They walked out of the room. After they had turned a corner, Dominica sighed loudly.
“That… was awful. He is one terrifying guy.”
Kelvin raised an eyebrow.
“You sure seemed calm. “You have a driver’s license?” and other such casual talk rather indicates calmness. How is that terrified out of your mind?”
“Well, different people react to terrifying Germans differently.”
“Odd way of saying it, but okay.”
“Now that we’re out of earshot of Otto, we should actually start trying to find room L1.”
Dominica pulled a folded map out of her pocket, and consulted it. As she did so, Kelvin walked around behind her, and looked over her shoulder at the map. They were in the D section, near the transition to the E section. Following the letters in ascending order, he found the L section. It appeared to consist of an enormous number of very small rooms. There was a slightly larger room near the junction with section K. This room was, as Kelvin had expected, room 8. He began trying to figure out a route to room L1 from their current position, when Dominica started walking, moving the map out of his view.
“Got the route.”
They followed. There was little traffic in the corridors, but someone walked by every minute or two. Most exchanged greetings with the four of them, but some ignored them. After some minutes of walking, Kelvin remarked, “There sure is a lot of base in this base, don’t you think?”
“I guess. I didn’t really think much on it,” replied Claire.
“It is rather big to be totally secret and all that. I don’t know that much about secret underground bases, but I bet that they don’t usually make them this big. Unless they expanded on it…”
“What do you mean, expanded?”
“The Dictatorship has got a lot of big nasty tunneling machines. The International whatever group club liked that weapon we got them, so maybe they also got one of those tunneling machines that they’re using to expand their base. Use the Dictatorship’s technology against them. Fight fire with… fire, I guess.”
“Didn’t seem right to actually say the cliché like it actually is. I was trying to figure out something witty to end the sentence with.”
“I see. Although you could argue that altering clichés with wit is now a cliché, but down that road madness lies.”