Chapter 122: A Little Something More

on November 16, 2012 in Volume 2 Book 4: The Reinvention of Mackenzie Blaise, Volume 2: Sophomore Effort

In Which Hands Are Washed

I fell in behind Nicki when we left her room… she wasn’t heading out the way I’d come in, but I figured she knew the way out of her own dorm.

All the buildings in the nexus cluster had their own separate entrances that were technically the front doors, even if they weren’t used very often. In the case of Burlew, going out the front meant taking the long way around the building when we got out, but I didn’t say anything. I understood the phenomenon of always going the same way out of habit.

When we got back around to the main path, I thought I heard someone calling my name.

Well, that’s not completely true… I definitely did hear someone calling my name. But my high school years had instilled in me the knowledge that good things rarely came of looking up when someone was yelling to get your attention, and my college years hadn’t yet managed to erase that, so there were a few moments where I was stuck pretending not to hear.

Then Nicki tugged on my sleeve, and I turned… and almost wished I’d kept my head down and kept walking.
I might not have recognized Jamie at first glance if he’d been by himself. He was just so… blah… looking. Within the parameters of conventional attractiveness, maybe, but not particularly interesting. Sandy-ish hair, average height, kind of slight build. Wiry as in skinny, not wiry as in strong.

He had elven blood, but not enough to put a point in his ears. He’d still managed to find enough room to put a couple of more holes in each one, bringing the total number of piercings up to five on each side. If he’d been worth a second look on his own, I probably would have recognized him for his jewelry.

Stumping along with a cane beside him was his friend who I did recognize, but whose name I couldn’t remember… she was just Jamie’s friend in my head, which was how I identified Jamie. She was built like a dwarven easy chair and always had a look on her face like she was mildly amused by everything.

“Jamie,” I said, hoping that the thing my face was doing qualified as an easy smile. “Hey.”

“Hey yourself… I almost didn’t recognize you, with the new clothes,” he said.

“Is it really that big a change?” I said. “I mean, I wasn’t going for a total departure…”

“I just meant that they’re new,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you wearing anything that didn’t look like it came from Goodweal. I… uh… meant that in a good way.”

The weird thing is, I could tell that was almost the truth. He hadn’t meant it in a bad way… it definitely wasn’t good, but there was no malice or conscious meanness behind it.

If Jamie Bowman had only one flaw, it was that he could be a bit of a snob when it came to appearances. He seemed like the kind of guy who did laundry every week, even at college… the sort of person who thought a shirt was dirty when it had been worn just once, even if you didn’t get anything on it.

Of course, if he’d had only one flaw, it would have been a serious improvement.

“How’s Iason?” I asked, mostly to be polite. Well, actually, I’d meant to be rude. I’d meant to say Jason, knowing how much it ticked him off, but somehow it had come out right. That was probably Amaranth’s influence at work… she would have disapproved of petty humanocentrism, even for a good cause.

“Oh, well… he’s still Iason, you know?” he said.

“That bad, huh?”

“Well, that’s not completely fair. He’s… a bit better than when you knew him.”

“So, you’re still together, then,” I said.

Through no one’s fault in particular… though mostly his… Jamie and I had got off on the wrong foot during our first semester at MU. Things had improved between us a bit, but I’d told him that I couldn’t keep being around if it meant being around his manipulative, chauvinist boyfriend.

“Didn’t Steff tell you?”

“Steff knows better than to talk to me about you,” I said. I knew they were sort of friends… less “sort of” than we’d ever been… and I guessed that sometimes they did things together, but I wasn’t interested in having that confirmed. “Tell me what, though?”

“We broke up last spring. It was long overdue.”

“Seriously? Why didn’t Steff tell me?”

Jamie laughed.

“Same old Mackenzie,” he said

I didn’t ask him what he meant, because I knew. Early on, Jamie had acquired a tendency to think of me as a hypocrite, and it shaped the way he took perfectly innocent things I happened to blurt out.

“I guess I should have noticed that he finally took his bracelet back,” I said, noticing Jamie’s bare wrist. “So he was lying the whole time about not being able to get it off?”

“No, that was the truth,” Jamie said. “We did finally figure out how to remove it without breaking the whole enchantment… it’s kind of a long story, but basically we found an elven enchanter who used the right definition of ‘curse’. Now the bracelet still works, but it doesn’t… bind. We actually got that fixed a couple of months before we split.”

“So… what finally ended it for you?”

