And so, before any further exchanges can happen, Sirage drops from the radar like a coward.

The project threatens to somersault into a directionless belly flop right before the finish line. Degner, the old coot, inches closer to remembering that he doesn't like Sirage very much, and would replace her given the opportunity, and this is starting to look like a good opportunity. The other half of management seems pretty bent out of shape about this, dancing around in circles between phone calls, chat messages and hive check-ins... to absolutely no avail.