170216 Why BTS' 'Spring Day' Is the Perfect Move for the K-Pop Boy Band -- Both Artistically & Professionally
If there’s a K-pop act that is navigating the global music scene best, BTS is arguably the top choice. Since their 2013 debut, the boy band has broken records on the Billboard 200 – becoming the Korean act to land the most albums on the chart and net the biggest first-week opening – in addition to being a constant presence on charts like Billboard’s Social 50, World Albums and World Digital Song Sales tallies. Yet, it’s only with their latest release “Spring Day” that a BTS single seems most likely to break the group into new chart territory and that’s thanks to smart artistic and professional decisions.
Undoubtedly, BTS has found the major enthusiasm for their LPs thanks to the deeper social and personal topics the band discusses with past album tracks touching on bullying, mental health and the dark sides of adolescence. Meanwhile, past singles like “Run” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and their accompanying videos stood out for exploring deep devotion, but ultimately only explored that one topic. “Spring Day” takes things a step farther by getting more into the journey one takes during a tough time or break up.
On the single, the members sing and rap about an internal winter inside them due to missing someone and, at first, there does not seem to be an end to the heartache – likely a commentary on depression and mental health, topics the band had discussed in past album tracks and mixtapes. Yet by the end of “Spring Day,” there is a change and the boys describe how there is a light and warmness that inevitably comes with Jungkook declaring, “No darkness, no season, is forever.”
The guys are still pining for their lost love, but they aren’t staying in a one-track mindset. Instead, they use the weather and seasonal metaphors to describe how things get better – a lesson many of their young fans can find comfort in when dealing with relationships, or school, friends, family, their careers or beyond. While it’s all done over hard-hitting beats, buttery vocals and punchy rap verses – as one would expect from any BTS release – it’s this newfound maturity and enlightenment that makes the single stand out so much.
Not only was “Spring Day” a smart artistic move, but it was extremely savvy for BTS and their Korean label BigHit Entertainment to focus on one single for the repackaged deluxe version of their hit album Wings titled You Never Walk Alone.
Wings already broke – and continues to break – multiple chart records, including when it became the first K-pop album to spend multiple weeks on the Billboard 200 and also as it celebrates a remarkable 18th week on World Albums this week. By leading a re-ignited excitement over You Never Walk Alone with one single, fans are more than ever collectively focused on this one song.
That focus was seen when “Spring Day” flew into the the Top 10 of the Top Overall Songs chart on U.S. iTunes after its release on Sunday and remained high even as tracks from the 2017 Grammys began racing up the rankings. No K-pop group has sent a song as high on the iTunes singles chart, with only PSY being the other Korean act to land a song as high when “Gangnam Style” topped the ranking in 2012. A tweet from BigHit’s CEO Bang Sihyuk even commented on the accomplishment on Twitter.
The hype for “Spring Day” is particularly high in America as the band gears up for three arena concerts in America, a major indication of the fans ready to support, buy, stream and watch the music video for this single and not be as distracted by a full-length album’s worth of material. (Though, one should not disregard the new tracks including ultra-fierce “Not Today,” the long-awaited thumper “Outro: Wings,” or the introspective “A Supplemental Story: You Never Walk Alone.”)
There are hurdles BTS will need to jump over to have their single be a chart hit in America, including releasing the song two days after the charting period started on Friday and major competition from songs associated with the Grammys. But if the numbers end up in BTS’ favor and they chart a single on the Billboard Hot 100 – or even the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which counts the 25 singles just below the top 100 – it will be a major accomplishment, but not one unearned. By continuing to progress as artists, the band’s business- and chart-savvy moves only make their releases able to be that much more celebrated.
As per request by @sarahtaylorgibson, I have compiled a list of formative fiction, mostly dark fantasy, from my adolescence. Unfortunately, the majority of the romantic subplots are heterosexual, but almost all of the books are very feminist:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: The first book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Lesbian side characters! Victorian lesbians! Takes place at an all girl’s boarding school in Victorian England. There’s ancient magic, secret societies, etiquette training, prophecies, and dark forces. Very dark, at times creepy, fantasy that deals with Victorian heteropatriarchy, xenophobia, and ableism in a nuanced, beautifully crafted way.
