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by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures 9.15 Summary How It All Goes Down
A Fork in the Road Ethan is driving Lena's hearse. Not for fun—he needs it to get home because Link dropped him off at Ravenwood. While he's in the car with Lena, Ethan wonders about Macon's weirdness—telepathy, lighting candles sans matches—and all his mumbo jumbo about protecting Lena, boundaries, and other assorted craziness. After a brief argument, Ethan tells Lena how wonderful she is. "You're incredibly, absolutely, extremely, supremely, unbelievably different" (9.15.39). It's a compliment, trust us. Lena's never heard so many adverbs used to describe her before. It moves her to tears. When Ethan catches one of her tears on his finger, it burns him. Um, is she crying battery acid or something? Just then, Fatty, the truant officer, knocks on the car window. He thinks they must be up to some hanky-panky. Also, he seems like the type of guy that would still use the phrase "hanky-panky." Lying in bed that night, Ethan hears Lena's voice in his head. She wants to be let in. Just into his bedroom or into his life? The window starts rattling and the shutters bang open. Lena, wearing her pajamas, is outside on the lawn. Ethan joins her and finally finds out her deal. Turns out she's a Caster, someone from a long line of magical spell-casters. In an effort to bond, Ethan tells Lena that his dad is a shut-in, too! "I'm a freak, you're a freak" (9.15.98). Those are his actual words. They talk all night long.
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