Shadowed: Chapter 29, Part 1: Catching Up with the Converts
This chapter is a long one, following not only Ranold’s master plan (anybody guess what he’s up to?), and following recent NPO converts Bia and Felicia. So we’ll deal with the ladies first…
Jenkins actually remembers this time the skull phones that he invented, and Bia calls Paul in the middle of the night, waking him via “tone in his tooth.” Bia has vague updates about Ranold (nothing Paul really needed to know, just that Ranold’s getting paranoid), but the real issue is that in reading “this document of yours, the salvation thing,” Bia thinks is it “too easy.” Paul makes her reread the passage about being saved by grace through faith alone, and no need to do good deeds, etc.
Not for nothing, but Paul is an excellent example of a Christian who’s never done a single good deed in his entire life. Hell, Bia’s problem is that she wants to do some good deeds and “earn” her way, but Paul talks her out of it, since no amount of good deeds will make up for all the bad things she’s done.
Makes sense. Paul was a jerk when he was an atheist, and he’s a jerk now that he’s a Christian. For Bia, still out in the world as she is, she might make people suspicious if her behaviour suddenly changed.
(Not for nothing, but Paul was a rotten parent both before and after he got saved. The last book made a big deal about how devoted a parent Bia was to her two grown children. But now, since her son’s death, she hasn’t mentioned her daughter even once. I figure this is more a function of Jenkins forgetting she existed, rather than Bia neglecting her.)
Meanwhile, Felicia and Cletus also can’t sleep. Cletus is still pissed (and who can blame him?). Felicia is mad at God, too, but only “part of [her].” She’s mostly angry at herself for being “so blind and stupid all these years.” Yeah, for not believing in a god that is invisible and silent and in whom it is illegal to believe.
What fools atheists are, amirite?
Wait a second.
Okay, I turned the page, and that is IT. Nine lines of Felicia and Cletus talking about their comparative anger at God, and it just cuts off at the page-turn. Last line, from Cletus:
“Part of you [is angry at God]. All of me is.”
Well, I guess that makes it that much easier for me to get to Ranold’s big plan this weekend!