Shadowed: Chapter 38: Bia’s Sorta Lies
Bia finally has her audience with Ranold. Sitting outside his office, she naturally ruminates on how he wasn’t the man he once was, what with being OLD and all. (Seriously, in Atheistopia, early 60s must be the new early 40s, no? Whatever.) But she concludes that he is still smart and tenacious (yeah!) so it’s risky for her to be there.
Though, why? Although asshat Paul made a big deal about how she’d have to behave in the usual Jenkinsian way and lie-without-lying, this shouldn’t be nearly so undoable as it was with Felicia—Bia is telling the truth as she knows it.
Notwithstanding that Jenkins devotes the whole chapter solely for this interaction, it really doesn’t end up being much of a big deal—Bia says that she thought Wipers was dead, but now isn’t so sure. Which is the truth. The only thing she sorta waffles on is why she thinks this. She actually thinks this because she now knows that Christians are the good guys who would never kill anyone. (Except not.) But she says she has doubts now because Ranold has doubts.
This pointless quest now over, Ranold is awesome again, and has actually concluded that Bia is in communication with Paul. Does Jenkins even get how good Ranold is at his job, to have sussed this out?
Anyway, they go back and forth, and Ranold is understandably pissed that Bia didn’t, yanno, tell him that she’s been in regular contact with the enemy. Ranold is ticked at Bia for withholding that information from him, but he also acts a bit like a jilted boyfriend, inasmuch as Paul has returned Bia’ calls, but not his:
“How many times am I supposed to leave messages on his system? After a whole, a man gets the point.”
Would that be his skullphone “system, Jenkins?
So the chapter ends on the ominous(?) note of Ranold asking Bia to use his phone to try to call Paul.
Landline to skullphone then, Jenkins, is it? Why the hell did he even create these damn things when he forgets them every other chapter???
Man, this book. I can’t wait for Wintermas!