So, chapter 5 starts off with Jacinda’s mom talking to the new landlord. I’m pretty confused at how they’re able to move on so easily. Weren’t they secluded from all humanity up in that mountain? Do they have records of their birth? Do they even exist, according to the law? These are things I question and the book does nothing to answer them.
Jacinda doesn’t like the harsh dryness of the desert. She compares herself to an asthmatic. As an asthmatic, I should probably pretend like I’m offended… So, anyway, they’re living in someone’s pool house for the time being. They can’t swim in the pool (again with the irony). Life sucks. Jacinda, in all her Mary-Sue glory, is deep in thought about how life sucks for her. Jacinda’s mom explains that living in a barren location can kill a draki quicker. Again, it annoys me that they can simply “undo” biology by keeping it dormant. Especially when it’s explained as something instinctual.
Her mom revealed that she lived in their new home, Chapparal, once before in the past. Apparently, drakis gets to go on tours where get to learn about the outside world. Her mom says that she always wanted to leave the pride but she couldn’t because she missed their dad when she was gone. I stare out at the water’s surface, still and dead without the faintest ripple of wind, and try to imagine loving someone that much. So much that you would give up all you ever wanted for yourself.
And who does she think of? Will, of course. My god! The girl doesn’t even know him and that’s who she thinks of? It’s evident that this love story is gonna get really old, really fast.
It’s her first day at a new school. Oh, joy. Already, Jacinda is bitching about the fake smells of the students. In class, she introduces herself as Jacinda Jones (I realize this is the first time I heard her last name). She lies and says that she’s from Colorado and she was home-schooled. Some bitch named Brooklyn torments her by going “fuh-reak!” How very early 90s of her. $5 says this Brooklyn bitch wants Will’s dick and when he’s giving Jacinda all his attention, she gets jealous.
As Jace is leaving class, some guy named Ken is vying for her attention. She politely tells him to gtf. She starts talking with Tamra. Tamra is loving her day so far. She suggests that Jace joins the cheerleading squad. And, out of the blue, she starts describing a sensation that reads like she went into epileptic shock.
I shake my head and open my mouth to stress my unwillingness, then stop. My flesh shivers. The tiny hairs at my nape prickle in alert. A textbook slips from my fingers, but I don’t move to pick it up.
Come on! Just guess what happened there? Yup! She sees Will (or, as she calls him just then, “the beautiful boy”) right down the hall. Oh, but wait! It gets even better! He’s accompanied by “Twirly-hair Brooklyn” who is literally clinging to him as he leans against his locker. You know, I was actually hoping that this book would prove at least one of my predictions wrong but it’s just way too easy. You know where everything’s going before it even starts. It’s kind of hard to believe I’m not reading this crap in advance.
Honey brown hair falls over his brow carelessly, and I remember it darkly wet and slicked back from his face. I remember the two of us alone in a cave, his hand on mine and that spark that passed between us before his face became so stark and angry.
I’m starting to think that maybe the two share some kind of psychic bond because of that moment they shared in the cave. I’m also hoping that Will’s change of expression is foreshadowing some kind of dissociative identity disorder. Come on, let’s make it interesting!
So, Jacinda’s skin starts glowing. She says that in moments of arousal, the draki comes out. At that point, I really have no idea how her mom got rid of her draki. What? The bitch never had an orgasm in 5 years?
Their eyes meet for a brief moment before Tamra finally gets Jace’s attention by slamming her locker. Will is starting to disappear into the crowd as Tamra drags her into the bathroom, but even with him out of sight, she can sense him. Jace considers telling Tamra about Will but, ultimately, doesn’t. Tamra orders her to stay away from him. As they walk to class, Jacinda is hoping she sees him in the empty halls. She doesn’t.
Chapter 6 kicks off with Jace avoiding the cafeteria during lunch for the sake of her sensitive smell. Instead, she goes into the library and talks about the “musty books”. Like, the books in misty town were much better? Girl, please! She’s feeling relieved when she makes it to the last class — Study Hall.
Some guy named Nathan, who’s, apparently, been following Jace around since 5th period, is being annoying. She knocks over one of her books and goes down to pick it up. Suddenly, her spidey-senses starts tingling and she knows that he just walked into the room. Will’s mannerisms implies that his spidey-senses are also tingling.
Then, he stops, angling his head strangely. Like he hears a sound. Or smells something unusual. The same way he looked in the hall today. Right before he saw me.
