Just a gentle reminder to anyone who might be slightly befuddled that I'm telling two slightly different stories at the same time here: there's this business with the freakish chimaera god-thing and there's the business on the bus. The business on the bus happens before this little bit of stuff and, very soon, our man is going to get off the bus and that little story will resolve itself. Then I'll do my very best to tell one story in a fairly linear, straightforward way. At least I'll try. If I fail miserably it'll all come together in the next book.