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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.
Bloodlines, Chapter 23

Some budding fan artist needs to do Jill in the silver dress and mask. I'd love to see her get a little glam time!

Meanwhile, Adrian's having a hissy fit. I don't like to have these moments, but Adrian's no more perfect than any other character. He's still got some growing up to do and falls into these moods and spells of selfishness. Admittedly, he's caught off-guard by the change in collegiate fortunes, so we can kind of see why he's upset. Is that any reason to berate poor Sydney? Probably not. The upside is that even though Adrian takes a step back during this spat, he's later able to move two steps forward when he accepts the challenge that this snafu has caused. It ultimately makes him grow and shows us he's not so spoiled after all. Sometimes we need these low moments to bring about the high ones.

We also get another glimpse of Sydney's dark side when she goes all Godfather on Laurel. Sydney's not a mean person, but as I mentioned before, she doesn't let the people she cares about get hurt. She intends to make sure no one messes with Jill. Laurel's parting remark is great: "You know, you can be scary as hell sometimes." That's right. Again, I'm not trying to make Sydney mean or vengeful, but after everyone lauded Rose for holding her own in a physical fight, I wanted to show that a competent young woman can still be fierce and protective with her cunning, not just her fists.

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