I actually intended for Chloe to end up with Simon, which is what you see in The Summoning. But as the characters developed, I realized that wasn’t what Chloe would want. Simon is the guy a mother would want for her daughter’s boyfriend–he’s an easy guy to be with. But Chloe needs someone who will challenge her more, push her to grow, and that’s Derek. She does the same for him, in a way she wouldn’t have done with Simon.
Kelley Armstrong on the progression of Chloe and Derek’s relationship [x]
How could a parent blame her child for not overcoming a mental illness? It was like pushing a reluctant student to get a passing grade. It was like blaming one with a learning disorder for not getting As.
He disappeared into the brush. I turned around. A couple minutes later, the leaves crackled as he came out.
“I’m decent,” he said. “Got my shorts on. Nothing you haven’t seen.”
My cheeks flamed at the memory, which was stupid, because seeing a guy in his boxers shouldn’t be any different than seeing him in swim trunks. I’d even seen guys in their underwear, pranking at camp by running around our cabins, and I’d laughed and hooted with the other girls. But none of the guys at camp had looked like Derek, with a muscular back, bulging biceps, and…
And that was enough of that. I looked away to scan the forest and took a few deep breaths of my own.