I am concerned that readers are not going to like the dark turn Tara takes in Envy and given that the majority of the story revolves around Sam I have doubts that anyone will still be liking Sam much by the end of this novel. A reckoning comes where she realizes that Howard has never thought of Revenge Gifts as who she is. He sees it as just a concept for selling stuff.
He doesn’t even know that what he said was the worst thing he could have ever said because he doesn’t know me.
It’s not his fault.
Honesty burns like fire. I guess it takes time for people to get into my personal space deep enough for me to feel it. Revenge-Gifts.com is not just a hobby or a whim or even a simple website where I sell shit to people who should know better to do evil things to other people I don’t know. Revenge-Gifts.com is who I am. It is me. I am wired into the strangers who look inside the darkest reaches of my brain for help removing that icy shard in their own. But I am the last resource they should be seeking because I just drive it deeper. For people who need to get even I am not just a store, I am the creative cruelty they could never imagine on their own. I clear the fog of anger and despair they are pushing through and give them clarity.
Howard doesn’t know those people. Those ghosts don’t haunt him.
I don’t think he’s ever made a decision, or done anything, that he regrets and had to own it, nasty repercussions and all.
Karmic repercussions. They are coming around.