Deconstruction Round Up, January 18th, 2014

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

The point of these posts is threefold:

1 To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions.
(All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
2 To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
3 To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

Multiple Deconstructions:

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if unicorns are marching down main street, or for more or less any reason really.

4 thoughts on “Deconstruction Round Up, January 18th, 2014

  1. christhecynic January 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Over at Fred’s lack of Left Behind post (there will be one sometime today) I posted some Skewed Slightly to the Left which, since disqus isn’t visible to everyone, is potentially invisible to people who may be interested. Hence putting it here.

    Note that I know not the first thing about Israeli checkpoints but one presumes this plan would work better than Jenkins one.

    Cameron looked around at what had been gathered.

    The people looked disreputable enough in that “These are respectable clothes, they just got slightly damaged when we looted them from the building we set fire to” kind of way. She was impressed by the number of school buses. They were cheap, she knew that. No one needed a school bus, or a school, these days, and the amount of remolding necessary to avoid sending half of your passengers into a PTSD episode was absurd. So school buses were for those who couldn’t afford much, weren’t afraid to show it, and didn’t mind the dirty looks everyone who wanted to NEVER THINK ABOUT THE RAPTURE AGAIN were sure to give. Even so, it was a lot of buses. As for the explosives, Cameron had no idea where those came from.

    She sighed and said, “Tell me the plan one more time, but this time do it in a way that makes me believe it will actually work.”

    The smallest member of the group stepped forward, he hadn’t uttered a word so far and Cameron had assumed he didn’t speak English. When he said, “The plan is simple,” in crisp English Cameron kicked herself. Her vocation and her faith both insisted that she test everything. Assumptions were never to be left untested.

    The small man continued, “We rely on strategy, subterfuge, faith, and high explosives.”

    Cameron interrupted, “I’ve got that, but isn’t setting off an explosion at point A to distract the guards from point B the oldest and thus most well prepared for form of distraction.”

    “Yes, that’s the reason for points C and D,” the small man said. “They’ll anticipate that the events at point A might be a distraction, and investigate it without leaving the checkpoint unguarded. But when C goes off they’ll wonder if A might have been a distraction for a crossing there. When they see bus one approaching the hole in the wall they’ll be forced to send a larger force to C. Then when we set off D and they see an entire armada of buses–”

    “Old school buses don’t travel in armadas,” Cameron said. “They ride in convoys.”

    “When they see the buses they’ll have no choice but to assume that is the main incursion. And then you and Tison can sneak through at the point they least expect: The checkpoint itself.”

    Cameron still didn’t like the plan, but she pushed that aside and asked, “And we place these explosives how?”

    * * *

    The preparations had, presumably, all been made, and Cameron and Tsion had been crawling toward the checkpoint under camouflage for an hour.

    Cameron wished that she knew what was going on, but trying to get a look was too risky.

    She wished Chloe had been here. That wasn’t unusual, there were few situations where she didn’t wish her wife was in “reach out and touch her” distance. What was different was that she wished Chloe were here because she was sure Chloe could have come up with a better plan than this.

    The first explosion went off. It took all of Cameron’s self control not to immediately look to see what was going on. Tsion seemed to have no such problems.

    The wait for the second explosion was agonizing. At this point Cameron allowed herself to peek. The guards still at the checkpoint seemed to be on high alert, as Cameron has expected. If they couldn’t be convinced to leave their posts all of this was pointless. When she heard the first of the empty buses approaching she saw a few guards peel off, but nowhere near enough.

    After those guards had gotten some distance the final, and largest bomb went off.

    In fact several smaller bombs it was designed to take down a sizable section of the wall, it was meant to appear to be the primary crossing point. Cameron heard the “armada” –the small man had insisted– of buses immediately come to life and make for the gap in the wall.

    When many of the guards attempted to head in that direction they found themselves under fire. The shots were not intended to hit anything, things would go worse if they did, they were intended to make the Israelis think that the opposition wanted to keep them pinned down at the checkpoint and away from the gap in the wall

    This had the intended effect, no small miracle in Cameron’s mind, of making them choose to abandon the checkpoint to try to stop what they though was a massive breach at the gap.

    Cameron and Tsion left their cover and ran to the nearest concrete barricade, which they hid behind. Cameron had made the mistake of assuming once today, she wouldn’t again. As far as she was concerned the checkpoint was still manned.

    They moved from cover to cover until they were inside the defenses. There were still guards, but to few to have eyes everywhere. It was a bit of a dance to get around them, but nothing too major.

    Soon Cameron and Tsion were out the other side and on Egyptian soil.

    They disappeared into the night.

    * * *

    The headlines were about how a massive incursion had been prevented. The Israelis assumed that the buses, of which they stopped every single one, had had drivers who had gotten away, but been otherwise empty and were thus intended to cross the border, pick up people (and perhaps arms) hiding on the other side, and return them to Israel.

    Tsion’s escape went unnoticed.

  2. Firedrake January 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

    In retrospect, I’ve suddenly realised, you could have gender-swapped all the protagonists for Skewed. Cameron, Raylene the pilot and her son Chris, Harry the flight attendant, Brenda the preacher, and of course Lawrence the church secretary. And of course Nicola Carpathia.

    This plan would have worked even better if it had been coordinated from the other side. Israeli checkpoints are mostly about stopping people from getting in.

  3. christhecynic January 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Israeli checkpoints are mostly about stopping people from getting in.

    That was my general assumption, but part of the idea is to stick close to the plot and Tsion needed to get out. If one assumes that Israel has somehow become East Germany and is therefore trying to keep its people IN then the whole, “Oh my God, how do we escape?!” thing makes more sense.

    I’m not sure if there’s anything else in Left Behind that would make a good reading.

    The other possibility, which I tried to allude to, is that the possibility this is something being coordinated on both sides of the border: the vehicles are on the Israeli side, where the Israelis don’t expect to need to look for vehicles, as soon as the wall is down they cross over collect people waiting on the other side of the wall (it’s easier for people to sneak up to the wall than buses) and switch into reverse in a hurry.

  4. Firedrake January 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I take your point; I was just vaguely thinking that it would be nice if the attacks came from the outside because that’s what the guards are expecting and therefore what they’ll react to in a predictable way. Your version probably works as well.

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