TSoA: Chapter 38, Part 2, and Chapter 39, Part 1: Almost There
Now that Murphy has an actual plan for finding the ark, and has decided to do nothing about the murder in his ranks, there is nothing else to do but keep climbing.
They traverse an ice wall, and more trouble unfolds—the Dick slips and he and Token Turk (they were using the same rope) fall before an ice screw stops them. Fearless leads the rescue effort to grab them and pull them to safety.
The Dick is understandably pissed that he almost died, and asks Murphy how the frak much farther is it to this gorram ark, already.
Murphy was gazing across the snowfield with a strange look on his face. “Can’t you feel it? We’re almost there.”
The Dick: *sniffles* I wanna go home. It’s cold and it’s wet and I almost died and The Bachelor is on tonight.
But there is no going home. Indeed, the rest of the team is “energized by Murphy’s sense that they were closing in on their goal.”
Really? I would have thought that they’d be a bit freaked out by the mutterings of the fanatic who thinks he’s on a mission from God and doesn’t seem to give a damn that one person has already died.
Also, a blizzard is here, so they make ice caves. They double (and triple) up in three caves:
- Murphy, Isis, and Larry the Photo Guy
- Fearless and the Nerd
- The Dick and Token Turk
Murphy is sleeping with Isis and Larry (oh wowwwww…), and, since he has no imagination or ability to detect subtlety, must have a SUPER OBVIOUS dream about a “slim, red-haired angel with sparkling green eyes” who picks him up and flies around with him.
I get the feeling Bob Phillips was watching some classic superhero movies right before writing this scene:
This video is especially apropos, because the dream ends thusly:
There was a loud crack, like a rifle shot. She screamed. He felt her hand being plucked from his own. Then they were both falling.
But it’s all okay!
Because as Murphy steps out of the ice cave in his slippers and bathrobe, stretches, belches, and looks for the morning paper…
HE SEES IT
It is just that simple.