I expected some of you to be calling "dickhead" on Xander for pulling what he did on Eva, but the level of anger directed at the guy took me by complete suprise.
I'm in total shock. Seriously. But then again, it could be because I know (and have already written however roughly, by the way) Xander's motivations. Although, I'm not entirely sure that the angrier readers are going to be completely mollified because, yeah, Eva is still forced into a position she really hates.
All I ask is that you keep one thing in mind: Eva at the outset of this story not only warned you that something like this was coming, she also said that Xander double-crossed Giles and that he did it in such a way that Giles couldn't (or didn't) do a damn thing about it.
I'm not upset by the reaction, mind you. Just jaw-droppingly shocked. I admit though, I'm actually kind of thrilled by it. I must be doing something right because all the points raised have actually be answered in the mess I've got on my hard drive. So, thank you everyone for the FB (even if I didn't answer any in the last part) because you're at least telling me I'm heading in the right direction.
The reason why I haven't responded to FB on the last part is because that would require me giving away the end and I don't want to do that because I'm rather proud of it. I won't say anything, except to say that the story and Eva, in a very strange way, comes full circle.
If you're interested, I did post a general response here. Unfortunately, I really have to leave it as the last word for now. Like I said, I don't really want to give anything away.
For the Scatterlings and Orphanages Africander Fiction Challenge by ludditerobot.
For all previous parts, go here.
Continued from Part 40.
Dave shook his head and turned to leave. Grandmother Touré paused just long enough to grin her toothless grin and waggle a finger at me, as if I was the one who had been naughty, before she, too, exited behind Mr. Harris’s stalwart man.
Left alone at long last, I finally gave in to my impulses and let my brave mask drop.
I put my face in my hands and sobbed.