As you walk through the wooden gate, the following scene comes into view:
A massive, empty space, completely smeared with random splashes of white paint.
There was nothing else here. No office buildings, vehicles or machines of any kind. Only a massive empty space.
It seems someone just placed a wooden fence, right in the middle of the maintenance station, to ward off almost half of it, and later smeared paint all over the place.
You don't see any signs of a possible cave in. No holes or cracks in the wall. No broken rocks or signs of debris. Just a large empty space and a wall, that marked the end of the maintenance station.
Upon closer inspection, you notice that the smears of white paint are not completely random. They seam to unintentionally silhouette some sort of shape on the ground, as if something large once stood here, during the painting process. Then it was moved, leaving behind large shapes of unpainted ground, where the objects stood before.
You notice numerous heavy tire tracks around the room. Whatever left these tracks wasn't a typical truck. They looked much wider and considerably more massive in size. The tracks seem to start in this location and lead outside of this fences area, toward the rail road.
You also notice a few tiny smears of red paint.
Apart from these things, nothing seems to stand out.
Elisabeth flipped through a few more pages in one of the notebooks
"...I don't believe there's a correlation between the local staff skipping work and us coming here" she quietly said, looking at the notebook:
"The Slavegear incident happened two days ago. The maintenance workers we met at the tunnel entrance, mentioned that the twenty eight people from Station C, disappeared after the incident and weren't seen since then.
An information leak from our unit is possible, but highly unlikely. The twenty eight people of this maintenance station have undoubtedly done something here. In all likelihood, they probably completed their objective and left.
Possibly because they didn't want to get caught, if someone suspected them, or because they had no more reason to stay.
We're also not the only ones investigating the incident. The Artemis military was crawling up and down these tunnels, ever since the incident happened. The twenty eight people of the local staff, might have left, right after the Slavegear attack, to make sure Artemis won't spot them"
She flipped through another page and went quiet again. Just like last time, she completely faded from your senses. You couldn't hear her breathing or moving anymore. Not even the rustling of her clothes.
This trait reminded you of Harlequin again. Both she and Elisabeth somehow managed to go completely silent at will.
Its unclear where Elisabeth is right now, in the room. If she even moved from her spot, or still looking at the notebook. You began to get the feeling that, the only reason you heard her up until now, was because she was deliberately trying to be heard.
And now that her mind became consumed by her own thoughts, she subconsciously went completely silent again, without even realizing.
"Every employee from the station, gradually replaced in the past four months" Kaylee slowly repeated, thinking: "Then skip work, after the Slavegear incident? This is setting off all kinds of red flags. They did something here"
She slowly walked along the edge of the rail tracks: "..What did they do though... what happened to Slavegear?"
Johan was mingling somewhere near you, wearily looking around. He seems frightened and out of place, completely unsure what to do.
The shadows here seemed to scare him. The longer he looked at the dim orange lights, the more frightened his expression became.
After a moment, you thought you heard him whispering something, just under his breath:
"....no.. fire is bad... fire is bad..." he quietly whispered to himself, over and over.
You notice him subconsciously rubbing his wrists.
The lights in the tunnels were dim, but they briefly managed to highlight the burn scars, that started at Johans wrists and went down to the elbows, on both of his hands.
"...fire is bad!.." Johan closed his eyes shut, trying to escape an image only he could see.
"......did I.. go too far?" Eva quietly asked, as she walked down the hallway, staring directly ahead.
Peter glared at you and stormed off somewhere. Fluttershy directed you toward the medical wing:
"..yes, of course. This way.." she began slowly leading you down the corridor. After a moment, she opened a set of double doors, revealing a large medical room, full of working doctors and nurses, hunched over medical equipment.
Fluttershy continued to walk forward, until she entered one of the small patient rooms and stopped there. The room was empty. A medical bed and two chairs stood in the corner.
As the door closed, most ambient noise from the outside seemed to have faded.
Fluttershy nodded to you with a slight smile:
"..have a seat? I'm here to listen"