In the twelfth chapter of Untold, Kami is my favorite, and then NO OH MY GOD, HOW DOES THIS KEEP GETTING MORE UPSETTING? Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to read Untold.
Chapter Twelve: A Drop of Blood, What You Hold Dear
Good god, everything was undone IN A SINGLE CHAPTER. Can we talk about this?Â
Iâ€™m hoping that the interaction between these two in this chapter is a sign that Jared might be moving towards accepting the realities of his life. His behavior has been erratic, negative, near suicidal, and increasingly violent, but thereâ€™s a very raw and quiet moment in this chapter that seems to suggest there might be hope to him. You better believe Iâ€™m going to cling to it.
The thing is, I donâ€™t dislike Jared as a person. I hate how he treats Kami, but Iâ€™m still interested in his character. I think thatâ€™s mostly due to Kami herself, honestly. I want her to be okay with Jared, so Iâ€™m inherently interested in Jaredâ€™s journey because of this. So, like Ash, I recognized what a huge thing it was for Jared to say this:
â€œIâ€™m on her side,â€ said Jared. â€œIf youâ€™re on her side too, then weâ€™re already working together.â€
It was a bit shocking to hear him say that he was on Kamiâ€™s side. He doesnâ€™t always act like he is, but heâ€™s comfortable enough with Ash to admit they they are on the same team. Now, if only he could say that to Kami!
Holly, Stop It
I also greatly enjoy Hollyâ€™s character, but that doesnâ€™t mean I feel okay about her treatment of Angela. Her behavior in this chapter is egregious at best, and sadly, this can be a fairly common experience for folks whoâ€™ve just come out. I have met actual human men who would not shower in the same locker room/gym with men they knew to be gay. When I was outed, I experienced exactly what Angela goes through here: people shrinking away from me as if being gay was a contagious disease. Now, we all know this is absurd if you give it half a second of thought, but itâ€™s unfortunately the reality for a lot of visibly queer/out people. So I appreciate that when Ash is quick to not only sexualize Angela and Holly, but to treat Angelaâ€™s sexuality as if it his to consume, Kami steps up to be a GENUINELY GREAT ALLY. She shuts Ash down immediately, she doesnâ€™t make it about herself, and she even comes up with a brilliant way to make Ash understand why his behavior is disgusting. (This chapter gave me a new headcanon: Kami secretly writes fanfiction all the time.) I adore you, Kami, and Iâ€™m so glad an example of how to behave thatâ€™s easy to understand is just sitting there in Untold. THANK YOU.
â€œDonâ€™t fight, boys,â€ he remarked mildly. â€œThereâ€™s plenty of Rusty to go around.â€
BLESS UR HEART, RUSTY.
Oh gods, letâ€™s talk about this section:
Kami wondered if he was going to try to kiss her again. Did she want him to kiss her? Maybe she did. Maybe it was just about comfort in a time when her town and her home were falling apart.
This is one of the hardest things to decipher, I swear. Isnâ€™t it the worst? Because, ultimately, you do like the person, but you do want to know if this is out of sadness or out of a desire not to be lonely. And it matters why you like a person, you know? So does Kami like Ash because heâ€™s not Jared? Because he acts like she would like Jared to act? Or because she genuinely likes him?
ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
In the moonlight her motherâ€™s face shone, and her motherâ€™s hands gleamed with the same darkness that had touched every door in Kamiâ€™s town.
I trust youâ€™re all going to be sensible, Rob had said. Iâ€™ll be watching for the signs.
Blood marking their homes, the sign of submission Rob had asked for. The sign that the town would cooperate with the sorcererâ€™s demands.
OH, GODDAMN IT. Claire just betrayed her daughter again. Part of me understands her desire to protect her family, but isnâ€™t it possible that Rob will ask for Kami as a sacrifice??? Is Claire going to say no then, or will she defer to his power? Oh god, WHEN DID CLAIRE TALK TO EVERYONE? When did this happen? Wait, I suppose itâ€™s possible that Claire did this independent of everyone, signing them up for submission against Lillianâ€™s wishes. Shit, everything was undone. Theyâ€™re back at square one! GODDAMN IT, Yâ€™ALL. And then, Brennan has to go and punch in the feelings with that final scene where Kamiâ€™s father comes home, and the two of them quietly wash away all the blood that Claire smeared on their gate. This book is so haunting, I swear.
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