Magyk by Angie Sage: Book one of the Septimus Heap series (7 books). These books are middle school reading level, but very fun, a little dark, and always interesting. A foray into young Septimus Heap’s journey into sorcery, his destiny as the seventh son of a seventh son. Magic, dark forces, magisocial politics, strong female side characters and role models.
The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones: The first book in the Faerie Path series (6 books). Sixteen-year-old, Anita Palmer, is hospitalized after an accident on her birthday and discovers that she is the seventh daughter of Queen Titania and King Oberon, who put a sleeping spell on the kingdom of Faerie until his youngest daughter returned. Parallel universes, complexities of sisterhood, special powers, fae, court intrigue, fate mixed with politics, family ties, and duty to country. Dark fantasy that plays heavily with Celtic mythology (especially Welsh and Irish).
Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison: Stand-alone novel. Mira is trapped in a mirror and forced to serve her vain adopted witch sister, who uses blood magic to remain youthful and powerful. After becoming queen, Mira’s sister abandons her. Years later, Mira finds herself in the hands of the peasant girl, Ivana. Mira does anything she can to get her human form back. Manipulation, female friendships, betrayal, intrigue, dark magic, moral growth. The first book I read that didn’t have a cut-and-dry happy ending. All major players are women.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Retelling of Cinderella. Ella is chosen by the Prince for her looks, rather than true love. She finds Prince Charming as dull as she does court life, where she is in training to be Charming’s bride. Frustrated by her own powerlessness, Ella attempts to break off the engagement, only to be imprisoned in harsh conditions. She must use her wits and her new friends to escape the palace. Eating disorders, abuse, and the dark side of royalty.
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Book one of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books). Headstrong Princess Cimorene runs away from her painfully ordinary family and a looming engagement to become a dragon’s princess. Dragon politics, wizards v. dragons, industrious young women, friendship over romance.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor: Dark!Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Alice must regain her memories and imaginative capabilities in order to save her queendom from her wicked aunt, Redd, a corrupt, neighboring kingdom, and social disorder. If you like murder, evil aunts, the power of Imagination, Victorian England, and/or matriarchy, this series is for you. Violent, cause-centered love interest and reluctant queen. War, terrible war. DARK. Rich imaginative world-building.
Princess Academy and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: Both are first books in a trilogy. PA is lighter, focused on classism, education, friendships between girls and the power that comes from that, set in mining country. The prince must find a bride from the mountains, so all eligible mountain girls are sent to a new academy to hone their etiquette, as well as their minds. TGG is a retelling of the original fairy tale. Princess Ani can talk to animals and is betrothed to the prince of Bayern, but she is betrayed by her caravan in-route to Bayern and her lady-in-waiting poses as her. Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and fights to regain her rightful place with the aid of her friends.
Fairest and The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine: Fairest is about Aza, a young girl with a beautiful voice and much less beautiful looks. Aza can “throw” her voice, a talent which ties her up with palace intrigue, ogres, bravery, and adventure. TTPoB is about princess sisters, one of whom (Meryl, the adventurous one) comes down with the Gray Death. Addie (the shy, quiet one) must overcome her fear and the lack of help from the king to find the illusive prophesied cure to save her sister. Though she is assisted a little by her sorcerer friend/love interest, Rhys, Addie must go on this hero’s quest alone.
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima: First book in the Heir Chronicles (5 books). Small town America meets British fantasy stretching back to the Middle Ages. Fantasy politics, warring houses/factions, underguilds controlled by Wizards. Each book follows a different teenager from different guilds as they discover and fight against the Wizard guild for equality and freedom.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: Early sci-fi. Part of a larger series, but perhaps best as a stand-alone novel. I really love parallel book, Ender’s Shadow, which is probably better than EG, but needs the context EG provides. Follow Ender as he rises through the ranks of fellow child soldiers in a war to protect Earth. This book features dubious morality, questioning ethics, violence between young children chosen for combat, and an exploration of the actual psychological repercussions of traumatic events on survivors.
