This just in:
My love for Miranda Lyonette knows no bounds.
I mean, she’s dealing with Eli.
(I am fond of Eli, but good god he’s one of those characters I love in fiction but would not love as a friend because I would smack the hell out of him all the time.)
Also, y’know, sure, she doesn’t like Eli’s brand of wizarding; you can’t really blame her! Oh no, she’s being ~mean~ to the poor protagonist. No, she’s being cautious about a wizard who can do things other wizards can’t who might be an enslaver. SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF READING THE ELI-CENTRIC BITS. As far as she’s concerned, he’s dangerous! And he is a criminal. She’s got every reason to distrust him.
actually I was already crying about something else WHATEVER
CRYING AND GOING :D
(ps even when she finds out what’s really going on with him? SHE BITCHSLAPS HIM FOR IT.)
I AM GLAD I MAKE YOU GO :D
(I am sure she does! Since some of what he does is dodgy anyway. I love that she gets so angry when he scares spirits because THAT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO, ELI. Which is not to say I think he’s bad or anything, just that they both have a vastly different perspective on spirits and neither of them is necessarily wrong but those perspectives will lead to butting heads now and then.)
Well, Eli gets really mad at Nico for what she does as regards scaring spirits later on, so he is at least … I mean, he realizes when it goes too far. Not that I’m inclined to defend anyone because it’s not really a kind of thing where you can have a side. Neither of them are ever explicitly wrong and are coming from really different angles. How screwed up Eli has been by his past basically isn’t ever blatantly stated in the text, but it’s there if you look for it — and she doesn’t know about any of it. And I don’t know if she would care if she did, because from her perspective he’s just stupid. Also, catching him is kind of her job, at least for a while; it only stops being when they’re forced to work together.