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December 4, 2002
‘Charlie!’ Nick cried. ‘Where did you go? I thought I’d lost you!’

‘I didn’t want to risk meeting any representatives of your government. They’d invariably ask questions, and they might even recognise what I am.’

Nick remembered Mr Smith’s searching eyes, and his sudden questions about humanalogues. He was almost going to mention this to Charlie, but he realised that it might scare the humanalogue away for good.

‘They weren’t here to see us. They were here to see the team on the laser project. I don’t know why, but at least it doesn’t have anything to do with us.’