Peach lifted an earphone. “What the-”

He jockeyed the keyboard and swiftly brought up the feed.

Nell, Andy, and Zero waved frantically in a window on the screen. Behind them stood a cluster of creatures that looked like something from his videogame.

He was stunned for a beat, then fumbled for the volume.

“Peach! Peach! Are you there? Help!”

Peach could not unravel his tongue. He fumbled with a microphone jack. “Zero? Is that you, man?”

Peach pulled an extra wireless headset mike out of his hair and positioned it in front of his mouth. “Boss! Boss! You better get in here!”