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.
Well, if you were around yesterday, you may have heard that there's been movement with the Vampire Academy movie! To get the scoop on that, check my post here. Very cool stuff. And as awesome as it is, a movie's still a long time off, so let's focus at what's coming up: The Indigo Spell! And to get ready for that, we need to get back on track with...
The Golden Lily, Chapter 14
Hot tip, Brayden: when a girl disses you at a dance to go off with another guy, it's already over.
Here we follow up on the aftermath of the red dress, as Sydney takes Adrian home. This is probably one of the most powerful scenes in the book and another that plays out very cinematically in my head. In fact, it must have for others too because the Official Bloodlines Page got some actors together to film it. Do a search for "Golden Lily blackout fan favorite," and it should turn up something.
The emotion in this scene is so thick, you cut could it with a knife, and both Sydney and Adrian are at their most vulnerable, pouring their hearts out to each other. Adrian gets a couple of emotional gut punches here. One is from Sydney having helped him--without him asking. Here he is, trying to get over loving a human, and then she goes and does stuff like this for him. It's a hard thing for him to understand. He's used to getting things from people, but usually it's through his charm and wiles. For someone to do it because they are is an exhilarating--and terrifying--thing for him.
The other blow to him is, as mentioned last time, Sydney in that red dress. And we get probably the second most powerful moment here at the end of the chapter when Adrian gets angry over Brayden. Jealousy is a normal reaction in this sort of situation, but I love that what upsets Adrian isn't another guy vying for her attention--it's that said guy doesn't give her the attention she deserves.
"No one can look at you in this dress, in all that fire and gold, and start talking about anachronisms. If I were him, I would have said, ‘You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.’”
With that line, Adrian's declared his love, and Sydney doesn't even realize it. But believe me, she's still affected by it. Being appreciated for your stellar mind is an amazing thing, but realizing someone finds you beautiful and glorious can be just as great--and it's never happened to her before.
Fun fact: I originally mistyped the "fake pine" scent candles as "fake pain." I bet those would've sold great in the 90s grunge era.
Tomorrow: I'll try to catch us up with two chapters.