Avalon High by Meg Cabot: Essentially, a King Arthur Modern High School AU, centering around Ellie, who has recently moved to Maryland with her parents, who are professors of medieval history. Is it better to know your fate, or does it just mess things up? Featuring issues of interpretation regarding prophecy, going against destiny, unproblematic love interest, and complex motives and morality.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: Written in the 80s. Mara is a brilliant slave girl freed from bondage to become a spy-turned-double-agent in the court of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara also becomes caught in her feelings for the brooding, Enjolras-type love interest, Sheftu. Who can you trust when everyone you know is a spy? A little trope-y at times, but very enjoyable. Not exotifying, as far as I remember.
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng: First in a series of many. Magical orphan girl kind of fiction. Molly is charming, brilliant, and finds a book about hypnotism that she uses to make life better for herself and her orphan friends. Filled with action and humor, Molly and her pet pug are on the run from a man who wants to steal her secrets.
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb: First in a series of three or four. Jess navigates teenage life through friend break-ups, jealousy, first loves, and body issues. Charming, funny, British. For fans of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty: A stand-alone Australian novel. Funny, charming novel about pen pals between schools, budding romances, false identities, secret missions, and friendship.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter: First book in the Gallagher Girls series (6 books). Overly competent spy girls in a private school attached to a small town filled with cute, less competent boys. A light-hearted spy romance. The following books have more complex plots, intrigue, and issues of trust and romance between spies.
Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop by Michael P. Spradlin: First of three books in the Spy Goddess series. Rachel gets in trouble with the law and is sent to Blackthorn Academy, a spy school masquerading as a boarding school for troubled teens. While there, Rachel encounters some weird, creepy occult stuff, including a man who believes her to be a reincarnated goddess. Betrayal, romance, action, intrigue. Spradlin does not write women or teenagers very well, but the books are thoroughly enjoyable.
Hidden Talents by David Lubar: First of two books. 13-year-old Martin is sent to Edgeview, a juvenile corrections facility/boarding school. Martin and some of the other boys at Edgeview discover they have special powers, which they use for their own gain and to save the school.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles: This book was assigned reading in high school English. Gene Forrester is a sixteen-year-old at Devon Academy during the advent of the USA’s entrance into WWII. The novel explores Gene’s time at Devon, the loss of innocence, and the untimely death of his friend, Phineas. An academic/campus novel with homosexual undertones.
From Physical Ailment to Mental Illness: Defining Dean Winchester's Affliction
There’s No Place Like Home presented an incredibly captivating reimagining of Dean’s current dissolution of self as the result of his descent under the influence of the Mark of Cain and his subsequent rebirth as a demon. Charlie’s persona was split into a veritable yin and yang as the result of a deal with the Wizard of Oz. The key to Oz allowed Charlie to unleash her inner darkness, the sacrifice required to win the war in Oz. This constructs the perfect parallel to Dean’s decision to strike an unlikely partnership with Crowley, to take on the Mark of Cain, and to obtain the First Blade, all in the name of vengeance for everything he lost and everyone he failed.
In order to overcome her dark side, Charlie had to become one with it. It was never a matter of recognizing one part as bad and one part as good. It was all about the realization that the two parts are the sum of the whole, that good and evil exists within us all and our nature as humans is defined by who we choose to be with the knowledge of what we are capable of in our darkest hours. With this in mind, we must consider the implications of curing Dean of the demon he became. The Mark of Cain was the key by which Dean’s darkness was unleashed. Becoming a demon was merely a consequence that could be fixed with some purified blood and the good ol’ Winchester stubborn streak. Demon!Dean could be cured because it was a physical affliction. The true demons lie within, were developed and nurtured inside Dean’s mind. In the end, Charlie had to acknowledge that there is a part of her that is willing to kill as a means to an end, and that part of her cannot be erased. Curing Demon!Dean did nothing to erase the lifetime of experience, of trauma, and of consequence that opened the rift in Dean’s soul in the first place.
