Once they go back to London to face the Spartoi a second time, I think Mircea pretty much confirms Cassie’s conviction that he still sees her as a child (in terms of agency anyway) in this chapter: “You are flesh, soft and sweet and yielding and vulnerable.” Ignoring the vaguely creepy phrasing - listen if a guy described me to my face like that I would be out of there so fast - it tells us pretty much everything we need to know about how Mircea sees Cassie. And then we get this big epic fight sequence where he has no choice but to work with Cassie, to stop trying to shield her whether she likes it or not, and it’s great! They’re finally working together and they make one hell of a power couple. So why can’t they keep on like this? Why doesn’t Mircea keep treating her with respect, instead of freaking out and avoiding her in TtS and then making demands from her like a subordinate in RtW? Maybe I’m mischaracterising this. I didn’t particularly like the Mircass scenes in RtW, so I haven’t reread them very closely. But from what I remember, this promising start trails off into nothing. I’ll come back to this, because I don’t wanna make sweeping statements only to have to contradict myself later when I scrutinise the later books properly, but it really seems to me like Mircea doesn’t want Cassie to be his equal. Anyway, for now, let’s just enjoy Mircea racing a speeding train:
“That turned out to be kind of lucky, because I staggered back against the front window, and a glance up reminded me that I’d forgotten something. Namely Mircea, who was pelting down the tunnel just ahead of the barreling locomotive. I didn’t see the Spartoi, who I really hoped were the train version of roadkill by now, but he was using vampire speed to stay out in front.
Sort of. It actually looked like he might be losing ground, which would explain the expression on his face when he turned to look at me over his shoulder. Cassandra, he mouthed, and, okay, I deserved that one.”
Mircea’s just so permanently in control, that I really enjoy the moments when he loses his cool a little.