Soon: Chapter 16: Headhunting
The timeline post (now my Epic Quest!) is coming, hopefully tomorrow, but first, the exciting end to Chapter 16, and Paul’s EXCITING, AMAZING…lukewarm promise to think over the possibility of maybe being a double agent, if he feels like it.
Straight comes back from the salt mines, and Paul’s first words are, kid you not, “Missed you yesterday.”
To which Straight responds, “Sure did. You were on my mind.”
Oh, Jerry Jenkins, you nutty funster, you’re just handing us the slash for free now, aren’t you?
Of course, what Straight means is that he was thinking about recruiting Paul to The Cause, and invites him out for a late-night visit with Abraham.
Paul, who I’m sure is anxious to be out of the house after having to spend ONE ENTIRE DAY in the company of his wife and kids, immediately agrees. Jae is slightly pissed, but wanting yet another night with Straight is just yet another reason that she will be leaving Paul in the dust once school ends. To which I can only say, go Jae!
And since Paul has never yet given a flying crap what his wife thinks about anything, off he goes with Straight.
The conversation goes on for three pages, but boils down to this:
Abraham: O hai, Paul. Become a double agent.
Straight: We need you!
Abraham: There have been miracles ALL OVER (the United States).
Straight: “You could save lives, friend.”
Abraham: There are also fakey Christian cults, who aren’t true Scotsmen and if you could bust them, it would be totally different than busting us!
Paul: I’m not…
Abraham and Straight: GOD WOULD HELP YOU OUT!!!!
Paul: This is a big decision…
Straight: “I’m not trying to talk you into anything.”
Good effort on the tag team hard sell, boys. Too bad you failed.