In the twelfth chapter ofÂ Wizardâ€™s Holiday, the truth is told. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Young Wizards.Â
Well, thisÂ hurt.
I suspected that the truth about Queltâ€™s world would be hard to hear. I could tell from how much Kit and Nita fretted over it that the best-case scenario would probably not happen. Yet the sheer awkwardness that just transpired was so much more brutal than I expected, especially sinceÂ I totally understand why Quelt reacted this way. Initially, though, I had not even considered what would turn Quelt against these two because it had been so long since she questioned them about Earth.
As the two of them began to share the truth of what theyâ€™d learned with Quelt, I read Queltâ€™s silence as a number of things: confusion. Resentment. Even anger! When Iâ€™m angry, I tend to getÂ veryÂ quiet first because Iâ€™m trying to clamp down on my anger before I explode. But I thought maybe Iâ€™d misread Quelt. Maybe she was just taking it all in! However, this part sealed the deal:
â€œAnd you believe this?â€ Quelt said at last. â€œYou believe these things It told you?â€
Thatâ€™s the beginning of end, isnâ€™t it? See, QueltÂ knewÂ these two couldnâ€™t lie, so she frames her concern in a fascinating way: did theyÂ believeÂ what they were told? Not only does this call into question their perception, itâ€™s the formation of what she ultimately sensed of Nita and Kit: that theyâ€™d had the wool pulled over their eyes and couldnâ€™t even see that it had happened.
The more Quelt spoke â€“ and the angrier she got â€“ the more I felt that I should have seen this coming. But Iâ€™ve got the same flaw here that Nita and Kit did: I didnâ€™t anticipate what this would sound like coming from someone fromÂ Earth. Sure, Nita and Kit are outsiders, so this would affect what they said, but Quelt makes in much more personal than that. In doing this, Duane offers up perhaps the most cynical view of our planet in this series. TheÂ Young WizardsÂ books have largely been full of hope, albeit a realistic approach, since they tell us that both big and small acts can slow down the entropy of the universe. Thatâ€™s a touching thing to think about, you know?
Yet I feltÂ personallyÂ attacked by this, and I think thatâ€™s a good thing. I try not to think about the awfulness of our world too much because I can get overwhelmed so quickly. (THANKS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.) But Quelt has an outsiderâ€™s perspective, and by contrast, Earth is a waking nightmare. IÂ hadÂ to think about how terrible this world can be for people, how much of that terribleness Iâ€™ve been on the receiving end, how much of it Iâ€™ve spread myself. How would all of this look to someone who lives in a world where things like crime, murder, or plagues existed?
Kit and Nita seemed to have the sense not to defend themselves too much, and to be honest, I donâ€™t even know what they could have said. Quelt was too raw. Too shocked. And from her perspective, sheâ€™s just been asked to sacrifice the tranquility of her world for the violent chaos of Earth. Why? Why would she ever make a decision like that based on the Lone One saying the AlaalidsÂ mightÂ evolve into something better? Which one of us would take that sort of gamble?
I suspect that Druvah will provide some insight into this, but Iâ€™m at a loss, yâ€™all. How will theyÂ everÂ be able to convince her afterÂ this?
I was already quite vulnerable after this intensity, so it shouldnâ€™t be a surprise that the emotional devastation of Dairineâ€™s conversation with her father was LITERALLY TOO MUCH for me. Part of the reason it was so heartfelt was that in it, you could see Dairineâ€™s growth. Her walls are coming down, and sheâ€™s discarding her usual prickly self so she can be real with her father. In short? What sheâ€™s about to do scares the hell out of her. Even admitting that seemed hard for her, but itâ€™s a testament to the relationship she has with her dad that she can do this. Through the growth of her wizardry, her Ordeal, the many trials sheâ€™s been through, and the loss of a loved one, Harry and Dairine have built the kind of loving, supportive relationship that anyone would love to have. Maybe itâ€™s just me, but I love seeing happy familial relationships like this.
Anyway, ITâ€™S HERE. THEY ARE GOING TO THE SUN TO SAVE EARTH. Iâ€™m genuinely frightened that Duane is gonna fuck me up, yâ€™all. WHAT IF ONE OF THEM DOESNâ€™T MAKE IT Iâ€™m sorry, I canâ€™t help it, I HAVE TO PROTECT MYSELF.
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