Alunsina admits to Amaya that she told the chief priestess about Amaya’s secret without, however, revealing the identity of the woman of the prophecy. She asks Amaya not to let Hilway know that she knows, because then Hilway would think she told Amaya. Amaya says it’s all right– she just wanted to know if Hilway knew, without letting the chief priestess realize that she knew. It’s confusing, I know.
Kabanata XX Ang Nakaraan ng Panday sa Puthaw
[Chapter 20 The Past of the Blacksmith of Puthaw]
Lumad sits on the beach and remembers his own past… He was the son of a datu in another tribe, leaving on a trip, saying farewell to his pregnant wife, promising to return before his child was born. He returned to find that their tribe had been raided, and their warriors, including his father, were corpses on the beach. His pregnant wife had been mortally injured and died in his arms after telling him that Rajah Mangubat had raided their tribe and killed their people.
Kabanata XXI Ang Simula ng Mahabang Pakikipaglaban ng Alabay
[Chapter 21 The Beginning of the Alabay's Long Struggle]
Amaya tells the snake that it was right– Hilway had laid a trap for her. But she knows what to do about that…
Bagani, meanwhile, finds Lumad and asks him to make Amaya happy. He also congratulates Lumad on winning Amaya’s heart.
Dal’lang wakes up to find Binayaan gone from her side. She finds the girl helping Agang to pare some roots for their food. Dal’lang scolds her, saying that her father’s soul would be angry to know that she was doing household chores. They also learn that there is no more food to be gleaned from the abandoned fields– are they going to starve?
It’s night, and no alabay has returned yet. The other priestesses worry that they might not have found anything, but Hilway is confident that one of them will.