At the suggestion of redcrow, I have done some preliminary casting for Babylon Rising: The Movie. Thus: Chapter 19!
(The bolded are actual lines from the book.)
William Petersen as Michael Murphy
Faith Hill as Laura Murphy
Terrorist Puppet as Saif
AS THE MURPHYS RUN FROM THE HOLE BACK TO THE CAR…
I can’t believe Saif didn’t help us, just because we were being shot at with an AK-47! Of all the nerve!
*gasp* Mr. Saif, are you okay? Your head is bleeding! Are you dead?
*coming to* Mrs. Murphy! Praise Allah you are safe! A robber attacked me. I am sorry he took your treasure.
What do you mean, suspicious Arab man? We weren’t robbed. We were just shot at. Now, drive us to the airport. After all, that’s much more important than getting you treament for your head wound.
LATER, ON THE PLANE…
What a day, Murph!
Yeah. We found a priceless biblical artifact in ten minutes, and got shot at, and then that jerk Saif tried to trick us into thinking he had been hurt by the same guy.
What do you mean?
I’m no doctor, but have you ever seen a more perfect head wound? Nice amount of blood to get our attention, but nowhere deep enough to cause any head damage.
Well, I haven’t seen enough head wounds to make a comparative study like that. Besides, didn’t you just say you’re not a doctor? So how do you know how deep a head wound has to be to cause “head damage”?
Put a cork in it, sweetheart.
Besides, the authors already vindicated me, remember? That scene earlier showed that Saif was in on the whole plot. So now I have to be able to figure that out, because I can’t be wrong or clueless about anything at all.
Wow, Murph, you’re so smart. Now that it’s all over, I can just savor the bragging rights I’ll have next week in the faculty lounge.