Vernon gives Boris a lengthy stare, like one mildly disturbed by the progress of a child's newly learned skill. He then turns a wry look to Silas, waiting for the old man to laugh and note his piece, before responding, “Your wait is soon over.”
He then resumes interest with Jack, while behind Vernon, Annie steps into the hall. Her motions seem leery, toes first touching down with each step, an approach defied by the intensity of her glare, her eyes taking turns to bore into every person.
“Speak your mind.” Vernon tells Jack, angling his head as if listening to distant sounds. “The void without the mansion is lowered. We can wait for the wolves to come, or we can take the fight to them.”
Annie arrives beside her father, one hand is resting on the small bulge of her stomach, her eyes now fixed on Betty as she speaks in multiple voices, the tones of Silas, Boris, Ei and her own, all speaking in harmony; “Ours is a boy.” She then looks up to her father, like one lifting their eyes to the heavens and speaks in a voice all her own. “We should go outside, papa.”
Vernon agrees with Annie; a firm nod to proclaim his appeal for the idea. He looks to Jack as he starts walking down the hallway in direction of the foyer. “Talk to me as we walk, Jack.” He then calls out to all others present; “Come if you’re coming. A battle awaits us.”
As they pass by the doorway to the dining room, Annie pauses to look in at Ei. “Come with me.” She says, and continues to follow Vernon, maintaining a short distance behind.
Ei sighs. In truth, she still didn't really want to fight this fight. After all, the Order's offer was good enough for Ei to accept it. Yet, it seemed that Annie was stubborn enough to fight this fight no matter what Ei said, so she had no choice. If the agreement was going to be broken anyway, Ei might as well be there to break it together with Annie.
As Annie asks for Ei to come with her, Ei simply nods. Waiting until Annie has turned around to drop a small object on the floor before running after her, swiftly catching up with her.
"So then, what now?" Ei asks, putting her hands behind her head as if she's leaning on them. "Do we have a plan?"
As the group leaves the building, the object Ei dropped on the ground sprouts eight, spiderlike legs, and crawls out of sight under the floorboards.