Babylon Rising, Chapter 45
The triumphant return of Dr. Isis Proserpina McDonald!
Still, once again, a hard-to-snark section, as Murphy frets at Laura’s bedside. His desperation, his anticipation of the worst, even his embarrassment at being seen teary-eyed in front of a nurse, all make me almost forget what a horrible, arrogant ass he’s been until now.
Really, my only nitpick is that there is “a pill that was making [Laura] sleep.” Seems weird to have given a pill to a patient with a crushed windpipe, instead of just giving her drugs via an IV, but whatever.
And then…AND THEN…
Standing by the door, looking past him at Laura with an expression of infinite sadness, was a red-haired woman in a long black coat that looked too big for her.
GO TEAM ISIS!
Isis, perhaps sensing that she has barely one book before she will be turned into a simpering wuss, brings ALL her powers of awesome to this scene, for she has flown from D.C. to give Murphy back the piece of the Serpent. She thinks that he thinks that it has healing powers:
“But you risked your life to get it. I thought it was supposed to have healed the Israelites when they were bitten by poisonous snakes. I thought that’s what you believed.”
Murphy tries to school her, contradicting himself practically every sentence. The serpent didn’t heal them. God healed them. But there are “no magic tricks.” But faith healers are not magic tricks. But trying to use the Serpent would be sinful.
He stays on that note, more concerned about the sinfulness of trying the Serpent than whether or not the Serpent actually works. This prompts Isis to the following:
“What does it matter? So what if you commit a sin if it saves Laura’s life? You’re just being selfish, worrying about the cleanliness of your soul when she could be dead.”
ISIS MCDONALD, WILL YOU EVER STOP BEING AWESOME?
Well, she will, but not until the next book.
In the meantime, Isis immediately apologizes, and takes the piece of the Serpent back at Murphy’s insistence. He then asks her to say a prayer for Laura. Isis does not tell him that that would be a magic trick or sinful or that it would not work.
Isis leaves, and as though sensing that all of the awesome has vacated the premises, Laura dies.