“And we should go,” Argo said under her breath. “Clear the cache, the cookies, close it down-”
“Yes, Auntie.” Kirito almost stuck his tongue out.
“Wait.” Asuna pointed toward a summary that was still open. “That says something about other subjects?”
“Animals, I think.” Kirito paged further into the report. “Some were in NervGear, some weren’t-” He stopped, as an image lit half the screen.
Klein’s jaw dropped. “Is that what I think it is?”
Kirito clicked that file to the flash drive, fast, and shut everything else down with controlled haste. “Klein, Asuna – run interference. Make sure they stay away from the basement. And tell Thinker we might not be able to be subtle. Argo-”
“Right with you.” The whiskered face lit with delight. “Let’s find Silica.”
“We’re going to the basement?” Voice barely above a whisper, Silica hid behind Kirito in a shadow of the stairwell. He glanced back in time to see her bite her lip, as a nurse in blue scrubs hurried right through where Argo had stood seconds before. “I don’t think they like us moving around at all,” she murmured as the nurse vanished. “Will they be okay with us going all the way down there?”
“I’m pretty sure they won’t be.” Kirito smirked, feeling the thrill of exploring a new and deadly level racing through his veins. “That’s the point.” He tried to tamp down the rush, and gave her a serious look. “We’re going down there to start trouble. I don’t want to hurt anyone if we don’t have to. But something’s wrong here. Something’s wrong with all of this, and they’re not giving us answers.” He drew in a sharp breath. “So we’re going to take them.”