CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED-TWO
Alex nodded. She looked off into space. Waving her hand, she said, “Show me the maps.”
Nelson took a stack of folded pages from the back pocket of his jeans. He set it on the table. Alex unfolded the pages. Picking up a French fry from John’s plate, Alex ate and laid out the maps.
“This is…” Nelson said.
“I know where this is,” Alex said, cutting him off.
She looked at one page and shook her head. She looked at the next page and scowled. When she got to the last page, she looked up at Nelson.
“Where did you get these?” Alex asked.
“My colleague, Leslie…” Nelson said.
“I know Leslie. She’s brilliant,” Alex said. She pushed her plate aside and put the pages together. “I have this map. It’s old.”
“1100s?” Nelson asked.
“I have a copy of Mahmud al-Kashgari’s Map from 1072,” Alex said. “Copy of Al-Idrisi’s Tabula Rogeriana from 1154. Cheap reproductions. I have heard that the Templars drew their own maps, but I’ve never seen one. I don’t think that anyone has seen a Templar map.”
Alex raised her eyebrows to Nelson in question.
“I have,” Nelson said.
“I’ll offer you a trade,” Alex said. “You let me see your Templar maps and I’ll talk to the rest of your team.”
“I would happily give you all of those stupid maps,” Nelson said. “My father’s now the head of the order. I’d have to check with him, but if you’re helping me find this ridiculous treasure? I’m sure that he will be thrilled. You could name your price.”
“Even better,” Alex said.
She gave him a wide smile. She held out her hand.
“Deal?” Alex asked.
Nelson flushed. He shook her hand.
“Deal,” Nelson said. “But…”
The restaurant went dark. Nelson slid out of the booth. Before his feet had reached the floor, Alex had climbed over the table, pulled her weapon from her sacrum holster, and stood in front of Nelson. She moved side to side, checking the darkened room.
Wearing her full armor and carrying her sword, Mari appeared next to Alex. Mari sneered at Alex.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” Alex said with a grin at Mari. “I’m protecting him.”
Alex gestured to Nelson.
“I protect him,” Mari said.
“Knock it off,” Nelson said first to Mari and then he nodded at Alex. “I need a human warrior.”
“And me,” Mari said. “You need me.”
“Alex meet my fairy watch dog,” Nelson said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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