“Nothing… no one thing,” he said. “There was no last straw or breaking point or anything. In fact, things were better between us than they’d ever been at the point I called it quits.”

“So why did you?”

“Because a better Iason is still Iason, and because I’m a bit better, too,” he said. “I know who I am and what I want.”

“And it isn’t Iason?” I asked.

“It isn’t anyone. I’ve figured out that I’m not really the dating type,” he said. “Or maybe I should say the relationship type… I don’t have anything against dates. I’m just not looking to commit to one person right now.”

“There are more options than committing to one person and not committing to anyone,” I said.

“One person, five people… it’s still committing,” he said. “I’m just not there. Nothing against people who are.”

“I am not in a relationship with five people,” I said.

“Well, I don’t exactly keep track,” Jamie said. He gestured at Nicki. “And since I have no idea who this is, I didn’t want to leave anyone out.”

“Oh… sorry, this is Nicki,” I said. “Nicki, this is Jamie Bowman and his friend, uh…”

“Regretably, I’m Marlot,” she said, taking Nicki’s hand in both of hers. “Ever so sorry to have made your acquaintance. My deepest apologies.”

Nicki laughed, out of what I assumed to be nervous tension. She turned to me.

“So, were you and Jamie ever…?”

“Joined at the wrist for a week because of a botched attempt to remove a cursed magic item?” Marlot supplied. “In fact, yes, they were.”

“…I was going to say ‘together’,” Nicki said.

“Oh, and here I thought you were really good at guessing,” Marlot said.

“You’ll have to excuse Marlot,” Jamie said. “Because she’s leaving.”

“Actually, we were leaving,” I said. “Due to plans of a non-specific nature. The mention of which should not be interpreted as invitation for anyone to join us.”

“That’s fine, we also have plans,” Jamie said. “Awareness of which also does not invite outside participation.”

“So we both have plans, then,” I said.

“Yes,” Jamie said.

“Good,” I said.

“Excuse me, but do your plans involve the student union, or the Arch?” Marlot asked me. “I only ask because I don’t want to have to stand around for another five minutes so we don’t end up awkwardly walking alongside you the whole way.”

“We’re going to the Arch,” I said.

“Good, because we’re not going to the Arch,” Marlot said. “See? You two lovebirds didn’t have to go out of the way to avoid ending up eating together, fate itself has arranged to keep you apart.”

“Do you want to get dinner together sometime?” Jamie asked, and it was only after I’d wondered why he would ask Marlot that when they were already heading to dinner together that I realized he was looking at me.

“You could go a little more out of your way than that,” Marlot said.

“I… uh…” I sputtered.

“There is some serious romantic comedy nonsense going on right now,” Marlot said. “I wash my hands of it.”

“Just to catch up, I mean,” Jamie said. “You know I’m not looking for anything serious, with you or anyone.”

“And you should know I’m not open to anything casual,” I said. “So it would just be dinner.”

“Obviously,” Jamie said. “I mean, I’m not putting any limits on what events could unfold…”

“Oh, there will be no unfolding,” I said. “Events will remain folded the entire evening, or I’m out of there.”

“So that’s a yes?”

“It’s a ground rule that has to be accepted before I even consider saying yes,” I said. “I really don’t see the point in going out if we know it’s not going to lead anywhere, though.”

“Why does everything have to lead somewhere?” Jamie said. “Talking to people is fun. Sharing a meal is fun. Going out is fun. Not everything has to be about pairing off for a practice marriage, or finding your one… your assorted number of true loves.”

“Is that what you think I’m doing?” I asked.

“I have no idea what you’re doing, Mackenzie,” he said. “That’s why I want to catch up.”

“But… Jamie…”

I hesitated, not sure if I should be as blunt as I felt at the moment.

“But what?” he asked.

“We kind of… hate each other,” I said. “Don’t we?”

“Is that really the word?” he asked.

“Okay, we can’t stand each other,” I said. “We don’t get along with each other. We grow edgy and irritable in each other’s presence.”

“Hey, maybe if we all stick around a little bit longer, we can even see that start to happen,” Marlot said.

“So… yes? No?” Jamie said.

“We’ll talk about it,” I said.

“When? It’s not like we see each other all the time,” he said.

“Fine, then we’ll get together sometime and talk about it then,” I said. “But not this weekend, I’ve got… personal stuff I need to do.”

“Next week, then,” Jamie said. “Tuesday?”

“Wednesday,” I said, and I was pretty sure I could come up with a reason that Tuesday wouldn’t have worked if I’d thought about it.

