I AM STILL DOING THIS. But I just got Bioshock
and had other stuff to do. AKA: Distracted By The Shiny
and Real Life
got in the way. Anyway to TO THE CHAPTER!
Harry now has some money in cash. What's the first thing he does with it? He goes out to dinner at McAnally's pub, just a couple of blocks away. AKA: the local hangout for those in the supernatural world. The entertainment is the company and an old player-piano. “It's less likely to go haywire...”
It is a small place, recessed in the ground, and has has a thing for the number 13. 13 stools, tables, windows, mirrors, and columns
(“carved with likenesses from folktales and legends from the Old World”). These are placed to dissipate the random energy that comes off of “broody, grumpy wizards.”
Mac, the owner, makes his own beer/ale (best in the city), cooks on a wood-burning stove, and thinks people should get up and pick up their own food instead of having it taken to them. “It's my sorta place.”
It is impossible to tell Mac's age. He is tall, has squinty eyes, a mischievous smile that you almost never see, and “there is a sense to him that speaks of enough wisdom and strength that I wouldn't venture that he is less than fifty.” Did I mention that he almost never speaks but when he does, it is worth listening to?
After giving his order, Harry picks up a newspaper near-by and reads the headlines. One jumps out at him (not literally
): another ThreeEye rampage. This is a new drug that supposedly gives a person the third sight, but Harry does not believe that because “If it was serious stuff, the department would have called me by now.” Oh, and Harry was followed to the bar.
Considering his day, his initial reaction is to prepare some quasi-Latin phrases (how he casts spells) and watch the person approach in the mirror while “Mac went on cooking, unperturbed. Nothing much perturbed Mac.” It took until the person was close enough for him to smell her perfume for him to recognize the person as Miss Susan Rodriguez.
She is a “dark beauty” who is currently wearing a business outfit. She has “dark, strait hair” arranged to “enphasiz[e] the lazy appeal in her dark eyes.”
Harry's offers to buy her a drink “while I refuse to tell you anything.” Apparently she is an Intrepid Reporter
for the Chicago Arcane
who has been following Harry ever sense he set up shop
(this makes her a Hot Scoop
as well). Considering how it is a magazine that reports on paranormal/supernatural events, this makes a certain amount of sense. Usually the articles are completely wrong, but occasionally true. Harry even tells her about some of the smaller stuff that occurs. This case is not
a small event so he does not want to reveal anything about it to her. Also “...if Murphy heard I'd tipped someone off about what happened, she'd have my heart between two pieces of bread for lunch.”
Anyway, back to the actual conversation. And for once they are making eye contact. “She was the one who fainted” from the Soul Gaze during their first interview and it can only happen between any two people once. After the initial banter and round of “Please tell me?” and “No”s, we get a piece of conversation I just have to repeat verbatim:
- Susan Just a hint. A word shared between two people who are very attracted to one another”
- Harry Which two people would that be?
- *Beat* Harry Dresden, you are a thoroughly maddening man. You didn't look down my blouse even once, did you?
- sips ale Guilty
- Most men are off-balance by now. What does it take with you, anyway, Dresden?
- I'm pure of heart and mind. I cannot be corrupted.
Anyone who knows Dresden would react to that sentence the same way. When Susan “tilted back her head to laugh” Harry did
look down at her chest. “A pure heart and mind only takes you so far-sooner or latter the hormones have their say, too.” His primary reason for not falling for those sorts of tricks is that his past experience with “the fair sex” has not turned out well ((Understatement
, but more on that later).
Susan resorts to simple “Yes or No” questions to find out something about the case. This is actually a fairly effective technique, considering just how bad Harry is at lying
. This time he gets flustered after a couple questions where she twists a “No” answer into something important. Then Susan interrupts him with this:
- Susan Would you mind having dinner with me Saturday night?
- Harry No! I- blink What?
Yep. She just tricked him into agreeing to a date. I won't get into the details she proceeds to lay out, but suffice it to say that it will be a very good dinner and both parties will have to dress up. Oh, and Harry is worried about it turning into an interrogation session.
She leaves and there is a brief “discussion” between Dresden and Mac
to help Dresden figure out what just happened. This also means that Harry has to change his plans for the week. New plan is to check out the lake house tonight, talk to Bianca the vampire tomorrow night (little chance Murphy would get anything useful out of her), and then the date on Saturday.
Harry is most worried about the date at the moment for two main reasons. He has no idea whether or not the date will turn into something else
and he is not sure if he even wants it to turn out that way.
The second part is an issue because he ended up murdering the first girl he was in a relationship with.
Yes you read that correctly. Serious information in a mostly light hearted chapter that Jim Butcher
more often then you would think
all the time. Anyway, the end of this chapter:
- I shook my head, bewildered. They say we wizards are subtle. But believe you [and] me, we've got nothing, nothing at all on women
Hard to argue with that after this chapter.
Ended up skipping a lot of details, including most of the flirtatious-gestures/communication/attraction between Harry and Susan, but I think I got the point across.
Along with introducing Mac, I am going to keep track of how much he says in each book. More words=darker overall plot. At least that is the theory.
61/322 and an estimated
6 hours from the start.
Mac word counter:
- words: 9
- audible non-words: 6
Edit: strikes are because chapter 8 proves I was probably off by a couple of hours.
edited 9th Nov '10 12:43:36 PM by Belian
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