It had gone midnight when we climbed up from our visit to the
hold. As we returned to the elevator a door opened in the corridor ahead and two
men, one in seamen's uniform, stepped out. between them sagged a third man, knees
buckling, head sunk on his breast. A monstrous hissing rolled towards us and
ceased as the door clanged shut. I would have passed by had I not recognised
Riley. Hopper and Melchett, side-stepping, walked on.