Shadowed: Chapter 28: How to Hate Ranold
Hi, kiddies! Been awhile.
Sorry. Been a crappy couple of weeks.
But, better now.
And ripping apart some RTC lit is a great way to treat yo self—so let’s get to it!
Yanno, every now and then, Jerry Jenkins seems to fear that his readers might forget that they’re supposed to hate Ranold. After all, Ranold is an overbearing, hard-driving guy who is ambitious to a fault and thinks he’s always right.
And Paul is the one with those qualities that we’re supposed to like, gorammit!
So, Jenkins makes sure that we note that Ranold is also paranoid. So paranoid that he wakes in the middle of the night, concerned about the trustworthiness of the men in his new “trusted inner circle.”
Just so we’re clear, he doesn’t doubt Bia’s loyalty for a moment. It’s the other guys. In particular, a youngish guy called Dick Aikman. Out of an abundance of caution, he leaves a “phone message” for Bia, telling her to get lie tests and loyalty oaths done on everyone.
Oh, and Jenkins makes sure to let us know that Ranold has a midnight snack while he’s up.
‘Cause he’s fat, ha!
The next day, Bia successfully talks him out of the whole loyalty-testing idea, arguing that it will be bad for morale. Also, it’ll out her as a believer (she tactfully leaves this last bit unsaid).
So Ranold goes and has LUNCH (’cause he’s still fat, you see, and it gets funnier all the time!). Delivery from a ribs place, which leaves him feeling “logy.”
Ranold is of my generation, and I don’t think I have ever heard anybody even close to my age use the word “logy.” Just sayin’.
Anyway, this exciting chapter ends with Ranold inviting Aikman to go Bern with him as his bodyguard.
And thus I am on the edge of my seat!
(Actually, I really should be. Because believe it or not, Ranold actually has a plan. Or rather, Jenkins is going somewhere with this. I’m as shocked as you are.)