ItSo…C: Chapter 5
A week or two later, Jesse takes an afternoon off from work. One guess where he went!
I kinda think we skipped right over Halloween into November, which is usually a big deal for kids around Jade’s age. (Okay, maybe it’s a big deal for me, too. Just sayin’.) But as we discovered last year, you’re not allowed to do Halloween in Steeple Hill books.
So Lindsey is by herself when Jade is dropped off, which is confusing because Jesse said he’s pick her up from school.
Lindsey is apprised of the situation when Jade once again loses her shit at the sight of Sushi. But Lindsey handles the situation FRAKKING BRILLIANTLY.
She calms the kid, then has her stand inside the house and look out the screen door as Lindsey plays with Sushi then runs her through a series of commands, showing Jade that the dog is both playful and obedient, and would never hurt her. Jade seems to see the sense in this, though she’s not yet quite brave enough to pet Sushi.
Still, this is good stuff. Actually Not That Bad, and only a few pages into the chapter.
Jade is still nervous, this time about where her daddy is. This is understandable, and Lindsey redirects her like a good mom would, suggesting they have dress-up tea together. She has a whole bunch of dress-up outfits (still a bit surprised by this—kiddie snack and kiddie drinks and coloring books and crayons and now, dress-up clothes).
It all goes swimmingly, and Lindsey urges Jade to say a prayer for Jesse that he’ll get safely home. Lindsey expects Jade not to know how to pray, but Jade does. Not to be outdone, Lindsey schools the child in the notion that every person in the world has his or her own guardian angel.
‘Kay, I guess. Does everyone get their own spirit guide, too, Lindsey?
Jesse arrives shortly thereafter, pissed because he’s spent all afternoon at the courthouse and…
…hadn’t found a single reference to any transaction between Charles Mitchell and Les Finch.
I’m inclined to agree with depizan—it just seems at this point that Jesse is making things way more complicated than they should be.
Of course, he’s tying his own hands by not asking for help from the clerk. Though this presents another problem—are the files in the courthouse, just sitting around so people can paw through them? Wouldn’t the clerk already get a sense of what Jesse was up to, given the questions he would have to ask? And why doesn’t he just hire a private detective, if he’s so worried about people wondering about him?
Anyway, Jesse is guilt-stricken when Jade tells him she was afraid he was dead, like mommy.
But Lindsey redirects again, and the three of them have dinner of sandwiches together. I’ll cut short all the many details of this dinner, except to say:
1. Jesse is directed by Jade to dress up for dinner, and he’s the kind of guy who will wear a boa and tiara for his little girl, which I greatly respect.
2. Lindsey has them pray over dinner (which is fine by me, as it’s her house), and Jesse concludes that “playing the hypocrite for fifteen seconds hadn’t killed him” and he “hadn’t been bothered by the prayer.” Um, good for him? Is this supposed to be a sign that he’s moving towards Christianity? Because I’ve never been “bothered” by prayers.
So, basically, this chapter keeps things pretty even, as far as I’m concerned—both Lindsey and Jesse do cool things, but Jesse is still kinda dumb and Lindsey is still kinda pushy.
And Christmas is coming, so Jesse will have plenty to be “bothered” by very soon!