Kate nodded and the three of them made their way back into The Hub. Near the entrance to that led off towards the crashed ship, Harry could see Aria and a boy that he recognized as Ryan. We’re all here. Looks like this is definitely happening.
"Ah you two managed to find Kathryn," said Aria," I was beginning to get worried."
"We didn't take that long," said Daisy, frowning.
"Well we found each other and that's what matters," said Harry, jumping in, not wanting to delay their mission any longer," now that the five of us are here, let's get started, shall we?"
"Yes," said Ryan," we can't afford to waste time today. With luck tomorrow might as well be the day depending on how well the others pull off their end of the plan."
"Correct," said Aria," so uhh...where do we start?"
"I think maybe you guys could show us where this spaceship is. The two of us don't quite know the way. We've heard things of of course, but we haven't really been able to come this even, not even with the...incident," said Kate, grimacing as she said the last part. Ryan nodded to confirm that was true.
"Ohh, I thought everyone must've come this way at some point," said Aria, palm on her forehead," alright follow me, make sure not to lose sight of one another at any point. Hold onto someone if you’re not sure you can keep up."
The five of them set off in the direction that they had come in. Harry stayed at the back, Daisy by his side. Ryan and Kate walked in line behind Aria. It was much faster going than Harry had anticipated with Ryan and Kate. For people who can’t hadn't ever walked that path, they didn’t seem hesitant to go down the darkened hallways.
Before long they arrived at the corridor that led to the sliding glass doors that opened out to the door.
“The door is through here?” asked Ryan.
“Yup, there’s another set of doors which leads to this grassy area and the door is right there, of course now there is also the big empty hull of a spaceship in the middle of all of that,” said Aria.
“Okay, well that was a shorter walk than I thought it was going to be,” said Kate, “and darker.”
“Definitely is super dark,” said Daisy, nodding along,” I’m still not used to it even though it's been like a week or something.”
“It’ll help us out in the long run, they won’t be able to see a damn thing down here if they don’t bring a light,” said Ryan, “could give us a few extra seconds when we need it most. They might have four eyes but their night vision is garbage.”
“Yeah,” said Harry, “well, we’re definitely running down this path soon enough so you guys memorize this as much as possible. It could be as early as tomorrow.”
“Did that,” said Kate, “it’s not that bad.”
“And I will have it memorized on the way back,” said Ryan, with a nod.
“Perfect,” said Aria. “Why don’t we go back then? No point spending any more time down here. The guards for one of the other gates might wander over.”
“Right, let’s get out of here. We still have to figure out a route to the Hub,” said Harry. With that they made their way back to the Hub and immediately slipped into the hallway leading off to Kate’s quarters.
“Alright, let’s begin then,” said Aria, “first question, I believe is, how easy is to get from your quarters to our hall, through an outer passageway.”
“Pretty easy for me,” said Kathryn, “although time consuming. I think there’s a tunnel somewhere near this room I work near. It's a long story but the bottom line is that it will definitely work, as long as I leave well in advance of the time you guys show up, which well, if its my last day of camp, I can get off early.”
“Ryan?” asked Aria.
“As far as I know, there isn’t something to really connect our halls, I think I would have to walk around a few dicey neighborhoods to get there. Unfortunately my quarters and work area are very far out. It is block Z after all, I believe it is actually the farthest corner of camp in that direction..”
“Okay, scratch that, how easy would it be for us to get there?” Aria turned to Harry and Daisy.
Harry scratched his head, racking his brains for what he’d learnt of the layout. As far as he knew, there wasn’t a safe route.
“Um, again would be kind of dangerous. Z block is just way too out there to avoid running into potential danger zones,” said Harry, “I don’t think either of those will work. We can try but over that distance, there simply aren't enough safe zones."
“Kate, your hall?” said Aria.
“Well, my Hall is a little too dangerous at that time of day. No one working at night in our section,' said Kate," we're the day shift crew for the most part."
“Yeah, I know. So that obviously rules out all three halls,” said Aria, “no point even considering that then. Anyone know any other passages?"
“Well, I know another passageway. It starts near the library closer to where I am, but it ends at K and also links to X. It could maybe work,” said Kate, “It's man-made so aliens wouldn't know of it, it's currently used to smuggle in books from storage to run the school. You guys can get to K right? Ryan, is X too far out?”
“I think I can make that work,” said Ryan, “if you can show me where to go. I knew the library was run with some tunnels like that, I never knew we had one that close.”
"That's one of the most recent tunnels. We build it after we discovered a old human storage unit below block Y," said Kate, a proud smile on her face, "Sam and I helped design it."
“Sam as in Samantha?” asked Harry, eyes wide. He'd known that Kate was very good at what they did, but he'd never imagined she was quite at that level.
"Wow," said Harry, trying not to be too loud,"that is insane."
"We don't have time for fangirling Harry," said Aria, cutting in. Harry could hear her eyes rolling with her tone. "And to answer your question Kate, yes, I think we can get to K even on the normal route, but I'm sure mom knows a place or two. She sent us through J recently. That was an interesting night.
"Perfect," said Kate, "I think I can show you guys how to open it and all tonight, we can probably go all the way to X so that Ryan can also mark that down."
Yeah, sure,” said Daisy, speaking up. She’d been quiet through most of their conversation. Harry figured it was probably the darkness that was getting to her. Or at least he hoped it was. He was going to have to ask her when they were at the hall.
“Alright then, this tunnel looks set,” said Aria," that's good. Let's not overcomplicate thing and stick to that as the meeting point. So this passageway I assume has a third exit that comes out near the library which is where you will be?"
"Yes," said Kate.
"So we can all meet there," said Aria, "its close enough to the Hub, I definitely know how to reach it from The Hub so going the other way should be doable. Ryan?"
"I'll have a lot of memorizing to do," said Ryan, "but I'm confident I can."
“Well it's a pretty short walk from the library to The Hub, I mean the tunnel won't be an issue right. How hard can it be besides the opening sequence?” said Harry, “aren’t you just supposed to know where it starts then just walk to the end?”
“This one is a little more complicated than that, as the aliens get smarter, we have to stay two steps ahead,” said Kate, “it's better if I just show you guys. It's kind of a lot to explain.”
“Don’t tell me it's a maze,” said Harry.
“Oh it’s not a maze,” said Kate, “its even better. Like I said it's easier to just show you. Just take me as far as your hall, and then I’ll show you guys the rest of the way.”
“Follow me then,” said Aria, taking off into the darkness, the rest of them following quickly.