And in closing, as I think the drama is about to die down a bit--probably for another two or three months--I am very sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings, or allowed someone else to hurt someone else's feelings. It's not right and it's not okay to have someone else make you feel ashamed. Ever.
Unless you're doing it to me. Because God knows, I probably deserve it. No sarcasm. I'm a fuck up in a not-fun way. I accept that. I'm not sure I can change that because I think to effect positive change you have to, you know, not be a fuck up to start with. All I can promise is that I'll try.
All I can say is I'm sorry, and if I fucked up in your direction and you want to chew me out, please do so I know what I need to apologize for. Just don't call anybody else names. Don't involve your fellow blog-readers in a shit-storm. If you need to bitch at somebody, bitch at me. Not each other.
You are not allowed to gang up on each other, kids. That's not why we're here.
This chapter. Uh...right.
...actually I think the shitstorm has been much more fun. Can we go back to discussing my failings as a human being? Please? Please?
I'm going to summerize really fast because I am burnt out, I think everybody here is burnt out, and then I'm going to find kittens or something to talk about at the end of this.
Asher is dying. Belle Morte has drained Asher of all his energy because she's pissed that she can't manipulate JC anymore. Anita tells her to stop, and demands that Belle save Asher, or she'll kill Musette.
Belle says "you can't kill Musette"
Anita says "Can too."
Belle says "Can not."
It repeats itself for several pages.
Finally Valentina says "Uh...he might die while you're talking and then she'll kill Musette and I'd rather not have that happen, so, duh..." and Belle decides to save Asher.
Meanwhile, Anita and Jean Claude are snuggling physically, and Anita and Richard are snuggling mentally, albiet in an "I hate you don't leave me" kind of way.
End of chapter. Next chapter. Belle starts doing vampire psychic stuff to Asher, only Asher freaks out and Anita realizes somehow that Belle is trying to bind Asher back to her. Anita freaks out. Richard asks her what the fuck is wrong with her and Anita gives him a pretty good summery, and then compares Belle Morte to Rania, the psychotic sexual sadist who had basically run the pack before Richard was in charge. Richard almost freaks out.
Belle says the options are, Asher can spend the rest of his life as her slave, or the rest of his life as a piece of jerky.
Anita says "No, he just needs more power" and I start getting a BAD feeling in the pit of my stomach, because that means we're about to have a sex scene involving Anita and a piece of jerky, and this will probably involve enough food and beast metaphores to sustain a zoo.
It turns out that Asher has gained the ability to feed psychically. It is implied that this is the ardeur, and then it is implied that this is due to his feeding on Anita earlier, which Richard reacts to by chewing on a couple pieces of furniture. And of course this is all about how Richard doesn't understand the powers of LOVE and not, you know, about the several kinds of fucked up rolling around on the floor.
The chapter ends with Jean Claude and Anita kneeling on the ground in front of Asher, ready to plump him back up and let him sink fang.
Was there a plot in all this? Murders? International Aryan terrorists? Are we just going to stick with "bad guy does horrible thing, Anita sexes it back to life" for the rest of the book?
We are. Aren't we?