It was like being on a happy drunk. It was so bad that Micah suggested he drive us back to the Circus.Her emotions are so overwhelming she can't drive. Nice. So she decides to contact Jean Claude telepathically. Richard asks her not to because it bugs him, and she does it anyway. This would be fine and dandy but there's something awfully sadistic about the phrasing. Like "Let's rub this in MORE." IDK it could just be me.
They get back to the Circus and Auggie is sitting naked on a couch, wrapped in a lacy shawl. And he was alone in the room with Jean Claude. And LKH seriously expects us to believe they weren't fucking.
It's so dumb it's almost adorable.
What's not adorable is that Auggie did some sort of mind-fuckery when they were doing...well, him, and now Anita is in love with Auggie. And she doesn't care about this because consent is for losers, I guess.
Loving words are exchanged. Richard is the killjoy as usual. Something about watching an ex-girlfriend have sex with another guy just kills his buzz.
“I’m in love with him, Richard, that doesn’t mean we’re going to fuck. You, of all people, should know that just because someone has my heart doesn’t mean they have my body.”
Oh the irony. It's killer. Anita goes on about how good her self control is. It'd be really awesome if that control extended to not raping other people, but that would require Anita to stop being a self-centered waste of skin and actually develop a conscience and a sense of empathy. She stares at Auggie for a few minutes and then...we drop that plot thread completely so that we can go play with Haven.
Seriously. It's all Auggie Auggie Auggie Auggie Auggie...LION! and I spent a few minutes making sure my kindle app hadn't broken because WHAT THE HOLY HELL.
The two lions the local leader sent on over stop Anita and tell her that Joseph sent them over to distract her from Haven because Haven would probably take over the group. Anita, meanwhile, is distracted by Haven's pretty abs and her inner lion justifies this because she's choosing him as her werelion mate the way she...
...You've got to be kidding me. We're justifying the shower rape scene as being a moment of meeting her true soul mate and her soul overpowering everything and I just can't even.
And of course Anita touches Haven anyway and the match is made because tee hee having somebody pick a sane relationship in this fucking thing is IMPOSSIBLE. Richard then jumps Haven and the chapter ends with them rolling around and fighting.
We are seventy-two percent done with this book.