TSoA: Chapter 36, Part 1: No Danger Here
After the encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi and the vicious puppies of adorableness, Murphy takes a moment to touch base with Vern Peterson.
It is truly amazing to imagine how much death and suffering of puppies could have been avoided had Murphy only waited until Vern could fly them up the mountain.
But, in fact, looks like it will be another 48 hours until Vern can make it to them. Well, that will conveniently open the door for yet more disaster.
“How’s it going with you and the team?” [asked Vern]
[Murphy] hesitated. “We’ve had our share of excitement.”
“Yeah, two of our team members were held at gunpoint, and Isis was kidnapped and we had to kill three men to get her back. A bit of excitement, yes.”
I wonder if Murphy is planning ever to tell Vern about all the excitement. Vern, let us remember, took this job because he desperately needs the money to support his growing family. And at the time, Murphy saw no need to inform Vern or his wife about the extra-sepcial dangers posed by Talon and the “spooks.”
After all, if they had known, Vern might have said no.
“Don’t worry, Vern. We’ll move the supplies up to Camp Two by backpack.”
Um, isn’t that what you were planning to do anyway, Murph? Yanno, before your little field trip to traverse an ice field for no apparent reason?
[Vern] wanted to be on the mountain, where the action was.
Really? Yeah, this family man would love to be kidnapped, I bet. Would love to be threatened by wild puppies and guns and Obi-Wan Kenobi. A story to tell your kids, if you survive.
“And, Vern, it’s not over yet. You’ll get your fair share of the excitement.”
Murphy cut the connection. Be careful what you wish for, Vern, he thought to himself.
What, as opposed to thinking to someone else? Also, you are the one not giving him the complete picture, Murphy. Tell him everything, and then tell him to be careful what he wishes for.
If Julie knew what was going on, she’d skewer me like a hog.
But even though this is an incredibly dangerous expedition that has been tracked by a psychotic killer who works for a group bent on world domination, I see no reason why I should have told Vern and Julie, Murphy thought to himself.
So, the team shleps the supplies three thousand more feet up the mountain, and Murphy attempts some lame flirting with Isis.
“There’s nothing for dogs up here.” [said Isis]
“Except us,” Murphy said.
She laughed. “Tempting morsel though I may be, I don’t think they’d climb three thousand feet through snow and ice for the privilege.”
“More fools them,” Murphy said, and she blushed despite the chill.
Yeah, after seeing dogs eating men and after sifting through the gross and bloody remains, this is a perfect subject for flirting.
Isis, don’t let your head be turned! The Nerd is just waiting for you! Also, come to think of it, Larry the Photo Guy and his possibly-creepy-but-also-possibly-cute picture-taking of you!
You have options, girl. Plenty of fish on the mountain.