(If you have the original edition, this is the first two-thirds of Chapter 7.)
Seriously, I think it’s that time of the month for Emily. Yesterday she was feeling crampy, and today … well, she’s downright irritable.
Emily picks at her
oatmeal cereal during breakfast, preoccupied with figuring out how to heal Lorelei and making a new Protection from Evil dreamcatcher for the Ravenswood portal. She tries to ask Dr. Fletcher what’s the best way to heal animals, but her mother only tells Emily stuff she already knows: animals can’t perceive that there’s a future, so you have to provide a soothing environment. And then this segues into a lecture on how irresponsible Emily was yesterday. Apparently Emily didn’t clean up after the kibble explosion, and Rachael, the vet assistant we haven’t heard from since Book 1 Dr. Fletcher had to return one of the kennel dogs to his owners.
Dr. Fletcher tells Emily to adapt and make time for all her activities — which, of course doesn’t go over well with Emily. Emily basically tells her mother that she just buries herself in work and doesn’t try to make time for herself, and cites that as the reason why she got divorced. She then storms off.
There is a funny continuity error here in the original edition: Emily’s eating oatmeal, but when she knocks over her bowl at the end of the scene, a bunch of Cheerios spills out.
Anyway, Emily arrives at Ravenswood and runs into Gran, who we haven’t seen since Book 1. In the original edition, Gran immediately senses that Emily’s kinda pissy; in the new edition, she talks to herself about gardening before noticing Emily:
The old woman clipped several magnificent yellow and red roses, carefully settling them in her bag, then held up her pruning shears. “Nurturing, care, and love.”
“To flourish and blossom, it takes more than peat moss and plant food.”
Emily asks Gran about healing animals, and surprisingly, Gran gives some good advice. She says that everyone needs different things in order to heal: some need physical healing, and others require spiritual healing, but those who need both are the most difficult to treat. To illustrate this, she draws a cross in the dirt. For those of you who read the original edition — or have been following along with this blog — you’ll recognize this as one of the symbols used in the Generic Fantasy Prophecy. So obviously, Emily’s the one who “sees in darkness”….
Emily takes Gran’s advice to heart, and runs off to the portal field to join the rest of the party. In the new edition, she also resolves to heal Lorelei:
Emily watched the autumn colors dance through the forests, a bold display before winter’s gray grip took hold. Why was it her burden to feel so much pain and loss? How was she supposed to handle it? It took only one image of the wounded Lorelei in her mind to bolster her resolve. She was a healer and one thing she could never do was give up, no matter how difficult things may seem. She took a deep breath and braced herself for what lay ahead.
EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition
- Ravenswood Manor is over 200 years old.
Next time: Kara makes spaghetti for everyone!