Edge of Apocalypse: page 304 (Chapter Fifty-Two)
In preparation for finally being temporally removed enough from the previous post that I got all the ick off, let’s kick off with a nice remix of “Welcome to the Future“, by Eskimos & Egypt. And for more of the same, the original mix I once heard as a .MOD file back in the day can be listened to from the CD here. 🙂
So, in a bit of a surprise shift, we briefly meet with Deborah Jordan:
On that day, Cal’s sister, Deborah, was busy with her class schedule up at West Point. As for the rest of Cal’s family–for Abby and Joshua–they had been immersed in their own struggles. But every one of them was oblivious to the danger that was stalking them–and getting closer.
Thank whatever in the world that Parshall didn’t write her calling Cal to dump more crap on him. But what’s the dun-dun-DUN at the end for?
Atta Zimler. And Parshall doesn’t shy from writing him as The Zimlinator!
The timetable was perfect. He knew that shortly his target would be in his grasp. He would then secure the RTS design documents. And the pleasing thought of the fortune that would be wired to his offshore account, to be added to his already huge balance from the upfront fee paid by Caesar Demas. But this wasn’t just about money for Atta Zimler. He was a man with a planet-sized ego. When he says he will kill a man, the man gets killed. When he says a certain thing will get done, it gets done. He considered himself a force of nature. Unstoppable. Unremitting. Merciless.
Remind you of anyone?
Kyle Reese: Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
You know, I still don’t get why Parshall has this dude being the “subcontract killer” for Caesar Demas. Loose cannons like Zimler always end up buggering things up for someone down the road, be it themselves or someone else. A sloppy job by Zimler to sate his ego means he can leave clues. Tracks. Ways to find out more about who and where he is. And one man, John Gallagher, is already hot on his trail because he got sloppy in Romania.
Just as Terminators in the movies leave, well, Terminator-sized carnage behind them and become very easy to spot if you know what you’re doing (or you’re John Connor 😛 ), Zimler’s going to end up leaving a mile-wide trail that Gallagher, for one, will definitely pick up on. It’s only a matter of how much damage he’ll inflict first, I’d say.
So, with that, I’ll close out this chapter, and note that we’ll be revisiting with the FCC Chairman and Abigail Jordan next time. 🙂