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Meanwhile having left the gloom of the auditorium Number 2 sat in private counsel in his antechamber.
Beneath his obscuring hood two small pink eyes stared grimly at the others gathered around him.
"It's time to recall 501," he intoned.
"Yes sir," a high ranking Elmo agreed, "time to recall him."
"He's had sufficient time to gather the data by now. Once we get him in and mop up that moronic phage incident perhaps we can make some actual progress."
As he said these final words, the annoyance in his voice was undisguised and anyone who dared to look might well notice the irate twitch of the long whiskers that poked beyond the shadow of his mantle.
Number 2 rose and left. Nobody had the disrespect to allow their eyes linger on the long rat tail that snaked from the rear of his cloak.