‘Move’ in many iterations, appears 136 times in this novel. It was hard to find something to share due to that.
As I decided on this passage, it occurred to me I was using a troupe that I don’t particularly like. Two women, who both love and want Vincent, meet and fight. That’s actually a couple troupes, as far as I can tell. One is ‘the good guys meet and fight’ from many, many comic book crossovers or first time meets. And the second is ‘women can’t be friends if they love the same person’. I didn’t mean for the scene to come off as the first troupe. the second troupe was used mostly knowingly, as Lorraine strikes me as a territorial person, who tests all.
From Protector of the Grey House:
Natalia saw Lorraine move before Vincent was completely out of the way, but it didn’t matter. When the smaller woman hit her, Natalia simply fell back and threw the vampire off her with her feet. She was up before Lorraine was, barely. Lorraine charged again but this time, Natalia grabbed her arm and used the woman’s momentum to swing her into the crowd. Lorraine crashed into Rowland and Maxine, who stopped her fall and helped her up. She turned back to Natalia, who was simply waiting.
Vincent watched as Lorraine walked to face off with Natalia. He was grinding his teeth, thinking about stopping the unfair fight, but Natalia was doing fine. Had she a sword, she would be winning. As it was, she was holding her own. When Lorraine started to circle Natalia, Vincent grew nervous. Lorraine didn’t fight much, but she was deadly up close.
“You think you’re too good to be a vampire?” “Never said that.”