Shadowed: Chapter 6: Finding Accomodations
Paul finally gets in touch with Jack Pass, Andy Pass’s brother, last seen (or rather, heard) speaking to Mr. Napalm-Barrel himself via skull phone. He’s in charge of the D.C. underground, and is initially less than eager for Paul and the kids to show up, at least until Paul drops the name of Arthur Demetrius, who will, of course, be more than willing to send cash to the underground at his earliest convenience.
It pays to know the right people!
Then, Jerry Jenkins dos something that I find rather remarkable: he reveals an Unfortunate Implication of the curse:
It reveals false believers.
See, one of the “trusted elders” of the D.C. underground had an eldest son die at the stroke of the curse. The guy swears it was all a coincidence, but the rest of the underground has locked him up. Yanno, for safety and stuff.
I suppose it could be worse. They might have simply executed him, as underground zealots are wont to do.
But instead, they are planning on cutting and running, given that the guy is no doubt a horrible atheist who has reported on their location already.
Jae, meanwhile, manages to hail a cab—
—and makes her way to the stupid rendezvous point, which happens to be in front of an electronics store, where she sees on the news that Ranold has already reported Margaret as murdered and his car stolen.
Ha! You go, Ranold, my secret hero of these books, you!
Oh, and Felicia, who apparently has exactly nothing better to do, what with her son and brother-in-law being dead and all, calls Paul to double-check on this whole murdering-Margaret story.
Paul, as usual, zooms in on the most important issues:
“I appropriated [Ranold’s car], yes. I’m still NPO, too, last I heard.”
Oh, so now he wants to be part of the NPO. Trust Paul always to have his priorities straight.
More strange phone nonsense from an author who can’t keep track of his futuretech, as we learn that, in addition to her skullphone, she has a cell phone—a physical p[hone on her person, on which she receives text messages.
I just don’t get it.
Paul ditches the car and, most likely out of some evolutionary instinct, actually remembers to take the kids with him as he runs to get Jae.
And then, likely salivating at the thought of both money and the blood of fake believers, a driver from the underground picks up the Apostle family.
Damn. Being on the run like this should be a thrill a minute…and this chapter is the most boring so far.