Every hero needs at least one bitter rival. Sometimes it’s a former friend who has crossed over to the dark side. Sometimes it’s an evil shadow reflection of the hero themselves.
And sometimes it’s a rude classmate named Kit who’s getting a little too close to your bestie. As if Paola Santiago didn’t have enough to worry about.
As members of the Rainbow Rogues (the school’s alliance of LGBTQIA+ students), Kit and Pao’s best friend Emma have become increasingly close in recent months. Pao isn’t technically a member of the club, so she can’t really blame Kit for feeling a little possessive of Emma. But it doesn’t help that Kit is almost the exact opposite of Pao. Loud, flashy, and brazenly confident. Maybe these two just weren’t meant to get along.
Then again, with monsters and fantasmas stalking the group left and right, Kit may want to build some bridges with Pao and get on her good side before it’s too late.
We’ve all encountered that one bully who really, really wants to force a mean nickname. In Kit’s case, she’s adamant about making sure Pao is known forever to the rest of the Rainbow Rogues as “Straight Girl.” It’s not really an insult, but it doesn’t feel super accurate. After all, Pao’s feelings of jealousy toward Kit and Emma are getting harder to deny. Then again, she’s had crushes on boys before . . .
Who would have thought that battling fantasmas and finding a way to enter the void would somehow be less complicated than figuring out your own personal identity?
Rainbows Run Deep
Let’s say, hypothetically, Pao needed to take a trip to Texas to enter the void and rescue Dante. She would most likely need some backup. Her first choice would be Emma, of course. Emma may not be great in a fight, but she’s incredible at providing emotional support (and lectures on social justice, in case that ever comes in handy).
But now that Emma and Kit are practically joined at the hip, Pao wouldn’t be able to take just one of them on her quest. And whether she is making snide comments about Pao or asking too many nosy questions, Kit oozes bad vibes. We’re sure Pao would much rather have Los Niños de la Luz by her side, sometimes you have to take what you can get.
Rake it Up
Unless, that is, Kit is somehow able to hold her own against monsters. Turns out she can do some serious damage with just a garden-variety rake. Sure, it might not be a traditional ghost-hunting tool, but hey, if it works, it works. You can thank all that training at her weekly boffering club meetings.
No, we don’t know what boffering is, either.
Want to see more of Kit (despite everything you may have heard)? Be sure to pick up Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows, on sale August 2nd!