CHAPTER 17: THE MIRROR ROOM
The kitchen was cramped as the nine temporals and one half-angel gathered around the table to plan their next move.
“What do we know about this man Darrach?” Carlos asked.
“From what Donal’s told us he’s a Sí.” said Kathy.
“Fine, what do we know about this woman, Darrach?” Carlos asked.
“No. He’s a Sí. The Sí are a race of angels who were expelled to earth because they refused to take sides in the war between heaven and hell. They live amongst humans now. This Darrach is apparently a genius at combining divine power with human technology. So if, for example, you wanted a bomb that could destroy the human soul…”
“He’d be the guy to talk to.” Eamonn nodded.
“Right.” said Kathy “So we’re going to go and have a talk with him.”
“Just a talk.” Donal growled “The Sí are under my protection and from what I see you don’t have any proof against him yet. You’ll need to convince me before I’ll hand him over to you.”
“Fair enough.” said Kathy, pointedly ignoring the growl that emanated from the direction of Junko Imai.
Magnus gently shouldered his way through Eloi and Carlos and set a tea-tray on the table and began to quietly pour cups for everyone.
“Is this going to be dangerous?” Baako asked, and instantly felt like a coward for saying it.
“Good question.” said Kathy “We’re hoping (I’ll take coffee, Magnus, thanks) that he won’t be expecting us. It depends how much he knows. Mabus might just have showed up, asked for the bomb, took it and went. But if Darrach knows that his bomb was used to kill Temporals, he might have taken precautions.”
“Let him.” said Junko hoaresly.
“So, just so we know, what are we expecting? (two sugars, thanks) Booby traps?” Eamonn asked.
“Probably not.” Mariana said “I can’t imagine someone booby trapping their own home (yes, a little milk, Magnus, thank you kindly) on the off chance that we showed up. But he might have a safe room. A hidden passge, an escape route. Something like that.”
“Maybe it would…thanks…” Aoife took a mug of tea off Magnus and took a swig “Maybe it would be a good idea if I went and scouted around first? Get the lay of the land?”
A silence descended on the table. Aoife realised that everyone was looking at her.
“Yes.” said Mariana, very quietly “I think that’s a very good idea.”
“Well.” said Aoife, suddenly feeling very nervous “I guess…I’ll go do that. Then.”
Aoife collapsed on the table with a thud, spilling her tea.