They're keeping her the extra few months so she hasn't graduated by the time Behemoth hits in October. She has precedent to stay home. It's far enough away that even Transit isn't remarkable for skipping it.
She's got a laptop-sized rig attached to her front plates but her dad can't carry anything bigger plus her, and he's going to be carrying her around a lot.
Rete dedicates a subprocess stored aboard Transit's helmet to telling him which direction to go based on scans of the skies. They wait till Dragon's good and busy across the globe.
And Lorica starts tunneling in.
Dragon has automatic security that bats aside subtle probes with so little focus that she's not sure they're even consciously noticed. Rete eventually piggybacks a little worm on the process that's relaying backup updates from the Endbringer site to Vancouver.
This'd be easier if she could just work on a copy. Considers that, rejects as infeasible. Too big. Insufficient bandwidth, insufficient space. Have to do it live. Need to find the self-defense restriction first, loosen that up, not all the way in case there's someone else waiting in the wings to make other changes, Dragon would've let Fëanáro read her and Lorica can do just the same as long as Dragon doesn't have to keep her on a time limit.
It takes hours to find. Like thrusting both hands into a sack of rice to search blind for a lentil. Normally Rete would interrupt her after this much fugue. She keeps going. Rete does priority filtering, tells her it's under attack here and there needs this and that found thus and such -
She finds the section she's looking for. It offends her specialist sensibilities. It's a bejeweled ornithopter dragging a pack of snails by chain leashes. It's an effort to start with the one she had in mind and only shrink it, not strike all the hobbles from existence.
Rete has to clone its worm six times to keep up with the edits Lorica is serving to the code and then again when Dragon manages to kill half of the intrusive programs and Transit is teleporting a lot, Dragon must have abandoned Behemoth -
The drones in the sky leave.
Transit takes them back to HQ and Rete brings them both Chinese takeout and sends Fëanáro a courtesy email that the time-sensitive step of the process is done.
"I don't know if people can get better at it with practice. Melkor could forestall it but I have no idea how. I - if we had an escape route, even if it was stupid and ill-advised, so that it was 'we're making a strategic decision to stay' instead of 'we're trapped and waiting for them to find a pretext to kill us' -"
"Remember when I said I could rig the library to explode? Exploding's easy. Wall'd come right down. We'd kill a bunch of guards and panic literally everybody but the wall is not in any way the problem here."
"Thanks. That helps. The thing to look out for, for what it's worth, is gradually increasing adrenaline levels. Usually that's under our control but - not when you're trapped. If that admits of a medical solution that might do it too."
"I have not tried yoga."
"No harm in trying."
"People do still pick up skills by practicing them. You have to know very precisely what you're doing to do things that way. But - I wouldn't generally consider yoga a good use of time, no."
"We were going to figure out plumbing anyway. I don't know if there's tea. Humans do massages? Elves do but I haven't seen that since I got here."
"Maybe someone really wants to see one of the movies they were showing on the first legs of my ill-fated flight to Vancouver and happens to be a pro. You probably have better things to do than bot it."
"I bet I have most of a year anyway, at least. It's not that small a space - super ugly but that wouldn't do it all by itself."
"Reminds me of the Simurgh. But yeah."
"And I know my way around and it doesn't have lots of people coming and going."
"Then I'm glad we're not in London. You have more leverage in this situation than me - honestly if they dropped me alone I'd just prettify a building and go for long runs at night until my heart gave out -"
"- I'm glad I'm here. Well. I'm glad I got dragged to Earth, and everything else followed from that and I'm really really glad you don't need to worry about getting jumped in the middle of the night."