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The January Untold Snippet

Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

In the spirit of the New Year, thought we might have something new from Untold, and some lovely people seemed interested in where Angela and Holly were at.

K hope you guys enjoy you know I love you xoxo!


Angie’s living room was almost as intimidating as the parlor at Aurimere. It was white and clinical as a doctor’s office, if said doctor’s office had a fur rug on the floor and a sofa with gold curly legs.

Rusty was in the kitchen making tea and snacks. Angie was prowling about the room like an unhappy cat.

“I’m sorry,” Angela said at last, and sat down beside Holly. “I don’t know what to say to make it better. But I’m sorry.”

That already made it better: that Angie, who never pretended, was concerned. It made Holly feel special, in a way she never really had before. She saw Angie’s hand waver for a moment, then move toward Holly’s: Holly was glad for a moment.

Then she remembered and flinched back. Angela withdrew her hand.

“Can we just get it over with?” Angela demanded. “I want to be friends with you again, without all this weirdness. If you think I’m disgusting or something . . .”

Holly looked at Angie then, stricken. “Oh no,” she said. “No.”

“Then can I just say,” Angela began, and stopped, then started again. “I don’t want to say I’m sorry, as if a guy hitting on a girl is a compliment and a girl hitting on a girl is an insult that should be apologized for. I won’t try anything again. I obviously picked up cues that were not there; I don’t have any experience and I’m sorry that—”

“Cues?” Holly asked. She felt cold suddenly, as if she had been turned to ice and might shatter.

“What?” said Angela.

“You thought there were cues?” Holly asked. Her voice sounded cold, too. “You mean you thought there was a chance I might like you back . . . that way?”

There was a silence.

Angela said in a level voice, “I made a mistake.”

“Yes, you did!” Holly stood up, looking at anything but Angie. “I have to go home.”

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sentientcitizen
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
You are the worst. The worst the worst the worst. ARGH.
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ;)
hollyxu
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Presented without context, this makes Holly look a bit of a jerk...

ALL THE HUGS FOR EVERYBODY!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well, snippets are of course always presented without context... but everyone's a jerk sometimes!
RobinReads
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Poor babies! Love and youth are so confusing!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, poor babies. :(
cosmic_llin
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Alas, yes!
autumnflame
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
My sad is so great I must express it through cat images.

sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, kitty!
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marici
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Auugh. I really can't think of anything else that polite to say.
frabjouslinz
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I was right about the pain and suffering. RIGHT! Oh, Angela, poor baby. I want to give her a teddy bear.
ruthi
Jan. 7th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* to Angela!
*Hugs* to Holly, who will have to think about who she is, what she's doing, and who she likes! Those are hard thin[g|k]s.

Impatient foot-stompings to the author for being a terrible tease.
ExLibris_Kate
Jan. 7th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to the audiobook of The Demon's Lexicon right now and so, in my head, that snippet was read by James Langton. Is that weird?
foxglove_chant
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
omg, HOLLY. HollyHollyHollyHollyHolly. I totally think I know what is going on in her mind. But I am not going to say =p

Also poor Angela! My god! You are so cruel to your characters, Sarah. To say nothing of your loyal readers.

Angelolly 4eva!
jengou
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh! I find this snippet very promising and uplifting!

If Holly were certain that she liked boys exclusively, I don't think she would've reacted that badly. I think there is doubt in her mind, and Angela's comment touched a nerve.

I am hopeful!
dejadrew
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Holly needs sense thwapped into her and a stern talking to. Not about the "admit you're totally hot for Angela" thing. She may be, she may not be, she may be gay, she may be straight, she may be any of the orientations lumped in to "none of the above." It is possible that she IS straight and incapable of returning Angela's affections. It happens.

But you do NOT react to the implication "I thought you might be a lesbian" as if it were a dire insult. Because it can only be an insult if you think that being a lesbian is BADDISGUSTINGWRONG. Which in this instance means that in spite of her protests, she thinks that what ANGELA is, is BADDISGUSTINGWRONG. Which NO. BAD HOLLY. NO BISCUIT.

Holly's turn to apologize, dammit.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't think that's what she was reacting to, though. The "cues" part seemed to be what got her...I suspect someone from her past got the wrong idea or claimed the same and it went badly. She seems fragile here, too. I also believe she's genuinely stricken when Angela says that. Maybe it has nothing to do with orientation at all. Or maybe you're right. I feel awful for Angela, either way.
carnilia
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
SARAH. You know, you should hear the noise I just made because it is pure anguish, and you should be made to hear the suffering you cause! SUFFERING!


... more, please.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think- I think I just died a little.

Why? Why?! Oh the pain!
nykyo
Jan. 7th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Angst!!! My beloved OTP. Angst!!! Ah! You! Evil woman!!! Bat still I can't resist: I love you and your caracters. And I'm still hoping... My beloved OTP!
(Ok, normaly I can be a lot more serious and rational then this, but this OTP drive me crazy)

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blackoakdreams
Jan. 7th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Well played. I want Holly to realize how badly these words might sound, but on the other hand I don't want her or Angela hurt.

I am curious what's causing her reaction. As you said, snippets by their nature are short on context, but what is running through Ms. Prescott's mind?

