TSoA: Chapter 49: Takes Way Too Long
It totally does. Take way too long. All you need to know is that Murphy and Isis leave Vern in the capable Bronze-Age care of Obi-Wan, and head back to that one town where they made the day trip, to find the guy who had the first (or is it last?) bronze plate with the secret of Harry Potter.
They find out that the would-be seller was murdered, and the last/first bronze plate stolen.
The only vaguely interesting part comes when they have a discussion with the dead guy’s cousin, who tells Murphy and Isis that his family has promised retribution on the killer.
Murphy thought he knew what kind of “family” the blonde man was referring to.
My, my, Murph…that’s awfully cynical for a good Christian man, eh?
So Murphy and the guy make a deal: Murphy and Isis will give a description of Talon to the guy, and if anyone in the family finds Talon first, they will hand him over to Murphy. And when and if Murphy gets to Talon, he must kill him.
This seems like a fairly crappy deal for the blonde guy and his family (or “family”), but Isis’s concerns are more spiritual:
Isis looked at [Murphy], wondering what he was going to say. She knew how powerful was the instinct for revenge when a loved one had been killed, but could he make such a promise as a Christian?
“I promise,” said Murphy.
I almost can’t believe it! An actual moral conflict!
I may have to sit down.
Wait…I am sitting down.