Bwa ha ha ha!! I just had a wonderful, delicious thought.
Back in IPTSF 54, Wanda told Jillian "You are Fated to croak the Ruler of Haffaton.
" Note how that is not the exact Prediction, since a)
it's not coming from a Predictamancer and b)
it doesn't have the word Predict in it. It has "Fated."
Previously, I'd been quibbling & arguing about how the actual Prediction could've been worded so that Jillian wasn't going to CROAK
Olive but just end her reign or stop her bid for world domination or whatever.
Here's my new quibble/idea: the Prediction was along the lines of "[The Warlady important to Wanda] will croak [the Ruler who the Emerald City belongs to]." Or, to clarify: Jillian will croak CHARLIE
Olive assumed the Prediction meant her or Judy, since Haffaton had claimed the city by the time the Prediction was made. Why didn't Olive abandon the city after hearing the Prediction? Two reasons: a)
she thought she could control Fate by staging things so that Judy got croaked, Olive takes over, happy days forever after for her, and b)
her Garden was there, and she couldn't move it or recreate it (the buds were made in a link with Olive, Tina & Maxwell, and they're both gone now), and Olive simply cannot imagine trying to take over Erfworld without her Buds these days.
But for all that Judy & Olive have been in el-EfBaum for so long, it's still not their city. They're just living there, you know? Charlie made the city, shaped it and designed it, left his mark on it from his turns as the Wizard. The city, deep in it's signamancy and in it's soul, belongs
So, what's it all mean?
- Olive's not guaranteed to die.
- Jillian will kill Charlie in the 3rd book.
- Parson will NOT kill Charlie in the 3rd book.