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The Paladin Prophecy Chapter 17: The Dead Kid

By Mark Frost

Chapter 17: The Dead Kid

  • At dinner, the roommates engage in friendly banter.
  • However, Nick breaks the happy mood when he mentions Ronnie Murso, the kid who used to stay in Will's room.
  • Ronnie is missing, presumed dead.
  • Will looks up Ronnie's yearbook photo.
  • Underneath, Ronnie's caption says, "Hiding inside your Shangri-la you might find the Gates of Hell" (17.52).
  • Interesting. Will remembers Nando talking about Shangri-La.
  • Will thinks of Dad's Rule #26: "Once is an anomaly. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a pattern. And as we know, there is no such thing as coincidence" (17.53). Um, you just said twice is a coincidence, Dad. Which is it?
  • Nando calls back with an update: Mom, Dad, and the bald dude just got on a private plane.
  • Will calls the private plane company, pretends to be a deputy, and tells them that Mr. and Mrs. Jordan West are "persons of interest" (17.71), just like on the TV show.
  • Then Will falls asleep.
  • While Will sleeps, a bug crawls into the room and enters his tablet.
  • The tablet itself turns to face Will and watches him sleep. Creepy.