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 6 and 7
Ah, the wacky yet astute Ms. Terwilliger. I knew she’d play a big role in the series, but if I’d had any idea just how big, I never would’ve given her that last name. It’s so long! And Sydney, being proper in her POV, always refers to her by that full title, so I have to be true to her character and type it all out. In Adrian’s POV in The Fiery Heart, he refers to her as Jackie in his chapters, so it saves me a few keystrokes. Ms. Terwilliger was originally going to be Mr. Terwilliger, in order to give Sydney a healthier father figure. Having a high school girl sneaking off on secret tasks with her guy teacher is kind of creepy, though…Rose and Dimitri aside.
Here also is where “Sydney Melbourne” is born, one of my favorite running jokes. I adore Australia, and with a character named Sydney, it seemed inevitable that this sort of mishap would happen. I planned it in advance and chose “Melrose” in order to make the joke work.
I thought I was being particularly clever with Jill’s vicarious hangover. We’d already seen all sorts of feelings and experiences pass through the bond in the last series, so why not alcohol and its consequences? I didn’t feel nearly so clever, however, when the book was on its way to printing, and a friend reminded me, “Isn’t that kind of what happened in E.T.?” Sigh. Spielberg always beats me to everything.
It’s a small, small thing, but we get our first almost flirty moment with Adrian and Sydney when he sees her in her uniform, which is just as prim and proper as her normal attire:
“Sage, aren’t you guys supposed to have uniforms? This looks like what you usually wear.”
“Cute,” I said, suppressing an eye roll.
Of course, Adrian switches to full petulant mode soon thereafter when he wants Sydney to “get him out” because he’s so bored. Even I have to admit, he’s kind of out of line putting all that on her. And poof! Away goes their camaraderie…for now.
Did you catch Lee’s interest in Sydney’s tattoo? His romantic feelings are for Jill, but he’s already trying to stake out an Alchemist in the hopes of fulfilling his crazy plan.
Two more chapters tomorrow as well, and then we’ll slow back down to one a day during the week.