Can I? Hell if I know. But I have to try and start someplace.
I take the laptop and hold it, bringing up my brief memory of Niki's son. I hate thinking of that night at the Plaza, but I'm numb enough to it all now that I can shove that aside and focus on that boy. I never did find out his name, even after all this time.
Bingo. Something's happening. It's like... suddenly understanding a whole new language, and it's a little jarring, but as I move a little deeper it starts to make more sense. I have no idea what I'm doing, of course, and hit a firewall. Crap. Can I get past it?
"Hmm..." I grunt as I stare at the screen, seeing it and not seeing it. Even though there's that big firewall, I can see the bricks in it that are missing to allow the information through that we do have access to. Well, the holes where the bricks were. You know what I mean.
"I think... okay..." I mutter absently to myself, letting Claude know that I'm working on something. It looks like I'm staring unblinking at the screen, but my mind is seeing something else completely. Information and pathways... it's overwhelming. I have to focus.
Slipping inside even deeper I find the mainframe. Everything's coded, but when you're the one inside the codes, that doesn't matter. Partitions help keep the information difficult to steal, but I'm starting to see how I can nudge a few things. And I see the lockdown code for Level 5. Not touching that live wire.
Now I'm beginning to understand how to give false instructions to the network. This really could work and buy us some time. But what to tell it? It's gotta be good.
"Hey, uh..." I say, trying not to lose my concentration, "What kind of virusy thing did you want in here?"