Shadowed: Chapter 10: Second Chances
Jae awakens from her little catnap when Angela brings the kids to their new spacious abode.
The kids are, of course, blown away by the idea of Jesus. And Jae, feeling especially vulnerable, breaks down in front of Angela and blurts out her whole life story, including, of course, “how she had seen a change in Paul.”
I can’t help but imagine that Angela is thinking, “Damn! Dodged a bullet there!”
Jae also tells Angela how “guilty” she feels about the children, not instilling in them the religion that she herself did not believe until a few days ago.
Angela reassures her:
“Actually, Jae, they’re at the perfect age. It would have been good to have them younger, of course, but at eight and six they have no guile, no cynicism.”
Probably. They do, however, know the difference between fact and fiction. And the schools may never have mentioned God, but certainly the kids have picked up by osmosis that religion is “pretend.” If not Connor yet, then surely observant, parentified Brie, so attuned to the adults around her.
Jae is also embarrassed for herself and how little she knows of Jesus (as well she might be, considering how little of the Bible she has actually read), so Angela offers her a job as “assistant,” so she can learn as the kids learn.
Damn, it might be the end of the world, but the indoctrination will continue apace!
Back to Roscoe Wipers!
Paul’s “professional opinion” is that he should just murder Wipers as a favor to the underground. Yet, in a downright 1984-ish conversation, Paul explains to Wipers that “We’re people of faith, people of redemption, people of second chances.”
But Paul really, really wants to kill him, because he got the information about Wipers from poor, overworked Felicia, and knows that Wipers has been giving them false info about how and when he makes contact with Bia Balaam.
But it is Pudgy Jack who advocates for not killing Wipers. Not because he is a person of second chances and love and forgiveness or anything, but because they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place: if they let Wipers contact Bia under their supervision, he could give away the underground’s position, but if they kill him, the NPO will also know he’s been made.
Short chapter. Sometimes I think Jerry Jenkins has aspirations to be Dan Brown.