“Have you calmed down, Hannibal?”
Hannibal dropped the shears on the ground. His breathing pace had remained regular throughout the whole thing; his heart beat hadn’t gone above seventy pulses per minute.
“I’m always calm,” he answered hoarsley.
He turned his face towards the other side of the wall. A high fence was visible through the front door; it was raining heavily outside.
“I hate the smell in here. Who’s going to get us out of here?”
“It’s roses – some people like it.”
Seven years earlier.
Police Commissioner Sensi’s office wasn’t one of the most spacious and welcoming of rooms. Little sunshine entered the room through the window that dim morning. Despite the time of day, the blue neon light was already on and its buzzing filled the room.
For Clapps, being there, sitting in front of Sensi’s desk was important – it was an achievement. This was the first time that he had called him to request his help as a criminologist, an expert in violent behaviour and horrific crimes. Most importantly, Sensi himself had called him – he was the big cheese, the man who always dealt with the most difficult cases. Sensi was destined to move to the larger, more welcoming office that belonged to the chief of police. Important stuff, not to be missed.
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