Vytanni, May, and I stood in the hospital's waiting room with Hans warily watching us from a few feet away. In one of the nearby patient rooms, Aislinn was battling the Ruka virus...and was losing.
"Okay, Hans...time to give us some answers," I said, cracking my knuckles. "Aislinn isn't doing so good right now. If you know anything about how this virus works, now's a good time to tell us." I hoped the severity in my voice effectively hid my worry.
Aislinn was dying. There was no cure. If Hans knew anything, he'd better spill it....
"I don't know anything about the virus," he responded sourly.
I considered this. It was unlikely that he would know much about it, anyway, so for now I would choose to believe him. "Well, then...what were you and Matt doing in that hideout?" I asked.
"I don't know."
"That's a blatant lie, and you know it!" Vytanni exclaimed, squinting her silver eyes at Hans. I could see from her expression that she was just as concerned as I was about Aislinn.
"Fine. Let me rephrase...I'm not telling you anything that I do know."
"If you don't tell, you risk my eternal...displeasure..." I said in a deceptively friendly tone.
Hans just rolled his eyes.
"Vy, could you please ask Etlo to come here?" I asked Vytanni.
She nodded and backed out of the room, still glaring daggers at Hans.
"Oooo you're gonna get it now," May chuckled, leaning nonchalantly against the wall.
Hans looked slightly nervous at the thought of Etlo taking part in this 'interrogation.'
"Fine. Someone in the Empire told us to go there, and we found it empty," Hans finally said.
Another second later, Vytanni and Etlo entered the room.
"It's okay, he's starting to cooperate," I told them, then turned back to Hans. "You dodged the question. I asked what you were doing there, not how you got there."
Hans looked around, as if for a way of escape, but there were no windows or vents, and Etlo blocked the only doorway. "I don't know. The contact just told us to go there. They might have told Matt what to do, but Matt didn't tell me."
"Okay, who was the contact?"
"I don't know. Like I said, Matt didn't tell me anything."
"And did you know about the secret passage?" I continued, watching him carefully.
"No. We only moved into the hideout a few days ago."
"You'd better be telling the truth, or mark my words, I'll drag you to the Snowmoors and toss you in Jefferson's hole until you shape up," I threatened.
"That seems to be your go-to punishment for wrongdoers," May observed with a smirk.
"Please watch him, Etlo. I'll be back soon. I'm going to see how Aislinn's doing," I said, and then disappeared through the doorway.