Only a short time ago, friends and family were discussing "pulling the plug." "Pulling the plug" on such a mainstay as the venerable Thadeus Laing: a sad thought indeed. However, his condition appeared hopeless.
But now, according to the nursing staff, Thadeus was up and about, walking and talking. So Taurus went to visit him. If he was truly well again, or getting better at least, then perhaps he could give him the password to the safe in which the ancient document he needed was contained.
"Thadeus, can you understand me?" asked Taurus.
"Huh?" said Thadeus.
"I said, Thadeus, can you understand me? Do you know who this is?" asked Taurus.
"Wha..?" said Thadeus.
"This is Taurus. I am Taurus. Remember me?" asked Taurus.
"Wha...just kidding, Taurus, of course I remember you!" joked Thadeus. Taurus was more than relieved. The fate of entire New Vaduz was at stake!
"Mr. Laing, the butler Jeeves has I believe killed Roberto, your cousin, and is possessed by a dark spirit from times gone by, the times of Mortis, when wretched fire consumed the Biotopians of Raynor," said Taurus. "Also I am afraid your deputy head of DREAD, Charles Wigginhouse, may have become possessed by this same dark spirit."
"What leads you to believe this about Wigginhouse?" asked Thadeus.
"He has taken over all operations of EGE and has effectively shut the company down to all visitors. He has wrested board control from you. He has had a strange eye infection as well and has taken to wearing dark sunglasses all of the time in public. I believe he has the same condition with his eye as your butler, Jeeves, had," replied Taurus.
Thadeus was silent for a few moments. Something inside Thadeus' mind clicked. Deep in the recesses of his mind, a dream from his time spent in the coma awakened and rose to the forefront of his mind. It was of the butler, Jeeves, using his mind to give him a stroke. Not just the power of his mind, but power given to him by an ancient enemy of man from Old, those mighty dark servants of Mortis, the Shadows!
"My good servant Taurus, I do believe you. Therefore, yes, I will give you the password to the safe in which the ancient manuscript, the one that can help us defeat the dark spirits, is locked away. However I want us to go together. I may need your assistance with some tasks. Also, we must make sure that no one from EGE or Charles Wigginhouse is aware of what we are doing. I will keep in touch with you on a secure line. Here is the number..." said Thadeus, giving him the number.