The Killing Club has caught the rascal Mr. Snape and is taking him to the waterfall. Will Cordelia become a better person once she sees the helpless Mr. Snape? Will Rocksteady learn to read? The answer to none of those is below.
Cordelia drives all crazy-like down the road and misses the turn to the water fall where she is supposed to meet the rest of the Killing Club. On the way up the dirt road to the waterfall, she thinks about what a bummer it was to be pulled over by a police officer (the reason she was late to the kidnapping) and is excited to get to the scene of the kidnapping. Why couldn't they have waited until she got there to do the kidnapping, she thinks. (Really).
Then we flashback to Cordelia's overprivledged youth and how she always got everything she wanted her way because she is cute and she knows it. We also learn the only people that do not seem to care if she is cute are Mr. Snape and Rocksteady. We also learn that Rocksteady's grip on people and influence travels to others beyond his peer group as he got kicked out of Snape's class last year because he convinced a college girl to steal an old paper for him. Cordelia secretly harbors a crush for The Dark One that Is Rocksteady despite dating Beebop.
At the waterfall, Betsy gets all excited at the prospect of roughing up Snape. Rocksteady taunts Snape, who is tied up but not all that bothered by the whole affair. The four of them tell Snape that they are many, they are legion, and they all want to watch him suffer and die for the way he teaches. Snape calls bullshit.
The Killing Club makes fun of him for a bit over the fact that he takes pills made from explosives. The highly intelligent captors even attempt to detonate one. Finally, they all decide to focus on Snape's college ring. When that passes, they tell him to beg. Snape says no.
Snape reminds Cordelia of the policeman and she gets all angry again. Rocksteady is all about Snape begging to be set free, so he refuses to just walk away like they agreed. Rocksteady convinces the others to leave Snape out in the wild alone and check on him after the big game that night. So that's what they do, leaving Snape lying in the dirt.
1. Is the point of the Cordelia description to make us hate the character or to hate the writing? We already got good guy El Guapo slipping his Gram a mickey last chapter, now we have to sit through some rich/cute/entitled girl's backstory?
2. I applaud the author's attempt to make our characters diverse and dark, but the shallow nature of each seem to extend beyond mere teenage self indulgence and importance and right into near sociopathic behavior. Only Duckling seems kind of immune, but she is our "soulful writer."
3. I have to applaud how Snape is written here. He almost seems in control of the situation despite being tied up. After all, he is the only adult present.
4. Are these really college seniors? Are all of them so self-absorbed that they have never noticed a relative or somebody on television take heart medication?
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