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Jonathan Sims travels to Chicago in an attempt to track down the files Gertrude requested from the Po Songling Research Center in 2014. After finding no leads in that city, he travels by bus to Pittsburgh to investigate the death of Gerard Keay due to brain cancer. Gertrude was apparently arrested for breaking into the morgue and doing something to Keay's body, but ultimately no charges were filed.

During this time Jon grows to feel increasingly ill, and he suspects a man dressed as a Chicago police officer is following him. Elias sends him another statement, with a note stating it's "to tide [Sims] over." He decides to record it.

Statement Begins Edit

Howard Ewing, Kelly Dwyer and Vihan Prasad were cleaners working on Moorgate Station when a mysterious announcement came over the tannoy that should not have even had power: "This is a security announcement", then some indistinct muffled words that sounded as if they were coming from underwater. After a brief silence, there was then a painfully loud shriek. As his co-workers were recovering from the noise, Ewing noticed a terrible smell coming from the tunnel at one end of the platform. He crawled down onto the tracks to see what the source of the smell was.

A short way down the tunnel, he beheld a burning train carriage, still full of screaming, writing passengers. He was paralyzed with horror and fell to his knees, screaming. Over the tannoy, he heard a broadcaster calling for "Inspector Sands," a code used to inform station workers of a fire without causing a public panic. Kelly attempted to enter the tunnel, while Vihan shook Ewing's shoulders and shouted at him to wake up. Ewing knew, somehow, that if he touched either of them, he would burn them.

Both Kelly and Vihan were found burned to death in the station, with no sign of the burning train, and Ewing was arrested and taken to a police station. While he waited to be questioned, the room became very hot, and a man dressed as a chief inspector of the transit police entered the room to question him about the incident.

After he explained his story, the inspector asked Ewing, "What do you love most in the world?" Against his will, Ewing says he loves his father more than anything. The inspector then asked, "Who am I?" but Ewing refused to answer.

Ewing was eventually released, but shortly after this his father died of a sudden heart attack. At the funeral, against Ewing's wishes, the body was cremated. He believes he will see the inspector again, and will again be asked the same two questions.

Post-Statement

Jon feels refreshed after reading the statement, and while there may be a perfectly mundane explanation, he admits it's more likely that he now physically needs to read statements in order to remain healthy. He resents that Elias once again didn't see fit to tell him about this directly or beforehand.

He departs on a bus to Washington, D.C., but during a comfort break he is accosted by an English woman who forces him into her car. She tells him that he's attracted the attention of "something we've been watching." In the car, Jon realizes the woman is Julia Montauk, but they don't have much time to talk before they're pulled over by a police officer - the same police officer who was following Jon in Chicago and Pittsburgh.

The officer, identified as Max Mustermann, asks Julia and Jon to step out of the car and open the trunk. He is immediately shot by Trevor Herbert, who was hiding in the boot with a gun. This does not immediately kill Mustermann, so Trevor asks Jon to get an ax out of the car.