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 22
More capers ahead! And wouldn't you know, Adrian can pick a lock. I guess he's more than just a pretty face.
We also, in passing, get a brief nod to Adrian's creative process when Sydney sees his paintings. In a very short amount of time, he's had a flurry of erratic artistic inspiration, throwing out whatever came into his mind on to the canvas. These bursts of frenetic energy are among a set of behaviors that are going to start to add up (along with his blue moods, substance abuse, and extravagant purchases) in The Fiery Heart. Although much of his mental state is tied to spirit's darker side, this outlet of art is one of the magic's more beautiful aspects.
Meanwhile, I devote almost a page to Sydney puzzling out his auditing fee because I'm still too bureaucratic to let him go to college without jumping through a bunch of hoops. Nerd. (Me, not her).
Getting back to the caper at hand. It's actually a pretty complex one, what with Sydney distracting Keith while Adrian does a little breaking and entering. Two noteworthy things come out of this, aside from the evidence they're looking for. One is this exchange:
Keith: They use mind control. Spirit users like Adrian are really good at it. For all we know, he's been using his powers to endear himself to you.
Sydney: He's not doing a very good job, then.
The other thing that comes out here is a skeleton in the Sage closet! Even though I wrote this, the revelation about Carly still hits me with a shock because so much of this book consists of sleuthing hinjinks, high school drama, and Sydney's intellect. Then, BAM! You get something as ugly and hard as rape. It almost doesn't feel like it's a part of the rest of the narrative, but that's kind of the point, and Carly's case is far too common: those who hide a harsh secret under a pleasant facade, out of fear of disgrace. Sydney, as we'll soon see, does not let such things go quietly.