“Are you still in Harlowe?”

“I’m in Gilcrease,” I said.

“That’s the other tower?”

“It’s one of the two towers on campus,” I said. “I don’t see what’s particularly ‘other’ about it.”

“I’ll meet you in the lobby at seven, then,” he said.

“Fine,” I said.

“Great,” Marlot said. “Now, can we please get out of here before any more hijinx ensue?”

“Sure,” Jamie said, and they headed off in the direction of the student union.

“Nice meeting you!” Nicki called after them. “That was really cute, by the way.”

“What was?”

“The way you agreed to a date with him while pretending you can’t stand him.”

“Romantic comedy nonsense,” Marlot yelled back over her shoulder. “That’s all I’m saying.”


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65 Responses to “Chapter 122: A Little Something More”

  1. ASeriesOfWords says:

    Words cannot adequately express how much I love Marlot.

    Edit: First, apparently?

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  2. pedestrian says:

    While your reading this, in your head do so in Valley Girl voice.

    Okay, everybody who has been nagging Alexandra for the return of the indecisive Jaime, the indefatigable Marlot and what-ever-the-hellspawn happened to the interminable Iason, here’s your sign.

    All together now: Squee!!

    And O!M!G! a nondate for the nondating duality of race-you-to-the-bottom submissives.

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    • Sejemaset says:

      I was literally just wondering what happened to Jamie and Iason… and Marlot. More importantly I was wondering what happened to the telepathic girl who was not very big on personal boundaries.

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      • Sapphite says:

        Violet I wondered about, though I do like Marlot.

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      • Zergonapal says:

        You can’t just drop this incident in here without expanding upon it AE, I hope this means you are going to have a mini-webserial about the afore mentioned events.

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    • Anthony says:

      Ugh. Please, no. Iason was the reason why I stopped reading More Tales. The only characters who were even halfway interesting enough to be worth reading were Violet and Random, but they could not hope to make up for the massive fail that was Iason, dragging the story down.

      He was like all of the horrible monstrous personality traits of The Man, but without the slickness that made him interesting. The Man is someone you can love to hate. Iason, you just hate, period.

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      • Cadnawes says:

        I’m glad you mentioned Random. I had great hopes for her.

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  3. pseudobob says:

    is Goodweal a typo?

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    • Sage of Ages says:

      Does it really matter ?
      Just enjoy the story as written … *frizzen grammer sharks*
      About time some of the older,lesser known charecters re-appeared.

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    • Jalben says:

      Weal is an olde word for well, so I think it’s an intended otherverse twisting of goodwill.

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    • zeel says:

      I am assuming it is an intentional MUniverse name.

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      • Brenda says:

        Right, just like “White House” and “Walled Market”.

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  4. You have made me blink many times, discombobulated…..

    One of the things I admire in your writing is your empathy and generosity. There is more to everyone. People change and grow and turn. This chapter is yet another reminder of that. Thank you.

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  5. zeel says:

    Huh?

    . . .

    What just happened?
    I like the idea of recovering those characters, but the whole “lets talk about stuff that the reader is clueless about” thing threw me (not the normal MU style). Since when do Mackenzie and Jamie know each other this well?

    I really hope this means next chapter will be an explanatory OT. . .

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    • Brenda says:

      It’s definitely a more jarring reminder of the time skip than most of what we’ve had since the reboot began…

      I want to know how Mack got involved in trying to get the bracelet off!

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      • Anonymous (no affiliation with 4chan) says:

        She’s an enchantment nerd with asstons of raw power; it makes sense that she’d be on a list of people to go to for help with the bracelet. Jamie going to her was probably a big part of how they became tsundere for each other instead of genuinely disdaining one another.

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        • Brenda says:

          Yeah, but considering how much he disliked her… I have a feeling it’s something she sort of blundered into helping with.

          No idea why I would think that…

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    • Cadnawes says:

      Since we skipped like six months of their lives. Jamie’s been mentioned at least once as hanging out with Hazel and Steff. I think it’s good to drop hints about that time.

      I seem to recall the bracelet coming off during mock death. Interesting then that he put it back at least once. Kinda glad I didn’t have to read about it.

      There are definitely some salvageable aspects of moarmu. I’m happy.

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      • 'Nym-o-maniac says:

        Yeah, I was wondering how the hell he got the bracelet back on, too. And why the same way of taking it off didn’t work.

