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…

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Posted on March 4, 2011, in Books, Movies, Soon. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. a pillar of fire in an oil field

    Wait, are you kidding or is that really what he’s going to investigate? Because if that’s really what he’s going to investigate… since when are oil well fires miraculous!?

  2. My head asplode.

    But actually I think this is at least vaguely consistent with Jenkins’ professed worldview: if the only source of morality is being an RTC, then any non-RTC must be a womanising cheating lying stealing scumbag.

    (Of course, once Paul has his moment on the Road to Texas, I imagine he’ll still be a cheating stealing scumbag.)

  3. You weren’t kidding when you suggested that LeHaye had been a *moderating* influence on Jenkins. ‘Wine-soaked afternoon,’ good grief! Why not throw in a ‘and he KNEW her in the Biblical sense, ifyouknowwhatImean,’ to make it complete?

    • Headless Unicorn Guy

      But this is a CHRISTIAN(TM) novel.

      Sex Does Not Exist — not even for Atheists and Heathens, especially for the one going through the Conversion Experience into an RTC.

      Remember Left Behind, where Buck Jenkins makes his Author Self-Insert — the utterly worldly, globe-trotting glamor-reporter — a 40-year-old Virgin? (While 40+ male virgins do exist, it’s a real stretch to give one THAT background.)

  4. I want to commend you for your noble efforts of actually reading through these horrible books and snarking them weekly. Although I read the entire Left Behind series, and enjoyed the hell out of it for all the “wrong” reasons, I only got about half-way through Soon before I chucked the book away. I just couldn’t stand how loathsome the entire thing was. Paul was such a repellant character… and the misogyny was just so palpable.

    Also, that whole thing of not knowing that a Command Sergeant Major is an NCO? Yeah, that kind of killed me, too.

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