Shadowed: Chapter 30: Have You Ever Prayed?
While Our Ranold is busily assassinating the leader of the planet, Paul and Bia are busily having an incredibly important conversation on the importance of prayer:
“Have you ever prayed, Bia?” Paul said.
“Not once, ever.”
“Not even by accident, when your life was one the line, anything like that?”
Hey, remember, Bia, there are no atheists in foxholes! That’s what the RTCs say, anyway!
“No. When I’m in trouble, I talk to me, to myself. I say, ‘C’mon, Balaam, do what you need to do.’ I never pray.”
Huh. Was that Jenkins actually admitting that atheists don’t pray, that we’re not actually lying when we say we don’t believe? Wild!
Anyway, Paul quickly schools Bia that she should talk to God just like she would talk to anyone else.
On the other side of the world, another non-prayer, Our Ranold, is putting on the performance of a lifetime, as some security personnel finally show the frak up in the office of the leader of everyone. He drops some compliments to Ball Dangler, mentions that his son and wife died in what they are all now calling “The Incident,” and blames himself for not picking up on poor Aikman’s intentions. The “investigators,” who are there at the very moment the security guys and Dangler’s assistant are, find the little stone that Ranold planted on Aikman. It’s the symbol of the Columbia underground, like the penny is the symbol of the Sunterra underground. So all in all, Ranold has covered his bases quite well.
Felicia and Cletus are still debating. And Cletus may believe in God “because I have no choice,” but still hates him. Thus making his response the most logical one around.