When the shooting started, he went charging up the escalator.
He cut to the right, running toward the escalator to the second floor.
With no break in pace he veered into an opening beside the escalator.
He was studying them so intently that he forgot his escalator was landing.
He pulled Maida toward the head of an escalator a dozen feet away.
He shook off the hand and pelted down the escalator and out into the freezing night.
John stood at the foot of the escalator, a reluctant witness to the bickering.
With that he took the escalator to the upper hall while Philon watched him disappear.
They went up five levels that way—without seeing another person—before Kerk relented and let the escalator do the work.
Nobody met them at the gate, or observed their silent progress up the escalator to the personnel office.