Chapter thirty three.
I'm really falling behind on this. Shows you how boring it is.
London goes to the bathroom to clean up. It feels like he's going in like a dog with his tail between his legs.
When London's pulse had slowed, he sat me down, gently, on the bed, and asked Jean-Claude's permission to use the bathroom. Jean-Claude gave it. London had taken his pants off the rest of the way, so that he was nude from the waist down, though his dress shirt and suit jacket were long enough that they hid him from behind. He held his shirt up in the front to keep it out of the mess, and his pants wadded in his other hand. He looked at no one as he went inside, and closed the door behind him.
He left behind a silence so loud that I could hear the blood in my own head.
London has been utterly humiliated here. Not only has he been raped, but he's been raped in public. And yet, Anita doesn't think about that. She's thinking more about how the other people in the room are reacting to her, "maybe they were all there, huddled around each other, trying to keep the big bad succubus from getting them".
He becomes completely forgotten. Nathaniel crawls up into bed with Anita and they talk about how Damian is coming. Requiem leaves, "Maybe he finally understood that he wasn't food. I hope so, because I needed less complication in my life, not more." Food. See, there it is again. The dehumanization of people. Now Requiem is less that food. He's rejected food. It's not "he wasn't needed" but he "wasn't food". Also, again, the self-centeredness as she's worried more about complications in her life as opposed to problems in his life. How he feels about being rejected by something he needs and wants.
Then another problem arises. Remus wants to leave and take his men with him. As does Pepito who is in charge with the were-rats. The reasoning why is that the guards will now see her as just an ass. As she says, "The look that said you'd gone from a human being to just being tits and ass." As the men are leaving Nathaniel is scent marking her.
Richard brings in Damian and we have our obligitory paragraph of description.
His legs gave out completely, and Richard carried him in his arms like a child the last few feet. He laid Damian beside me. The long, red hair hid the vampire's face. I moved the hair away so I could see his face. He blinked up at me, eyes a perfect bright green, green as summer's grass. It was Damian's eyes that had raised the bar so high on green-colored eyes. No one else's eyes could compare. He tried to focus on me, but didn't seem to be able to do it.
For some reason, when I think about summer grass, I think of a sort of browning grass. Not very green. I think she should have said spring instead of summer. But that could because of where I live in LA.
They worry about the fact that Damian appears to be half -undead despite the magical metaphysical healing that Anita did. They decide that the reason why he's like that is because he woke up too soon. Anita, Nathaniel and Damian do a group hug and make the vampire feel better.
There's a lovely exchange between Remus and Anita where he says that he thought she was just a slut but now he knows better after having her seen her fuck this guy. You see she only did it to save Nathaniel and Damian, not because she's a slut. Uh-huh.
Asher then makes Richard admit that he went to check on Damian because he didn't want to see Anita feed on Requiem. Asher is getting pissy. They dance around the fact that he's being pissy like a drama queen. It seems that he's throwing a fit because Anita keeps on picking straight men and so he can't fuck any of them. Of course with the idea that Anita doesn't like her men fucking other women, I don't see why she would make the allowance for them to fuck other men. That and the fact that he can't fuck Jean-Claude because JC is afraid she'll leave him if he does.
The funny thing is, that a few chapters back Asher had been all smiles and bows with the agreement that they would talk about it later. Now, apparently he's unhappy because later will never come because of one crisis or another. They promise to him that they'll talk to him about it and Asher promises to behave himself. I'm not really sure what the point of that scene was at all.
Richard then agrees with Anita.
Richard touches Anita (not like that) and energy jumps between them. They start to speculate about doubling power between the two triumvirates when London comes back out. He looks pretty normal, but apparently he is not. The arduer makes him drunk. Not only that, he's addicted again. And speaking French. Why would a vampire who names himself London speak French. Why do all of the vampires speak French? Or at least all of Anita's vampires. It's getting silly.
It turns out London's purpose in life is to feed the Arduer. He wants to know if she'll prevent him from feeding on it as his expression says to her: don't leave me, please keep me. Anita worries about why this always happens to her and not the fact that London is now trapped under her spell.
I'm sure this chapter was meant to show new complications in Anita's life, but it didn't. I don't care about the guards or her. I feel more sorry about London. But he's not important. Just the fact that he's become a burden on Anita's life. This self centereness is getting to me. It's all about her and she isn't that interesting. Fortunately (to use the term loosely) we actually get plot next chapter!
How does Anita Blake change a light bulb?
She holds it up and the world revolves around her.