Melinda snorted. "I have no idea, but if they could have lied, why wouldn't they have done? I can't say the Prophet will be terribly kind to the Ministry when it's reported that a bloody poisonous duck has sent us all to the Atrium with our tail feathers between our legs," she said, lips twitching a bit.
Filled to capacity, the lift went straight to the Atrium, and they piled out. Melinda decidedly didn't look in the direction of the statue, which in her opinion, was just gross.