So, realizing that there’s a shitload of chapters in this book and I really should get to finishing this book since it is an ARC copy and Netgalley wants feedback from me ASAP, I’m gonna start knocking out more chapters a day.
Wes goes “oh shit, are you serious?” because it turns out Nat’s the girl. They worry if she had been setting them up the whole time, but obviously not because she doesn’t even know who they are.
“She’s not marked, is she?” Zedric asked. “You know we don’t mess with ice trash.”
Right, because people are just going to flaunt their marks like it’s totally not going to get them arrested and probably also killed. Also, is this some common thing? Because no normal person is going to be like “oh, lady’s leaving a casino, is she an evil monster?”
They joke that Nat probably wants to find the Blue, and then Wes thinks about his horrible past with a girl who wanted to find the blue (Why is it a girl again? Do only girls have the sense to find a better world?), but he turned her down and now she’s dead. Like everyone else in his family.
They kinda don’t want to do the job because pirates, but weren’t you planning on leaving the country anyway? Anyway, the 2000 credits holds them. And then Wes figures the whole disappearing chips thing out. Nat steals them instead and they’ve been “outplayed”.
Next chapter, Wes runs record checks on Nat even though they really couldn’t give a shit as long as she wasn’t marked. Which she is. So…
Nat lets Shakes win a few rounds the next couple days to get them food money.
Even with her being all nice and shit, they still think about turning her in, because you’ll get reward of 500 credits for do so from the government. Right, because they’ll totally give you that without noticing your shitty records. Not to mention, that’ll totally screw over your reputation as a mercenary gang. Just saying.
They’re about to blow a hole in the roof so they can steal Nat away, because secretly running away just isn’t a thing. Apparently there are cameras everywhere. So there can’t be cameras on the roof? What kind of shit logic is that?
Also…. they still plan on turning her in because 500 > 2000? I mean it’s make more sense if they’d loot her and take the 2000 from her before turning her in, thus gaining 2500, but Shakes goes all integrity and says they’re not going to do that. They say they’re not thieves yet they’re an outlaw mercenary gang.
OH MY GOD. WHAT THE FUCK. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP. THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY HAVE ONCE BEEN THE TOP NOTCH MERCENARY TEAM. THEY CAN’T EVEN DO FUCKING SIMPLE MATH.
Then, OMG, Nat might have the map! Because where the fuck did you hear that from, Shakes?Wes thinks on it and you learn that apples are non-existent because their genetic code got lost.
BUT APPLES GROW ON TREES. WTF HAPPENED TO THE TREES? YOU WOULD NEED TO GENETIC CODE OF A FUCKING APPLE TREE, NOT THE APPLE ITSELF. STUPID STUPID STUPID.
I HATE YOU BOOK. I HATE YOU FOR YOUR STUPIDITY.
Now they want to steal the map. Because following a request and a job is just too much. Except for that gets denied quickly and Wes holds a vote, receiving a result of following the request, which meant this entire chapter was just a waste of time.
Switching back to Nat, we find Wes stand at the door, gloating his hotness, so much that Nat wants to kiss him. And slap him for being an ass. Also, his voice is OMG SMEXY. Lame-o~
They flirt a little, because that’s what to-be love interests do and Wes is just SO HOT. But guess what? Nat is HOT TOO. And Wes just can’t stop staring at her.
And then they just leave.
And the government magically appears to chase them. Right. Because they totally do that to EVERY DAY CITIZENS.
Nat gets surprised that the boys can shoot guns and then she remembers the RSA motto “every citizen an armed citizen”. If everyone learned to shoot, I’m surprised a rebellion hasn’t broken out yet. Especially with your child troops.
Also. CHILDREN CANNOT FUCKING HANDLE GUNS BECAUSE THEY WILL SHOOT AND KILL EACH OTHER. You know why children are not suppose to handle guns? Because this. Whitley explains it better than I ever could.
Wes is shooting at the chasing… tanks? But frostblight makes him all shaky and his misses. He curses at himself and then… it’s gone? Because he focused. HE GODDAMN FOCUSED AND THAT’S HOW HE GETS RID OF FROSTBLIGHT. THAT’S CALLED NERVOUSNESS YOU PRICK.
And they get away, while the boy in the chasing tank gets out to give them the finger. So realistic.