The Surgeon by David Beers

The Surgeon by David Beers

Author:David Beers [Beers, David]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2017-04-04T04:00:00+00:00

"You're not too worried about gaining weight, I take it?" Luke said.

"I'm not sure I can."

The two sat in Luke's basement. They weren't near the whiteboards, but sitting in the leather chairs that faced the television, which was turned off.

"Have you ever seen a dead body before this case?"

Christian shook his head and took a sip of the coffee Luke had made when they first arrived. He was full from the five egg omelet he'd eaten, and needed the coffee to help wake him up.

"What do you think of it?" Luke asked. "The bodies. Does it make you feel anything?"

Christian blinked a couple of times. "I'm not sure I see them like you and Tommy. To me, I see the man behind it all. I feel pity for him, I think. He's someone who's hurt a lot."

"Does that mean he's guiltless?"

"No, of course not," Christian said, looking into his coffee mug. "It doesn't mean we can't understand him some, though."

The two were quiet as Luke took a sip from his own mug.

"How did you make so much money?" Christian asked.

Luke smiled and looked around the basement. "Well, I'm in my forties, and before the FBI, I did pretty well in the private sector. Did well in academia, too."

"This is your third career, then?"

Luke nodded.

"Do you think you'll have another one?"

"I don't know. I'm not motivated by money. I never have been."

"So what does motivate you?" Christian asked. He felt something here and it was different than what he felt when he spoke with other people. Even his mother or Melissa. An energy seemed to float in the room, and Christian didn't know if it sprung from himself or Luke, but it was there.

"Can't you tell yet?"

"I haven't given much thought to you. I'm preoccupied I guess."

"What about Tommy?" Luke asked. "Have you given thought to him?"

"No, but I don't think he's as complex as you."

"Nor as complex as you," Luke said.

"I'm not that complex." Christian didn't like the conversation's turn, didn't want to focus on himself or how he did what he did anymore. He'd explained it enough, more than he ever had before. "Let's not talk about us. Did you want to discuss the case?"

Luke nodded and Christian looked at him. His brown irises were small against his large black pupils, seeming to fill up most of his eye. The light above them cast shadows on his lean face, and Christian was shocked to see beauty in the man—not in any sexual sense, but just admiration. He hadn't noticed it before.

"How are we going to catch him, Christian? I'd like to know what you think."

Christian couldn't pull his eyes from Luke's even though he wanted to. A kind of magnetism kept him staring. "You want the truth?"

"You seem very good at telling the truth, to a fault, many would say."

"I'll keep seeing his crimes until I know as much about him as he does himself. He'll continue killing, most likely increasing the speed, and we'll get him then. We'll narrow down who he is until a body tells us more than he wanted.



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