To speak of the Mark, of one’s propensity for acts of darkness, as a disease is to suggest the possibility of it being curable. To reframe it as just one aspect of a human that has been nurtured by a life of traumatic circumstance and instability is to make it more akin to mental illness. Psychological disturbances are incurable, but they are treatable. People can learn to live with their afflictions.
The blatant unveiling of a diagnosis for Charlie in her adolescence opened the dialogue for the categorization of one’s dark side as a mental illness. Charlie was diagnosed with anti-authority disorder, clinical depression,marked by violent outbursts - all things which Dean immediately accepted as normal and expected as a result of her experiences and things that he could readily relate to. I will discuss the discrepancy in the diagnosis later on, but for now, I want to focus solely on the presentation of anti-authority disorder in its manifestation through Dark!Charlie’s persona and its reflection in Dean with and without the Mark of Cain.
In the DSM-V, anti-authority disorder is established as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). This disorder is characterized by the presentation of a pattern of angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting at least six months and exhibited with at least one individual whom isn’t a sibling. The behavior must be observed with individuals other than siblings because these types of behaviors are common amongst sibling rivalries. The criteria for diagnosis of ODD requires behavior of at least four symptoms from the following categories:
Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles’s crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.
A cross the street resided the young captain, looking at the dark-haired adolescent ( standing in the midpoint of a crowd of students ) with moderate interest. —— Hitsugaya strikingly recalls the night he’s witnessed this peculiar child transform into a spiritual state of being. – An indication that he was entirely not an ordinary human.
I’ve seen a fair number of posts from people referring to Kylo as just “power-crazed for the sake of power”, “cold-hearted”, “unfeeling”, “not caring about his family whatsoever”, “likes the surge of power he gets when killing” and I’m just like??? Did we watch the same film? It is painfully obvious that Ben is anything but unfeeling, and is anything but emotionally detached from his parents.
And as far as him simply being “a whiny, entitled, privileged brat who wants to be all-powerful just cuz he’s evil”? No. I didn’t get that impression at all. I refuse to believe that Ben wanting to be more powerful is just for the sake of being better than everyone else. That does not seem congruent with what we know/have seen about him. Why? Because people who follow their own selfish desires and are completely power-crazed are not ripped apart by internal conflict. People who seek power for the sake of it are not swayed or concerned with sentimental/lingering affections for family, as Ben has clearly shown. A truly power-deranged individual would have slaughtered Han before going out for ice cream. Only someone who has been manipulated (like Ben canonically has with Snoke) into believing that the possible outcome or end-goal is WORTH such a great personal sacrifice (a “the ends justify the means” scenario, if you will) would do what he did.
There are a dozen and one ways Snoke could have/did manipulate and twist Ben’s mind, and I think shaping Ben’s political ideology to be congruent with Snoke’s wishes was one of the best possible ways to ensure the Skywalker boys loyalty. Snoke watched and influenced this kid from birth, so, as a First-Class Strategist (and asshole), he would have been aware that he needed something firmer/more palpable in regards of partially-genuine motivation to get this kid to do what he wants, no questions ask. Telling someone “I need you kill your family and friends and fellow Jedi” “Why?” “Oh just cuz” would have just made Ben run for the hills.
Where does politics play into this? Political ideologies are what can most often lead someone to forego
their own morality and personal attachments/desires/motivations, to turn
against family, in lieu of something they might deem as the greater
good. This is blatantly obvious in everyday life. Snoke has been shaping how this child saw the world from day one.
First off: to clarify in the context of canon, we don’t 100% know what Snoke’s/The First Orders end game is. Right now its basically the same as what the Empire wanted: galactic control, but to what purpose? To the Sith (Plagueis and Sidious), galactic control was not the be-all-end-all, it was just the first step to what they actually wanted (so Snoke/Plagueis probably wants more than what he is letting on with the “rule the galaxy” bull). But regardless of that, Snoke would have told Ben whatever he needed to get him in the mindset of ultimate loyalty and yes-this-is-the-right-thing-to-do.
