Jealousy has to be one of the most useless emotions there is. Is it even an emotion? I don’t know, and I don’t believe in it personally. But it is useful when you’re depicting a bad guy/girl in your work. Playing on a character’s green-eyed tendencies is quite versatile. It can prompt humor, action, almost anything really.
In this week’s blog, which picks up where last week’s left off, Sinna and her girls play a neat trick on Choon Hee, and we get to see the green-eyed monster at work on our villainess. Let me know what you think! I’m going to release this book one day soon…
The picture is South Korean actor Jang Seung Jo, who I’m enjoying in The Good Detective on Netflix. I can’t even binge this one, that’s how intense it is. I’m using it to fill in the space while I wait for the end of Tale of the Nine-Tailed.
Choon Hee came over to them immediately. Barely paying Sook Hee the time of day, she either ignored or didn’t see the dozen other people who greeted her. She stopped in front of their little group – Lani and Tommy flanking Sinna like shiny, luxuriously attired guardian angels – and stood waiting to be greeted.
Sinna and her crew did nothing. They simply looked. Then they looked at each other, like, do you know this person? And after the silence stretched into something truly uncomfortable, they turned as one, closed her out, and began to talk to each other.
Choon Hee’s porcelain skin grew alarmingly flushed, her full lips nearly disappearing in her anger. Fists clenched, she opened her mouth to scream when Tommy raised Sinna’s left hand and said, “Girl, lemme see that ring one more time under the light! Tan’s oma has excellent taste. I couldn’t have picked a better, bigger diamond.”
“It’s a fabulous engagement ring, darling,” Lani drawled. “So elegant, and think how easy it will be to add onto over the years.”
They laughed and walked away, leaving Choon Hee standing there with her mouth open.
“We are so bad,” Lani whispered. “It was almost choreographed.”
Sinna laughed softly, as they linked arms. “That’s the benefit of years of friendship, girls. I know you’ll always have my back.”
“Front and sides too!” Tommy
“Against any enemy.” Lani “Domestic and foreign.”
Sinna looked up as a familiar voice called her name. She waved languidly. “Tan’s here.”
“Now, the real fun should start,” Tommy whispered, watching Choon Hee’s every move without appearing to see her at all.
They chatted while Tan and Bik made their way over, greeting everyone – including a tight lipped Choon Hee – bowing, laughing and shaking hands. Sook Hee popped a drink into each of their paws, and by the time they reached the girls, Bik’s beer was half gone.
“Ladies,” Tan kissed Sinna softly and nuzzled her nose. “Everything alright?”
She smiled. “Never better.”
“You three are quite formidable,” Bik said laughing softly as he drained his beer and passed off the bottle to a passing waitress. “Everyone’s buzzing about Sook Hee’s chic American friends. You should break off, complete your domination of this lot. Most of them speak English. They’re dying to have a word. And it will piss that cow Choon Hee off no end!”
Lani laughed softly. “You’re bad.”
He offered her his elbow. “You have no idea. Shall we?”
“I’m going to talk to a few more people,” Tommy announced. “Tan, you are not to leave Sinna’s side. Anything happens with that East Asian songbird I will hold you personally responsible. She looks like she bites.”
“Don’t worry, Tommy. I won’t leave her for a second.”
“Good man. I’m not tryna go to jail so far away from my legal team. Now, let me see if I can’t come up real quick,” she said, raising a hand to someone as she walked off.
“Did something happen before I got here?”
Sinna shrugged. “She tried to kick it off, but we shut her down so fast, she had to retreat to her corner to sulk.”
“I see. She looks really angry,” he grinned. “I don’t think you need my protection, darling. But I’m here to give it to you nonetheless. She can be a spiteful cat. It’s best not to take your eye off her.”
“Well, Tommy wasn’t wrong. She does bite.”