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, Chapters 8 & 9
I do so love the image of Adrian sitting on the curb of Sydney’s dorm when she and Brayden pull up. Some scenes play out very cinematically in my head, and I can just perfectly picture the look on his face.
I’ve talked a lot about the honesty and a growing connection between Sydney and Adrian, as well as a little of the physical attraction. But let’s face it: their banter is the glue that holds all that serious stuff together, and their San Diego drive is a bonanza of it. This is where the rapport comes from, the chance for that Adrian wit and charm to shine and Sydney to relax a little and show that she has a funny side too.
Fun fact: although I’m not that much like Sydney, I did write one of my quirks into her. I so dislike it when people mess with the controls in my car without asking when I’m driving, whether it’s changing the song or the heat or whatever. How hard is it to ask? If you're driving, my car or yours, you can do whatever you want. So Sydney’s pet peeve here with Adrian and the window is straight out of my playbook. And perhaps coincidentally, out of all the guys I’ve gone out with, my husband is the only one who didn’t mess with my car when I was driving.
In other news, Sydney’s shirt has a tiny ruffle, and her skirt has a herringbone pattern: “Normally, I wouldn’t have worn such contrasting textures together, but I’d liked the boldness of the look.” Those silly asides are what make these characters. You go with your bad self, Sydney. You go.
No need to dwell on Nathan Ivashkov. He’s a jerk, we all know it. Let’s move on to the slushes. I had no idea they were going to become such an iconic part of the series. Fans talk about them all the time. Most of us are pretty sure at this point that Adrian’s smitten with her, but I needed some small, silly gesture to tip us off that she’s getting feelings for him too. She can’t stand to see him sad and gropes for something that’ll make him happy, even though it means ignoring that kneejerk sugar reaction of hers. When I came up with this, I had to go back a few chapters and write in Adrian mentioning slushes so that it’d have meaning here. Like I said—-slushes are a small, silly thing, but I assure you, Sydney wouldn’t have downed a quart of sugar for Brayden.