The medic paused for the span of several breaths, staring into the distance while he thought.
"The chances of survival if I operate now are not high. We should take every chance we can to get him to a situation better suited for surgery."
Beckton flipped the coin up and the metal disk seemed to slow down almost to stillness at the very pinnacle of its trajectory. The room appeared to darken, and a sculpture of a gold eagle appeared facing them.
It did not speak. Rather, it imprinted the shape of speech into their thoughts.
SUMMONS ARE ANSWERED / STATE YOUR BUSINESS
"I'm calling in my favour. I need transportation."
It did not move. Rather, everyone was suddenly aware its attention was focused on Newkirk.
TIMELINE IS SECURE / PROPHECY IS FULFILLED
"The prophecy didn't specify that he had to die. Help us save him."
It did not think. Rather, its presence withdrew for several terrible, long seconds before returning.
ALTERNATIVE FUTURE ACCEPTABLE / ADDITIONAL FULFILMENTS REQUIRED
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The effects of magic on human perception seem to be a repeating motif in this story. How and why the envoy of the Veil appears in this way is not stated.
We see more of the Veil here, and the exchange is coloured by the objective of Hadrian's Veil, which seems to be primarily concerned with making sure prophecies are fulfilled.
Operation Autumn Return was conducted by United States armed forces as an evacuation operation of civilians ahead of the impending Ivorian Civil War.
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