She decided to continue on further, drawing ever close to the light. After another two hours passed, Kasen realized she really did need to stop and rest to warm her body. Her mind could handle the strain but her body was only so limited. She wasn't like her brother where he was just the embodiment of fire and heat. No, Kasen was basically the embodiment of water, which froze even faster when exposed to ice. She hoped maybe to come across a cave or something that would protect her from the wind. She thought all was lost for a bit, but then she saw something. In the distance there appeared to be an old run down building, it wasn't very large, but it was definitely distinguishable. Perhaps it used to be a business or something. Kasen ran towards it, the small red head ready to at least have some protection from the cold. As she drew closer, she stopped, a small gasp leaving her lips. There was an old sign that had fallen that read [GE ETIC ENGIN ING AND TEST G LAB. W RNING: TRESPA ERS WI L BE...] Despite many of the letters missing and part of the sign being broken, Kasen managed to indicate that this was the genetic engineering lab she was looking for. This was one of the facilities. One of her father's facilities. The tip had been right, but this building look long condemned and nearly consumed by the environment. Still, Kasen had to see if there was anything inside. Maybe she could learn where her father went next, or what his ultimate goal was. She needed to know more.
With quite a bit of force, Kasen pushed an old door open. It appeared the locks and doors didn't take much to break down after exposure to the cold. It was dark and damp inside. Apparently some of the ice had turned to water here, though much of the facility did at first seem to be coated in the ice like the outside. There was a little bit of light that streamed in from the outside which was the only thing that gave her any visibility. At some point she removed a small crystal that generated at least a small amount of light in her vicinity to make sure she didn't accidentally hurt herself.
Proceeding down the long corridors, Kasen passed what she could distinctly indicate were holding rooms, most likely similar to what she was in. Dried blood coated the floor, as well as several bones, and what appeared to be frozen bodies preserved in ice. She had to quickly move beyond that to avoid triggering some unpleasant childhood trauma. She did, however stop at a room that looked like a records room. This would be where she would find what she was looking for, should it be anywhere. There were papers scattered everywhere over desks and chairs and lab equipment that was strewn about the room. Kasen picked a few up only to discover many of them were financial records, test subject "consent" forms, employment papers, and general codes of conduct. Kasen felt some bile rise into her throat and choked it down. These people were monsters hiding under the guise that what they were doing was ethical. Kasen sighed and continued looking. She found a large cabinet that was locked, but again, because everything was frozen over it was easy to break it apart. Inside were binders upon binders. Each had a different name and identification number on it. Kasen took a few out, placing them on a desk. She flipped one open and saw they were test subject records. Records of what tests had been done and what the outcomes were, unfortunately only a limited amount was still legible. She flipped through binder after binder, reading everything she could, but all the cases were heavily blacked out and every single end case ended in death of the test subject. A tear fell from one of her eyes and it froze almost instantaneously, causing a sharp sting. Kasen wiped it away quickly, stopping herself from letting more fall. She opened the last binder in the locker, it appeared to be the final documents recorded before the facility was overran by the Great Freeze.
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FINAL ENTRY: It appears that our testing here has been useless in it's advancement to complete the project. The doctor is not pleased with our results, indicating many of the other facilities have produced results at the very least. While some of our final subjects show potential promise, I fear we will not finish testing. The temperatures continue to grow colder and colder by the day. The doctor has issued a complete shutdown of the facility. We have been working on moving many of our operations elsewhere. We have since began to shut down the operation. Many of the documents have been blacked out. By next week, we shall burn everything, including the facility to the ground. We still have some preparations that need to be made. This is Dr. Nezumi signing off. We have failed.
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