Still with Tiamat's Nest, here is a snippet following the other main character, a gamer who uses the online name of Tin Man. He got caught trespassing inside Charles's simulation and was forced to help Terry, Charles's research assistant. With Terry dead, killed by Tiamat, Tin Man is left trapped in the simulation and is looking for a way out.
Tin Man did, and ice tingled his spine. Where the vast globe normally hung, a round face gazed down at him.
"That one just leads to the archives. You can't get out that way."
Tin Man glanced back at the outline on the wall he'd just revealed, then turned to face the disembodied apparition. It was difficult to tell with the oblate distortion, but she looked young. Unlikely to be Terry's boss.