From her vantage on the tunnel floor Bonnie could have admired the last actions of Rosie's drilling machine, had she been so inclined. Its drilling head had diverted most of the debris - including Bonnie - but left an Orb-shaped hole into which the Orb had dropped. The Orb landed in an open spherical cradle that snicked closed around it, locking the Orb into a padded frame. Something clicked three times. Then the cradle, and with it the Orb, rolled down a long, curved chute and was spat off down the tunnel. The cradle rolled on its way, caroming off the tunnel's bends and picking up speed on a somewhat downhill path. It vanished from sight.
Bonnie's sense of direction was abnormally accurate. Despite her flight through the city, followed by her flight over the city, and regardless of the twists and turns and bounces she'd made, the pirate captain was positive where that ball was going: straight back to the Clockwork Book.
She thought about following it. She really wanted to follow it. But by now she knew that she was on the Book's home ground and it seemed as though this might not be the best time for her to exact her revenge.
Bonnie got up and dusted herself off. She figured she had just about enough time to reach the spot where the Myrmidon had promised to leave her cargo sled. "But I'll be back," she told the tunnel. "I will definitely be coming back."
Captain Bonnie Scarlet limped off, away from the lair of the Clockwork Book. This tim