Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
Bloodlines, Chapter 8 & 9
Trey gets a lot of screen time here, which is nice. I wanted Sydney to have some normal (well…kind of) human friends here in high school, and I like that Trey can keep up with her academically but still pulls off the popular football star thing. Slade is introduced here because there always seems to be someone obnoxious like him around.
P.E. was going to be a big deal if Jill had been one of the narrators, and I tried really hard to drive home its impact via Sydney (who naturally turns out to be good at sports, just like everything else—wait until you see her play Ski ball in The Indigo Spell). We’ve gotten lazy in thinking it’s easy for vampires and dhampirs to blend into human society, but we can’t forget that there are some serious differences among the races. Sometimes it takes something as simple as a volleyball game to remind us.
Sydney tells Eddie, “Humans and vampires can’t be together! It’s disgusting and wrong.” That, my friends, is what we in the business call foreshadowing.
Speaking of Eddie, I’ll address a much-asked question: no, there’s no long-lost family relation between Eddie and Micah. This is another side effect of losing the multi-narrated format. We would’ve seen a lot more of Eddie’s inner conflict from the first series if his POV had ended up getting worked in. Losing your best friend when you were helpless to act would leave a serious scar, and I created Micah just to give Eddie a little more angst. Mean, I know.
Chapter 9 gives us a lot of good Sydney and Adrian banter. There’s more eye rolling from her and another of my favorite Adrian gems: “All guys mean the same thing when they want to ‘get to know a girl better.’ You’re a well-bred young lady, so I understand why you’d be too innocent to understand. Good thing you’ve got me here to interpret.” She still thinks he’s cocky and shallow, and he still thinks she’s stiff and uptight. But they’re warming up and, no matter how much they want to deny it, are starting to get comfortable and even like being around each other.
The chapter ends with Keith being an asshole, but seriously, is anyone surprised by that?
Tomorrow: just Chapter 10.