Ayla manages to get Admiral Everheart and a couple of other officers for chaperones for her birthday party. She also makes an offer of money to expand Poe Cottage and Hawthorne Cottage.
In Theory of the Escape, Aquerna gets to practice with strait-jackets.
After Ayla's Shakespeare class, Silver Serpent asks her to pass a message to Chou that her message to the Iron Dragon had been delivered. Silver Serpent tells Quyèn Nũ about the Handmaiden of the Tao being at Whateley.
Ayla gets back to her room, and finds Security and Circe there investigating something. Circe has Ayla use her magical senses, and she detects a slimy magical miasma. Then Circe banishes it. Team Kimba and Gateway go to see Mrs. Carson, and they get told not to do anything unilateral. Phase puts her detective agency on collecting intelligence and putting a protective shield around Chaka's and Molly's parent's households.