TSoA: Chapter 28: Michael and Hank, BFFs
Shouldn’t it be BFsF? I wouldn’t know; the acronym was before my time. I had a best friend growing up, not a BFF.
You’d think Murphy and Isis would be gun-shy of cabs after the last chapter, but no. They catch one and hightail it to the nearest police station. (Insert suprise that neither of them has a cell phone here.)
Murphy was not entirely surprised when the squad cars returned and the captain told them not a single word of their story checked out. There were no bodies. No weapons. Not a trace of blood anywhere.
Spooks, Murphy thought. Boy, these guys are professionals.
Wow. Yeah, I guesses. Look, I don’t expect the cops to go all CSI on us, but really, no blood? And wouldn’t Murphy have blood on himself, what with Isis shooting that one thug? For that matter, wouldn’t they be able to tell that Isis had recently fired a gun?
Anyway, things get weird: Murphy turns to Hank Baines for help. And Hank Baines’ first response is to contemplate how the Forces of Darkness might be keeping tabs on…Hank Baines.
Yeah, an hour after Murphy and Isis were almost killed, Hank combs his own home for bugs.
His wife and daughter aren’t at home when he does this. Maybe they’re at the funeral of his only child’s best friend.
What a great husband and father Hank is.
Hank finds that all his phones and his computer have been bugged.
What a great FBI agent Hank is.
Hank and Murphy then play a game of cat-and-mouse with each other. Meet me here, call me there, SOMEONE MAY BE LISTENING.
In the meantime, Murphy discovers that his office was ransacked and his Noah’s ark files were stolen. Just imagine: YEARS of Bible verses on PowerPoint, gone!
Their spy games take them to an abandoned carousel in a park (seriously) and neither of them see any danger in having their conversation in the middle of nothing…well, except the graffiti-covered van that just so happens to be in the abandoned parking lot next to the abandoned carousel.
Surely nothing bad can possibly come of this!
Murphy actually does the nice thing first and asks after Tiffany.
“[She’s] great. She’s out of the hospital—she’s been home for about a week.”
Yeah, apart from watching her best friend die, she’s terrific!
And apart from the fact that her father isn’t there for her in her time of need…
Now that they are at the SUPER DUPER SEKRIT CAROUSEL OF DEATH, Hank can fill Murph in on all the Sekrit Squirrel information he got from his bad-ass computer usage. (Um, wasn’t Hank’s computer bugged?)
“I used my FBI clearance to get into some of the computers at Langley.”
Not sure that’s how it works.
Hank tells Murphy about how astronaut James Irvin was interested in the ark.
“He was convinced that there was something on the mountain. There were references to that and to some other information he must have had access to.”
WOW. Your mad hacking skillz have served us well, Hank. So now we know that Irvin thought he knew something. Great.
And then Hank is shot.
By somebody (GUESS WHO!!!) in the graffiti-covered van that JUST SO HAPPENED to be at Hank and Murphy’s little secret hideaway.
I told you nothing bad would come of it!
Murphy dodges away and hides betwixt the carousel horsies, but then doubles back to snatch Hank’s gun. (Trust me, Hank’s in no position to use it himself.)
Murphy gets off a couple of shots at the van before Talon (oops, gave it away!) speeds away, leaving Murphy utterly unscathed and Hank with a pumping chest wound.
Which, admittedly, is probably the way The Seven wanted it.
But…yeah, Murphy is alive, but why kill Hank? Hank was helping Murphy find the ark (kinda), and that’s what The Seven want, too, right? For Murphy to lead them to Biblical artifacts, so they can then dispose of them.
That has to be what it is, because any organization with the power of The Seven could kill Murphy in about three seconds, right?
Buh-bye, Hank. Buh-bye.