Babylon Rising, Chapter 60, Part 2
Isis works all night and finally falls asleep. When she wakes up, Murph has already been up himself and is down at breakfast.
I can’t decide if it was polite of him to let her sleep, or rude of him not to wake her to let her know he was okay and where he would be.
Gotta love this part:
“You seem very chipper,” she [Isis] said.
He [Murphy] winked. “Sleep of the just.”
“Well, take it easy. Dr. Aziz said you should stay in bed for a couple of days at least.”
Murphy snorted. “He was just hustling you for a few more bucks, making it look like it was life-and-death. It’s just a scratch. Anyhow, we have work to do.”
She reached into her bag with a look of triumph. “Relax. All done.”
Oh, Isis, you rock star. No wonder Dinallo didn’t pen the further awesome adventures of you.
The remainder of the chapter is mostly fairly boring exposition, with a quick and nonsensical aside about Noah’s Ark, since that is the subject of the next book in the series. Based on Isis’s work, Murphy is able to figure out where the head of the Serpent is: the fictional Pyramid of the Winds, which is also a comic book locale, but in this book, is located “On the Giza plateau just west of Cairo, all by its lonesome,” and is reputed to have “some sort of updraft in the center of the pyramid, so powerful it could keep a man suspended above the ground forever.”
Then Murphy makes a true contribution to the proceedings: he knows someone who knows someone who can get him a “Pyramid Crawler” to go through the tiny air shafts of the pyramid.
But, just as Murphy is ready to call The Guy He Knows Who Can Get Stuff, Isis gets a call from the Parchments of Freedom Foundation, telling them that the two employees were murdered, and they need to forget the mission and head home.