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December 2, 2002
There was no sign of Charlie back in the chemical store, or in any of the corridors. Nick walked out into the grounds through one of the side entrances, but there was no sign of the humanalogue there either. I only had twelve hours, Nick thought bitterly. That’s not long enough to understand a humanalogue.

As he rounded a tall hydrangea hedge, walking toward the front of the building, he saw a large grey car with government number plates pulling away from the main entrance. He waited in the shadow of the hedge until it had driven out of sight.