I was horrified. I almost couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I just sat there staring at him through the portal as he brushed himself off, picked up the briefcase, and went to reunite with the team.
I was sick to my stomach. What had I gotten myself into? I don’t remember reopening the portal to get them out. I don’t remember taking them back to Jacob’s office. I couldn’t stop replaying that moment. I had made it possible for Pulse to kill that man. I was indirectly responsible. I was now an accomplice to murder. All of the people involved were accomplices. I thought about my parents and I thought about Aria. I mostly thought about Jacob. Did he know? Had there been other murders? Had Aria been involved in activities like this? What was in the case that was so important? I had to know. I had to know now. And there sat this brutal killer while we were all debriefed about the mission.
I remember Dark talking about how the room the test subjects were supposed to be in was empty. The mission had been a failure. That brought an even more bitter taste to my mouth. I brought these people into that base to rescue people and it was all for naught. Instead, we were left with blood on our hands and a mysterious briefcase that no one was talking about. I should’ve spoken up, but I didn’t. Partially, I was afraid of what he might do. He was a psycho, afterall. Mostly, however, I was just afraid, and before I knew it, I was at home.
I lay on my bed for hours that night. I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t know what to do, but I had to do something. I called Aria and told her to meet me at the Railyards. She had been sleeping and she was a little resistant, but she could tell that something serious was happening so she said she would be there as soon as possible. I thought about going to pick her up, but I couldn’t wait. The guilt was eating at me terribly.
I slipped into the Shadowverse and made my way to wherever Jacob was. He was sitting in his office alone. The case was nowhere to be seen. I slipped into his room and cleared my throat. He didn’t jump like I thought he would. He just casually looked up and said, “You’re power is truly amazing.”
“I need to talk to you.”
“Clearly. What can I do for you?”
“Pulse killed a soldier when he was off getting that briefcase.”
He sat back in his chair and massaged the bridge of his nose.
“That is a very serious accusation. Are you sure about this?”
“I watched it happen.”
“Where was everyone else?”
“They were completing the mission.”
“Give me all the details.”
I proceeded to lay out what happened and Jacob seemed more and more upset as the story continued. When I finished, Jacob closed his eyes and let out a long deep sigh.
“I promise you I will take care of this immediately.”
He pulled out his cellphone and made a call.
“Pulse? I need to see you in my office, immediately.”
“You’re bringing him here?”
“This is a grave matter. One I refuse to take lightly.”
I didn’t have much to say in response except I was a little scared to confront him directly and I wasn’t going to say that. It turned out that I didn’t have to say anything because Pulse was already walking in.
“What can I do for you, sir?”
“I want to know about your encounter during the last mission.”
“You are referring to the soldier that I killed.”
I was blown away. He just admitted to murder as if it was nothing.
“He was a threat and I eliminated the threat.”
“Michael here says that it wasn’t necessary to kill him and that you had separated from the group and had stolen a metal briefcase. What do you have to say about that?”
“Perhaps he didn’t need to die. It doesn’t make a difference, now, though.”
“And what about the rest?”
“It’s a shame.”
“You’re right. He knows too much.”
It took me a second to process what Jacob had just said.
“Your power is truly amazing and I could have put it to great use.” He nodded to Pulse who immediately turned to face me. “Just remember that I told you to stay at the entry point.”