Skavel + Socks = Ridiculousness

Of all the things I can pick for these two to bicker over constantly, it’s socks. Why?

Skulduggery refuses to leave the house until he finds a matching pair of socks. Erskine just doesn’t care; if he doesn’t have any in his dresser, he grabs whatever from the basket of clean laundry. If he gets lucky, they look similar enough that Skulduggery won’t gripe about it, but more often than not, he ends up going to work with the most outrageous combinations that drive Ghastly and Tipstaff up the wall as well (that makes it a little bit better, Skulduggery supposes). One time he came in with a rainbow-coloured one (which was either a gift from Valkyrie or actually one of hers) and the other decorated with skulls. Valkyrie wouldn’t stop grinning at him, and when he was awake enough to realise the joke, neither would he.

“Why do I stand for this?”
“Because you love me?”
“Valkyrie keeps quoting that musical.”
“Which one? ‘I love my dead gay son?’”
“… Yes… that one.”

Valkyrie starts buying him socks with increasingly ridiculous patterns and he begins to put effort into either making sure they match or putting them in stupid combinations that make Skulduggery’s toes curl.

“People aren’t going to take you seriously.”
“You say that like a pair of odd socks is going to offend someone. Come on, you can hardly see them.”
“You’d be surprised at the lengths people will go to pick a fight.”
“Skulduggery, no one is going to seriously consider starting a war over psychedelic rainbow skull socks.“

New info about SPX:

(Everything taken from Derek’s twitter, but gathered together for easy reading!)

  • Omen Darkly is not the new main character; he joins the cast, but “it’s still Skul and Val.” [x]
  • Resurrection introduces a new character that Derek has been thinking of since 2004; it involved a strong, smart, capable, brave boy who was the only one able to stand against a wave of monstrous evil—the “Chosen One.” Omen Darkly… is the chosen one’s brother. [x]
  • “Omen is 14. He’s a nice kid. He doesn’t think much of himself, but that’s okay, because no one else thinks much of him either. He’s grown up in the shadow of his twin brother, Auger, the Chosen One. He views himself as the leftovers of a hero.” [x] [x]
  • The introduction of the Darkly brothers was to bring enthusiasm to the books again, in the form of someone younger, seeing as Val has changed significantly in the last five years. [x]
  • Derek is unsure if he’ll ever announce how many books will be in this second series. [x]
  • Once again, Demon Road and Skulduggery Pleasant are confirmed to be separate universes (something we already knew, but even still…) [x]
  • “Val has graduated to adulthood, as loathe as she is to accept it.” [x]
  • “Val is… reluctant to return.” [x]
  • He says China wouldn’t settle for being Grand Mage, and would become—or currently is—the “Supreme Mage.” It’s unclear if he’s joking. [x]
  • “The Darklys are what’s known as a Legacy Family, where all members are encouraged to take the same surname.“ [x]
  • New quote from the book: “Skulduggery,” she said, “do you really think that you being your own boss is wise? You’re an incredibly irresponsible person.” [x]

More will be added if more is revealed.