He panted and his hips rose and when he came he arched back almost on head and heels, shoulders and heels. “Rest, Virani-e,” Surya said and they loaded him onto a litter and took him off to the waiting rowing boat on Terera Lake. We followed him down and saw him off to the asa kraiyel island in the late afternoon sunlight, the wind blowing colder and colder as the sun went down.
There was half the town still there, to see him off to his seclusion, that had been explained in the public part of the ritual.
I didn't think Che... Virani-e, was conscious enough to do anything, but when the crowd murmur was alarmed, seeing him so still, despite the presence of his Haian, and the asa kraiaseyel, he raised his sword arm, hand open. It was weak, but it was there and it was enough to calm people down.
Princess Klaimera laughed. "I'm astonished, myself."
I had to swallow hard to follow him out along it. “You’re not walking on the ground here,” I said. “But on air anyway.” I heard Reknarja follow along behind but didn’t dare turn my head.