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Things are pretty calm for a month. And then Lena receives an unexpected invitation from Amma: Thanksgiving dinner.
Along with Lena, we meet Ethan's family, including the Sisters, Aunt Caroline, and Ethan's dad, who is wearing pajamas to the dinner table.
"At least no one is trying to kill anyone" (11.27.56), Lena says. That's definitely a plus at any holiday gathering.
There's a lot going on with the dinner conversation. We'll just hit the high points, and you can catch the rest.
Lena's a good conversationalist. She manages to effortlessly change the subject after a minor oops moment, and she asks Ethan's dad about his writing.
Mitchell, Ethan's dad, is quite modest. He describes the book he's working on as "The Sound and the Furyof my career" (11.27.86).
Then time freezes. Natch.
Amma, with the help of the Greats—her ancestors from the Otherworld—has stopped time in order to have a conversation with Lena.
But unbeknownst to Amma, Ethan can hear the whole conversation. Ah, the beauty of telepathy.
Here's the major bombshell: Sarafine is Lena's mother. And she's still alive.
Time starts moving again. No one knows anything was amiss, except for Ethan.
As a result of her conversation with Amma, Lena isn't quite enjoying Thanksgiving anymore, so Ethan takes her home.
Picture frames rattle, bulbs short out, and rain pounds on the roof of Ravenwood as Lena confronts Macon about keeping secrets from her.
Macon doesn't know what Sarafine's motivations are, and he tells Lena to calm down.
As goes when people are told to calm down, Lena gets even angrier. She telepathically throws a vase at Macon. (Imagine what that looks like.) It seems like she's gaining more and more control over her powers.
Macon tells Ethan to always stay beside Lena—he can protect her, even though Macon's not sure how.