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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 27

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 27

“Hello, Jasmine. My name is Raoul.” Spain bronzed his skin and flavored his accent, but his manner was pure American military.

At last! the nameless voice and Jasmine’s personal saviour has a name and his base of operations is in – Las Vegas?! Huh?
Oh well, a few clues are banded about but nothing that makes any sense. The furniture is in Jaz’s favourite pre-arranged display and it seems this “Raoul” may also be more than just a convenient coincidence in her life. He alludes to both Jaz and David having visited this location before but apparently they’re not supposed to remember this. Why, I wonder. Did Raoul make Vayl aware of her presence, if so, that would mean that certain events in her life are not coincidence or “free-will” but carefully planned & coordinated. And what does this mean for David, does he also have some part to play in capturing the elusive Edward “the Raptor” Samos? Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 26

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 26
The final battle is not a poetic thing but a chaotic mess. As it should be. If it had been anything else, I think I would have been disappointed with the author.
There are little pockets of fighting happening all over the room, everyone trying to gain the upper hand while the Tor evolves within the maelstrom. Whatever it was that Jaz did with the sword must have triggered some event that allowed the demon to manifest itself. Jaz would not have been aware of this, only Cassandra might have given some clue but she was otherwise occupied with her own struggles. Worse, the Tor-al-Degan has begun to manifest and it’s not a pretty sight. The procedure reminds me a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly but the demon is no pretty fluttery-winged creature. Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 25

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 25
The fanatics & Jaz eventually make it into the basement, after some hassle from Assan & his vast, unwieldy sword. Back into the pit doth the poor heroine go, and let the stalling commence.
Thankfully, Aidyn is still in a talkative mood, typical megalomaniac, it’s just unfortunate that he’s distracted by his own genius or Jaz could’ve rung out more time from him. On a plus note, depending on your point of view that is, Liliana helps out by demanding Cirilia once more. Give it up girl, you’ll never get that ring, no matter how good you’re Andy Serkis imitation is. As they attempt to duke it out, it buys Jaz’s relief column more time. Or it would have done if the Kyron hadn’t have picked that moment to point out she/it was hungry.
Enter Derek “Doomsday” Steele, soon to be the starter course, Continue reading