TEoD: Chapter 58: Oy Gevalt
Even though there was no reason to split the party, and even though there was all the time in the world to investigate both the cavern at the site and the mysterious cars that showed up, Murphy and Levi kindly and intelligently headed off into the cavern themselves. And Mossad agent Gideon, who has been cooling his heels for who-knows-how-long waiting for Murphy and Levi to arrive, heads off by himself to examine the multiple mysterious cars that have showed up at this dig site.
Gideon goes into this rather obvious trap feeling “a little apprehensive.” He all but literally bumps into Talon, who is apparently coming out the back way from the underground temple-thingie with the goods in a gunny sack.
Since neither Murphy nor Levi gave Gideon a description of Talon, when the very pleasant-mannered man with the mustache is “friendly” with him, Gideon is only mildly suspicious.
“We’re exploring. We found an entrance into a chamber in the ground. It must have been hidden in the rocks for many years. The other men are inside. Come and see what we found.” [Talon offers Gideon]
Okay, is this or is this the dig-site version of saying to a little kid, “come and help me look for my lost puppy”?
Like a chump, Gideon leans in to see what’s in the sack (it’s the golden jar), and Talon bops him on the head with his walking stick (kinda lazy of Talon, I gotta say, but he was taken by surprise and is under some time pressure). Then Talon smashes his hand so he can’t garb his gun.
Gideon knew he was in deep trouble.
Wow, he really is a Mossad agent!
This deep insight turns out to be Gideon’s last thought, because then Talon smashes his throat and kills him.
A few minutes later, Murphy and Levi make it out of the same exit Talon just used, and find Gideon’s body.
Because he’s Jewish, you see.
Levi actually tears up (which is more than Murphy did for Paul), and “suddenly remembered that he would have to tell Gideon’s wife and two children that he would not be coming home.”
“Yeah, we left him chillin’ at the dig site for hours while we had breakfast out, then abandoned him to examine multiple strange cars and men while we went exploring. Um, sorry or whatever.”
They assume that Talon will immediately try to jump the country, and Levi makes Murphy drive (!) while he calls in about Gideon. They speed off to the airport and Murphy expresses some very Christian ideas about Talon:
“This time Talon is being pursued. I hope he experiences the same fear the fox feels when the dogs are on his tail. I would love to make him suffer in pain the way he makes others suffer. He’s long overdue.”
Okay, first of all, I doubt Talon is quaking in his boots. He might be utterly incompetent, but no more than you guys. He’s evaded you this long.
Also, I get that Talon killed your wife and all, but isn’t vengeance something best left to God, Mr. Christian Hero? Or at least, shouldn’t you be focused, as a good Christian, on getting Talon into the hands of the earthly authorities, instead of making him “suffer in pain“? I don’t remember any specific spot in the Bible where Jesus urges his followers to make their enemies “suffer in pain.” Just sayin’.