Oh. OH. This isn't the first time someone has mistaken friendliness for overtures, is it? Holly mentioned that was something she had to deal with a lot, didn't she? I wonder how betrayed she feels that even people she considered to be safe, that might like her without all that extra nonsense hanging in the background, really weren't as safe as she thought.

jengou
Jan. 7th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I like your comment~ I would like to reply to it if it's OK :-)

I think Holly realising how bad these words sound should make both of them feel better in the long run? Don't know how they can overcome this awkwardness if Holly doesn't learn...

As for what's causing Holly's reaction, I think we have to remember that she grew up on a small town (unlike Angela who's probably more worldy), and she spent most of her more formative years to date, i.e. post 11 years old, around boys. She probably:

a) unconsciously picked up homophobia from boys who are more likely to use 'gay' or 'fag' as an insult, and/or

b) she might have been bullied for it in the past e.g. she might have turned down a boy who made advances at her and the boy spat back that she's probably a lesbian for turning her down (logic! NOT!).

Is that along the lines of what you were saying in your last paragraph?

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elucreh
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO MUCH????????
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness every time you post one of these snippets I feel like I can't possibly wait till August to read the book and it's torture. But I keep reading the damn things every time you post one! Gah. By the way thanks for reminding me about the Sadler's Wells books! I loved them and wanted to re-read them and I had completely forgotten the name of them and I spent ages a few years ago unsuccessfully trying to work out/remember what they were called. So thanks!
scarletseer
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
NO SARAH WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?!
jengou
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah! This is unrelated to the snippet, but I didn't want to ask on Tumblr since it's spoilery for Unspoken, but I assume if someone's reading an Untold snippet then they won't mind being spoiled for Unspoken...

1. Since Rob sent Ash to spy on Kami, I assume that Rob knew from the beginning that Kami is Jared's source. Did he know this via Rosalind?

2. How did Rosalind know that Kami is Jared's source?

3. Was it Rob who pushed Kami down the well, for the sake of killing Jared because Jared could command so much power? (Kami said at the end that she figured out it was Rob, I think? and Rob didn't deny it, but it's not clear to me.)

4. Which means Rob was manipulating and lying to Rosalind all the while by a) trying to kill Jared behind Rosalind's back and b) lying to Rosalind when he said he would never hurt Jared?

5. And Rosalind is none the wiser, since she seemed to have joined Rob's gang of sorcerers at the end?

Sorry, so confused :(



Edited at 2013-01-08 03:59 pm (UTC)
sarahtales
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
I copy and paste for clarity, hope this is cool!

1. Since Rob sent Ash to spy on Kami, I assume that Rob knew from the beginning that Kami is Jared's source. Did he know this via Rosalind?

Yes, and yes.

2. How did Rosalind know that Kami is Jared's source?

She did the spell with Claire, and she's a sorcerer and thus much more aware of what that meant and that sources exist. She, like Claire, saw her kid interacting with someone who wasn't physically there, and like Claire knew it must be real and have to do with the spell, and unlike Claire had the knowledge to identify precisely what it was.

3. Was it Rob who pushed Kami down the well, for the sake of killing Jared because Jared could command so much power? (Kami said at the end that she figured out it was Rob, I think? and Rob didn't deny it, but it's not clear to me.)

Rob did it, all right, but it was more lashing out at Kami in the moment because of her power rather than Jared's (oh gross they met and this gross source girl is going to have SERIOUS MAGIC as soon as she realises what's going on) than plotting to kill Jared. His feelings for Jared are made more clear in book two, but basically--he'd prefer Jared alive--though he is uh, well, motivated by power over affection ninety-nine times out of a hundred.

4. Which means Rob was manipulating and lying to Rosalind all the while by a) trying to kill Jared behind Rosalind's back and b) lying to Rosalind when he said he would never hurt Jared?

Rob isn't continuously trying to kill Jared, but he did that, all right, and he will continue to do what he wants with no consideration for Rosalind's wishes. This is the dude who guilted his girlfriend for their whole lives and then abruptly dumped her for her twin sister, also murders: lying and manipulating is well within his scope. ;)

5. And Rosalind is none the wiser, since she seemed to have joined Rob's gang of sorcerers at the end?

Rosalind is not entirely aware of all Rob has done, but it doesn't matter hugely: she is aware Rob has lied to her before and done many things that hurt her and that she didn't want, but she believes she deserves them and still badly wants to please Rob. Her loyalties are, of course, somewhat divided...

Hope this clears stuff up!
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sarahtales
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Just keep swimming. ;)
rai_ryu
Jan. 8th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Apparently I'm just about the only person here who isn't lost in endless suffering over this snippet. Yes, what Holly said was cruel, but I choose to read it in a more positive light. In my mind this is about Holly starting to come to the realization that she has feelings for a girl, which was not something she ever expected or intended and she's trying to convince herself otherwise (unfortunately making Angela collateral damage). So while the individual scene is admittedly painful, it actually has me feeling more positive toward their eventual happy ending (a girl can hope right?) than I was before I read it.

Off topic, Sarah I hope you're going to be at the Seattle stop of Cassandra Clare's tour. If so, I will have many books for you to sign.
sarahtales
Jan. 8th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
That's the plan. ;) You know, I should pop that up here...
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dragonkiri
Jan. 9th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
*whimper*
o_cesario
Jan. 9th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Sarahhhh! Auuuuuggggggggghhhhhhhhhh! The feels, they hurt. Poor Angie. Although I agree with a previous commenter that it could in fact be a good sign for the Holly/Angie shippers because fear of cue-making is significant, hahahahaha wow this one packed a wallop.
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