The dead welcome him with open arms. The calamity took everybody after all. Kid sees it plain in frozen faces all around. He don't much care to see them, not like this.
These folks never saw the calamity coming, but someone did. Someone close. Someone who ain't like Mr. Beckley and his kindly wife. It was someone like him.
Kid sees him there agape, in the flesh. Hits a snag or two trying to get to him. He ain't about to stop no matter what. He's got so many questions after all. Just ain't got time for answers.
The Tunder brothers didn't make it. They never saw what it was like beyond the walls. Nordy the bird boy, didn't make it. The Jawsons, they didn't make it. Grady senior, Grady junior, they didn't make it. But him, he survived.
Kid finds proof enough that man ain't from around here. Just think, without that man, we wouldn't be here right now, would we? The Core survived as well.
Kid does what he has to do. And then, what do you say to a man who's seen too much? Kid hasn't a clue. But he says this, "We have to go. Please."
He's a proper gentleman, that man. His name is Zulf. No hiding he's an Ura. Folks like him ain't never been a common sight in Caelondia. He's relieved to see a living face or two. The Kid and I introduce ourselves in kind, both to him and to each other, for the first time.