Zoey Finally Tells Someone She’s Been Seeing Dead People: Betrayed Chapter 17

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Chapter 17

Having seen undead zombie-ghost Elliot a second time – this time conspiring with a suddenly very evil-seeming Neferet – Zoey acknowledges that she finally has to pay attention to this subplot. [Ariel says: And I guess since boyz aren’t back to distract her, she really doesn’t have any choice but to pay attention to this subplot.]

and there was much rejoicing
and there was much rejoicing

But first all of Zoey’s friends tell her about a snowball fight she missed out on. [Ariel says: Why do they keep brining up the fucking snow? We get it. It snowed. Move on!]

“Yeah, Z, you missed on hellacious wicked fight,” Erin said.

But, lo, Zoey has other matters on her mind than the snowball fight, hellacious though it may have been. Now, to be fair, I’m probably being a little harsh right now. Contrasting how carefree her friends are with the weighty matters on Zoey’s mind is a pretty effective device for establishing a fragile sense of normalcy, a calm before the storm. Or it would be if the Casts didn’t fuck it up.

It was like I was inside a fishbowl in the middle of a typhoon, and everyone else was on the outside cluelessly enjoying lovely weather.

No they’re not. They’re in a fucking typhoon.

Anyway, Zoey finally tells her friends about the trivial matter that is the undead kids walking around. And it only took her a book and a half!

“Damien, has there ever been a case of a fledgling who seemed to have died, but later was found alive?”
To his credit, Damien didn’t freak or ask me if I had gone insane. I could feel that the Twins and Stevie Rae were staring at me like I’d just announced I was going to be on Girls Gone Wild: Vamp Edition

[Ariel says: I can safely say that is a video I hope no one ever has to see no matter how vile a person they are.] 

Stevie Rae initially worries that Zoey’s worried she’s starting to reject the Change and will die. Zoey assuages her worries and reveals that she saw Elliott, who died last month, and then Stevie Rae mentions that Zoey thought she saw the ghost of Elizabeth, who also died last month. Suddenly, Zoey realizes that she can’t tell any of them about what she saw with Neferet, which I guess is fair, but come on. She decides to lie to Damien (and the Twins, I guess, but who fucking cares) about what she saw to avoid that part of the story, but does so in a way that completely negates going to him for help at all:

No way could my four friends walk around school knowing that I’d seen [Neferet] letting some kind of disgusting undead Elliott creature suck her blood without Neferet knowing everything in their freaked-out minds. […] “tonight I think I saw Elliot’s [ghost],” I finally said.
Damien frowned. “If you saw ghosts why did you ask me about fledglings recovering from rejecting the Change?”

Yeah, Zoey. Now he can’t help at all. I don’t understand why Zoey couldn’t have come up with a lie that didnt change the detail that Elliott is undead, because that’s the only important one. Hell, she doesn’t even have to make something up! She already has an undead Elliott story WITHOUT Neferet, because he attacked her on his own once before! Zoey’s incompetence is needlessly stalling the plot, like the Casts want to drag this out for as long as possible and/or ignore their only interesting subplot. I can’t wait to read a dozen more chapters of Zoey making out with three different guys before she returns to this issue again!


Out of gratitude that Damien was the only one to not mock her seemingly-insane question, Zoey immediately mocks him:

I stared at the TV […] while Damien droned on and on about old vamp ghosts.

I could put this gif in every single post for every single book we read, really.
I could put this gif in every single post for every single book we read, really.

Things go from bad to worse when the lead story on that evening’s news is the discovery of a second dead high school student, whose cause of death was determined to be blood loss through multiple lacerations.

Damien said what we were all thinking. “Someone is trying to make it look like vampyres are killing human kids.”
“Maybe they are.” I hadn’t actually meant to speak my thought aloud, and pressed my lips closed, immediately sorry I’d let that slip.
“Why would you say that, Zoey?” Stevie Rae sounded utterly shocked.

Dang, Zo, if only there was a better story you could have told your friends about the undead vampyre zombie ghosts so they’d understand what the hell you’re talking about. Too bad there totally isn’t. Nope. Too bad. Luckily, her friends chalk it up to Zoey being freaked out because she knew the high schoolers who have died.

Damien was studying me again. “Did you have a feeling about Brad before you heard he was dead, Zoey?” he asked quietly.
“Yes. No.” I sighed. “I thought he was dead as soon as I heard he’d been taken,” I admitted.
“Did any specifics come with the feeling?”

Holy shit! Is Damien calling out Zoey on her “feeling” or “just knowing” things as a bullshit way to advance the plot? Did Damien just become my new favorite character? If only we knew if he was gay or not; the Casts haven’t said anything for a whole chapter.

Ariel says: Buster Bluth can tell us! Yes, I did make this gif especially for Damien.

