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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

St. Debbie (Installment 6)

Whoa - a little creepy here!

So, it's off to Deborah’s house for Alva (you notice to Alva, she’s Deborah, not Debbie) where he confronts her with the information he's just learned from Paul and Evie. (I'm kind of surprised that she opened the door for him after seeing his intensely stern face in the window of her door!) Deborah, not Debbie admits her involvement, but defends her actions saying that she needed the money to send Danny to a good school that can meet his needs. Deborah, not Debbie also claims that the stunts didn’t hurt anyone and further admits that she’s always wanted to go to UCLA, and actually refers to it as a fantasy! (oh, there has got to be a Debbie Does Something in that scenario – jecorbin, I’ll leave you the option on that one ~ or anyone for that matter!).

There is a fair amount of hair action on Deborah’s part in this scene (flipping and flinging) – that and her pretty see-through blouse no doubt keep Alva on the hook despite his disillusionment with her actions.

Alva tells her that the SQ gang will not be revealing her story and he leaves her. As it sinks in for Deborah that she has alienated Alva and lost his respect, she breaks into tears as she closes the door behind him.

Sadly, Deborah is not the only one shedding tears – Danny has overheard the conversation and cries at the thought of someone not believing that Debbie is special.

Meanwhile, Evie and Paul have a cup of coffee at a local diner. Evie’s comment ("You seem more upset about this than Alva is") stirs Paul from his thoughts (much in the way Livy stirred Ray from his when she asked who his neighbors are).

Evie and Paul hear some loud voices in the street and a look out the window reveals that the folks of Three Springs are wound up again; themselves not being ones to miss any of the action, Paul and Evie grab their coats and follow along. They learn from the guitar man on the street that Danny is now on the water tower and they are off in a flash!

The town gathers round the water tower and Debbie not Deborah confesses to Danny and thus the towns folk that she lied and that she cannot save Daniel if he jumps - she begs him to come down. Mayor Letherton shrinks when he realizes that he may be outed in the whole hoax. Mrs. Martin emerges from the crowd, cluching her purse and telling Debbie not to say such things. As our Paul looks on with grave concern, Mrs. Martin suggests that she and Debbie show everyone who the real liar is and reaches into her purse - out comes her handgun and she takes aim at Alva.

KA-BOOM! Off goes the gun - but Debbie is faster than a speeding bullet and she steps in front of Alva and takes the bullet in the chest (oh, the see-through blouse is ruined!) - Paul rushes in as Debbie lies bleeding in Alva's arms...poor Paul...he wants to stop the bleeding, but doesn't know where to put his hand so he yells for an ambulance.

Things to think about and discuss - what do you think about the chemistry between Alva and Debbie? I wonder if at times, Alva is forcing it - almost as if to say, "It's my turn, Paul!" But I'm not sure - what do you think? What attracts Alva to Debbie? Debbie to Alva?

Sitting alone with Evie at the diner, Paul shares his frustration that the townspeople will be let down by the hoax --- he knew that they were sincere in their faith in Debbie as a saint and the miracles they'd seen. I was a bit disappointed in the conversation after seeing the intro to such a cozy setting of the two of them in the diner, enjoying a quiet moment (with the vision of that kiss still planted in my brain). In your imagination, what is the conversation they should have been having ????