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Erasmus dropped them off a few streets over from their hotel, promising to be in touch. Amy and Dan watched as the car disappeared into the French traffic, both resisting the urge to call Fiske while they were out in the open. Their uncle was there in Paris, of course, as he had been the first time around. Erasmus was going to try to covertly meet up with him while they were both in France - for however long that lasted.
"Another one," Amy said faintly as the siblings began walking back to where they were staying. "Another bomb. More explosions. More fire. We really can't catch a break, can we?"
Dan grimaced, not a single sarcastic comment anywhere near his lips. Fire had done far too much damage to their family - it was a sore topic for both of them.
"Hopefully Hamilton will cover us," he said, trying to be optimistic and only somewhat succeeding. "He has the greatest knowledge of explosives in his family - if he has a chance, he can mess with it without them noticing."
Amy nodded, but didn't look very reassured. Nellie all but jumped on the Cahills as they entered their room a few minutes later.
"Are you okay? How'd it go? Did you stick to the plan?" she asked frantically, checking them both over to assure herself that they were unharmed. Amy and Dan glanced at each other hesitantly.
"Uh...do you want the good news or the bad news?" Dan asked. Nellie groaned.
Their guardian (or au pair, technically) pulled away, crossing her arms and looking as if she was steeling herself for the worst. "Better get the bad news over with first," she said after a moment, frown already in place. Amy winced. Dan let out a puff of breath before he began.
"Okay...so the Holts didn't show up-"
"-because they were busy getting another bomb-"
"-and we found out that a Vesper travelled back in time too, but we don't know who-"
"WHAT?!" Dan decided it was probably best to just continue with the good news in the hopes of lessening the impending explosion.
"-but it's okay, because someone else showed up and got us out-"
"-and it was Erasmus, who's back here in the past with us too, and he told us what he knew and we're all fine!" Dan finished quickly, putting a big smile on his face and subtly tensing his legs in preparation of diving into the bathroom beside him if necessary. In hindsight, he reflected, the bad news really did outweigh the good news, which didn't spell well for Nellie's reaction.
Nellie opened her mouth (Dan bent his knees ever so slightly), but then abruptly stopped herself, closed it, and took a deep breath.
Amy and Dan nodded, a bit too eagerly.
"Erasmus has come back in time too?"
Another pair of nods.
"The Holts have a bomb?"
Two grimaces accompanied the nods.
"And to top it all off, we have a Vesper from the future to worry about too?"
"That about sums it up," Amy agreed.
Nellie stared at them for a long moment before she groaned and collapsed back on one of the room's beds.
"Call your uncle, kiddos, and then let's get some shut-eye. I think we're all gonna need it," was all she said.