TSoA: Chapter 15: Blast Him
Time for another exciting phone call between Murphy and Isis!
Murphy calls Isis at her sister’s, where she is hiding out. Isis’s sister is Hecate (GET IT?) and I remain astonished that Isis has a sister at all.
But Murphy isn’t so much astonished as he is “a little hurt” that Isis “had kept her sister’s existence a secret.”
Yes, Murphy, because when someone doesn’t immediately give you her entire biography within one minute of meeting you, it is because she is Keeping Secrets.
This, btw, from the same man who didn’t call Isis for SIX MONTHS after their adventure in the last novel, during which Isis SAVED HIS LIFE.
Isis talks about the night she was attacked:
“Still a bit shaken up. I feel so bad about the guards. The police said that I shouldn’t go to the funerals—it’s too dangerous—so I can’t show support for the families. They must be devastated. And I feel somehow it’s wrong I survived. It’s my fault they’re dead.”
“That’s crazy, Isis. Of course it isn’t. I got you into this. If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine.”
“That’s crazy.” Stay sensitive, Murph!
Murphy wants Isis to admit to the existence of evil, which he considers a step in Isis “accepting Christ into her life.”
…no one could go through what she had without asking themselves the big questions.
He just hoped she came up with the right answers.
Because it’s just silly to imagine that a grown woman, well into her thirties and educated and successful, would have asked herself “the big questions” before now!
The upshot of the conversation is that the Parchments of Freedom Foundation just received a big-ass check from some anonymous donor (spoiler alert: it’s Methuselah), to be used to fund an ark-finding expedition, with Michael Murphy as the lead. The PFF apparently saw NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THIS WHASOEVER, so immediately gave the project a green light.
As would be expected.
Murphy also sees nothing suspicious about any of this, because he jumps at the chance and invites Isis to go along. (He tells himself it is so he can “protect” her, because being in another state with a constant police guard isn’t nearly as much protection as being by the side of Michael Murphy.)
Then the author tries to get into Isis’s head, with disastrous results:
For the first time she was beginning to think he actually cared about her.
And now he was inviting her to go on an expedition to one of the world’s most inhospitable if not downright dangerous places. All for the sake of a biblical artifact. Which, of course, made perfect sense. Because biblical artifacts were all he really cared about.
Isis didn’t need any more time to think about it. She’d show Michael Murphy that she wasn’t some softhearted female at the beck and call of her emotions. Blast him!
HAHAHAHA!!! It’s funny, see, because Isis is a silly little girl at the mercy of her own emotions!
It’s so funny when a girl tries to do something!
-Crow T. Robot, Riding with Death, MST3K
Isis snappishly responds that she’d just love to go find the ark, and that she’ll be just fine on the moutain, thank you very much, because…
“My father and I used to spend every vacation in the Highlands, I’ll have you know.”
Hmmm, no mention of her sister. Interesting. It’s almost like the sister was a last-minute addition to the story and the authors forgot about her…
Murphy is grinning when he hangs up the phone after this very awkward conversation. Yanno, having a man be out of his depth when it comes to relationships can be done quite well, but not when the man is also supposed to be The Manliest RTC Man Evah and when he’s a pompous jerk.
He’s grinning as Isis is stewing. Asshat.