Anita wakes up to DRAMATIC THINGS HAPPENING. Basically, shit is going down with Nathaniel and Gregory. Their father tried to contact them, and apparently ‘[their] father is the one that pimped him and Stephen out when they were children’.
“Every time I think I’ve heard the worst of people, I’m wrong,” Micah said.
Thanks for making this about you, Micah.
Now, you may have noticed that I am taking a less-than-serious tone here when in the past I’ve always been extremely serious whenever this series decides to tackle issues such as child abuse. Which it does far too often. Well, the fact is that Anita supposedly knows that Nathaniel was abused as a child – when he has never said so, it’s never been in the text before, and this has come straight out of nowhere. He was said to be abused as a teenager, and Gregory, while being involved with Gabriel and Raina, did not appear to have suffered the same level of abuse as Nathaniel.
To me, it reads as a cheap attempt at sensationalism and making the series edgy and dark. And it’s annoying. This is a series about hunting down evil vampires – you don’t need to add sensationalism to make it dark! It already is!
Seeing as Nathaniel has been through such a traumatic event, Cherry and Zane dress and prep him for sexy times with Anita in bed.
Anita then stares at Micah all lustily and wants to fuck him. Um. One of the people you are closest to in the world (supposedly, seeing as I still maintain he’s just using her) has just had an extremely triggering experience… so you think OH BOY MY RAPIST BOYFRIEND IS INCREDIBLY HOT!
Micah had pulled a polo shirt out of the communal drawer. It was one I’d bought with him in mind, a deep rich forest green. It brought out the green in his eyes. But the shirt fit both of us, as most of our shirts did. Our casual clothes had become common property – only the dress-up clothes were strictly his and hers.
Wow, that’s not normal. That’s incredibly creepy. Love is not subsuming your identity to your partner.
Micah is going to comfort Gregory and Anita is now worried, but only a little bit, because that would involve caring about another human being. She frets about it for like two seconds and then collapses to sleep.
I’m going to go back to playing Rollercoaster Tycoon. Wake me up when the plot actually starts moving forwards.