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        • Lunaroki says:

          I’m thinking the reason taking it off the same way didn’t work is because the opportunity didn’t come up again. Jamie isn’t a Skirmish player like Iason, and after that one Skirmish match I’d hazard a guess that possibly neither is Iason anymore, so the chance for Jamie to get hit with realistic-enough mock death to fool the bracelet again probably never reoccurred. Either that or maybe the magic on the bracelet was like “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!”

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          • zeel says:

            I would guess the latter, with Iasons wealth he easily could have paid whoever necessary to get the two of them out on the field again, and then phantasmaly murder Jamie. It wouldn’t have to be during a match, as long as they were in a place with the proper enchantment and Iason used a phantasmal weapon, they could have gotten it off.

            Which means either they are stupid, or the bracelet was smart.

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            • 'Nym-o-maniac says:

              Probably both, but I imagine the bracelet’s enchantment adjusted.

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    • 'Nym-o-maniac says:

      Agreed. I was completely lost for this entire chapter. I know that stuff happened over the timeskip and all, but…

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    • Erm says:

      They did run into each other a few times, without good results. I didn’t get the feeling they knew each other well from this chapter (Mack seems to know no more than we do, such as the breakup, and quite a bit less considering Jaime was a POV character). They were just suddenly willing to talk to each other.

      (Actually seeing some parallels to the Emily encounter.)

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  6. DaManRando says:

    Sooo… how much do we have to donate for the OT about when they got stuck together? Or is that doomed to be forever in the “noodle incident” Category.

    On other news its nice to see Jamie has stopped being such a total douche, and that Marlot is still awesome as hell.

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    • zeel says:

      Well the next chapter could go ahead and just flash back to it. Remember the chapter about the mask? That flashed way back before the start of the story, so it could happen. A fill-in chapter or two would be a fun break from the normal flow.

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  7. genericIntent says:

    “So that’s a yes?”

    Do love. Excellent, and unexpected, chapter.

    Thanks, AE.

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  8. Zathras IX says:

    Could “Jamie’s Crying”
    And “Jamie’s Got a Gun” both
    Be the same Jamie?

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  9. endochrom says:

    Woah! The return of Jaime! Man that makes me happy. I actually preferred More Tales of Mu to the regular Tales of Mu. That said I’m a little disappointed by the lack of Iason. Iason is a dick with few redeeming qualities but he was still my favourite character.

    I want to read this chapter from Jaime’s perspective though. Possibly with the psychic jabberings of Violet as well. This is classic Jaime passive aggressive dating.

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    • zeel says:

      Violet. Now that has too be my second favorite character of all (Two is first). She is a far more interesting telepath than Dee.

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  10. Xicree says:

    I would not be adverse to seeing more of Jamie and Merlot. They bounce amusingly off of our girl Mac.

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  11. 'Nym-o-maniac says:

    Ohgod no why

    Jamie fuck no agh

    Please do not bring him in as a recurring character I am begging you here. He is such a douchebag.

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    • Brenda says:

      Oh, but it’s okay now, because he *knows* he’s a douchebag…

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  12. Prometheansky says:

    Am I the only one hoping to see more of Violet now that the MoreMU cast is starting to pop up?

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    • Lunaroki says:

      Not even remotely! There’s a slew of awesome MoreMU characters I’d like to see crop back up again, and Violet is right up there at the top of the list! Unfortunately it’s hard to say if that would be even remotely safe for her, seeing as she’s an unrestrained telepath and Mack is a half-demon still working on the whole “keeping it contained while being alert to the world around me” thing.

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      • Zukira Phaera says:

        maybe this is queuing up for even more training montage

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        • zeel says:

          Seems unlikely that Violet could contact Mackenzie’s mind. The ROTT is only able to do it because it is so. . . different. For a mortal, human, mind like Violet this would be impossible (or at least incredibly difficult). Even Dee would not have dared to connect with Mackenzies mind directly, and she has far more training than Violet.

          I would love to see her come back, she is my second favorite character. I especially would love to see her interact with Dee, as they have such vastly differing views on subtle arts.

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          • Cadnawes says:

            Dee would not have dared, perhaps because of her training. violet hasn’t really received much training. I wonder if she could stop herself or if it would occur to her to do so?

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          • Zukira Phaera says:

            We dont know that Violet might not have a very remote heritage that might be a protection against a mind like Mack’s. Just a bit of wishful thinking. I enjoyed Violet and would love to see her return.

