In which Boss Surebleak’s plan is revealed.
So, no shocking twist regarding Boss Surebleak’s identity. Different shocking twist instead.
It didn’t occur to me at the time, because once the portmaster and survey team leader failed to arrive I was figuring the fella in the blue jacket was just some minion sent to be a distraction, but there might have been a hint about Boss Surebleak’s identity in the one thing Herb could tell about him despite the hooded coat: namely, that he was short for a Bleaker (but, perhaps, a good size for an Agent of Change).
And now I’m wondering: did Boss Surebleak have a back-up plan for if the portmaster and the survey team leader had taken a cab? Or did they have the portmaster figured so precisely that they knew she’d take the opportunity to walk the surveyor past the construction work?
I think this is the first time we’ve had mention of there being an assistant portmaster, who is explicitly not the same person as the night-shift portmaster. Back when we first met Portmaster Liu and Nightside Portmaster Borden in I Dare, I got the distinct impression that they comprised the entire staff of Surebleak Port. Maybe I was wrong even then, and certainly they’ll have taken on more staff now that there are ships actually using the port.