Silenced: Chapters 13-14: Our New Hero
So some of us have been saying all along that if Ranold was really the super-agent that he’s supposed to be, and if the NPO was really the super-organization it’s supposed to be, they would’ve had Paul figured out long ago.
WELL GUESS WHAT????
Aw yeah, baby, it is time for Ranold to be Teh Awesome.
Of course, we’re not supposed to think he’s being awesome here. We’re not supposed to be on his side. And we know he’s going to lose.
But GORRAMITALL, I so want to see Paul get his at the hands of Ranold and Jae. Just let me dream for awhile, okay?
Jae arrives in Washington. Presumably, she took a route much like this one, and since Jenkins halves all travel times in Atheistopia, we can assume it took just over five hours to get there, plus eating and potty stops. Then again, the kids are still friggin’ asleep, so maybe Jae blew right through. I can tell you from experience that much of that drive is incredibly boring, so it’s a good thing Jae had something to listen to, even if it was the New Testament.
Ranold is in a late meeting (ONE GUESS WHAT IT’S ABOUT!!!) and Jae’s mother greets her.
Once the luggage was inside, Jae’s mother asked her if she was hungry or thirsty.
“No,” she said. “I need to get to bed and so do you. Thanks for everything.”
Her mother tried to express how thrilled she was to have Jae and the kids, but Jae shushed her and nudged her toward her bedroom.
Jae, it is like nine or ten at night. I think you can take twenty minutes and have a cuppa tea with your mother who loves you. Damn, girl, but that is cold.
We can see that Jae’s Stepfordization progresses ever smoothly—she would rather listen to the Bible than talk with her mother. She takes the discs to her room with her for bedtime listening…and then some.
Oh, and Jae apparently listens to the discs slooooooowly. She was in Romans when she left Chicago, and five hours later, she is into Ephesians. Even counting all of Romans, that is not even 27 pages in my Bible.
But here’s the spooky part:
Jae didn’t intend to memorize [Ephesians 2:4-9], but she wanted to hear it again and again. So she set the coordinates and programmed the player to repeat, and she listened to the passage all night, six or eight times before she drifted off.
So creepy. Jae is basically brainwashing herself through repetition.
Next morning, Jae’s mom takes the kids out for breakfast and then to the zoo, and Ranold sits Jae down for a breakfast that he prepared himself, while revealing to her…dun dun DUN…her real job with the NPO.
“I’m going to let you in on some highly classified information, and I need to know you can handle it. You’re smart, you’re patriotic, and I’ve always known you to be a loyal citizen. Does that still apply?”
In spite of herself, even knowing that her father was flattering her for his own purposes, Jae lived and died for positive input from him.
Jenkins leaves out the logical rest of this thought. Jae lived and died for positive input from her father…because she damn sure didn’t get positive input from anyone else, least of all her husband.
Jenkins tries to paint Ranold in the worst possible light—flattering his daughter, lumbering around like a doofus in the kitchen (even though Ranold turns out to be a good cook), talking with his mouth full (quelle horreur!), but he can’t fool me! Ranold is about to do what we have all been hoping and dreaming he would do for two books now…ATTEMPT TO NAIL PAUL FOR TREASON.
“Jae, are you familiar with Stockholm syndrome?”
“Where a hostage becomes sympathetic to the kidnapper?”
“In a nutshell. Being as generous as possible, that’s what we think happened with Paul.”
It’s happening, you guys. I can hardly believe it, and I know it won’t end well, but Ranold is ON to Paul’s stupid games. He has facts and inside information. He has been wise to Paul for MONTHS now.
And we get to see it all! Goooooooo, Ranold!
And on that awesome note, we will leave Ranold to celebrate his glorious, treason-hunting Wintermas in peace.
Godspeed in your quest, Ranold. Godspeed.