Soon: Chapter 2: Paul and Angela
Just to assuage the fears of the worst sorts of ickiness, Angela isn’t actually 17 years old. (Her eulogy was just that vague and uninteresting.) She’s around Paul’s own age, maybe a few years younger. So, fair game!
Paul meets Angela face-to-face as he walks past the bier and greets the family:
Her dignity and warmth had been evident when she spoke, but up close her beauty was disarming. And she smelled of lavender. Despite his anger at her father and the gravity of the occasion, Paul’s attraction to Angela was immediate, intense, and visceral.
True love at the funeral! I can’t even get over that–he’s a few steps away from the coffin (presumably closed) of his former commander, the man who was “like a father to him,” and all Paul can think about is getting it on with the grieving daughter.
“Daddy spoke so highly of you,” [Angela said]…
“Oh, surely not,” [Paul] managed. “Your dad had so many trainees and subordinates over the years–“
Nice false modesty from the guy who, mere seconds ago, was congratulating himself for being The Dork’s “favorite.”
“I’m totally serious,” she said. “You must have epitomized what he was looking for in Delta Force.”
Ohmygawd, I am like, sooo totally serious!
“Your remarks were perfect,” Angela said. “It was obvious you really knew him.”
Okay, we went over Paul’s little speech in the last post. I just gotta say, it is awfully squicky the way Angela regards as “perfect” the comments that her dad was a tortuous ass, yet somehow, simultaneously, the only “human” among the superior officers.
Then Angela wants to introduce Paul…to her sons! Gasp! Shock!
“Certainly,” Paul said, sobering. So she was married. Well, so was he.
1. Why is Paul still married? He can’t stand his wife, he is an amoral atheist in this world Jenkins has created–by Jenkins’ own viewpoint, why would such a man stay married when he is unhappy? Shouldn’t he be hedonistically single?
2. And on the same note, why does Paul assume Angela is married? (Spoiler: she’s a widow. Of course.) Again, godless amoral world–would a person in this world really automatically assume that anyone with kids must be married?
Oh, and I find it a bit hard to believe, what with the way Paul has been dating/date-raping so many female employees of the NPO for at least the past six years, that this is the first married woman in whom he has been interested.