Because their journeys parallel so much, and because Anakin’s own political leanings are extremely relevant to how Snoke corrupted little Ben, we need to remember this particular thing: Vader’s views on politics is not what changed to make him slam-dunk
Sidious down that Death Star shaft– it was simply that his love for his
son outweighed everything else. Snoke tells Kylo that Vader simply
succumbed to his own emotions because of “sentiment”, not that he did a
complete 180-degree turn on his thoughts of imperialistic rule
throughout the galaxy. Keep that in mind.
Now, how did Palpatine eventually get Anakin to turn to the Dark side? Manipulation, sowing his distrust of the Jedi, promise of power to save a loved one, and politics. It might often be overlooked with Anakin’s character but politics played a huge role in how he viewed/interacted with the world. Anakin canonically expressed that dictatorship was A-Okay as long as it was a system that worked in getting things done. He grew up a slave, under the rule/control of another, on a planet the Republic did not interest itself in helping, so you bet your ass he was extremely concerned with politics. Despite a Jedi’s vows of non-interference, it was always going to be unrealistic for Anakin to cut himself off/be unconcerned. Palpatine knew that, and he used it: he shaped Ani’s perspective and distrust in democracy from his adolescence and it worked. Snoke has been doing this to Ben since his birth.
Consider the sort of political back-drop Ben would have been privy to during his childhood and consider how Snoke could have very
easily twisted what he saw and thought. For starters, Leia was always
involved with Resistance, as small as they were, so he no doubt lived on
and/or visited Resistance bases fairly frequently. He would have seen a
team go out for a mission and come back with fewer numbers (being
Force-sensitive he could probably feel the pain and grief of their loved
ones). Now what do we know of the New Republic? Not much, but I think
its obvious they didn’t have things even remotely “together” when Ben
would have seen it in action– in all honesty it probably seemed faulty and corrupt. At this point in time, the decades worth of damage Palpatine and Plaguies/Snoke did to the political infrastructure is already
done: you likely have undercover Empire Loyalists in the New Republic
sowing disharmony, you have First Order spies left and right, and so
many dozens of planets trying to establish something that works for them
all is ridiculously tough. But that’s not all: no matter where you go
you will always have corrupt politicians (democracy or not). Democracy
seems perfect in theory, but its execution is a whole other ballgame–
its a system that is most often unsatisfactory to minority groups and
leaves many issues hanging because people can’t get along. People and societies end up suffering when their government is not up to par. The New
Republic, as a governing body, blatantly ignored the threat of the First Order, even under the urging of a widely-renowned Leia Organa. They also, as a governing body, continued
to ignore the plight of planets on the outer reaches, like Jaaku, just
like the Old Republic ignored the plight of slavery on Tattooine. Now
keep in mind: this “ignorance” could very well be attributed to the
scheming/plotting of outside parties, and on the fact that the New Republic was still finding its footing, but it doesn’t help that Ben (at
that young age) wouldn’t have been able to recognize that.
Ben probably thought, on more than one occasion, what most people think at some point in their lives: “This system doesn’t work very well” or “They aren’t doing enough”. However, for the vast majority of us, we grit our teeth and wait it out, hoping for the system to improve– there is always room for a democratic system to examine and fix its flaws to better itself. There is always hope for betterment during the next election season (and so on and so forth). HOWEVER. Instead of these reflections just ~passing him by~, Snoke would have taken them and exacerbated the hell out of them. He would have turned Ben’s fleeting opinions into extremes in his own mind. Instead of Ben simply thinking “Wow, I hope they do better and are more productive in the future, they just need more time to get better”, Snoke would have twisted it to become “Nothings going to get better. Not until someone makes it better.” And over the course of Ben’s childhood and adolescence, that dark voice in the recesses of his mind (the one he terrifyingly thinks belongs to him and that scares him) becomes louder and louder, saying “Something drastic has to be done. This galaxy is broken. You can fix it. You have the Force. You can be the change” and, Force-forbid, “The New Republic is powerless. Nothing will change for the better until they are gone”.
