Belinda's Timeline

Let's try and figure out the official timeline as set out in the 'Belinda Blinked' books. For now we are taking content from books 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Christmas chapters.

Belinda's interview at Steele's will be treated as Day one, and I will take cues from the chapters themselves to figure out what the rest of the chronology is. We will be including the extra information on Rocky's Website as canon also.

Also, if you liked this please follow me on Twitter!

Jump to a book

Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Book 4
BOOK INTRO

Belinda Blinked; 1

A modern story of sex, erotica and passion. How the sexiest sales girl in business earns her huge bonus by being the best at removing her high heels.

Length 69 pages

Published 2015

Chronology note: This is the begining of the series, and is treated as day one.

Day 1
Summary

Thursday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda interviews for Steele's Pots and Pans.
  • She is offered the position of Sales Director after stripping for the MD, HR Director and Giselle.
  • Belinda Blumenthal
  • Tony
  • Bill
  • Giselle

Plot notes

  • While the book never establishes the date this all takes place, we know this is 2015 from Belinda's CV.
  • Belinda has a staff of 28 to manage, which is never again addressed outside her Regional Sales Managers.

Three weeks later

Day 22
Summary

Thursday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda gets ready for her first Regional Sales Meeting
  • Tony and Giselle invite Belinda to the Leather Room
  • Bella

Continuity alert

  • On the previous day Giselle is said to be 26, on this day she is said to be 24.
  • During the afternoon, Belinda notes that her first 'Regional Sales Meeting' is in 12 hours, which would be 3am on Friday morning.

Plot notes

  • This day is said to be three weeks after her interview.
  • According to the bonus chapter on Rocky's Website, Bella is said to be around 40 - 41 years of age.
  • Belinda checks the time via a Town Hall Clock, given the location of Steele's Pots and Pans (Heathrow International Airport, see next day for more) this seems like an impossibility.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda arranges to go to the Charity BBQ and Tombola this Sunday (Day 25).
  • Bella asks Belinda to come to her place at 9:00 pm on Friday (Day 31).
Day 23
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda has her first 'Regional Sales Meeting' with the Regional Sales Managers (RSMs)
  • The team have their lunch in the local pub (in Heathrow?) 'The Bull in the Rushes'
  • Belinda, Bella, Giselle and the RSMs engage in some public nudity in the 'Long Bar', located at The Pentra Hotel.
  • Jim Thompson
  • Des Martin
  • Dave Wilcox
  • Patrick O'Hamlin
  • Ken Dewsbury
  • Donna (?)

Continuity alert

  • Bella is mistakenly called 'Donna' a few times, either that or Donna is a new character.

Reality check

  • The office is said to be so close to Heathrow that taxis won't take a fare. The TFL website outlines that there is no minimum distance for a journey. The minimum fare from TFL is £2.60 which covers 234.8 metres or 50.4 seconds. This means that Steele's Pots and Pans offices has to be less than 234.8 meters from Heathrow. No terminal is mentioned in particular.
  • Getting naked in a hotel bar would likely result in an arrest.
Day 24
Summary

Saturday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda tours the 'cookshops' of London's Oxford Street.
  • In the evening she researched the people attending the upcoming BBQ & Tombola.
  • None
Day 25
Day 25
Summary

Sunday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda 'motors' to Windsor and checks into The Horse & Jockey B&B.
  • Belinda and Tony travel to the Chairmans house
  • 3.00pm - Belinda is placed in the maze and Bella & Giselle are placed nearby
  • 3.00pm - Belinda encounters Alfonse Stirbacker
  • 3:00pm - Bella entertains Clarence and is later discovered by the Duchess
  • 3.20pm - Belinda squats for Jim Stirling
  • 3:40pm - Belinda becomes spiritually tethered to Peter Rouse
  • 4:00pm - Giselle begins to entertain the three Irish McDonagh brothers
  • 4:00pm - Belinda attends the Tombola and is won for £200 by The Duchess
  • Belinda travels to a Motel with The Duchess
  • 8:00pm - Belinda arrives at the Horse and Jockey
  • 8:10pm - Belinda has dinner
  • 11:00pm - Belinda returns to the lobby to meet Peter Rouse
  • 11:30pm - Peter Rouse arrives
  • 11:50am - Belinda and Peter put on a show in the hotel lobby
  • 1:00am - Belinda watches Peter as he sleeps for an hour
  • Belinda entertains Sam (The Youngish Man)
  • Alfonse Stirbacker
  • Jim Stirling
  • Peter Rouse
  • The Duchess of Epsom
  • Clarence, The Duke of Epsom
  • Sam
  • Sean McDonagh
  • Kevin McDonagh
  • Danny McDonagh

Continuity alert

  • Tony tells Belinda she will be in the maze for just under 2 hours, but she only spends an hour there at most.
  • Ok, so the three Glee team members start entertaining guests at the same time. Belinda entertains three people in an hour (given each of them were with her for 20 minutes). Giselle later tells Belinda that she did nothing for the first hour. After an hour, Belinda leaves the Maze and mentions seeing Giselle, but at that time she would have only been meeting the McDonagh brothers.
  • When Belinda leaves the Duchess (at around 7-8pm), she notes that in four or five hours time her 12-hour contract will have expired. At that point she was at most 3 hours into the contract. Her calculations are way off, it would have expired around 4-5am.

Plot notes

  • Chapters 4 - 11 are spent almost entirely on this single day, 50% of the book is spent on Day 25 in this story.
  • First mention of the Glee Team
  • Giselle reveals her degenerative hair condition.

Foreshadowing

  • Belinda becomes spiritually linked to Peter Rouse, via an agreement to become his sex slave and ancient symbols.
  • First mention of Peter Rouses wife, Chris. Albeit not by name.

Reality check

  • Again, Belinda would likely have had the police called on her for public nudity and lewdness in the hotel with Peter.
  • The podcast establishes well the fact that Peter could not have grabbed her cervix, but it bears repeating.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda arranges to meet Alfonse Stirbacker in Brussels but doesn't confirm a date.
  • Jim Stirling asks for Belinda to visit Texas. Belinda says she will in 'three weeks time', putting the visit around Day 46.
  • Peter Rouse asks to meet Belinda at 11:30pm in the Horse and Jockey.
  • Belinda arranges to visit Peter in Amsterdam next Thursday (Day 29).
Day 26
Summary

Monday - Date unknown (2015)

  • 06:30am - Belinda wakes and leaves 'The Horse and Jockey'.
  • Belinda returns to the Duchess for one last farewell.
  • 9:30am - Belinda returns to Steeles Pots and Pans
  • None

Plot notes

  • The Duchess becomes Belinda's slave.
  • Belinda notes that she was going to return the riding gear belonging to the Duchess, but Belinda doesn't seem to actually end up returning it.

Reality check

  • Sam was working at least 10 hours straight, most likely longer given we don't know the start or end of his shift.
  • The Duchess had been chained up and abandoned (and also sound asleep) for around 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda and the Duchess arrange to meet in 3 weeks time on the Isle of "Whyte", this would be on Day 47.
BOOK INTRO

Belinda Blinked; 2

The continuing story of, dripping sex, passion and big business deals.: Keep following the sexiest sales girl in business as she earns her huge bonus by removing her silk blouse.

Length 120 pages

Published 2016

Chronology note: Book two begins during day 26, which will continue below.

Day 26
Summary

Monday - Continued - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda meets with Tony
  • Belinda and Giselle go to The Ritz Spa
  • Giselle tells Belinda her side of the Tombola affair
  • None

Plot notes

  • Giselle and Belinda deepen their friendship.

