In the Spirit of…Christmas: Chapter 2

As Jesse leaves, Lindsey thinks about how his name sounds ever-so-vaguely familiar.  I thought for half a second that she might be the daughter of his step-father, but they’re about the same age, so that can’t be right, can it?  Unless her mom left with her before Jesse and his mom showed up.  I don’t know.

Anyway, she thinks about how hot he is, but how “looks did not impress [her],” but damn, he sure is fine.

I’m kidding, of course.  Lindsey would never use the word “damn.”

That afternoon, he comes back to the house, interrupting her while she’s “talking to the Lord and caring for the trees.”

A point in Lindsey’s favor: Jesse asks her (quite politely, mind), if she could put the dog away because the kid came along, and Lindsey does, but adds:

“If you’re going to work for me, we have to find a way for Jade and Sushi to get along.”

Good for her.  This phobia really needs to be addressed while the kid is still young and it can actually be done.  It’s not like dogs are an endangered species, after all, and it seems that Jade is equally scared of all dogs, not just the type that bit her.  This is a real problem.

Interestingly, turns out that Lindsey’s ultimate decision to hire Jesse was made, at least in part, out of pity:

…his references had been glowing.  One woman had gone beyond character references, though, and had told Lindsey about the tragic accident that had made him a widower, and about his raw and terrible grief.  Her sympathy had driven her to pray for the man and his little girl—and to decide to hire him.

So Lindsey and Jesse talk about the job, while Jade sits nearby and colors with a coloring book and crayons Lindsey has stashed in a kitchen drawer.

This is striking me as increasingly weird.  If a random six-year-old showed up at my doorstep, I would not have a coloring book and crayons handy.  She would have to settle for the ole electronic babysitter, though I do have some animated movies, I guess.

This just seems over the top, even for a Sunday school teacher.

Lindsey immediately volunteers that Jesse should bring Jade with him to work each morning, and the school bus can pick her up and drop her off at her house.  Wow, but she sure is trusting.  Just letting this guy into her life in every single respect, isn’t she?

And you better believe that Jesse doesn’t seem quite so deserving of that trust:

The more hours he worked the more money he’d make.  And the more time he’d have to question Lindsey and check out the farm.

Damn.  That’s cold.

Finally, they take a walk into the actual tree farm part, and Jade is disappointed that the trees don’t look like Christmas trees.  (I admit, it’s actually pretty cute.)  And Jesse, Scrooge that he is, ruminates about how he is not looking forward to “having Christmas shoved down his throat at every turn.”

Dude, you live in the United States in the 21st century.  That happens whether you work at a tree farm or not.

Wow…looks like my Actually Not That Bad category might be seeing a lot of use this Wintermas season.

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Posted on December 9, 2013, in In the Spirit of...Christmas. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Huh, there’s honestly not much to complain about here. Finally an RTC novel seems to get it right and make the RTC an unambigiously nice person, while the non-RTC is the clear villain, but withLindsey immediately volunteers that Jesse should bring Jade with him to work each morning, and the school bus can pick her up and drop her off at her houes a realistic motivation. Here’s hoping they don’t fuck it up later.

    I will also be curious to learn what exactly Jesse game is here. Is he trying to make enough money to buy the farm? Find some way to trick his future love interest into selling the farm? Trying to kick her of the farm? Stuff her corpse in the basement?

    Lindsey immediately volunteers that Jesse should bring Jade with him to work each morning, and the school bus can pick her up and drop her off at her house
    Sorry, what exactly is the plan here. Jesse takes Jade to Lindsey’s house, then the schoolbus takes her… where? Does “her house” refer to Jade’s or Lindsey’s? Isn’t she already at Lindsey’s house? Is the bus taking her to a local school? Does she attend that school all of the sudden?

    • Okay, copy-paste mistake, that first paragraph should be:

      Huh, there’s honestly not much to complain about here. Finally an RTC novel seems to get it right and make the RTC an unambigiously nice person, while the non-RTC is the clear villain. But a villain with a clear, realistic motivation that we can understand. Here’s hoping they don’t fuck it up later.

    • Sorry, what exactly is the plan here. Jesse takes Jade to Lindsey’s house, then the schoolbus takes her… where? Does “her house” refer to Jade’s or Lindsey’s? Isn’t she already at Lindsey’s house? Is the bus taking her to a local school? Does she attend that school all of the sudden?

      Apologies for being unclear: Jesse and Jade will go to Lindsey’s house every morning. The bus will pick up Jade from there, and drop her back at Lindsey’s house after school, where she’ll wait for her father to finish work.

      • Ah, ok. I was kinda confused because I assumed Jade wasn’t going to a school very close to Lindsey’s house, since Jesse seems to have moved into the area only just now.

        But I don’t know the distances involved. Or, for that matter, how far school busses tend to travel. We don’t really have them on this side of the pond. I’ve always biked to school.

        • I’m a suburban girl myself, but in rural areas, kids can be bussed in from pretty far away. I assume the local school system gets the kids in the little town, and in the outlying areas like Lindsey’s farm.

  2. Regarding the crayons and coloring books, that doesn’t actually strike me as odd, with the Sunday School teacher angle. Most of the people that I knew that were Sunday School teachers had some “kid stuff” just always lying around – whether they’d gone out and bought some for the class once and this is the leftovers, or the church was getting rid of a bunch of stuff and they rescued it, etc. That actually rings true for me.

    • Depending on the age of the kids she teaches Sunday School to, I can see that being absolutely true to life.

      Jesse, dude, what exactly is your master plan here? Case out the joint and get a bead on your mark, and then . . . what? Identity theft? Murder? That old long-lost relative story?

      • I’m also curious as to what Cowboy Jesse’s plan is after he gets the farm. I mean, best-case scenario is he ends up owning the place … and there he is, a Christmas hater running a Christmas tree farm. Kind of a Pyrrhic victory there. What’s he gonna do, burn everything down and switch to soybeans and live out of his truck some more until the next harvest?

  3. My wife has a dog phobia like Jade’s, and for the same reason. It can be a problem because she enjoys going for walks, but so do lots of other people, often with their dogs. She can wind up more stressed out after the walk than she was before it if there were a lot of dog-walkers.

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