Discussing Punished Ch. 23 Beautiful Spirit


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Ch. 23 Beautiful Spirit

After regaining her composure Arelia noticed the big house was all lit up. A ball was taking place. Voices floated from the front porch. Arelia wondered if Lucus was in attendance. She also wondered how he’d take her in her present state – covered in mud and blood.

“You don’t have time, Arelia. Come here,”…

Brise tried to hurry Arelia along. She told him about keeping her previous promise to him; she had told Erzulie about him.

“Thank you, Arelia LaRue,…She thinks I’m beautiful. She called an ugly spirit like me beautiful.”

Brise then told her that the one who could help her was the one she loved. Arelia was frustrated by this – not having a clue who or what he was talking about.

“Lucus,…Silly Arelia, you leave a little piece of your soul behind everywhere you go, and in every year you live.”

Someone interrupts.

“Are you a spirit?”

Lucus. He was leaning against a tree drinking from a bottle of whiskey. Arelia was shocked at how different Lucus looked. This Lucus didn’t carry around the sadness that the present-day Lucus was buried under. Arelia told him that she was a spirit and needed to find the swamp. Lucus assured her that he’d help, but then questioned her about her bleeding. Arelia informed him that spirits were capable of bleeding. Lucus used his jacket and some of his whiskey to clean the blood off her face. He then asked her about her hand and ripped off one of his shirt sleeves to wrap her hand.

“Why aren’t you at the party?”

“She’s not there. Can you believe she said she was too busy to see me tonight? So I’ve decided to drink her away.”

Arelia couldn’t imagine how anyone would stand Lucus up. He told Arelia that the girl may be in love with someone else, but that he suddenly couldn’t even remember the girl’s name. Lucus then professed to not imagining his life without Arelia and wanted to show her New Orleans. Arelia questioned his sanity. He responded by pulling her close.

“Not insane, I simply know what I want, and I want you.”

Lucus tried to kiss her, but she stopped him. Arelia found herself wishing she could go see New Orleans with this happy Lucus. Brise warned her that she needed to get going, but Lucus continued his coaxing as he buried his face in her neck. They continued flirting and Arelia found she immensely enjoyed it. Lucus said he’d follow her anywhere – even to live with her in the swamp.
Bade then cut in to warn Arelia, but Arelia continued to be distracted by Lucus. She finally convinces him that she needs to leave. He starts taking her towards the swamp, but then stops.

“I would do anything to make you stay,”…

Arelia told him that she was a spirit and had to go back where she came from. Lucus ran his fingers through her hair, cupped her cheeks, wrapped her in his arms and kissed her. She thought of how easy it would be to just stay in his arms forever.
Bade warned that she’d be trapped.
Brise ordered her to get to the swamp.
Arelia reluctantly pulled back.

“Will I ever see you again, beautiful spirit?”

Arelia thought with jealousy that he wouldn’t even remember her in the morning due to his drunken state.
Lucus yelled out to her that they belonged together and that she’d come back to him – that he LOVED her. Arelia said that they’d barely had five minutes together, but Lucus said it was more than enough for him. {I thought of his parent’s story.}
Arelia walked away and whispered these words:

“Be safe, Lucus LaPlante,…You’re a beautiful spirit, too. I’m sorry I can’t stay and save you from your miserable fate. I can’t wait to see you again.”

So we get Lucus back. I missed him – despite all of Arelia’s silliness. It’s crazy that they finally kiss & it’s in the past. I’m hoping this will change her behavior towards him in the present! Ican’t believe that she still couldn’t even bring herself to tell him that she loved him there in the past. I liked this more aggressive Lucus of the past, but I also love the maturity in the present-day Lucus. I hope when things finally get resolved for Arelia and Lucus that the story won’t just end there.

2 thoughts on “Discussing Punished Ch. 23 Beautiful Spirit

    • HaHa! Yeah, I knew you were jumping ahead when you mentioned her finding Lucus. No prob!! Now I just want to see a different Arelia after all this – or somewhat more matured concerning present-day Lucus & Sabrina.


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