Reality check

  • There is no mention of Belinda having Breakfast before going on to have four glasses of Champagne on an empty stomach at the Ritz. Rough.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Belinda and Giselle agree that the Irish are hard to pin down and squirm "like worms".
Day 29
Summary

Thursday - Date unknown (2015)

  • 3:30pm - Belinda arrives in Amsterdam(mmmm)
  • Before 4:00pm - Belinda meets Christina
  • 4:00pm - Belinda meets Dr. Robbins and Helga
  • 5:30pm - Belinda meets Peter Rouse
  • 8:00pm - Belinda visits the restaurant with Peter
  • Belinda meets Grigor, Lara and the Countess at the casino
  • Belinda leaves the casino with Grigor, and goes to the Zara's Club
  • Dr. Robbins
  • Christina Rouse
  • Helga
  • Grigor Calanski
  • Lara
  • The Countess Zara of Leningrad

Continuity alert

  • Sometime after 5pm Belinda notes that the sun is setting. If the sun were to set in Amsterdam between 5pm and 6pm it would mean this day would have taken place between October or November. For reasons we will see later, this is an impossibility.
  • The NHS recommend that people shouldn't drink more than 14 units of alcohol in a week. Belinda drank somewhere in the region of 17 units at dinner with Peter. (1 bottle of red wine, 350ml of port, 1 Campari)

Plot notes

  • First mention of any of Belinda's friends, who are briefly described as being "unusual but good fun".
  • Grigor is the 'largest' supplier of Vodka to Peter's organisation. In book one its only established that his company sells kitchenware in a few countries.

Reality check

  • It remains unclear why Peter Rouse's company would be under the frequent threat of terrorist attacks.
  • For five minutes straight Dr. Robbins says nothing, hums and hops from one foot to another while he simply observed her. Five minutes. This would be alarming to a regular person.
  • Belinda astutely notes that "Russia is a big place". Belinda is correct in that Russia is indeed a big place, however it is not a continent as she goes on to say.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Belinda notes that all Scottish MPs dress in Harris Tweet.
  • Lara notes that English women are "Beautiful, but stupid". Belinda doesn't dispute this.
Day 30
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Peter drops Belinda off at the Airport to return to London
  • Belinda meets the Dutch women heading to London ahead of the conference
  • Belinda meets Hazel
  • Des threatens to leave Steeles but Belinda manages to prevent him from doing so
  • Belinda catches up with Tony and Giselle
  • The Glee team meet Sir James Godwin at the Pentra
  • Bella recounts her time with Lord Duke Clarence
  • Betty Wilkes
  • Vicky Woods
  • Hazel
  • Sir James Godwin (Previously mentioned but never met)

Continuity alert

  • While the time that Belinda arrives at the Airport is not stated during the chapter, Peter told her she was returning on the 'late afternoon flight'. How come all the clothing stores are closed in the late afternoon on a Friday?
  • Giselle says that you can get a taxi between Heathrow and Steeles 'easily', when in Book 1 Chapter 1 it is explicitly said that you can't.

Plot notes

  • Belinda thinks the women bound for London were "trampishly" dressed. This is a bit rich. She turned up to the airport with no underwear wearing 'tired' shoes and by her own admission needed to buy new clothes to make herself presentable for the flight.
  • Belinda notes that Tony gets angry every time she has to write off a car, suggesting it has happened at least 2 or more times. She has only been working for the company 29 days.
  • Belinda asks the Glee Team to do a 'regional sales manager stunt' for Sir James. He isn't a regional sales manager, nor are the Glee team and the Regional Sales Managers themselves aren't present.
  • Sir James reveals that Christina Rouse is the same "Cris" that Belinda met in the elevator. Also, that she is his niece.

Reality check

  • In one of the few instances in which Belinda has to offer to buy someone a drink, she immediately tries to cheap out and buy them tea.
  • The Pentra was described as being jam-packed, which is unsurprising as it is a bar at London Heathrow Airport on a Friday evening. Sir James and the Glee Team's antics would once again lead to an arrest.
  • Belinda drank at least three G&T's and six glasses of Chardonnay today, but likely more given some of the glasses were filled 'to the brim' and at one point its said they finished a bottle without giving glass amounts.
  • Bella thought "Talk about the relief of Mafeking." while Sir James molested her. Over 2,800 people died during the Seige/Relief of Mafeking and is an absurd throwaway comment to associate with this encounter.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda arranges to give a presentation at the O2 Arena.
  • Grigor Calanski is said to be visiting in 10 days time for an evening dinner, which would be on day 40 (a Monday).
  • Bella mentions that Belinda will be going to Texas next week.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Belinda thinks all Dutch people dress in a certain way.
Day 31
Summary

Saturday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and Bella wake up having spent the night together in Bella's place.
  • Belinda and Bella travel to Forsters of Knightsbridge where they buy horse riding outfits.
  • Cedric the 'Retainer'
  • Adaam
  • Samantha

Plot notes

  • The 'difference' between Belinda and Bella's salary is £4,000, placing Bella's receptionist salary at £81,000. The average salary in London for a receptionist is £26,000.
  • The Duchess is from Epsom, the first mention of this in the books.
  • Belinda comments that she hadn't had a threesome in some time. She had one two days ago in Amsterdam with Grigor and Zara.
  • Bella spends £1,000 on a horse riding outfit that she has no use for.
  • Bella lives 20 minutes from Knightsbridge via the Underground, placing her within Central London (within zones 1-2 most likely)
  • Belinda mentions her father is a 'wine and spirits buff'. First mention of her father.

Foreshadowing

  • Belinda instigated this wild spending spree, possibly hinting at her having extra cash from being 'The Special One'?
  • Belinda owning this horse riding outfit will come into play in future chapters.

Reality check

  • Bella is said to have had two bacon sandwiches in the cafe while waiting for the tube. I struggle to think of a tube line in Zone 1 - 2 that would be so infrequent that would allow for two sandwiches to be bought and consumed.
  • Belinda and Bella were only in Forsters 30 minutes or so by the time they had drank a full bottle of champagne. It took 20 minutes for them to drink a second bottle and to have opened a third.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Back on Day 22 Bella invited Belinda to her place at 9pm on Day 30. Them waking up together today shows that Rocky was correct in setting up and paying this off.
Day 33
Summary

Monday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and Bella travel to Texas to meet Jim Sterling.
  • They encounter Hazel, who takes them to a staff break area.
  • They arrive in Jim's hotel late in the evening and have a meal.
  • Jim returns late in the night and confides in Belinda that he has had surgery.
  • No new characters

Continuity alert

  • Belinda was scheduled to visit Texas three weeks after she met Jim in the Maze, however she ended up going barely 8 days after she met him.

Plot notes

  • Belinda seems to have kept in touch with Hazel, after meeting her last week.
  • The last time we saw Jim was on day 25 (ten days ago). Meaning he has had incredibly little time to travel to Brazil, have the procedure and recover before meeting Belinda that night.
  • Blue. Semen.

Reality check

  • Belinda and Bella had drank two bottles of Champagne and opened a third before meeting Hazel. They ordered another bottle after meeting Hazel.
  • They have traveled to Texas without confirming the meeting.
  • Jim is said to have "pushed through to her ovaries" during sex. I'm not going to add any note but just reference this outrageous statement.
  • Belinda says she spent £1,000 on that personal trainer. In a previous chapter Belinda said she had 6 hours worth of sessions.

