The Jennifers have returned. Welcome to the commentary for "New Threat". Note that the title shown was incorrect and has been updated. Please read the chapter first before continuing.
There is a reason why Jennifers clump together. The seniors at the Academy have a five year age advantage, and all of them are at the school for reasons that would have them seeing jail time or worse. Mind, the latter is something the Jennifers and the seniors have in common, but the older girls have had five extra years to hone their skills. Now add a student who knows how chemicals interact with the human body and you have to feel a tad sorry for Juliana. I didn't have to do much research on the drugs Laura mentions. Before I got into science fiction and fantasy, I read spy thrillers. Scopolamine is the classic truth drug, administered to spies in the 60s. It's been replaced since then, but amobarbital does have a negative reaction with caffeine. Death-levels of negative reaction. I have filed that information away for future use, not necessarily with the Unrulies.
For those wondering about the green jacket, the girls of St. Dymphna have a pink blouse, plaid skirt, and a green blazer. Other schools with uniforms in the area avoid the colours of St. Dymphna and the Academy, trying to not get caught in the eternal war between the two schools. The schools in the Catholic board use darker colours in the Unruly-verse, reflecting reality to a degree. Schools in the public board don't use uniforms, but have school colours, just like the real world.
As seen earlier, Skye is cranky when rudely awakened. Laura is downright mean when she's overtired. Skye does understand and took the new girl's side over Caitlin and Autumn. Caitlin lacks empathy at times, which goes along with her ego. Autumn is just taking the opportunity to get back at Laura for being used as a guinea pig.
The Headmistress may well be aware of why Laura isn't in class. After all, she knows that Caitlin accessed her daybook. The uniform is the last step for Laura to become an Unruly. She's now part of the school. Perfect timing, really, for Caitlin has a plan. Laura hasn't had the time to get a rivalry of her own with anyone at St. Dymphna, Mackenzie notwithstanding. Skye doesn't really have one, either, except on the court, but she's been up all night. Autumn and Caroline? They have a history that will be revealed at some point.
Once again, I ran into an old nemesis, naiming public places. Again, I don't want to use a real place unless that place is so ubiquitous that not using it stands out. This time, I needed a name for a coffee shop that was considered neutral grounds between Caitlin and Verity. Then I realized I had the name right there, Neutral Grounds, and the café's raison d'etre soon became obvious. With schools like the Academy and St. Dymphna, the baristas are also bouncers, to make sure that no trouble starts.
The scene with Laura and Mackenzie grew organically. If you see the beginnings of something more than friendship, you're not alone. The budding relationship is something that wasn't planned but came out of their scenes together. Sometimes, when writing, events happen that aren't expected. Will the relationship last the full school year? Too early to tell. Mackenzie is the driving force here, at least for now. Laura isn't as sure of herself as Mackenzie is.
Tomorrow, the new Unruly episode, Basketball Night in Canada begins.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, Phantom of the Paradise.
Saturday, over at MuseHack, hiatus week with news about Lost in Translation.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of /Lost in Translation/.