It’s a psychological pattern that people rarely use contractions when lying (they say “It is” not “It’s” for example)
Alan rarely uses it, which comes off as his perfect charm and grammar. But what I’ve realized is that lying is so ingrained into him that even when he tells the truth, he talks like he’s lying.
"In two worlds, there is nothing I love half as much as you."
That’s undeniably true, his love for Nick. But Alan’s lied so much for so long that the speech pattern of a liar is literally his speech pattern and everything hurts.
There’s also one particular moment - in Covenant, I think? - where it’s specifically mentioned that his voice turns harsh when he tells Mae the truth. Which is okay, until you remember that almost every time he speaks, his voice is described as low and sweet and beautiful. Even when he sings the Goblin Market songs, because he knows he doesn’t belong there. I have so many feelings about Alan.
Oh god yes. Alan Ryves is my son and I adore that his voice gets so harsh. Mae compares him to sounding like Nick there and it shows that the brothers really did influence each other, not just Alan raising Nick and I just.
I totally forgot the comparison to Nick…that makes it way better. And way scarier. And way more unacceptably emotional.
My readers are such observant, thoughtful smarties. <3