Silenced: Chapter 25: Brilliant!
“Ranold,” Margaret called out, “the message light is blinking on the phone.”
The message is from Bia.
International counter-terrorism: best left to answering machines.
Bia’s carrying the Idiot Ball right now: she totally bought Paul’s “Bia’s great and loves her kids” fake-out. Seems a bit out of character for Bia to fall for such an obvious ploy, but she is a woman, amirite? So much as mention her kids, and she’ll be putty in your hands.
Jae realizes what Paul was doing, but is pissed:
[Paul] was a master, but if his brilliance had cost her the chance of seeing him over there, she was not going to be happy.
For those keeping track, this is the second time in seven pages that Paul has been called “brilliant.” Repeat a lie enough, right?
But Ranold is still suspicious, because fool him once… (Also, though he doesn’t actually say so, I suspect that he hasn’t forgotten that Paul has been jealous of Bia since the moment they met.)
Ball Dangler makes a statement that they’re not going to negotiate with terrorists (meaning Styr Magnor, but he might as well be talking to Paul and Co.), and Paul reflects on Dangler:
…while Paul was diametrically opposed to his worldview, it had not always been that way.
“Good thing I stuck Jesus into my heart six whole months ago! Otherwise, my kid might be dead tomorrow! Oh well, I guess that’s just what everyone else (who’s grown up in a world where religion is outlawed) gets! Sucks to be you, almost everyone on the planet! Can’t make an omelette, right?”
Styr plays some more Telephone with ChappellShow, with Paul directing ChappellShow’s end of the conversation. It’s all pretty boring and redundant, but ChappellShow manages to set up a meet with Styr at a pub in Shoreditch.
So soon we get to see Paul’s mad spy skillz in action again!