Foreshadowing

  • Jim mentions his Doctor Pal, who we go on to learn is Dr. Ourigues.
Day 34
Summary

Tuesday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and Bella have breakfast at Hanks hotel
  • Belinda, Bella, Jim and Hank attend a meeting
  • Belinda attends a soccer game with Hank, then goes to an Italian restaurant with him
  • Sydney
  • Hank Skank

Plot notes

  • Belinda once again strips and has sex with someone in a public setting.

Reality check

  • Belinda and Hank drank two carafes of red and white wine with dinner. Then ordered two bottles and drank them after the meal. They took a further two bottles of wine with them to the hotel. If a standard carafe of wine is 500ml this would amount to them sharing 4 litres of wine over the course of the evening. Which is excessive to say the least.
  • Hank "ripped her dress in two" but Belinda was somehow able to "fiddle with it" and make it presentable for the trip to the hotel
Day 35
Summary

Wednesday - Date unknown (2015)

  • 10:30am - Belinda and Bella complete their meeting with Jim and Hank
  • Belinda, Bella, Jim, Sydney and Hank are flown by Virgil to the Lazy P Ranch
  • 3:00pm - Jim, Hank and Sydney are flown away, leaving Belinda and Bella with the Ranch hands
  • That evening Belinda and Bella fly to London
  • Virgil
  • Chuck
  • Doug

Plot notes

  • Jim is plotting to lure Bella to his company to be his VP in Brazil. Somehow the manufacturing deal he would make with Steele's would include this, according to Jim.
  • Belinda was so impressed by how the receptionist Bella conducted herself that she wants to promote her to being a Key Account Manager.
Day 36
Summary

Thursday - Date unknown (2015)

  • 3:55pm - Belinda returns to Steeles Pots and Pans and demands a promotion for Bella
  • None

Plot notes

  • Belinda has accepted job orders that Steele's is incapable of completing, as Tony notes. Belinda seems be unaware of their limits.

Foreshadowing

  • Tony questions whether Belinda is a "real person", furthering the notion that she is either an android or an alien.
BOOK INTRO

Belinda Blinked; 3:

The continuing erotic story of sexual activity, dripping action and even bigger business deals as Belinda relentlessly continues to earn her huge bonus.

Length 64 pages

Published 2017

Chronology note: Book three begins during day 36, which will continue below.

Day 36
Summary

Thursday - Continued - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda learns of Tony and Giselles's engagement
  • Bella is promoted to Key Account Manager
  • None

Plot notes

  • Bella accepted a new position without any sort of job description.

Foreshadowing

  • Tony and Giselle are officially engaged.

Reality check

  • The promotion of Bella would be a HR nightmare. No other candidates interviewed or considered, no job description or discussion in any sort of detail.
  • As Giselle was falling over herself to show off the engagement ring, we can assume she got engaged very recently and hadn't happened a long time ago.
Day 37
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda gives her presentation at the Millennium Dome Building
  • Belinda takes a taxi back to Steele's to debrief Tony
  • Belinda meets The Duchess at the Ritz Spa
  • They drive to Epsom Hall and the Duchess introduces Belinda to her private 'Boudoir'
  • Belinda attends the dinner and meets several of the Duchesses esteemed guests
  • Belinda gets dressed up in anticipation of spending the night with the Duchess, but is given the cold shoulder.
  • Alfie
  • Tara Gold
  • Jim Walters
  • Norman Asquith
  • Chiara Monteague

Continuity alert

  • Belinda has given away 20,000 woks which is considerably more units than she has sold. As of this day, she has only shifted at most 8,000 units of stock and some of those were utensils which would cost less than a wok.
  • In the mudroom, Belinda notes that this was the first time she had relaxed all week. Not two days ago she was by a pool in Texas doing what can only be described as heavy relaxing.
  • Belinda says today is her only free afternoon for the next few weeks. However, two paragraphs later she says she is doing nothing for the next two days.

Plot notes

  • Belinda's speech was 74 words long.

Foreshadowing

  • The Duchess offers a toast to the Queen, who we will later learn has a close connection to her.

Belinda's Calendar

  • The Duchess references the shindig on the Isle of Whyte, which was referenced on day 25 and is still "scheduled" for day 47.

Reality check

  • The DLR does not service the O2 Arena / Millennium Dome Building. If Belinda leapt off it and into the Millennium Dome Building she would need to leap over the river Thames or leap onto the Jubilee line.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Sir James refers to the French as 'frogs' and won't have anything to do with them.
Day 38
Summary

Saturday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and the Duchess attend the under-nineteen ladies show jumping trials event in Batwood park.
  • 6:30pm - Belinda and the Duchess return to Epsom
  • Belinda leaves the Duchess at Epsom Manor and returns to London
  • Belinda crashes her car between Epsom and London
  • Penelope Pollet
  • Katerina Pollet
  • Marko Ourigues

Continuity alert

  • Belinda was supposed to stay for the weekend, but ended up barely staying 24 hours.
  • Belinda crashed her car somewhere between Epsom and London. Epsom is about 20 miles south-west of London. Belinda notes that "there isn't a soul for 25 miles", which would mean that a massive amount of London would be abandoned for that statement to be true.
  • While on Dr. Ourigues rug, Belinda notes that she doesn't want wine stains ruining her jacket. The previous sentence describes Belinda drinking a caipirinha cocktail, wine was never mentioned.

Plot notes

  • The show jumping event was taking place shortly after breakfast, but they were drinking G&T's and "ice cold" Australian chardonnay throughout.
  • The Duchess was naked when Belinda tossed her from the car onto gravel and sped off. This seems to be a rather harsh treatment of her mistress.
  • Dr. Ourigues sees Belinda in a wing view mirror, indicating he drove past her (while clearly seeing her, she was in the middle of the road) and upon seeing her in the wing view mirror stopped to offer assistance.
  • Belinda downplays the state of her car as having only a "flat tire", however it was described earlier as being "smoking" and a "wreckage".
  • Jim Sterling seems to have told Marko all about Belinda and Bella when he had his surgery somewhere in the past few weeks. Although Marko recognised her breasts first and foremost, which raises lots of questions.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Penelope Pollet makes a vague arrangement for Belinda to visit Paris to secure the deal with Fivecarre.
  • Dr. Ourigues asks Belinda to visit him in Rio. Much later in the first Christmas Chapter , Belinda is said to be going to Brazil for a Holiday.

Reality check

  • Belinda seems to be hiring her Mercedes long term, rather than leasing it out.
  • The Duchess was delirious after her encounter with Belinda in the car, which might suggest deeper physical or mental health issues.
  • This is at least the third time a car has been totalled since Belinda joined the staff of Steele's 38 days ago. The last time she thought about written off cars she said "Tony always got mad when she had to report a written off car to him", suggesting that at that point she had done it two times or more.
Day 40
Summary

Monday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda visits Claus Bloch at the Grosvenor Hotel
  • Claus Bloch

Continuity alert

  • This day has no explicit placement in the story, but is between day 38 (Saturday) and day 41 (Tuesday). It is most likely the Monday (day 40) because Belinda is having a business meeting (unlikely on a Sunday) the next Chapter is a Tuesday.
  • Today was supposed to be the day Grigor Calanski visited London (10 days after encountering Belinda on day 30).

Plot notes

  • First solid bit of Belinda's backstory with the revelation she is from Kent.
  • After lunch, Belinda calls the lunch spectacular noting that she knows her exotic food. She had fish mousse and champagne. Wouldn't describe that as exotic.

