When Nora uncovered the hidden passage way, Hachiro slowly lifted himself up from his seat. He was a little in awe, to be frank. Although this was rather expected according to Nora's tone, so he wasn't that surprised. But at the same time, for the architects to have this much forethought into its construction, was rather bewildering.
He was, however, going to save his shock for another time as a more pressing matter came to the forefront. "Well, in that case, we can move freely." He rolled his shoulder for a moment and groaned at how much he ached. "Still a little sore from before, but I think I'll manage." He stared at the passage way with some trepidation.
"Before that though," he paced around the room a bit, "I wanted to say this now since we probably won't have time to really digest it while we're on the move, but.. My hypothesis for what's going on here is gradually shifting." He stopped by the fireplace and stared into the fire, deep in thought. "As before we're dealing with a hostile micro-organism, but there's an added component now.. Something else is giving it these mutatable characteristics like the dogmen." His thoughts were now free to roam, leaving his mouth like butterflies.
"Comparing the dogmen to the beasts at the institute, it's like night and day. The big thing we blew up was the only thing to compare to the dogmen, and that thing was mostly mindless..acting on impulse. This is not even factoring in the mind altering bulbous thing roaming the halls now!" He huffed, looked up and then over at Nora, "What if the hell we're in now has been here before? This goes back to this having biblical significance. Maybe this isn't one to one, but rather a rhyme in a greater poem? Or a refrain in a greater orchestra? I don't know how to explain it yet.. But that's best way I can say it.. It hurts just trying to wrap my mind around it." He held his right temple.
"Granted," he waded through the furniture to Nora, "There's still a lot more questions than answers to this whole thing, and we haven't even left this city.. God knows what's going on beyond our own situation, but like you said.. We can handle this." He smirked and pecked her right on the lips. "We'll get to the bottom of this rabbit hole, and maybe find the light at the end of it. I sure as shit want to see the sun again."
He held a grim determination, which resonated from his person like turbulent seas.