Jack's nature revealed! Finally! And the biggest problem with labelling The Devil You Know as urban fantasy was the nature of the spoiler. Until now, there's nothing explicit about the supernatural. Sure, there were some odd happenings, but I didn't call attention to them. Ione calls out Gemma having car problems at the end of Chapter 8, but even then, there's nothing said about how the car was disabled.
I did leave a few hints, though. Some were just turns of phrases, but others were done with purpose.
"Speak of the devil." I wanted to put the idea out there that Jack is a devil. At this point, there's no reason to assume that Jack is one, just roguish.
Jack learned to fly in Gander. This was to hint at his age. Gander was used for training pilots during the First World War, and was also a refuelling point for trans-Atlantic flights. Jack learned to fly in a biplane during WWI.
"No one has ever accused me of not having wealth and taste." The Rolling Stones song, "Sympathy for the Devil" opens with the line, "Please allow me to introduce myself/I'm a man of wealth and taste." Jack does have wealth, as seen with his private jet and the kopi luwak coffee. He also prefers refinement, as seen in his hotel choices. Again, the line was meant to place the idea of Jack being a devil in readers' heads.
The decadent coffee. Jack chose that blend on purpose to tempt Ione.
Jack tempted Ione into having a one night stand against her better judgement. That's what Jack does for a living, tempts people.
Ben's nature was hinted at, too, but since he and Karen were offscreen for most of the story, there's not much to go on. Gemma did bash Karen over the head with her pistol. That act should have left Karen with a concussion and in the hospital. Ben healed her.
Given the reveal, it might be worth going back and checking out some of Mara's scenes. There's a reason why she turned into Ms Fanservice. Temptation demons are always on the job, though Mara is moonlighting a little. The worst she did was tempt Ione with chocolate.
I didn't work out the theology. I am using handwavium to distract readers. Angels, devils, and demons exist. Gemma has a Valkyrie in her family tree somewhere. Some of the ideas were inspired by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, a comedy about the Apocalypse. Other ideas came from Linda Poitevin's The Grigori Legacy series. The main takeaways from both is that angels are frightening, humanity has potential, and the Final War between Heaven and Hell isn't a sure thing. With the latter, if the War was a given for either side, it'd have been fought by now. Expanding from just Christian beliefs into myths was me, though, and something I would explore again with dba LTV Paranormalists in 2016.
So, did the reveal work? That's up to the readers to decide. Let me know in the comments, please.
Friday, meeting the other players, in the The Devil You Know Chapter 20.
Also Friday, over at Psycho Drive-In, going for broke with remaking Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, wrapping up the MST3K remakes.