I’ve almost finished another rapid pass through my Phantom novel, putting in references to Meg’s sister–because I decided she did have one. Though I’m not 100% sure that won’t change again! But for now I’ve dropped in a few references to her sister Gabrielle, who died before the novel began, and even more references to the necklace Meg is wearing throughout the book now.
I realized this was an excellent opportunity to give Meg a tell-tale habitual gesture–and now she touches her necklace whenever she’s feeling lonely, alone or disappointed by her friends. And perhaps the excerpt below will explain why!
I wished I could talk to someone about the Phantom, really talk about the Phantom, but that someone was not ever going to be the police inspector. He was the last person I wanted to tell about the man in the mask.
“Meg Giry knows about the Phantom,” a voice announced. The words made me start and I turned my head to find the speaker. Jammes, of course. “Her mother is the Phantom’s boxkeeper.”
Enough gazes were directed towards me that Inspector Mifroid had no difficulty identifying me. He paced closer, pencil poised above the notebook’s open page. “Your name, mademoiselle?” He looked at me out of cold gray eyes that didn’t seem as comfortable and at ease as I had expected. A smirk still lingered in the corner of his mouth, but the eyes were serious. I felt myself go still and grow small under that gaze.
“Marguerite Giry,” I said, my voice sounding small too. My hand crept up to touch my necklace.
His gaze followed my hand and he said, “With a G, of course.”
I blinked, then realized he was looking at the G engraved on the small gold disk of my necklace. It was not for Giry. It was for Gabrielle. Somewhere my mother had a matching necklace with an M on it, my necklace, but I had worn Gabrielle’s ever since—well, for years.
I was as likely to tell the police inspector about Gabi as I was to tell him about the man in the mask. So I only said, “Yes.”