He approaches the table where she sits with Nathan and asks if he can sit there. Nathan doesn’t mind, as he was already planning on heading to the library. Jacinda is having a lot of weird, draki-like reactions to his presence. She’s purring under her breath and she feels a fire deep inside her. She says that her draki feels more alive than ever around him.
Will breaks the silence by saying, “So, you’re new.” How very observant. He also mentions how he saw her in the hall. He tells her that he watched running during P.E. from his classroom window. I don’t get how he, oh so casually, tells her that he watches her from a distance. It’s only her first day and it’s like he’s saying: “hey you. I have a bit of creepy-stalker tendencies that you should maybe know about.”
So, there’s more forced conversation between them before two guys enter the class. They direct their attention at Will. I’m pretty sure they’re hunters. One of the guys, Xander, has really cold, dark eyes to match his dark hair. Xander confuses her for Tamra before she corrects him. He introduces himself to her, along with his red-headed brother named Angus. They reveal that they’re Will’s cousins. So, I’m assuming hunting a family business then?
Jacinda’s instinct tells her that they’re a threat. Eventually, they mind they’re own business. Will tells her to stay away from them (already with the protective boyfriend role?) because they’re jerks. Jacinda asks him if he’s a good guy. He says that he isn’t. She then asks why he’s sitting with her and he replies that he doesn’t know.
They sit in awkward silence before a laugh in the back of the class catches her attention. She turns to see Xander tickling some girl’s vagina… erm, sides. Xander catches her gaze and his face turns serious. Will warns her that Xander isn’t one of those guys that she wants to notice her. Suddenly, the bell rings and he leaves without a wave goodbye. Rude, much?
End of chapter 6.
Chapter 7 opens and Jacinda is fighting with her locker when some broad starts conversation with her by saying, “Will Rutledge. Impressive.” Already, I know that this is gonna be the new best friend that fills her on all the politics of their school. She starts to explain that Will and his cousins are pretty popular with the girls.
“Rich, hot, and they’ve got that bad-boy edge going for them.” She nods. “Xander and Angus are users. Been through half the girls in this school. Not Will though. He’s…” I lean forward, eager for anything she will impart about him. “Well. Will…” A wistful smile curves her mouth. “He’s elusive. None of the girls here interest him.” She rolls her magnificent eyes and sighs dramatically. “Course that just makes us want him harder.”
Want him… “harder”? Excuse me? Wow, these girls have no shame in their game. And why is it that Will has to be uninterested in all the other girls? Easy-made Edward Cullen references aside, I find it hard to believe that a hormonal teenager didn’t get his dick sucked at least once when he knows a handful of girls are lining up to do it. At the very least, a tugjob.
The girl, Catherine, suggests that Jace stays away from Will. “Because Brooklyn Davis will pulverize you or any girl who goes after him.”
Wait! Her name is Brooklyn Davis? The queen bee of the school’s name is B. Davis?
Catherine explains that Brooklyn wants to fuck him. She wants his dick in or around her mouth. It’s probably not to get on her bad side because she can make your life hell. God, you gotta love how these high school girls have so much power in industrialized America. Especially when they’re pathetic enough to chase a guy that doesn’t want them.
The two soon part ways and Jacinda is alone in the halls. She spots her sister, Tamra, looking happier than she’s ever seen her with a group of new friends. The two are walking towards the exit to meet Mrs. Jones, who insists on picking them up after school. Tamra makes a joke about Jacinda’s inability to drive. They’re mom is waiting right out front for them. Idle conversation is held about the first day when Jacinda notices a familiar-looking Land Rover in the parking lot. The same Land Rover that chased her on the mountain. She fights her instinct to manifest.
Of course, Xander and Angus are by the Land Rover. Brooke Penelope Scott Davis is with them, also. She talks with her body, apparently. Now I’m positive it’s no coincidence. Jace feels that Will is nearing. She compares his movement to be swift like a jungle cat (she also made that comparison when she saw him in the hall, jsyk). Will stops dead in his tracks. Their gazes meet and he smiles and keeps walking, B. Davis following his ass like a dick-hungry vulture.
Tamra notices the moment and takes the opportunity to inform her mom of that one certain event that took place earlier in the day. Her mom warns her to stay away from the guy and try to keep her draki dormant. “It’s like a muscle. It will lose strength if you don’t exercise it.” That entire quote sort of contradicts the whole “instinctual” aspect of their draki but I digress.
Jacinda says that she feels dead inside. And then we close chapter 7. Should we tally up my prediction rate or just pretend like I got a few of them wrong to help even the score?