Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Chapter 46: Under the Waterfall
"I shouldn't have let you drive me off," Aymeri answers, "Had I spoken to you..."
"I wouldn't have let you near enough to speak to me," she answers, smiling sadly.
"I think you would have, Ico, if I had tried."
"How could I forget?"
"I was with Tania, and we saw you soaring above. I said to her that riding a dragon in flight must be an experience like no other, and she laughed at me, and said I was far to timid to approach a dragon, let alone try to mount one. So I set out to prove her wrong, and followed to where you landed, to the waterfall where made your lair. But when I arrived, I saw not the great dragon I was expecting. You had transformed."
"We were so innocent then" Ico sighs, "Could we ever be so again?"
Aymeri's head dips sadly, "Innocence, once lost..."
"Is lost forever," she finishes.
"We cannot go back, Ico, but we can go forward."
"Most of this was encrypted with standard MorcuCorp cipher," he says, "And most of it is useless. But there's this one file..."
"Not so easy to decrypt?" Sage guesses.
"It shouldn't be," Joffrey answers, "But this encryption algorithm is mine. I used it for my personal files, and I never shared the key with MorcuCorp. Or anyone."
"So that means...?"
"Someone worked out my encryption and is using it. For this one file only, apparently."
"What's in the file?" Sage asks.
"The location of a secret lab where MorcuCop was developing a technology to interfere with... fae powers, it says. It would block the ability to glamour, or teleport."
"You think that's where they're holding Summerdream?"
"That would make sense, they'd need some defense against her abilities. But it might be a fake, a trap."
"Why do you think that?"
"Because the way this file was encrypted was guaranteed to get my attention. It's like they wanted me to find this."
"Maybe it would be better if you stayed here," Joffrey says, "They may be waiting for us inside."
"Summerdream put a lot of trust in Cecilia. She must want a child pretty badly," Joff observes. He hasn't mentioned his own desire for a child since he broached the subject in Egypt, but he hasn't stopped thinking about it.
The lab is small, with no evidence that anyone, fae or otherwise, had every been held here. "It's a dead end," Joff says, firing up the lone computer, hoping to find new information there.
"I'm going to search around for a switch, or another way out," she calls, her voice faint through the walls.
I used Claeric's Stoney Falls Underlake Tomb for the hidden lab entrance scenes. The actual lab is a set I built myself.
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