Babylon Rising, Chapter 61
This chapter is quite short, just Murphy and Isis’s conversation post news of the Talon murders.
Interestingly, it is Isis who, though grieved by the loss of her coworkers, insists that they soldier on and finish what they started (“Chairman Compton is too far away to shut us down now.“)
Murph wants them both to go back. Kinda a point in his favor, actually, since I would have expected him to insist that only Isis return, while he goes on.
But then, Isis reveals everything about the phone conversation: that the person who stole the Serpent tail carved a Serpent broken into three pieces, and a cross broken into three pieces, on the shelf.
Just like Laura’s cross was snapped into three pieces! Wow!
Murph punches the wall. Literally, he walks over and punches the wall, as hard as he can, three times. I can only imagine that doing that would rip his knuckles to shreds and/or break his fingers, but he seems physically okay.
“Worst suspicisions confirmed. … Isis, this is beyond archeaology, or even faith and validating the Bible now. It’s personal. We’re going to find the head of that Serpent if it kills us.”
I just imagine Isis cutting in with, “Wha–Murph, kills us? Hey, dude, speak for yourself.”
And so, off they go.