Shadowed: Chapter 11: Something Unique
Well, thanks to all this talk about the Christian Sasquatch movie, I now need to watch MST3K: Boggy Creek II today.
And that is no bad thing.
Something unique was happening with the kids, Jae decided.
Mostly because she’s shocked that instead of asking questions about what has happened, the kids just want to sleep after the movie. This has been a big day for them, what with their uncle and grandmother dying and being yanked around a grief-stricken world to an underground apartment. And it was also movie night. So I’m honestly not too surprised that they’re tired. I’m more surprised that Jae is surprised.
But this newly-Christian mom respects that exhaustion little enough that she keeps them awake to tell them about how she prays before she sleeps, and about how Jesus is real and not “a fairy tale…a make-believe story” as Brie asks.
Wouldn’t want the kids exercising any critical thinking at this important faith juncture, after all!
Speaking of the make-believe story, is anyone else surprised that the RTC underground is capable of making movies that can entertain Atheistopian children, who are used to the entertainment extravaganzas described in Soon? I mean, we have plenty of evidence from the movies critiqued at this very blog, that Christian movies are, by and large, low budget affairs that tend to sacrifice plot and characterization on the altar of…the altar call. So I can’t imagine Brie, especially, being impressed.
But enough of the kids! Back to Paul and his spy games:
In answer to a question asked about the last chapter, Wipers lied about the code words he uses in his communications with Bia. Paul knew this, not because of his own “prodigious intellect” or anything, but because Felicia found out for him.
Paul heads to the apartment for a nap before the Bia-call, and he and Jae engage in some pillow talk regarding Jae’s dead mom. Jae thinks her mother as good as converted before her death, and Paul really doesn’t say yay or nay to this. As I’ve said before, this seems a less formal standard than Jerry Jenkins usually has, given that Margaret didn’t make “the transaction,” but I’m sure this is far more comforting alternative to Jae than imagining her mother being tortured forever in the newly-believed-in Hell.
Yanno, like Berlitz is. Right now.
At ten to four, Paul meets back up with Pudgy Jack. Their conversation consists of Paul’s self-absorbed observation that he is currently “the most recognizable and vulnerable fugitive in the USSA,” and Jack’s commentary on Roscoe’s name:
“Where’d he get a name like that anyway?” Jack said. “Sounds like a retail shop.”
Paul stared at him. Surely Jack wasn’t expecting an answer. Where does a man get a name like Jack Pass either?
I am utterly ashamed that Paul and I are in agreement about something…anything.
Also, did Jenkins just poke fun at himself? Mind blown.
At least I can take comfort in the fact that Roscoe Wipers doesn’t at all sound like the name of a “retail shop” (seriously, who even says it like that?). Roscoe Wipers sounds like a two-bit thug in a 1930s gangster movie, which I can only imagine is what Jenkins was actually going for.
Given that they know the difference between the real code words and the fake code words, Paul and Pudgy Jack come up with a plan:
“We get him connected, make sure he says the right stuff, have him tell this woman’s machine that we have moved out of Washington. Then, just as he’s starting to tell her where we’ve gone, we interrupt him, tell him he’s been made, fire off the gun, he drops the phone, end of threat.”
Well, unless they’re actually tracking him and are ready to move. I mean, gorammit, what are even the point of these stupid skull phones if you can’t keep track of your spies?
They purposefully and unnecessarily slam open the door of the cell, startling Roscoe, who “whines.”
Damn, people who lose loved ones are just so whiny in this book!
Amusingly, Paul is surprised when Bia actually answers Roscoe’s call, instead of letting it go to “machine.”
Turns out that she was up anyway, because her son is dead, too.
Anyway, the dumb spy games continue, as Roscoe spews some nonsense about everyone moving but nobody telling anybody where they’re actually going (?), and Paul and Jack pull the ridiculous “oh noes, he’s been found out, shoot him!” ruse, and that’s that.
Still seems like a really bad plan, but okay.
And a new thought occurs to me—are Paul and Pudgy Jack and the other believers really this unconcerned with being thought murderers by the NPO? Granted, the NPO already knows that they successfully prayed for the deaths of millions, but now they also shoot suspected spies in cold blood.
They’re the good guys…remember that.