That night, much like the three nights that came before it, they spent fifteen minutes sitting beneath the stars. The protests from Aria, regarding the "waste of time", were rapidly dying down and the fifteen minutes was almost part of the routine now.
With her mind the calmest it had been in some time thanks to the stars, Daisy set off into the dark hallways after Aria, Harry bringing up the rear. Even after several days of walking around in the dark, Daisy had yet to shake off the uneasiness of being out at that time of the day. Harry and Aria had both started to walk with more confidence, with Harry guiding the way, his eyes being the best at seeing in the vast blackness.
Daisy, on the other hand, was still the one clinging on for dear life to one of them. The hallways at night were not on the list of things that Daisy would be getting used to.
Aria began briefing them the moment they arrived at their hall.
"Okay, so this might mean we go to sleep late...well later than we usually do so if either of you want to back out at this point I won't hold it against either of you. Well I know Harry is going to jump in, but Daisy, you don't have to join if you don't want to. There's a very real element of danger here,” said Aria.
"I'm in," said Harry, before Aria could even finish speaking.
"Count me in too," said Daisy, not a second later. Aria gave them both a beaming smile.
"Okay then, listen to me very carefully and do exactly as I say," she said, "as long as we stick to the path that mom chose for us we should be able to avoid getting in any sort of trouble but things are always unpredictable so we're going to have to be as quiet as we possibly can."
“Alright then, now what's the route?” asked Harry.
"Left, Left, Right," Daisy muttered to herself as they entered a maze of hallways. She didn't know if Mrs. Kane had picke the safest route but it was definitely the one that they were most likely to get lost in. Maybe this one is safe because even the aliens would get lost wandering around in here.
"Stay behind me," Aria whispered for the thousandth time that night. She'd been muttering that almost nonstop for the past ten minutes. They'd taken off along one of the passages that led away from the hall, this one headed for the sanitation area. After several turns that neither of them had ever taken before they'd found themselves entering a network of passages that seemed to be built like an actual maze.
On the way they'd stopped at two prearranged points to relay messages to people that had been waiting exactly where Mrs. Kane had said they would be. Daisy’s surprise at how crazy detailed tue plan must've been to pull that off was only dwarfed by her confusion as to where exactly his path was taking them.
As they were about to round what must've been the tenth corner for the day, Aria held up her palm in a stop gesture. Harry came to a stop behind her and Daisy who was bringing up the rear also froze in place.
Aria gestured at the two of them to wait as she made her way to a man peeking out from behind an almost hidden doorway in the hall. If Daisy remembered correctly from school, that led to the sanitation area. She'd had a reason to visit that area but because of the whole sanitation thing she knew that there was technically no rule against anyone visiting that area of the camp at night. Things like malfunctioning toilets and other such plumbing and sanitation related issues couldn't really wait sometimes. Mrs. Kane had certainly come up with a clever plan. Even if they were discovered they were technically allowed to be here provided they could come up with a reasonable excuse. She assumed that the notifying to be done in more controlled areas had all been assigned to actual adults.