“What are we looking for here?”
They descended the stairs into the basement, switching on their flashlights and sweeping the beams over the corners of the room.
“Typical pest problem. Stuff missing. Hairpins, wires, circuitboards. Ah, there.”
Something scrambled away out of his lightbeam. He pointed the light into the AC vent the thing escaped into.
The vent was teeming with bots. Hundreds of tiny little skittery bots with little skittery legs. And they were building more, in a nest of circuits and wires and bits of metal.
“That’s what we’re looking for. Hand me the EMPulsar.”