Shadowed: Chapter 31, Part 2: Tried Everything
So in a couple of super-short sections, interspersed with the Zealoteers debating about what is to be done with Bia, she who is “pretty much solely responsible [along with Ranold] for bringing the drought upon Los Angeles,” we discover the ultimate fate of Cletus.
I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s Hell for that dude.
Felicia gets a call from the middle school where Cletus works, because he hasn’t shown up. It’s been a mere thirteen days since The Incident, so I am still a bit surprised that places like schools are open, but whatever.
Felicia rushes home, despite Harriet Johns’ warning that leaving work early like that “will have to go on your record.” Shadowed sure is going out of its way to make Harriet a bitch, despite her relatively sympathetic treatment in Soon. Although, I wonder…in Soon, one of Harriet’s big problems was with the way Bia treated her. And now that Bia is on the road to being RTC, perhaps Jenkins has decided that he needs Harriet to be a bitch. Because the idea of two high-powered career women with whom the audience can sympathize is just ridiculous.
When Felicia gets home, she finds “two squad cars, an ambulance, what looked like an unmarked police car,” and damn, that seems like a lot of manpower for a suicide that, again, has occurred only thirteen days after The Incident. Weren’t we told not too long ago that people couldn’t even be buried for weeks, possibly months, because of the lack of manpower following the deaths of millions where they stood?
Cletus killed himself via the lock-himself-in-the-garage-and-turn-on-the-car method. Okay, please forgive me, but I’m going to be insensitive for a moment here: is that even possible to do with cars that are powered with solar, electric, and/or hydrogen power? I honestly don’t know—what I know about mechanics could fit comfortably in…well, maybe not the head of a pin, but certainly a small box.
I’ll try to be sensitive, too, and wonder about something that I don’t think Jenkins did: would such a suicide really be so uncommon at this moment in history? We’re talking about the two weeks following the catastrophe of millions of men and boys and little babies just dying, all at once, all at the same moment. It would certainly be possible for a woman to lose father, husband, brother, and son, all in the same instant. I can only sadly imagine that there would be quite a few suicides going on.
Felicia immediately asks if there was a suicide note, which strikes me as a bit odd—is she really confused over why Cletus was despondent? Does she not intuit that the death of their only child, followed by her own conversion to the worship of the being that murdered that child, might leave Cletus just a bit upset? Really?
Guess not. She reads the note, in which Cletus says he is “sorry,” but “tried everything, even praying.”
And the fact that he still killed himself, after the praying, obviously means he is being roasted in Hell.
But I’m sure Felicia, like Paul and Jae and Bia and Straight and all the other RTCs, will end up being perfectly fine living with the knowledge that the people she loved most are doomed to never-ending torment.
After all, she’s got hers.