And then? You have Snoke impersonating/utilizing his Force-abilities to appear to a young Ben as Darth Vader. And you have him say, to drive all these thoughts home, “Yes. Yes, my grandson, finish what I started“. Snoke plays off of this kids familial ties and responsibilities by appearing as someone Ben thinks he can trust (”because Grandpa Ani turned good in the end”), and then using that for his own gain. Snoke/Vader then tells him, “You are the only one who can finish what I started. You have the Force with you, you must fulfill my legacy”.
“Show me again the power of the darkness, and I will finish what you started”, now makes complete sense. Snoke was already appearing to Ben in Vader’s form and manipulating him, encouraging him, to do things Ben might deem as “all in the greater good”.
Snoke probably even fed him the ultimately evil and emotionally-manipulative line of, “Save the galaxy, and you can live up to the family name. You can be great.” Thanks Snoke, its not like this kid doesn’t already have heaps upon heaps of insecurities and ~Skywalker Blood~ to live up to.
It also makes Han’s statement in TFA make sense: “There was too much Vader in him”. This statement originally made no sense to me whatsoever because, for all intents and purposes, Han didn’t know Vader well enough to compare him to his kid. I couldn’t find any parallels in personality/character traits that Ben would have exhibited at the age when Han knew him. As far as we are aware, in canon, Han interacted with/met Vader only the
once, on Bespin, where Vader carbonite-ed him (I’m not counting when
Vader killed Obi on the first Death Star because Han only saw him from
afar and never interacted with him). Yes, a lot of shit went down in
that limited time (he was tortured/ interrogated/etc) but that is still too short a time to be a Vader-personality
expert. As Vader, Anakin usually always exhibited a calm and collected demeanor. The only thing Han would have logically been able to compare was what the publicat large knew of Vader at the time. Which was mainly his political perspective. So it seems to me that any Vader-like attributes that Ben would have exhibited were politics related, probably a statement here and there of the New Republic being “weak”, “foolish”, or “incompetent” in the face of so much suffering.
Obviously this is all just conjecture, but Snoke tying Ben to him via politics, in addition to all the other ways he’s manipulated him, just makes a hell of a lot more sense than “he wants power just cuz”.
Anyways. Here is a master-post link to all my Kylo Ren meta/theories :) They are long and they are many (cuz I’m complete trash whoops)
Body swap follow-up prompt: In retrospection, Peter could have handled that a little bit better. He leaves Stiles alone, thinking he's lost his chance, until he sees Stiles recklessly endangering himself in the name of saving his friends because of some Big Monster-of-the-Week. So, in secret, Peter takes care of the monster on his own. He tries to keep it a secret, not wanting people to think he's gone soft or expect him to keep helping, but Stiles finds out anyway.
A/N: previous parts can be found here. This is Part 4 of the Body Swap fics.
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Stiles doesn’t meet his eyes any more than he has to. Their first Pack meeting after sleeping together, Stiles doesn’t speak to him, doesn’t look at him. There are glances passed between them, and it isn’t only Derek who notices the tightness in Stiles’ shoulders or the set of Peter’s jaw. Scott keeps casting concerned looks at his friend, and Peter detests the knot of guilt he feels every time Stiles walks into a room.
They’re gathered around the living room, spread out and talking about what’s prowling the woods of the Preserve this time—stealing people in the night, drowning them, leaving the town in a panic. Peter watches Stiles furtively, only when no one is looking, sees the hardness in his expression and finds himself wanting to ease the furrow of his brow. Ply him with pleasure until he’s languid, lax, and unable to think about anything but Peter. It is a selfish desire that Peter struggles to deny himself.
“So what are we going to do to lure it out?” Boyd asks, arms crossed over his chest where he’s leaning against the brick.
At his side, Erica nods. “I mean, it’s not like we have its M.O.”
He seems to hesitate, lips thinning before he finally speaks. “Generally boys in the adolescent range. Dark hair, pale skin. Lighter eyes, but three out of four is still a better chance than anything else.”
“What do you mean?” Allison frowns over at him from where she’s at on the couch with Scott and Isaac.