By Adrian McKinty
Danny Lopez is new on the town. He made a mistake again domestic in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental institution in Colorado for “tough cases.” on the Cobalt constitution university, every little thing is scripted—what the lecturers say, what the scholars reply—and no different conversing is permitted. This supercontrolled setting offers young ones a moment likelihood to make whatever of themselves. yet with few freedoms, the scholars develop into sitting geese for a killer decided to “clean up” Colorado Springs.
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The open space felt wonderful. He squinted out at the lush green valley rising to snowcapped peaks all around them. I’m dreaming, he told himself. Any minute now I’ll be waking up. “Welcome to Switzerland,” the pilot said, yelling over the roar of the X-33’s misted-fuel HEDM engines winding down behind them. Langdon checked his watch. M. “You just crossed six time zones,” the pilot offered. M. ” Langdon reset his watch. ” He rubbed his stomach. ” The pilot nodded. “Altitude sickness. We were at sixty thousand feet.
Langdon swallowed hard and waited. He felt the plane start taxiing. Piped-in country music began playing quietly overhead. A phone on the wall beside him beeped twice. Langdon lifted the receiver. ” “Comfortable, Mr. ” “Just relax. ” Langdon asked, realizing he had no idea where he was headed. “Geneva,” the pilot replied, revving the engines. ” “Geneva,” Langdon repeated, feeling a little better. “Upstate New York. I’ve actually got family near Seneca Lake. ” The pilot laughed. “Not Geneva, New York, Mr.
The next day, newspapers around the globe carried the same headline. The killer became a believer. Now, fifteen days later, the killer’s faith had solidified beyond the shadow of a doubt. The brotherhood endures, he thought. Tonight they will surface to reveal their power. As he made his way through the streets, his black eyes gleamed with foreboding. One of the most covert and feared fraternities ever to walk the earth had called on him for service. They have chosen wisely, he thought. His reputation for secrecy was exceeded only by that of his deadliness.