Uh… I don’t know where to start. Try the beginning, jerk! Di interjects with the short version; to Alia’s surprise, Jason doesn’t look so cynical. How’d you say you know all this again? It’s a legend among my people. Who’s your people? Nevermind that.
Mom & Dad had references to this Warbringer stuff, including haptandrai- from almost every country. Yeah, so?- they were scientists, after all. Di asks Alia how she’s so doubtful after all that’s happened. There’s gotta be an explanation, even if science hasn’t found it yet. Jason explains that’s what they were looking at- the science of it all. They traced the Keralis line all the way back to Ancient Greece, every offshoot of Helen’s bloodline, tracking the Warbringers, thinking they could make a difference when Alia’s time came.
What?!?- you believe this? Look around: soldiers everywhere in the city, bombings, civil wars, stuff’s going on all over the world right now. **Tell me this don’t sound just like the frakkin’ movie!**
You’re saying this is all my fault, I did this?!? No, but… But it’s because of me? Yeah, you’re procatalysia= she who comes before the world dissolves. Alia’s stunned, suddenly remembering all the shocking outbreaks of violence that happened in her life. Warbringer. Haptandra. Precatalysia. Monster. Me.
Jason, you believe this about me? Yeah, I do; Mom & Dad were working on this a long time, thinking some good could come out of it. But you knew people would come to kill me for this. Yeah, but it’ll be ok; wars come and go, but humanity survives- so will you. And I’ll be here to protect you, sis. Diana objects, wanting to get her to the Greek spring. Never heard anything about some magical spring in Greece- no way. Wait- you believe I’m causing wars around the world but not in a magical spring that can stop it? Too risky. It’s my risk to take. Nope- I FORBID… Don’t even go there, bro; we only got one shot at fixing this and we’re gonna take it! No way- I promised Mom & Dad… Di squares up, daring Jason to stop them. Alia, you’re a minor; you can’t make these decisions! Sez the guy who got drunk on eggnog and danced to Turn the Beat Around in our aunt’s wig!
We agreed never to mention that again…
We have to try! Mom & Dad would want me to try! Yeah, they would- ok, then. We’ll take the company jet. Hey- you guys got an airplane? Wow, you really want to get on an airplane, don’t you? My guys will protect Alia. No way- I got this! No way- appreciate the help, but she’s my sister. I say Diana comes along; she saved my life and kicked your butt. Fine.
Hey, Di… if we don’t make it to the spring in time- promise me you’ll kill me? 129 pages.
Driver picks them up out back and Diana’s all into that new car smell. Mmmm… Corinthian leather. Jason notices this; Alia explains they don’t drive where Diana’s from- practically Amish. Amish with combat training, more like it.
They have to make an appearance at a company gala first- WHAT?!? It’s for the company: even with their godfather Michael Santos running things, profits have slowed and now that Jason’s of age he needs to do more. So it’s a show of strength for the board members. Besides, anyone after Alia thinks she’s dead or at least not in NYC, so by the time word gets out they’ll be long gone, leaving the bad guys looking for them in the city.
Diana objects, and Alia agrees. Her I understand, you just don’t want to wear a fancy dress. Plus if it wasn’t safe, I wouldn’t even suggest it. True dat- he’s real uptight. No- I’m cautious. Yeah, he seems high strung. Only because I get jumped by WNBA players in hotels. Back and forth- more zexy tension between Diana & Jason.
Diana’s first real elevator ride to their penthouse gets her a little claustrophobic. It’s a penthouse.
Jason only wants an hour for the party, then they fly right out to Greece. Alia wants to bring her BFF Nim. While she calls her, Jason steps to Diana, wanting to know who she really is and what she wants. All I want is to do what’s right- maybe you should stop bullying Alia! I don’t… All you ever do is tell what to do; maybe try listening for a change. She’s not ready for the world! Who’s fault is that? Stay outta my way or else. Or else what? I’ll end you! Diana laughs in his face; he has no idea what she’s already dealt with just to get here. **This really reminded me of a scene from the original Thrawn trilogy when Sera threatened Han Solo and he almost laughed in her face as she clearly had no idea what he’d already been through!**
What’s so funny? You- you’re pretty enough, but don’t get carried away. Pretty enough? 139 pages.
Teh zexual tenzion- iz stoopid.
Nim’s on her way, just don’t mention anything about Warbringers around her. In their parent’s study, Jason breaks out the Warbringer files for Alia. **For some dumb reason there’s a clumsy sexual reference about the meaning of Haptandra inserted into the conversation that I won’t even mention.**
There’s charts, references and files on every know Warbringer and how long major conflicts lasted in their lives… and that the conflicts ended when their lives did. But wars still went on without them, right? But how much worse would they have been if they’d lived? Nobody should have to bear this burden, Alia.