The 2 biggies and the 1 smallie are climbing up the endless stairs.
Axel: Why didn't we bring Jesse?
Harper: Didn't I say? They're staying behind to find the blonde guy.
Em: I just hope they're OK down there.
Harper: Of course they'll be. If I know anything from Jesse, he took down PAMA, all by himself... With mind-controlled friends slowing him down.
Axel shudders for a moment.
Harper: Oh, sorry..
Axel: No, it's fine. I'm just glad I could help Jesse.
The gang continue to walk up the stairs.
Em: So, why did the Hallway go all corrupt?
Harper: Apparently, it was someone who was paying for the mistakes of the past. Whatever that means.
Axel: That's what I said... earlier... with Jesse... when you weren't here...
Axel: Shut up. Let's keep moving.
The gang keep walking. The stairs seemed longer.than usual.
Axel: Are we there yet?
The gang reach the regular door.
Em: Into a deathtrap?
Harper: Oh, Otto made it safer by spawning in the spectators area. It'll be fine.
The gang enter the door and FLOP down to the spectators area.
Axel: How do we not die from fall damage?
Harper: Just don't ask questions you don't want to know the answer to. Come on. We're gonna see Otto.
The gang stroll through Competitor Village.
Slab: HEY! You!
Slab: Oh, it's Harper and the oversized pests. Welcome back.
Harper: It's nice to see you too. I'm here to see Otto.
Slab: He's in the palace.
Facemeat: Facemeat doesn't want his lunchtime interrupted!
Clutch: Oh, you'd take food any day....
The gang continue to walk past the gladiators.
Axel: It's a shame we can't talk to them.
Harper: I feel bad too, but like you said, we're in a hurry here.
They now enter the palace. Everything seems to be exactly the same, except with a new dictator.
Otto: Oh, hello there, Harper!
Harper: Hello, Otto. Listen, we need your help.
Otto: With what?
Harper: The portals have gone disoriented. They're darker now, along with a withered look to the portals.
Otto: I'm not sure what you mean by that but I trust you. Especially with a former gladiator.
Em: Aww, that's sweet.
Axel: Yay. Go me.
Otto: Come, now, I assume he has gone corrupted..
Otto: A man with a lot of facial hair.
Axel: Hadrian? No... He's dead.
Em: Well, we'll see when we get there, right?
Harper & Otto: Right.
The gang wave 'bye' to the gladiators and into the portals.
(sorry if this one was short. I was on a strict schedule.)