Back on Level 24, Jack stepped off the ladder, into the hallway, turned off his flashlight and waited with his arms crossed. As predicted, the individual he had noticed climbing up behind him emerged and stepped off as well and, also as predicted, that individual was Jonas Quinn.
"Can I help you with something?" asked Jack dryly, startling the other man. Jonas' light swung in his direction, and in the backwash Jack could see the apprehension in his face.
"You're going to see Dagin, aren't you?"
Turning the light back on, Jack sighed. "As a matter of fact, I am. Now if you'll excuse me..."
Jack edged past Jonas, started walking away, but had no illusions that he would give up so easily. He didn't. He followed Jack, never more than a few paces away, veering out of the way when Jack stopped abruptly. "Jonas..."