They walked faster, but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. What Sarah had originally assumed to be one hallway was actually a convergence of hundreds of hallways. It was taking longer than it should have to find the room in which Thanatos was hiding because she had no idea which route she had taken in the dark. Her natural conclusion was that the best path was the obvious one, but the obvious path led them to a dead end. They simply turned around and walked again, this time checking every hall until they were hopelessly lost.
And then they were found. Sarah heard the boots, and her heart sank. The boots weren’t gone. X marked the spot, and the boots were a shiny X. It was likely he had been following her, but he was also likely moving in the direction of the room where he also seemed prone to hiding. She moved faster and pulled her friends along with her. They broke into running, although Sasha panted and begged for them to slow down.
They found the room finally as the boots disappeared through the door in front of them. Sarah stepped through after them and found them already disappearing into the room beyond. This time, however, she caught a glimpse of the man before he was out of sight. He was tall and dressed in all black, with a long cape trailing behind him and a black mask covering most of his face. This was not helpful.
She nearly followed him, but Thanatos stepped in her way. He crossed his arms and leaned up against the door through which the boots had retreated, looking on Sarah with interest and slight disdain. She didn’t like the way he was looking at her. Matthew disappeared into the shadows of the room, but Mickey and Sasha stood faithfully by her side for support.
“I thought you quit.”
“Well, this complex is more than top secret. You need to leave.”
“I solved the code.”
“Really…” Thanatos shook his head and stood up, but didn’t move away from the door, “Well, I’d like to believe that, but I know you haven’t.”
“How could you possibly know that?”
“Right. Well, I have. I can prove it.”
“Please do so, and hurry. I’m in pain from all this suspense.” A look crossed his face that was intended to be one of mock pain, but Sarah suspected it was real.
“Come with us.”