Last time with Cilla and Amara it was curse o’clock, but let’s see what Nolan is up to!
Nolan double-checked the questions he’d flagged as beyond his reach. Two out of every three.
Totally failing to prepare for a physics test, apparently.
But never mind that, Nolan is super happy about no longer being OTHERBOUND. He speculates that maybe he really was hallucinating all these years and the medication worked (you’re about to be disappointed, dude). At the same time we also see that he’s kind of at a loss as to what to actually do with himself now. He finds himself dreaming about the Dunelands and staring at his notebooks.
But just then a hot girl comes along! Now that he’s no longer hovering on the cusp of being non-functional he decides to try and put the moves on her.
Sometimes he forgot just how clueless he was, though.
See Nolan actually comes across as clueless around girls, as opposed to a certain someone.
He could date and kiss and a whole lot more—see what sex was like with his own body. He’d probably be decent, having lived the girl’s perspective a hundred times already. That had to give him a leg up.
Oh Nolan, you’re such a teenage boy.
Mysterious loner boy? His eyebrows rose. It didn’t sound as if Sarah meant it in a bad way, though. Maybe she was into mysterious loners
Hell yeah she is bro
Anyway Nolan ends up asking her out on the spur of the moment. The bell rings just then, and she says she’ll consider it. I sure hope no sudden Dunelands-related occurrences ruin this date
In a way, Amara supposed Cilla should be grateful for the
curse. It must’ve taken many mages to cast. With that
much power, they could’ve killed Cilla straightaway. It
would’ve been quicker. More effective, too. They’d had
one chance to get rid of the princess, and they’d screwed it up.
It would’ve been easier for everyone if they hadn’t.
Amara why u say hurtful things
Well actually, it’s pretty understandable, especially since Cilla’s blood-curse is about to activate. Amara pulls her away from bystanders and toward the nearby sand dunes, where the sharp dune grass starts attacking them. Amara smears Cilla’s blood on herself and gets ready to ride out the attack. But! Her wolverine healing factor isn’t working!
Amara had to choose which parts of herself to shield.
Maybe if she pressed her arms to her eyes . . .
Her arms. Why was that first gash still bleeding? Shallow
cuts usually healed fast.
OH SNAAAP LOOKS LIKE I TOTALLY CALLED IT
So it seems that Nolan being OTHERBOUND is indeed somehow connected to Amara’s healing enchantment, and by kicking him out of her head she’s disabled it. Realizing this while being lacerated by dune grass is obviously less than ideal.
Once the grass is done slicing Amara to ribbons Jorn shows up and carries her away, displaying his usual sensitivity and tact. He brings her to a pub and starts treating her wounds, and we get some stomach-churning descriptions of previous (and much more severe) injuries that Amara has endured, all of which obviously healed shortly afterward.
Maybe Nolan had screwed with it. Maybe Nolan had broken it.
Maybe Nolan had broken her.
You’re so close Amara, keep narrating your feelings!
Jorn tries to browbeat the pub customers into grabbing some towels but they spot Amara’s servant tattoo and balk, so Cilla shows them her tattoo and is like “yo check this out assholes get some damn towels in here”.
Aaaaand Amara passes out. Cliffhanger!