Carl noticed that Nicole was mad at him, and so, he had to make the first move and apologize. “Don’t get too upset at me, okay? You know I said those things because I was worried about you. Since you’re here already, you can stay as long as you want. I’ll definitely protect you.”
“Now, that sounds a lot better. I thought you were about to bite my head off, for a second there.” Nicole walked past him, noticing that he was looking down at the floor.
Seeing that Nicole had calmed down, Carl continued asking, “So, can you tell me now? Did you come here for something?”
Carl stared at Nicole’s eyes and sized her up. ‘She must have gotten herself into trouble. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have come to such a dangerous place without telling me. Or am I wrong, and that she simply misses me?’
“It’s because of you. We haven’t met in such a long time, so I thought of giving you a surprise.” Nicole replied, not wanting to tell him the truth, as she was being tailed by a group of unknown people.
Carl’s base was the best possible safe house for her, in part because there were a lot of men from the Raven guarding each and every point of entry. The people tailing her could never enter the place. Even if they managed to break through and survive the Raven’s assault, they would not be able to reach the base.
If she had told Carl about it, he would have become more worried, and bombarded her with more questions. Nicole did not want to complicate things. The best way out for her was for her to deal with the people as discreetly as possible. As for the person who had sounded the alarm, she would discover who he was once she met Zeke.
“Surprise me? No one would believe you.” Carl looked at Nicole with his brows furrowed.
Indeed, she had given him an excuse, thinking she could fool him the way she could fool a kid.
“It’s up to you whether you choose to buy it or not. After all, I really did come here to give you a surprise.” Nicole said with a look of indifference on her face.
Then, she closed her eyes and took a nap.
“I’m going to take a nap,” she said. “You should get busy.”
Did she just give me an order to leave? Carl glanced at Nicole, turned around and left.
Then, he gently closed the door behind him and went to the master control room.
Hearing the door closing, Nicole opened her eyes and tiptoed to the door.
She heaved a sigh of relief after Carl had walked away. ‘I did not expect Carl to have such a keen eye. He could actually tell that I was lying to him. Did my expression give it away? I guess it wouldn’t be easy to keep it a secret from Carl.’
“Are there any strange occurrences outside?” Carl walked into the master control room and asked.
“Nothing unusual, but it seems that there are few members from the Raven hovering outside the base,” his subordinates reported to him.
“Hovering? Can we see them?” Carl asked.
“We can see some of them,” his subordinate said. “However, we can’t see them clearly because they are a little too far away.”
All they could see was a small group of people, who were busy doing something at the entrance road to the base. The corner of Carl’s lips curled up in response, forming a prideful smile.
‘It must be the place where Nicole had broken through,” he said. “They must be recovering from the ambush.”
“Keep a close eye on them. Don’t let them enter,” Carl ordered.
Then, Carl went down to examine all of the sites at the base. As he was walking past the production site, he noticed Olaf there, and went in.
“Olaf, are the droids ready to resume operation?” Carl asked.
“Almost. The only part that needs to be repaired are these. The rest are pretty much done,” Olaf reported the situation to him as he saw Carl approaching.
“That’s good. We must resume production as soon as possible. We are in crucial need of powerful droids like Brave.” Carl looked at Olaf solemnly and said.
“Understood.” Olaf returned the stare with the same degree of seriousness.
He knew of the Brave’s importance to everyone. If it wasn’t for Brave, they might have been overwhelmed and defeated by the Raven, with the Brave falling into their hands as well.