Aurialonus made demands again, gesticulating wildly, roaring in anger. Mediators tried to clarify his stipulations, but no one could figure out what he wanted. Time was running out.
The team was as ready as it could be, given the fact their monkey, Emory, had yet to join them. Penny was briefed on his part and had put in long hours with simulation climbs, but nothing compared to the real thing.
“What if he doesn’t show?” Ben asked Wil worriedly.
“Then we use Penny. Won’t have any choice.”
A commotion in the adjoining room erupted suddenly and Wil heard Ray’s distinctive bellow. Rushing through the doorway, Ben and Wil saw the men surrounding another man he didn’t know.
The man was just over five feet tall, slightly built and wiry. His dark hair was close cropped and his bright blue eyes were…
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