London has found itself on the opposing end of pursuit. A giant town named Panzerstadt-Bayreuth is in hot pursuit. The citizens are nervous.
But life goes on. Katherine receives a note from "a friend" asking her to meet him for lunch.
They meet at a classy fast-food establishment serving "a wedge of impossibly pink meat sandwiched between two rounds of algae-bread" (18.25). We're glad to see that pink slime exists even in parallel sci-fi universes. Blech.
The friend turns out to be Bevis Pod, the engineer who witnessed Hester's fall. He must have left Butthead at home.
Bevis tells her that Hester did not pull Tom down with her, although he left before seeing Tom fall.
Then, Bevis spills the beans about K Division: dead workers are taken there and resurrected as cyborg-like creatures, like Grike.
When Katherine asks him about MEDUSA, he says he's heard of it, but he's not exactly sure what it is. Sounds like trouble, though.
All this juicy gossip makes Katherine want to find out what Crome is up to even more.