Reality check

  • Again, sex in a public location. Don't know why I bother anymore.
Day 41
Summary

Tuesday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda travels to Brussels to visit Alfonse Stirbacker.
  • Belinda has lunch with Alfonse
  • Business with Stirbacker is concluded with an order for 7,000 units
  • Belinda and Alfonse take a tour of Madame Madeline Chocolat's factory
  • Belinda and Alfonse visit a private members club for the evening
  • Alfonse accompanies Belinda to her hotel
  • Madeline Chocolat
  • Monsieur Rideaux
  • Aldo Fellini

Plot notes

  • Belinda notes how far the business has moved on since the events at the maze. Her achievements are particularly notable since that was only 16 days ago.
  • The private members club "game" consisted of:
    • The women standing on chairs
    • The men taking off their clothes
    • The women taking off their clothes
    • The women getting off the chair
    • The men help the women onto tables
  • Their clothes were taken away from the guests "unbeknownst to them". Reasons for their clothes being donated were never made clear and would be fairly inconvenient as the participants didn't come prepared for this.

Reality check

  • When Belinda gets into the Quantro flavoured chocolate pool, the alcohol is described as being so strong that Belinda 'swooned' and had to be saved from being submerged in the chocolate. If the level of alcohol in the chocolate is so high that it's causing people in the factory to faint you might want to revisit your quantities.
  • Having a chocolate pool especially for personal/sex use indicates a level of wealth and abandon that is almost admirable. Who cleans it? Is it filled with expensive liquid chocolate every day?

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda arranges to visit one of her RSM's on Thursday, and to do paperwork on Friday.

Crime alert

  • Alfonse hoping the video of Madeline and Belinda having sex would appear on YouTube would not only violate YouTube's terms of service, but also constitute a crime as he doesn't seem to indicate caring about their consent. It's clearly stated nobody else was in the control room so only he would have access to the footage.
Day 42
Summary

Wednesday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda flies from Brussels to Yorkshire to meet Ken Dewsbury
  • Belinda and Ken travel to the Shakespeare Retail Stores headquarters
  • Belinda and Ken travel to his spare flat in Leeds
  • Ken attempts to record his evening with Belinda in his basement flat
  • Andy Milston
  • Ethel

Plot notes

  • The "big crisis" with Shakespeare seems to be Steele's Pots and Pans ignoring lorry drivers(?)
  • Andy Milston mistakes the term 'bareback' for 'commando' when describing Belinda's lack of underwear
  • Andy claimed to have never been unfaithful to his wife before. That being said he was ok with having a sexual encounter with Belinda for over 30 minutes in front of a large glass window through which all his employees could see. Poor Mrs. Miltson.
  • There were 24 separate camera feeds from the flat in Ken's AV system
  • Belinda is clearly consenting to being recorded this time, which avoids any pesky crime allegations for Ken. Although he was trying to do it secretly which means he didn't care for her consent.

Reality check

  • The cameras wires were "stapled to the walls" and the cameras themselves were visibly blinking red. I'm not sure on what planet Ken thought he was being discreet.
Day 43
Summary

Thursday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda does some paperwork at Steele's
  • Maeve

Plot notes

  • Hazel is going to be brought along for Giselle's hen party despite only knowing Belinda 12 days and never meeting Giselle (as far as the books show).
Day 44
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • The Glee Team enjoy some drinks at the Pentra before meeting Hazel
  • Giselle receives a promotion to Key Account Manager for the Russian account
  • The Glee Team depart London for Malaga Airport, Spain.
  • The Glee Team begin the hen weekend on the Torremolinos Strip by harassing a Barman
  • They meet "Butch, the sunburnt kid".
  • Paddy the Barman
  • Miguel the Barman
  • "Butch"

Continuity alert

  • Today begins "days later" but the chapter makes it clear this day takes place directly after day 43.
  • Giselle mentions that herself, Bella and Belinda have all had promotions recently. Belinda has not been promoted recently, she was hired 44 days ago but not promoted since.

Plot notes

  • Giselle is promoted to handle the Russian account, however no deal has been done with them and Grigor has yet to visit London.
  • This seems like an unusual place to tell Giselle she had been promoted. She was also shocked and apparently not informed this was a possibility.
  • It remains unclear what sort of hotel training Miguel would have to receive to be allowed to sexually interact with guests during working hours. One would imagine that would be prohibited?

Foreshadowing

  • Giselle receives a promotion, the Special One was said to have recently been promoted.

Reality check

  • There is no weekend edition of the Guardian.
  • Giselle is being whisked off to Spain without any clothes or belongings. She was only meeting the Glee Team at the Pentra (during working hours, 3:22pm) for a drink. She was promoted and abducted to Spain instead.
  • In the time it took Bella to slide from her chair to the floor, Butch somehow managed to jump ashore and catch her from falling. Either she was sliding incredibly slowly or Butch was unrealistically fast.
  • As if congratulating her self restraint, Giselle notes that Tony would have preferred her abstain from young flesh before the wedding. Minutes earlier she had preformed oral sex on Butch.

One week later

Day 51
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and Des travel to Bargain Basement Land
  • Greta entertains Belinda while Des takes photos of the stock
  • Belinda and Des return to Belinda's central London flat
  • Greta
  • Hans

Plot notes

  • A full week has passed since the last time we saw Belinda.
  • Des Martins divorce has almost been finalised, continuing his descent.

Foreshadowing

  • First mention of Bisch, as a competitor and Des Martin's previous employer.

Reality check

  • She was only in Spain for the weekend but is still suffering from a hangover caused by it. She would have returned to London five days ago.
  • Des Martin is said to have taken a few minutes to clear his head of Belinda's breasts before responding. A few minutes? Did he just stand there silent the whole time?
  • Belinda only expects to get one weeks use out of her silk blouses, calling them "rags". Seems like she's either buying exceptionally low quality clothes, or is wearing them out at a crazy fast rate.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Belinda generalises that all Japanese underwear is too small for herself.
BOOK INTRO

Belinda Blinked 4;:

An erotic story of sexual prowess, sexy characters and even bigger business deals whilst the darkness increases;

Length 82 pages

Published 2018

Series-level continuity note: It is clearly established that the Herr Bisch meeting takes place "two weeks" after Belinda entertained Des on her water-bed on Day 51 (at the end of book 3). However, book four starts immediately after Belinda's water bed incident meaning the infamous Herr Bisch meeting with the Special One takes place chronologically at the same time as the end of book 4.

Chronology note: Book four begins on Friday day 51, which will be continued below.

Day 51
Summary

Friday - Continued - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda mails used underwear to her main customers
  • None

Continuity alert

  • Tony and Giselle's wedding is tomorrow. They were engaged on day 36, which was just 15 days ago.

Plot notes

  • Belinda says that she was very, very bored of paperwork. I'm not sure mailing panties to creepy men counts as paperwork. Also, she had been to Bargain Basement land AND entertained Des Martin at her place earlier in this day. She has certainly not been doing work all day.
  • Belinda is said to have nodded off on one leg, while taking off a pair of underwear. I'm not sure about you but when I am taking off underwear I am usually on one leg for a moment or two. Certainly not long enough to fall asleep.
Day 52
Summary

Saturday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda entertains Chiara in her Penthouse apartment
  • Belinda seemingly confirms the existence of god in the church car park
  • Belinda attends the wedding of Tony and Giselle
  • Tony's brother George is reunited with his family
  • Belinda meets the Countess Zara and Grigor
  • Belinda destroys the wedding cake with Jim Sterling by exuberantly having sex in front of it
  • Belinda encounters Doctor Robbins, Helga and the Rouses
  • Helga reveals that she is an F.B.I. agent
  • God
  • Mrs. Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz
  • Mr. Silvester
  • George Silvester

Continuity alert

  • Belinda makes a statement in her mind to God who nods in reply. (!) Belinda has a direct line to god and it's given less page time than her fucking underwear.

