Shadowed: Chapter 7: Our Whole Lives
request order, the driver takes the Apostle family back to Ranold’s “appropriated” car.
“Our whole lives are in that car,” Paul said. “Let’s risk it.”
Let’s risk Jae’s and your and my lives, dude! And losing our kids!
Honestly, what could possibly be in that car that is worth risking your lives for? All you have is whatever you packed to go to Europe in Silenced. And what Jae and the kids packed to spend an extended vacation at Grandma and Grandpa’s. What precious cargo is in those suitcases besides easily-replaceable clothes and toiletries? I mean, presumably, Paul has been carrying his wallet and Jae has been carrying her purse all this time.
And if there was something so incredibly important that you couldn’t live without it, why didn’t you take it with you when you ditched the car to collect Jae and get picked up by the underground?
Paul is just the worst covert agent ever.
Guess I’m wrong, though, because it’s all just fine. And back in the underground’s car, Paul and Jae have the following whispered conversation:
“Any reason the kids have to know about your mother?”
She shook her head. “We’re going to have to tell them about Berl. They deserve that.”
But they don’t deserve to know their beloved grandmother is dead? I don’t get it.
And it’s not like this is something they’ll be able to fudge over forever. This is already on the news and will always be findable. What are Brie and Connor going to think when they grow up a bit and realize their newly-minted RTC parents lied to them about the death of one of the few people in their lives to show them genuine affection?
Again, though, I guess we’re supposed to assume that it’s fine.
Anyway, they arrive at the underground, which is apparently literally underground, just like the Midwest one.
Bizarrely, given the crazy entering and exiting procedures in Italy, the D.C. underground has twelve entrances, each guarded. Which seems terribly conspicuous, but then, I’m not a super-spy like Paul.
As they travel down to the “complex,” Jae reflects on her children’s lack of religious education:
Jae wasn’t sure either Brie or Connor even had a concept of God. How she would have loved to begin their education about Him with the story of God’s sending His only Son to Earth.
Jae certainly has specific and strong opinions for someone who has read a tiny fraction of the Bible.
How could they be expected to understand Him when it was likely that within a day or two of finding out their parents were God followers, they would learn of His fearsome power to kill?
And to kill their beloved uncle in particular.
She also thinks about how, in Atheistopian schools, “God was simply never mentioned, never acknowledged.” Which seems a bit odd for a world that has outlawed religion entirely because of how religion almost destroyed the planet and all. But it does sound rather like America’s public schools today (or at least, how America’s public schools should be). So I kinda wonder if Jenkins is trying to make a dig at our evil, secular schools, though this seems more subtle than what we generally see from him.
Oh, and don’t worry—in the next chapter, we will see exactly how religious instruction for children is handled in the underground.
Finally, the Apostles meet up with Jack Pass.
Paul hadn’t known what to expect, but certainly not a fortyish man, pudgy and balding. He saw zero resemblance to Jack’s late older brother, under whom he had served in the Special Forces years before. Andrew Pass had been a military cliché: crew cut, trim, ramrod straight, all that.
And, as we all know, no former serviceman could ever lose his hair or gain weight!
I’m sure we are supposed to be most taken aback by Jack’s dreaded weight, but the only thing that even mildly surprises me is that Jack is as young as he is. Because Andy Pass had a thirty-something daughter and had been a father figure to Paul, so there’s apparently a larger-than-average age difference between the brothers.
But who cares about that kind of detail. I mean, the man is pudgy.
Good thing Paul is here to take over. Otherwise, a non-skinny person might have been left in charge!