TEC: Chapter 5: Back…Again…with Shane and Stephanie
Bet you guys can’t guess what Chapter 5 in The Secret on Ararat was about!
Yup, it was about Shane meeting with the Seven (who will, as always, Stop at Nothing) to discuss their plans about Michael Murphy.
This time, Bob Phillips throws us a curve ball by having Shane and Stephanie discuss their plans for Michael Murphy.
First, though, we need to be clear on the fact that women who have sex are filthy whores:
[Stephanie] could see the emptiness in her eyes as she looked in the mirror to put on her lipstick.
Do you like being a mistress? Is it worth the price?
Sorry, Bob Phillips, but Stephanie is still nobody’s mistress. She is single and Shane is divorced. They can both sleep with whomever they want.
Stephanie is upset because she “had sold her own pride and self-image for an extravagant lifestyle, for power and influence, and to further her career as a news journalist.”
Um, okay. The power part I get–they established that in Babylon. And the extravagant lifestyle I get, as Shane has plenty of money and also is happy to spoil her. But sell g her own pride and self-image? She’s dating somebody! What is so wrong?
And as for furthering her career, well…maybe. But Stephanie was already a household name long before she started dating Shane, so he can’t have helped her in that way too awfully much.
Stephanie is on a date with Shane in his penthouse, and it appears that Phillips has pushed the reset button on the series. See, last we left Shane and Stephanie, he had laid all his cards on the table for her, telling her about the Seven and how they owned his ass, and how they were obsessed with Michael Murphy because he sees the End Times coming.
Yet now, Shane inexplicably plays cat-and-mouse with Stephanie, sending her off to visit Murphy and sit in on his classes, simply because “we haven’t had a good news story in a couple of weeks” (really???). So Stephanie also plays dumb, like “okay, if that’s what you want” casual. So even though they’ve been together for over a year and he’s told her his secrets, Phillips still tells us that their relationship is “empty.”
The chapter ends with Stephanie giving Shane a hug, which he (correctly) interprets as an invitation for sex. But we can’t say “sex”… when the monogamous couple is going to have sex. Instead, Barrington coyly tells himself that “I’ll have a good evening tonight.” Right on, dude.