Rolling his eyes, Nii Jianyi switched the surveillance recording off, and went back to his computer shuffling of various genomes. The white fluff of his stuffed bunny slumped on the corner of his desk, one ear flopped as if it were grateful to be spared more salacious verses. “Nobody that crude could be hiding something.”
You should talk, Kougaiji thought, keeping the scowl off his face by an effort of will. He might be Director Daluhai’s supposed heir, but as far as Minus Wave was concerned he was still just a low-level xeno-tech researcher, trying to tease secrets of teleportation out of Shangri-La’s lore and a set of old kami bangles. While Gyokumen Koushou’s hand-picked psycho-geneticist was a bona fide, no holds barred genius, who’d advanced their understanding of kami energy and technology decades ahead of the rest of the Satrapy.
How Nii had gotten there, though…. Kougaiji’d thought he’d known the worst of it. The latest evidence to stray near his desk proved he’d been pitifully naive. “The report said one of the outbreak victims might have gotten outside the containment perimeter.”
“Hmm. Looks like. They only found some mud with blood.” Nii waved an absent hand. “Don’t worry. Either he’s dead – and he probably is dead, even a transformation won’t heal them if they bleed out first – or… he’ll be back.” A smirk, as he rotated a complicated chemical profile on his monitor. “Our lures will make sure of that.”
Silver chimed as Kougaiji tried not to clench his fists, thinking of exactly how Nii might know how much blood-loss an infected person could survive. Much less how effective these… lures might be.
This is illegal. This is insane.
Given he’d just come back from a three-month research trip off-planet to find his mother in stasis, his father’s condition top-secret, his step-mother locked in a lab and not answering his messages, and Nii poking a virus that mutated people, he had to find out how insane. Because Lirin was still in one piece and he had to know if he just needed to get her out of Nii’s reach, or completely off the planet.
…Then again, this was Nii. He’d better plan for off the planet.