Plot notes

  • While Rocky starts with the day with "Fast forward", we have only advanced about 18 hours
  • Belinda still has the Jaguar car she got after writing off her old Mercedes.
  • Giselle's mother isn't actively suffering from the genital disease, as Belinda astutely notes
  • Belinda thinks to herself that Tony's Brother "wouldn't dare" when he attends the wedding. Given it turns out she knew who he was, it's a strange reaction to have.
  • Tony's hand was "firmly planted in Giselle's buttocks" as they walked out of the church. As she was wearing a wedding gown she would either need a backless dress or his hand would have to be stuck up her dress train to do this. Not the most discreet look, however Bella and Belinda were just frigging each-other off so who bloody knows.
  • Tony's brother George was in the SAS, and then until six years ago was a mercenary for a security company. Nothing is said about what he was doing in the six years before coming back to Tony or why he continued to 'play dead'.
  • Belinda notes that happiness moves the bowels. Disgusting.
  • Belinda notes that Jim Sterling's penis has aged in the 20 days since she last saw him.
  • Helga wears a fleece cocktail dress.

Foreshadowing

  • Of her wedding, Giselle notes that she has "worked years to achieve this result" and that it was "another step in her life plan".
  • Tony is mentioned as being an army man, but given the ending to this book, he mustn't be very observant.
  • Many comments are made about Maeve not being trustworthy, despite being shown no evidence of this.
  • Sir James mentions Bisch again in his Best Man speech at the wedding, causing Bella to cough into her champagne.

Reality check

  • Engagement periods normally last longer than 16 days.
  • Belinda notes that she could see Giselle's nipples quivering the notes of the music as she walked up the aisle. Unless her nipples were made of some metal how would that be possible? Also, how revealing would her dress be if that was the case?
  • Bella and Belinda fingering each other during the wedding ceremony (to the point where there is a translucent patch in Bella's dress) would be obscene were it not for the fact that this is a Steele's wedding
  • After they were married, Tony and Giselle are noted as kissing "inappropriately", what does this mean? Were they like, really going to town on each other or something?
  • Maeve was justifiably not invited to the wedding, as she only started working for Steele's 9 days ago. That being said, people are attending this wedding who absolutely shouldn't be here.
  • Zara tries to recruit Maeve as a prostitute, promising her 'riches and spice' despite having called her shifty and untrustworthy in the previous sentence. Important to note that Zara didn't say "spices", and said "spice" singular, which is also a type of drug.
  • Shockingly, the F.B.I. actually does have overseas offices, just none (officially listed) in Amsterdam. They also do conduct international investigations although whether they care about pots and pans remains to be seen.
  • Helga's mission is to protect US companies from Russian espionage. Steele's isn't an American company and Bisch isn't Russian.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Grigor calls Maeve a 'leprechaun' and addresses her by her nationality rather than her name.

Belinda's Calendar

  • The Steele's AGM is next week.

Belinda Bitched

  • In a fairly cruel move, Belinda lets Chiara believe she is coming to the wedding until the last moment. She let Chiara come over, bathe, get into her own dress and presumably do her hair and makeup before telling her she wasn't invited causing her to break into tears. Chiara isn't the most endearing character but that's cold. After telling her she wasn't invited she tells Chiara she doesn't care if she stays or leaves and slams the "padlocked fire door" shut.
  • Belinda calls Bella a dog.
  • Belinda doesn't listen to Bella even though she was speaking directly to her.
  • In a further "fuck you" to Chiara, Belinda destroys the dress Chiara designed for her opting instead to wear a tablecloth
Day 53
Summary

Sunday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda goes to the Ritz hotel to meet The Duchess and the Contessa Luccia Lorenzo
  • We learn that Sam (the youngish man) now works for Ritz Hotel as a bar manager
  • Belinda, The Duchess and Luccia attend the underground tavern Buckleys
  • Luccia and Belinda proceed into the back rooms, where they take drugs in an unconventional manner with Zachariah
  • Contessa Luccia Lorenzo
  • Zachariah

Continuity alert

  • Today is referenced as being "a week or so" after the charity shag session in Brussels where she met Aldo Felini. That event took place on day 41 and the earliest today could be is day 54. As the next day appears to be a Monday with Belinda returning to work, we are making the minor assumption that this day follows on from the previous one as no jump in time is given (and Rocky does usually indicate if a passage of time has happened).

Plot notes

  • I would just like to say on a personal level that the entire "blowing smoke up the ladies vaginas and asses" thing was a bit too much for me.
  • Let's never forget that Zachariah blew smoke up into the Contessa Luccia's asshole for several minutes and "crimped it shut". After which Luccia expelled the vapour into Belinda's vagina. The Contessa farted into Belinda's vagina. We all read this, it happened.
  • Things have gotten worse for Des Martin, who answers Belinda's call in the middle of a Sunday night and agrees to act as her personal driver. The inclusion of him wearing a chauffeurs hat either suggests he actually does this part-time or it's a regular thing he does to please Belinda (not sure which is worse for him). He is also now living out of a bedsit for one.

Reality check

  • We last saw Sam on day 25. In a mere 28 days Sam has moved to London, been hired by the Ritz and progressed to the rank of Manager. Given he was doing night shift work at a local B&B this is quite the promotion.
  • It was said that "carbon monoxide vapours" slowly rose to the ceiling from under the cushions. It's not said that they were part of the 'pyrotechnic' display nor why cushions are emitting carbon monoxide. This should be checked out as they are in an underground vault with little ventilation and that shit can kill you.
  • The Tamarix Flute is alleged to be a myth and a totally safe drug. Rocky is going to some lengths to give Belinda a sexy vice that isn't bad or realistic.
  • Vaginal smoking is said to be a tradition in Java so, erm, go you Rocky I guess.
  • Belinda manually dials out Des Martins number on her iPhone, suggesting she cares so little for him she won't even save him on her device.
  • Belinda and Sam have sex on the stainless steel countertops of the Ritz hotels' kitchen. Given most hotels offer 24-hour room service there must have been staff silently bearing witness to the couples exploits.

Racism/generalisation alert

  • Zachariah calls the ladies "creatures of the puff" which last time I checked was hate speech (I've been called a creature of the puff many times and it never stops hurting).
Day 54
Summary

Monday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda attends a crisis meeting at Steele's
  • Sir James confirms the existence of the Tri-Oxy Brillo range to Tony and Belinda
  • They agree to hire an MI6 contact of Jim Walters, whom Belinda met on Day 37
  • Belinda goes to meet James Spooner at the Pentra Hotel
  • Belinda and Spooner spend the night together at the Hotel
  • James Spooner

Continuity alert

  • This day appears to follow on directly after the previous chapter.

