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Part Five Pesce woke.

The aches that had plagued her after her colossal journey back to Queens had all but subsided. In the corridor, she met Fino. They were supposed to be all day in the JCR that was what the leaflets posted under their doors in the early hours told them. That was something Pesce had had to get used to upon her return. Pesce could see that Fino had slept badly. They walked together in silence. Don Uovo was in the JCR. Hed not died, but somehow, by a lucky chance, or a deal with the Devil some said, defeated the laws of probability; but the once great figure had been reduced to all but a whisper of what he once was. The room itself was much changed. The television was now perpetually on, showing documentary after documentary featuring the llama. The north wall bore a large poster of a llama that stared long and hard at its enemies day and night, sitting atop the words No animal can hide from a llama. You look tired, said Uovo to Fino. Fino said nothing, then, not bothering to hide his feelings, Ive no idea how you can sleep either of you he turned to Pesce. Quiet! said Uovo sharply, and then continuing more softly, people may hear. Over the next hour, more people came to the JCR to work or to find safety amongst a crowd. I hear theyre gonna get rid of some of the trees by the river, someone said. Fino stood up radiply. Not the beech sapling? Not the ones that I helped to plant? I think thats what theyre starting on. Fino rushed to the door. Fino, you cant said Pesce, but he was gone. He crashed down the stairs and shoved a group of medics out of his way as he stormed up the path alongside the river. He could see hi-viz and hear a chainsaw. His blood boiled as he broke into a run. Then, a second later, he tripped and felt a stabbing pain in his knee. He crawled along, but a shadow fell across his path. He looked up. You seem not to realise: were always watching you, Fino, said the Llama boss. Uovo, all this time, had remained entirely still. Pesce tore herself from the window moments before Fino let out a cry of agony. At length Uovo spoke. I want all enquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance.

Then he said, find Jeffrey. The next day, Uovo came to see Pesce. Jeffrey controls some of their communication systems, he explained, we can talk for a while now. Fino is gone and I will be soon as well. There was a moment of silence. The silence that can only occur when two people are completely alone. They will move against you. Theyll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust, guaranteeing your safety. And youll never return from that meeting. The next day, Uovo was not at breakfast; he was not at lunch or dinner either. Cipher: QQFTQFFBZVBCUEUZQFOIBGUUSBTNTHEUQUFFPUFUJFXKUTZIEUTEUGMIFFSPXG OFFDEWTFOEBEBSMPCHPUFEUTJJIPBPZJVOJHCHJHEVQGSTTTOONMNWYSDFSOBD BHSFFSFGEMCMIBEJBISJEPVEUOIIBEGVBPIPIFFEBTJCPOMSEBJOXHEDQPVUFBJOFT MFJSMSGXNPFZBVFMFBTBIOZEBQGSPPUFMDPOTJPMTPFOBDXBFOMBUUJPBPSBZ UMFNUFWBBODF ; CGVVNTTNDGNUJQHYQCVCVNGJUTVVQRJWQWEVJDAQPFCEFQCCGJQGJRKGCJGCJ YETNJVKPVUQTQTKCTQGHJFJUFIPGCPOQTQQFVQVUUGEGAPECJFVQACGVGCLMF OTTQKQGKQKWAGKGVVVVGVPVTERJGGGPCOVATGPGEJJKDNTCCCKHDPGNDQTC MUQYAPQNUVJPGRGHKGTVQVQKGUPQPGFVCOGTQHOKOCCTQIYQVCHVEPWQTV GNKJWPOVNWPQANVVKZQVUQJT ; UVKKDDFMDHOLHULHVOKWWHGHLORKPHDVQURKDDZJVRVULPOQDHPIHUWRW DGOLKHRIFKVRXKFBFBQPWUSDDODHDKJZQKDXHYIQKWRILDDLRHHLDWLUSBUK SPFRVRRWQGIVYQQSQHQRLRKVBLRRIDHHKGVGJHRDPSJURLHQOHRUVWSHELHH XZRWHHUHVJVOXKDHOHKUQQHRIOYZQPWIFVMKBHVHOWPRVLQDZRLQKPVKHR USHHWPQHSJHBXVWXDQXKQWZEWWRH ; XGIEKJSSGRFHGWRVIPIALXYMRCPEIWHILRYEHHEIMRMLIIYGPHIIPSCRJHYPWEASA LIMAESYEYJKELISPXSVRCXESMMPPHSMSILLIZLRXYHUHVLRIILXSIIVVERALRSXFIIS VSGKRLTMAVRVXMRWAIHXWVHJWIEWMYZEWSHOYIITPMRLHXJWLHIIVACEESMHH CWISHXJYEISEUERZIEIIYXGCWLYRLRXAJRPEISMIXRAIGPLSWCEASSXXIVRIVEKHEV LEVM ; KJFYZYQZPXZJTMTJIIOFJXSWYMIYYHYIJUQYXQQYQZSJIMHJBJXFFGGHNGHGUYFRFF YTUQBRKRJYYBFXQXSIJFXYWRIQTXYSYSJNJJTXMMYZZUJZXTJMZTYYYKLIJFKMDWX XFYMSJJQSMJLZMSYHFHTFMTNMMIYNAQNWFTFJSHWJYSMJFFJXMZRFJFTNRAXWJX HWRTXNYLSXSZITJYNKSTTJHXJSXJJFMNJQXWRQXMQMTTDJAYQRNSZJLJXIASYYFXJJ YIY ; OCINKKUXZNZJXKZYZGIYRVJJNUZCNKUZXKJLREQNKUZJHUQUOBGZCGAKMKKAKN YOYTKTKROKZKGNNGRZGZMGSTOUJGKGUGUUNTXJRTCRKKUOURTOUVGKXVUUU KYOEMYKZYGZJZYUYRGQGYUYKUYKYXCOUAIOKANJKJFGCJYOZUNJGMOIRYRNKVT RGZAJGUZKTZKYZCHTGUMVZOKGTNJLKBYPUUOOEKJROTGHCKKKOGEKVSGEKER KZKGRAOGEKLSNETGCRON ; CVOHKYZUVHZPYTOBVFYDLVLVLBOHPONVYZZPLALLUCOUBDFYAPPLZIANBLKAYL AATNSDYFUULUALLSHLTHHAPKAWZSMTRPMZPVPLPVFLYAWLCFJUMSYUTSADMAA

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