Today, you arrive at headquarters like usual to prep for your everyday work.
You: (Huh? I'm the first one here?)
You sit at the table and browse through the newest case files.
Five minutes later.
You: (Why does it feel extra quiet here today...?)
You: (Feels like something's missing...)
You: Oh! I know!
You: Where'd the vacuum robot go!?
Whether it's rain or shine, whether our meetings are happy or hostile...
It always does its best and works so hard without a single, complaining beep. Where'd our little guy go?
You: (Did Dr. Richter put it away?)
You stand up and look everywhere, but the robot vacuum is nowhere to be seen. You also fail to hear its usual whirring.
Luke: What are you looking around for?
You: Luke, great timing!
Luke: What is it?
Luke: It looks like you're searching for something. Lose something?
You: No... Actually, I just realized that the vacuum robot is missing.
Luke: Let's look for it together.
Luke scours headquarters but comes back empty-handed and confused.
Luke: I looked everywhere. It really is missing.
Luke: And look...
Luke points towards the work table. Documents are scattered on the floor nearby, and a water glass is overturned.
You: ...What happened? Did someone else come in here?
At this moment, a quiet noise comes from the door.
Luke immediately shields you with his arm. The two of you steadily and nervously make your way to the door.
Marius: What are you two infantrymen doing? Was there a surprise attack launched on HQ?
You: Marius, can't you think of something more positive...?
Marius: I was just trying to cheer you and this stifling atmosphere up... Don't be mad, Miss.
Luke: In all seriousness, it really does seem like someone else has been here. Take a look.
You: And our vacuum robot's gone!
Marius: ...Not likely. We should be the only ones who can come here.
Marius: Did Vyn put it away?
Luke: Let's split up and check if anything important has gone missing.
Five minutes later.
You: Nothing else seems to be missing.
Marius: Weird. I don't think someone would go through all the trouble of breaking in just to steal a vacuum robot.
Luke: Could they be up to something we're not aware of?
Familiar footsteps approach from outside.
Artem: You're all here today?
You: Mr. Wing, why are you also here?
Artem: Oh, I'm working on something and came to pick up some documents.
Artem: Did something happen? You all have strange looks on your faces.
You tell Artem about everything that had happened.
Artem: It does seem odd.
Artem puts down the items he was holding and carefully investigates headquarters.
You: Did you find anything, Mr. Wing?
Artem quietly crouches.
Artem: It's faint, but... these are the robot's wheel tracks.
You: Oh, you're right!
The rest of you gather around Artem and crouch down.
Luke: The tracks are a bit disorganized, but you can still tell which ones are new.
Vyn: What... are you all doing?
Marius: You're awake?
Vyn: What happened?
You: It's a long story...
You tell the story of the vacuum robot again.
Vyn: I did not move it. Perhaps its battery is depleted.
Vyn: We should follow the traces and see what we find.
Marius: Good thing I happen to have markers on me. Let's split up and draw all the paths, then put them together. We might be able to find it this way.