ftl wrote:MadZuri wrote:AFAIK nobody mentioned that possibility. You were the first to post about it, and it certainly seems likely. To me, it seems most likely.
Why do you think it seems likely?
The effects of the buds seemed like drug-induced hallucinations, not portals to something actually real. Jillian is obviously unsure, since she's the addicted one.
She seems to have had a Moment of Lucidity. Those happen. She may have glimpsed at the true nature of things, just briefly, before she had a chance to mess it up by trying to go through the shadows instead of looking through them. Cue Charlie. He has had hundreds of turns, possibly, of looking through those shadows. He is also aided by his own magic discipline and the most powerful thinkamancy tool in existence. This is why I think it is likely.