Brenna recovers from her night of ghost hunting, in Chapter 8, as the commentary catch up continues.
Gary isn't as calm as he appears. He is well aware of the family heritage he married into, but Brenna going through a wall is still something he shouldn't just shrug. However, Brenna is mobile, so the wall couldn't have been that bad. I do hope that the interaction between father and daughter comes across as familiar and caring. I'm not as touchy-feelie as either Gary or Brenna here, so I hope the scene has the right touch.
If it's not clear by now, Joni doesn't like Missy. To Joni, Missy is this outsider who moved in and started showing Brenna the seamier side of life. Tall, tan, blonde, outgoing, and there for Brenna to talk to; Joni's a tad jealous. It doesn't help that Brenna learned how to sass-talk. There is a rift between mother and daughter, one that Joni is trying to mend. Brenna is very much a daddy's-girl, though.
Amazing how certain references seem to occur all at once. A few weeks ago, I reviewed the 2016 Ghostbusters remake. Shortly afterwards, I found a box set of The Real Ghostbusters, the animated adaptation. A second season episode, "Collect Call of Cathulhu"(sic), featured, naturally enough, the Cthulhu Mythos as created by HP Lovecraft, to the point where viewers could track down the original stories and be prepared for what happens in them. A week after that, I find The Nekonomicon, or The Book of Cats for the RPG, Call of Catthulhu*. Now, a Ghostbusters reference, bringing the chain back full circle.
Brenna doesn't like having to wear her glasses, something which her entire family is well aware of. Part of the scene was really to pad the word count, but it did show Brenna as not being perfect. Grace gets a decent line, too. The younger Halliday sister is well aware of the family legacy; she just likes pointing out how weird her sister is. They behave as sisters, and no one knows how better to get under your skin than family.
The receptionist at the doctor's office is new, even though I should have mentioned that somewhere. The regular receptionist would know of Brenna's visits, if not the details. Brenna isn't just going to tell a random stranger that she needs extra-strength birth control pills. Dr. Womack was also Joni's doctor, so there was someone that could goad Brenna into getting to the office.
The next few phone calls set up upcoming chapters, even at a point when I was still trying to figure out where I was going. Brenna's cousins on her mother's side get introduced here, starting with Summer. Brenna's aunt is a little more creative with her daughters' names than Joni was. Rae is the youngest of the cousins, and does her own investigations at her home. Joni's family expanded the ghost hunting from previous generations; they really don't have the fear of witch burning that past generations had.
There was some planning, once I got started. I worked out future scenes so that I had a target to aim for. The phone calls are part of the setup. Hopefully, the payoffs work and aren't too telegraphed without also being so far out in left field.
Tomorrow, Trish has second thoughts in The Soul Blade Chapter 11.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, Superman.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, Young Frankenstein.
Sunday, the commentary catch up continues with The Soul Blade Chapter 9.
* Deliberately spelled as Catthulhu, as players play cats fighting off creatures man was not meant to know.