Moreover, Luther should have no reason to suspect that David knew he had lied about Nathaniel’s demise, so perhaps this late night encounter truly was a coincidence. But still, David mistrusted coincidences, as any rational person would, so before he committed himself to anything else, he fished for more information. He opened the door a crack and peeked through.
“Luther?” he said. “What are you doing here so late?”
“Please invite me in.”
“I need to speak with you.”
“Then speak here and do it quickly. I am tired.”
Luther tilted his head with a knowing smile. “I would also like to speak with Meriwether.”
So much for coincidence. There was little point in refusing the man entry now. He allowed Luther in and rejoined Meriwether in the den.
Meriwether only looked confused by the new arrival.
“Allow me to forego pleasantries,” said Luther, taking a seat. “The Abolishers have left the city. Mr. Conall Learen was kind enough to share their plans with me earlier this evening. They will be gone for most of the day today. I have therefore decided to take advantage of the opportunity that their absence presents.”
“Take advantage how?” said Meriwether.
“Their names and faces are already known to the police and the military, and come morning, word of their many misdeeds will finally make the national news--at which time, they will also receive credit for a few extra murders.”
David’s expression flickered.
Meriwether blinked. “What are you talking about?”
“A handful of select individuals,” said Luther. “Ones who might have otherwise become obstacles to our objective.”
“What objective?” said Meriwether.
Luther ignored him, instead looking at David. “Abolish will not be upset by this move. They are already enemies of the state and intend to leave Atreya as soon as war with Rendon is triggered.”
Meriwether scowled. “Has there not been enough bloodshed already? You intend to have even more people killed?”
“Oh, Meriwether. You simple fool. I do not intend to have them killed. I already have. You honestly think I would be telling you such sensitive information if it was not already decided?”