. My eyes were swimmingly dark. I looked almost ethereal, like a wingless angel on a bad day. Alright, maybe a fallen angel, but the effect was still striking. I’d learned long ago that if you’re feeling unloved by the man in your life, the best revenge is to look good.
Yeah, that’s an appropriate emotional response to this situation. ‘I’M HOT!!!!!’ She walks back out and we learn what Cherry is wearing. She’s wearing cutoff shorts and a man’s shirt tied to show off her midriff. Zane stares at her, because objectification is wuv.
Zane was beginning to act like a man in love, or at least in very serious lust.
Staring at a woman like she’s an object has nothing to do with love. Caleb is here – hurray – and he looks at them ‘as if he were trying to think how to cause trouble between them’. Nathaniel walks around. Igor and Claudia come in.
Claudia had cop eyes, or bad-guy eyes, the eyes of someone who doesn’t et you see what’s inside. I didn’t meet many women with eyes like that, outside of the police.
Because women are just SO emotional all the time, what with their periods and their babies and the such.
Merle is in the room as well. Most of this chapter has just been talking about other people being around. Anita sits down and thinks about how paranoid she is about… I don’t know? Not being able to rape people? Cherry mentions that Gregory has gone home with his brother and how great it was that Anita healed him but Anita doesn’t think she healed him even though Gregory is healed. She’s worried about Raina’s influence, you see. That influence she’s always using and won’t stop using and doesn’t seem to want to control.
The doorbell rang, and I jumped like I’d been shot. Nervous – who me?
What are you nervous about?
We’d discovered that though no Chinese restaurant would ordinarily deliver out this far, for a sizeable tip, and I mean sizeable, they’d make an exception for us.
How far out do you live? Most of the Chinese take out places I know will deliver in an area up to five miles away. And what’s stopping you from making an order, and then driving over to collect it? No, we have to make Anita seem like the specialiest person ever because she’s got money and because people will go out of their way to help her.
Anyway, Caleb is cross because he tried to grope Claudia and she wasn’t having any of it.
The tone in her voice and the look in her eyes made my own eyes go cold. I don’t know if I’d ever met a woman that had that effect on me. It made me feel sexist to say it was more unnerving because she was a woman, but it was still true.
… oh, whatever. Just shut up.
Everyone starts sniffing the air, and Claudia drags Anita to the back of the kitchen. Anita is confused but then she smells it too.
The arid, musty scent of snakes.
OH MY GOSH THE PLOT HAS APPEARED! WE HAVE A PLOT! THINGS ARE HAPPENING! THE NARRATIVE IS MOVING FORWARDS!
A snake-man comes in with Caleb at the end of a shot gun and threatens to kill him if anyone moves.
Quick, everyone start doing the Macarena!