Plot notes

  • Belinda arrives at work at 4:09 pm, over seven hours late for work. She had stayed in Central London the night before so no real explanation is given.
  • Tony had to cut his honeymoon short to attend the meeting, he likely left for the honeymoon yesterday (Sunday) meaning he would have barely even gotten to where he was going.
  • There is no reason why Belinda, Tony and Sir James should have ruled themselves out of being 'The Special One'. They have no information which clears any of them and their blind trust in each other could have been a big problem.
  • Belinda and Tony entirely rule out anyone other than Bisch being the source of the mole for no reason. The main reason that they suspected Herr Bisch's company is that Berlin seemed to be in close proximity to Helga's Amsterdam office (they circled the words Berlin and Amsterdam together and said "bingo". I know, I have no idea either.
  • Belinda is described as "leaving for London" to meet Spooner, however, she is already in greater London and the Pentra is within 240 meters of her office.
  • Belinda was only meeting James Spooner to hire him, why is she staying at the hotel? She lives in central London.
  • Belinda's brain is described as "weeping". Suggesting it either feels emotions independently of Belinda's consciousness or is physically weeping and secreting some fluids. Neither is a good thing.
  • When Spooner turns the laser on Belinda she suddenly realises the possibility that he may not be who he claimed to be. Displaying that Belinda did nothing to authenticate him and could have been easily led astray and killed.
  • Spooner stripped Belinda in the hallway of a Hotel, possibly in front of staff and other guests.

Foreshadowing

  • Sir James agrees to assign some additional security on Prof. Slintz in case he is kidnapped. He is later kidnapped and there seemed to be absolutely no security detail on him.
  • Tony specifically says not to trust the kindly ladies or valued spouses in the company. Rocky was really spelling it out for us, as we don't really know any Steele's spouse outside Giselle.
  • Paddy the barman asks Belinda if she was "drinking on the job" at the Pentra, but she was scheduled to meet Spooner at 9:15 pm. So either Paddy can fuck off questioning her drinking when she is already finished her working day, or he somehow knows she has something to attend to. Given Paddy is present at the end of the book in the crisis meeting perhaps he knows more than he lets on.

Reality check

  • How on earth could the leather gloves touching the leather walls activate a hidden door?
  • Spooner's cufflink laser is strong enough to cut through her clothes and Rocky said the laser "pierced her forehead" so logically there must be a long laser cut/burn running down the length of her body. The book said it "pierced her", ladies and gentlemen, I rest my case.
Day 55
Summary

Tuesday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda and Spooner have breakfast at the Pentra Hotel
  • Spooner is brought into Steele's as a freelance IT specialist to investigate the team
  • Spooner assesses Bella by the photocopier
  • Belinda and the rest of the Glee team have drinks in the Pentra, recounting meeting Spooner for the first time
  • Spooner breaks into Belinda's office to investigate her but is discovered by Giselle
  • Giselle takes Spooner to Cricklewood Pumping Station
  • Gladys

Continuity alert

  • Spooner discovers that Belinda is due to visit Paris "this week" and then visit Scotland on the Saturday of the following week. Sadly this is completely wrong and a contradiction of what occurs. Belinda travels almost directly from Paris to Scotland for the confrontation with The Special One.

Plot notes

  • It's implied that Belinda stayed at the hotel to maintain the pretence that Spooner and herself were lovers. Not sure how this would disguise the fact that she was hiring a former MI6 agent as it does nothing to mask his identity. I would imagine doing this so close to work would be a greater risk of being uncovered than pretending he was a lover.
  • Belinda tells Jim Thompson to drive Spooner to the Pentra, it's only a few hundred meters guys.
  • Belinda suggests that Spooner might be bisexual, which is likely just to mask his lack of interest in her as a suspect. That being said, if it were true it would be the first suggestion of a man having a same-sex attraction. Given that every woman in this series seems to have them it's about damn time.
  • They apparently out Jim Thompson as gay or bi. Not much is known about Jim Thompson and he's never had sex in these books so he might very well be. Shame his colleagues aren't very discreet.
  • Spooner is fairly incompetent, but at least he had the common sense to suspect Belinda too.
  • Spooner uses spy equipment a few times in front of Giselle, not sure how discreet he thought he was being.
  • Giselle's degenerative hair condition returns and she removes handfuls of hair from her head as she has sex with Spooner. He should have been bewildered by this as they never once discussed her condition prior to sleeping together. She also lost all of her hair on Day 25 so it can't have grown back much by now, certainly not enough to have 'handfuls' of it.
  • It's sort of confirmed that Spooner is bisexual. Previously, Belinda speculated he might be (as to cover for him not being interested in Bella). However in chapter 8 when he thinks he didn't give Giselle an orgasm he remembers a "lights out" incident with Tommy Stoneshire in which he presumably had similar problems.

Foreshadowing

  • When Spooner clears Bella of being 'The Special One' he admits to himself that he could be wrong and that he has been wrong before. Given that the special one eventually outs herself at a time entirely of her choosing, he accomplishes nothing at Steele's Pots and Pans. What a state.
  • Giselle drives Tony's Jaguar which is later destroyed in the bombing of Steele's Pots and Pans
  • Giselle openly complains about her husband's ability to pleasure her, they were only married a matter of days ago. This very crisis at Steels is what's preventing her from being on her Honeymoon.

Reality check

  • Spooner merely questioned Bella about her recent travels and cleared her of being a mole based on almost nothing. He also took her at her word apparently.
  • Giselle has to drive Spooner from the office to the Pentra. Both are both located in Heathrow Airport so it shouldn't take long. She decides to go "the long way around" via Cricklewood, which is a 45-minute drive away in the wrong direction. Overall it would have added 90 minutes to the trip if they didn't stop.
  • Right, so Giselle and Spooner run (fully naked) from the Brent Reservoir to the Cricklewood Pumping Station. These two locations are about a mile apart and would require them running through a primarily residential area.

Belinda Bitched

  • The second she has Spooner hired she sends Giselle and Bella out of the office and tells Spooner to "search their desks and stuff". No love lost between the Glee team as she wastes no time lying and betraying their trust in her. She also tells Spooner to get them drunk and interrogate them. Plus, how likely would it be that The Special One keeps incriminating documents in their desk?
  • Spooner calls Belinda and Bella a "pair of mules"

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda is imminently due to visit Penelope Pollet in Paris.
  • Belinda is due to visit Steele's factory in Scotland on Saturday Week.

10 days later

Day 65
Summary

Friday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda trims her pubic hair in front of a webcam in her office
  • Belinda conducts a bi-daily sales meeting with her team, in which she reduces a RSM to tears and calls another one a "stupid goon"
  • Belinda visits Paris to have a meeting with Penelope Pollet and Fivecarre Hypermarkets
  • Belinda and Penelope watch a show at "La Moulin Marron"
  • Belinda is taken backstage to meet Mistress Sweetjuice
  • In East Berlin, The Special One meets with Herr Bisch
  • The Special One receives a €1,000,000 advance for her services, a quarter of the total
  • Mistress Sweetjuice
  • The Special One
  • Herr Bisch

Continuity alert

  • Belinda notes that she has grown our her pubic hair and it's now a "glorious full bush". Her vagina was described as being shaved less than three weeks ago with Hank Skank in Texas. Can you really grow out a glorious full bush in less than three weeks?
  • The Herr Bisch meeting at the end of book three takes place two weeks after Day 51, placing it here. Book four then starts immediately after day 51 itself meaning that a considerable part of book four takes place before that meeting creating this unusual temporal anomaly.
  • Every indication of the weather so far leads us to believe it's the summer or autumn. However, in Germany it seems to be winter.

