SPOILERS FOR ALPHA FEMALE AHEAD – Do not read if you want to read AF and want to be surprised.
Okay, here’s the deal. In the current version of
this pain in the ass novella that demands to be written Alpha Female, Natasha is attacked by Delia (her direct competition for Luke) and Delia poisons her. Also, she was about to leave Luke and go home when she’s attacked.
I’ve had a few niggling issues with this. At first I thought, ‘well…Natasha’s not good at relationships so her bailing makes sense’ but after rewriting a key scene which made it so Natasha doesn’t leave, I’m not sure how to bring in her getting poisoned. First off, Luke wouldn’t let anyone but especially Delia near Natasha as he’s so protective of her. I thought, ‘hey, what about that hunt scene you wanted to add?’ and then I got derailed because hello, it wouldn’t be safe for Natasha to be the only non-wolf amongst wolves, right? She’d be vulnerable. And she hasn’t been changed yet, so she can’t shift. Although having her have the pain of a possible shift would be interesting. Cuz yanno, the Pack would bring it on if she’s truly part Lupi.
So how could Natasha get attacked without it being made of fail? Let’s see…brainstorm, godammit….
Party. Someone lures Natasha away and Delia swipes her quickly with her claws.
Natasha tries to leave, and boom! Delia attacks her (the original plan, duh)
Hey. Could Natasha leave the area (not to go home) — she needs some time alone or something. Crap, I could even have er make contact with the other Covenant peeps and Alisia (her Queen) at the same time. If Natasha snuck out, really stealthy-like (she is an assassin, after all), and Luke’s distracted by something or someone, and her bodyguard is also distracteed (too easy?) and it takes a few seconds tops for Delia to fly by in wolf form and swipe her and promptly disappear….
Hmmm. I has problems. Luke wouldn’t let himself get distracted. What could take him (and the bodyguard) out of the picture? Something else, a Pack fight, something to mediate, something that needs doing right now and he just has to leave. But he’d have someone watch Natasha.
It’s to damn bad that Natasha can’t be invisible. Unfortunately, I can’t bring that in because, hello, her people don’t have that ability. I could play it like the assassins have mastered their glamour ability and appear to be invisible, but it’s actually camoflage. But that begs the question — why hasn’t she used this ability before? You’d think she’d use it to get away from Luke. Then again, she prolly couldn’t in the Between, and then after that she was among everyone and there was no way to escape…could that work? Yeah, but wanting to leave and escaping would be so much easier if she’s invisible. Right?
But wait. Aren’t glamour abilities lessened in our world? Because of the truce? Maybe she doesn’t think it would work, and then she tries, and then she’s standing there, seemingly safe, and she’s talking to her people, and bam! Delia attacks her. This assumes that she decides to go visible again, and wouldn’t she want to stay invisible?
Maybe it stops working once she’s touched by anyone or anything. Maybe that’s a limitation. But Delia would need to suspect that she’s there to actually know where to start running. Unless she sees Natasha leave, then seemingly disappear, and is really curious and sort of deduces that she’s somewhere nearby.
Ugh, I don’t effin know.