I asked the 7-year-old the other night if she was afraid of ‘monsters’ when she shied away from a dark room. She looked at me like I was crazy — monsters are for losers who don’t need to fear war, abductions and explosions. — Riverbend, riverbendblog.blogspot.com

Chapter 6, Page 13

Chapter 6, Page 13

I think I’ll let this little slice of characterization pass without comment. :)

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Roger: You've, uh, you've probably had a lot of romances in your day, right?
Jacob: Not all that many. Why?
Roger: Well, um, if you think you like a girl...how do you know if she likes you, or if, I mean, she's... (sigh) She's an evil mind-controlling witch who will use me like a disposable drive. Isn't she?
Jacob: Roger, I'm a soldier. That means I'm used to taking orders. The trick is knowing that your commanders are giving orders that are morally justified. So far, Girii is doing that. If someday she isn't, I'll use the soldier's prerogative...shoot her in the back when she's least expecting it. Maybe you shouldn't bring your little romantic problems to me anymore, Roger.
Roger: Yeah, don't worry. Won't happen again.



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Discussion (7)¬

  1. Moxie Man says:

    Ah, yes, Jacob subscribes to the Texas-divorce school. :)

  2. Remus Shepherd says:

    A little bit of news today — an article in The Atlantic is speculating on what happens when we can design viruses to target individuals or families. He’s predicting it by the year 2015; in my timeline I was thinking 2030. The 21st century is turning out to be more deadly than even I predicted…

  3. мaгтэн says:

    2015 is definitely ridiculous, but your estimate I can believe. In the end, avoiding viruses will probably be a lot like avoiding bullets – a small number of people with the equivalent of bulletproof vests, more biotechnologists in law enforcement, and a lot of refuge in obscurity.

  4. NH says:

    A great deal of darkness, but also some plausible history. You can’t be entirely sure who’s good and who’s bad. Everyone has their own secrets and plans but are willing to adjust to circumstances.

  5. Daniel says:

    Girii is an empath. She knows exactly how Roger feels about her. She also knows whether or not he takes any hints she gives him. If she was interested, he’d know it.

    Also, how exactly is Jacob planning on shooting Girii when she least expects it? If it’s in the back, she won’t be reading his mind right then, but unless he somehow manages to go days without her looking him in the face, she’s going to see it coming.

  6. Remus Shepherd says:

    Apparently Jacob thinks he’s smarter than she is. As for Roger, he’s just that naive. :)

  7. Evan says:

    Jacob is too smart to plan shooting Girii very far in advance, he knows what she is now and doesn’t seem the type to make the same mistakes twice.