Another random snippet from Tiamat's Nest. This time, it's near the end. Charles just learned that Tiamat has set a trap to lure his family into danger - and himself out of hiding. He abandons his colleagues - Joseph (an online gamer) and Serena (one of his students) - and sets off on his own into the network underworld. He doesn't realize that Joseph is tracking him online.
Serena is speaking at the start of this. Also, note that Tiamat appears online as a golden dragon.
"You're right, he's hopeless in real life, but now I think about it he never had the same problems with artificial, logical structures. He just seems to have the kind of mind that makes sense of it." Almost as an afterthought, she added, "Where's he going?"
Joseph swallowed. "You really don't want to know." He gazed at the blank hole at the heart of the network. An old world map from early explorers might have labeled the uncharted space 'Here be dragons.' Those old timers had it more right than they could possibly understand.