“Six minutes!” a technician called out.
Susan shouted orders. “Retype top to bottom! Read down, not across!”
Soshi furiously moved down the columns, retyping the text.
“Julius Caesar sent codes this way!” Susan blurted. “His letter count was always a perfect square!”
“Done!” Soshi yelled.
Everyone looked up at the newly arranged, single line of text on the wall‑screen.
“Still garbage,” Jabba scoffed in disgust. “Look at it. It’s totally random bits of—” The words lodged in his throat. His eyes widened to saucers. “Oh . . . oh my . . .”
Fontaine had seen it too. He arched his eyebrows, obviously impressed.
Midge and Brinkerhoff both cooed in unison. “Holy . . . shit.”
The sixty‑four letters now read:
“Put in the spaces,” Susan ordered. “We’ve got a puzzle to solve.”