Gerard is considered Anna's pet because they now share a blood bond. She told him upfront that she would pretty much own him after she healed him. Just like Claire. Am I right?
Anyway, I came here to applaud your research! I dunno if you live in Illinois or are familiar with the Chicagoland area, but I am! And BRAVO. I loved the specific references and gleefully giggled at the Four Lakes name drop because one of my best friends lives in that complex and has been tanning this summer on that skill hill! LOL
And yes, the band dudes around here love them their whirleyball!
You are a great writer and I've been loving this story as much as your others.