What this chapter should be called: No one understands what a shield is
Fucks I give: 2
Chapters left: 8
I am so close to being done with this book that I can taste it, so let’s just jump right in.
“What is the werewolves’ part in this?” Tanya asked then, eyeing Jacob. Jacob spoke before Edward could answer. “If the Volturi won’t stop to listen about Nessie, I mean Renesmee,” he corrected himself, remembering that Tanya would not understand his stupid nickname, “we will stop them.”
Tanya and Jacob argue over whether the werewolves will be as nimbly-bimbly and useful as the sparklepires if it comes to a fight with the Volturi. Nobody is winning the argument, but everyone can agree that Eleazar’s pacing and out-loud thinking is quite interesting.
“A very talented family,” Eleazar murmured as he paced. His tempo was increasing; he flashed from the door to Carmen and back again every second. “A mind reader for a father, a shield for a mother, and then whatever magic this extraordinary child has bewitched us with. I wonder if there is a name for what she does, or if it is the norm for a vampire hybrid. As if such a thing could ever be considered normal! A vampire hybrid, indeed!”
Eleazar is totes shocked at Bella’s resistance to vampire powers. Bella quickly clarifies that she’s not immune to all vampire powers, just the ones associated with the brain. Well, that explains a lot. Alice must be able to see Bella’s future because decisions are made in the trachea, not the brain! And Jasper can influence her emotions because, obviously, emotions come from the digestive tract. How could I have ever missed this? (+1 Stupidity)
Eleazar also says that Bella is a shield, a common term for any vampire that can repel another’s super powers. Upon hearing this term, Bella asks, “What does that even mean?” Really? The term “shield” is too hard to decipher, Bella? I have a hard time believing that such a brilliant high school student such as yourself can’t extrapolate information from obvious context clues. (+1 Stupidity) Here, I found an unedited version of BD online that shows Bella’s further trouble with the word.
“Eleazar said I was a shield. What does that even mean? Perhaps it means I’m part ceiling fan and can communicate with wind. Maybe being a shield has given me the power to turn wood into pickles and control Styrofoam with my mind-thoughts! No, “shield” must be Latin for “She who can make alligators fall in love.”
How can a straight-A student not know what a flippin’ shield is??!? If a mysterious European came up to me and said, “Kate, you’re a shield,” I would say, “Oh, cool. That means I can’t be harmed and I possibly have the powers to protect others from harm. Awesome. Can I have a dollar for the vending machine? What? Why not? Asshole!”
“Eleazar leaned his head to one side as he examined me. “I suppose we were overly formal about it in the guard. In truth, categorizing talents is a subjective, haphazard business; every talent is unique, never exactly the same thing twice. But you, Bella, are fairly easy to classify. Talents that are purely defensive, that protect some aspect of the bearer, are always called shields.”
“A shield!” Edward said, deep satisfaction saturating his tone. “I never thought of it that way. The only one I’ve ever met before was Renata, and what she did was so different.” Eleazar had recovered slightly. “Yes, no talent ever manifests in precisely the same way, because no one ever thinks in exactly the same way.”
“Tanya put her hand on Eleazar’s shoulder in a comforting gesture. “What did we miss, my friend? I want to know so that I can argue with these thoughts. You’ve never done anything worth castigating yourself this way.”
“There is one among the guard,” Edward said, explaining Eleazar’s angry reaction. “Her name is Chelsea. She has influence over the emotional ties between people. She can both loosen and secure these ties. She could make someone feel bonded to the Volturi, to want to belong, to want to please them. . .”
“How strong is her gift?” Tanya asked with an edge to her voice. Her gaze quickly touched on each member of her family. Eleazar shrugged. “I was able to leave with Carmen.” And then he shook his head. “But anything weaker than the bond between partners is in danger. In a normal coven, at least. Those are weaker bonds than those in our family, though. Abstaining from human blood makes us more civilized—lets us form true bonds of love. I doubt she could turn our allegiances, Tanya.”
“Edward’s voice was low as a breath. “From what I saw of his thoughts last spring, Aro’s never wanted anything more than he wants Alice.” I felt my mouth fall open, remembering the nightmarish pictures I had imagined long ago: Edward and Alice in black cloaks with bloodred eyes, their faces cold and remote as they stood close as shadows, Aro’s hands on theirs.… Had Alice seen this more recently? Had she seen Chelsea trying to strip away her love for us, to bind her to Aro and Caius and Marcus? “Is that why Alice left?” I asked, my voice breaking on her name.”
It all falls into place. Alice saw that the Volturi were coming for her. Instead of being turned against her family, she ditched them with Jasper. It almost makes sense. But this is Twilight. Why couldn’t Alice just say all this instead of writing cryptic notes? Oh. I forgot. Because chromosomes, whatnot, and love. (+1 Stupidity)
So, all in all, I guess the thing about the Volturi wanting to collect Alice could be the reason she left. There are a couple definite holes in that idea, though. Like, how does this relate to that J. Jenks dude? Never mind. Don’t answer that, because I don’t really care and you’d just be wasting time and valuable internets with a response. Instead, tell me who that red pawn on the cover of this book is supposed to represent. Bella is the queen, obviously. Maybe the red pawn is Renesmee, but wouldn’t Renesmee be on Bella’s side?I bet it’s Mike Newton spying on Bella like a pervert.
Thesaurus Rape: +2
Thesaurus Rape: +34
Cream Count: +16
Eye Rape: +1
Red Flag: Edward: +14 Jacob: +8