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Garvey and his assistant checked the console and shook their heads. every body was once speaking back. Trear shouted, “Quiet down! every body close up. ” He became again to Garvey. “Play again the video—in sluggish movement. ” Garvey nodded, then rewound the video. all of the screens flickered, then a nonetheless snapshot got here up back: the mansion aspect corridor. “Roll it ahead slowly. ” On-screen, body through body, the robot arm grabbed the door deal with and driven down. “There. ” Garvey stopped the picture. there has been an unmistakable hole within the flooring towards the ground of the body. the ground gave the impression of it was once starting up. “Okay, develop it slowly. ” Garvey hit a button. the space multiplied. In a short succession of frames, the door deal with pulled from the robot’s grip, and the whole computing device slid down a chute that opened underneath it. Its mercury lighting illuminated the darkish gap, revealing a cinderblock-lined pit—the backside of which used to be jam-packed with water. Successive video photos confirmed the water washing up onto its cameras and the robotic shorting out. the complete method took approximately one and a part seconds. Sidebar conversations crammed the trailer. Trear clasped a hand on Garvey’s shoulder. “It’s okay. That’s why we've robots. ” Trear seemed unruffled, virtually serene. He became to the assembled brokers. “I imagine we’ve demonstrated that there’s no strength in the home. ” He pointed to a few techs sitting at a frequency-scanning console. “And there’s no radio transmissions emanating from the home, right? ” The techs nodded. Trear persevered. “What we’re taking a look at here's a easy pit capture. Sobol’s high-tech weaponry is down. He’s long gone medieval on us. That’s nice information. ” Garvey became from the robotic command console. “That’s our final robotic. We’ll need to ship again to L. A. for an additional one. ” Trear nodded. “Bring in numerous. Fly them in in case you have to. yet we have to get our fingers on Sobol’s own desktops once attainable. ” there has been silence for a second within the trailer. Garvey hesitated, then requested, “Meaning that we…? ” “Send within the Hostage Rescue group. Have them cross in so far as the pit. i need the realm round the cellar front ramped over by the point we get the additional robots the following. ” Wyckoff regarded stunned. “Sir, are you sure that’s a good suggestion? ” “Certain? No, now not yes. yet Sobol’s domestic desktops could carry the foremost to destroying this monster. That’s what we got here to do. So let’s do it. ” every person murmured in contract. an individual in again requested, “What concerning the Hummer, sir? ” “Pull out the wreckage and send it right down to the L. A. lab. disguise it with a tarpaulin prior to pulling it out. I don’t are looking to see to any extent further images of the ‘death desktop’ at the entrance web page the next day. ” He clapped his fingers as soon as. “Let’s get relocating, humans. The world’s staring at. ” designated Agent Michael Kirchner sat poring over monetary files with 5 different brokers in an unassuming accountant’s place of work in Thousand Oaks. The desks have been affected by open folders, receipts, tax returns, and ledgers. one other agent used to be busy imaging machine demanding drives. Kirchner, a CPA and a tax lawyer, believed that he and his crew did extra to struggle crime than any box workplace within the bureau.