Babylon Rising, Chapter 41, Part 2
Talon needs to go back down to the church basement to retrieve the keys he Left Behind.
Happily, he has been hanging out in the church parking lot, in a way that I am sure is not suspicious at all, so it’s not a long walk.
Laura Murphy sees him. And duh, recognizes him as “The creep who had been hanging around with Shari’s brother.”
So instead of enlisting one of the, I’m sure, countless policemen, FBI agents, or emergency workers, Laura just follows Talon down into the basement like an idiot.
Therefore, as far as I’m concerned, she has no right to be surprised when Talon grabs her throat before she is even three steps into the basement.
I, however, am suprised that either of them could get down to the basement at all. It is, we are told, the morning after the bombing, which took place on Wednesday evening. And the FBI and local police are still there. And they just leave the scene of the crime alone and unguarded so that any random asshats can wander around and tamper with evidence or hurt themselves?
I guess they must, though, as Talon and Laura are entirely alone. He grabs her throat and unleashes his Villain Soliloquy:
“I can’t do anything to that husband of yours while he’s still useful to us. But nobody said anything about needing you. And without you, maybe your husband will have more time to work a little quicker.”
Okay, that makes no sense whatsoever, but I’m going to ignore that, because The Seven actually don’t. So more on this later.
Talon crushes Laura’s windpipe, and the Good Christian Wife begins to pray…