THE MEETING CHAPTER IV


GENTLEMEN, CAN WE COME TO ORDER?

AS YOU ALL KNOW, THERE WAS A DEATH OVER IN B-BLOCK AND THE BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION HAS TAKEN UP THE CASE.

THEY DON’T BELIEVE IT WAS A SUICIDE AT ALL, BECAUSE THE DECEASED NOT ONLY HAD HIS HANDS TIED BUT THERE WAS A PLASTIC BAG OVER HIS HEAD WHICH CAUSED ASPHYXIATION.

HOW WE GONNA COVER THIS ONE?

THOSE THREE INCOMPETENT FOOLS PUT US IN A REAL JAM.

IT’S GONNA GET WORSE WHEN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE STICKS THEIR FUCKING NOSES IN ALL THIS.

THERE ARE DOCUMENTS IN THEIR OFFICE TELLING OF COMPLAINTS MADE BY THE DECEASED.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING ABOUT?  COULDN’T THEY JUST SCARE THE LIL’ BOOGER?

DEP. BURGER…THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO.  PLACE SOME FEELERS OUT ON YOUR NETWORK TO SEE WHO’S BEING AFFECTED BY THIS.  KEEP A SHARP EYE ON THE GYM.

I THINK THEY’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL INTEREST IN THIS MATTER.

SGT.  ASPER.

YES…SUPERINTENDENT SETH.

I WANT YOU TO GET YOUR GOONS TO TIGHTEN THE REINS.  EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE.

ANYONE PLANNING TO TALK TO B.C.I. NEEDS TO KNOW THEY ARE DOING SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.

YES SIR…SUPERINTENDENT SETH.

THAT’S IT, GENTLEMEN.

LET’S GET TO WORK.

AH…CAPT. BUTTALL, REMAIN HERE, PLEASE.

DEP. BURGER OVER HEARD THIS AS HE WAS LEAVING.  HE OFTEN WONDERED WHY HE WAS NEVER INCLUDED WITH THE IMPORTANT LOGISTICS.  I MEAN, I AM THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT…HE WAS THINKING.

BURGER FAILED TO REALIZE THAT SETH NEVER TRUSTED ANYONE HE HADN’T HAND- PICKED.

BURGER WORKED HIS WAY UP THE RANKS BY FURTHERING HIS EDUCATION AND PASSING DEPARTMENTAL TESTS.  AFTER ACHIEVING HIS BACHELOR DEGREE, HE WAS PROMOTED TO BE AN ANALYST AT CENTRAL OFFICE.  LATER, WHEN THE POSITION OPENED, HE WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT.  THAT’S BEEN SIX YEARS AGO.  HE EVEN TOOK HIS OATH.

HE REMEMBERS THAT NIGHT VERY CLEARLY.  IT WAS THE DARKEST OF NIGHT.  THE SKY WAS CLOUD FREE.  THE STARS WERE BLINKING.  IT WAS THE SECOND NIGHT INTO THE NEW MOON.

THE PICKUP WAS CRUISING AT FORTY-FIVE MPH.  AS HE WAS OBSERVING THE SCENERY, A BLINDFOLD CAME ACROSS HIS EYES, SENDING HIM INTO SUDDEN DARKNESS.  THE UNEXPECTEDNESS CAUSED HIM TO LOSE HIS BALANCE.  HE REMEMBERS RIDING FOR WHAT SEEMED AS ETERNITY. THEY CAME TO A STOP ON A DIRT ROAD HE WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE PICKUP AND LED DOWN A CURVING PATH.  AS HE WALKED, HE HEARD THE CHEER GROWING LOUDER AND LOUDER.  THE WALK WAS SLOW AND DELIBERATE.  ALL HE FELT WERE HANDS REACHING OUT AND TOUCHING HIM.  BURGER WAS BECOMING MORE AFRAID WITH EACH STEP.  HIS NOSE CRINGED AT THE SCENT OF KEROSENE.  HE WAS SWEATING PROFUSELY.  NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF HIS INCREASING FEAR BUT ALSO FROM THE SEARING HEAT OF THE CROSSES THAT BURNED ON EACH SIDE OF THE ALTER.

AS HE STOOD BESIDE SOMEONE WITH A STRONG PRESENCE THE INITIATION COMMENCED.  HE HEARD THE SPEAKER SAYING; THE HOUR OPENTH, THE HEAD OF TO THIS SEALED UP, THE PERFECT IS THE EYE OF VAL.  I HAVE DELIVERED THE EYE OF VAL WHICH SHINETH WITH SPLENDORS ON THE FOREHEAD OF RAM, THE FATHER OF THE GODS.  I AM THE SAME MESHU, DWELLING IN AMENTA.  MESHU KNOWTH HIS DAY AND THAT HE SHALL NOT LIVE THEREIN, NOR SHALL I LIVE THEREIN.  I AM APEPI AMONG THE GODS.  I SHALL NOT COME TO AN END.  STAND UP, THEREFORE, O VAL, MESHU HATH COUNTED THEE AMONG THE GAODS.

ON CUE, BURGER RESPONDED, MAY MY NAME BE GIVEN UNTO ME IN THE GREAT DOUBLE HOUSE, AND MAY I REMEMBER MY NAME IN THE HOUSE OF FIRE ON THIS NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS AND OF TELLING THE NUMBER OF MONTHS.  YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE, AND I SIT ON THE EASTERN SIDE.  IF ANYONE ADVANCETH UNTO ME, FORTHWITH I PROCLAIM HIS NAME.

BURGER THOUGHT HE WAS A PART OF THE IN-CROWD NOW THAT HE’S BEEN INITIATED INTO THE LARGEST KLAVERN IN NEW YORK STATE.  NONETHELESS, HE HASN’T ACCEPT THIS SORT OF TREATMENT AND SWORE HE’D BE INCLUDED IN ALL THE FUNCTIONS AS HE STEPPED THROUGH THE DOOR.

 

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