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This article is for Thomas Raith's lover. For other uses, see Justin.

Justine is a human female associated with the White Court and the lover of Thomas Raith. She first appears in Grave Peril.

BiographyEdit

Justine is a beautiful slim girl, who is in love with Thomas Raith. Thomas loves her back, but true love burns him, so they can never be together. To Thomas, she appeared to be just food when she was originally introduced in Grave Peril,[1] but since then, she has nearly died,[2] been restored.[3]

She is currently Lara Raith's main assistant. Lara sees Justine's true love as an asset because it protects her main assistant from becoming enthralled by another White Court vampire.[4]

Justine, being close to Lara, has been working undercover for Harry Dresden getting him information on the White Court's activities from time to time, to help with the new Paranet Harry puts together.[5][6]

DescriptionEdit

Justine goes through many changes, extreme and subtle, within the books and throughout the series.

In Grave Peril, when Harry first meets Justine outside Bianca's Ball, she's wearing a flower petal costume that barely cover her and baby's breath in her tumbled mass of black hair. She had a face that made her seem sweet and lovely. She looked like she was on something.[1]

Later, captured by the vampires, she was a dirty gaunt mess with feral, unsettling eyes. She says she's always like this only Thomas "makes it quieter", she doesn't have the control other people have. Leonid Kravos, possessing her, says it's her ranting emotions that make the White's love her so much, she's mad with emotion.[7]

In Blood Rites, at the beginning, she appears to be not quite drinking age, dark hair, dark eyes, a little taller than average. She wore a white sweater and a short black skirt over a lot of leg, she was a knockout. Thomas reacts to seeing her with relief like a sailor lost at sea spying land.[8]

Later, after Justine barely survived Thomas's feeding, Bobby has to carry her. She has silver-white hair with some grey, her limbs hung limply, and very thin, her skin was unwrinkled, her pallor was near death.[2]

In White Night, her hip-length hair is pure white, she was very lovely, slim, sweetly shaped, frail and vulnerable, wearing a finely embroidered white kimono. Her words were oddly disconnected. [3]

In Turn Coat, in an early scene at Zero, she has a girl-next-door face, her silver-white hair was held up in a bun by chopsticks and she wore a full white form-fitting rubber cat suit that covered almost everything, including her hands.[4] Later she has her hair in a long tail and is wearing a grey business suit.[9]

In the seriesEdit

Grave PerilEdit

Main article: Grave Peril

In Grave Peril, Harry meets her outside of Bianca's Ball with Thomas Raith.[1] During the Ball, while Thomas is receiving Bianca St. Claire's gift and things are getting dangerous, she tries to coerce Harry into helping them get out.[10] He eventually agrees. During the battle to rescue Lydia from death and Amoracchius from ruin, Justine is snatched by Bianca, then used to force Thomas into betraying Harry and friends.[11] Harry helps Justine and Susan escape. [12]

Later, Harry wakes in the same locked room with Justine looking very feral. She scratches Harry on his cheek, watches him on all fours. Justine says she's always like this, that only Thomas can "makes it quieter". She was bitten by vampires several times. After a while, Kravos inhabits Justine to taunt Harry. He says her raging emotions is what make the White's love her so much. Afterward, she cries and Harry comforts her.[7]

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood Rites, Justine willingly and with love offers herself to Thomas who is badly injured and needs to feed or he'll die. It is likely that she will be the one to die instead of him and she knows it. She also believes it's possible that he'll stop in time. She just can't turn her back on him.[13] Later, Bobby and Inari bring her out to help locate where Thomas has been taken. She identifies his location as the Deeps. Her hair has turned silver-white and she's so frail she can barely point. [2]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, Justine led Harry Dresden and Carlos Ramirez through the entrance to the Deeps to a spot where Harry to Listen and decide when to make his entrance to the White Court Conclave, she seems oddly disconnected.[3] Later, Thomas tells Harry that she's been working to get close to Lara Raith and that she could help with the new Paranet that Harry is putting together to. She's already getting info to Thomas, small stuff. It's the reason she seemed so odd at the cave, she's pretending to be a puppet.[5]

