The brain began to move. It whirred, and clicked, and then began to run. It was a delicate mechanism, the gears turning along in perfect harmony, the two loves separate yet somehow interconnected. It was a thing of rather bizarre beauty, moving with strange ratios of speed and balance, a clockwork machine that did... what? Nothing that could be seen by Rose.
"No one knows quite sure what Schafer Movement does." Aleksander said, grinning pleasantly. Or as pleasant as a big man with too-white teeth could be. "Some say it is work of art. Looks pretty and nothing else. Or, it is piece of musical instrument, never quite finished. Maybe early computer, like Babbage's. I do not know, but it is curious, yes?"
There was a squawk from Aleksander's pocket, and he scowled, taking out the headset and putting it on. There followed a short conversation in Russian, the big man nodded to himself. He turned to Rose. "I am sorry, Sergei wants me downstairs. I will be back soon."
Aleksander turned, and headed outside the room. As he did so, however, he turned to give Rose a last, backwards glance. "Have fun."
The brain kept running. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick.
Ilkin was just outside the Curio Room when the big, broad-shouldered man in the sweater emerged from it. He paused, giving the Mage an insouciant look, then shrugged, rolling massive shoulders as he did so. "Excuse me." Then he pushed past Ilkin, departing into the darkened corridors of the Museum of the Industrial Revolution.
The dog pressed to the shadows as the large Russian passed through the corridor just outside the Curio Room. The blood spatters had been getting thicker since Erin and the dog had left the basement, and by now it was quite clear that they were heading for the Curio Room.
Aleksander gave no sign he noticed either Erin or the dog, but then he wasn't particularly looking to the sides. He stared straight ahead, and he walked quickly. Pretty soon, he turned a corner and was gone from sight.