Daunis wakes up to beeps, buzzes, and pain. She can identify Mom’s voice, but she can’t stay awake long enough to respond. Finally, Daunis hears Mom ask her to come back and feels Mom kiss her forehead. Daunis feels Mom spreading lip balm on her lips—or she hopes it’s lip balm and not pink lipstick. Mom would totally do that.
Daunis has remained focused on helping her community for much of the novel, but now, her mom is the one who’s next to her and helping her return to this world. Aside from the possibility that Mom is putting lipstick on her, Mom makes Daunis feel safe enough to return.