Zélie and Inan swim in the cool lake in the dreamscape. Zélie talks about living in the lakeside town of Ibadan before the Raid, and then in Ilorin, by the sea. He realizes he burned down her happiness. He says he’ll rebuild the town when everything is over. She laughs bitterly, saying that Tzain believes Inan will kill her long before then.
Speaking with Zélie, Inan realizes the true impact of the violence he and the guards committed. Putting a personal face on the destruction drives home the actual human toll of Saran’s policies. Another byproduct is that Zélie cannot bring herself to fully trust Inan, who she knows has been taught to hate her his entire life.