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The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion, Part 1: Things just got unreal

September 9, 2010

When last we left Our Heroine, she’d died for the second time.  Look, we all know that won’t stick, even though a book without ~*Elena*~ sounds like a darn good idea to me.  Everyone loves sidekicks.

To prove that, our eyes and ears in this book is Bonnie McCullough, the feisty redhead with The Sight who came off as boy-crazy and sometimes slightly dim in the previous books.  She’s taken up her friend’s habit of journal-writing so that the title of the book only seems a little less relevant.

When the fourth, and tacked-on, book begins, Caroline is trying to get Bonnie to recapture the glory days by bringing Meredith to a surprise birthday party in her honor.  Bonnie is reluctant on Meredith’s behalf–the brunette (who, because of her hair color, couldn’t possibly be the heroine of this tale) wasn’t looking for a great big celebration only six months after her friend’s death.  You know, this sort of pleases me, because all too often in television and books (*coughBuffycough*) someone dies horribly and everyone else…doesn’t quite party, but they do move on pretty fast.  I get that when you’re older, but when you’re young?  You milk that emotional wild ride.  But then I wonder…is it realistic?  Should I even care at this point?

Caroline, it should be pointed out, is sincere about her efforts to cheer up the place.  Bonnie–and don’t forget she’s psychic, so we have to trust her–senses no malice in her for the first time in like a year.  Caroline plays the nostalgia card, but Bonnie’s having none of it.  Smith’s Night World-esque writing style comes into play here.  “Bonnie didn’t have the heart to tell her that the good old days were as dead as disco.”  Ha!

Caroline wants the old foursome together again, so she decides to replace one blonde with another: Sue Carson.  Bonnie’s not thrilled with this plan, and suggests inviting Vickie Bennett along.  Vickie’s far less crazy now (and “scared to death” of her old friends–HMMMM), and without her own crowd, she’s floundering.  I guess I’d feel guilty too if my classmate had been emotionally and physically tortured by someone who looked exactly like my dead best friend.

Caroline feels she’s making a decent compromise and gets all squishy and huggy with Bonnie.  Bonnie is understandably weirded out by this, but she has a bigger problem: telling Meredith.  Fortunately, half a page later she’s decided NOT to tell Meredith, which makes her feel much better about herself.  Sort of.  Till Meredith finds out, of course.

Bonnie writes in her diary that she is not looking forward to the party.  She’s happy about having a place where no one is exasperated with her.

Then she dreams a seriously messed-up dream, y’all.

Everything is sort of like this, only there are just the two of them, Bonnie and Elena.  (I’m going to assume that Dead Elena is less of a snowflake.  I hope.)  Bonnie realizes that it’s something called “Warm Springs [… t]he old picnic place.”  I have no idea what that means.  Bonnie has retained the entirety of her personality, except that she does not realize she’s in a dream.  Elena is dressed like the people in the Seurat painting and offering Bonnie tea and cucumber sandwiches.  Except she says “mouse” instead of “sandwich” and it’s totally creepy.  What’s more creepy is that we’re told “how slender” Elena is.  So much for Smith having dropped her obsession with this character for the book.

Also, her hair is so awesome (…ly blonde) that Bonnie asks her about it.  “Hair is important,” Elena tells her.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO REMEMBER THIS.

“Of course, blood is important too,” she continues.

YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO REMEMBER THIS.

Then everything gets trippy.  Elena’s sandwich turns to mud, and her voice is replaced by a man’s.  She EVEN HAS MUD-STAINED TEETH, but don’t worry, cuz obviously there’s some guy speaking for her, so REALLY, it’s okay.  Her perfect teeth are still perfect.  Don’t hyperventilate.  Don’t worry.  She’s still blonde.  Everything’s okay.

Suddenly, as it happens in dreams, they’re in the old graveyard and Bonnie’s sandwich really DOES have a mouse in it.  Fresh graves have movement in them.  Elena’s perfect hair is gone, so I guess it’s time to panic.

Bonnie freaks and quite correctly guesses that the thing in front of her is not her friend.  Showing signs of cleverness, she heads for the bridge.  Running water, and all that.  As the thing tries to talk to her, the real Elena talks to her too, but things are garbled.  Something about a spell with two ingredients previously mentioned

WHAT COULD THEY BE?

Bonnie wakes up screaming Elena’s name.  As you do.  End of chapter.

I would just like to say that I actually remembered this first dream pretty well.  Not detail-for-detail, but the main stuff stuck with me.  Especially the mouse and the mud.  EW.  So, way to paint a picture, Ms. Smith.

Next up: Meredith’s eyebrow.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 5:01 pm

    Yeah, the dream sequences in this book are really well done.

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