It had been Townes’s idea to leave a small cache of supplies in an abandoned building in case they felt it was unsafe to return to the flat they had rented as a base of operations. They now decided to stop by.
The cache was a burlap sack strung up in the building's rafters, and in it were two bundles. Townes's bundle contained a shirt, trousers, suspenders, and underwear, along with a bottle of water and a briefcase containing two hundred and fifty diom in cash. It also had Townes's projectile rifle. The rifle was an outdated weapon, but Townes only ever trusted a gun that shot bullets.
Lillis's bundle had a grey waistcoat and suitpants, along with a new shirt, necktie, and pair of underwear. It also had some water, a basic disguise kit and a bottle of gin.
The men changed out of their sludge-covered clothes, and put the money from their pockets into the briefcase. With the exception of their hats and cufflinks, they left their old clothes behind. Once they were clean, the men got to disguising themselves, still wary of Allandale's men. Townes put on a large false nose with walrus mustache, and a pair of spectacles. Lillis had a reddish brown wig and a matching false beard. When they emerged from the derelict building, they were sufficiently difficult to recognize.
The Central City docks were, for reasons which nobody could adequately explain, built on a swamp. At first the landing pads had simply been large concrete blocks, but these had begun to sink slowly, prompting layer upon layer of bricks to be piled on top of them. The result was a sprawling mess of lopsided and irregular platforms, with a network of wooden boardwalks connecting them. The two men saw nobody who looked to be searching for them until they were within sight of a green pod, large enough to carry six people comfortably. Lillis approached the pod and knocked on the door.
Welcome, Mr. Lillis. Welcome, Mr. Townes.
"Thanks, Emmy" said Townes "Glad you could make it."
Master Gerumbio tells me that you two have gotten yourself into some trouble.
Emmy opened the door, and the two men walked in. Just before the door closed, Lillis saw the man who had shot at them earlier. The man did not seem to recognize Lillis at first, but then Lillis saw his eyes widen. Lillis suddenly realized what had happened, and his hand darted up to cover the bullet hole in his hat.
"It's them!" shouted the man, drawing his rifle. He fired just as Emmy closed the door of the pod. Townes and Lillis saw a dent appear on the inside of the door, but it was not breached.
"Trouble?" said Lillis "What gave you that idea?"