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.
The Golden Lily, Chapter 11
Let's not kid ourselves. We all love it when Dimitri comes to a daring rescue. If zealous vampire hunters are attacking you, wouldn't you want to see our favorite Russian god kicking their asses? Of course, the downside of this scene is that we've got two damsels in distress being rescued by a guy. I try not to reinforce that stereotype, but if you've read the VA series, then you know where I stand on women being able to take care of themselves.
And that's where we have to remember that Sydney isn't Rose 2.0. I wouldn't have written this series if she was. Sydney is brilliant and capable, but she's not a warrior. Nor should she be. Most real people aren't. Part of my point of putting Sydney as our star was to show that brains are as effective as brawn, and we've certainly seen that a number of times with her. Besides, she can't be perfect at everything. When that happens in writing, we call it a Mary Sue. Flaws are what make people real, and Sydney's got plenty.
And this particular one is good for a couple of reasons. First, Sydney does tend to think she's good at everything (social interactions aside), and we see what a blow it is for her to accept that she's weak in some areas. That acceptance leads to our moment of vulnerability with Adrian, which strengthens their relationship. It brings them closer and also allows Adrian to gently remind her of the "don't be a victim" talk she gave him. This isn't a one-sided relationship where Sydney's always the one doling out advice and guidance. Adrian's there for her too, telling her the things she needs to hear. They watch out for each other.
The line of the day comes from Eddie to Sydney: "I thought something was wrong with you today...Especially at breakfast, when Angeline called a tomato a vegetable and you didn't correct her."