After the "motivational" speakers had finished all their scheduled talks, the trainees were free to roam the grounds. It confirmed Casady's suspicion that they were watched by cameras 24/7.
Slipping out the door, the trio headed down the hall toward the apartments. Morgance had said that Trace would probably be in Vinnia's apartment. In any case, it was their best bet.
Vinnia's apartment was in the Trainers' Quarter. On each door was the name of the Trainer that occupied the apartment.
"Are we really going to do this?" Rune asked.
Casady nodded. "Why not?"
Of course, being the most daring of the three, Morgance stepped up to the apartment door and used the brass knocker to alert Vinnia of their arrival. Several seconds of complete silence passed before footsteps sounded. The door opened, but instead of Vinnia, her assistant was the one who answered.
"I thought you were Vinnia," the assistant answered. "I can't find her anywhere."
Rather taken aback by the man's sincerity, Casady glanced over at Morgance to see how she was viewing the situation. Clearly, Morgance was just as surprised and concerned as he.
"So...Vinnia didn't return to her apartment?" Rune asked.
Morgance stomped her foot and slumped against the wall. "I can't believe it," she said. "Nothing about this place makes sense! Nothing about this place can be taken at face value! Isn't there anything here that doesn't end up in complete confusion?"
Stunned by Morgance's outburst, despite the fact that he'd come to expect such from her, Casady placed his hand on Morgance's shoulder. "Hey, it's going to be fine. This isn't a big deal, Morgance. You're overreacting."
Rune, who had been watching the scene with a look of concern written across his face, cast a look at Casady.
Oh, yeah, that's right. Morgance is sort of Rune's territory.
Standing back, Casady glanced at Vinnia's assistant. Trace...that was his name, wasn't it? Trace looked drawn and pale, causing Casady to become even more impatient to find out what exactly had gone down in the Songmakers Gathering.
The very voice that they all most wanted to hear, however, sounded from behind Casady.
"What are you all doing, standing around my apartment?"