They both leapt to grab the note, but Elliot was faster. His heart hammering in his chest he carefully unfolded the paper. After reading the words several times in his head he numbly read them aloud to Tyrell.
‘If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.’
He tried not to cry with disappointment, and looking at Tyrell he could see that he felt the same way. He didn’t know why he even thought there would be some actual information on there, of course it would have to be some sort of riddle. Fuck this. When would they finally start getting some answers?
‘I don’t understand. The woods?’ He heard Tyrell ask.
‘Yeah it’s from the song.’
‘Song? What are you talking about?’
‘It’s a line from a song. A children’s nursery rhyme. It’s called the Teddy Bears’ Picnic.’ This time Elliot found no amusement in the strangeness of the situation. He just felt weary. The tiredness permeated his bones and made each movement painful. He just wanted to give up.
‘Are you kidding me? It’s a fucking song for children?! What is that supposed to mean?’
Elliot closed his eyes. ‘I don’t know.’
‘Fuck,’ Tyrell spat angrily.
‘Unless,’ Elliot started, feeling the gears in his mind shift once again, ‘it’s a threat. The next line of the song is ‘if you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise.’ Maybe-‘
‘They know we did it. They know it’s us who executed the hack. They’re warning us!’
‘But why? Why would they not use this information against us? Turn us in, or make us fix it?’
‘I have no idea. But one thing’s certain, we need to be careful. Either we have an ally out there protecting us, or more likely we have someone very dangerous who has a lot of incriminating evidence against us and a plan to use it.’
Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.
‘Elliot I’m so sorry, this could all be my fault. I have no idea what I said to them.’
‘You forget I’m missing the last three days as well, I have no idea what I did, or-‘
‘Fuck,’ Tyrell cursed again angrily.
‘We just need to think about this, and come up with a plan…’ Elliot took a deep breath, ‘…I think there’s someone I need to call.’