The Last Move

The Last Move

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“Consider it done.”

In her rental car, she wove through the center of Salt Lake City, managing to hit every red light until she exited onto the I-80 west ramp and wound down Amelia Earhart Drive to the gated entrance of the FBI office.

She’d been working out of this office since she arrived in Utah ten days ago and had barely been around enough for the receptionist to recognize her. She showed her badge. “I’ve paperwork waiting.”

“Pulled it just now.” She handed Kate a stack of papers. “I thought you’d be headed home soon. Heck of a find last week.”

“Maybe I’ll be home in time for Christmas.”

She’d not been to her apartment in Washington in almost six weeks. Times like this, she wondered why she kept a place near Quantico, Virginia. In the eighteen months she’d leased the small apartment, she’d spent about a month’s worth of nights there. Chasing the wicked never stopped.

She found a conference room and, shrugging off her backpack, located a coffeepot. An hour later, she received a call from Mazur.

“I’m still reviewing the case notes,” she said as way of a hello.

“When are you coming?”

She ignored the question. “Do not speak to the press, and keep as many details quiet about this case as possible. If and when the media is addressed, I’ll tell you what to say.”

“I’ve no intention of speaking to the press.” Again, his tone was even, steady, and steely.

“But they do have their place, and we might need them. Also, if an attorney by the name of Mark Westin calls, know that he’s representing Dr. Charles Richardson, who has been arrested in one of the Samaritan shootings. Do not speak to him.”

“Not my first party, Doctor.” No edge sharpening the words, but he was firm.

It was natural to resent outside assistance in a high-profile case. Many local cops saw her as a threat. But she wasn’t, of course, if they did their jobs well. “I’m simply conveying facts.”

“When are you going to arrive in San Antonio?” Mazur asked.

She pulled up the airline flights. “There’s a five a.m. flight out of Salt Lake that will put me in San Antonio at eight a.m. your time.”

“I’ll meet you at the airport.”

“I’m familiar with San Antonio. I can rent a car.”

“It’ll save us both time if I pick you up.”

Us. Both. He was already using words of team building and unity.

Outside of her FBI team, there was no us or both. However, no need to press the point. She’d give him this one. “Understood.”

In front of him were four television sets, each playing a different broadcast. The evening news would be on soon, and he expected some mention of the crime. The last three Samaritan killings had stirred up concern and hysteria and were widely covered by the press. However, there had been next to no coverage on his killing so far.

While he waited for the broadcasts to begin, he replayed the video of last night’s shooting. Each time he watched it, a thrill of excitement snapped through his body. It had been some time since he’d fired a weapon and watched someone die. He feared the old excitement and pleasure might have faded, but the sensations had hit him with full force when Gloria looked at him with such utter happiness and relief. Her savior had arrived. The entire experience was priceless.

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