The inside of the lab was bathed in its unnatural glow. The good thing about being a dilapidated building was that you almost didn’t notice the monster-made newly holes in the walls.
Everybody was talking at the same time. The worst offenders were Papierwaite and Momma Bosco, occasionally punctuated by Sybil. The only one that was standing apart and somehow aloof was Cocky, who was not participating in the discussion for the moment being.
Max was sitting on a chair, feeling tired and unhappy and increasingly impatient. Watching Sam disappear into the water had not been the worst, but the feeling he couldn’t do anything about it was. Was he gone for good? Where was he now? WHO was he now?
“What I want to know is,” Momma Bosco said, “who is going to pay for the destruction of my lab?”
“It’s just some holes in the walls, woman,” Papierwaite pointed out. “Your monster insurance should cover it, no problem!”
“I don’t HAVE a monster insurance, mister! Who does??”
Papierwaite scratched his head.
“How can you not? We do have it, for the museum. You never know, especially when you dabble on the occult in your spare time. We….”
“Focus, Papierwaite,” Norrington said, impatiently. “We have a bigger crisis in our claws than just simply property damage. If we don’t stop that portal from opening, no insurance is ever going to help us.”
“Not to mention what will happen if the monster feels like stomping on the Museum on a whim. Assuming it ever comes back from the ocean.”
“Has anyone heard from President Superball? Don’t tell me they’re going to try and drop a nuke here again.”
This disturbed Max enough to make him raise his ears.
“I talked to him,” Momma Bosco said. “The monster is gone for now, so they don’t have a directive. I guess they will try helicopters and big guns first if it comes back.”
Sybil shook her head. “This is Maxaggedon all over again. Last time they almost killed us. We’re running against time here.”
“Nukes are going to be the least of our problems if we don’t—“ but then everybody started talking at the same time again. Max couldn’t stand it anymore. So he got up from his seat and started screaming at the group. “Shut up, all of you! Just SHUT UP!”