Two days later, sitting round the table, Stefan turns to Mina.
"Oh yes, I thought you'd like to know," he says. "We caught the book thief."
"What?" Mina is actually shocked for a moment.
"It was strange," Stefan says. "He just walked into the station and said, I hear the Elect are looking for me."
Mina puts her head in her hands, torn between anger and bitter laughter.
"But there's no news of Jakin?" her mother asks.
"No, mum. Sorry."