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      • Stonefoot says:

        Violet is a telepath who is unrestrained by any sense of privacy. She doesn’t consider it wrong (probably not even impolite) to listen to someone else’s thoughts without asking. It seems clear, however, from her previous mental conversations with Jamie, that she can focus on the thoughts of one specific individual. That would require that she can block out the thoughts of other people. I would be surprised if, sometime during freshman year, she hadn’t been, just randomly, close enough to Mack to sense her thoughts, and had blocked them out. It makes the most sense to me for it to be similar to vision: When she walks through the dorm she would have a general sense of what is behind closed doors, what sort of thoughts people are thinking, and so forth (like peripheral vision), but would need to focus on people or places to get anything more. At that level Mack’s mind might be like, I don’t know, say those ‘blinding blue’ headlights some cars have now that you don’t look at because you know it would be painful.

        Growing up, she probably blocked out most of what she could have ‘heard’ just because it was routine and boring. Like being in a group of people and not listening to all the conversations you’re not part of (assuming you had ‘elven ears’ and could actually listen to any one specific conversation anywhere is the room).

        Quick edit: Violet and Mack working together on the shielding and blocking does sound like a good idea.

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  13. Lunaroki says:

    Typo Report

    Just one minor little thing this time.

    Then Nicki tugged on my sleeve, and I turned… and almost wished I’d kept my head down and kept walking.
    I might not have recognized Jamie at first glance if he’d been by himself.

    Hard to tell if that was a paragraph with an accidental carriage return slipped in or two paragraphs that need another carriage return to add the usual blank line between them.

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  14. Not her, the other girl says:

    I, for one, am DYING to find out Ian’s reaction to the hijinx that just ensued. Bahahahahaha. (Even if I did almost die of awkwardness.)

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  15. Krey says:

    I’ve missed Jamie, when’s MoarMU coming back?

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  16. Alderin says:

    Wow, so much love and hate for MoarMU and the characters there, it is quite impressive really. It takes a certain class of writing to generate that level of emotion in an audience. Well done!

    I’m on the love side, by the way. Still wish I could get an animated, near-sentient dragon tatoo.

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    • zeel says:

      Oh shit I forgot about that! Never really got much play after it animated, since the story ended at that point. I do want to read more on that.

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  17. violetvines says:

    Ok, first, I love this chapter. Yay! It’s always nice to see faces you haven’t seen in a while.

    Second, to everyone who is upset by the return of Jamie: Why? You complain he’s a douche. Well, every story needs characters that you dont like to make things interesting. Mac has had it relatively easy this year, and to be honest, I was losing interest a bit. The first year had lots of interpersonal drama, this year has much less. I am a big fan of Jamie returning, because not only does he make things interesting, he is a well rounded character with many facets. I can’t wait to read more!

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    • Anthony says:

      No, every story needs characters you don’t *agree with* to make things more interesting. They provide a source of dramatic conflict, which is what drives any story. But you tend to like the characters who do it well, even if you don’t agree with their actions or their mindset, if they’re presented well.

      Jamie and Iason, on the other hand, are simply not very likeable characters because they’re uninteresting, unsympathetic, and poorly written, and as such they stand in stark contrast to the primary MU cast. That’s why so many of us would prefer for them to stay gone.

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      • Gruhl says:

        And assuming they… the ones that return, that doesn’t seem to include Iason, will be poorly written, unsympathetic and uninteresting this time around, is a great unfairness to AE. Shame on you, and wait and see.

        There is such a thing as character development, and we should all know by now that AE believes in the concept. So, hold your thumbs that you will enjoy their reappearance better this time when they are supporting cast, rather than being in the harsh light of being the main protagonist of their own chapters.

        ‘Nuff said 🙂

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      • Cadnawes says:

        I must disagree with the “poorly written” part. It takes good writing to make someone so irritating.

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        • Zukira Phaera says:

          Indeed, it can actually be the harder task.

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    • Cadnawes says:

      I think Jamie is a snob with little introspection and therefore little self awareness, especially with regard to his feelings for heavy set women, whom he then treats disrespectfully. Early Mack could be a bit of a doofus, Jamie’s something else altogether. I do not like him as a person, and do not want to spend quality time in his head. (I can’t imagine why Violet seems to.)

      If he’s a side character, I don’t have to spend time in his head. Problem solved. I don’t have to like everyone, but liking the POV character is so helpful.

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    • Eris Harmony says:

      The thing for me is that Iason and Violet have qualities that make them unlikeable as people without major personality shifts (and Jamie’s annoying, though not as bad–seeing Mack from his perspective was interesting if nothing else). As people that you’re clearly supposed to be at least sympathetic with, they don’t really work for me because I want shit to go wrong for them.

