Soon: Chapter 16: And Yet More Lies
I so promise that I am working on the post about the timeline! But I’ve got some family stuff going on, so for now, just a quickie with more adventures of The Christians in the Salt Mines.
Angela and Straight wander off together, and Angela makes vague reference to “a new mission” out west. This will, of course, become significant shortly, and bonus points to anyone who can guess the city out west where Angela’s mission will be!
Oh, and here’s the kicker–Angela asks Straight to keep it a secret from Paul that she’s there. So Straight is both keeping it a secret from Paul that Angela is a Christian (though Paul suspects), and he is keeping it a secret from Angela that Paul is married.
Awww, Straight is so sweet–Paul didn’t even ask him to do that. What a gem.
The really funny part? Later on, Straight expresses the wish that Christians be known as “honest.”
They part ways, and Straight and Simeon have a little conversation, culminating in this bit:
“It’s incredible, the work you all do here.” [Straight said] “Maintaining a library. Copying old books. Printing and circulating flyers. Training teachers to establish or lead Christian communities. Sending missionaries. Maintaining a network of Christian groups, spreading the news. Being a haven for victims of persecution. It’s a lot.”
“Just keeping the faith, man.” [said Simeon]
Jenkins sure has an ear for dialogue, doesn’t he? I can’t tell you how many times every day that a friend visits my workplace and recites a long-winded list of all my job duties to me.
It strikes me that Straight might be feeling just the teeeeniest bit inadequate right now. Simeon has been Doing the Work of the Lord in approximately 4,326 ways, and Straight has been…volunteering at a hospital, just hoping that he’ll bump into a NPO agent on a spiritual journey. No wonder he’s so anxious that they recruit Paul to the cause–how else will be show that he’s “keeping the faith“?
Hopefully more this weekend, including the timeline and Jae’s glorious plan to leave Paul!