This too shall pass.

It was enough. Beckton knew what to do and how to get there - or rather, he had a feeling that he would know when it mattered. For now, he needed a door that matched a certain set of parameters.

There was a delicate clink, from somewhere close by, as if Osterley's hand had closed on more than just a medallion, but when he looked she returned a cryptically neutral smile and pointed past him.

"The door to Director Ackerson's office should do."

He flicked a glance in that direction. It was a flat piece of metal with a viewing slit, hanging heavy on its hinges, clearly designed to do double duty as an air raid shelter. It would do perfectly well. He made an approving noise and looked back at her, catching her just as she was slipping her Webley revolver back into her apron.

Beckton took the hint and fished out the last magazine from his back pocket to reload his BAR before Osterley pulled him to his feet. Silvertown, already waiting, angled her head at him with an impatient look that he knew all too well.

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It should come as no surprise that the Agent of the Veil did not do anything so mundane as tell our heroes what to do. Rather, it made sure they would know what they needed, when they needed it.

As for the matter of Osterley's ace in the hole, the reader is directed to the author's notes for "Adder" #42072. I feel that no further explanation should be required.

The Browning Automatic Rifle is shortened to its common acronym form here for formatting purposes and is described in detail in the notes of "Dryad" #42055.

Operation Meetinghouse was a raid conducted by the United States Army Air Forces over Tokyo. Frustrated by the inefficacy of precision bombing by night and the mounting casualties of bombing by day, a switch to incendiary firebombing of built-up areas immediately produced an instant and overwhelming destruction of vast swathces of the city.

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The author notes that whatever history Silvertown and Beckton have, she was used to being in charge. This may or may not relate to the exchange that happens in "Opossum" (#42057).

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