TSoA: Chapter 47: The Survivors
Taking a page from Murphy’s book, Isis opens her heart to her beloved at the specific time when he can’t hear her.
The only difference is that he wakes up at the end of her soliloquy. Because Murphy’s a Manly Man.
“…But something made me climb up here.” [Isis said to the unconscious Murphy]
Gee, Davey, do you think it was…God???
/Crow T. Robot
I wonder if there are Murphy/Isis shippers out there.
Isis looked at him as his chest gently rose and fell, and she brushed away a tear.
His tear or hers? (I’m just kidding. Being a Manly Man, I’m suprised enough that Murphy cried when his wife was dying. Then again, Greg Dinallo was co-writer on that book.)
“I’m so glad I did [come back towards the ark].”
“Me too.” [said Murphy, awake for the first time]
Isis manages to force-feed him a bit of the soup (apparently, it has “healing herbs” in it), and explains that Obi-Wan is off looking for survivors of the helicopter crash. We also learn that this cave is just Obi-Wan’s summer home, and he has a bigger cave down the mountain.
Gradually, through the night, the herbs did their work. By morning, Murphy felt as if he had a massive hangover and had gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson, but otherwise he felt remarkably good.
Ah. So other than the explodey-feeling head and the nausea and vomiting and the fatigue and the dizziness and the inability to concentrate and the pain and the achiness in every part of his body, Murphy feels just dandy!
When I was concussed, I doubt I could have walked across a room without fainting or puking. Guess I’m just not the Manly Man that Murphy is.
In fact, Murph feels so fine and dandy that he insists that they do TWO HOURS of “strenuous hiking” to get to the Main Cave.
Even though they’re not entirely certain where it is.
…Isis spotted a wide opening in the mountainside, thirty yeards or so above the trail.
“This has to be it,” she said.
Oh. Whew. I was worried there. For a second.
Obi-Wan’s Main Cave (which I guess is also his Man Cave) has a propane stove and pictures of the ark story on the walls, so you know that his cave is a home.
The cave also contains Vern, rescued from the Vietnam snowbank. (In a refreshing touch, Murphy actually thanks Obi-Wan for saving him.)
Vern relates his perspective of the helicopter crash:
“[Larry and I] were talking on the satellite phones, and something he said just didn’t seem right.”
Note: Larry probably means this:
“Good-bye, Vern, thanks for the ride.”
-Larry the Photo Guy, Chapter 45
I’d probably be suspicious, too.
“Then he took out some sort of control box and I guess my instincts just took over. I tried to take the chopper down into the gorge so an electronic signal wouldn’t reach it, but I figured it was going to be too late and I just jumped. His voice choked with emotion. “There wasn’t time to explain to [Token Turk and the Dick]. I was hoping they’d just follow me out, but I guess they…” He couldn’t go on.
“I guess they just looked at me like I was crazy as I threw myself out the door of my own helicopter. Go figure.”
Also, exactly how long does it take to scream “JUUUUUMMMPPP!!!!” Sure, they might not do it, but at least try, right? You can “explain” later.
Murphy’s jaw was clenched in anger. “[Larry the Photo Guy]. I was looking in the wrong place the whole time.
Murphy seems to be giving himself both too much and too little credit here. Like any hero of a mystery story, his thoughts tended towards the wrong person (a careful reading of Chapter 38 presents Murphy as slightly more suspicious of the Dick than of anybody else, but he still resolves to “watch everybody like a hawk.”) (Emphasis mine.) Still, it wasn’t like he thought Larry was completely cleared of suspicion, especially given Larry’s crush on Isis.
And now it’s Murphy’s turn to reveal that two of their guys died on the ark. (Still think splitting up the team was a good idea, Murph?)
Vern seems as confused as we are about the bad guys’ motives:
“And this Talon character—he wants to take over the world?”
Murphy looked grim. “I don’t know what motivates Talon, apart from a love of killing for the sake of it. But the people he works for, yes. … All I’m certain of is that they’re evil and they have to be stopped.”
Because they’ll Stop at Nothing!
Also, Murphy assumes that Larry was working for Talon, not the CIA. Why he thinks this is left as an exercise to the reader.
Changing the subject, Murphy asks for Obi-Wan’s story.
“It is right you should know. I am one of the guardians of the sacred ark. For centuries my family has been doing this. … I will watch the mountain for two years and then someone will replace me for a while. Then I will come back again.”
Ah. So, as some have suspected, Obi-Wan is basically this guy:
Isis has logical questions:
“Why did you tell us where the ark could be found? Why didn’t you just let us search like all the other explorers?”
To which Obi-Wan has the best answer of all:
[Obi-Wan] turned to Murphy. “There was something about you and your…sincerity. Your strength of purpose.”
Murphy is also sincerely and passionately angry at Talon, who has left the ark buried in the now forever and ever. (Um, so does this mean Obi-Wan and his family are off the hook for watching the ark now?)
He determines to head off on a quest to find Talon and re-secure the Secrets of Harry Potter’s Sorcerer’s Philosopher’s Stone, which Talon is carrying around in a backpack.
Amusingly, Murphy elects to simply leave his bestest pal Vern in the tender, Bronze-Age medical care of Obi-Wan.
And refreshingly, Isis exhibits some backbone and TELLS MURPHY SHE IS COMING WITH HIM TO HUNT DOWN TALON.
Not that any of us should get too excited. It’s not like she helps or anything.