Soon: Chapter 7: End of Act I?
Worried about Trina’s feminine intuition and gossip, Paul’s thoughts turn to a more-untouched woman: Angela Pass. Sure, it may seem a bit strange that his thoughts should flit from Trina to the envelope to The Dork’s daughter, but I have a feeling that anything, from flirtatious lab managers to vintage letters to afternoon or evening thundershowers, makes Paul think of women not his wife.
So, Paul sends Angela a note and a piece of the letter. Turns out that Angela works for the Library of Congress (quelle concidence!) and thus would naturally have handwriting and ink analysis experts at her immediate disposal. Like Jae and Trina and every other woman with whom he comes in contact, Paul lies to Angela. He spins a fanciful tale of his father’s platoon and a history project, just to make sure he plays on her grief as much as he possibly can. (Okay, Jenkins doesn’t say that’s what Paul is doing, but…he clearly is.)
And, Paul thought with a smile, asking Angela for help could fan a spark between them.
Stay classy, Paul. Nothing sparks the ladies’ interest like lying to them and manipulating them.
And just to make sure he is classy with all the lovely ladies in his life, Paul takes Trina to the thank-you lunch. I figured Paul to be the kind of cheap jerk who would take her to Taco Bell and not pay for the drinks because “drinks aren’t lunch,” but it turns out to be…
…a languorous, wine-soaked afternoon…
Wow, he just always has to get them drunk first, doesn’t he? What’s the matter, Paul, afraid the ladies won’t be able to stand you otherwise? Well, you’re probably right.
…culminating in a kiss that left Paul relieved he’d had the sense not to place himself any further in her debt.
Damn. Was the kiss that bad, Paul? Pro tip: chicks often kiss better when they’re sober.
I feel like this is the end of Act I. Because the next step is for Bob to send Paul off on his next “investigate the miracle” mission: a pillar of fire in an oil field in Gulfland.
And if you think this miracle might have Consequences for Paul Apostle, go to the head of the class.
Anyway, this weeked, for the intermission between Acts I and II, I’m going to finally grab some screenshots and get around to our next Christian Movie…