Plot notes

  • The idea of Belinda hastily brushing the pubic hair off her desk as she welcomes people into her office for a meeting is haunting.
  • Belinda is described as being a mere "resident" of planet Earth, bringing up once again the terrifying possibility that she is an alien or an android.
  • Belinda actually says "God I'm good" out loud while having sex with Mistress Sweetjuice. I would say that would be fairly off-putting while shagging someone.
  • It was said that Belinda, Bella and Giselle all had promotions recently. The only promotions that were explicit were that of Bella and Giselle. We don't know what position Maeve held before her current role, and Belinda was hired two months ago not promoted.
  • The Special One seems to admit that in betraying Steele's she is also betraying her family. Bella and Belinda have no known family ties to Steele's, however Giselle is engaged to the MD. 'Family' could be used as an expression of being close to the other employees, but already included 'friends' and 'business friends' in her summation.
  • It's made quite clear that the special one has not yet delivered anything to Bisch, meaning no lasting damage has yet been dealt.
  • The Special One's life may be in danger as Herr Bisch indicated. It remains unclear if Bisch himself was threatening her or noting that the situation was dangerous.

Foreshadowing

  • Bisch is mentioned as being more flexible for suppliers than Steele's, whatever the fuck that means.

Reality check

  • Belinda uses sex as a reward to keep her staff competitive with each other. She then allows successful members of her team to have their way with her in front of the other staff during a business meeting. In reality this sort of conduct usually ends in an inquiry.
  • At a specific moment during the performance at La Moulin Marron every candle, phone and light went out at once. So the lights would be easy to turn off at a specific moment. The candles would be more of a challenge but still achievable if the candles were in specific places. Turning off every phone in the building on command would require either advanced hacking skills or more likely an electro magnetic pulse device. Either way, this seems extremely unlikely for a downtrodden second-rate theatre in Paris.
  • Ok lets break down Mistress Sweetjuice's balloon entrance
    • Mistress Sweetjuice was specifically said to have been covered by 1,000 balloons. The average volume of a standard party balloon would be 0.028 cubic meters. 1,000 of them would be 28 meters of volume meaning that even ignoring the volume of her own body and the free space between balloons, she would be in a mass of balloons at least 3 meters on all sides. Likely much larger taking into account her body and the gaps that would be needed between balloons.
    • The balloons are tied together with liquorice strings, that would not hold up well under heavy lights or over the period of time it took to tie 1,000 of them to her body.
    • Also, each balloon seems to be filled with food. I am not sure I would so eagerly eat food that was placed inside a rubber balloon (likely forced into it before being inflated) and you'd run the risk that someone breathed into the balloon to inflate it. No thanks.
    • She pops each balloon with a sharpened carrot (why I couldn't tell you) "quickly". If we generously say that she did one every second, it would still take her 16 minutes and 40 seconds to pop all the balloons.
  • Belinda licking the "warm" dairy cream off Mistress Sweetjuice was said to have taken hours. That's absolutely putrid.
  • Not sure how possible it is to crack a whip made of marshmallow?
  • "East Berlin" hasn't existed since 1990.

Belinda Bitched

  • Belinda calls Patrick O'Hamlin a "stupid goon" during a status meeting. Fairly unprofessional behaviour there.
  • Belinda addresses Ken by the name "Ken Fucking Dewsberry" which causes him to cry as he's described as having "moist eyes". Manager of the fucking year our Belinda is...
  • Penelope Pollet calls Belinda a "simple bitch".
  • Belinda thought that Mistress Sweetjuice was so large that she "resembled a balloon herself". She even notes to herself that it was a mean thing to say.
Day 66
Summary

Saturday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Belinda takes the "Europa Bullet Train" from Paris to London
  • James Spooner arrives before Belinda and tails her from the Airport
  • Belinda meets with her contact Helga (!) at a Church somewhere in Scotland, who informs her that she has been compromised.
  • Belinda, Helga and Spoons return to Belinda's hotel
  • Mimi

Continuity alert

  • Earlier it was said that she would be flying from LCY to Scotland but seems to have gone a different way.
  • She took a train to London, a flight to Hull and another flight to Scotland. Why couldn't she have flown direct from Paris to Scotland. Would have saved her a hell of a lot of time.

Plot notes

  • It's made clear that Belinda has some sort of food poisoning or upset stomach from licking warmed cream off another woman's body. Shocking.
  • Helga is so shit as an agent that she goes all the way to Scotland to tell Belinda she was 'compromised' without knowing who it was. I'm sure if she was tracking Belinda (and investigating this entire ordeal) she would either know that Belinda had hired James, or that James was formerly of MI6.
  • While undercover and trailing Belinda in the rain, Spooner's first instinct is to go over and put her under his trenchcoat to protect her. A fucking brilliant agent he's turning out to be.
  • James says that "the investigation had quickly escalated within Whitehall's corridors of power" meaning the British government were now involved. We last directly saw Spooner 11 days ago so this is a huge development for Rocky to have told us nothing about.
  • Why is there a gun in Belinda's room?
  • Why is Helga actively investigating this on her own now, last we heard she was passing on "all she knew" at the wedding which was that there was a mole.
  • Belinda and Helga let a mysterious stranger come up to their room when they are fully aware a mysterious stranger with a gun was chasing them.
  • If Spooner was trying to be discreet, why did he have the receptionist ask permission for him to come up?
  • Spooner clears Belinda of being the Special One upon Belinda's word.

Reality check

  • Belinda references starting this job 'all those months ago'. It's been just two months.
  • Belinda is 'surprised' that it's raining in Scotland, she must have never heard of Scotland before this trip.
  • Belinda has done nothing to deserve having a gun pulled on her. Spooner seems to have decided Belinda is the Special One before seeing her do anything which would make him believe that.
  • When Spooner is giving chase he pulls out a gun. He is clearly doing this job as a freelance agent and is not here under the command of MI6 so what gives him the authority to kill Belinda if she is the special one?
Day 67
Summary

Sunday - Date unknown (2015)

  • Helga disappears overnight. Belinda and Spooner head for the factory.
  • The Glee team are reunited. Maeve is also present for some reason.
  • Professor Slinz demonstrates the properties of the Tri Oxy Brillo pan.
  • The Steele's employees have an orgy.
  • Giselle is revealed to be The Special One and kidnaps Slinz
  • Giselle returns to (East) Berlin to deliver Slinz
  • The Steele's crew return to London and set up the C.O.C.K
  • A shadowy figure sets off a bomb in the Steele's car park, causing unknown injuries and deaths
  • Professor Slinz
  • George Macintosh
  • Neil McDuff
  • Toffee Apple Chew
  • Shadowy Figure?

Continuity alert

  • A potentially unlimited energy source is unveiled which would genuinely change the world but is not acknowledged for the achievement it is. (See reality).
  • How did nobody notice Giselle dragging Slinz away from the orgy?
  • How did nobody notice Giselle was carrying a gun in a band around her thigh?
  • Giselle is strong enough to carry Slinz on her shoulder through a window, and nobody chases after them.

