Date: June 04, 2013 01:18 am Title: Chapter 3
I just reread the whole story, enjoying it again! I’m not a big fan of horror themes in general, but this is genuinely unsettling without being completely terror inducing. It just keeps pulling you in further and further, and I was <em>so</em> glad to see them get out of there safely!
I love the relationship between Malcolm and Jon. They need each other, much as Malcolm doesn’t want to admit it, and they draw strength and reassurance from each other. I think it’s really telling that they only seem to rest well when in contact or close proximity. I think it’s more than UST – they really do care about each other. To each of them, the thought of losing the other was devastating.
There is something interesting in Jon’s speech patterns that I noticed when I first read both this and the first western story. It’s almost like he’s wearing a ‘one of the guys’ persona when he’s using the vernacular, i.e. expressions like ‘ain’t’. But he shifts into a more sophisticated pattern and vocabulary when he’s trying to figure something out or explain something. It seems to fit with his obvious education, and also with his need to put a lot of that behind him in the life he’s living now.
Thanks so much for sharing this!