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Harold Silvana works in restoration and was called in to work on the Reform Club in Pall Mall. Although the work wasn't too difficult, it was likely to take a week as the building was a grade 1 listed building. He and Rachel were working in the basement. Around 2am, when his colleague Alfred Barkley went out to get coffee, a teenage Gerard Kaey appeared asking if they'd found any Leitner pages.

This shocked Harold: in 1987 he was called by Jurgen Leitner to do some work. He and Rachel went to 100 Pall Mall to meet the Norwegian. In his mostly empty office, Leitner asked them to dig a hold through the floor. When Harold insisted that they needed the building owner's permission, Leitner became shifty and agitated, saying that he had permission before the restorers left, saying some things were too important, too powerful, to be owned.

Gerard asked if they could smell it, and for a moment Harold could smell damp old stone and musty paper. Gerard grabbed a hammer and, with strength unusual in his skinny size, smashed a hole in a wall, revealing a passage behind it. When asked how he knew it was there, he said "his mother knew about this stuff."

When Alfred returned they decided to go down the passage, which was 5 feet wide and cold and thick with mildew, built around the 19th century, which seemed to lead to exactly where Leitner had asked them to dig. At the end of the passage was a room with 13 other passages leading from it. One made Harold feel like he was going to fall into it, and another was too dark, even for their torches. In the centre of the room was a date stone: "Robert Smirk 1835: Balance and Fear".

Gerard suddenly bolted into one of the passages. Alfred followed with Harold quick on his heels. Whilst running down the slick corridor, Harold fell and found the floor was slightly tinged with red. After he got up, he heard Alfred scream and Gerard Kaey, book in hand, crashed into  Harold, throwing him to the floor again. As Gerard fled out of sight, Harold heard the clatter of something on the floor, and saw a collection of small animal bones, as if they had come from Gerard's book.

At the end of the corridor, Harold found a small room surrounded by rotten and decayed books, with Alfred dead in the centre and a look of terror on his face. The room was littered with a light smattering of small animal bones.

Harold fled, but his memory became hazy of how. He remembered a pile of pages covered in cobwebs; a stranger in the darkness who meant him harm; and the sensation of his skin burning and a smell of smoke.

When he got out, the police went into the passage to retrieve Alfred's body. The owners of the Reform Club told him to repair the damage and tell no one, or he would never work on projects like this again.

Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit

Sasha has tried to follow up with everyone involved in this case, including the police, but no one is willing to talk to the Institute about this. Gerard Kaey is, as ever, impossible to contact.

Leitner did hire the ground floor office in Pall Mall between 1985 and 1994, Jonathan Sims wondered if his books were just stored there or found there.

Robert Smirk is an archetect who Tim really likes, saying he is "a master of subtle stability" and notes that his buildings have a higher percentage of paranormal sightings than other buildings. He retired in 1845 and was involved in many sects and cults after he retired. He tried to design churches in his retirement.

At the end of this recording, the silver worms appeared and Jonathan went off to find a fire extinguisher, leaving the tape recording. Martin appeared looking for Jonathan, when two men arrived, giving him a package to deliver to Jonathan. It is possible they are part of Breekon & Hope, or whatever became of them.

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