TSoA: Chapter 3: Back with Isis
I know I told y’all to gird your loins last time, but before we get to Isis, I wanted to address a scenario brought up in the comments: Why isn’t Shari going to be Michael’s new love interest?
As AR points out, this wouldn’t be the most difficult thing in the world to pull off—Murphy and Shari realize they have feelings for each other, Shari becomes someone else’s research assistant and never takes any of Michael’s classes. They would have to check on the Preston University rules for such things, but it might not be impossible.
All this got me to wondering about the age difference. Shari is pretty easy: she’s a sophomore or a junior, probably 20 or 21 years old.
Michael is a bit more complicated. We know he was in the Army, and this was presumably before college (that is the most common scenario). He would need at least two years to qualify for the G.I. Bill, and he might have been in even longer, in order to have his entire degree financed. (I’m not terrifically knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the G.I. Bill and the Army College Fund, but I think two years gets you two years, three years gets you three, and so on. If anyone knows differently, please feel free to enlighten us!)
So, let’s assume four years. That gets Mike to 22. Another four years for the degree, 26. Then we have to start guessing. Did he get his Master’s in archeology or religious studies? (That would be another year or two.) How long did it take him to get his Ph.D.? (We know he has that, but that can take as long as ten years.) And he is now a full professor at a small university, where he can choose the classes he wants to teach, as well as gallivant off to distant lands during the school year without any danger to his position.
All in all, I’m figuring Mike to be in his mid- to late-thirties. That’s a pretty big age difference, especially considering Shari is only 20-ish, but I could see it. And given Shari’s Electra complex, I highly doubt she would mind.
But it important for Shari to be hooked up (well, as hooked up as a good RTC girl ever can be) with Paul Wallach (atheist, butt monkey, and dupe of Shane Barrington). That way, LaHaye can Break the Shari, show what amoral idiots atheists are, and show what a jerk Barrington is.
Besides, with Michael lusting after wanting to have a no-kissing-until-the-wedding-day relationship with Isis, we can show how a Good Christian Man does not get himself unequally yoked with an unbeliever.
As we meet up with Isis for the first time since Babylon Rising, we see that Murphy is doing a very good job of keeping himself from being unequally yoked with Isis.
He hasn’t spoken to her in six months.
Let me repeat that: After having helped him out several times professionally, then (oh, yeah) SAVING HIS LIFE, Murphy has hogged all the glory for the Golden Head discovery, and NOT EVEN CALLED ISIS FOR SIX MONTHS.
But now that he has a piece of Noah’s Ark in his hands (despite his disingenuous statement to Shari that he “wants her professional opinion), well…suddenly he needs Isis again.
Oh, and get this: It’s not even that he needs her world-class language skills. He just wants free use of the superior carbon-dating equipment at the Parchments of Freedom Foundation.
So he calls Isis, and as you will see, the Stepfordization is a slow process. She is actually pretty cheerful with him. And, good old Isis that she is (at least for now), she kinda calls him out on both his self-centered agenda, and the fact that they haven’t spoken in SIX MONTHS. (Note: this scene is a lot more fun if you imagine Isis calling him a shithead after every sentence.):
“So what have you got for me?”
“A fragment of wood. Old. Very old.”
He spent ten years getting that Ph.D., folks!
“And you want to know exactly how old.”
“And you want to know yesterday.”
“If it’s not too much trouble.”
“Of course. Not a problem. Send it over and I’ll get right on it.”
I like to imagine that when Isis got the piece of wood, she tossed it into a box and marked it, “Test this in six months.”
“Thanks, Isis. I really owe you…”
Well, yeah, for the free carbon-dating, and for the fact that SHE SAVED YOUR LIFE.
“…Let me know if there’s anything I can do in return.”
After a pause she said, “Next time, don’t wait six months before you call me. And don’t wait until you need a favor.”
OH ISIS, DAMN YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR HIM
He started to think of how to respond, but the line was dead.
SHE HUNG UP ON HIM LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Now, before you start thinking I am a complete jerk, I get that Murphy is still grieving the loss of Laura. I get that he’s not ready for a romantic relationship, and that he’s still harboring rageful, murderous feelings towards Talon.
But Isis is his FRIEND. A friend who saved his life AND helped him find a priceless, fame-making artifact. And he didn’t so much as send her a Happy Birthday e-card over the past six months?
And don’t get me wrong: Isis should have kept in contact with him, too. (At least, if she wanted to.) But LaHaye and Phillips don’t even make mention of this aspect. I guess it’s pretty immoral for a woman to call a man when they aren’t bound in holy wedlock, even if the friendship is (at this point) purely platonic.
Enjoy Isis taking Murphy to task, everyone.
It won’t last.