August 31

The elevator reached the seventh floor, and Chloe pulled the gate open. “I think we should discuss this later,” she said. “Daniel and Mirielle are already here.”
“I thought I was early enough,” Phillip said.
“They got in before I did,” she said. “Let’s just give them the benefit of the doubt for now. If Daniel is working at cross purposes, we can confront him about it after we’ve taken care of Mirielle and Rob.”
“You still want to focus on rescuing them more than rescuing ourselves?” Phillip asked.
“The way I see it,” she said, “there’s no difference between the two now. We can’t possibly fail if that’s the case.”
Phillip’s protest was squelched as Chloe opened the door to the Foundation’s office space, where Daniel and Katherine were staring each other down. “I must continue to object to this, Doctor,” Daniel said, his voice raised as far as Phillip had ever heard it– which wasn’t saying much, he groused silently. “Mirielle MacKenzie is not one of our students. I fail to understand why–”
“You’re damn right, you fail to understand,” Katherine shot back. “We need to make sure what Alex did doesn’t carry over–”
“Both of you stop this now!” Chloe said. Daniel and Katherine swiveled to face her, not having expected her arrival. “I want you to explain to me what this is about. Daniel, go first.”

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