Soon: Chapter 31: Tribulation Plans
So, check it out, you guys. Remember last chapter, when Paul mused about the danger (both to others and, much more importantly, himself) of accidentally bumping into NPO infiltrators in the underground Christian camps?
Yeah, forget all that. Paul waltzes into the fishy warehouse of the Port of L.A. Christians, rattles off the code phrase THAT TYRONE PERKINS GAVE HIM, and they embrace Paul AND PAUL EMBRACES THEM with not one smidgen of suspicion of anyone or anything.
What’s really amusing is that Barton James says:
“Everybody’s on edge now, with what happened yesterday. I lost a friend in South Central.”
“That was a travesty.” [said Paul]
“An abomination. C’mon back. Meet the others.”
“Yeah, five Christians were murdered and dozens of others arrested and/or injured. A friend of mine died. But, hey, whaddaya gonna do? And boy, this would happen on a Monday, amirite? Anyhoo, c’mon back and hang with us, Mr. NPO Agent. Lois made homemade Chex Mix last night…”
As you might remember, the Detroit underground specialized in weird-ass and pointless schemes like weaving texts into textiles and shipping atheists discs with Bible chapters instead of the actual music they wanted in the first place.
Carl explains to Paul that:
“We’re in the tract business. We also supply most of the other groups in the West with printed literature.”
“Really? Would you mind giving me the names and exact locations of these other groups? Just for my…research, you understand.”
Paul (sensibly, for once) points out that it’s kinda weird for one place to provide printed literature for all the other locations–can’t you just print as many as you want these days, just about anywhere?
Turns out that the L.A. underground’s claim to fame is the use of letterpress printing. The reason for this is twofold: if people find tracts that are made in a special way, they won’t toss them out, and also, once the Tribulation starts, “it’s not hard to imagine that electronic equipment will become useless at some point.”
So I guess the thinking is that once all the L.A. underground Christians are raptured, some left behinders will find the cool tracts and be converted. They will then tract down (C wut I did there?) the disgusting fish warehouse and the letterpress printer, and CONTINUE THE WORK DURING THE TRIBULATION WHEN THE ANTICHRIST DESTROYS ELECTRICITY.
See how it all makes sense, now?
This was a short one, but next time: more on the tracts and the pre-Rapture plans for L.A.