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In which we learn through exposition that Damen is a smoldering pile of perfection.

 

Last time we read this story we were left with a cliffhanger. How will Damen defend himself about the fact he looked the same at 14?

 

Apparently Damen modeled for a short time, back when he lived in New York, which is why his image is out there, floating around cyberspace, just waiting for someone to download and claim that it's them.
And even though we passed it around and had a good solid laugh at the whole weird coincidence, there's still one thing  I can't quite get past: If Damen just moved here from New Mexico and not New York, well, doesn't it seem like he should've looked a little bit younger in that picture?
Because I can't think of anyone who looks exactly the same at seventeen as they did at fourteen, or even fifteen, and yet, that thumbnail on Miles's Sidekick showed Damen looking exactly the same as he does right now. And it just doesn't make any sense.

 

Yep, that’s all we see about that. I love the style of this novel. Why bother with showing when you can tell? Why write characters when you can just mention them?

Also, don’t you love how Ever just puts on neon lights what’s wrong with this and just by passes it. He has super speed,  no aura, drinks weird red liquid and levitates pens in your face (among other things).  Are we still going on with the “Hmm, I wonder if there’s something more about Damen” BS?! You idiot!

 

Moving on, we go to art class where Ever is just failing at painting. She can’t even do simple strokes without causing a mess, which is apparently the only subject she sucks in because—oh, hell no:

Ever since I became psychic, I'm no longer required to
study. I'm not even required to read. All I have to do is
place my hands on a book, and the story appears in my
head.

linaangry

(You goddamn whore!)

[Warning: massive capslock rage about to hit]

HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE?! WHY WOULD YOU HAVE THAT POWER?! HOW IS THAT POWER GOING TO BE USEFUL IN THIS STORY?! IS THERE A POINT TO IT BESIDES MAKING EVER’S LIFE EASIER?!

I just don’t know anymore! This has to be the most overpowered character I’ve ever seen… and I watched Dragon ball Z!  This is such bullshit.

Sensing that I’m not annoyed enough at her we turn the camera to Damen who turns out he’s perfect in all he does. He always answer every question in class (not that we see that)  while adding historical facts as if he were there, paints like a master, is perfectly ambidextrous and multitasks without never doing something second grade.

 

sleep-books

Oh, Huh. (Yawn) Sorry, paragraphs of boring exposition about perfect beings do that to me.

Finally we get a scene with the teacher showing up complimenting Damen while cringing at Ever’s painting. Once she leaves, Ever asks how can he be so talented. Damen, with smoldering eyes, acts all coy while touching her scar… which she’s sensitive about. Yeah, Damen is not creepy at all.

Seriously, if you had a scar that you got in the car crash in which your parents died (and you blame yourself for it) and made sure to hide it with a hoodie and bangs and somebody touched it, wouldn’t you be at least a little peeved? Mind you, this guy came like three days ago at this point and it’s not a close friend, just an acquaintance you are starting to hang in your group of friends.  Personal space, Damen!

Anyway, that’s all for this chapter (yes, it was THAT tiny and pointless). Until next time this is Shaolina, signing out!

(Chapter 10)

 

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