â€œI never was going to tell you anything, as I said, you are a product. You are now inconsequential. The task you were designed for cannot be completed by you. You are too damaged. So you are now expendable, it is why we tried to kill you in the Justice Department.â€ The figure laughed. â€œSo this assault will eventually fail. Hopefully you will survive so that when I get my new body and have my memories brought up to date I can return the favour and interview you both. Though, I will admit, that I will be making my version very unpleasant.â€
Drick read an internal screen and acknowledged the message. Signalling Marsh, Drick confirmed he had done the same. â€œYou think you are going to take us alive?â€ Drick asked.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect either of you, or your associates, to attempt a suicide mission. I know you are still in the building, as I am still in the building.â€
â€œYes, you are.â€ said Drick.
â€œThat was another of your mistakes. In this building I have a significant amount of control. You should have kidnapped me. Then my implants would have been less effective and my memory not auto-stored to the building’s very secure servers.â€ The figure slid gently backwards in their chair as a replica of the desk appeared. â€œI may as well get into the same position for when you drop the construct. Why donâ€™t we do that now so we can talk in the flesh.â€
â€œNot yet,â€ said Drick, â€œI would prefer it if you told Marsh just a little more.â€
â€œWhy? What value can it serve? He could never get to them.â€ A gentle laugh, â€œeven I would have difficulty.â€
â€œI am sure they have offices, in fact I think we viewed their schematics,â€ Marsh replied.
â€œYee On Kline is not the intellect that wanted you, and they are not anywhere close to where you could get to.â€ A longer laugh. â€œNow letâ€™s drop this foolishness and talk in person.â€
â€œThat would be a little hard,â€ said Drick, â€œyou see we left some time ago.â€
â€œWhat?â€ a look of incredulity. â€œWhy would you break in to have a pointless conversation?â€
â€œActually it has been most useful, â€œ said Drick, â€œdonâ€™t you agree Marsh?â€
â€œYup, the idiot leaked way more information than we thought they would.â€ Marsh laughed.
â€œYou know nothing and it will be of no use to you. What a stupid waste of your time and resources. You did all this to have a few snippets of conjecture.â€ They were stood now, the desk and chair had disappeared and rage twisted their features.
â€œNo,â€ said Drick. â€œI did all this to get all this for an entirely different reason. One that you will never know as in a few moments you will be very dead. Well this version of you will be very dead.â€
â€œAs soon as I get my download I will know everything, you will be hunted down.â€
â€œReally. I look forward to you learning what has happened here. I would so like to see your face. I know exactly what you will know.â€ Drick smiled.
â€œWhy would you do this?â€ they snarled angrily.
â€œYou will never fully know, and I am not going to tell you. Enough to say we only kept you talking in here because you are the most high ranking operational officer in the compound. It wasnâ€™t about killing you. If I wanted you dead, for any reason and not just for trying to kill me and my friends. Then you would be dead. I needed you alive. But not anymore.â€
The molecular explosion that Drick triggered remotely destroyed the entire of the contents of the office, and the windows, ceiling and floor. All of the elements broken apart into simple compounds. It left a gaping hole, a semi-globe like an ice cream scoop had torn through the building, where the highest ranking officer had been. Below alarms were blaring from the secure underground levels and two wisps of, slowly dissipating, smoke and gasses were all that remained of the outside forces.