Also: Whoever gave LKH a copy of The Godfather to watch? I hate you.
Jean Claude does the passive aggressive version of a sexual "neener neener neener" at Auggie.
Why is this POS a protagonist again?
Then Jean Claude offers Auggie a deal: You can come and fuck us any time you want as long as you behave, play nice, and let me get my claws in further. The guy should be Mephistopholes at this point, except that's kind of giving him too much credit. There's nothing sexy about an abusive manipulative POS.
Auggie is all panting dog at the idea of getting to shag Anita any time he wants to.
LKH then tries to write two conversations at once: One between Auggie and JC and one between Anita and were-lion Travis. This happens with no indications whatsoever and is more than a little jarring.
And then this happens:
“Perhaps we could even visit you in Chicago.” I was suddenly paying attention to their conversation. If we went to Chicago, oh, my God, the energy there would…The heroine of this novel is eagerly contemplating the psychic rape of an entire city. And NOTHING indicates this is a bad thought.
Auggie refuses. Not because of the whole "rape a city" thing, but because it would make Jean Claude too powerful. Seriously? NOBODY is going to call bullshit on this? YOU WOULD BE RAPING A CITY.
Jean Claude tells Auggie he wants Auggie to stop manipulating HIM. Oh the irony.
Anita and Auggie share words about how much in love Anita is with Auggie and how bothered she is about the whole "Mind-fucked into falling in love" thing. I'd give her credit for FINALLY remembering this, but it's less "YOU MIND FUCKED ME" and more "gee, I don't even know you, but you made me love you so now let's go cuddle."
Also, and it bears repeating: Auggie is a mob boss. There are special places in hell for people like that.
JC then reminds everyone that there's a Ballet tonight and they need to decide if Anita is safe around the other masters. I'd say we've proven she is NOT about six times over, but that's the only plot thread LKH can keep track of, so yeah. Anita has to screw somebody else, or roll them, or do some bullshit with her sex powers, before this book can end.
Then we go back to talking about the were-lions, how Joseph's pride is more sane than all the other prides because they don't behave like "real lions" whatever that means, and how Haven is a Very Bad Idea, all caps required.
Then we go back to "If Auggie ever wants to feel the arduer again, he'd better behave."
This chapter is like watching children play ping-pong. You get three back-and-forths and then you have to go chase down the fucking conversation.
And then Anita regurgitates a textbook.
“Joseph’s pride know how to be lions. They just don’t do that whole Serengeti-plains-dominance-fight at each kill,” Micah said. “That’s what it means to be a lion,” Auggie said. “Actually,” I said, “lions native to forested regions don’t do that. The fluidity of dominance, and the complicated social system, seem peculiar to the African plains region.”That voice and that language have been used nowhere in this book. That is not Anita's voice, that is not LKH's style of writing. That's academic and that does NOT belong here. I don't think LKH has the balls to plagiarize, but you cannot tell me that writing fits in with the sex and the "spilled/swallowed/poured" and the fucking=candy metaphores.
Noel goes back to begging Anita not to bond with Haven. Auggie keeps being an ass--which, in this book, is saying a lot--and the most this chapter manages to accomplish is get most of the wounded moving off to Dr. Lillian while Auggie cracks jokes about everybody here being "pussywhipped".
We are not even eighty percent of the way done yet. Send help.