Even if it’s late in the evening, Marikit goes to her mother and aunt to tell them that her husband told her he was going to commit to their marriage. Lamitan is happy at the news, saying that Marikit’s own father never did that to her. Marikit thus asks her mother not to do anything to Amaya because Bagani keeps feeling sorry for the other girl when he sees her being hurt, and if Lamitan maltreats Amaya, it might stir Bagani’s sympathies, and Marikit doesn’t want her husband getting close to Amaya again. Mantal promises to keep Lamitan in check.
Alunsina finally wakes up to see Amaya tending her. Amaya tells her to rest because of her injuries, and blames herself for doing something to divert the priestesses’ suspicion from her, so that they thought Alunsina was lying. I don’t get the logic here, Amaya, but okay, if you say so. Alunsina says there’s no need to Amaya to apologize to her– she now knows the rajah is like her stepdad, a cruel man. She now promises never to reveal Amaya’s secret to anyone. Amaya gratefully thanks her and promises her that although she doesn’t know how or when she will do it, she will return Alunsina’s father to her.
Bagani happens to overhear his parents talking, which gives him and us a little more insight into their character. Lingayan speaks to her husband, saying he should not have given much notice to the child. [The term she uses is "pumatol" which denotes stooping to a lower level or fighting someone obviously weaker.] She knows he is afraid– he denies this, but she tells him gently that he should not worry because she loves everything about him. He confesses that the prophecy still troubles him– if it comes to pass, he will be shamed and made a laughingstock. He, the mighty rajah, who had brought a great many datus and tribes under his heel [or his finger of doom, as it may be] will be felled by a woman. What he is most afraid of is being laughed at– no, it shall not come to pass!
Amaya runs into Silay on her way out of the infirmary after tending to Alunsina. The other girl seizes the opportunity to jeer at her, asking if she’s taking care of Alunsina to gain brownie points with their teachers. She tells Amaya she need not bother– she’s a former slave, unworthy to be a priestess. Instead of trying to compete with Silay, she should just go back to scrubbing floors!AndSilay pushes Amaya maliciously. Amaya angrily tells her that she mightbe a skilled