Swamped Chapter 61 Page 12

“The hell is that?”

One of the other knights takes notice as you back away.

“I don’t know. It was under the desk.”

“Right.” Ben turns to the knight who just called out. “Dana, you go fetch someone on pest control. Natalie, you help me with the big bug. And you – you’re repair squad, right? Just stay back.”

“I’ll see if I can find Penelope,” you say.

“Whatever. Just don’t take any unnecessary risks.”

The two of them head towards the scorpion. They keep striking it, but it seems surprisingly well-armored. But you’re more concerned about where Penelope could be.

You look throughout the whole office, even glancing up at the ceiling in case she’s somehow climbed there, but you can’t find any sign of her.

All you manage to find is a few grains of sand. Which is more than a little strange.

By the time you give up, Dana’s come back with Grey and Florentine.

“Really wish Dean was here,” Grey grumbles. “Well, at least we can cage the damn thing, not that I know what we’re going to feed it.”

Between the five of them, the scorpion is soon caught. You feel more than a little relieved that nobody was stung.

You’re now Penelope. You’re surrounded by sand in every direction. Luckily, you got your breather mask on before you inhaled too much of it.

Less fortunately, there’s someone in a cloak and mask walking towards you.

You have a grim feeling that they want the item you just found in Vera’s office, and that it would be very, very bad if they got ahold of it.

What do you do?

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Swallow it.

Then fall asleep.