TSoA: Chapter 11: Important Things
Last time, I left you with this teaser:
Next up: Murphy’s very sensitive reaction to Isis’s near-death experience.
Turns out that Ivan has this book down:
My money is on that [Murphy] continues his trend from the first book and after Isis tells him she was nearly killed by Talon, he makes it all about him and how he will get Talon for what he did to his wife.
Murphy’s reaction to the news of the near-murder of Isis:
“We know what happened, Isis. We know who did this—who killed the guards, attacked you.”
“You know, I don’t think I could endure a second loss.”
Ivan wins at The Secret on Ararat forever!
Oh, and I think it is very kind of Murphy not to mention to Isis that had she actually been killed, her soul would be slow-roasted in Hell for all eternity, because she’s not a Christian.
But this chapter has more to it than Michael Murphy being a self-absorbed ass, and Michael Murphy not being quite so much of a self-righteous prick as he might have been.
For example, did you know that Isis McDonald has a sister?
“The police asked me to go to my sister’s in Bridgeport, Connecticut.”
I’m being dead serious when I tell you that when I first heard this on the audiobook, IT BLEW MY MIND. Babylon Rising has no hint that Isis had any siblings, and the entire tone of our introduction to Isis painted the picture of an only child with a doting single father.
So Isis is calling Murphy from her SISTER’S house in the middle of the night after the attack, and Murphy reacts to Isis’s almost-murder with the sensitivity we have all come to expect from him:
“The fragment of wood—is it still in the lab?”
Isis was just nearly murdered BY THE SAME MAN WHO MURDERED YOUR WIFE, and you’re concerned about the piece of wood.
You selfish punk.
Luckily (and shockingly), Isis agrees with me:
Isis laughed through another sob. “I thought for a moment you were just concerned about me.”
“I am, Isis,” he protested.
“But there are other, more important things to worry about, aren’t there? Don’t worry, Michael, I understand. But the answer to your question is no. The wood is gone.”
Good thing the wood is gone, because at the rate he’s going, Murphy will be getting no action from Isis. EVER.
Also, I kinda can’t believe that Isis stood up for herself like that. It’s almost like Greg Dinallo took over the writing for a few seconds.
It doesn’t even particularly matter that the wood was stolen, because the Foundation scientists already ran a bunch of tests on the wood, and found that it had almost no potassium 40 in it. Murphy figures that this means that there wasn’t much potassium 40 around before the impossible worldwide flood, which is why people lived for hundreds and hundreds of years and potassium 40 comes from the sun I guess but the giant impossible water canopy kept the sun from damaging things to much and I just don’t care and I doubt Isis does either since she was JUST ALMOST STRANGLED A FEW HOURS AGO.
Yeah, like that. Would you care to shut up now, Murphy?
“I don’t have to tell you how important this all could be, Isis. But right now none of it matters. The only important is that you’re alive and safe. You know, I don’t think I could endure a second loss.”
Nice attempt at backpedaling, Murph, but we’ll have to deduct points for the self-centered whine on the dismount.