Meita and Violet could do whatever they wanted, but I wanted to get the one that had turned my life into a nightmare. Almost nothing good had come of it. I had met Brandon, Meita, Adam, and the rest of them, but my life was no longer a nice, normal thing. I was different, now. I stalked through the corridors, opening doors to find him.
Finally, I found a door, and from within I heard a faint hum, like electric lights. Someone must be inside. I flung the door open, but it was not Ian that was in there.
"Who're you?" I asked the small boy that sat there.
"I'm Contemno. The eraser."
"Meita, she said something about you, I think." I started backing off.
"It's okay," he said in a honey- sweet voice. "You can trust me."
"I don't." I said. "If you want me to trust you, tell me something: who is, or was, Ian? And where is he?"
"I don't know." Contemno answered. I could not tell if he was bluffing. I backed off, and in an instant I was on the other side of the door, running down the hallway. After a while I found Meita.
"Who is Contemno? I talked with him. The eraser? Meita, from now on I won't leave your side."
"You talked with him?" she asked, shock plainly written on her face.
"Yeah. Meita, I want to go back. To the Unit. I want to see Brandon again."
"I'll get you back soon, okay? Jade, I promise."