Christmas Town: Chapter 5
Jordan has even more things to worry about than I thought.
He’s got a big deal (really, it is implied, his only deal) wherein he has most of the land on which a new NFL stadium might be built, if the NFL decides to make some new teams. This initially struck me as far-fetched, but hey, it’s been talked about quite recently, so it’s not all that out there.
Several pages are wasted on Jordan’s father wasting Jordan’s damn time, and I feel for the guy:
He resented feeling like a scoundrel in the eyes of everybody in town when all he was really trying to do was save his dad and his uncle from prosecution.
I know, right? I’m serious—I really do appreciate Jordan’s dilemma and his emotions.
Jordan also does some thinking about Joella (I so keep wanting to type NOELLA) and how he’s attracted to her but it’s inappropriate and how he needs to come clean about the whole getting-rid-of-the-decorations thingie.
So he goes to her house that evening to explain it all. Clarissa.
But oh gawd, that means…
The door opened. Nathan stared at him, then broke into a grin.
“Hey, Mom, it’s my boss!”
SHUT UP, BRATTY CHILD
Jordan likes Joella’s house at first, and makes note of the lovely smell of home cooking (ZOMG JORDAN SCOVILLE FOOD ALERT)
ALSO, all of Jordan’s tension has settled in his stomach. As usual.
But anyway, he then notices that the house is small and kinda crappy, and feels all guilty, and although I understand why he would, I question whether he should. He has done absolutely nothing to put Joella or any of the mill workers into this position. If he’s looking for someone to blame, he need look no further than his own father and uncle. I’m starting to have the same problem with them that I have with Nathan—rather less adorable than advertised.
“Aw, Mom, you know [Jordan’s] probably here to see me. About work.”
STUFF IT, SELF-ABSORBED LITTLE BOY
Joella shooes off Nathan and Jordan tries to get up the courage (euphemism!) to tell her about the decorations thing. But he wusses out (Please note: I like that he wusses out. I like characters with admitted flaws.)
It’s pretty cool: he panics and offers to let her sit in on a meeting with an attorney, and then FLEES:
He stood abruptly. “I should be going.”
He is the cutest thing.
At the meeting with the attorney, Joella ruminates about how much she likes the “other” Jordan, the one who hung out at her house, and this guy, who is all-business just because it’s, yanno, business.
Once again, Jordan comes out the most sympathetic in my eyes. He’s waiting for a call about the NFL thing, and Venita calls him “Jordie” in front of the lawyer, and then his uncle busts in interrupts the meeting and because he’s an adorable old man (He also calls Jordan “Jordie.” At a business meeting.), Joella likes him oh so very much:
Joella hurt for the old man, but he seemed oblivious to his nephew’s sharp tone.
What a dear. [she thinks]
Joella’s heart ached for him, and for the coldness with which his nephew had interrupted him and deftly gotten him out of the way.
Heh, bet she wouldn’t be such a fan if she knew what he did with her retirement money.
After the meeting, Joella has an idea that may have “popped into her head courtesy of God“!
She asks for a few hours of his time every afternoon for a week, which seems like a TON of time (seriously, the man’s got things to do!), but, like a sap, Jordan agrees.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this…