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Are you all caught up?
Recap: Chapters 25-28!
Chapter 25: Trebor takes Ana to the Crimson Oak, and tells her about how his brother “Fell”…and reveals that he doesn’t entirely trust the Malakiim’s definition of “Falling.”
Chapter 26: On the walk home, they are attacked by a Sura and Trebor saves Ana with ~maaaaaagic!~ Ana complains that she doesn’t like being a damsel in distress, and asks Trebor to teach her how to defend herself against Sura. Trebor admits that human magic is dangerous, but decides to do it anyway.
Chapter 27: Ana has a dream about the Sura, and her mother, and Trebor. She rejects Trebor in the dream because she doesn’t need him, to which he responds “No, you don’t. But I’m here anyway.”
Chapter 28: Ana goes to school and sees Trebor talking to her classmates. He sits with her, explains a little bit about his intelligence gathering methods, but then John Cassidy, Ana’s arch nemesis (the boy she beat up in 8th grade) shows up and starts mocking her. Trebor tells him off and Ana is so embarrassed that she leaves, already starting to have an attack of that thrumming sensation. Trebor stops her in the hall, but when he touches her there is a burst of energy so powerful that it almost knocks Ana out. They make a plan to begin training her immediately.
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Some fun facts!
-As ABSURD as this is going to sound, I’m going to tell it to you all anyway: when I was about 9 or 10, my best friend and I joked A LOT about worshipping Satan, specifically in the way that the media portrays Satanic worship as being evil and chaotic (not like real Satanism, which is actually pretty legit if you look into it). We weren’t serious about it, although we did get up to quite a bit of mischief in our time. We even decided to call Satan “S’tan” so we could talk about him in notes and make jokes in our essay journals for school that no one would get but us (S’tan and I went to the mall this weekend to get new sneakers…). Anyway, in the woods along Ellicott Creek (the creek Ana almost drowns in) we discovered a tree that, at the time, seemed HUGE to us, with a massive root system that was mostly exposed and sitting on top of the earth because of the frequent flooding. We were so impressed by its magnificence that we decided to dub it The Satan Tree. We proceeded to bring it offerings–cool rocks we’d found, Halloween candy, anything we found in the woods that would burn, dead moths and butterflies. We didn’t in any way shape or form think that this meant anything, because all of it was a joke to us.
But then things started showing up in the roots of The Satan Tree. A completely full, unopened can of coke appeared on a day we didn’t have enough change to purchase a drink from the local convenience store. A volley ball was there once; a cartoon flip-book another day. I don’t know if other people had also started leaving offerings at the tree, or if people were just hanging out there and leaving their crap around, or…something else.
Anyway, that tree inspired the Crimson Oak. And the Crimson Oak ended up becoming much more important than I anticipated when I first wrote her down…
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Tomorrow: Chapters 29-31!