Injustice, The Gods among us [De iniustitia Deorum in nobis:] – ep. 10

Blood Ties (TV series)

Sanguis Vinculis (TV series)

Blood Ties is a Canadian television series based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff; the show was created by Peter Mohan. It is set in Toronto, Ontario and has a similar premise to an earlier series also set in Toronto, Forever Knight, in which a Vampire assists police in dealing with crime. It premiered in the United States on March 11, 2007 on Lifetime Television, and during fall of 2007 on City and Space in Canada. In May 2008, Lifetime declined to renew the series.

Blood Ties, set in Toronto, Ontario, centers on Christina Cox as Victoria “Vicki” Nelson, a former Toronto Police Service officer who left the force to become a private investigator after she begins to lose her eyesight, due to early-onset retinitis pigmentosa. Through her work she teams up with the 470-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy, who happens to be the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. The mutual attraction between them is complicated by Vicki’s relationship with former partner and lover, Mike Celluci. In the beginning, Detective Celluci does not believe in the supernatural and thinks that Vicki is losing her mind along with her eyesight. Also, in the picture is Vicki’s assistant Coreen, who was hired because of her knowledge of the occult and to keep her quiet about Henry. Coreen is thoroughly enamored with both the occult and Henry, which can get her into trouble.

They are standing side by side. In fifteen minutes, a bell will ring, and students will rush in to occupy every desk.

This Gina Holden is dressed Goth Girl just like that Coreen Fennel from Blood Ties. Up until Mary disappeared, Coreen was Mary’s teaching assistant.

Kirstjen surveys Mary’s classroom. A classroom she knows all too well. Back in the day, Kirstjen was Mary’s TA.

“I’ll completely understand if you choose another TA.”

“You’re such a bad liar. Stick to honesty.”

“What?!”

“You’re being polite. In point of fact, you would be deeply hurt if I picked another TA.”

“Am I that open a book?”

“Yep. Also, avoid playing poker, etc.”

“I do.”

“Good girl.”

From Coreen’s point of view, Kirstjen shoves her hands into nothingness and pulls out a book. She flips through the book. Coreen can see passages being written as if by an invisible hand on formerly blank pages. The distinctive, cursive handwriting is Mary’s; Coreen recognizes it, instantly.

“What the hell!”

“Not quite.”

Kirstjen closes the book, when it stops writing, shoves the book back into nothingness, and draws her hands back. When Coreen waves her hand through the air where Kirstjen returned the book, the TA can detect nothing.

“Not a pocket universe confluent with ours. Nothing that elaborate. I’m betting a simple optical illusion shrouded by an equally-basic avoidance spell. Akin to an illusionist’s sleight of hand.”

“Excellent. Continue.”

“I only think I waved my hands through the air where the book is. In reality, I’m waving around it, which is why I can’t detect the book. And, I’ll bet if I walk through the same space where the book is, in reality, I’m walking around it without realizing it.”

“Bravo.”

“Your trick?”

“Yep. It’s resting on a book stand. It will become public, visible to all, when Mary’s adventure ends.”

“Because she either finishes her quest or she dies trying.”

“Exactly.”

“The book is recording her journey, but that’s only visible when you open the book.”

“Yep.”

“You read the travelogue, so you know where she is?”

“Yep.”

“Are you going to tell Ancient Mia?”

“If she asks me, I’m obligated to tell her. But. If she doesn’t ask me, I don’t have to volunteer my information.”

“Who planned her trip?”

“I did.”

“You’re the travel agent, which means that the book must have ‘told’ you when she left.”

“Yep.”

“So, you knew as soon as she was missing and why.”

“Yep.”

“And if the High Council had assigned you her recovery?”

“But … They didn’t.”

The bell for class rings. Kirstjen slaps Coreen on the back.

“No more Q&A. Time to teach.”

“One more, please.”

“Okay. I’ll indulge you, this one time.”

“How did you figure out the mojo with the book?”

“I read a book, silly dilly.”

Once a upon a time, back when she was a little girl, Kirstjen dreamed of growing up and becoming a research librarian. That’s before she caught the majick bug.