Feeling overwhelmed, Zoey decides to tell her friends she’s going to her room to work on her ritual for tomorrow. [Ariel says: When in doubt, ritual it out.] Stevie Rae follows her. Also, Stevie Rae’s probably gonna get killed off pretty soon. [Ariel says: Ug, Matt, did any *specifics* come with that feeling? Aside from the feeling of complete and utter predictability.] 

“Do you mind if I come back to the room now, too? I have a really bad headache. I really just want to sleep. […]”
“No, I don’t mind,” I said quickly. I glanced at her. She did look kinda pale. Stevie Rae was so sensitive that even though she didn’t know Chris or Brad, their deaths were clearly upsetting her.

Or, based on her being the one concerned that Zoey’s body was rejecting the Change earlier, this is not-so-subtle foreshadowing that Stevie Rae’s rejecting the Change.

“Hey, everything’s gonna be okay.”
“Yeah, I know. I’m just tired.” She grinned up at me, but she didn’t sound as perky as usual.

Time to reminisce on our favorite Stevie Rae moments, guys! Like the time she… uh… Fuck. [Ariel says: I can’t believe she’s going to go before her time! What about the epic love story between her and that jock guy with the crush from a couple chapters ago? What will become of him??]



  1. Bellomy Reply

    “It was like I was inside a fishbowl in the middle of a typhoon, and everyone else was on the outside cluelessly enjoying lovely weather.”

    No they’re not. They’re in a fucking typhoon.

    Bwahaha, bad editing, you crack me up.

    • Bellomy Reply

      …Wait. Maybe she means she was inside the typhoon, which is in the fishbowl, and everybody else is outside of things completely!

      Which means that…everything bad is really self-contained and only involves Zoey?

      It does fit with what we know of her narcissism.

  2. E.H.Taylor Reply

    Snow is not fun, it’s cold and wet. I don’t know why these books make it seem like such good times and I don’t know why I’m still living in a place where it’s snows until June.
    (It snowed all day Wednesday and is supposed to snow again today and Monday… It’s a sore subject for me right now)

  3. Kristin Reply

    See, no mention of eucalyptus…
    Regarding snow, are the Casts from SoCal or some other warmish place? Like EH said, it’s not that great in real life so I’m thinking they have only seen it on TV. Or was there a snow scene in Twilight that they are trying to rip off?

    • Savvy Reply

      Wikipedia says P.C. is from Illinois and currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I don’t know how much it snows there, but I do know if you live somewhere where it doesn’t snow often, snow is a LOT of fun, until it melts or you need to go somewhere. Since all these characters live on-campus they don’t have to worry about the grosser side of snow just yet, I guess.

      Also apparently P.C. Cast wrote a book entitled “Goddess by Mistake”, which sounds like it’s probably just as well-written as the House of Night books. Which is of course to say, uggh.

  4. blankexpression42 Reply

    Not really sure why it took me this long, but i think i have a working definition of “Vampyre” for you:

    “Vampyre” – a witch that has reincarnated after being burned at the stake; usually weaker and is afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome. Physically no different than a human with the exception of a tacky ill-placed tattoo. A vampyre is not manifested as being such until after being “marked” by another vampyre. One theory is that the first was not marked, but was instead the accidental byproduct of a failed black magic ritual involving five elements of nature. In semi-rare instances, a vampyre may expereince hallucinations that they interpret as a “vision of what may happen.” There are two stages of being a vampyre: 1) Fledgling – when first marked, a vampyre’s “powers” are limited and their tatoo is an outline. 2)Adult – after an indefinite amount of time has passed, a Fledgling will undergo a “Change” that they will either live through or die from. After living through the Change, an adult vampyre will have access to their full powers and their tatoo will be filled in.

    An alternate, more reliable explanation is that “Vampyres” are members of a Vampyric cult of drug addicts. They are not, for the most part, productive members of society, often participate in illegal activities and rarely are seen outside before dark. They conduct “rituals” that on the surface have no purpose. However, upon closer examination, these rituals seem to be a way to get high but with a darker mentality behind it. One leader will gather five trusted friends and together, they will “summon the five elements”. Each participant is given a narcotic by the leader. The usual narcotics typically include LSD, Ecstasy, Heroin, Crystal Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana, Acid and Oxycontin. Everyone will administer one of the narcotics to themselves. There is a rumor that one ritual leader has attempted to administer five different narcotics at once and lived. It is highly unlikely, and was probably propogated by the person in question as an attempt to boost their reputation among his/her friends. It is likely that this person believes that they did administer four different narcotics after the first but was too high to actually have done so.
    Another rumor surrounding these rituals is that they often include Satanic practices such as blood sacrifice and/or the drinking of the blood of a human/vampyre.

  5. Beatriz Reply

    *brazillian bitter with the fact that the fun (or lack of) envolving snow was the most debated topic of this post*


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