You make your way through the back alleys towards the docks with Hong. She follows two paces behind, her eyes alert for any danger. Her slight frame moves with grace while her eyes search everyone. You can feel the joy in her, vibrating from her chi, a sense of purpose, of being, a lifting of shame, hope for redemption.
It doesn't shake your worry, though, does it? What's happened to your friends? Are they alright? When you went by the restaurant, you saw the Clay Streeters had all left. It's late, they should be back on the sandship. They might be at the main fountain playing in the water, but the cool desert air makes you doubt that.
Then you reach the end of the Oasis and across the sandy desert is the few hundred feet to the docks. There are lights on in the Lucky Dragon. Dash is doing something with the base of the ship, you think he's pulling up the anchor? You see Iwao and Red on the deck, too, moving around, unfurling sails. Are they leaving?