Second Glance, Part 2
The next morning, Dan wakes up to a room that has quite a few changes. Well, it has no Bible study guide on the nightstand, and there’s a sorta-anime poster on the wall. He finds the kitchen filthy, with a note from his mom thanking Dan for the use of his car, and presenting him with biscuits that she made (which are hard as rocks). As Dan is cleaning up, an angel named Muriel shows up and explains that Dan got his prayer answered, and his life is now as though he’d never been a believer. The anti-Christians, now Dan’s best friends, show up to give him a ride to school. There, he finds the following changes in his life:
1. Tamara is now his girlfriend
2. He and Vickie are no longer friends
3. Bull has been suspended for beating Ricky up for looking at Melanie (a fight that left Ricky hospitalized)
4. There is no Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the school
5. There is an empty space (and a significant musical sting) where Scotty (Jesus, man!) used to sit
6. Melanie wants Dan for her very own
7. Mr. Millner is no longer teaching
8. Dan apparently cheats on tests, cuts class, smokes weed, and picks up random girls “at the lake” every night
Ruby: I do like that expression.
Angus: Nice new poster, Danny. WHERE IS MY BIBLE STUDY GUIDE???
Ruby: I see he still has the same ugly wallpaper and bedding set, though.
Angus: Because, as we all know, atheists are pigs and only know how to order take-out.
Ruby: Pizza, Cheerios, and pop: The Atheist Diet.
Angus: And really, the mess is not so bad. It’ll take about five minutes to clean up.
Ruby: Yeah, but this is a slap to Dan’s mom, not Dan. She was waiting on everybody hand and foot when they were Christians, but now that they’re atheists, she’s shirking her wifely duties.
Angus: So Dan’s personal wish not to be a believer made them all atheists?
Ruby: Guess so.
Muriel: Your prayer’s been answered, Daniel. Today, you’re a man of the world.
Dan: Who are you?
Muriel: My name is Muriel. I’ve been sent to tell you that your life is now as if you’ve never been saved. As if you’ve never received the Lord into your life.
Dan: Look, what’s going on here? Did Ricky put you up to this?
Muriel: You were afraid your friends were having all the fun. Now’s the chance to see what you’ve been missing.
Ruby: Okay, this guy’s freaking me out with his smug, smarmy smile.
Angus: I’m not freaked out…
Ruby: HE LOOKS LIKE A SERIAL KILLER WITH THAT SMILE!
(Dan goes to school and finds himself the boyfriend of Tamara. I’ve talked in the past about how Christian Youth Films never show kisses. Usually, they just cut away right before lips touch, as in The Pretender, but here, they get arty.)
(It’s happening behind that locker and that guy.)
(Dan finds out about Bull and Ricky and the lack of a FCA, then Muriel pops in to bother him again…)
Muriel: You didn’t try to calm Bull down in class yesterday when he was jealous, because you’re not sensitive to those things anymore.
Angus: Yeah, ’cause no atheist could ever tell a guy not to beat up people who talk to the guy’s girlfriend. ‘Cause we atheists don’t understand friendship and love, right? Asshat.
Ruby: And suddenly it’s Dan’s fault that Bull is a thug?
Dan: Look, Muriel, level with me: what’s really going on here?
Angus: Dan is awfully dense, isn’t he? This has already been explained to him twice.
Ruby: And Dan already believes in angels and answered prayers. Why is he still so surprised?
Muriel: The Heavenly Father answered your prayer last night.
Angus: Because what with wars and diseases, he didn’t have anything better to do.
Ruby: Scary smirking angel is still scary.
(Well, Angus and I both pumped our fists and did the “Jesus, man!” thing here, but I’m going to pose a question for the commenters…
Where do you think Scotty is?
I shall reveal all in our final installment of Second Glance!)