Diana and Alia bond over some geeky moments; Di confesses that on the island they’ve been keeping up with the outside world. *funny it’s never explained how, though*
Nim- Poornima Chaudhary- arrives. Plump and wearing open toed laced up boots, a sparkly smock dress, one side of her head shaved and whatever remained falling over one of her eyes, one ear full of studs. She’s FIERCE!!! *and a caricature straight from Central Casting* Nim starts going on about Alia’s big adventure… until she catches sight of Diana.
Everything’s Ok- Nim’s here to save the day! Alia said she needed clothes- Nim whips out a measuring tape and they start shopping online, still chatting a mile a minute about anything and everything- including how Alia’s such a jinx and she doesn’t get along with most of Alia’s other friends and they do better on their own. Diana wonders if Nim gets along with Jason, causing her to wonder if Di’s got a thing for him. FYI- Nim does; used to steal his dirty t-shirts.
Jason comes by with some last minute instructions and to let them know that Theo, their godfather Michael Santos’ son (whom Alia happens to have a thing for), will also be there.
The clothes arrive- time to drop in metaphors about armor, etc. Nim moans about how Alia always chooses the least attractive thing she can get away with, usually in black. Another bonding moment when Nim shares a story about in prep school for Macbeth both of them and the only other non-white girl were chosen as the three witches.
Alia steps out, all glittery in gold scales, like a warrior wearing armor. 159 pages.
*** I’ll take a moment to point out here that while both Jason and Alia are descended from Helen’s line, it’s all been about Alia. Nothing’s been said about what Jason might be- and no one’s asked. This. Is. Stoopid.***