Shadowed: Chapter 26: Mass Exodus Planning
Yanno, it really does shock me that the Columbia underground, located in the same city as the NPO headquarters itself, doesn’t have a better escape plan. And they’ve been given a free WEEK AND A HALF to execute!
Pudgy Jack has Greenie coordinate the “mass exodus,” even thought they still have absolutely no idea where they’re going.
WHY NOT??? They have literally had decades to work all this out. There should be contingency plans for the contingency plans. There should be regular drills, a chain of command, different people assigned to different things. Seriously, what is going on with these people?
By their own admission, they are less prepared for a raid by the Eeeevil Atheistopians than I am, right now, sitting here in my little apartment drinking my tea, for the zombie apocalypse.
But never mind! Something far more important is about to happen: Paul is going to speak with Bia Balaam!
After days of putting her off and deliberately ignoring her attempts to contact him, Paul calls Bia himself.
He was disappointed when her machine picked up. He hoped if she was there she would recognize his voice.
…and not just dickishly refuse to answer the call out of spite, like he has for the past two days.
Paul natters at Bia a bit, and she reveals information that should really frighten Paul more than it does: that the NPO has known for quite some time the exact location and population of the Columbia underground, thanks to poor ole Roscoe Wipers.
Notably missing from the conversation is any sympathy on Paul’s part regarding the death of Bia’s beloved son. Nope, Paul is much more interested in whining to Bia about how he has “endured [Ranold] for years.” Wow, poor guy.
The only mention Paul makes of Taj is to ask Bia if it is “the loss of your son that’s caused this flip?” Wow, sensitive, Paul. (Also, I love how Paul and Bia and Jenkins have all forgotten about Bia’s surviving daughter, a college professor.)
I’m not sure what answer Paul’s looking for, here. Would it be a bad thing, in his eyes, if Taj’s death caused her to acknowledge the existence of God? I mean, wasn’t that one of the points of God’s horrific massacre?
But Bia says it is “that and a lot of other stuff.” Again, so sensitive. And the call ends on Bia saying she may call Paul for “clarification” on how to Make the Transaction and become a Christian. And here I thought it was supposed to so simple a child could do it.
“You know where to reach me.” [said Paul]
Yeah, if I deign to answer the call that is.