BackupEdit

Main article: Backup

In "Backup", Justine is the courier providing Thomas with the information about the Stygina he has to fight.[14]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Harry asks Thomas to enlist Justine in getting information on what the vampire courts know about the manhunt on Donald Morgan. Thomas freezes, then makes Harry promise to not to use any information that can be traced back to Justine, to not put her in anymore danger.[6]

At Zero, she is covered in a white plastic cat suit that even covers her hands. She and Thomas entwine themselves together, he's on his knees before her, she's bent hugging is neck. After their long embrace, Justine gives Harry a copy of a wanted poster on Morgan that was posted on Craig's List.[4] Shortly, Madeline Raith shows up. She threatens Justine. Thomas pins her to a table using the chopsticks that held up Justine's hair. He holds her down and lets Justine kiss Madeline's forehead and Justine's hair runs along her body, burning her. Madeline screams.[15]

Later, Harry sees Justine at the Raith estate in her capacity as Lara's assistant.[9] During the Skinwalker's attack on the Raith estate, she reports the status of security and family members. The next minute Justine is severely clawed across her abdomen by the Skinwalker.[16] In the estate's infirmary, Justine says she heard the Skinwalker say it has Thomas. Harry promises to get him back. She tells Harry that Thomas loves him and he always worried that he comes from a different world. That he wouldn't know enough about being human or being a br(other). Harry cut her off because Luccio could hear it all. Justine also tells Harry that he's like family to her, that he always cares.[16] After they get Thomas back, Harry asks how she might feel about his succumbing to his inner demon. Harry's sure her touch still burns Thomas.[17]

"Even Hand"Edit

Main article: Even Hand

In "Even Hand", Justine seeks sanctuary from Gentleman Marcone, who grants it when the Fomor Mag breaks in his office and tries to get her back as his property. In the ensuing fight, the office and the building it is in are destroyed, but Mag and his minions are killed. Justine is allowed to get back to Lara Raith with the warning that she is not the best tool for certain missions.[18]

BombshellsEdit

Main article: Bombshells

In Bombshells, Justine joins Molly Carpenter and Andi in their infiltration of the Svartalf stronghold. She pays for the preparations with an unmarked credit card.[14]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, Justine is kidnapped, among others, by the Redcap to prevent Harry Dresden to get to Demonreach before the completion of the attack the island is subject to.[19] She joins his team in the expedition to Demonreach, playing no further role in it.[20]

Word of ButcherEdit

At the 2010 Mysterious Galery Q&A session, Jim Butcher stated with reguards to Justine's relationship with Thomas:

"Thomas and Justine's relationship is really weird. I know what the relationship is in my head like right now. They're actually happier now than they've been in ever. But it's all happening behind the scenes and nobody can see because Thomas has to have his bad ass vampire face on whenever he's in public. But when they are alone together, nothing else going on, they're like totally cute. Justine wears like these grownup version of footie pajamas so that she can snuggle up next to him on the couch and watch TV without actually burning him. They don't have like a normal relationship or anything like one, but they've kinda adjusted, they're fairly happy. You don't go around letting the other vampires go "Oh how cute." I'll have to get to that one of these days, Harry doesn't see that."[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grave Peril, ch. 24
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blood Rites, ch. 37
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 White Night, Ch. 36
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Turn Coat, ch. 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 White Night, ch. 43
  6. 6.0 6.1 Turn Coat, ch. 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 Grave Peril, ch. 34
  8. Blood Rites, ch. 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 Turn Coat, ch. 24
  10. Grave Peril, ch. 29
  11. Grave Peril, ch. 30
  12. Grave Peril, ch. 37-38
  13. Blood Rites, ch. 19
  14. 14.0 14.1 Backup
  15. Turn Coat, ch. 9
  16. 16.0 16.1 Turn Coat, ch. 25
  17. Turn Coat, ch. 49
  18. "Even Hand"
  19. Cold Days, ch. 37
  20. Cold Days, ch. 39
  21. [1]Jim Butcher Mysterious Galery Q&A @5:10

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