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  18. That one guy says:

    Actually, I thought Jamie was sort of wishy-washy. When Iason gave him the choice, “Hey, you totally know everything that the bracelet does and exactly what it means now, so if you put it back on then it means you’re willing to really be My stag,” I didn’t think Jamie would really put it back on. Now it seems like Jamie did. I’m rather surprised.

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  19. Erm says:

    “Oh, there will be no unfolding,” I said. “Events will remain folded the entire evening, or I’m out of there.”

    Meet Mackenzie Summers, the Metaphor Slayer.

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  20. Kyribug says:

    JUST finished rereading Moarmu and being sad at the ending of the story, or lack of continuing anyway. SO excited to see Jamie again… really want to know LOTS more about what happened, with Iason, with the bracelet, how Mack knows him, how the fighting class turned out, what happened to Bobby, Iolana, and her curse girl…. And more about dragons and Barley. <3

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    • Cadnawes says:

      I don’t care about dragons but I would like to see what’s up in the Barleyverse.

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  21. zeel says:

    I see a lot of hate on the More MU cast. While I hate Iason as much as anyone else, I never had a problem with Jamie. Both Jamie and Mackenzie look like assholes from the others perspective. And both have massive character flaws.

    Mackenzie:
    – Self hatred
    – Opinionated
    – Easily manipulated (at least at the start)
    – Oblivious

    Jamie:
    – Spineless (WTF are you doing with Iason?)
    – Not very bright
    – Easily manipulated

    Neither is a perfect person, fact is all the characters have major flaws. While some (Iason, Puddy, The Man) are horrible on a basic level, the rest are still not saints. I feel that it is unfair to say “Don’t bring back Jamie, he is a douchebag” because from another perspective you could say “Don’t write about Mackenzie, she is a hypocrite” truth is that both those statements are true.

    Anyway, I really hope that the More MU characters (almost all of them), will be draw into the main events. It would also be nice to get some Jamie perspective OTs on certain important events.

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  22. Triof says:

    I’m glad to see Jamie coming back – I actually always felt MToMU was even better than ToMU, and that the characters were in general better. I especially like the times we saw Mack’s tale through Jamie’s eyes, because it was nice to see someone who actually saw her faults. Almost everyone else just..doesn’t seem to care – I always thought the second perspective made the story a lot better, showing what other students would’ve thought about her actions, which could easily seem very attention seeking from the outside.

    And unlike most people on here, I actually liked Iason as well. Sure, he was a complete dick most of the time, but most of the things he does aren’t really any worse than what Amaranth did to Mack at the beginning. In the same way that Jamie might be ‘spineless’ but he actually stood up for himself more than Mack did to begin with.

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    • Triof says:

      On a similar note, I also miss the tales from Dee’s homeland. I hope we get to see more of them eventually too.

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  23. Rip says:

    I loved Jamie and his crazy friends, and even knowing intellectually what an insensitive jerk Iason was he was still sexy as hell and I totally wanted those two crazy kids to stay together.

    Maybe it was the bracelet that appealed to me. It’s an interesting dilemma, anyway. Would you accept a magic bracelet that gifted you with extended life at the expense of having to permanently be the submissive partner of your annoying boyfriend?

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    • That one guy says:

      Of course not. Magically extended life isn’t worth it if that life isn’t worth living. Sure, you could go be a stag with nothing but a stag’s memory and a stag’s thoughts, but then you wouldn’t be “you” anymore. Is extended life really worth it if you have to basically suicide first?

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  24. Seajewel says:

    I love Marlot and her sense of humor so I hope she’ll be around more now. I just need to see more Feejee and I’ll be happy.

    I think it’s interesting to see how Mack views Jamie. She finds him physically non-impressive, but my impression from MoarMU was that Jamie is probably at least cute. Lots of negative history between the two we don’t know about but it is still funny to see how Mack rates Jamie in light of all we know of how he rates women. And I never found Jamie so terrible.. He had his prejudices and his weaknesses but he was not a bad person.

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  25. ????? says:

    …. Am i the only one who has no idea who jason, iason or marlot are?

    Author please linkspam obscure or new characters, instead of jumping right into discussion of backstory…

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  26. ????? says:

    …. Am i the only one who has no idea who jason, iason or marlot are?

    Author please linkspam obscure or new characters, instead of jumping right into discussion of backstory…

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