Swamped Chapter 15 Page 22

Dammit. What with all the distractions, you completely forgot what you were going to do after you finished checking up in here.

In that case, you suppose you may as well tell someone on repair squad what happened here. You can let them make the reports.

Fortunately, you find Lisa Black not far away. She seems surprised when you approach, but you can’t be bothered to give that much thought. You tell her about the hole and that you helped Clancy out of it and covered it up again.

“Where’d Clancy go after that?” she asks. “He was nearly stuck there thanks to our work, I should ask him what happened so we can figure out what to do about it.”

“I’ve got a basic trapdoor design in mind, should be able to get concrete plans for it by tomorrow,” you say. “Anyhow, I’ve got no idea where he is. I suggested the infirmary, but who knows if he listened.”

“I’ll check there, then. Thanks.”

About time. Now you’ve got to focus on remembering what you were asked to do.

You suppose there’s nothing for it; you’ll have to go back to the auditorium and ask again. They’ll be upset, but whatever, it’s not as if you’re here to make friends.

When you arrive, the leader gives you a glare. You notice a big hole in the tarp.

“Where the hell have you been? If you’d just done your job like I asked, we wouldn’t have lost the greatrat.”

Oh, right, the greatrat. That’s what you were supposed to be doing.

“Ash was indisposed,” you say with a shrug. “I figured I’d wait a half hour or so, so I passed the time by checking my room to make sure everything was in order. Then some fool got himself stuck in the tunnels and I had to help him out. That distracted me and I lost track of what I was doing, so I came back here to check.”

Ben Eleventh glances at the hole.

“Was that Clancy?”

“That sounds like his name, yeah.” You shrug. “Why?”

“Because he came here to pick up the greatrat, and right then it bolted for the hole. We were trying to figure out what to do, and then we hear a loud growling sound. We figured he’d been eaten, or would be soon, and it wasn’t worth risking our necks to help him out of there.”

“I see,” you say.

Then you punch Ben in the face.

“You never abandon another Bogknight,” you growl at him. He just stares back at you in shock. “You all don’t know how goddamn lucky you are Clancy made it out on his own, or I’d do a lot worse. Every last one of you should be ashamed. This is the last time I work with you heartless cowards.”

You walk out and slam the auditorium doors behind you. The guards stare at you, but you don’t give a damn what they think.

So now what are you going to do?

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well someone’s gotta recapture that greatrat. time to make a life-size version of mouse trap