Alexia had the pocket flashlight from Alfred and slipped it into the breast pocket of her jacket. Pressing the button from the outside, the light lit up whatever was right in front of her.
"Which way now Alfred?" Alexia asked, figuring that since Alfred had known the place, he’d know the way to go.
"To our right, then turn right and down the corridor." Alfred said, "There should be a break room somewhere around there if we need it."
As they went, Alexia summed up Umbrella in a single word. ”Scum.” Alexia said, looking at Lisa but avoiding eye contact. This wasn’t going to be something she was proud of. ”They sold bioweapons on the black market.” Checking the safety was on, Alexia held up the gun she had so Lisa could see it. ”That’s why they have these lying around in ready supply in their security offices, in case one of their products gets loose.” The sheer venom Alexia had in her voice was accentuated with the way she spat the word Umbrella used to refer to bioweapons.
They reached the end of the corridor where there were some derelict vending machines, the fronts smashed open. As they cleared the security shutter it slammed down with force. Alfred glared at it, the look in his eye suggesting that he was not in the mood for anymore setbacks like that one.
"Well, anyone need a rest?" Alfred asked.
Lisa stayed close to Alexia, nodding despite her confusion. Bioweapons? What were bioweapons? Obviously nothing good, but…
"But you and Alfred left, right?" Lisa had just asked the question, when the shutter rattled down behind them. With a gasp, Lisa jumped away, eyes wide. She hadn’t expected that.
"N-no. We should keep going," Lisa said, turning to face Alfred. "Last thing you guys need is something like all the exits to this room sealing…"
She winced. Hopefully she hadn’t tempted fate…She’d taken so much of their time…
"S-so…bioweapons…what exactly are those?"
Alfred put his back to the door that led into the warehouse. There was no telling what was behind it.
"Yeah, we left in a way." Alfred said, leaving out the part that said way involved dying. Pushing the door open a crack, Alfred kept his right hand on the handle, ready to pull the door shut the moment he had cause to. His left hand held his machine gun, switched to single mode so he could fire it one handed with reasonable accuracy. The muzzle was pointing through the gap in the doorway. Alfred tried to remember where the door was, if it was up against a wall or if there was room for something to hide behind the door when it was open.
"Bio organic weapons." Alexia explained, "Viruses that can alter living organisms into savage beasts." Alfred knew why Alexia wasn’t being more detailed. While Lisa had lived through Silent Hill’s horror, having someone who had once been your friend go completely dead and attempt to bite through your neck was a whole different kind of horror.
Deciding to go with a more cautious entry, Alfred kicked the door open with his foot and stayed on the inside of the door, tight to the wall so he could see into the room. The door banged hard against the wall. Inside, Alfred could see the outline of some crates. No noise aside from the swinging door. Alfred moved to the opposite side of the door frame and looked in. The catwalk ahead that led to the stairs, the door. Nothing else. Moving into the room, Alfred forced the door hard into the wall. No sound of it hitting anything other than the wall. Looking down, Alfred could see a couple of barrels and crates. Nothing in sight that could attack them.
"Clear," Alfred said, "Move up." Alfred was aware as he said it he was slipping back into treating Lisa and Alexia like they were trainees in the military centre. He’d have to ease up on that, he couldn’t say for Lisa but he knew Alexia hadn’t had much experience in this kind of thing. Last thing he needed was to confuse them.