Reach Out And Touch Crazy
Steve looks at Jude, full on, in the darkness of the pub: "What do you think?" And she makes a pretty good point, which is that joining his brigade is (a) an admission of belief, and (b) she doesn't. "I think you're psychic, or a Martian, or...I don't believe in God, there isn't a God." I love how Jude's just the same as Steve, with the logical jumps. Like she's going to convince him. He's still not sold: "You've seen more than anybody!" She says that if it's that big a deal, Steve can just change her mind for her, and he shakes his head because of free will and all. Jude's on a roll, it's like a Greatest Hits of Jude! "What if you fail, Steve? What if there's no Third Testament? Everybody's talking, nobody's saying anything. What happens if there is no Testament?" The devil zips up his jacket, in close-up slo-mo. His eyes are shining as he listens. "Come with me and find out!" says Steve, with that grin. And Jude takes it on: "Okay, count me in." The devil rises to leave, dropping a black medicine bag on his table, even as Peter's asking about his sister's kid, who's autistic. Jude gets excited about this new chink in the plan -- "Can you answer that?" -- but Steve actually pulls it together. "Make the cripples walk, and where does it stop? All the way to dictatorship." He says that the Maine Road Event was to get people thinking, but the rest isn't his problem: "You've had one big miracle, that's it," he says, as the bar back opens the black bag.
Outside, we see the pub explode in fire, glass shattering out, as Chadwick looks on.
And in the middle of the pub, sitting around their table, the Apostles of Steven Baxter sit, unharmed. The floorboards are blackened, the chairs all around are bent and mangled, the windows are gone and the sunlight streams in. Jude stares at Steve as a chandelier crashes to the floor behind them.