Jester was quiet the whole way back across the lake. Sure, he responded when you spoke to him, but otherwise, he was lost in thought. Silica and Hadden rode close by, Sil even pointed out a few spots to avoid, helping out in her own way.
You got back to the Crossover flats in tact, late afternoon. Snow's coming down heavy, but the lava pit is still warm in comparison. Crossover is hot enough to make a person sweat now, and it's gotten pretty popular for it. Invert was waiting for you, led you and Jester into the set of old, broken down basement offices where they set up shop.
"Other than Arbor, and the guys we left at the sub, most of them are holed up here." Invert says as you enter the hallway. "Amp Heads'll come around every day or so for jingle, but as long as we got stuff to trade, we're alright to chill. There's a washroom down the hall, but we gotta melt ice for the water. Doesn't take long in here." Invert's wearing, of all things, a dress. The kind you can just pull over your head, goes halfway down her thighs. She looks smaller, almost cute. Except she's got that shiv hidden somewhere, you're sure.
Jester doesn't even notice her. He heads into the first room with a bed, starts to pull off clothes to lay down. Invert asks while you're in the hallway (there are four others in the hall, just sitting on their asses resting), "Everything alright? I thought you were in Red Brick?" She sees your ring, and her eyes widen.