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Darla "Chardonnay" is a character in the novel Final Destination: Looks Could Kill. She is a survivor of the Coral Clipper accident and is a famous model in New York City. Growing up, Darla's mother always pressured her to be the best at everything she worked at, especially her beauty. Whenever anything went wrong, her mother would usually blame her for it and scold her for no reason whatsoever. At the age of twelve she lost her father when he was drunk driving and was devastated after the accident when her mother ignored her to go find another man to marry. Naturally, she began to rebel against her (i.e. cutting her hair at a wedding, trying to get a tattoo, etc.). During her teenage years she discovered she was a lesbian and fell in love with a girl named Cynthia and once her mother found out, she only became more angry at her. Eventually, after she was caught riding with friends carrying drugs, her mother sent Darla to New York City and she lived with her cousin Wendy. While in New York, she met Merlot and accepted a job of becoming a model. This was where she began her drug habits, trying every drug she could in order to drive away any painful memories of her past. However, after Wendy died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks while catering brunch, she was deeply devastated, and did even more drugs. From that point on, she stayed with her drug habit and kept her lesbian life a secret, severing almost all of her ties with her family.

One day in her studio, Merlot announced to the models that Sherry was to be the spokes model for a line of perfume and she decides to celebrate by hosting a party on her yacht. In Miami during the evening, Chardonnay is aboard the yacht, sniffing cocaine, when Sherry has a terrible vision of the boat foundering after another boat called the LookSea crashes into it and kills everyone on board. Sherry freaks out and manages to drag several of the models and a photographer off, including Chardonnay. While standing at Pier 13, they all look at the yacht and are shocked when the crash happens just like Sherry said it would. During the crash, fiery debris comes spiraling into the air and maims Sherry's face.

Four months after the accident, Chardonnay and the models host a "Welcome Home" party for Sherry after she comes out of the hospital and give her a mask to don her hideous face. Appalled, she shouts at everyone to leave her apartment.

Chardonnay appeared at Shiraz's funeral after she was brutally decapitated from the inside and quickly left the funeral to avoid the scene, where she runs into Sherry at a bar.

Chardonnay is the third survivor of the accident to die.


Death

After Sherry agrees to go over to Chardonnay's suite, they reconnect with each other on the living room couch. Sherry says a comment to Chardonnay about how she never felt a woman during her coma, and Chardonnay's takes it as a chance to make her move in her hottub. She rushes to her room and puts on her bikini, secretly stashing a vibrator in her pubic region, and goes to turn the hottub on. Before getting in, she tries to get a leaf out of the water after she removes the lid and in the process, she brushes against the wall of the tub and turns on the vibrator. She twitches and falls inside, just as the lid begins to close. Before she can get out, the lid smashes on her skull and traps her inside. Chardonnay bangs on the inside of the tub for Sherry to help her, but she merely stares at the concealed tub until the banging stops, ultimately leading to Chardonnay dying from drowning, exsanguination, and boiling to death when the temperature rises. The morning after, her body is discovered by her maid and her right arm comes off when she tries to help her out the tub.


Signs/Clues

  • In Sherry's vision of the boat sinking, Chardonnay dies when she jams a glass straw in her eye and brain after the LookSea crashes into the boat.
  • During Shiraz's funeral, Chardonnay runs into Death (disgusied as a funeral director), telling him he nearly scared her to death when he snuck up on her.
  • Hebel Federman warned Gunter that Azrael, the Angel of Death, had spread his wings and casted a shadow upon him and his friends, indicating they were going to die soon.

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