Plot notes

  • Giselle, Bella and Maeve have no real reason for being at the factory.
  • Asking someone to "insert their DNA" into them is an awful way of consenting to sex.
  • It's established that today is a Sunday but it's full steam ahead at the Steele's Factory.
  • Whatever about Maeve and the Glee Team being there, Spooner as an apparently London-based IT contractor who started working 12 days ago has absolutely no reason to be there.
  • Helga's accent work continues to impress, having a Dutch/Texan/Scottish concoction at the orgy.
  • Maeve is very heavy-handedly set up to be suspicious throughout the beginning of this day and vanishes. No reason for her vanishment is given and once she "disappears" she doesn't reappear until London.
  • Why does Giselle ask Belinda to update her CV when she is revealed to be the Special One?
  • Why were appliances and toastie makers stored on the ceiling in a big net? Furthermore, why were there kitchen appliances and toastie makers there at all, they are a pots and pans company?
  • Paddy The Barman is serving drinks, is he on loan from The Pentra? Also, there were 'others' there serving wine. How did they hire them for this temp job in the 6 hours since The Special One was revealed? Can they be trusted?
  • It is specifically said that Tony's Jag was the thing that exploded. Gieselle clearing up a loose end? Does he know more than he's letting on?

Foreshadowing

  • Say what you want about Rocky Flintstone's writing, he heavily foreshadowed Giselle would be the Special One.

Reality check

  • Helga's cover in Steele's factory is never explained, she was already supposed to be undercover with Peter Rouse's organisation.
  • The Trioxy Pan. Right, so if there was either a chemical coating or metallurgical process that would cause a container to boil water in a second, and it was cheap enough to encorporate into a pan, it would literally change the world. It could be deployed on a larger scale to power energy reactors and potentially be a transformative clean energy technology (depending on how resource intensive making the technology is). The fact that a small company in the UK developed it to heat beans is absurd. Furthermore:
    • How would you wash a pan that boils any water which touches it?
    • How could you touch the inside of it.
    • How could you control the heat with which it cooks things? What if you only need a half-heat to melt or simmer something?
    • If it can boil water in a second would it constantly be heating the water in the air around it in your kitchen making it humid?
  • In the time it took Professor Slinz to bow the four women took their clothes off in their entirety.
  • The entire factory joined Belinda, Bella, Giselle, Maeve and Slinz in their orgy at 7am on a Sunday.
  • Belinda astutely notes that male nipples are functionless.
  • Belinda calls Giselle her best friend. Belinda only knows her 2 months, they are merely colleagues (who spend a lot of time apart due to business trips) and I would have argued that she was closer to Bella.
  • Giving someone a blowjob is not the normal reaction when you've been shot at and betrayed by your 'best friend'. Is this how Belinda deals with trauma? What am I saying of course that's how she deals with it. Great character work Rocky she's consistent.
  • Why did The Duchess ride a horse from Epsom to Heathrow for the meeting? Did she ride the horse on open highways and roads? It would have taken her at least 2 - 3 hours to get there if so. Poor Toffee Apple Chew.
  • If the bomber wanted to stop Steele's then why call in a bomb threat in advance giving them warning? The bomb threat was called in mere moments before the explosion so it wasn't much of a warning if it legitimately was a warning.

Some time later

Day ??
Summary

Day unknown - Date unknown - December (2015)

  • Belinda arrives at Steele’s for the Christmas Party along with most of the staff
  • Belinda meets Peter and Christina Rouse
  • The Glee Team and the Hunts Girls perform a sexy dance to the heavily copyrighted music from ‘Diamonds are Forever’
  • Bella kisses Peter Rouse, to the surprise of Belinda
  • Doris
  • Joan

Continuity alert

  • As no references has been made to when Christmas was in these books, and given it would have been mentioned if it already happened, we can presume that the two Christmas chapters have not yet happened as far as the main story has explored. We will presume that this is Christmas 2015 given that no other characters are present that we haven’t heard of in the books.
  • As book four (or what we have heard so far) all takes place before this, there is a chance that the special one has been outed before this Xmas Party. Belinda, Bella and Giselle are all present with nothing being said about any betrayal. Either the special one isn’t any of them; it had no impact on the company or the Special One hasn’t been discovered yet. Or Rocky didn’t factor this chapter into the timeline.
  • Rocky says that “seven tits” were revealed during the strip show. Which if taken literally would be unusual for a number of reasons.

Plot notes

  • Belinda has either had her Mercedes repaired or Steele’s have had to get her another car.
  • The emasculation of Des Martin continues, with him falling into a puddle of water necessitating him being dressed in a pair of workers overalls at the party and being slapped for no reason by one of the Hunts Girls.
  • When the “performance” starts there are seven women (Belinda, Bella, Christina, Dorris and Joan) meaning there are two other Hunts girls we weren’t introduced to.

Reality check

  • Belinda notes that Giselle and Bella were getting a little tipsy, but it was a bit rich coming from her as she had just drank three mugs of mulled wine.
  • I can't imagine hiring women to come and strip to full nudity at an office party would be acceptable, especially when colleagues joined in.

Belinda's Calendar

  • Belinda is due to fly to Brazil for 10 days two days after the Xmas Party.
Day ??
Summary

Unknown - Date unknown - December (2015)

  • Belinda flies to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for her 10-day Christmas Holiday
  • None

Plot notes

  • It is later said that Belinda comes back for a Boxing Day (December 26th) party with the Hunts Girls, putting her departure at December 16th at the latest.
Day ??
Summary

Saturday - 26th of December, 2015

  • Belinda goes to a Boxing Day party with the Hunts Girls
  • None

Plot notes

  • This may be the only day of the Belinda Blinked books where we know the exact date an event takes place. This all depends on it being Christmas 2015, however nothing contradicts this from being the case and if it were Christmas (sorry, X-Mas) 2016/2017/2018 there could have been dozens of more books worth of characters being referenced or present.
Day ??
Summary

Sunday - Thursday - Between the 26th and 31st of December, 2015

  • Belinda flies to the Scottish Cairngorms
  • Belinda attends a party thrown by the Duchess in her family castle
  • Belinda spends a night with the Duchess and receives a 'gift' of a candy cane
  • None

Continuity alert

  • Belinda comments that she was looking forward to her weekend with the Duchess, however at the earliest she left on Sunday so the weekend was mostly over.
  • The weather for that region of Scotland in 2015 was unseasonably warm. The Aviemore weather station nearby noted it was between 4 and 12 degrees celsius in that time frame.

Plot notes

  • The Queen of England is revealed to be godmother of the Duchess

Reality check

  • Belinda would not have been allowed take a flask of liquid through security. She describes it as being a big flask too so not smaller than 100ml.
  • Thousands of candles were balanced on the spruce tree which was as high as the ceiling. The combination of the precariously placed candles and hot dripping wax from the higher placed ones leaves little doubt that it should have burnt the castle to the ground.
  • The tree was also decorated with ornaments from the time of King Henry VIII, meaning they were almost 500 years old and utterly priceless. The Duchess in all her wisdom placed them on the Christmas tree with the dangerous candles and hot wax.
  • Given the Duchess's reckless treatment of priceless historical artefacts, it's a shame to later learn she has had children as it would be best to let the Duchess's family tree extinguish.
Day ??
Summary

Sunday - Thursday - Between the 26th and 31st of December, 2015

  • Belinda, The Duchess and Chiara Monteague go cross country skiing
  • They stop for a break in a bothie and are warned of the weather
  • The Duchess and Chiara are caught in an avalanche, from which Belinda saves them
  • The three women take shelter with the old man in the bothie
  • A well wrapped up, aged, emaciated old man

Continuity alert

  • From books 1-4 and the Christmas chapters, this is the furthest we go in the story.

Plot notes

  • The Duchess reveals that she had a child around thirty years ago.

Reality check

  • The avalanche was so severe that it completely engulfs the Duchess and Chiara but entirely stops in the 30 meters between them and Belinda.
  • Belinda is strong enough to carry both the Duchess and Chiara back to the bothie.
  • Why was there a bonfire indoors in the bothie?